BC-AP News Digest 2 pm


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

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Rally scheduled for 7:40 p.m. in Louisville.

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ONLY ON AP

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FRANCE-AIRPORT SHOOTING —Video obtained exclusively by The Associated Press of a suspected Islamic extremist at Paris’ Orly airport shows a soldier caught by surprise when an attacker drops a shopping bag and grabs her from behind. The video is security footage of the Saturday incident that caused panic and shut down the French capital’s second-biggest airport. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA — The FBI is investigating possible coordination between the Kremlin and campaign associates of Donald Trump, Director James Comey tells Congress. It’s his first public confirmation of a counterintelligence probe that could shadow the White House for months if not years. By Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING 900 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing opens with Republicans praising his commitment to the Constitution’s separation of powers. But a senior Democrat brands him “anti-choice, anti-environment and pro-corporate.” By Mark Sherman and Erica Werner. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. With: SUPREME COURT-IN YOUR LIFE — Court’s rulings are woven into daily life. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

MUSLIMS-JEWS-TRUMP — Alliances between American Jews and Muslims strengthen dramatically in response to the surge in bigoted rhetoric and harassment since the presidential election. Deep differences remain between members of the two faiths, mainly over Israel and the Palestinians, raising questions about whether this new level of cooperation can endure. By Religion Writer Rachel Zoll. UPCOMING: 1,380 words, photos. This is story is moving as the Tuesday Spotlight.

BRITAIN-BREXIT — Britain will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors. Britain’s ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed European Council President Donald Tusk of the exact start date on Monday morning. By Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless. WITH: BRITAIN-BREXIT-WHAT NEXT? – Brexit explained: What’s next on the UK’s road out of the EU; GIBRALTAR-BREXIT — Gibraltar faces Brexit chaos against its will (both sent).

SYRIA — Syrian government forces regain control of parts of Damascus that were attacked and captured by rebels and militants the previous day, with dozens killed on both sides during the fighting, the military and an activist group say. The surprise rebel incursion, in which fighters sneaked into the city through hidden tunnels and set off car bombs, was the most serious infiltration in years into President Bashar Assad’s seat of power. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

GLOBAL HAPPINESS — A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 730 words, photo. With GLOBAL HAPPINESS-GLANCE — List of top 10 most happy and 10 least happy countries (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBIT-DAVID ROCKEFELLER — David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously philanthropic families, dies at 101. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BRADY JERSEY-FOUND — Police say they tracked Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey to Mexico, and also found a jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

YOUTUBE-LGBTQ CONTENT — YouTube is explaining why some gay-themed content is being restricted following complaints from users. SENT: 500 words, photos.

TRUMP-GATES — Tech billionaire Bill Gates is meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss progress in programs for global health and development as well as domestic education

ERIC TRUMP-BABY — Trump’s son Eric announces on Twitter that he and his wife Lara are expecting their first child. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — President Donald Trump works Congress and his supporters around the country to win support for the GOP health care bill. By Ken Thomas and Julie Bykowicz. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., update after 7:40 p.m. Louisville, Kentucky rally, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ — President Donald Trump holds his first meeting with Iraq’s prime minister as he works to shape his policy for defeating the Islamic State group. By Vivian Salama and Robert Burns. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: New approach of 700 words by 5 p.m., photo, video. WITH: IRAQ — Iraqi officials say Baghdad bombing kills at least 23, wounds 45 others. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MILITARY-NUDE PHOTOS — Marine Corps issues detailed social media policy after nude photo-sharing scandal. SENT: 750 words, photo.

COUNTING AMERICANS-MIDDLE EASTERNERS — Americans from Middle East and North Africa may soon be counted in U.S. census as distinct members of their country, not as “white” or “some other race.” SENT: 880 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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PENN STATE-ABUSE — Jury selection is off to a slow start in the trial of a former Penn State president as lawyers finalize questions the potential jurors will be asked about sexual abuse and other sensitive topics. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

GOVERNMENT SURVEYS-LGBT — LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration’s quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys, moves that have alarmed watchdogs who worry they point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.

COLORADO WILDFIRE — Firefighters were able to contain about half of a small but potentially dangerous wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colorado, that forced hundreds to flee and sent up thick plumes of black smoke. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GERMANY-US-NATO — Chancellor Angela Merkel underlines Germany’s rejection of a claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that her country owes NATO large sums for underspending on defense. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-SESAME STREET-AUTISM — A Muppet with autism will soon be welcomed on “Sesame Street.” Julia has blazing red hair and bright green eyes, and she will make her TV debut on “Sesame Street” on April 10 on both PBS and HBO. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

ROMAN POLANSKI — A judge is scheduled to hear new arguments from Roman Polanski’s lawyer about why the fugitive director’s long-running underage sex case should be drawn to a close. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BOOKS-Q&A-MATTHEW WEINER — “Mad Men” is a key part of the TV’s modern golden age, and a detailed reminder of why has arrived with a newly published two-volume, 1,000-page tribute. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-RURAL HOSPITALS — As Republicans in Washington put forward long-anticipated plans to get rid of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, rural hospitals and communities are watching the debate closely. But if they didn’t fare too well under the ACA, many question whether they’d be better off under the plan backed by President Donald Trump. By Russ Bynum, Rebecca Santana and Kathleen Foody. SENT: 990 words, photos.

THEME PARKS-VIRTUAL LINES — At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s your turn to get on the ride. SENT: 775 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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