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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

April 13, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — President Donald Trump says he is strongly considering releasing “Illegal Immigrants” into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 1200 words, photos, video, audio

ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER — Cory Booker is hoping a big rally in Newark, New Jersey, will mean a boost to a presidential campaign that’s struggled to break through in a crowded field. By Elana Schor SENT: 620 words, photos.

MIDEAST-AUTOCRATS — It’s Arab Spring, season II, and he’s the last man standing among a crop of Arab dictators after the fall of the Sudanese and Algerian leaders. He’s survived an eight-year war to topple him and an Islamic caliphate over part of his broken country. But Bashar Assad’s path is strewn with difficulties and the war for Syria is far from over. By Zeina Karam and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-STONE — President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant, Roger Stone, asked a federal judge to compel the Justice Department to turn over a full copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation as part of discovery in his criminal case. SENT: 650 words.

TRUMP-5G — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service, the next generation of mobile networks. President Trump showcases the announcement, declaring that the race to implement these faster, more powerful networks is a competition “America must win.” By Darlene Superville and Tali Arbel. SENT: 570 words, video, photos, audio.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NORTH KOREA-KIM JONG UN SPEECH — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he is open to a third summit with President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, the state-run media says. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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PHOENIX SHOOTINGS — A Phoenix man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, two of his young daughters and a man who the suspect thought was romantically involved with his wife, police say. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MURDER SUSPECT-ESCAPE — Dozens of federal and local law enforcement personnel were searching for a 15-year-old boy who was in the middle of a murder trial in his mother’s stabbing death when he escaped a Southern California jail. SENT: 380 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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GLOBAL FINANCE — The global economy is likely to pull out of a brief growth slump later this year -- with a little help from the world’s central banks and from U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators. By Economics Writers Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger. SENT 440 words, photos