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March 15, 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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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING — At least 49 people are killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live video by an immigrant-hating white nationalist wielding at least two assault rifles and a shotgun. One man has been arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects have been taken into custody. By Nick Perry and Mark Baker. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

NKOREA-US — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official announces, adding that the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 790 words, photos.

ISRAEL-GAZA — Israeli warplanes struck some 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv. Rocket fire persisted into the morning, setting the stage for additional possible reprisals. By Josef Federman and Fares Akram. SENT: 790 words, photos. With ISRAEL-GAZA-THE LATEST.

TOKYO-ROBOTS — Tokyo’s Olympics may become known as the “Robot Games,” organizers say, with so-called “human support robots” that will assist people who are in wheelchairs, as well as “delivery support robots” to help visitors with luggage. By Sports Writer Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SHIPWRECK BEER — An ale introduced at a New York beer festival this month comes with an intriguing backstory — brewed from yeast in beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years. SENT: 590 words, video, photos.

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MORE ON NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING

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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-TRUMP — President Donald Trump sends condolences to the victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre and the White House denounces a “vicious act of hate.” The gunman leaves behind a manifesto citing Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity.” SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-SOCIAL MEDIA — Internet companies say they’re working to remove video footage filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shooting that was widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack. UPCOMING: 990 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-ICONOGRAPHY OF ATTACK — The self-proclaimed racist who attacked a New Zealand mosque during Friday prayers in an assault that killed 49 people used rifles covered in white-supremacist graffiti and listened to a song glorifying a Bosnian Serb war criminal. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — President Donald Trump is poised to issue the first veto of his presidency following a stunning rebuke in which a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency he declared to get more money for his southern border wall. By Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 3:30 p.m. Trump White House remarks.

UNITED STATES-INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT — The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-RUSSIA-PROBE — Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is not ready to be sentenced because he’s continuing to cooperate with “several ongoing investigations.” That’s according to a new court filing in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. SENT: 440 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-AMY KLOBUCHAR — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is going all in on Iowa, relying on her Midwest credentials to give her an edge in the caucuses. She visits the state this weekend for the third time since launching her campaign. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — U.S.-backed Syrian forces’ push to defeat the Islamic State group in its last, tiny bastion in Syria is slowed by the presence of civilians and scores of prisoners held by the extremists, officials say. SENT: 350 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH — The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed requested permission “in a panicky voice” to return to the airport shortly after takeoff, The New York Times reports, as the airline said the investigation into the flight recorders had begun. SENT: 760 words, video, photo.

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NATIONAL

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-ETHICS — The college-admissions bribery scheme revealed this week by federal prosecutors coincides with increasing cynicism about U.S. moral values. Ethics experts say Americans are barraged with accounts of corruption, greed and amoral behavior to the point that many likely wonder, “Why should I play by the rules?” Unethical behavior has always been among America’s national pastimes. Yet a strong case can be made that this moment is distinctive, with its constant stream of high-profile scandals. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SCIENCE GOES TO THE DOGS — A new exhibit at a Los Angeles museum examines the relationship between dogs and humans and explores why the two species seem to think so much alike and get along so well. “Dogs! A Science Tail” opens Saturday at the California Science Center. The show is part science, part history, part Norman Rockwell Americana and all canine. It features artwork, demonstrations by real working dogs, and stations that allow people to see, smell and hear like a dog does. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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R KELLY — A request by media organizations to have cameras allowed in the courtroom for the case of R&B star R. Kelly is about to come before a judge. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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SPORTS

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GLF--PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP — Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley share the lead going into the second round of The Players Championship. Tiger Woods is five back. By AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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