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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

February 25, 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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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump will head into his second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un having reframed what would make a successful summit, lowering expectations for Pyongyang’s denuclearization while eager to declare a flashy victory to offset the political turmoil he faces at home. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,350 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA — The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. By Ben Fox. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Pence scheduled to speak in Bogota around 10:30 a.m.

IMMIGRATION-SKILLED WORKERS — Businesses, advocates and attorneys say they’re seeing a widening attack by the Trump administration on skilled foreign workers. H-1B visa applicants are experiencing a big increase in what are known as requests for evidence, which can bring long delays for work authorization or ultimately result in a denial. The administration says it’s simply trying to crack down on fraud and expand opportunities for Americans. Opponents of the changes say they’re chasing the best and brightest away. By National Writer Matt Sendesky. UPCOMING: 1,460 words by 10 a.m., photos.

OVERDOSES-CRIMINAL CHARGES — The opioid crisis is spurring many states to take a tougher stance against drug dealers, including creating laws that treat fatal overdoses as murders and manslaughters. Lawmakers in Connecticut, Hawaii, Mississippi and Virginia have proposed bills this year that would allow murder and manslaughter charges for fatal overdoses. Other states have passed similar laws in recent years. But opponents say such laws discourage people from calling 911 for help for overdose victims. By Dave Collins. UPCOMING: 820 words by 7 a.m., photos.

R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS — R. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, remains jailed over the weekend as confidants make arrangements to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free him as he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse, his lawyer says. The 52-year-old R&B star had hoped to walk out of the 7,000-inmate Chicago jail, but his defense attorney tells The Associated Press that coordination of the payment is complicated. He added that Kelly could be released as early as Monday or Tuesday. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OSCARS-MOMENTS — Spike Lee bounding into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson. A weeping Lady Gaga, and a delightfully daft Olivia Colman. Historic breakthroughs for black nominees and for women. The hostless Oscars at first threatened to be a rather dull affair, but soon came alive with genuine feel-good moments and heartwarming surprises. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 a.m., photos, videos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-OKINAWA REFERENDUM — The residents of Japan’s southwestern island region of Okinawa reject a relocation plan for a U.S. military base that was put to a referendum, increasing pressure on the national government to change its stance that the facility will be built no matter what. SENT: 630 words, photo.

ISRAEL-SYNTHETIC STEAKS — Several Israeli startups have joined a handful of companies around the globe trying to develop lab-grown meat, something they see as a solution to the world’s ever-growing population and burgeoning demand for food. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA TRADE — Trump’s decision to extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports raises cautious optimism in China and boosts share prices across Asia. SENT: 620 words, photo. With CHINA-TRADE-THE LATEST; FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stocks mostly higher after Trump tariff extension.

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SPORTS

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REDSHIRT WHIFFS — Redshirt mistakes still happen in big-time college basketball. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.