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

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ONLY ON AP

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HEATING OIL-VENEZUELA — Amid continuing economic turmoil, Venezuela skips heating oil contributions this and last winter to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, signaling that it may be kaput. By David Sharp. SENT: 500 words, photos.

HEAT-BOSH — Chris Bosh speaks to the AP about the rest-or-play debate and how he’s coping while not playing in the NBA this season. Bosh has been working as an analyst for Turner Sports for the past month, and says being around players again has been “therapeutic.” By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators on Day Two of his confirmation hearing, with frustrated Democrats determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump. By Erica Werner and Mark Sherman. SENT: 610 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words after 9:30 a.m. hearing.

CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Trump tries to rally support for the health care overhaul by taking his case directly to the Capitol, while top House Republicans are unveiling revisions in hopes of nailing down votes. By Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Trump expressing urgency over health care law; AP EXPLAINS-CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — What will it take to make it a law?

AIRPLANE SECURITY-LAPTOPS — In a move to bolster airline security, the U.S. government is temporarily prohibiting passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from packing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage. By Alicia A. Caldwell. SENT: 570 words, photo. With AIRPLANE SECURITY-LAPTOPS-THE LATEST.

OBIT-MARTIN-MCGUINNESS — Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground, paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, and was Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister for a decade in a power-sharing government, has died. He was 66. By Shawn Pogatchnik. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,110 words by 5 a.m.

SKOREA-POLITICS — South Korea’s just-ousted president says she is “sorry” to the people as she underwent questioning by prosecutors over a corruption scandal that led to her removal from office. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.

FIGHTING BLIGHT-MEMPHIS — The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue: A monument to blight, empty and shuttered with plywood over the windows, weeds growing, and no residents. But in historic Memphis, an effort is underway to reclaim the landscape of abandoned houses and trash-strewn vacant lots — making the city a leader in the fight against the blight epidemic afflicting America’s cities. By Adrian Sanz. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TV-FOX-NAPOLITANO — Fox News Channel pulls Napolitano from air after Trump report. SENT: 320 words, photos.

TRUMP-KAEPERNICK — Trump rips NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during speech in Kentucky. SENT: 130 words, photo, video.

THAILAND-TURTLE’S TROUBLE — Thailand’s coin-eating turtle unconscious after second surgery. SENT: 130 words, photo.

TILLERSON-NATO — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to skip meeting of NATO foreign ministers. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PALESTINIANS-HAMAS CHARTER — The Islamic militant group Hamas drafts a new political program to project a more pragmatic image, hoping this will improve ties with neighboring Egypt and help it get off Western terrorism lists. SENT: 900 words, photos.

LEBANON-SYRIA-DEAF CHILDREN — The proudly named “Deaf Planet Soul” charity is bringing smiles to hard-of-hearing Syrian children and their parents in Lebanon on a two-week long mission to treat hearing loss. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

HONG KONG-NEW LEADER — Hong Kong is poised to select a new leader on March 26, but the choice will be made by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing elites rather than voters from among the city’s 7.3 million residents. SENT: 860 words, photos. With HONG KONG-NEW LEADER-CANDIDATES.

BELGIUM-ATTACKS-VICTIMS —The suicide bombings at the Brussels airport and subway killed 32 people and wounded more than 300, but a year on some 900 people count themselves as victims. UPCOMING: 1,150 words by 8 a.m., photos.

FRANCE-ELECTION-MACRON — French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron forms an inseparable team with his wife Brigitte — his former high school theater teacher, 24 years his senior, who is breaking with French tradition and campaigning by his side. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 a.m., photos.

VENEZUELA BREAD WAR — In the latest chapter of Venezuela’s economic crisis, bread makers are being accused of misusing national resources by making brownies and sweet rolls instead of basic loaves, and the socialist government has taken over some bakeries in what the president is calling the “bread war.” SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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MISSING STUDENT-TENNESSEE — A teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old female student in Tennessee had been investigated by the school system — and evaded immediate discipline — after another student reported seeing him kiss the girl, a lawyer for the missing girl’s family says. SENT: 600 words, photo.

CHICAGO VIOLENCE-TRUMP-PASTOR — A Cleveland-area minister is holding what he’s calling a Chicago gang summit after telling Trump that the city’s “top gang thugs” wanted to meet with him to find ways to reduce rampant gun violence there. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Meeting scheduled for 1 p.m.; photos, video on merits.

BIG SUR CUT OFF — Residents, hotels and restaurants are adjusting after a bridge on the Central California coast crumbled last month in heavy rains, splitting the touristy Big Sur area in two. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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HOUSE-GEORGIA SPECIAL — Republicans in Georgia and nationwide are increasingly on edge about the strength of a Democratic congressional campaign in the GOP suburbs of Atlanta. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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MEB’S VICTORY LAP — Meb Keflezighi, one of the greatest U.S. marathoners of all time, is getting ready to hang up his racing shoes after running next month’s Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon in November. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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