BC-AP News Digest 3 am


Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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GERMANY-TRAIN CRASH — Police say several people have been killed or injured in an early morning train crash in southern Germany. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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TOP STORIES

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2016-ELECTION RDP — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders’ pursuit of their parties’ nomination. By Julie Pace and Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 790 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day. With video US NH DIXVILLE NOTCH (CR); CAMPAIGN 2016-MIDNIGHT VOTING — Sanders, Kasich win 1st votes in tiny NH community; 2016-ELECTION-RETAIL POLITICS — Can door-to-door campaigning survive?; 2016-ELECTION-NEWS GUIDE; 2016-ELECTION-WATCHING TUESDAY; CAMPAIGN 2016-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY (all sent).

HONG KONG-NEW YEAR PROTEST — Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descends into chaotic scenes as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clash over a street market selling fishballs and other local holiday delicacies, with dozens injured and arrested. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; video.

ISLAMIC STATE HOSTAGE — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year is charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s death, the Justice Department says. By Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann. SENT: 630 words, photo.

NKOREA-PROVOCATIONS — A look at Pyongyang’s provocations, and how it learned long ago that it could achieve a great deal with deliberate belligerence. A photo stack by Tim Sullivan. SENT: 930 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-NKOREA-CHINA — U.S. responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China; JAPAN-NKOREA — Japan’s parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch (both sent).

PALESTINIANS DOCTOR — After Dr. Saleem Haj-Yahia performed the first-ever successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank last month, he was greeted with flowers, balloons and cheering crowds and publicly praised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. By Mohammed Daraghmeh. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SUPER BOWL-BRONCOS PARADE — Party like it’s 1999: Denver to celebrate another Super Bowl. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from parade starting at 2 p.m.

SUPER BOWL-NEVADA SPORTSBOOKS-2017 — Panthers, Patriots early favorites to win 2017 Super Bowl. SENT: 280 words.

BRAZIL-CARETAS CARNIVAL-PHOTO GALLERY — Frowning masks and whips highlight Carnival in Brazil town. SENT: 110 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA-BESIEGED — More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis. By Cara Anna. SENT: 720 words, photo.

TAIWAN-EARTHQUAKE — Rescuers using cranes, dogs and electronic devices search for survivors in a high-rise apartment complex in southern Taiwan that was toppled three days earlier by a powerful earthquake. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With TAIWAN-EARTHQUAKE-SURVIVOR’S TALE — Survivor tells of living through collapse of Taiwan building (sent).

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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OBAMA BUDGET — President Barack Obama unveils his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on. SENT: 710 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words after 11 a.m. release.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-UNINSURED — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a new government report. SENT: 590 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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GRAND JURY-OFFICER TESTIMONY — Georgia is considering changing its unique law that gives officers accused in use-of-force cases the chance to testify on their own behalf before grand juries weighing charges against them — without being questioned by a prosecutor. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 a.m., photos.

STAIRWELL SHOOTING-TRIAL — A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments in the trial of police officer who accidentally fired his gun in an apartment building stairwell, killing an unarmed man. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from closing arguments, then 400 words by 5 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and dropped several inches of snow on southeastern Massachusetts is expected to bring snow to other parts of the East Coast. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-2020 PROBLEM — On the face of it, hosting the 2020 Olympics is a big win for Japan at a time when its economy seems besieged by intractable problems. But for some, 2020 is another manifestation of what has been going wrong in Japan for decades. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian markets tumble, led by a 5.4 percent slide in Tokyo, as renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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OLYMPIC GOALS — Jordan Morris’ U.S. teammates are grateful to see the new pro get a financial benefit from the last month in camp. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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