BC-AP News Digest 2 pm


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

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ONLY ON AP

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STOP-AND-FRISK DATA — Boston police say they’re narrowing the gap between how often black residents are subjected to stops, searches and frisks as compared with whites and other ethnic groups. But an Associated Press review of recently released police data suggests the improvement is more modest than the department claims. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 810 words.

BOTCHING EBOLA-METABIOTA — An Associated Press investigation finds that an American company that bills itself as a pioneer in identifying emerging epidemics made a series of costly mistakes during the 2014 Ebola outbreak that swept across West Africa. Metabiota Inc. was criticized for feuding with fellow responders, participating in misdiagnosed Ebola cases and failing to implement basic safety measures in its shared lab in Sierra Leone. By Raphael Satter and Maria Cheng. SENT: 2,690 words, photos. A 960-word abridged version also moved.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — For years, Republican leaders cast GOP hardliners as merely a restive minority. But with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz soaring, the GOP establishment now faces the prospect that it’s the actual outlier. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos. With CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day); CAMPAIGN 2016-BLOOMBERG BUSINESS — Michael Bloomberg lays groundwork for either retirement or presidential bid (sent).

GOP 2016-TRUMP’S MAP — Donald Trump’s most plausible path to victory in a general election could be working class, white voters in tossup states such as Maine, Pennsylvania and Michigan. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 830 words, photos. With GOP 2016-RUBIO STRUGGLES – Big-dollar contributors have second thoughts about Marco Rubio (sent).

EUROPE-MIGRANTS — European Union leaders haggle with their Turkish counterparts over billions in aid and concessions, a political tug-of-war that could provide a breakthrough in the migrant crisis that has shaken the continent to its core. By Lorne Cook and Raf Casert. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 3 p.m., photos. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE LATEST; GREECE-MIGRANTS — Refugees stranded in Greece await news of their fate; FRANCE-MIGRANTS — Doctors Without Borders opens first migrant camp in France (all sent).

KOREAS-TENSION-ANALYSIS — When North Korea makes threats to nuke its enemies, as it has twice over the last several days, outsiders often have one of two reactions: to dismiss it as yet another example of empty propaganda or to panic. There are good reasons to do neither. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 790 words, photos. With KOREAS TENSION — North Korea again threatens nuke strikes on US, South Korea (sent).

MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE-FAMILIES — A sister of a Flight 370 victim delivers a letter to Malaysia Airlines nearly every day: “Tell us the truth, and get our loved ones back to us.” Across China, dozens of passengers’ families are still wrestling with how to cope. By Peng Peng and Tim Sullivan. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NANCY REAGAN-AIDS — Gay-rights and AIDS activists remain bitter at Ronald Reagan for a slow response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s but views are more nuanced about his wife, Nancy. By National Writer David Crary. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With NANCY REAGAN-FRACTIOUS GOP — Nancy Reagan sought to defend her husband’s suggestion not to speak ill of any fellow Republican. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.; OBAMA-REAGAN — Obama praises Nancy Reagan as a source of comfort, strength; REAGAN-FLAGS — White House to lower flag for Nancy Reagan (both sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BOSTON MARATHON-SURVIVOR KILLED — Boston Marathon survivor killed in car crash in Dubai. SENT: 110 words.

HULK HOGAN-GAWKER — Hulk Hogan to take witness stand in lawsuit against Gawker. SENT: 580 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

SPORTSCASTER LAWSUIT — Jury begins deliberating in Erin Andrews’ suit over photos. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

AP VIDEO CAN TRUDEAU PANDAS (CR) — PM Trudeau: Panda A Symbol of Peace, Friendship.

HARRY POTTER-CHAIR AUCTION — Harry Potter author’s chair heading to auction. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEM 2016-AUTO BAILOUT — Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Michigan primary, Bernie Sanders defends himself against accusations by Hillary Clinton that he opposed the auto bailout. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photo. With CAMPAIGN 2016-HUGE – Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump use the same catchphrase (sent).

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INTERNATIONAL

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TUNISIA-LIBYA — Exceptionally deadly clashes between Tunisian forces and extremist attackers leave at least 53 people dead near Tunisia’s border with Libya, the government says, amid growing fear that violence from Libya could destabilize the whole region. SENT: 590 words, graphic. With TUNISIA-LIBYA-THE LATEST (sent).

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NATIONAL

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REVERSING JINDAL — Bobby Jindal left the governor’s office nearly two months ago, but his legacy permeates a special legislative session aimed at digging Louisiana out of deep financial troubles. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FLINT WATER — A lawsuit stemming from Flint’s lead-contaminated water is filed on behalf of the city’s residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as well as other current and former government officials and corporations. SENT: 410 words, photo. With FLINT WATER-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day).

IRON RANGE WOES — A global steel industry slump with roots in China’s economic slowdown throws a painful series of punches to a corner of northeastern Minnesota that produces most of America’s iron ore. SENT: 990 words, photos.

GENDER PROTECTIONS — New York City is set to enact a regulation that would ensure people visiting city facilities can use restrooms or locker rooms aligned with their gender identity. SENT: 490 words, photos. With GENDER PROTECTIONS-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day).

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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UTERUS TRANSPLANT — The recipient of the nation’s first uterus transplant says she prayed for years to be able to bear a child, and is grateful to the deceased donor and surgeons who’ve given her a chance. SENT: 640 words, photos. With video US OH UTERUS TRANSPLANT (CR); UTERUS TRANSPLANT-THE LATEST (sent).

BODY FAT-THINGS TO KNOW, HFR — New studies add to the evidence that the bathroom scale doesn’t tell the whole story about weight-related health risks. Body fat is key. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photo. HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 5 P.M.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-HOLLYWOOD AMBITIONS — China has a new ally in its campaign to turn itself into a global cultural superpower: Matt Damon. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-DOWNTON ABBEY-MOVIE — “Downton Abbey,” the film, remains under serious consideration by series creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 530 words, photos. With TRAVEL-TRIP-DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS — Downton withdrawal? Check out these destinations (sent).

CELEBRITY CLAP BACK — Celebrities are using social media to even the score with fans and foes who use social platforms to insult them. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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PEYTON MANNING RETIRES — Peyton Manning came to Denver for the chance to win a Super Bowl in the twilight of his career — just as his boss did back when Manning was a rookie in 1998. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos, graphics, video. With PEYTON MANNING RETIRES-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day).

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