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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

March 20, 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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ONLY ON AP

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BLACK LUNG DISEASE-FUND _ Inaction by Congress and the Trump administration is threatening a fund that supports coal miners suffering from black lung disease. Federal budget officials say that has cut the flow of money so sharply into the fund that it might not have enough to cover the cost of doctors’ visits and medicines for about 25,000 retired coal miners starting next year. By Dillon Lovan. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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NEW-ZEALAND-MOSQUE-SHOOTING _ A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for “the safest country in the world” are buried before hundreds of mourners, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse. The funerals of Khalid Mustafa, 44, and Hamza Mustafa, 15, came five days after a white supremacist methodically gunned down 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch _ a massacre that he broadcast live on Facebook. By Nick Perry, Juliet Williams and Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With TURKEY-NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ Erdogan again airs attack video at rally despite criticism; NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-VICTIMS-VIGNETTES; NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-THE LATEST.

DISNEY-FOX _ Disney closes its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting “Cinderella,” ″The Simpsons,” ″Star Wars” and “Dr. Strange” under one corporate roof. The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. It will also likely lead to layoffs in the thousands, thanks to duplication in Fox and Disney film-production staff. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 520 words, photos. With DISNEY-FOX-GLANCE.

TRUMP-OHIO _ President Donald Trump is returning to Ohio, the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: 990 words after 2 p.m. arrival in Ohio.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-INTERNATIONAL AID _ International aid starts trickling into the east African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to ease the humanitarian crisis created by floodwaters from Cyclone Idai. Relief efforts that were initially stifled by airport closures slowly gain steam, and foreign governments begin pledging aid to help the region recover from the worst flooding in decades. By National Writer Matt Sedensky. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MUELLER DEVOTEES _ Robert Mueller has inspired his own genre of arts and crafts as he leads the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election. One can buy Mueller paintings, prayer candles, valentines and ornaments. A necklace, earrings, keychains. A stuffed toy of Mueller in a Superman outfit, cross-stitch patterns, baby onesies _ even an illustration of his haircut to hang on the wall. By Claire Galofaro. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. With MUELLER-ROLE REVERSAL _ Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller.

FEDERAL RESERVE _ The Federal Reserve is expected to end its latest policy meeting by refining its new overarching message that it plans to be “patient” about any further interest rate hikes. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Fed decision at 2 p.m.; Powell news conference at 2:30 p.m. With FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian markets mixed as investors look ahead to Fed report.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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KRISTOFF-ST-JOHN-DEATH _ Coroner says “Young and Restless” star died of heart disease. SENT: 270 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE-NEW HAMPSHIRE _ Beto O’Rourke seeks end of voter ID laws that he calls “racist.” SENT: 140 words, photos.

CAPITALS-WHITE HOUSE _ Stanley Cup champion Capitals to visit Trump at White House. SENT: 770 words, photo.

CHIMPANZEE BIRTH _ Baby chimpanzee born at North Carolina Zoo. SENT: 130 words, photo.

ELDER ABUSE-RATS _ California man, 96, found in home with hundreds of rats. SENT: 260 words, photo.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS CUT _ Ref who told wrestler to cut dreads alleges defamation. SENT: 150 words, photo.

BOBCAT KILLED _ Bobcat killed by car after surviving California wildfire. SENT: 120 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-EXCLUDING BLACK JURORS _ The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a Mississippi prosecutor’s decision to keep African-Americans off a black death row inmate’s jury in a murder trial. SENT: 480 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words after late morning arguments.

UNITED STATES-MIDEAST PEACE-ANALYSIS _ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pays a visit to Israel this week, but it’s what he’s not doing while there that may be the most notable aspect of the trip. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-FOREST MANAGEMENT _ California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

KATRINA-FLOOD MUSEUM _ Nearly 14 years after Hurricane Katrina hit, there’s a house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood that looks as though the floodwaters only recently receded. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

IOWA LAWMAKER-TROOPER _ An Iowa highway patrolman who was recently elected to the Legislature wrote almost no tickets to his future constituents during his successful campaign for a state House seat. An APNewsBreak. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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HEALTH

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FDA-POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION DRUG _ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the first drug specifically developed for severe depression after childbirth. By Medical Writer Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 440 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-WOODSTOCK 50 _ Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers will headline one of the 50th anniversary shows commemorating the groundbreaking Woodstock festival this summer. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 610 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BRIDGE’S TROUBLED WATERS _ A doping ban handed down to the top-ranked player in bridge provokes a backlash in the card game. By Sports Writer John Leicester. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TIM DAHLBERG-BOOKIE’S BACK _ Column: No more bets in back rooms, as Vegas bookie Jimmy Vaccaro returns to his roots in Pennsylvania. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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