AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:20

| February 10, 2020 7:30 AM

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NEPAL-LEGALIZING MARIJUANA — Nepal lawmakers seek to legalize growing, using marijuana. SENT: 225 words.

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ELECTION 2020 — Pete Buttigieg has been on defense all weekend as his Democratic presidential rivals attacked him on everything from his struggle to connect with black voters to accepting campaign contributions from large donors in an effort to blunt any momentum heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. SENT: 830 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-WATCH — On eve of New Hampshire, is Mayor Pete for real? What to watch this week. SENT: 830 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-WARREN — Elizabeth Warren isn’t struggling like Joe Biden. But she isn’t soaring, like Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. Instead, she finds herself relegated to the Democratic primary’s dangerous mushy middle, trying to convince voters she has a viable path to the nomination, even though that path is unclear. SENT: 910 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-IOWA — Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign plans to ask for a “partial recanvass” of the results of last week's Iowa caucuses. SENT: 820 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. deadline.

TRUMP-BUDGET — President Trump proposes a $4.8 trillion election-year budget plan that recycles previously rejected cuts to domestic programs to promise a balanced budget in 15 years. That's all while boosting the military and leaving Social Security and Medicare benefits untouched. Its cuts to food stamps, farm subsidies, Medicaid and student loans couldn’t pass when Republicans controlled Congress, much less now with liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., setting the agenda. SENT: 860 words, photos. Budget scheduled to be released at 12:30 p.m.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-CYBERSECURITY — Attorney General William Barr makes an announcement on a cyber-related matter. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. press conference.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump says the world is witnessing a great American economic revival that he brought on by reversing course from the Obama years. Yet the economy is not so different from the robust one he inherited and disparages at every turn. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,340 words, photos.

SCHUMER-IG-WHISTLEBLOWER — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the nation's 74 inspectors general to protect government whistleblowers amid President Trump’s ouster of key government officials in the impeachment probe. SENT: 240 words, photos.

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NONCITIZEN VOTING — An embarrassing mistake in Illinois’ automatic voter registration system could mean deportation, criminal charges or both for a handful of people who cast recent ballots. Hundreds of people who said they weren’t U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Roughly a dozen cast ballots, and so far, election officials have confirmed at least one wasn’t a citizen. The fiasco has triggered a partisan battle, infuriated voter advocacy groups and left immigrant rights activists in damage control mode for people whose lives may be altered. By Sophia Tareen. This is the Tuesday spotlight. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN — A woman whose name came up in testimony from an accuser last week at Harvey Weinstein's rape trial is expected to offer her own version of the episode for the defense. Mexican model Claudia Salinas could be the latest witness Monday in the fourth week of a trial that could see closing arguments by the end of the week. SENT: 483 words, photos. DEVELOPING: Will be updated after trial reopens at 9:30 a.m. ET.

FIRES-BLACK CHURCHES — The suspect in a series of fires set at African American churches in Louisiana last spring is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing in federal court, where he faces hate crime charges. SENT: 300 words, photo.

TUBMAN-DOUGLASS-STATUES — At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland is adding bronze statues of two of the state's famous black historical figures to the Maryland State House. The statues of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass will be unveiled Monday night in the Old House Chamber. SENT: 600 words.

AMERICAN SAMOA-CITIZENSHIP — A U.S. judge recently sided with three American Samoans in Utah wanting to be recognized as citizens. The American Samoa government is expected to appeal, and has until Monday to do so. Many in the U.S. territory are perfectly happy being U.S. nationals who can't vote in most federal elections or run for office outside American Samoa. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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CHINA-OUTBREAK — China reported a rise in new virus cases, denting optimism that disease control measures including isolating major cities might be working, while the operator of a cruise ship in Japan reported dozens of new cases. Britain declared the virus an “imminent threat” and said it would forcibly detain infected people if necessary. France tested 45 children and their parents after five British tourists contracted the virus at a ski resort. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With CHINA-OUTBREAK-BUSINESS IMPACT — Two big Japanese companies are the latest to pull out of a major European technology show due to fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus. SENT: 490 words, photos; CHINA-OUTBREAK-AT A GLANCE, CHINA-OUTBREAK-EUROPE, CHINA-OUTBREAK-THE LATEST, CHINA-OUTBREAK-QUIET BEIJING-PHOTO PACKAGE (all sent).

THAILAND-SHOOTING — Authorities in northern Thailand began releasing bodies to relatives after security forces cornered and killed a soldier who carried out the country's worst mass shooting in an hourslong siege at a shopping mall. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

CHINESE-HACKERS-EQUIFAX — Four Chinese military hackers have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department announced. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-TORTURE-ALLEGATIONS — Israel faces allegations of severely torturing three alleged Palestinian militants rounded up after a rare bombing in the occupied West Bank. The bombing killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl in August. SENT: 1,570 words, photos. With ISRAEL-POLITICS — A leading Israeli opposition figure says embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned a U.S. initiative for ending conflict with the Palestinians into a campaign “stunt” by pushing for the immediate annexation of West Bank settlements. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IRAN-BUSINESS OF FLAG-BURNING — Workers at a small Iranian factory diligently add all 50 stars and 13 bars to American flags, and carefully imprint the Star of David on the flag of Israel. They known that all their work is destined to go up in flames. This factory serves as a major producer for the American and Israeli flags constantly burned at pro-government rallies in the Islamic Republic. By Nasser Karimi and Mohammad Nasiri. SENT: 890 words, photos.

IRELAND-ELECTION — Ireland’s political parties were scrambling to adjust to a new reality after an earth-shaking election that saw the left-wing nationalist party Sinn Fein win the biggest share of votes. SENT: 740 words, photos.

GERMANY POLITICS — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's designated successor unexpectedly threw in the towel, plunging her conservative party into deeper crisis as it struggles to agree on its future political direction after losing votes to the far right. SENT: 410 words, photos.

EUROPE STORM — A strong winter storm that has battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains and killed at least five people moved eastward, causing severe travel disruptions across the continent. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SYRIA — Turkey said it hit back at Syrian government forces after "intense" Syrian shelling killed five of its soldiers and wounded five others in Syria's northern Idlib province. SENT: 720 words, photos.

SERBIA-SHRINKING COUNTRY — Uros Trainovic remembers when his small mining village in eastern Serbia was a vibrant home to 200 families, had a school of its own, a doctor and a shop. Nowadays, it's a ghost village with just eight residents. Near-empty villages and abandoned, crumbling houses can be seen all over Serbia, a Balkan country whose population is shrinking so fast that the issue has been pinned as a national emergency and the United Nations has stepped in to help. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IRAQ-US SANCTIONS — Three senior Iraqi officials say the U.S. has signaled its willingness to extend sanctions waivers enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity imports. SENT: 690 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-WEATHER — Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a deluge in eastern parts of the country over recent days has drenched deadly fires and helped ease a crippling drought. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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CLOTHING RENTAL — Renting clothes could be the future of fashion — or it could just be a fad. But traditional retailers can no longer afford to wait on the sidelines to find out. That's why a growing number of them are now offering customers the option to rent clothes for a monthly fee instead of buying them. By AP Retail Writer Anne D'Innocenzio. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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MED-ALZHEIMER DRUGS — Two experimental drugs failed to prevent or slow mental decline in a study of people who are virtually destined to develop Alzheimer's disease at a relatively young age because they inherited rare gene flaws. The results are another disappointment for the approach that scientists have focused on for years -- trying to remove a harmful protein that builds up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's, the leading cause of dementia. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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OSCARS — In a milestone win that instantly expanded the Oscars' horizons, Bong Joon Ho's masterfully devious class satire “Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

OSCAR MOMENTS — Bong Joon Ho kept saying he was ready for a drink. But the Oscars weren't ready to stop giving him awards. By the end, the South Korean director and his masterful social thriller “Parasite” had won best original screenplay, best international film, best director, and best picture, the latter a history-shattering win as the first non-English language film to win the top prize in the Oscars' 92-year history. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

SKOREA-OSCARS-REACTION — South Koreans are reacting with rare collective joy after director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won the Oscar for best picture and three other awards. The good news comes as the country struggles to guard against a new virus and counter North Korea's nuclear threat. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 560 words, photos.

OSCARS-FASHION HIGHLIGHTS — The Oscars closed the awards season in style, with statement necklaces and classic gowns, traditional tuxedos and some young rule-breakers. By AP Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 1, 360 words, photos.

OSCARS-BACKSTAGE — Just a few feet off the Oscars stage, there's another show happening. It's where presenters gather, ecstatic winners get a moment to process what just happened and the production staff stays busy making sure everything is going to plan. SENT: 670 words, photos.

DOG SHOW-NOT JUST FOR SHOW — The Westminster Kennel Club's green carpet might spotlight manicured, pedigreed dogs, but the canine competitors aren't just for show. Some of them — or their relatives — also do specialized work as service or therapy dogs, animal actors, bomb-sniffers, search-and-rescue K9s and more. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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