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CALIFORNIA PESTICIDE RESTRICTION — The nation’s most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used toxic pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said. The move would outlaw chlorpyrifos after scientists deemed it a toxic air contaminant and discovered it to be more dangerous than previously thought. By Brian Melley. SENT: 600 words, photo.
CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — The White House invokes executive privilege, claiming the right to block lawmakers from receiving special counsel Robert Mueller’ s full report on his Trump-Russia probe and escalating the battle between President Donald Trump and Congress. The decision comes as the House Judiciary Committee prepares to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over his failure to provide the full report and other documents. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 930 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
IRAN-NUCLEAR — Iran threatened to enrich its uranium stockpile closer to weapons-grade levels in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal, raising regional tensions as a U.S. aircraft carrier and bombers headed to the Middle East to confront Tehran. A televised address by President Hassan Rouhani, who once pledged that the landmark deal would draw Iran closer to the West, saw the cleric instead pressure Europe to shield Tehran from the sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement exactly a year earlier. By Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.
DRUG PRICES-TV ADS — Those ever-present TV ads for prescription drugs will soon carry prices, too, the nation’s top health official says, responding to a public outcry for government action to restrain medication costs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the Trump administration has finalized regulations that will require drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month’s supply. SENT: 810 words, photo.
CHINA TARIFFS-ECONOMIC IMPACT — What trade war? For months the U.S. economy has shrugged off the tariff war with China, generating decent growth and the lowest unemployment rate in a half century. But President Donald Trump’s decision to hike import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods could change all that. Analysts warn the move could sharply reduce U.S. economic growth a year from now, and higher import taxes will hit specific companies even harder. Some will have to take on more debt. Others are resorting to layoffs and product delays. By Paul Wiseman. Upcoming: 900 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO — Two high school students used at least two handguns in the shooting at a charter school that killed one of their classmates and injured eight others in a Colorado community that just weeks ago marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings, authorities said. The attack at STEM School Highlands Ranch happened just miles from Columbine High School. By Kathleen Foody and P. Solomon Banda. SENT: 1,025 words, photos, videos.
BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY — Tired but beaming, Meghan and Prince Harry showed the public their baby son’s face for the first time, and also revealed his name: Archie. The royal couple said their son, seventh in line to the British throne, is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Mountbatten-Windsor is a surname used by some members of the royal family. They have not chosen a grander title for the baby, who is not a prince but could have been named a lord. By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
TRUMP-TAXES -Q&A — A look at what’s known about President Donald Trump’s tax returns, and the fight in Congress to obtain them. By Andrew Taylor. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP CONFIDENCE — President Donald Trump spent his first campaign as an underdog, written off by the political establishment and down on his own chances on Election Night. But as he and his team gear up for re-election, they’re claiming an unfamiliar position: front-runner. SENT: 1040 words, photo.
DOMESTIC TERRORISM — Officials from the Justice and Homeland Security departments say they have more than 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism across the country, and the threat continues to grow. SENT: 460 words, photos.
TRUMP — President Donald Trump surveys hurricane recovery progress in the Florida panhandle and holds an evening political rally. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., with updates from events at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. rally, photos, video.
TRAVEL BAN-AMERICANS — The Trump administration’s travel ban has forced American citizens to live apart from their husbands, wives and children for years, and there’s no end in sight for many families. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m.
OREGON-NONUNANIMOUS VERDICTS — Oregon is the only U.S. state where juries are not required to reach a unanimous decision to convict someone of a crime, but momentum is building to scrap that system. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
THREE MILE ISLAND — Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst commercial nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. SENT: 600 words, photos.
SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION — South Africans voted in presidential and parliamentary elections, with signs of a relatively low turnout and voters saying they were disillusioned by widespread corruption and unemployment. Despite the demise of apartheid 25 years ago, South Africa remains divided by economic inequality. SENT: 925 words, photos.
RIDE-HAILING-DRIVERS — As Uber and Lyft aim to convince investors to hand them billions of dollars, their road to profitability is challenged by a key part of their business: drivers. The men and women working behind the wheel of the nation’s largest ride-hailing companies are pushing for higher wages and to be classified as employees, and on Wednesday they are planning strikes across the country. Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft are trying to avoid higher costs on top of the billions of dollars they are already losing. By Cathy Bussewitz. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 pm.
BKN-CELTICS-BUCKS — The Milwaukee Bucks can clinch their first trip to the NBA Eastern Conference finals since 2001 when they host Boston in Game 5 of the semifinals. The Bucks have won three straight since dropping the opener to the Celtics. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. EDT.
BKN-ROCKETS- WARRIORS — Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors try to hold court at home when they take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets with the best-of-seven series notched at 2 games apiece. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Starts 10:30 p.m.
AVALANCHE-SHARKS — The San Jose Sharks could get injured captain Joe Pavelski back for Game 7 of their second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.