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    WARRIORS-CLIPPERS _ Game starts 10:30 p.m.




    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report reveals that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice. Trump was largely thwarted by those around him. By Nancy Benac, Chad Day, Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,550 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TAKEAWAYS _ Trump may not have obstructed justice, but it wasn't for lack of trying. SENT: 850 words, photos, video; TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-REDACTIONS _ Redactions heavier on Russian meddling than on obstruction. SENT: 500 words, photo.

    TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-ANALYSIS _ The special counsel report crystallizes a portrait of a president unrestrained by legal boundaries and kept in check only by advisers unwilling to follow his orders. It’s a pattern that has continued throughout Donald Trump’s tenure. An AP News Analysis. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 7 p.m., photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-COLLUSION _ What is the evidence on various sides of the collusion argument? UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., photos; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION _ 10 episodes of potential obstruction of justice. SENT: 800 words, photos, video; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FACT CHECK _ President Trump and his team continue to insist he was exonerated by Mueller. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TRUMP _ As special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report is released, President Trump resorts to bluster, broadsides and falsehoods to try, once more, to frame the moment as a political victory. By Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PERILOUS MOMENTS _ When Trump learned a special counsel had been appointed, he responded with profane fury _ and something resembling panic. SENT: 660 words, photos; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-COHEN _ Was Trump trying to silence Cohen? Mueller wasn't sure. SENT: 600 words, photos; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-WRITTEN RESPONSES _ Trump's answers to questions posed by Mueller. SENT: 6,120 words, photos; TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-INVESTIGATIONS _ Chunky-text look at ongoing investigations spawned by Mueller probe. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6:30 p.m., photos.

    TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS _ It’s now up to Congress to decide what to do with the special counsel’s findings about President Trump. Even though Robert Mueller declined to prosecute Trump, deferring to Justice Department guidelines against indicting a sitting president, the report reveals fresh evidence of White House interference in the Russia probe. The outcome creates a political dilemma on Capitol Hill and uncertainty ahead. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. UPCOMING: 790 words by 7 p.m., photos.

    TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-MEDIA _ The release of a dense, 400-page report on the results of a two-year investigation is an event particularly unsuited to today’s minute-by-minute news cycles. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 860 words, photos.

    NOTE: Separate coverage advisory has also moved. All stories about the special counsel’s report can be found here: https://apnews.com/TrumpInvestigations .




    FRANCE-NOTRE DAME FIRE _ Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official says, as France pays a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark. By Elaine Ganley and Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 970 words, photos. With FRANCE-NOTRE DAME-BLUEPRINTS _ Detail-minded architect left a guide for restoring Notre Dame. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    CUBA-SHORTAGES _ After two decades of relative stability fueled by cheap Venezuelan oil, shortages of food and medicine have once again become a serious daily problem for millions of Cubans. Across the country, stores no longer routinely stock eggs, flour, chicken or rice, among other products. By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

    ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL-ARREST _ A man arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral this week and had booked a Thursday flight to Rome, the New York Police Department says. By David Porter and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 680 words, video, photos.

    PREDICTING OBESITY _ Scientists say a genetic test can identify newborns at heightened risk of becoming severely obese by middle age. That might give time for interventions in early childhood to head off that fate. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 670 words, photo.




    NATIONAL ENQUIRER-SALE _ The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News. SENT: 320 words, photos.

    R KELLY _ Phone texts suggest chief Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx worked closely with attorney Michael Avenatti before bringing sexual abuse charges against singer R. Kelly. Avenatti represents two Kelly accusers. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    FACEBOOK-USER DATA EXPOSED _ Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged nearly four weeks ago. SENT: 510 words, photos.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN LAWSUIT _ A New York judge agrees to let a class-action lawsuit proceed with a sex-trafficking claim against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. SENT: 140 words.

    ZOOM-MISTAKEN IDENTITY _ Investors pounce on their first chance to buy a stake in Zoom Video Communications _ but mistakenly buy shares in the delisted Zoom Technologies. SENT: 130 words, photo.




    UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA WEAPONS TEST _ Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirms that North Korea conducted a test launch on Wednesday, but he declines to provide any details. SENT: 140 words.

    PAKISTAN _ Gunmen wearing Pakistani police and paramilitary uniforms ambush a bus and kill 14 people after going through their ID cards and forcing them out along a coastal highway in restive southwestern Baluchistan province. SENT: 500 words, graphic.

    AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS _ A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time is postponed indefinitely after a falling out over who should attend. SENT: 680 words, photo.

    VATICAN-HOLY THURSDAY _ Pope Francis ushers in the most solemn period in the Catholic liturgical calendar by celebrating a Holy Thursday Mass, made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame. SENT: 400 words, photos.




    RECORD ENERGY _ Americans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in consumption from booming natural gas helping to lead the way, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. SENT: 500 words, photo.

    SEVERE WEATHER _ Forecasters warn of tornadoes and other violent weather as a front that unleashed twisters and hail in the lower Midwest moves into the storm-weary Southeast. SENT: 260 words, video, photos.

    CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-CONTAMINATED WATER _ The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died in the worst wildfire in state history, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials say. SENT: 530 words, photos.

    HOLOCAUST GAS-EXAM _ A Middlebury College chemistry professor whose written exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of a poisonous gas used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust takes a leave of absence. SENT: 360 words.




    FINANCIAL MARKETS-TECH IPOS _ There's tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as stocks of a pair of newly public companies _ Zoom and Pinterest _ soar on their first trading day. SENT: 410 words, photos.




    DISAPPEARING BEES _ More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a study. SENT: 700 words, photo.




    MARVEL FILMS-BOX OFFICE _ Marvel's Avengers are back to save the world, and the box office. "Avengers: Endgame" arrives in theaters on April 26. A look at how Marvel built its cinematic juggernaut. SENT: 370 words, photos.




    WARRIORS-CLIPPERS _ Coming off a startling upset, the Los Angeles Clippers return home to face Golden State in Game 3 of an even series. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.




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