AP News Digest 3:30 a.m.



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

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TOP STORIES

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UKRAINE-TENSIONS — Russia made two overtures to ease tensions around Ukraine — reporting a pullback of troops near its neighbor and welcoming talks with the West. But the United States and its allies said they needed evidence of the troop movements and that the threat of a Russian invasion still loomed. By Vladimir Isachenkov, Yuras Karmanau and Aamer Madhani. SENT: 950 words, photos, videos.

UKRAINE-RUSSIA-WIDER WAR? — A Russian invasion and takeover of Ukraine would deliver a blow to European order like none since World War II. The chances of it triggering a wider war would depend partly on President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, partly on the West’s military response, and partly on plain luck. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 820 words, photos. For full coverage of Ukraine.

TIBET AND THE OLYMPICS — Ahead of the Beijing summer Olympics 14 years ago, Tibet was on fire. Deadly clashes between Tibetans and security forces in Lhasa made global headlines, and for weeks, monks and herders battled bullets and batons. Today, Tibet has fallen silent, even as the Olympic games come to Beijing for a second time. The reason, interviews with over a dozen Tibetans show, is that Beijing’s plan to tame Tibet is working. Older Tibetans have largely resigned themselves to Chinese rule, while a new generation of young Tibetans is slowly adopting a Chinese identity. By Dake Kang and Sam McNeil. SENT: 1,720 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,080 words is also available.

VALIEVA-OTHER DRUGS — Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva listed two legal substances used to improve heart function on an anti-doping control form she filled out before her drug case at the Olympics erupted, according to documents submitted in her case. The World Anti-Doping Agency filed a brief in the Valieva case stating that the existence of L-carnitine and Hypoxen, though both legal, undercuts the argument that a banned substance, trimetazidine, might have entered the skater’s system accidentally. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 460 words, photos. With DOPING-RUSSIA-EXPLAINER — The drug behind Russia’s Olympic doping case; BEIJING-OLYMPICS-THE-LATEST. Also see RAISING THE AGE below.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK — For the first time in two years for many people, the American workplace is transforming into something that resembles pre-pandemic days. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-HAMAS TV — Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers are producing a new TV series. The 30-episode “Fist of the Free” presents Hamas fighters as scrappy heroes outwitting a better-armed Israeli military. By Wafaa Shurafa. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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MORE ON THE OLYMPICS

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FREEZING OUT AFRICA — African representation has shriveled at the Beijing Olympics from a record eight nations in 2018 to just five — and with just half the number of athletes. SENT: 990 words, photos.

RAISING THE AGE — The doping case involving Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has led to many more questions than answers. Some skaters think it’s time to ask another: Should a 15-year-old be in the Olympics at all? By Sports Writer James Ellingworth. SENT: 760 words, photos.

WOMEN IN PANTS — Just one figure skater in the Beijing Olympics’ marquee women’s event wore pants for her short program performance at Capital Indoor Stadium. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

ATHLETES ON-FREE TIME — Football, video games and dress-up are just some of the ways athletes at the Beijing Olympics are keeping busy when they’re not competing. SENT: 820 words, photos.

ATHLETES ON OLYMPIC FOOD — Avocado ice cream and boiling hot pots are some of the best foods athletes say they’ve eaten at the Beijing Olympics. SENT: 680 words, photos. With DAY-11-PHOTO-GALLERY.

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MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-HONG KONG — Hospitals in Hong Kong were struggling to keep up with an influx of new coronavirus patients amid record numbers of new infections as the city’s leadership doggedly sticks to its “zero-COVID” strategy, and China’s leader Xi Jinping said it was the local government’s “overriding task” to control the situation. SENT: 580 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUTH KOREA — South Korea will distribute free coronavirus rapid test kits at schools and senior care facilities starting next week as it weathers an unprecedented wave of infections driven by the fast-moving omicron variant. SENT: 540 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GERMANY — Chancellor Olaf Scholz is conferring with Germany’s 16 state governors to map a way out of coronavirus restrictions as official figures show new infections beginning to drift downward. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Meeting at 8 am

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TRENDING NEWS

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MEDIA-CNN-ZUCKER — Second CNN executive exits in wake of internal Cuomo inquiry. SENT: 490 words, photo.

EPSTEIN-PRINCE ANDREW — Prince Andrew to settle sex abuse case, donate to charity. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, videos.

PALIN-NY TIMES — Jury rejects Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against New York Times. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

DOWNED AIRCRAFT SEARCH — Crashed plane off North Carolina carried four teens, four adults on hunting trip. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TEXAS-DEPUTIES-FATAL-SHOOTING — Suspect dead, two deputies wounded after shootout near Houston. SENT: 350 words, video.

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WASHINGTON

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-EXPLAINER — The latest filing from special counsel John Durham in his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has been seized on by the conservative media and Donald Trump himself as vindication of the former president’s oft-repeated claims that he was “spied” on. But that’s not quite what it says. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BUDGET — The Biden administration is telling Congress it needs an additional $30 billion to press ahead with the fight against COVID-19. SENT: 540 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-GENERATION XERS — If President Joe Biden’s search for a nominee to the Supreme Court could be summed up by a Help Wanted ad it might read: “Seeking a well-respected liberal jurist. Black. Female. Seniors need not apply.” SENT: 840 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SAN FRANCISCO-SCHOOL BOARD RECALL — San Francisco residents have recalled three members of the city’s school board for what critics called misplaced priorities and putting progressive politics over the needs of children during the pandemic. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-CIVIL RIGHTS — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s killing testified that he was relying on his fellow officers to care for Floyd’s medical needs while he controlled traffic and onlookers as police tried to arrest the Black man. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 10:30 am

AHMAUD ARBERY-HATE CRIMES — Prosecution witnesses were to retake the stand in the federal hate crimes trial of three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. SENT: 270 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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HONDURAS-CORRUPTION — The arrest of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and the images that followed — a leader shackled and paraded before the cameras like a common criminal — were a stunning reversal for a man who for years seemed impervious to growing allegations of corruption. SENT: 780 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-BIRTH ANNIVERSARY — North Korea celebrated the 80th birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il with a concert, fireworks and a rare outdoor ceremony near its border with China, state media reported, as the country pushes for greater internal unity amid pandemic-related hardships. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHINA-TRADE — The Office of the US Trade Representative issues its annual report on China’s compliance with the World Trade Organization rules. By Economics Writer Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 370 words by 5 am

RETAIL SALES — The Commerce Department releases US retail sales data for January. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. UPCOMING: 130 words after 8:30 am release, then updated, photo.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares rose, buoyed by hopes for a diplomatic solution instead of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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ALEC-BALDWIN-SET-SHOOTING — The family of a cinematographer shot and killed on the set of the film “Rust” sued Alec Baldwin and the movie’s producers alleging their “callous” disregard in the face of safety complaints led directly to her death. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 860 words, photos.

OBIT-PJ-O’ROURKE — PJ O’Rourke, the prolific author and satirist who re-fashioned the irreverence and “Gonzo” journalism of the 1960s counterculture into a distinctive brand of conservative and libertarian commentary, has died at age 74. SENT : 750 words, photos.

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