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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

February 20, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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SAMSUNG-NEW PHONES _ Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales. SENT: 130 words.

NYPD FRIENDLY FIRE DEATH _ Funeral being held for NYC detective killed by friendly fire. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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HAZARDOUS MINES _ Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated. The Associated Press found that the toxic torrent is killing aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

NIGERIA-ELECTION-KANNYWOOD FOR PEACE _ As emergencies go, it had a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing to the country for peace. Deploying film stars to call for calm follows weeks of TV ads and T-shirts urging Nigerians in widely spoken pidgin English to “Vote Not Fight: Election no be war.” The last-minute delay of the vote until Saturday, however, has sharpened some tempers. By Cara Anna. UPCOMING: 630 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES

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NKOREA-ENDING THE WAR _ With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. Such an announcement could make history. It would be right in line with Trump’s opposition to “forever wars.” And, coming more than six decades after the fighting essentially ended, it just seems like common sense. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-TRUMP _ Disputes over President Donald Trump’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation’s most populous state. The Trump administration says it plans to cancel or claw back $3.5 billion in federal dollars allocated to California’s high-speed rail project, a move Gov. Gavin Newsom called “political retribution” for the state’s lawsuit against Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. California led a 16-state coalition in filing the suit, challenging Trump’s power to declare an emergency to earn more money to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

VENEZUELA-VICTIMS OF UNREST _ A crackdown by an elite police unit is spreading fear among protesters in poor neighborhoods across Venezuela, where a history of steadfast loyalty to socialist President Nicolas Maduro has begun to crack amid hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages. At least 43 people have been killed since last month, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. Rights groups say some appear to be targeted slayings by the National Police Action Force, an elite commando unit. By Fabiola Sanchez. SENT: 960 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-ANALYSIS _ Can Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recapture the magic that fueled his first presidential campaign? To win the Democratic nomination, he may not need to. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MILITARY-COLD WEATHER TRAINING _ After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents, the U.S. military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great-power competition with Russia and China, and against unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. High up in the California mountains, Marines undergoing advanced cold-weather training are learning how to battle future enemies and the unforgiving environment. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

TERROR WATCHLIST _ The federal government has acknowledged that it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities, prompting concerns from civil libertarians that those mistakenly placed on the list could face a wide variety of hassles in their daily lives. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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VIETNAM-SUMMIT-HAIRDOS _ Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders’ hairdos for free. SENT: 240 words, photos, video.

PANAMA-MARIANO RIVERA _ Pitching great Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations “unfounded.” SENT: 390 words, photo.

OBAMA CURRY MEETING _ Obama joined by Warriors star Curry to tell minority boys “you matter.” SENT: 380 words, photos.

MEDIA-CNN-ISGUR _ Former Sessions spokeswoman joins CNN. SENT: 130 words, photo.

CHINA-LANTERN-FESTIVAL-PHOTO-GALLERY _ Red lanterns, lasers light up the Forbidden City. SENT: 130 words.

OBIT-HOROWITZ _ “Fight Back!” consumer reporter David Horowitz dies. SENT: 530 words, photo.

WEINSTEIN LAWSUIT _ Judge to consider Harvey Weinstein appeal of sex trafficking ruling. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing at noon.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL _ Trump nominates Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-TIBET _ China is barring foreign travelers from Tibet over a period of several weeks that includes a pair of sensitive political anniversaries questioning the legitimacy of Beijing’s rule over the Himalayan region. SENT: 580 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-CHILE-EXTRADITION _ A woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating to Chile’s 1973-1990 military dictatorship appears in a Sydney court for an extradition hearing. SENT: 430 words.

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NATIONAL

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EMPIRE-CAST-MEMBER-ATTACK _ Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman says. SENT: 670 words, photos.

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM-LAWSUIT _ A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appears starkly divided over the prospect of ending the policy, provoking citations of scripture and the higher suicide rate among transgender teens. SENT: 690 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA _ The apparent Republican winner of the country’s last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing resumes at 9:30 a.m.

COLORADO WOMAN-MISSING _ After urging a woman he was having an affair with for months to kill his fiancee, investigators say a Colorado man did it himself on Thanksgiving Day, bludgeoning her to death with a baseball bat. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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ISRAEL-REEF REFUGE _ As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS _ Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there’s video evidence. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ESPORTS-BREAKOUT GAME _ Royale rumble: For the first time since its meteoric rise, “Fortnite” may have a challenger atop the video game industry. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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