BC-AP News Digest 6 pm

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





APPLE ENCRYPTION-BOSSING BUSINESS AROUND — This story, listed on earlier news digests, will not move today.

IRAN-ELECTIONS — Initial results expected early Saturday.

IRELAND ELECTION — Vote count begins Saturday.




CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump scores a powerhouse endorsement as he seeks to regain headway in a Republican presidential race that devolved into a series of fierce insults and schoolyard taunts heading into the weekend before Super Tuesday contests. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stuns the Republican establishment by swinging behind the New York billionaire. By Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin. SENT: 830 words, video, photos, audio. With CAMPAIGN 2016-CHRISTIE VS TRUMP — Christie had better be hungry: He’s got a lot of harsh words to eat about Trump now that he’s endorsed the billionaire businessman. SENT: 550 words, photos; CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST.

GOP 2016-TRUMP AUDIT — Donald Trump’s claim that he can’t release copies of his tax returns because the IRS is auditing him has tax experts scratching their heads. The Republican presidential front-runner’s stance is also emboldening critics who argue that Trump’s personal finances remain unexamined. By Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 650 words.

SYRIA — A cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia takes effect across Syria, marking the biggest international push to reduce violence in the country’s devastating conflict, but the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, are excluded. By Bassem Mroue and Zeina Karam. SENT: 900 words, photos. With SYRIA-THE-LATEST; SYRIA-TIMELINE; SYRIA-DAMASCUS MOOD — An unlikely normalcy prevails in the Syrian capital. SENT: 890 words, photos; RUSSIA-SYRIA-ANALYSIS — Putin can cash in on Syria gains with cease-fire. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ZIKA VIRUS-PREGNANT WOMEN — Zika infections have been confirmed in nine pregnant women in the United States, including one who gave birth to a baby with a rare birth defect, health officials say. All got the virus while visiting or living in places with Zika outbreaks. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 650 words, photo.

APPLE ENCRYPTION — Apple CEO Tim Cook defends his company’s opposition to a government iPhone-hacking plan at its annual shareholder meeting, one day after the tech giant formally challenged a court order to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a murderous extremist in San Bernardino, California. By Brandon Bailey. SENT: 530 words, video, photo, audio.

FIFA ELECTION — European soccer executive Gianni Infantino is elected president of FIFA, and he promises to “restore the image” of the sport’s world governing body that has been shaken by a growing bribery and corruption crisis. By Graham Dunbar and Rob Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m. With FIFA ELECTION-THE LATEST; FIFA ELECTION-INFANTINO — The new FIFA president like the substitute who came off the bench to score the winning goal in a cup final. SENT: 570 words, photos.

OSCAR’S WORTH — The actual worth of the 13½-inch golden boy known as Oscar is about $500. But it can be worth many millions to the careers of its lucky recipients. Not a bad ego booster, either. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 870 words, photos. With OSCARS-MEXICO — Mexico is abuzz with the possibility that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu could snag an unprecedented third in a row directing Oscar by Mexicans. SENT: 820 words, photos; OSCARS COSTUMES — How the craft of costume design can help dress up a film for a date at the Oscars. SENT: 760 words, photos.




UBER VS TAXI-SAFETY — The deadly shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, raises anew a question: Uber rides may be cheaper and more convenient than a cab, but are they as safe? SENT: 850 words, photos.

MEXICO MONARCH BUTTERFLIES — Investigators say Monarch butterflies have made a big comeback in their wintering grounds in Mexico after suffering serious declines. SENT: 860 words, photo.

CHEESE IMITATION-PLEAS — A woman whose family controls several Pennsylvania cheese-making firms will plead guilty to charges that their grated cheese had too little cheese and too much wood pulp. SENT: 400 words.

MUSIC-OBIT-BAKER — A longtime member of Sha Na Na who sang lead on the rock and doo-wop group’s hit “Blue Moon” has died in Massachusetts. SENT: 340 words.

TOM BRADY’S PUPPY — “Lion King” video of Tom Brady’s new pup gets 2M-plus views. SENT: 130 words.

BRAZIL OPEN-BALL DOGS — Four trained shelter dogs that once roamed the streets of Sao Paulo take center stage at the Brazil Open tennis tournament — fetching balls that bounce out of bounds. SENT: 260 words, photos.




SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS — A man with a lengthy criminal record who stormed into a Kansas factory and shot 15 people, killing three, had just been served with a protective order that probably triggered the attack. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos. With SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-THE LATEST; SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-SUSPECT — Gunman who attacked factory had criminal record in 2 states. SENT: 450 words, photos; SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-VICTIMS — Victim vignettes. UPCOMING: 250 words by 6:30 p.m.; SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-TIMELINE, WORKPLACE VIOLENCE-GLANCE (both sent).

WASHINGTON SHOOTING — A gunman kills four people in a home in rural Washington state before fatally shooting himself after an hourslong standoff, authorities say. SENT: 360 words. With WASHINGTON SHOOTING-THE LATEST.

FLINT WATER — Gov. Rick Snyder’s newest release of state emails indicates that his own mismanagement, the reluctance of aides to brief him, or both, led to delays in addressing the public health threat in Flint’s water. SENT: 740 words, photos, audio.

TEACHER KILLED-MASSACHUSETTS — A teenager who raped and killed his high school math teacher is sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 40 years. SENT: 490 words, photos. With TEACHER KILLED-MASSACHUSETTS-THE LATEST.




DEM 2016-SOUTH CAROLINA — Hillary Clinton is barnstorming across South Carolina, while Bernie Sanders draws crowds far to the north. His schedule is an admission of her edge among blacks in the south. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7:30 p.m., photos, video. With DEM 2016-CLINTON AND RACE — Clinton addressing race in increasingly blunt terms. SENT: 820 words, photos, video; AP POLL-DEM 2016 — AP Poll: Outside money more potent issue than gender in 2016. SENT: 790 words, photos.

NUCLEAR MISSILE TEST — An unarmed Minuteman 3 nuclear missile roars out of its underground bunker amid growing worry about North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-ATTORNEY INVESTIGATED — An investigative report obtained by the AP shows that a Justice Department lawyer admitted that she improperly sent sensitive information to her personal email account. SENT: 600 words.




SOMALIA-VIOLENCE — Militants force their way into a hotel and a nearby public garden in the Somali capital, exchanging fire with hotel guards in attacks that left at least 14 dead and many others wounded. SENT: 300 words, photos.

IRELAND ELECTION — Ireland’s voters are deciding who will lead their economically rebounding nation as polls suggest the outcome of the general election might allow no party able to lead a stable coalition. SENT: 540 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-IRELAND’S ELECTION — A look at the peculiarities of Ireland’s democracy. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IRAN-ELECTIONS — Iranians vote in the country’s first election since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers, deciding whether to further empower moderates backing President Hassan Rouhani or support hard-liners long suspicious of the West. SENT: 960 words, photos. With IRAN-ELECTIONS-WHO’S WHO, IRAN-ELECTIONS-GLANCE.

BULGARIA-SLAYING — A Palestinian militant wanted by Israel for the 1986 killing of a Jewish student falls to his death at the Palestinian embassy in Bulgaria in mysterious circumstances, with Palestinians saying Israel killed him and Israel denying involvement. SENT: 530 words, photos.




INSURANCE EXCHANGES-CLOUDY FUTURE — Health insurers are reporting steep losses from their business on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges and some are considering dropping the business. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




MUSIC-PHIL COLLINS — Singer and drummer Phil Collins is taking one tentative step out of musical retirement by offering up huge chunks of his past. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. With MUSIC-PHIL COLLINS-EXTRAS.




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