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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

March 30, 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 Trump declares he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president insists, “I am not kidding around.” By Catherine Lucey, Nomaan Merchant and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-MIGRANT CHILD DEATH-FACT CHECK _ Trump misrepresents the circumstances of a 7-year-old girl’s death as he seeks to steer any potential blame away from his administration; MEXICO-IMMIGRATION _ Mexico says it won’t react to Trump threats over border (both sent).

CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE _ President Donald Trump’s decision to revive the fight over Affordable Care Act stirs a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. By Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-RURAL VOTERS _ Several Democratic presidential candidates will make their case to Iowa farmers Saturday _ part of a broader effort to win over rural voters who have drifted to Republicans in recent years. SENT: 810 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-AOC _ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a big part of the 2020 race; ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE-ORIGIN STORY _ Beto O’Rourke makes El Paso the centerpiece of his campaign identity (both sent).

BREXIT _ British lawmakers rejected the government’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving the U.K. facing the stark prospect of a chaotic departure from the European Union in just two weeks, with political leaders in turmoil and the country ill-prepared for the shock. By Danika Kirka and Jill Lawless. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. With BREXIT-STUNNED EUROPE _ Little gloating in Europe at Britain’s Brexit mess; BREXIT-WHAT NEXT? _ What now for Britain’s troubled Brexit? (both sent).

BOREN-UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION _ A former University of Oklahoma student alleges he was touched and kissed inappropriately by former university President David Boren on several occasions almost a decade ago when the man worked as a teaching aide for the onetime governor and senator. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 1,160 words, video, photos.

HIJACKED SHIP-RESCUES AT SEA _ A rescue in the Mediterranean Sea that took an ominous turn has raised concerns that some merchant ship captains might become reluctant to save migrants in danger of drowning during the perilous crossing from north Africa to Europe, fearing they could lose control of their ship. By Elena Becatoros and Maggie Michael. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE _ Mozambican authorities say the number of cholera cases among cyclone survivors has risen to 271. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PEOPLE-NICOLAS CAGE _ Nicolas Cage has filed for an annulment four days after getting married in Las Vegas. SENT: 100 words, photos.

PAKISTANI-ACCIDENT _ Pakistani police say a bus has hit a rickshaw killing six schoolgirls and driver in the eastern Bhakkar district. SENT: 90 words.

POLICE SHOOTING-OFFICERS CLEARED _ An investigation by the New York attorney general’s office has cleared NYPD officers in the killing last year of a mentally disturbed man police said was wielding a piece of pipe like a gun. SENT: 280 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-JAPANESE BOYS _ Two Japanese teenagers have been found dead in Australia’s Lake McKenzie after being reported missing from a school tour. SENT: 190 words, photo.

FRANCE-PROTESTS _ French yellow vest protesters are rallying to support an activist injured in a confrontation with police. SENT: 140 words, photos.

FRANCE-EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ With Brexit looming and nationalism rising, French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-EU party is launching its campaign for the European Parliament elections. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SLOVAKIA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION _ Voters in Slovakia are selecting a new head of state in a runoff that could give the country its first female president. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation will be sent to Congress by mid-April and will not be shared with the White House beforehand, Attorney General William Barr says. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-DEATH PENALTY _ Death row inmates Patrick Murphy and Domineque Ray each turned to courts recently with the same plea: Halt my execution because the state won’t let my spiritual adviser accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices overrode a lower court and allowed Ray’s execution to go forward in Alabama in February, they gave Murphy, a Texas inmate, a temporary reprieve Thursday night. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS _ Gaza health officials said Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man near the perimeter fence with Israel, hours before a planned mass rally that is to mark a year of weekly border protests. SENT: 620 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-MALI _ Mali’s prime minister urged the Security Council to maintain its more than 16,000-strong peacekeeping mission in the country, warning that any reduction will end up strengthening Islamic militants and endangering the “fragile progress” toward peace. SENT: 560 words, photos.

MOROCCO-POPE _ Pope Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. SENT: 460 words, photos.

BRAZIL-BOLSONARO-ISRAEL _ Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was leaving on an official visit to Israel, where he was expected to decide whether he will move the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. SENT: 350 words, photo.

NICARAGUA _ Nicaraguan government negotiators sign agreements ratifying their commitment to release and drop charges against hundreds of people considered political prisoners by the opposition, and promising freedom to demonstrate. SENT: 320 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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ABORTION-GEORGIA _ Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the U.S. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CHILDREN’S SHELTER-INVESTIGATION _ Workers won’t face charges after they were seen on video dragging and shoving immigrant children at a privately run shelter in Arizona, authorities say. Prosecutors in Maricopa County said there’s no reasonable likelihood of proving the workers committed a crime at the now-shuttered Southwest Key facility near Phoenix. SENT: 320 words, photo.

ARIZONA LAWMAKER-SEX CRIMES _ An Arizona lawmaker who resigned this week amid an ethics investigation was accused of paying boys for sex, according to a 1983 police report released Friday by the House Ethics Committee. SENT: 440 words.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CREDIT UNION LIQUADATED ARREST _ A credit union that serves employees of the CBS television network has been liquidated as one of its long-time managers faces charges of embezzling $40 million from the institution over a 20-year period, authorities announce. SENT: 380 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKC--NCAA-KEY INJURIES _ The injury questions piled up in NCAA Sweet 16 games in the East and Midwest regions with the potential to impact who earns the final two spots in the Final Four. Kentucky’s PJ Washington returned from a foot injury and played through pain in a win against Houston. Duke didn’t have freshman starter Cam Reddish against Virginia Tech due to a knee injury. And Auburn is dealing with a potentially serious knee injury for Chuma Okeke from its win against Midwest top seed North Carolina. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 610 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA--AUBURN-N CAROLINA _ The euphoria of reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in 33 years had already worn off and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was left to arrange his bravest smile on his face. His trigger-happy Tigers were moving on in the NCAA Tournament. They were doing it without their most versatile player. Behind yet another 3-point barrage, No. 5 seed Auburn overcame a slow start to roar past top-seeded North Carolina 97-80 in the Midwest Region semifinals Friday night. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: BKC--NCAA-HOUSTON-KENTUCKY _ Herro late 3-pointer lifts Kentucky over Houston, to Elite 8; BKC--NCAA-VIRGINIA TECH-DUKE _ Zion, Duke avoid upset, edge Virginia Tech 75-73 in NCAAs (both sent).

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-ROCK HALL _ Stevie Nicks, who became the first woman inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Janet Jackson both accepted their honors by calling for other women to join them. They joined a quintet of British bands in the hall. By Entertainment Writer David Bauder. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With MUSIC-ROCK HALL-THE LATEST.

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