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AP News Digest 3 a.m.

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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TOP STORIES

Vice President Mike Pence gestures to a monitor as speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington, as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, watch. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is warning Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House is releasing new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. By Aamer Madhani, Kevin Freking and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-TRUMP-FACT CHECK — Trump's misfires on virus death rates, tests.

VIRUS OUTBREAK — As the number of coronavirus deaths continues to surge in the U.S., officials are warning the disease could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, even if people continue to stay home and limit their contact with others. Experts made the prediction at a media briefing with President Donald Trump. But they said they hope the figure won't soar that high if everyone does their part to prevent the virus from spreading. By Nick Perry and Karen Matthews. SENT: 990 words, photos. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington, as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence watch. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MEXICO — Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him. By María Verza and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 970 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-RUSSIA-FAKE NEWS — Russian authorities have declared war on what they are calling “fake news” about the coronavirus. The crusade began about a month ago, when Russia was reporting only a few cases, prompting speculation from some critics that authorities might be underreporting the scale of the outbreak. Now lawmakers have approved fines of up to $25,000 and prison terms of up to five years for individuals who spread what is deemed to be false information. By Daria Litvinova. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. Also see MORE ON VIRUS OUTBREAK below.

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

President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-WHITMER — Trump's allies are trying to contain a dangerous election-year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to navigate presidential politics in the midst of a global pandemic. Michigan has emerged as one of a handful of elite presidential battlegrounds that will control Trump's fate. By Steve Peoples and David Eggert. SENT: 1,130 words, photo.

2020 CENSUS — Census Day — the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrives with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But census officials vow the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 830 words, photo.

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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)

MORE ON VIRUS OUTBREAK

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VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CALIFORNIA — A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected — a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in the state may peak more slowly than expected. SENT: 960 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-SUSPENDING TRANSPARENCY — California cities want transparency rules waived in pandemic.

A patients is helped from an ambulance as they arrive at St Thomas' Hospital, one of may hospitals that are in the front line of the coronavirus outbreak, in London, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP PhotoKirsty Wigglesworth)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MIDEAST — A senior Saudi official urges more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year in comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 480 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-UN-RIVAL RESOLUTIONS — The U.N. General Assembly and its 193 member states have been sent two rival resolutions on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 690 words, photo. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-UN-AFGHANISTAN — U.N. Security Council urges cease-fire in Afghanistan.

AP’s coronavirus podcast, “Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak,” today looks at how health care officials are reviewing guidelines on how to ration limited resources as hospitals brace for a surge in patients. Listen to the podcast after 3 p.m. at https://appodcasts.com/category/ground-game/. Embed code is available on AP Coverage Plan.

In this undated photo provided by the Illinois National Guard a first responder is tested for COVID-19 at a drive through testing facility in Chicago. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Illinois National Guard via AP)

A separate wire advisory has been sent detailing AP's complete coronavirus coverage.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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Two ring necked parakeets, normally fed by tourists, peck at an apple left on a spike by locals in Hyde Park, as the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak continues in London, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP PhotoAlastair Grant)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIAN MIGRANT WORKERS-PHOTO GALLERY — Indian migrants walk hundreds of miles to go home. SENT: 420 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PERU-SUMMER-PHOTO GALLERY — Birds claim Peru beach emptied by virus outbreak. SENT: 220 words, photos.

REPORTER-RAIDED — San Francisco will pay $369,000 to raided reporter. SENT: 330 words.

In this Monday, March 30, 2020, photo provided by the Illinois Air National Guard are members of the Guard assembling medical equipment at the McCormick Place Convention Center in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Chicago. Approximately 30 members of the Guard were activated to support the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to temporarily convert part of the convention center into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for virus patients with mild symptoms who do not require intensive care in the Chicago area. (Senior Airman Jay GrabiecU.S. Air Force via AP )

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONGRESS — The bipartisan partnership that propelled a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package through Congress just days ago is already showing signs of strain. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

A municipal worker wearing a protective outfit passes by hairdresser shop while spraying chemicals during the disinfection of an area of the Romanian capital Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 as authorities attempt to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-SURVEILLANCE — The Justice Department inspector general finds additional failures in the FBI's handling of a secretive surveillance program that came under scrutiny after the Russia investigation, identifying problems with dozens of applications for wiretaps in national security investigations. SENT: 970 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

Dubai's Tolerance Bridge, typically full of tourists and exercisers, stands empty over the new coronavirus pandemic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The UAE has instituted a nighttime curfew across the country over the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

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IDAHO EARTHQUAKE — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes north of Boise, Idaho, with people across a large area reporting shaking. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

A relative stands at a distance during the burial of Robson de Souza Lopes at Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. According to authorities at the Amazonas Health Secretary, the 43-year-old musician died Monday after being diagnosed with COVID-19. (AP PhotoEdmar Barros)

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SOMALIA-US AIRSTRIKES' TOLL — The U.S. military is facing more allegations of killing civilians with airstrikes in Somalia, and now says it will address the issue more fully in upcoming public reports. SENT: 440 words.

CHINA-FOREST FIRE DEATHS — Chinese officials say dry conditions, high temperatures and a sudden change in wind direction all contributed to the deaths of 19 people in a forest fire in mountainous southwestern China. SENT: 210 words, photos.

Worker Marina Cabrera wears a face mask as a precaution amid the spread of the new coronavirus before distributing free food staples to residents at Santa Ana primary school in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, part of an already existing food program through the Education Ministry. (AP PhotoJorge Saenz)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Asian shares mostly fell, on continuing worries about the economic fallout from the pandemic as reports of coronavirus cases keep surging in various regions. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 920 words, photos. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-BUSINESS-FALLOUT — Trump, Putin discuss oil, Japan stops some postal services.

ENTERTAINMENT

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHRIS CUOMO — A bleary-eyed Chris Cuomo, saying he wanted to be a cautionary tale for his audience, anchors his CNN show from his basement after testing positive for the coronavirus. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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GAMES OF 1919 — A century ago, the Inter-Allied Games would bring together nations weary of war and a flu pandemic in some traditional — and not so traditional — sports. By Sports Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL ADJUSTS — NFL teams are having to adjust to a new normal as they prepare for the draft in three weeks without being able to visit prospects for in-person evaluations and interviews. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

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