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EGYPT-EXPLOSION – Egypt’s Interior Ministry says an explosion in the coastal city of Alexandria has killed at least one policeman and wounded four others. SENT: 130 words.





BUDGET BATTLE ANALYSIS – Under President Obama and a GOP-controlled Congress, Capitol Hill Democrats had to scratch and claw for months to get tiny increases for domestic programs, but they got almost everything they wanted under a GOP Congress and President Trump. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 730 words, photo.

WHITE HOUSE-CREDIBILITY – Days of conflicting and misleading statements from President Donald Trump and his top aides have fueled new questions about the White House’s credibility. That’s sowing mistrust and instability within the West Wing and leaving some congressional Republicans wondering if they have a good faith negotiating partner in the president. By Julie Pace and Alan Fram. SENT: 830 words, photo.

FRANCE SHOOTING – A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored as a national hero of “exceptional courage and selflessness.” By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 980 words, photos. With FRANCE SHOOTING-THE LATEST.

STUDENT GUN PROTESTS – Thousands are gathering in Washington for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 430 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day.

EGYPT-ELECTION SATIRE – In a surreal scene from the 2001 film “Vanilla Sky,” Tom Cruise runs through a deserted Times Square before screaming in despair. In a satirical version widely shared in Egypt, the square is filled with campaign billboards for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Open your eyes anywhere in Egypt these days, and you’ll see billboards, banners and posters hailing the general-turned-president, who will stand for re-election next week against a little-known politician who has made no effort to challenge him. SENT: 720 words, photos.




OBIT-DUSHON MONIQUE BROWN – Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show “Chicago Fire,” has died at age 49. SENT: 145 words.

POLICE SHOOTING SUSPECT KILLED – Police on Florida’s Gulf Coast say an officer shot and killed a suspect who was trying to pin him with a car. SENT: 220 words.

PAKISTAN-CHILDREN KILLED – Pakistani police say a woman was depressed when she allegedly strangled her three children in the eastern city of Lahore. SENT: 110 words.

INDIA-CORRUPTION – A powerful Indian politician has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for embezzling 37 million rupees ($570,000) from a state government’s treasury while he was the state’s top elected official. SENT: 270 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-BEACHED WHALES – Volunteers in western Australia have managed to rescue only five of 150 short-finned pilot whales that became stranded on a beach. SENT: 180 words, photo.

BRAZIL-COUNCILWOMAN KILLED Google says it will comply with a Brazilian judge’s order to remove 16 videos from YouTube that expressed “assumptions and opinions” about a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman who was slain last week. SENT: 580 words, photos.




MILITARY TRANSGENDER – President Donald Trump released an order banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from serving. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 620 words, photo.

BUDGET BATTLE-MEDICARE DRUGS – Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. SENT: 800 words, photo.




AIR BASE CRASH – Investigators say they are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major Northern California Air Force Base this week. Sent: 540 words, photo.

STUDENTS ARMED WITH ROCKS – A rural school district in Pennsylvania is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks as a last resort should an armed intruder burst in, the superintendent says. SENT: 300 words, video.




CHINA-US-TRADE – China’s newly-appointed economic czar told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Beijing is ready to defend its interests after President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion Chinese imports. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He told Mnuchin in a phone call the order Trump signed Thursday violates international trade rules, the official Xinhua News Agency says. SENT: 400 words.

KOREAS-TENSIONS – The rival Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks next week to prepare for an April summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea says. The summit aims to improve relations and resolve the standoff over the North’s nuclear program. SENT: 390 words photo.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN – In fits and starts, for nearly a decade, the U.S. has talked about and struggled to make progress on building an Afghan military that can take control of its own nation’s security and lay the groundwork for a stable government. This time, they think they have it right. SENT: 970 words, photo.

ARGENTINA-BRITAIN-FALKLANDS – They looked eye-to-eye and shed tears together: On one side the families of Argentine soldiers killed in the 1982 war with Britain, across the table the former British army officer who helped recover and rebury their loved ones. A forensic study recently identified the remains of 90 Argentine soldiers buried in a Falkland Islands cemetery after the war. SENT: 610 words, photos.

THAILAND-LINCOLN-ELEPHANTS – Elephants are Thailand’s national animal, so it’s only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of a friendship that has endured 200 years. President Abraham Lincoln, likely bemused and relieved at the distraction from America’s then-raging Civil War, politely declined, saying his country uses the steam engine and would have no use for the working animals. SENT: 580 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-PSL FINAL – Pakistan’s biggest city will witness a high-profile cricket match for the first time in nine years on Sunday when the Pakistan Super League final is staged amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium in Karachi. By Sports Writer Rizwan Ali. SENT: 560 words, photos.




SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-TAVIS SMILEY – PBS says more witnesses have detailed sexual misconduct allegations against talk-show host Tavis Smiley, who was suspended in December and later fired. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 440 words, photo.




NCAA-REALITY CHECK – We interrupt this March for underdogs with a reality check from some of college basketball’s blue bloods. Kansas, Villanova and Duke are still alive in the NCAA Tournament, ready to tilt the bracket back toward the favorites. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 670 words, photos.

HAWKS-WARRIORS – Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence nursing an injured right ankle only to go down again. This time, it’s his left knee. Curry came back and scored 29 points before spraining his knee in the second half, and the banged-up, undermanned Golden State Warriors held off the Atlanta Hawks 106-94. Curry sprained his medial collateral ligament and is scheduled for an MRI, the Warriors said. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 850 words, photos.




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