BC-AP News Digest 7 am




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

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds ISRAEL-US, WORLD COURT-UKRAINE-RUSSIA, THAILAND-FORT DEMOLITION, FRANCE-FAMILY MISSING, PEOPLE-ADELE.

TRUMP-TRAVEL BAN — Revised executive order expected to be released Monday, timing uncertain.

BRITAIN-HIGH HEELS — Debate at 11:30 a.m.

UNITED-SPECIAL FLIGHT-PROBE — Court session at 1 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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BROKEN FAITH — At least a half-dozen times over two decades, authorities investigated reports that members of a secretive evangelical church were being beaten. And every time, according to former congregants, the orders came down from church leaders: They must lie to protect the sect. By Mitch Weiss. SENT: 3,100 words, video, photos. A 1,000-word abridged version has also moved. Eds: This is the second installment of an AP investigation into the Word of Faith Fellowship.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP'S ANGRY WEEKEND — President Donald Trump threw a fit of anger over his young administration getting sidetracked just after his most successful moment in office. Days later he found himself derailed again, frustration appearing to be both the symptom and the cause of his recent woes. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With TRUMP-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-TRAVEL BAN — A revised executive order temporarily barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the nation's refugee program is set to go to President Trump. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 400 words, photo. Order expected to be released Monday, timing uncertain.

KOREAS TENSION — North Korea fires four banned ballistic missiles, three of them landing in waters claimed by Japan, South Korean and Japanese officials say, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHINA-DISAPPEARING RIGHTS — Well out of sight of the pomp surrounding the annual meeting of China's ceremonial parliament are the lawyers, rights activists and other individuals whose detentions point to the increasingly restrictive atmosphere for civil society in China. By Louise Watt and Isolda Morillo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

NETHERLANDS-WHY WILDERS — The economy is up, unemployment is down and some Dutch prisons are so empty the government has been renting out cells. So why do polls indicate that the Netherlands' ruling parties are hemorrhaging votes ahead of a March 15 national election? By Mike Corder. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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ISRAEL-US — Israel's defense minister says the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. SENT: 420 words, photos.

PEOPLE-ADELE — Weeks after hinting at a wedding to longtime partner Simon Konecki, Adele officially announces that the pair are married. SENT: 100 words, photo.

BRITAIN-HIGH HEELS — Britain's parliament debates whether employers should be able to make women wear high heels as part of corporate dress codes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from debate at 11:30 a.m.

MUSIC-IHEARTRADIO AWARDS — Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake shine at iHeartRadio Awards. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FRANCE-FAMILY MISSING — French media say the former brother-in-law of a missing French couple has confessed to killing them and their two adult children. SENT: 130 words.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — The R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Logan" slashes into the weekend box office, opening with a massive $85.3 million that well surpasses expectations. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP — Key members of Congress say they will honor President Trump's request to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama overstepped his authority as president and had Trump's telephones tapped during the election. A U.S. official says the FBI disputes his allegation. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — Malaysia is protecting its "sovereignty and dignity" by expelling the North Korean ambassador, the prime minister says, as relations between the countries fray over the poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader. SENT: 520 words, photos.

WORLD COURT-UKRAINE-RUSSIA — Ukraine is taking Russia to the United Nations' highest judicial organ, accusing Moscow of financing separatist rebels and racially discriminating against ethnic Tartars and Ukrainians in the annexed Crimean Peninsula. SENT: 330 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE-ALLEGATIONS — A retired Philippine police officer testifies that President Rodrigo Duterte and his men were linked to nearly 200 killings that the officer and a "death squad" carried out when Duterte was mayor of a southern city. SENT: 550 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN — Pakistani leaders often wax lyrical about their "sweeter than honey" relations with all-weather friend China. There's no romance about their marriage of convenience with America. SENT: 990 words, photo.

COLOMBIA-DRUG MULES IN CHINA — The plight of an estimated 145 Colombians jailed in China on drug offenses has taken on greater urgency now that Chinese authorities have executed a retired Colombian journalist convicted of smuggling cocaine in exchange for $5,000. SENT: 970 words, photos.

THAILAND-FORT DEMOLITION — Thai authorities seeking to modernize a historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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UNITED-SPECIAL FLIGHT-PROBE — A former New Jersey attorney general and mentor to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces sentencing in federal court for pressuring United Airlines to resurrect a flight from Newark to South Carolina, where he has a weekend home. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. court session.

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BUSINESS

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PSA-OPEL — General Motors is selling its unprofitable European car business to the French maker of Peugeot, marking the American company's retreat from a major market and raising concerns of job cuts in the region. SENT: 770 words, photos. With PSA-OPEL-THE LATEST.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-HUMAN TRAFFICKING — A new documentary spotlights human trafficking across the globe, with a focus on the grassroots activists trying to end the scourge. SENT: 590 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BUBBLE WATCH — Imagine waiting a week to hear whether or not you've done enough to earn the biggest of your dreams. That's what Illinois State faces. The Redbirds are a true bubble team for the NCAA Tournament. A look-ahead to March Madness. By Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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