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    Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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    Adds: SRI LANKA-CHURCH BLASTS-WITNESS, SRI LANKA-CHURCH BLASTS-SOCIAL MEDIA, MED--BABY SUFFOCATIONS-HFR, STOLEN PUPPY RETURNED.

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    TOP STORIES

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    SRI-LANKA-CHURCH-BLASTS _ More than 200 people die, with hundreds more wounded, in eight bomb blasts that rock churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday _ the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. By Bharatha Mallawarach and Krishan Francis. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. WITH: SRI LANKA-CHURCH BLASTS-WITNESS _ Witness describes aftermath of Sri Lanka bombs. By Sarah DiLorenzo. SENT: 390 words, photo; SRI LANKA-CHURCH BLASTS-SOCIAL MEDIA _ Sri Lanka blocks social media after deadly attacks. By AP Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 400 words; SRI-LANKA-CHURCH-BLASTS-SITES, SRI-LANKA-CHURCH-BLASTS-HISTORY.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani insists that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign did nothing wrong by taking information from the Russians, even though he believes efforts to get such political help were possibly ill-advised. House Democrats plan to discuss the next steps in their investigations as party leaders come under pressure from the left to start impeachment proceedings following the release of the special counsel’s report. By Hope Yen. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-INTELLIGENCE - While President Trump may have been insulting his intelligence agencies in public, during the early days of the Russia investigation, a concerned president appealed privately to his spy chiefs for help. By Deb Riechmann and Susannah George. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    UKRAINE-ELECTION _A comedian who plays an inexperienced president on Ukrainian TV looked poised to reprise the role in real life after an exit poll indicated he received nearly three out of every four votes cast in a runoff election. SENT: 770 words, photos.

    JASPER-AFTER DRAGGING DEATH _An East Texas town is still haunted by a gruesome hate crime in which a black man was dragged behind a pickup truck and killed by three white men more than 20 years ago. The history of Jasper will be revisited Wednesday, when the ringleader responsible for the brutal 1998 killing of James Byrd Jr. is scheduled to be executed. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 910 words, photos. This is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

    MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN _ The outpouring of aid that once greeted Central American migrants as they trekked in caravans through southern Mexico has been drying up. Hungrier, advancing slowly or not at all, and hounded by unhelpful local officials, frustration is growing among the 5,000 to 8,000 migrants in the southern state of Chiapas. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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    BRITAIN-QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY _ Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday. SENT: 220 words, photos.

    NIPSEY HUSSLE-BYSTANDER _ LA man wounded alongside Nipsey Hussle released from custody. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    STOLEN PUPPY RETURNED _ A dog found abandoned in Colorado has been returned to its family, nearly two years after it was stolen in Florida as a puppy. SENT: 330 words.

    TURKEY-OPPOSITION LEADER _ Protesters punch Turkish opposition leader at funeral. SENT: 320 words, photo.

    POLAND-US-PASSOVER _ US ambassador's Passover wishes in Polish met with anger. SENT: 140 words.

    MICHELLE BRANCH-PATRICK CARNEY _ Grammy-winning musicians Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys tie the knot. SENT: 200 words, photo.

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    WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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    SUPREME COURT-CENSUS _ The accuracy of the once-a-decade population count is at the heart of the Supreme Court case over the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. It’s the latest legal fight over immigration-related issues between Democratic-led states and advocates for immigrants, on one side, and the administration, on the other. SENT: 930 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is tapping into a network of historically black colleges and universities to mobilize her supporters. By Juana Summers. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    EGYPT _ Egyptian pro-government media, business people and activists urged a "yes" vote on constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    VATICAN-EASTER _ Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. SENT: 590 words, photos.

    FRANCE-NOTRE DAME _ The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument. SENT: 640 words, photos.

    FRANCE-PROTESTS _ With French police suicides on the rise, Paris authorities are investigating yellow vest protesters who encouraged police to kill themselves. SENT: 320 words, photos.

    SUDAN _ Sudanese protest organizers say they will announce a civilian transitional council in a bid to exert more pressure on the military to hand over power following the overthrow of long-ruling President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    ISRAEL-TWO STATES? _ Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead? After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month's Israeli election, it sure seems that way. SENT: 1,220 words, photo.

    BAHRAIN _ Bahrain's king reinstated the citizenship of 551 people convicted and stripped of their nationality amid a series of mass trials conducted as part of a yearslong crackdown on dissent. SENT: 500 words, photo.

    NORTH MACEDONIA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION _ Voters in North Macedonia had another chance to give an opinion on their country's new name as they cast ballots in a presidential election that was seen as a key test for the center-left government that negotiated the name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    HAWAII-SEA LEVEL RISE _ Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would spend millions for a coastline protection program aimed at defending the city from regular tidal inundations. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    REVOLVING DOOR-LOBBYISTS _ An analysis by The Associated Press finds that at least 22 former Maine lawmakers registered as lobbyists within months of leaving office in the past three decades. The figures come as the Maine Legislature advances a proposal to ban future lawmakers from any paid lobbying within their first year out of office. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    WOMAN HACKED TO DEATH _Authorities arrested a man on murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the death of a woman found nearly decapitated in a New York City apartment and the wounding of another woman who was hospitalized in critical condition, police say. SENT: 240 words.

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    HEALTH & SCIENCE

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    MED--BABY SUFFOCATIONS, HFR _ New US research finds blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations. By AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 550 words. HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 a.m. Monday.

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    FILM-BOX OFFICE _ “The Curse of La Llorona” had only good fortune at the box office. The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million as the weekend's top film. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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