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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:15, Advisory

February 20, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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HIGHLIGHTING

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TRUMP-AUSTRIA (upcoming)

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE (sent)

SYRIA (sent, developing)

NKOREA-ENDING THE WAR (sent)

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK (sent)

SAMSUNG-NEW PHONES (upcoming)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CHEERLEADING-BODY AWARDS _ A Wisconsin school district official says its high school will no longer hand out cheerleading awards that are based on a girl’s body parts, including largest breasts or buttocks. SENT: 150 words.

MUSIC-ACM NOMINATIONS _ Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead Academy of Country Music Awards nominations with 6 each, while Kacey Musgraves comes in with 5 nominations. SENT: 150 words.

NYC MAYOR-TEXTING DRIVER _ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he was happy to be a “citizen patrol” when he directed his police detail to pull over a texting driver on the FDR Drive in Manhattan. SENT: 150 words.

FATAL LION ATTACK _ An autopsy report says an intern at a Caswell County, North Carolina, animal preserve was killed by a lion whose pen wasn’t properly closed. SENT: 150 words.

WITNESS KILLED _ Florida authorities have found the body of a 14-year-old boy who disappeared in 2017 days after he witnessed a man’s slaying. SENT: 150 words.

OBIT-HOROWITZ _ “Fight Back!” consumer reporter David Horowitz dies. SENT: 530 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-AUSTRIA _ President Donald Trump hosts Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, elected in part due to his tough immigration policies. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:45 p.m. events, 400 words by 4 p.m., photos

MILITARY-COLD WEATHER TRAINING _ After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents, the U.S. military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great-power competition with Russia and China, and against unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. High up in the California mountains, Marines undergoing advanced cold-weather training are learning how to battle future enemies and the unforgiving environment. SENT: 1040 words, photo, video.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-ANALYSIS _ Can Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recapture the magic that fueled his first presidential campaign? To win the nomination, he may not need to. The lessons of President Donald Trump’s victory in the GOP’s packed 2016 contest loom large. With better-established Republican contenders dividing the GOP primary vote that year, Trump began racking up primary victories with 30 to 40 percent of each state’s vote. He captured his party’s nomination even as six or seven of every 10 primary voters backed another Republican candidate. SENT: 1000 words, photos

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NATIONAL

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ONLY ON AP

HAZARDOUS MINES _ Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated. The Associated Press found that the toxic torrent is killing aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

COLORADO WOMAN-MISSING _ After urging a woman he was having an affair with for months to kill his fiancee, investigators say a Colorado man did it himself on Thanksgiving Day, bludgeoning her to death with a baseball bat. The grim details revealed in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday provided the first public account of what led prosecutors to charge Patrick Frazee with murder and other charges in the death of Kelsey Berreth, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ONLY ON AP

NIGERIA-ELECTION-KANNYWOOD FOR PEACE _ As emergencies go, it had a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing to the country for peace. Deploying film stars to call for calm follows weeks of TV ads and T-shirts urging Nigerians in widely spoken pidgin English to “Vote Not Fight: Election no be war.” The last-minute delay of the vote until Saturday, however, has sharpened some tempers. By Cara Anna. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SYRIA _ A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians, including men, women and children, left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week. An Associated Press team in Baghouz, a village near the Iraqi border where the Islamic State group is making its final stand, counted at least 17 trucks that emerged through a humanitarian corridor used in past weeks to evacuate people from the militants’ last patch of territory along the Euphrates River. SENT: 350 words, photos.

NKOREA-ENDING THE WAR _ With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. Such an announcement could make history. It would be right in line with Trump’s opposition to “forever wars.” And, coming more than six decades after the fighting essentially ended, it just seems like common sense. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE _ If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it. The nun, who recently completed a course on child protection policies at Rome’s Jesuit university, has been advising her bishop in Ghana on an abuse case, instructing him to invite the victim to his office to hear her story before opening an investigation. If Pemii hadn’t stepped in? SENT: 900 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK _ Chicago’s top prosecutor recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett shortly after police requested another interview with the actor. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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SAMSUNG-NEW PHONES _ Samsung is expected to show off its newest smartphones, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after product event which starts at 2 p.m. SENT: 150 words, developing.

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SPORTS

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BBN--PADRES-MACHADO _ With their city’s long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again, the person said. SENT: 1,110 words, photos

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HOW TO REACH US

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