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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

May 3, 2019

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 .




HAWAII VOLCANO-ANNIVERSARY _ A year after a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and farms in the disaster are still struggling to return to their cherished island lifestyle. More than 700 homes were destroyed in the historic eruption, and most people will never move back to their land. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video.




TRUMP-BARR UNDER SEIGE _ Attorney General William Barr has emerged as one of the most divisive figures in President Donald Trump’s administration. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused him of lying, a charge the Justice Department calls reckless and false, and House Democrats are poised to hold him in contempt. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. WITH: BARR-RUSSIA RHETORIC _ Barr defends Trump, criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller. SENT: 910 words, photo.

INDIA-CYCLONE FANI _ Cyclone Fani tore through India’s eastern coast on Friday as a grade 5 storm, lashing beaches with rain and wind gusting up to 127 miles per hour and affecting weather as far away as Mount Everest. The India Meteorological Department said the “extremely severe” cyclone in the Bay of Bengal hit the coastal state of Odisha around 8 a.m., with weather impacted across the Asian subcontinent. By Emily Schmall. Sent: 850 words, photos.

2020-ELECTION SECURITY _ Have political campaigns have learned from the Russian cyberattacks in the 2016 election? It’s a critical question ahead of next year’s presidential race. Preventing the attacks won’t be easy or cheap. By Colleen Long and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-STALEMATE _ After days of upheaval, Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate. In the fourth month of their standoff, President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó are unable to deliver a knock-out blow as Venezuela spirals deeper into neglect, isolation and desperation. Abrupt shifts or behind-the-scenes power plays can’t be ruled out, but there is a sense that the two camps are entrenched _ too strong to be dislodged, too weak for clear-cut victory. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. With UNITED STATES-RUSSIA _ Venezuela thrust to forefront of US-Russia clashes (sent).

THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION _ Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years. What Vajiralongkorn _ also known as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty _ will do with the power and influence the venerated status confers is still not clear. By Grant Peck. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. With THAILAND-CORONATION RITES _ Elaborate pageantry and ritual of Thai king’s coronation; THAILAND-CORONATION-AP WAS THERE _ AP Was There: 1950 Coronation of Thailand’s King Bhumibol (both sent).

SERVICE DOGS-REGULATION _ Like all parents with autistic children, Glenn and Rachel Cummings were desperate to find ways to help their daughter, Sobie, navigate her world. They thought they’d found a solution when they purchased a service dog named Okami. But after Okami attacked one of their pet dogs, they learned just how little oversight there is in the service dog industry. Federal disability law limits local training and certification requirements. As a result, experts say it’s a buyer beware market. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,960 words, photos.




PENCE-BLACK CHURCHES _ Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Louisiana to show his support for members of three black churches burned by an arsonist. SENT: 130 words, photo.

FOX-BONES LAWSUIT _ A judge overturns a $128 million punitive damages award to the stars and producers of the long-running TV show “Bones” in a dispute over profits. SENT: 230 words, photo.

ARGENTINA-CLERGY ABUSE _ Victims’ rights groups are calling on Pope Francis to guarantee the implementation of the Vatican’s “zero tolerance” for sexual abuses by clergy in Argentina, where they say the policy has not been carried out. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SYRIA _ Syrian activists: Airstrikes by government forces, Russia on last rebel-held enclave threaten 7-month truce. SENT: 130 words.

SAS-PILOTS STRIKE _ Scandinavian Airlines and its pilots reach a three-year collective bargaining agreement that put an end to a six-day strike that grounded more than 4,000 flights and affected hundreds of thousands of passengers. SENT: 280 words, photos.

NATO _ U.S. Air Force General Tod D. Wolters has been sworn in as the top military officer of the 29-nation NATO military alliance. SENT: 130 words.

BRITAIN-LOCAL ELECTIONS _ Britain’s two main political parties, Conservatives and Labour, have taken a hammering in local elections as Brexit-weary voters express frustration over the country’s stalled departure from the European Union. SENT: 130 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-PRIME MINISTER ENGAGED _ New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has gotten engaged to longtime partner Clarke Gayford. SENT: 220 words, photos.

BRIDGE CRASH DEATHS _ A U.S. Navy petty officer whose pickup truck plunged off a bridge into a San Diego park, killing four people, has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. SENT: 130 words.




ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS _ Kamala Harris is back in the spotlight. Her tough questioning of Attorney General William Barr quickly turned into a viral moment that reminded liberals why they envisioned the former prosecutor taking on President Trump. By Juana Summers. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KLOBUCHAR _ Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before getting sober. SENT: 680 words, photo.




TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-PRISON _ Michael Cohen, 53, is due to report Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville to start a three-year sentence for paying hush-money to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump, lying to Congress and other crimes. Otisville, located 70 miles northwest of New York City, is a favorite among prison-bound Jews for its Kosher meals and Sabbath services. SENT: 990 words, photos.

LANDLORD-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION _ A lawsuit against a Denver landlord who was recorded refusing to allow a Muslim father and son to sublease her property for a restaurant has ended in a $675,000 settlement. The dispute focused on a property that was already equipped as a restaurant for a fried chicken spot that closed. Its owner, Craig Caldwell, thought he had the perfect pair to sublease the property. But when his landlord refused to sign off, Caldwell recorded the woman demanding that he find an “American person.” By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

BALTIMORE-EMBATTLED MAYOR _ After ex-Mayor Catherine Pugh’s rapid collapse amid multiple public corruption investigations, Baltimore city employees are pulling down her official portraits as the city quickly shifts into a new era with Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young at the helm. Young, a fellow Democrat and a longtime leader of the City Council, automatically replaced Pugh after her resignation. SENT: 820 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ A mother says she paid the consultant at the center of the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme $6.5 million after her daughter got into Stanford University because she was led to believe the money would go toward helping underprivileged students. SENT: 650 words, photo.

ABORTION COMMENTS-ALABAMA _ An Alabama lawmaker who remarked “kill them now or kill them later” during debate on an abortion bill said he was trying to criticize politicians’ focus on abortion as they neglect social services. SENT: 350 words.




EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-RIGHTS UNITES _ Italy’s populist interior minister is uniting Europe’s right-wing parties under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner for this month’s European Union elections, pledging to reshape the continent from its technocratic heart in the EU’s base in Brussels. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

CHINA-TYCOON ALLEGED RAPE _ Six Chinese social media accounts have been shut after they advocated support for a woman who accused the founder of online shopping giant JD.com, Richard Liu, of rape. Writer Chen Chun said WeChat informed him that his public account was closed because a petition he shared in the woman’s defense “violated regulations.” Five other accounts were also disabled. A University of Minnesota student says Richard Liu raped her. He denies the accusation. SENT: 730 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS _ An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. SENT: 570 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA _ The Vietnamese woman who was tried for the killing of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader has been released from a Malaysian prison. SENT: 480 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION _ Australia’s prime minister said his Liberal Party rejected the anti-Muslim views of an election candidate who became the third to lose the conservative party’s endorsement in as many days over their social media histories. SENT: 600 words.

JERUSALEM-PEACE FOREST _ Dozens of Palestinian-owned residences in east Jerusalem face the threat of demolition by Israeli authorities to make way for a new park being developed by a nationalist Jewish organization. The Supreme Court cleared the way for the demolitions, ruling that the houses were built illegally. Activists and Palestinian residents of the so-called “Peace Forest” say the case highlights the city’s discriminatory housing policies. SENT 1,020 words, photos.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-CHILDREN _ Isabella Mussa has not set foot in a classroom or read a book for the past week. For the 13-year-old, displaced by a deadly cyclone in northern Mozambique, it feels like a lifetime. Yet she is called one of the lucky ones. More than 1 million children have been affected by a pair of cyclones that ripped into Mozambique in less than two months, the United Nations children’s agency says. Many of the children are without shelter or food. Some saw parents killed or disappeared. SENT: 630 words, photos.




SPACE STATION _ SpaceX delayed a supply run to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs. A Falcon rocket was poised to blast off before dawn, with a Dragon cargo capsule. But an electrical problem cropped up at the last minute with the ocean platform needed to recover the first-stage booster following liftoff. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 230 words, photo.




ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT _ U.S. employers are expected to have delivered a solid month of job growth in April, buoyed by a resilient economy that has confounded concerns that 2019 would begin with a slowdown. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 460 words.

EUROPE-ECONOMY _ Inflation rose in April in the 19-country eurozone, at first glance an encouraging sign for the European Central Bank in its struggle to sustainably raise prices. By Business Writer David McHugh. SENT: 280 words, photo.




OBIT-PETER MAYHEW _ Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who donned a huge, furry costume to give life to the rugged-and-beloved character of Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and two other films, has died, his family says. Mayhew died at his home in north Texas on Tuesday, according to a family statement. He was 74. No cause was given. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MISS USA _ Cheslie Kryst, a 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free, won the 2019 Miss USA title in a diverse field that included teachers, nurses and members of the military. Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico was the first-runner up, and Oklahoma’s Triana Browne the second-runner up during the competition in Reno, Nevada. SENT: 420 words, photos.

FILM-TRIBECA-AWARDS _ Nineteen-year-old filmmaker Phillip Youmans has won the top award at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Burning Cane,” which Youmans finished as a 17-year-old graduating high school, on Thursday took the New York festival’s award for best U.S. narrative feature. Festival founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal presented Youmans with the award, chosen by a jury that hailed Youmans as “a voice that is searingly original.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 290 words, photo.




HKW--WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WHAT’S NEXT? _ After pledging not to play in North America this year to try to establish a viable professional league, women’s hockey players hope the NHL eventually steps in to fill the void. The pledge sent shockwaves through the sport with a major equipment company advocating for NHL ownership and men’s players and agents voicing their support. Now comes the big question: Will it work? By Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 880 words, photos.

RAPTORS-76ERS _ Joel Embiid refused to get tripped up back home in the postseason, scoring 33 points and playing to the “MVP!” chants to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors. Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 850 words, photos.




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