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February 24, 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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — A top House Democrat threatens to call special counsel Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill, subpoena documents and take the Trump administration to court if necessary in the event the full report on the Russia investigation is not made public. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Hope Yen. SENT: 510 words, photo.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Opposition leader Juan Guaido calls on the international community to consider “all options” to resolve Venezuela’s crisis, a dramatic escalation in rhetoric that echoes comments from the Trump administration hinting at possible U.S. military involvement. Analysts warn that prospect risks fracturing a hard-won coalition of Latin American nations that have come together to pressure Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach by 4:30 p.m.

NKOREA-REALITY AND MYTH — Fire, fury, love. Between the two of them, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have created a mythology about the U.S.-North Korean relationship that could gain another chapter when they meet in Hanoi this week for their second summit. By Calvin Woodward and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 2,180 words, photos..

OSCARS — The script for the 91st Academy Awards has been constantly rewritten, but Sunday night it will finally be time to hand out Oscars for the best of filmmaking in 2018. “Roma” and “The Favourite” are the leading nominees with 10 apiece, while “Black Panther” and Spike Lee have the potential to make history. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated following red carpet arrivals, around 7 p.m., and throughout the show. With OSCARS-THE LATEST. See additional coverage plans below.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.” But his failure to offer a concrete action plan to hold bishops accountable when they failed to protect their flocks from predators disappointed survivors, who had expected more from the first-ever global Catholic summit of its kind. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 870 words, photos. With VATICAN-SEX ABUSE-THE LATEST.

NIGERIA-ELECTION — Nigeria faced a second day of voting in scattered areas in a presidential election seen as too close to call, while the death toll from vote-related violence mounted in Africa’s largest democracy. The electoral commission mourned the killing of one of its workers by a stray bullet. At least 39 people have died in extremist and other attacks, said analysis unit SBM Intelligence. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MEDICARE DRUG COSTS — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. High on the list is capping out-of-pocket costs for participants in Medicare’s popular Part D prescription drug program, which has left some beneficiaries with bills rivaling a mortgage payment. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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JACKPOT MYSTERY — Nearly everyone in the small South Carolina town of Simpsonville has a theory for its billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October? Maybe the winner was so overwhelmed upon seeing the winning numbers that she or he died on the spot? Maybe the winner is on the run from police and fears a background check? Maybe that winning ticket fell from a car visor, ended up in a trash can and is forever buried at the Twin Chimneys Landfill. Or maybe, the winner is still going on with life as usual, before quietly taking the $878 million lump sum. SENT: 980 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH WEATHER — Weekend storms raked parts of the Southeast, leaving deaths and injuries in their wake as a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city and drenching rains fed a rising flood threat. SENT: 980 words, photos. With DEEP SOUTH WEATHER-THE LATEST.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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MOBILE SHOW-HUAWEI PHONE —China’s Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market’s dominant players, Apple and Samsung. By Business Writer Kelvin Chan. SENT: 840 words, photos.