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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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EUROPE ATTACKS — Paris prosecutor: Suspect charged with terrorism offenses. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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ONLY ON AP

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AIRPORT SECURITY-LONG WAITS — An expedited screening program called PreCheck was supposed to be the answer to maddeningly long security lines at the airport. But four years after its launch, the Transportation Security Administration is far short of enrolling enough travelers to make a difference, spelling trouble for summer travel season. By Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz. SENT: 1,140 words, photos. With video US TSA LONG WAITS (CR); TSA PRECHECK-HOW IT WORKS (sent). Eds: Full data set, including information for 348 local airports, available.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Frustrated GOP leaders grapple with new fears about Donald Trump’s impact on the Republican Party as his rivals try to capitalize on his provocative comments about a female reporter. By Steve Peoples and Scott Bauer. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3:30 p.m., photos, video. With GOP 2016-TRUMP-CAMPAIGN MANAGER —Trump says the reporter may have had a knife or a bomb, but calmness of Secret Service agents suggested otherwise. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos; GOP 2016-TRUMP-GLANCE — Trump’s many explanations for events. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos; CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-WISCONSIN PROTESTS — Teen pepper-sprayed as Trump protesters, supporters clash (sent).

KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS — Two Minneapolis police officers involved in the November fatal shooting of a black man will not be charged, a Minnesota prosecutor says. By Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 770 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing. With KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day); KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-TIMELINE (sent).

NUCLEAR TERRORISM — World leaders gathering for a nuclear security summit will wrestle with the chilling prospect of the Islamic State group or other extremists unleashing a nuclear attack on a major Western city. By Josh Lederman. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CYPRUS-HIJACKED PLANE — Egypt formally asks Cyprus to extradite a detained Egyptian man who authorities say admitted hijacking a domestic EgyptAir flight and diverting it to Cyprus by threatening to blow it up with a fake explosives belt. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With video CYPRUS HIJACKER (CR); CYPRUS-HIJACKED PLANE-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day).

APPLE-ENCRYPTION BATTLE — The FBI’s victory hacking into an iPhone without Apple’s help resolves none of the important legal questions the landmark case presented, kicking the can down the road until the next major criminal or terrorism investigation is stymied by digital locks the government can’t break. By Brandon Bailey. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ABORTION DRUG-LABELING — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a new label for a common abortion-inducing drug that could undo restrictions on medication abortions passed by several states. SENT: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BATHROOM CHALLENGE — Legal experts say the fate of North Carolina’s new bathroom law could be determined by a federal appellate ruling expected any day now in the case of Gavin Grimm, a high school junior in Gloucester, Virginia, who was born female but identifies as male. By Larry O’Dell. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CANADA FORD FUNERAL — Mourners remember former Toronto mayor Rob Ford; ‘He’s the mayor of heaven now,’ daughter says. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BIDEN-LADY GAGA — Lady Gaga and Joe Biden are bringing their act to Las Vegas for an event raising awareness about sexual assault. SENT: 170 words, photos.

THE WALKING DEAD-FAMILIES — Who knew? ‘The Walking Dead’ is helping families connect. SENT: 580 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-COFFEE REWARDS — As Starbucks preps to overhaul its rewards program, some customers may be looking to take their money elsewhere. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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DEM 2016-CLINTON — Hillary Clinton enters April with a big delegate lead, but Bernie Sanders is pointing to victories in five of the past six states holding contests, and looks to do well in Wisconsin and New York. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photo.

OBAMA-TRADE — Prospects for passing a free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership are fading because of the presidential race. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OBAMA-COMMUTATIONS – Obama shortens prison sentences for 61 drug offenders. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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STRUGGLING SMALL COLLEGES — Despite a bucolic waterfront campus on property once owned by the Vanderbilts, things have not been pretty at Dowling College for quite some time. SENT: 970 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT — Surveyors will trudge through deep snow to measure California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack — a key moment in deciding what will happen next in the state’s historic drought. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing from snowpack survey expected to begin around 2 p.m., photos, video. With SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTH — Deep South bracing for heavy rain, severe storms (sent).

SEX OFFENDERS-PASSPORT MARKERS – A federal judge is set to hear arguments over whether to block a new law that would mark U.S. passports to indicate a person is a sex offender. UPCOMING: Developing from a morning hearing, 400 words by 4 p.m.

TEXAS EXECUTION — A federal appeals court stops the scheduled lethal injection of a former accountant hours before he was to be executed for gunning down his two young daughters in Dallas 15 years ago while his ex-wife — their mother — was listening helplessly on the phone. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — Syrian President Bashar Assad proposes a national unity government and rejectes a key opposition demand for a transitional ruling body with full powers, in remarks that could complicate international peace efforts. SENT: 840 words, photos. With SYRIA-THE LATEST (sent).

MYANMAR-PRESIDENT — Myanmar’s slow transition to democracy takes a momentous step as a trusted aide to ruling party leader Aung Suu Kyi takes over as the country’s president, officially ending more than 50 years of the military’s control over government. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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HIV TRANSPLANTS — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed the nation’s first organ transplants between HIV-positive people, a long-awaited option to extend the lives of HIV patients with kidney or liver failure. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BLOOD TEST-ZIKA VIRUS — Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 410 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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HEALTH CARE-CYBER ATTACKS — A cyberattack that paralyzed the hospital chain MedStar this week is serving as a fresh reminder of vulnerabilities that exist in systems that protect sensitive patient information. By Business Writer Tom Murphy. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CELEBRITY V SCIENCE — When celebrity and science collide, harmful side effects may occur. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FINAL FOUR-CABLE — The NCAA Tournament’s semifinals moved to cable for the first time in 2014, and viewership was down 11 percent from the season before. Back on cable again last year, the result was the complete opposite. SENT: 600 words, photos. With FINAL FOUR-MANAGER MADNESS — March Madness has extended to student managers. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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