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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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ADDS: ALABAMA-GOVERNOR; COLOMBIA-PEACE TALKS; TIMES SQUARE-CHARACTERS; AFRICA-LIONS ON THE LOOSE

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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 party as his rivals try to capitalize on his provocative comments about a female reporter and abortion. By Steve Peoples and Scott Bauer. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. With GOP 2016-TRUMP-ABORTION — Trump says women who get abortions should receive “some form of punishment” if it is banned, then tries to take it back. SENT: 450 words, photos; GOP 2016-TRUMP-CAMPAIGN MANAGER, GOP 2016-TRUMP-GLANCE, CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-WISCONSIN PROTESTS, GOP 2016-CRUZ (all sent).

DEM 2016-CLINTON — Hillary Clinton’s campaign aims to effectively end the Democratic primaries against Bernie Sanders by early May, but first she needs to navigate tricky contests in Wisconsin and New York. SENT: 890 words, photo.

KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS — Two white police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black man will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor says, in a decision that drew outrage from community members who said the move showed that the legal system is rigged against African-Americans. By Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 900 words, photo. With KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-THE LATEST; KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-TIMELINE.

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. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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. SENT: 750 words, 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: 550 words.

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TIMES SQUARE CHARACTERS — Costumed superheroes and villains join forces to testify against proposed rules designed to limit run-ins with tourists in Times Square. SENT: 500 words, photos.

AFRICA-LIONS ON THE LOOSE — 2 lions escape from parks in Kenya and South Africa. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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.

NATIVE AMERICAN CUSTODY BATTLE — California’s highest court refuse to block a lower court ruling involving a 6-year-old Choctaw girl who was removed from her foster home. SENT: 130 words, photos.

POOL ELECTROCUTION – Authorities say father died in Southern California after trying to save his 9-year-old daughter from electrocution in a swimming pool accident on Easter. SENT: 300 words.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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NUCLEAR TERRORISM — World leaders are wrestling this week with the chilling prospect of the Islamic State group or other extremists unleashing a nuclear attack on a major Western city. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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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ALABAMA GOVERNOR — A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigns a week after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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. SENT: 850 words, photo.

STRUGGLING SMALL COLLEGES — Around the U.S., an increasing number of small liberal arts colleges are struggling to survive or closing altogether. By Frank Eltman and Collin Binkley. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT — State water surveyors find a barely average snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, setting the stage for tough decisions to come on water conservation requirements for California residents. SENT: 400 words, photos. WITH: CALIFORNIA-DROUGHT-THE LATEST.

SEX OFFENDERS LAWSUIT — An attorney challenging a new federal law that requires some sex offenders to have “unique identifiers” on their passports says the mark would wrongly imply people had engaged in child sex trafficking or child sex tourism. SENT: 400 words.

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: 550 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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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. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With video: CYPRUS HIJACKER (CR); CYPRUS-HIJACKED PLANE-THE LATEST.

COLOMBIA PEACE TALKS — Colombia will hold formal peace talks with the country’s second-largest rebel group, heightening expectations for a definitive end to a half-century of conflict between government forces and leftist insurgents. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CANADA FORD FUNERAL — Infamous ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s young daughter says her dad is the “mayor of heaven” in a speech at his funeral. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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OLDER HOBBITS —The “hobbits” who lived in an Indonesian cave apparently died out much earlier than thought and are no longer believed to be the last of our evolutionary cousins to go extinct. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 520 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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