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March 4, 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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DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER — A tornado roars into southeast Alabama and kills at least 22 people and injures several others, part of a severe storm system that caused catastrophic damage and unleashed other tornadoes around the Southeast. “We are at 22 right now. Unfortunately, I feel like that number may rise yet again,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says of the death toll. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Declaring it’s “very clear” President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House committee that would be in charge of impeachment says the panel is requesting documents from more than 60 people from Trump’s administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russia investigation. By Hope Yen. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CHINA-CONGRESS — A year since effectively making himself China’s leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, a trade war with the United States and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-HOMELESS — The Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael in October is still experiencing a housing crisis. Officials estimate almost three-quarters of the households in Bay County, Florida, were impacted in some way by the storm. Initial estimates put the number of homeless at 20,000 people. Bay County officials say that 7,800 people are still without their own place to live. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video.

GENETIC FRONTIERS-SINGLE CELLS — Lab techniques developed in the past few years are revealing new secrets of our cells. Scientists can now zero in on individual cells to examine their DNA or the gene activity. That has led to an ambitious plan to determine every type of cell in the human body. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

CHICAGO VIOLENCE-GANG TV — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he’s afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won’t leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips into his pocket. Cotton, 28, quit his $7-an-hour job cleaning refrigerators at a big-box store six years ago to enter a new and uniquely dangerous field of newsgathering in which video journalists interview street gangs and rappers in high-crime areas, then post the videos on YouTube channels. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,170 words, photo, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ-MISSING YAZIDIS — Yazidi women who escaped IS captivity say they fear hundreds of other women still missing, may never return home. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-SPIELBERG VERSUS NETFLIX — A report that Steven Spielberg is supporting an Oscar rule change that would block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility provokes a heated and unwieldy debate. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RECRUITING BIG MEN —College recruiting focuses on big men who can dribble, shoot and move well defensively to fit today’s game. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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