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Fixes line in LEAVING HATE BEHIND, notes scheduled release, changes TRUMP-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER slug to TRUMP

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LEAVING HATE BEHIND— Shannon Martinez was an unhappy teen and a victim of sexual assault — she sought out angry peers and became a skinhead spouting white supremacist rhetoric, giving stiff-armed Nazi salutes and tagging public property with swastikas. But later, fortified by the love of an adopted family, Martinez left the skinheads behind. Today she’s helping others do the same as part of an emerging U.S. movement that helps people quit hate organizations. By Jay Reeves. UPCOMING around 3:30 a.m.: 1,000 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn. McMaster, considered a scholarly officer, holds a Ph.D. in military history. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TRUMP-MONTH TWO — President Trump is hoping to leave behind the cascade of controversies that dominated his first month in office and plunge into health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans, his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, tells the AP. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 830 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-PLANE CRASH — An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said. SENT: 360 words, photos, video. DEVELOPING.

MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — Malaysian officials say a cause of death has not yet been determined for the exiled member of North Korea’s ruling family who died last week after apparently being poisoned in the budget terminal of a Kuala Lumpur airport. SENT: 110 words, photos. DEVELOPING.

YIANNOPOULOS VIDEO — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is disinvited to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men falls flat with organizers. Hours later, his publisher cancels his book “Dangerous,” which had been scheduled to come out in June. SENT: 280 words, photo. SENT: 680 words.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PRESIDENTS DAY-PROTESTS — Thousands of demonstrators across the U.S. turn out to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day. SENT: 620 words, video, photos, audio.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED — A police officer is killed in California while responding to a traffic accident. SENT: 220 words, photo.

CHOCOLATE-BOX THEFT — Police in Rhode Island say a group of teens stole a man’s cellphone and box of chocolates, with one suspect saying the chocolates were his “grandma’s favorite.”

JFK AIRPORT-SECURITY BREACH — Authorities are trying to find eight of 11 people who passed through an unattended security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. SENT: 120 words.

JFK BIRTHDAY — The U.S. Postal Service unveils a new stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. SENT: 120 words, photos.

MEXICO-CONAN O’BRIEN — U.S. television host Conan O’Brien is taping an episode of his show in Mexico, a bid to “do something positive” about the tensions in U.S.-Mexico relations. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-BORDER SHOOTING — The Supreme Court hears an appeal filed by the parents of a teen in Mexico who was killed by a U.S. border agent 60 feet away in Texas. SENT: 900 words, photo.

CONGRESS-BUDGET — Add a potential government shutdown to embattled President Donald Trump’s growing roster of headaches. Beneath Washington’s current radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and which could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and face opposition from Senate Democrats.

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NATIONAL

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NEWTOWN SHOOTING-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — School district teams with mother of Sandy Hook school shooting victim to help teach elementary school children empathy. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CIRCUS ANIMALS— A circus praised by activists a year ago for eliminating animal acts to “keep up with modern times” is bringing back elephants and tigers because it lost money — bucking a global trend and incurring anew the wrath of the same groups that had lionized it. SENT: 500 words, photos.

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO — The constitutionality of Ohio’s new lethal injection process and specifically the effectiveness of the contested first drug are before a federal appeals court as the state hopes to start putting inmates to death again. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-CARNIVAL CASH CRUNCH— Costly and elaborate costumes with glittering sequins are being replaced by cheap getups featuring fake mustaches, hats and tiaras as revelers bargain-hunt ahead of Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Carnival party, which is about to kick off amid a prolonged economic crisis. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.

KUWAIT-ONLY FOR LOCALS — Kuwait’s first new government hospital in more than three decades will soon open its doors — but to Kuwaiti citizens only, tha latest in a series of steps that some see as discrimination against the large numbers of non-native residents who build the high-rises, sweep the roads and clean toilets in the tiny, oil-rich emirate. SENT: 900 words, photos.

RUSSIA DIPLOMAT-DEAD — Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent and personable voice for his country’s interests as he sparred with his Western counterparts, dies suddenly after falling ill in his office at the mission. The cause of death isn’t immediately known. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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EARNS MACY’S — It’s been a busy time at Macy’s but less for sales than upheaval at the company. Since the holiday season, the nation’s largest department store chain has announced plans to close stores and lay off workers, and been the subject of a reported takeover overture by Saks Fifth Avenue’s parent company. DEVELOPING from 8 a.m. release. About 800 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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US-NASA SNOW SURVEY — Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this winter as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world’s mountain snows — water that sustains a substantial share of the global population. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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