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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

March 19, 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 .




TRUMP HOTEL LAWSUIT _ Appeals court to hear arguments in Trump hotel lawsuit. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Court at 9:30 a.m.




RECORD-BREAKING HEAT _ An Associated Press data analysis shows that in weather stations across America, hot records are being set twice as often as cold ones. Scientists say this is a sure sign of global warming. All parts of the country are setting more hot records than cold in the 21st century. Nowhere is it more obvious than in Pasadena, California, which set 142 hot records in a row until a record cold day in February. Experts say your chances of more dangerous record heat are rising. By Seth Borenstein and Nicky Forster. SENT: 930 words, photos.




NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ New Zealand’s prime minister declares she would do everything in her power to deny the accused mosque gunman a platform for elevating his white supremacist views, after the man dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at his trial in the killings of 50 people. “I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters. By Kristen Gelineau and Juliet Williams. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video. With NEW-ZEALAND-MOSQUE-SHOOTING-VICTIMS-VIGNETTES; NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-THE LATEST.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE _ More than 1,000 people are feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president says. By Andrew Meldrum. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

ETHIOPIA PLANE CRASH _ U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing’s 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter reveals, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were “clear similarities” in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October. The Justice Department probe will examine the way Boeing was regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. By Hope Yen and Tom Krisher. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-EXCLUDING BLACK JURORS _ Supreme Court justices are again considering how to keep prosecutors from removing African-Americans from criminal juries for racially biased reasons, this time in a case involving a Mississippi death row inmate who has been tried six times for murder. Lawyers for inmate Curtis Flowers will argue that a Mississippi prosecutor has a record of removing black jurors at a much higher rate than white jurors. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 920 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-BRAZIL PRESIDENT _ Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is taking pains to show his government is friendlier to the U.S. than those of his immediate predecessors. President Donald Trump is welcoming Bolsonaro to the White House. By Ben Fox. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: White House visit begins at noon; joint news conference at 1:45 p.m.

ARGENTINA-FALKLANDS WAR HELMETS _ Nearly 37 years after Argentina and Britain fought a war over the Falkland Islands, veterans and relatives of those who died say that the recovery of certain objects taken as war trophies has helped heal their scars. By Almudena Calatrava. SENT: 710 words, photos.




JEFF BEZOS-NATIONAL ENQUIRER _ Report: National Enquirer paid $200,000 for private Bezos texts. SENT: 140 words, photo.

NUNES-TWITTER LAWSUIT _ Rep. Devin Nunes sues Twitter, users for defamation and negligence. SENT: 130 words, photo.

GIRL’S BODY FOUND _ Mom charged in killing of L.A.-area girl found in duffel bag. SENT: 230 words, photos.

SACRAMENTO POLICE SHOOTING _ Al Sharpton, family seek change a year after Stephon Clark died. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NCAA TOURNAMENT _ Spoilers! Baylor tops women’s NCAA field as bracket leaks. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GEORGE W BUSH-NATURALIZATION CEREMONY _ George W. Bush welcomes new U.S. citizens at Texas ceremony. SENT: 430 words, photos.




ELECTION 2020-SANDERS ELECTABILITY _ Bernie Sanders spent much of 2016 talking of revolution. In 2019, he’s turned to a subject that’s a bit more pragmatic: electability. SENT: 990 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN-REPARATIONS _ Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren embraces a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a “national, full-blown conversation” on the issue. SENT: 420 words, photo.




THAILAND-THAKSIN-NAMESAKE _ Some candidates in Thailand’s election have changed their names so supporters of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra can register their loyalty. SENT: 910 words, photos.

INDONESIA-NATURAL DISASTERS _ The death toll from flash floods and mudslides triggered by torrential downpours in Indonesia’s easternmost province rises to 89, with dozens of others missing, officials say. SENT: 270 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-PALESTINIAN REFUGEES _ The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees urges donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drastically cut the U.S. contribution to be equally generous this year. An AP Interview. By Edith M. Lederer. SENT: 670 words.




WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING _ Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities say while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos.

HAWAII-PLASTIC BANS _ Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics used at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. SENT: 810 words, photos.

COLD CASE ARREST _ A truck-driving preacher arrested for killing two teenage girls from Alabama nearly 20 years ago was found by the same genealogy database techniques used to apprehend the suspected “Golden State Killer” last year. SENT: 750 words, photos.

PENNSYLVANIA POLICE SHOOTING _ A white Pennsylvania police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last year goes on trial in a case that could put him behind bars for life. SENT: 570 words, photo.




WHITE HOUSE-ECONOMIC REPORT _ Contrary to the views of most economists, the Trump administration expects the U.S. economy to keep booming over the next decade on the strength of further tax cuts, reduced regulation and improvements to the nation’s infrastructure. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 340 words, photo.

TESLA-CONTEMPT OF COURT _ U.S. securities regulators counter Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contempt-of-court defense, writing in court papers that he brazenly disregarded a federal judge’s order and that one of his arguments “borders on the ridiculous.” By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 670 words, photo.




ASIA-FALL ARMYWORM _ Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 900 words, photos.

INDONESIA-ORANGUTAN _ An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased as the palm oil and paper industries shrink its jungle habitat. SENT: 380 words, photos.




NCAA-WHAT ADVANCED STATS SAY _ A look at some of college basketball’s advanced stats _ and how they might be able to help narrow down the search for a national champion. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 800 words, photos.

VOICES OF THE GAME _ More than in any other sport, baseball broadcasters become an inseparable part of the game. Baseball is losing two of its voices after this season when the Reds’ Marty Brennaman and the Pirates’ Steve Blass retire. By Sports Writer Joe Kay. SENT: 990 words, photos.

NEW RULES _ The blatant non-call late in the NFC championship game caused passionate consternation among Saints fans and led to calls for change in the NFL’s replay system, but there’s not a lot of support because of the time it would add to games. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 980 words, photos.




GENDER-BENDING FASHION _ A colorful new exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts explores how blurring gender lines are redefining the fashion industry. SENT: 450 words, photos.




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