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AP News Digest 6:30 p.m.

| April 6, 2020 4:03 PM

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 VIRUS OUTBREAK-BRITAIN, VIRUS OUTBREAK-AIRCRAFT CARRIER, VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LAST RESPONDER, VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHILDREN, VIRUS OUTBREAK-ILLINOIS, VIRUS OUTBREAK-VENEZUELA MIGRANTS, VIRUS OUTBREAK-ABORTION, FAMILY SLAIN-FLORIDA.

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ONLY ON AP

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AP POLL-VIRUS OUTBREAK — Americans in overwhelming numbers are actively avoiding others as much as possible and taking additional steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to an AP-NORC survey that shows how concerns about infection have grown sharply in the past six weeks. By Sara Burnett and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 989 words, photo. With AP POLL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-GLANCE (sent).

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TOP STORIES

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VIRUS OUTBREAK — The steep rise in coronavirus deaths appears to be leveling off in New York, echoing a trend underway in Italy and Spain, while the crisis is going in the opposite direction in Britain, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his condition deteriorated. By Colleen Long, Jennifer Peltz and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-EUROPE — Spain and Italy, the two European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, are seeing an easing on their hospital emergency rooms. SENT: 830 words, photos; VIRUS OUTBREAK-WHAT'S HAPPENING (sent).

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BRITAIN — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsen, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests. Johnson is the first major world leader confirmed to have the virus. By Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Investors grab hold of a few glimmers of hope that the coronavirus pandemic could be slowing and send stocks surging in a worldwide rally, capped by a 7% leap for the U.S. market. The Dow soars more than 1,600 points. By Stan Choe and Alex Veiga. SENT: 730 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-TRUMP-DRUG — President Donald Trump and his administration keep up their outsized promotion of an anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting the new coronavirus. Scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against COVID-19. By Deb Riechmann and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from White House briefing now underway; 990 words by 7 p.m. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-ANTIVIRAL DRUG — Coronavirus patients rush to join studies of an experimental drug called remdesivir. SENT: 810 words, photos, video; VIRUS OUTBREAK-MALARIA DRUG-GLANCE (sent).

ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN — Wisconsin’s presidential primary election will proceed Tuesday under an order from the state Supreme Court that came just hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to postpone voting as part of a last-ditch effort amid growing fears over the coronavirus. By Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-AIRCRAFT CARRIER — In an extraordinary broadside punctuated with profanity, the Navy’s top leader accuses the fired commander of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt of being “too naive or too stupid” to be in charge of an aircraft carrier. He delivers the criticism to sailors who had cheered the departing skipper last week. By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns. SENT: 690 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUNDS OF SILENCE — Hopeful birdsong and foreboding sirens. Chiming church bells and bleating ferry horns. There’s no doubt the coronavirus crisis has drastically transformed what we’re hearing around the globe as the routine cacophony of daily life has calmed. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 830 words, photos.

Find more all-format coverage on the Virus Outbreak featured topic page in AP Newsroom.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-BIDEN — President Trump and Joe Biden speak over the phone about the coronavirus outbreak. SENT: 200 words, photo.

TV REVIEW-QUIBI SHOWS — The new mobile media platform Quibi may specialize in small, bite-sized videos — but its volume is large. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

OBIT-HONOR BLACKMAN — Honor Blackman, who played the Bond girl Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger,” has died at 94. SENT: 300 words, photos.

UKRAINE-CHERNOBYL FIRE — Emergency crews in Ukraine battle a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear plant. SENT: 270 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE GOOD THING-SENIOR DANCING — Dancing alone: A senior center keeps clients up and moving. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-KEPT APART — Just when many feel they need a hug the most, the pandemic is making it unthinkable. People around the world are feeling the impacts of “social distancing.” By National Writer Matt Sedensky. SENT: 850 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-THREATENING SERVICE JOBS — The coronavirus crisis may change the way Americans work, shop and socialize, even after the disease fades away. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHILDREN — The first nationwide report on COVID-19 in U.S. children suggests that while the virus usually is mild and rarely fatal in kids, some do require hospital treatment. SENT: 380 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LAST RESPONDER — A Brooklyn funeral director struggles to meet the demand due to the coronavirus outbreak: “We’re the last responders." SENT: 990 words, photos, video. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-HOSPITALS — Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report. SENT: 840 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUTH AFRICA-TESTS — Years of battling HIV and tuberculosis have endowed South Africa with the know-how and infrastructure to conduct mass testing. SENT: 830 words, photos. This is the Tuesday spotlight.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ILLINOIS — The coronavirus is killing a disproportionate number of minority residents in Chicago, prompting a health campaign focusing on black and brown communities. SENT: 920 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-FOOD AID — Food stamps help millions of Americans pay for food, and with the economy collapsing, activists say the program is more vital than ever. SENT: 920 words, photos.

AP’s coronavirus podcast, “Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak,” today looks at how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected Iran and other parts of the Middle East. Listen to the podcast at https://appodcasts.com/category/ground-game/. Embed code is available on AP Coverage Plan.

Eds: A separate wire advisory has moved detailing our complete coronvirus coverage.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-RUSSIA SANCTIONS — The Trump administration designates a Russian white supremacist group a terrorist organization and hit its members with sanctions. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 440 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-AGE DISCRIMINATION — The Supreme Court makes it easier for federal employees age 40 and older to sue for age discrimination. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday will consider Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago. But the legal battle may not end there. SENT: 710 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-VENEZUELA MIGRANTS — As Colombia continues with a nationwide lockdown, some Venezuelan migrants are deciding they are better off back in their homeland. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-ABORTION — Courts in Ohio and Oklahoma allow abortions to continue after the procedure was caught in the crosshairs of governors' orders suspending all non-essential elective surgeries amid the virus outbreak. SENT: 470 words, photos.

FAMILY SLAIN-FLORIDA — A Florida man fatally shoots his wife and two teenage sons before turning the gun on himself. SENT: 200 words.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-EUROPE’S ECONOMY — The virus outbreak is exposing longstanding cracks in the euro, Europe's two-decade old project to share a currency. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SUPERMOON — Catch this week’s supermoon, the biggest and brightest of the year. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 260 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-MODERN FAMILY-MEMORIES — “Modern Family” cast members and creators share their reflections on the show, which is ending its 11-season run next week. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 870 words, photos. With SCHITT’S CREEK FINALE — The stars of “Schitt’s Creek” reflect on the show’s influence and popularity ahead of its finale Tuesday. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOLF SCHEDULE — The British Open will not be played this year for the first time since 1945, golf officials announce as they try to reconfigure a major championship schedule that would end with the Masters being played two weeks before Thanksgiving. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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