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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

February 26, 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 .




VENEZUELA-SOLDIER DEFECTORS _ The simple house on a street ridden with potholes in this town on Colombia’s restive border with Venezuela has become a refuge for the newly homeless _ 40 Venezuelan soldiers who abandoned their posts and ran for their lives. The young National Guard troops sleep on thin mats on the floor. In one room, several flak jackets rest along a wall. On a balcony, boots that got wet crossing the muddy Tachira River are set out to dry. By Christine Armario. SENT: 1,390 words, photos.




TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s armored limousine, surrounded by his phalanx of burly bodyguards, rolls into Vietnam’s capital ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump that’s meant to deal with perhaps the world’s biggest security challenge: Kim’s pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of viably threatening targets around the planet. By Foster Klug. SENT: 880 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ Vietnam Summit Kim Station (CR) _ Kim arrives in Vietnam for talks with U.S. UPCOMING: Trump scheduled to arrive in Hanoi at 9:30 a.m. With TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-THE LATEST. For complete coverage: https://apnews.com/Trump-KimSummit . See MORE ON TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT below.

AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED _ The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and the Vatican’s economy minister, bowed his head but then regained his composure as the 12-member jury delivered unanimous verdicts in the Victoria state County Court on Dec. 11 after more than two days of deliberation. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 2,040 words, photos. With AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED-CONFLICTING CASES _ ; AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED-SUPPRESSED _ Pell’s trial draws attention to court suppression orders; AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED-CHRONOLOGY.

PAKISTAN-INDIA TENSIONS _ Pakistan says India launched an airstrike on its territory that caused no casualties, while India says it targeted a terrorist training camp in a pre-emptive strike that killed a “very large number” of militants. By Riaz Khan and Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 760 words, photos. With PAKISTAN-INDIA-TENSIONS-THE-LATEST.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _ Democrats are moving quickly to try to roll back Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from the military to fund construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 980 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the morning; timing of vote uncertain. With IMMIGRATION-WISCONSIN _ Wisconsin governor orders troops to leave southern border.

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS _ Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will start a three-day gauntlet of congressional appearances by giving a closed-door interview to the Senate intelligence committee, where he is expected to detail what he knows about Trump’s contacts with Russians and other sensitive matters. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 780 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words after interview, timing uncertain. With TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW.

ANTIBIOTIC ALTERNATIVES _ Bacteria lodged deep in Ella Balasa’s lungs were impervious to most antibiotics. At 26, gasping for breath, she sought out a dramatic experiment _ deliberately inhaling a virus culled from sewage to attack her superbug. “I’m really running out of options,” says Balasa, who traveled from her Richmond, Virginia, home to Yale University for the last-resort treatment. “I know it might not have an effect. But I am very hopeful.” By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1,420 words, photos, video.




AP EXPLAINS: TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-WHAT EVERYONE WANTS _ Trump and Kim Jong Un will likely be all smiles as they shake hands later this week in Hanoi for a meeting meant to put flesh on what many critics call their frustratingly vague first summit in Singapore, but behind the grins is a swirl of competing goals and fears. By Foster Klug. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA _ Trump heads into his second meeting with Kim Jong Un determined to tamp down expectations that he’ll gain a roadmap to denuclearization. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words after Trump arrival in Hanoi, around 9:30 a.m.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-HANOI POSTCARD _ Summit may be a chance for Trump and Kim to advance the cause of world peace, but for canny entrepreneurs it’s an opportunity to make a buck or a dong. SENT: 870 words, photos.




TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-KIM’S SMOKE BREAK _ TV footage shows Kim Jong Un taking smoke break. SENT: 200 words, photos.

SEC-ELON MUSK _ SEC wants Tesla CEO Elon Musk held in contempt for tweeting. SENT: 700 words, photo.

TESLA CRASH _ Tesla driver killed in high-speed Florida crash and fire. SENT: 270 words.

DEAD COYOTES-NEIGHBORHOOD _ Dozens of dead coyotes found behind a North Carolina subdivision. SENT: 130 words.




IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES _ House Democrats are laying the groundwork to subpoena Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words after vote, expected around 9:30 a.m.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS _ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders pledges to “sooner than later” make public 10 years of his tax returns and vows to support the eventual Democratic presidential nominee, saying he held no grudges against the Democratic National Committee over his unsuccessful 2016 campaign. SENT: 590 words, photo.

ARMY GUARD-GETTING FIT _ The Army National Guard is looking for nearly 5,000 fitness instructors and buying roughly $40 million in workout equipment in the next seven months to help its soldiers meet new physical fitness standards being set by the military service. SENT: 810 words, photos.

CHICAGO MAYORAL ELECTION _ There are 14 candidates _ all promising to steer Chicago in a new direction _ when voters cast ballots for the city’s next mayor. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls open at 7 a.m., close at 8 p.m.




NIGERIA-ELECTION _ Anxious Nigerians await a second day of state-by-state announcements of presidential election results in a race described as too close to call. SENT: 550 words, photos.

GAZA-OPIOIDS _ An opioid crisis has quietly spread in the Gaza Strip, trapping thousands of people in the hell of addiction and adding another layer of misery to the blockaded and impoverished coastal territory. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-JORGE RAMOS _ A team of American journalists led by Univision’s Jorge Ramos say they had their camera equipment and phones seized at Venezuela’s presidential palace after Nicolas Maduro abruptly ended an interview. SENT: 340 words, photo. With VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Pence in Colombia announces new sanctions on Maduro.




R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS _ R. Kelly walks out of a Chicago jail after posting $100,000 bail that allows him to go free while awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused four people dating to 1998, including three underage girls. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos.

SOUNDS OF SIRENS _ If two New York City lawmakers get their way, the long, droning siren from police cars, firetrucks and ambulances that has been part of the city’s soundtrack for generations would be replaced by a high-low wail similar to what’s heard on the streets of London and Paris. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA-STAND YOUR GROUND _ Opening statements are expected in the trial of a fired Florida police officer who is charged with the fatal 2015 shooting of a stranded black motorist. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Opening statements at 9 a.m.

DRUG RAID-COUPLE KILLED _ Friends of a Houston couple fatally shot by police during a drug raid of their home continue pushing back against claims the two were criminals. SENT: 960 words, photos.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN _ A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to Colorado River water is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest lake, hoping to capitalize on one of its best opportunities to tackle a long-standing environmental and human health hazard. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

WESTERN STORMS _ A winter storm that slammed the western U.S. is barreling through California, bringing threats of flooding, avalanches and blinding, blowing snow on roads in the Sierra Nevada. SENT: 470 words, photos.

CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS _ A high-ranking appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is due in court to be resentenced in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from noon sentencing.




CHINA-AMERICAN COMPANIES _ American companies in China increasingly worry U.S.-Chinese relations will deteriorate and are “hedging their bets” by delaying investments or moving operations, a business group reports. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 420 words, photos.




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