A Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy removes police tape from a makeshift memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

BC-AP News Digest 7 am

February 19, 2018 - 7:05 am

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




Resends to add: MELDONIUM-Q&A.





SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting who hope to become the face of a revived gun control movement are on a potential collision course with President Donald Trump. Several of the students have criticized the president, whose election was strongly supported by the National Rifle Association and who ran on a platform opposing gun control. By Jason Dearen, Terry Spencer and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,065 words, photos. WITH: SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST (Sent)

TRUMP —President Donald Trump spent the weekend fuming over the Russia investigation from the privacy of his Florida estate, staying largely silent about the nearby Florida school shooting victims and an escalating gun control debate. From the privacy of Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about the investigation in a marathon series of tweets over the weekend. By Catherine Lucey and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 775 words, photo. WITH: TRUMP-FACT CHECK — Trump denies absolving Russia of election meddling despite his trail of doubts about Moscow's involvement. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 1,965 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-THE FAMILY QUESTION - For more than a half-century, family reunification has been central to U.S. immigration law. Immigrants who become naturalized citizens can bring relatives here to get their own green cards and then become Americans in their own right. Now, President Donald Trump wants to limit the relatives a citizen can bring, but immigrants and their advocates are pushing back, saying family reunification signals immigrants' commitment to make America their home. By Deepti Hajela and Amy Taxin. UPCOMING: 900 words by 11 a.m., photos. This story is this week's Tuesday's Spotlight.

SYRIA — Turkey threatens to hit back at Syrian pro-government troops if they deploy in an enclave in northern Syria to protect Syrian Kurdish fighters there. The warning came just hours after Damascus announced troops will begin entering the enclave of Afrin, signaling an agreement was reached between the Syrian government and the main Syrian Kurdish militia in control of the area. By Karin Laub and Bassem Mroue. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m.

RUSSIAN DOPING — Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky. By James Ellingworth and Stephen Wade. SENT: 785 words, photos. WITH: MELDONIUM-Q&A — Questions and answers about meldonium, which many Russians used before it was banned in 2016. It was designed for people with heart problems but some believe it can help athletes increase stamina. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 570 words, photos.

SHAUN WHITE-COMPLICATED LEGACY — Is he hero, harasser or both? Shaun White's Pyeongchang gold medal and response to old misconduct allegations create a newly complex legacy. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. See more Olympics coverage below and full coverage on OLYMPIC DIGEST.




ALL-STAR-FERGIE'S ANTHEM — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 385 words.

PICASSO PRINT STOLEN — An original Pablo Picasso print worth up to an estimated $50,000 has been stolen from a downtown Milwaukee art gallery. SENT: 140 words, video.

OBIT-IDRISSA OUEDRAOGO — Legendary African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, best known for "Samba Traore" and "Tilai," dies at 64. SENT: 125 words.

STEAKHOUSE SHOOTING — A 6-year-old boy and three adults have been shot in the parking lot of a popular West Side San Antonio Steakhouse. SENT: 140 words, video.

BUFFALO ATTACK — A buffalo has gored a man camping on Southern California's Catalina Island. The man was treated at the scene for injuries to his left arm and then airlifted to a hospital on the mainland. SENT: 130 words.




NKOREA-SPORTS POWER? — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to turn his country into a sports power like East Germany in the 1970s and 80s. He's pouring resources into training and infrastructure, athletes are getting more recognition than ever and the country now even has an all-sports television channel — though it's not clear how many North Koreans are able to actually watch it. Even so, at the Pyeongchang Games, the North's athletes have battled for dead last in most of their competitions. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

VONN WON'T BACK DOWN — Lindsey Vonn is not planning to change her mind or stop saying what she thinks, no matter what attacks folks might send her way via social media. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 660 words, photos.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF LIZ SWANEY — Freestyle skier Liz Swaney finished last during women's halfpipe qualifying and her presence at the Games offers a Olympic-sized Rorschach test on what the games mean. Swaney is an American competing for Team Hungary who struggles with even the basics of the sport, opening the question of why she's here in the first place. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

NOROVIRUS — U.S. hockey player James Wisniewski says his father has contracted norovirus while attending the Olympics. Officials have told men's and women's hockey players to fist bump each other rather than shaking hands to prevent transmission of the highly contagious norovirus. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 510 words, photo.




INTERIOR DEPARTMENT-TUMULTUOUS YEAR — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of staff members reassigned, key positions go unfilled, rules governing industry shelved and complaints its leaders are ignoring public input. The evolving status quo at the agency has met with praise from energy and mining companies and congressional Republicans. Others say the changes have curbed outside input and elevated corporate desires above the agency's duty to safeguard public lands and resources. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-POLLING PLACE ATTIRE — A Minnesota law that bars voters from wearing political hats, T-shirts, buttons and other apparel to the polls is about to get a look from the Supreme Court. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the polls to reduce the potential for confrontations or voter intimidation. But that could change. Later this month the Supreme Court will consider a challenge to the state's law, a case that could impact other states too. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 870 words, photo.

SEN DUCKWORTH RISING — More barriers coming down as Sen. Tammy Duckworth prepares to have a baby, turn the Senate into a mom-friendly workplace and bolster the nation's disability law. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-POST OFFICE — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. SENT: 465 words, photo.




IRAN-PLANE CRASH — Iran's Press TV is reporting that search and rescue teams have reached the site of the plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down on Sunday in foggy weather, crashing into Mount Dena in southern Iran. By Nasser Karimi. SENT: 410 words, photos.

BRITAIN-OXFAM — Oxfam's report on sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti shows that three staff members intimidated and physically threatened a witness as the charity investigated the original claims. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 540 words, photo.

ITALY-POLITICS-ANGRY SOUTH — In Italy's poorer south, angry voters, tired of broken political promises, are weighing what populists can do for them. Analysts say victory in the south is a must for anyone hoping to win enough seats to govern Italy. By Frances D'Emilio. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

INDONESIA-VOLCANO — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. SENT: 180 words, photos, video.




SCHOOL SHOOTING-RED FLAG LAWS — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images posted to social media, previous mental health treatment. In some states, that would be enough for relatives and others to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns. Not in Florida. By Ryan J. Foley and Don Thompson. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

CITIES SELLING DIVERSITY — Some cities and regions are dangling racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. By Corey Williams. SENT: 830 words, photos.




BKN--ALL-STAR GAME —LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game. James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award. His hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500 — Austin Dillon put the No. 3 back in victory lane in the Daytona 500. Dillon drove the iconic car number made famous by Dale Earnhardt to the win 17 years to the day the Hall of Famer was killed in an accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,225 words, photos.




FILM-BLACK PANTHER-BOX OFFICE — "Black Panther" debuted with $361 million in worldwide ticket sales, setting up the $200 million film for a theatrical run that should easily eclipse $1 billion. At a time where hits are hard to come by, diversity in storytelling is proving to be not only a just cause, but a box-office imperative. For Hollywood, inclusion is paying — and often, it's paying big time. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by 10 a.m., photos.




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