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    MEASLES-CALIFORNIA _ Quarantine ordered at two Los Angeles universities for students, staff who may have been exposed to measles. UPCOMING: Developing.


    NFL DRAFT _ Draft starts 8 p.m.




    ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN _ Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joins the crowded Democratic presidential contest, declaring the “soul of the nation” at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on Twitter, Biden focuses on the 2017 deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. By Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video, graphic. With ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-EARLY STATES _ Biden plans a blitz of visits to early voting states, with a special focus on South Carolina. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    PUTIN-KIM-SUMMIT _ President Vladimir Putin says he's willing to share details with the United States about his summit with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. The first meeting of the two leaders did not indicate major changes in North Korea's position: Putin said Kim is willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees. By Vladimir Isachenkov and Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos.

    POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA-STAND YOUR GROUND _ A former Florida police officer is sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal on-duty shooting of a black musician whose SUV had broken down after a late-night concert. The officer was the first person in Florida in nearly 30 years to be convicted and sentenced for an on-duty killing _ and one of only a few nationwide. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 870 words, photo.

    SRI LANKA-BLASTS _ Sri Lanka lowers the death toll from the Easter suicide bombings by nearly a third, to 253, as authorities hunt urgently for a least five more suspects and brace for the possibility of more attacks in the coming days. In rolling back the number of dead from 359, a top Health Ministry official says the blasts had damaged some bodies beyond recognition, making accurate identification difficult. By Emily Schmall and Bharatha Mallawarachi. SENT: 900 words, photos. With SRI LANKA-BLASTS-PRIME MINISTER _ AP Interview: Sri Lanka's PM says potential bombers at large. SENT: 900 words, photos; SRI LANKA-BLASTS-MUSLIM FEAR _ Muslims, refugees from Pakistan fear reprisal attacks. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    REDISTRICTING-MICHIGAN _ A three-judge federal panel rules that Michigan's congressional and legislative maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election. It is the latest development in a series of redistricting lawsuits in at least a dozen states. By David Eggert. SENT: 370 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

    NFL DRAFT _ The NFL draft opens with the Arizona Cardinals holding the No. 1 pick and the Oakland Raiders loaded with three first-round choices. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, Ohio State's Nick Bossa and Alabama's Quinnen Williams will go early in a first round tilting toward defense. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Draft starts 8 p.m. With NFL DRAFT-THE LATEST _ Picks, news, deals, color. Will be updated throughout night.




    NORTH KOREA-DETAINEE DEATH _ North Korea reportedly insisted the U.S. agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma. SENT: 450 words, photo.

    MISSING BOY-ILLINOIS _ Police believe an Illinois couple who reported their 5-year-old son missing last week killed him days earlier by beating him and forcing him to stand in a cold shower for an extended period. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.

    PEOPLE-JOHN SINGLETON _ Court papers show that "Boyz N the Hood" director John Singleton is in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital eight days after suffering a major stroke. SENT: 140 words, photo.

    JUDGE-IMMIGRATION INVESTIGATION _ A Massachusetts judge is indicted on charges that she helped a man who was living in the U.S. illegally evade an immigration agent by sneaking out the back door of a courthouse. SENT: 650 words, photo.

    MUSIC-SPRINGSTEEN _ Bruce Springsteen is set to release a new disc called “Western Stars” in June. He says the sound is inspired by southern California pop records of the late 1960s and early 1970s. SENT: 150 words. With MUSIC-PRINCE _ A new Prince album featuring his versions of songs he wrote for other artists will be released in June. SENT: 250 words, photos.




    ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-INSIDE HIS DECISION _ A horrifying day in Virginia, when white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, led to Biden's big “yes,” the family says. SENT: 1,500 words, video, photos. With ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-SENIOR ADVISER _ Biden hires Symone Sanders, a political strategist and CNN commentator, as a senior adviser. SENT: 280 words, photo.

    SCENES FROM AN INVESTIGATION-TRUMP TOWER MEETING _ The president's communications director didn't sugarcoat it: Emails related to the Trump Tower meeting, Hope Hicks said, were "really bad." SENT: 1,020 words, photo. (Another in a series focusing on events detailed in the report of special counsel Robert Mueller, drawing from the document's trove.)

    PENTAGON-SHANAHAN _ The Pentagon's watchdog agency clears Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing. SENT: 900 words, photo.

    HOMELAND SECURITY-INVESTIGATIONS _ The White House blocks adviser Stephen Miller from testifying before congressional committees on immigration, prompting lawmakers to demand internal communications from Department of Homeland Security officials. SENT: 340 words, photo.

    WHITE HOUSE-SANDERS _ White House press secretary Sarah Sanders holds her first briefing in more than a month, but still doesn't field questions from working journalists. Instead, Sanders holds a "kids-only" briefing for children participating in "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." SENT: 570 words, photos.




    SEVERE WEATHER-DEEP SOUTH _ A tornado kills two people as it tears through the northern Louisiana city of Ruston, sending trees into houses, ripping roofs off buildings and causing a local public university to cancel classes. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    BEACH PARK-CHEMICAL SPILL _ A chemical leak that caused a toxic plume to hang for hours over a northern Chicago suburb sickens dozens of people, including seven who are in critical condition. SENT: 350 words, video, photos.

    BALTIMORE-EMBATTLED MAYOR _ FBI and IRS agents raid the homes and offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children's books to disguise government kickbacks. SENT: 790 words, photos.

    CAR HITS PEDESTRIANS _ Authorities say a former U.S. Army sharpshooter who crashed into pedestrians in California had picked up food and was driving to Bible study when he sped into a crosswalk and injured eight people. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS _ A former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman testifies about his training for possible ambushes, saying he learned that reacting too late “means ... you die.” SENT: 540 words, photos.

    COAST GUARD LIEUTENANT-HIT LIST _ A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist is entitled to be released from custody before his trial on firearms and drug charges, a federal magistrate says. SENT: 750 words, photo.




    MEXICO-MIGRANTS _ Mexico's crackdown on migration is not cutting off the flow of Central Americans, but rather forcing migrants into the shadows and greater danger, despite government assurances that the central thrust of its policy is to protect them. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

    SYRIA _ The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, far more than the number announced earlier. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    UNITED NATIONS-TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE _ The U.N. climate chief tells the AP that world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed up and scale up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to "catastrophe." SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 7 p.m., photo.

    VENEZUELA-SUNKEN BOAT _ Rescuers launch a search for 21 missing Venezuelans after a boat sinks in rough waters of the Caribbean en route to the island of Trinidad. SENT: 360 words.




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    DESTINED TO BURN-UNPREPARED TO FLEE _ Wildfire surrounded Darrel Wilken and the three others in his car. But instead of evacuating Paradise, they were stuck in traffic along with thousands of others. Cars burned in front of them. Trees, homes and buildings exploded into flames. Wilken knew about the California town’s evacuation plan, which includes route maps and zones. But the speed and intensity of the fire forced him to improvise. By Damon Arthur. SENT: 3,000 words, photos.

    DESTINED TO BURN-DEADLY TRAFFIC JAMS _ California roads not designed to handle wildfire evacuations. SENT: 2,700 words, photos.

    DESTINED TO BURN-EVACUATION PLANNING _ With hurricanes, wildfires, evacuation orders fall short. SENT: 1,075 words, photos.

    DESTINED TO BURN-NEW HOMES _ Tahoe residents oppose new homes in path of wildfire danger. SENT: 2,500 words, photos.

    DESTINED TO BURN-SHELTER IN PLACE _ Sheltering in place during a wildfire a dicey strategy. SENT: 1,425 words, photos.

    DESTINED TO BURN-HOW WE DID IT _ How we evaluated California's wildfire evacuation routes. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    DESTINED TO BURN-WHY WE DID IT _ California wildfire risk motivates newsrooms to collaborate. SENT: 525 words, photo.




    CVS-SMILEDIRECT EXPANSION _ CVS Health is venturing into dental care with plans to offer a relatively new teeth-straightening service. Customers who use SmileDirectClub can get started on getting their teeth straightened without an in-person visit with a dentist or orthodontist. By Health Writer Tom Murphy. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    WALMART-LAB-STORE _ Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too long. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 850 words, photos.




    AP POLL-BLAME FOR OPIOIDS _ About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users themselves responsible, an AP-NORC poll finds. By Mike Stobbe and Emily Swanson. SENT: 720 words, graphic.




    FILM-BOND 25 _ The 25th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig's fifth and final installment as 007 is heading home to Jamaica. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 520 words, photos.




    ON HOCKEY-ASTONISHING APRIL _ All four division champs, the teams that played in last year's Stanley Cup final and the team that finished way ahead of the rest of the NHL are gone after the first playoff round. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6:30 p.m., photos.




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