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March 25, 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-RUSSIA PROBE — The Justice Department declares that special counsel Robert Mueller’s long investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, setting off celebrations of vindication by Trump and his supporters. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice but did not come to a definitive answer. By Eric Tucker, Michael Balsamo, Chad Day and Julie Pace. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-LEGAL CLOUD — Trump may be reveling in what he sees as “complete and total exoneration” from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but his legal perils are far from over. Federal and state investigators in New York are deep into investigations of their own into Trump and those in his orbit, probes that some observers have long viewed as every bit as menacing as Mueller’s two-year look into possible collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

ISRAEL-GAZA — A rocket from the Gaza Strip strikes a house in central Israel, wounding seven people, an Israeli rescue service says, an attack that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election. By Aron Heller. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-ENDANGERED CHILDREN — An estimated 900,000 children have been orphaned or separated from their families, made homeless or otherwise affected by Cyclone Idai, half of the 1.8 million people affected overall, according to Mozambican government figures. The children crowd the displacement camps, sleeping rough on plastic tarps on bare brick floors, or on the wooden benches of crowded schools. By Cara Anna. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 a.m., photos.

MARIJUANA-SENIORS — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland. There they board a bus for a quick trip to a building that, save for the green Red Cross-style sign in the window, resembles a trendy coffee bar. The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass the next several hours enjoying a light lunch, playing a few games of bingo and selecting their next month’s supply of cannabis-infused products. By John Rogers. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-REDISTRICTING — A new case looming, it might be harder than ever to convince Supreme Court justices to rein in the practice known as partisan gerrymandering, designing districts to benefit one political party. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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JOURNALISTS KILLED-SEEKING JUSTICE — Calls are mounting for a former Salvadoran army colonel living in the United States to be brought to justice for the 1982 killings of four Dutch journalists at the height of the country’s civil war. SENT: 1,440 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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APPLE-STREAMING TV — Apple is expected to launch a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. By Technology Writers Michael Liedtke and Tali Arbel. SENT: 420 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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NCAA TOURNAMENT-NO UPSETS — The NCAA Tournament has the top three seeds in each round in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 600 words, photos.