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BC-AP News Digest 6:10 pm

February 25, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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Adds: BRITAIN-CITY EXPLOSION, SEVERE WEATHER, PEOPLE-OPRAH WINFREY.

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TOP STORIES

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Students at a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and staff members were killed return to gather their belongings thrown down in panic during the school shooting nearly two weeks ago. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 800 words, photos, WITH: CONGRESS GUNS — Members of Congress return to work under pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump. SENT: 930 words, photo.

NRA SPOKESWOMAN — Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men. But the 39-year-old mother isn’t softening the group’s message as it becomes an increasingly active voice in the nation’s culture wars. By Tammy Webber. SENT: 650 words, photo.

CHINA-POLITICS — China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency says, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. By Gillian Wong. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS — Sen. Dianne Feinstein failed to win the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party as she seeks her fifth term in Washington, but her supporters say it won’t hurt her with a broader swath of voters. Party activists were more eager to back her primary challenger, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, who is crafting himself as a fresh face with stronger progressive credentials. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 500 words, photos.

THE INFERTILITY BOND — After a retired fertility doctor was sentenced for lying about being a sperm donor to unwitting patients, his legal case ended, but in an extraordinary epilogue, three of the adult children who are now believed to share his DNA have bonded and call themselves brother and sisters. They’ve joined other half-siblings who connect on a Facebook page, confiding in each other and dealing with emotional scars. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 1883 words, photos. An abridged version also moved.

BILLY GRAHAM-RACE — The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase “The Bible says ...” Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, particularly when confronting segregation in his native South. He didn’t address the evils of segregation directly, talking instead about God’s unique power to change people and communities. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 800 words, photos. This story was sent as the Monday spotlight.

WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING-ANNIVERSARY — In a room in the 9/11 museum, there are a police captain’s poignant notes and a flashlight that illuminated the way to safety. Nearby, a letter from a trapped man tells his family, “I love you very much.... Do wonderful things in your life.” The artifacts aren’t from Sept 11, 2001. They are reminders of a terror attack that foreshadowed it: the deadly World Trade Center bombing, 25 years ago Monday. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 775 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-OPRAH WINFREY — Oprah Winfrey praises the Florida school shooting survivors who have channeled angst into activism, calling them “warriors of the light.” SENT: 360 words, photo, video.

BOOKS-MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama’s memoir is coming out in November: The former first lady tweeted Sunday that the book is called ‘Becoming’. SENT: 425 words, photo.

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THE OLYMPICS

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PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS END — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path away from conflict. By Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,325 words, photos. WITH: UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — White House says “we will see” whether North Korea’s diplomatic overture represents first steps toward ridding Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. SENT: 350 words, photo.

OLY--THE VOLUNTEER BRIGADE — It’s a notion often lost in the modern games as athletes chase fame and sponsorships, corporate partnerships are calculated in the hundreds of millions and broadcasting rights in the billions: Underneath all that money is a workforce willing to run the Olympics for free. These are some of their stories. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OLY--OOHS AND UGHS — Wind, snow, ice or shine, the Winter Games had its share of golden moments that will forever be etched in Olympic lore. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MEMOS-Q&A — In the battle of the classified memos in the House Intelligence Committee, both sides have now had their say on whether the FBI and Justice Department acted inappropriately as they began investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. SENT: 920 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-FACT CHECK — President Trump is expressing frustration with an immigration program that he says lets other countries nominate undesirable citizens for emigration to the U.S. That path a life in the U.S. does not exist. SENT: 610 words, photo.

GOVERNORS-ELECTION SECURITY — Governors worry about securing their election systems against possible cyberattacks, aware that Russian agents targeted almost half the states last time and the Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to finding a national solution. SENT: 770 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-MICROSOFT SEARCHES — Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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SEVERE WEATHER — The death toll rises to at least five after severe thunderstorms sweep through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattens homes, bringing gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BORDER CHECKPOINTS — The attention being paid to proposals like a U.S.-Mexico border wall has raised concerns that that the need for improvements at existing checkpoints and other longstanding elements of border security are being overlooked. SENT: 950 words, photos.

RIDE HAILING-CONGESTION — One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was a drop in the number of cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead. SENT: 900 words, photos.

REDRAWING AMERICA_BALLOT BATTLE — Responding to abundant complaints about partisan gerrymandering, a growing number of states this year are considering changing the criteria used to draw congressional and state legislative districts or shifting the task from elected officials to citizen commissions. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. WITH: US-Redrawing America-Ballot Battle-Proposals, a look at redistricting reform proposals in five states.

MARIJUANA-CALIFORNIA TRIBES — Indian tribes that say they’ve been cut out of California’s legal pot market are raising the possibility that they could grow and sell on their own. SENT: 830 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-CITY EXPLOSION — Police in the English city of Leicester say they are responding to a “major incident” after receiving reports of an explosion in a row of buildings. SENT: 180 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

EARTHQUAKE-PAPUA NEW GUINEA — A large earthquake strikes the middle of Papua New Guinea, extent of damage is unclear. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SYRIA — Despite a drop in intensity, shelling and bombardment in the Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs killed at least six people Sunday following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said. SENT: 1,175 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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SAMSUNG-NEW PHONES — Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HKN--NHL TRADE RDP — The Boston Bruins bolstered their chances of contending for the Stanley Cup with a bold move, acquiring Rick Nash from the New York Rangers a day before the NHL trade deadline. SENT: 670 words, photos..

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