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March 4, 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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CHICAGO VIOLENCE-GANG TV — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he’s afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won’t leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips into his pocket. Cotton, 28, quit his $7-an-hour job cleaning refrigerators at a big-box store six years ago to enter a new and uniquely dangerous field of newsgathering in which video journalists interview street gangs and rappers in high-crime areas, then post the videos on YouTube channels. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,170 words, photo, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE —Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, the latest investigation that threatens to shadow the president with a flood of inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler says the investigation will be focused on possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 860 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS —Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido returns triumphantly to his country, passing through immigration checks despite concerns that he might be detained and urging supporters at a rally to intensify their campaign to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 430 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER — Rescuers searched for victims amid homes smashed to their foundations, shredded metal dangling from trees and dead animals lying in the open after at least one tornado ripped through a rural Alabama community. At least 23 people were killed, some of them children. By Kim Chandler and Jeff Martin. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

GENETIC FRONTIERS-SINGLE CELLS — Lab techniques developed in the past few years are revealing new secrets of our cells. Scientists can now zero in on individual cells to examine their DNA or the gene activity. That has led to an ambitious plan to determine every type of cell in the human body. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

OBIT-LUKE PERRY —Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” dies nearly a week after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he’s running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who is used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. SENT: 970 words, photo, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ-MISSING YAZIDIS — Yazidi women who escaped IS captivity say they fear hundreds of other women still missing, may never return home. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

CHINA-HUAWEI — China accused two detained Canadians of acting together to steal state secrets, just days after Canada announced it will proceed with a U.S. extradition request for a senior Chinese tech executive. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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HURRICANE MICHAEL-HOMELESS — The Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael in October is still experiencing a housing crisis. Officials estimate almost three-quarters of the households in Bay County, Florida, were impacted in some way by the storm. Initial estimates put the number of homeless at 20,000 people. Bay County officials say that 7,800 people are still without their own place to live. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-SPIELBERG VERSUS NETFLIX — A report that Steven Spielberg is supporting an Oscar rule change that would block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility provokes a heated and unwieldy debate. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.