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BC-AP News Digest 3am

March 6, 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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JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Japanese media report that Nissan Motor’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, has been released on bail.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS _ Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, is returning to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of testimony as Democrats pursue a flurry of investigations into Trump’s White House, businesses and presidential campaign. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 530 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after 9:30 a.m. hearing. With TRUMP-INVESTIGATIONS _ Investigations draw Trump’s scorn, likely legal challenges; TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is preparing to leave detention after posting $8.9 million in bail once an appeal by prosecutors against his release was rejected. That clears the way for him to leave the Spartan conditions of the Tokyo Detention Center, where he has been held since his Nov. 19 arrest. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 450 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER-DEVASTATED FAMILIES _ Two cousins have a hard time counting all the relatives they lost to a tornado that wiped out a rural community in Alabama. Cordarrly Jones and Demetria Jones say their grandparents, an uncle and seven cousins are all gone. Just about everyone in the area near tiny Beauregard was related. The deadliest U.S. tornado in nearly six years killed at least 23 people. The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 89. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 690 words, photos.

SYRIA-IS FINAL DAYS _ As final defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory, they are continuing benefits like food and money to supporters while their religious police and fighters still impose their rule of fear and brutality. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. With IRAQ-IS CHILD SUSPECTS _ Group: Hundreds of Iraqi IS child suspects arrested.

US-CHINA TRADE TALKS-OBSTACLES _ Under Trump, America’s trade deficit with China has so far worsened. That gap represents an unfulfilled Trump pledge just as talks between the world’s two largest economies may be nearing a potential deal to suspend their trade war. Despite signals from Chinese and U.S. officials that some truce could soon be at hand, there are few signs of any truly transformed trade relationship. Beijing’s longstanding policy of subsidizing its own businesses and charges that it illicitly obtains U.S. technology remain key obstacles. By Economic Writers Josh Boak and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,060 words, photo. Also see CHINA-FOREIGN INVESTMENT below.

CLUB DRUG-DEPRESSION MEDICINE _ A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K wins U.S. approval for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FILM-HELLO KITTY _ Hello Kitty to make her big screen debut. SENT: 140 words, photos.

TEENAGER AND TODDLER SHOT _ Providence police: Teen, baby shot while riding inside car. SENT: 120 words.

SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES _ Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

TV-JEOPARDY-TEAM CHAMPIONS _ Clash of “Jeopardy!” titans ends with $1 million runaway win. SENT: 660 words, photo.

TRUMP-BUCKET LIST _ Man’s dying wish fulfilled with call from Trump. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BANGLADESH-BRITAIN-BEGUM’S FATHER _ The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria says his daughter’s citizenship should not be canceled and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime. SENT: 660 words, photos.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY _ North Korea is reportedly restoring facilities at its long-range rocket launch site that it had dismantled as part of disarmament steps last year. SENT: 370 words, photos.

AP-EXPLAINS-CANADA-TRUDEAU _ Former Canada attorney general says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and senior members of his government inappropriately sought to pressure her not to prosecute a major Canadian company in a case involving allegations of corruption in Libya. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEMOCRATS-OMAR _ Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota thrust the Democrats into an uncomfortable debate over Israel policy a few weeks before a high-profile conference where senior Democrats typically make a show of support for the Jewish state. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA STORMS _ A storm soaking California could trigger mudslides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents are under evacuation orders, authorities warn. SENT: 380 words, photos.

IMMIGRANT ACTIVIST DETAINED _ An Argentine immigrant says his most recent detention feels like retaliation for starring in a new award-winning documentary about a group that infiltrated a for-profit detention center to expose injustices. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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CHINA-FOREIGN INVESTMENT _ China will bar government authorities from demanding overseas companies hand over technology secrets in exchange for market share, a top economic official says, addressing a key complaint at the heart of the China-U.S. trade dispute. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TJ TO NEW TEAM _ Pitcher Kendall Graveman is learning his way around the Chicago Cubs after Tommy John surgery. By Sports Writer Jay Cohen. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FIFA FINANCES _ FIFA’s cash reserves soar to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbs to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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R KELLY INVESTIGATIONS-INTERVIEW _ In his first interview since being charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls, R. Kelly says he “didn’t do this stuff” and he’s fighting for his life. SENT: 480 words, photos.

PEOPLE-KELSEA BALLERINI _ Country singer Kelsea Ballerini got a big surprise when the vocal group Little Big Town invited her to become the Grand Ole Opry’s newest and youngest current member. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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