BC-AP News Digest 2 pm

March 24th, 2017 2:01 pm



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

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL— The House barrels toward an uncertain vote on the Republicans' long-promised overhaul of Obama's signature health care law, in a cliff's-edge gamble for Donald Trump's young presidency. By Erica Werner and Alan Fram. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, vote expected around 4 p.m. With HEALTH OVERHAUL-GLANCE; HEALTH OVERHAUL-WINNERS AND LOSERS; HEALTH OVERHAUL-RYAN; HEALTH OVERHAUL-WHAT'S NEXT.

TRUMP-ANALYSIS — An analytical look at the effect the House vote will have on Trump's presidency. Developing from late afternoon vote. By Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, videos.

BRITAIN-ATTACK — Long before the stints in jail turned into years behind bars, Khalid Masood was known as Adrian Elms, with a reputation for drinking and a bad temper. At least twice he was convicted of violent crimes, well before he stabbed a police officer to death. But when he checked out of his hotel to head for London and this week's fatal rampage, the manager said he was struck by his guest's friendly manner. By Paisley Dodds. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach by 3 p.m. With: BRITAIN-ATTACK-THE LATEST; BRITAIN-ATTACK-VICTIMS

KEYSTONE PIPELINE — Declaring a "great day for American jobs," President Donald Trump green-lights the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, to the dismay of environmental groups. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2:30 p.m. With KEYSTONE PIPELINE-KEY STATE-Q&A —The fight over the pipeline is far from over in Nebraska, the one state in its path that has yet to approve the project. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

BOMB THREATS-US JEWS — Jewish groups who warned of a surge in anti-Semitism had pointed to numerous bomb threats against Jewish community centers as the most dramatic example of the trend. Now authorities say an Israeli Jewish teen is the culprit, embarrassing Jewish leaders who blamed a far-right emboldened by President Donald Trump. By Religion Writer Rachel Zoll. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BANGLADESH-TANNERIES — Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says. By Martha Mendoza and Julhas Alam. SENT: 1,600 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words has also moved. With BANGLADESH TANNERIES-RESPONSES.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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CONGRESS HEALTH OVERHAUL-PENCE PHOTO — A lack of women in a photo of negotiations on the health care bill draws notice. SENT: 120 words, photo.

PEOPLE-AMY SCHUMER-BARBIE — Variety reports that comedian Amy Schumer has dropped out of a live-action film based on Mattel doll Barbie due to scheduling conflicts. SENT: 130 words, photos.

DISNEY-CEO-STAR WARS — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher. SENT: 130 words, photos.

COD COLLAPSE —Maine's cod fishermen have worst year in history. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA — Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, volunteers to be questioned by lawmakers as part of a House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. But a canceled hearing and continued partisan divisions have roiled the intelligence committee probe. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words by 4 p.m.

IVANKA TRUMP-ETHICS — Ivanka Trump will have security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters — but don't call her an employee. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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POLK'S BODY — President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding it by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest from Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more elusive. A lawmaker is pushing to move Polk's body for the third time in the nearly 170 years since he died of cholera. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m.

DOUBLE AMPUTEE POLICE OFFICER— A Marine Corps veteran who lost both legs below his knees after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011 is sworn in to become what is believed to be the first fully active duty double amputee police officer in the nation. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: photos.

ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS — Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month ask the parole board to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

OVERDOSE-CRIME SCENES — A New Hampshire training program that teaches police officers and prosecutors how to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes is emerging as a model for other states grappling with the opioid crisis. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EGYPT-MUBARAK —Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak is quietly released from custody in a Cairo hospital, acquitted over his role in the killings of hundreds of protesters. The release of the ailing 88-year-old underscores the failed aspirations of the Arab Spring movement that swept the region in 2011. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 3 p.m. With ARAB SPRING-GLANCE — A look at the fate of other Arab leaders caught up in the Arab Spring; EGYPT-MUBARAK TIMELINE. (SENT)

FRANCE-FAR RIGHT-RUSSIA — President Vladimir Putin makes his preferences in the French election clear by hosting far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin, but analysts don't think Russia is likely to have much impact on the vote. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BRAZIL GRAFFITI DEBATE — A campaign to clean up and beautify Sao Paulo has come under fire after the city's new mayor painted over a series of well-known graffiti murals that many residents consider an integral part of the culture and vibe of South America's largest city. SENT: 800 words, photos video.

BELARUS-PROTESTS — A new wave of anti-government protests in Belarus is being fueled by the country's poor and unemployed, who traditionally have not challenged the authoritarian regime. A demonstration planned for Saturday may show whether President Alexander Lukashenko, whom critics call Europe's last dictator, reverts to his old practice of cracking down harshly on dissent. SENT: 775 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-GAY MOMENTS — A wink. A hug. A non-answer. Over the past year, studio movies from "Star Trek" to "Beauty and the Beast" have made headlines for including gay characters and moments, but these small gestures, some so subtle that they might even go unnoticed were it not explained by the filmmakers, seem incongruous when considered against the context that "Moonlight," with its explicit gay themes, won best picture this year. Is this progress? Perhaps. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

BOOKS-MISTY COPELAND — If you've ever binged on an entire box of Krispy Kremes, don't worry: Misty Copeland has done it, too. No, really. In a new book, the prima ballerina speaks of her own slow journey toward a healthier body, and teaches others how to do the same. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 700 words., photos, video.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMY

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NIGERIA-OIL POLLUTION — A German geologist says Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary "fiercely opposed" environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of the worst oil spills in the West African nation's history. SENT: 550 words.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-NEXT CINDERELLA?? — Thanks, Michigan. It was fun while it lasted. So who's going to be the lovable underdog in the NCAA Tournament now? Take your pick: Xavier or South Carolina. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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