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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TOP STORIES

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DEM 2016 DEBATE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled aggressively on economic issues in a Democratic presidential debate over trade, Wall Street influence and more. By Nancy Benac and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 690 words, photos. WITH: DEM 2016-Debate-Fact Check; VIDEO: US MI Debate 3 (CR) —Clinton, Sanders Talk Racism in America. SENT. GOP 2016-RUBIO STRUGGLE —Marco Rubio finds his Oval Office ambitions squeezed by Donald Trump’s outsider ambush and the Republican Party’s resulting identity crisis. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 a.m., photos. CAMPAIGN 2016-HUGE —This is huge: Trump, Sanders both using same catchphrase. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.

NANCY REAGAN-LEGACY — Nancy Reagan, who died at 94, wasn’t out to break the rules of being first lady, but she knew well how to work within them. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 750 words, photo. WITH: OBIT-NANCY REAGAN; NANCY REAGAN-A REPORTER REMEMBERS — Retired AP reporter Jeff Wilson describes covering the Reagans when they returned to California in 1989. SENT: 700 words, photo.

KOREAS TENSION — North Korea issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” on Washington and Seoul, this time in reaction to the start of huge U.S.-South Korean military drills. By Foster Klug. SENT: 630 words, photos.

IRAQ- MIGRANTS RETURN — Surkaw Omar and Rebien Abdullah quit their jobs and spent their life savings to migrate to Europe, only to find crowded asylum camps, hunger and freezing weather. Now back home in northern Iraq, they describe their quest for a better life as a disaster. They are among a growing number of refugees who are returning home, even as the much larger exodus to Europe shows no sign of abating. By Balint Szlanko. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SCHOOL ABUSE TEACHERS — It’s called “passing the trash”: A school suspects a teacher of sexual misconduct and forces the teacher out to protect the kids, but that person can get a new job in a new school, sometimes with a glowing recommendation. Only Pennsylvania, Missouri and Oregon ban the practice, but a federal mandate passed in December now requires states to address the potential risks. By Michelle R. Smith and Susan Haigh. SENT: 760 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEYTON MANNING RETIRES — Peyton Manning is calling it a career after 18 seasons in the NFL. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

INDONESIA-TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE-Q&A — Facts about the total solar eclipse that will unfold over parts of Indonesia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans on Wednesday. SENT: 670 words, photos

IDITAROD — Eighty-five mushers are vying to become the first to reach Alaska’s western coast with their dog teams. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-BLOOMBERG’S BUSINESS — Since returning to the financial information company that bears his name, Michael Bloomberg has presided over two years of robust expansion and record profits, all while laying the groundwork for his second departure, whether that’s to retirement in 10 years or a presidential campaign in 10 days. By Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3:30 a.m., photos.

NAVY SEALS WEAPONS SHORTAGES — The tip of the spear may be losing its edge. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says Navy SEALs have confided in him that they don’t have enough combat rifles to go around even as these secretive, highly trained forces are relied on more than ever to hunt down members of the Islamic State group and other extremists. By Richard Lardner. UPCOMING: 790 words by 3:30 a.m., photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-CONCLAVE-ECONOMY — Seeking to douse fears about China’s economy, the finance minister says Beijing can manage its rising debt load as it steps up deficit spending to prevent a slide in growth. SENT: 480 words, photos.

CUBA-EDUCATION — Cuba’s blooming entrepreneurial system has quietly created something that looks much like a private education sector, with thousands of students across Cuba enrolled in dozens of afterschool and weekend foreign language and art schools. By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION — Oregon is the first state to adopt the idea that it is the government’s responsibility to register voters, not their own — a move that could grow the number of registered voters by 13 percent by the November election. SENT: 800 words, photos

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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DOWNTON ABBEY-OTHER ENDINGS — Now that we know our “Downton Abbey” friends are (mostly) happy and healthy, we can part with this splendid series satisfied that it has ended in fine fashion. With that in mind, we are free to recall other bygone series’ finales. Here are 10 favorites worth remembering. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 990 words by 3 a.m., photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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