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BC-AP News Digest 2:20 pm

March 30, 2019

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

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ONLY ON AP

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MASSAGE PARLORS-LIGHT SENTENCES _ When Florida authorities shut down 10 massage spas last month and arrested hundreds of men for buying sex, they broke a longstanding pattern. In the past, owners had mostly faced minor charges and punishment, patrons almost never were charged, and signs of human trafficking often didn’t lead to investigations. An Associated Press review of state records shows that while law enforcement in Florida has investigated hundreds of individual massage parlors for illegal sexual activity, it was usually low-level massage therapists who were arrested. By Mike Schneider and Terry Spencer. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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MEXICO-ASYLUM _ Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of next week, a major expansion of a government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m. TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ President Donald Trump declares he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration, a severe move that could hit the economies of both countries. The president also says he is cutting U.S. aid to the three Central American nations whose citizens are fleeing north through Mexico. By Jonathan Lemire, Nomaan Merchant and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE _ President Donald Trump’s decision to revive the fight over the Affordable Care Act stirs a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. By Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

CAMPAIGN 2020-SENATE _ Democrats hoping to capture Senate control next year face a far more promising map than last year, when they had to defend most of the seats that were in play. Even so, they have only a few legitimate targets and will have to practically run the table of winnable races if they’re going to capture the majority. By Alan Fram. SENT: 1,000 words. With: CAMPAIGN 2020-SENATE-STATES _ A look at some states that will affect the battle for Senate control. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BREXIT _ The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House of Commons rebuffed the prime minister’s call for lawmakers to “put aside self and party,” sending her Brexit deal to its latest defeat. SENT: 730 words, photos. WITH: BREXIT-WHAT NEXT? _ British Prime Minister Theresa May explores idea of bringing Brexit deal back for 4th vote. SENT: 790 words, photos.

BOREN-UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION _ David Boren’s appointment as president of the University of Oklahoma two decades ago was the capstone of a storied career. Born into a prominent Oklahoma political family, he became a Rhodes scholar, then governor at age 33 and later a U.S. senator respected for his expertise in intelligence. His arrival on campus marked a heady time for the school, which set out to achieve his vision for a flagship institution. But now, less than a year after retiring, Boren’s reputation is at risk. The 77-year-old Democrat finds himself ensnared in allegations that he sexually harassed male subordinates. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

BKC--NCAA-TEXAS TECH-GONZAGA _ In a classic confrontation, top-seeded Gonzaga plays Texas Tech in the West Region final for a spot in the Final Four. The Zags have one of the nation’s best offenses and the Red Raiders one of the best defenses. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 6:09 p.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MUSIC-THE ROLLING STONES _ The Rolling Stones are postponing their latest tour so Mick Jagger can receive medical treatment. The band gave no specifics about the 75-year-old singer’s condition but said he “is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.” SENT: 175 words, photo.

EL CHAPO-FASHIONISTA _ The convicted drug lord reportedly plans clothing brand name with wife. SENT: 300 words, photos.

EARTH HOUR _ Cities around the world are marking Earth Hour by turning off the lights in a call for global action on climate change. SENT: 250 words, photos, developing.

EL SALVADOR-MIGRANT CARAVAN _ The “mother of all caravans” expected to depart from Central America looks more like the baby of all caravans. About 40 migrants left El Salvador in a caravan Mexico had feared would be much bigger. SENT: 130 words, photos.

COLORADO KILLING-CELLPHONE VIDEO _ Police say a Colorado man is in custody after the killing of his neighbor was recorded on the victim’s cellphone. SENT: 175 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING _ A U.S. judge in Alaska says President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed a ban on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean. SENT: 430 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-RURAL VOTERS _ Several Democratic presidential candidates are making their case to Iowa farmers _ part of a broader effort to win over rural voters who have drifted to Republicans in recent years. SENT: 810 words, photos. Developing.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE _ Beto O’Rourke formally kicks off his presidential campaign with three rallies across his home state of Texas, where he came close enough to upsetting Sen. Ted Cruz to generate the national buzz now buoying his 2020 White House bid. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from rally in El Paso, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ President Trump’s relentless drive to be given credit for all manner of things suffused his speech to Michigan supporters this past week. SENT: 2,800 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SENATOR BATMAN _ Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has spent much of his adult life crusading for the issues that are important to him and now he’s helping to commemorate the 80th birthday of his childhood hero, Batman, the caped crusader, who Leahy credits with helping him win a ban on the export of land mines. SENT: 475 words, photo.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT-LAW ENFORCEMENT _ The Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office insist their relationship is strong, even if they didn’t agree on the outcome in Jussie Smollett’s case. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

VETERANS GHOST TOWN _ Crunching slowly down snow-covered Liberty Lane between stately brick buildings, Brian Hatch can recall when the sprawling veterans’ center on the edge of his small Iowa town teemed with activity as patients walked the lush, tree-covered grounds and hundreds of doctors, nurses and other staffers kept the round-the-clock campus humming. Apart from chirping birds and occasional dog walkers, there’s now only silence. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MOROCCO-POPE _ Pope Francis landed in Morocco for a trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation’s Christian-Muslim ties, while also showing solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tending to a tiny Catholic flock. Moroccan King Mohammed VI was on hand to greet Francis when he arrived amid pouring rain in Rabat, the Moroccan capital. SENT: 840 words, photos.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-NOTEBOOK _ We didn’t know his name or even see his face. But amid the grim scene of a cyclone-devastated village, the little boy stood out because he danced. He skipped down the muddy street in Buzi to music only he could hear, oblivious to the suffering around him, at least for a while. He was barefoot and in muddy shorts. He likely wore the only clothing he had left. By Cara Anna. SENT: 700 words, photos. WITH: MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE _ Mozambique says cholera cases now up to 271 in cyclone-hit city as vaccines are rushed in. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HIJACKED SHIP-RESCUES AT SEA _ A rescue in the Mediterranean Sea that took an ominous turn has raised concerns that some merchant ship captains might become reluctant to save migrants in danger of drowning during the perilous crossing from north Africa to Europe, fearing they could lose control of their ship. SENT: 600 words, photos. With EUROPE-HIJACKED SHIP _ Three teen migrants charged in Malta in hijacking of ship at sea. SENT: 340 words, photos.

FRANCE-PROTESTS _ Yellow vest activists protest across France to support an activist injured last week in a confrontation with police, and to show that they remain mobilized against the government’s economic policies. The demonstrators were undeterred by police protest bans or repeated injuries in 20 weeks of demonstrations. SENT: 475 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS _ Thai king strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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UNITED NATIONS-ANGELINA JOLIE-INTERVIEW _ Angelina Jolie says promoting equality for women, combatting injustice and helping refugees are the most important part of her life after her six children. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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BKC--NCAA-PURDUE-VIRGINIA _ Top-seeded Virginia faces Purdue in the South Region final, with the winner off to the Final Four. The Cavaliers’ tough defense will be tested by the high-scoring Boilermakers and guard Carsen Edwards. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:49 p.m.

GLF--MATCH PLAY _ Tiger Woods reaches the quarterfinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play by outlasting Rory McIlroy. McIlrory, undone by a calamity of blunders on the 16th hole, entered this showdown as golf’s hottest player. Woods is in the quarters for the first time since he won in 2008. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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