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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 11, 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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TOP STORIES

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ETHIOPIA-PLANE-CRASH — Ethiopian Airlines grounds all its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as a safety precaution, following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed. Although it is not yet known what caused the crash, the airline decided to ground its remaining four 737 Max 8 planes until further notice as “an extra safety precaution.” By Elias Meseret. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:30 a.m., photos, videos, graphic.

MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother is freed from custody after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 740 words, photos.

TRUMP-BUDGET — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal battle. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: Budget expected to be released at 11:30 a.m.

PRISON CONSULTANTS — It’s a tip that has been passed onto convicts for years: On your way to federal prison, say you have a substance abuse problem, and you could qualify for a treatment program that knocks up to a year off your sentence. Federal prosecutors have long suspected abuses in the program, which has enrolled a deep list of high-profile convicts. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

RURAL DEMOCRATS — Some Democratic presidential candidates are spending time in America’s small towns to become conversant on rural issues and compete for votes in places that gave Trump his most intense support in 2016. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP DONOR — A company run by a donor to Trump claimed it could provide Chinese clients with a chance to mingle and take photos with the president, along with access to his private club. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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OIL AND GAS CONFLICTS-COLORADO — Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the industry. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELL — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says political attacks by Trump played no role in the Fed’s decision in January to signal that it planned to take a pause in hiking interest rates. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.