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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:15, Advisory

May 21, 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

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HIGHLIGHTING

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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE (sent, developing)

CONGRESS-IRAN (sent)

TRUMP-PACIFIC ISLANDS (upcoming)

REMOVING REACTORS (sent)

SEVERE WEATHER (sent, developing)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-JAMIE OLIVER RESTAURANTS _ Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s British restaurant chain has become insolvent, putting 1,300 jobs at risk. SENT: 300 words, photo.

IMMIGRANTS-HIDDEN-FURNITURE _ A Houston-area man must serve nearly two years in prison for trying to smuggle immigrants in furniture after three people were found in a plastic-wrapped dresser that was nailed shut. SENT: 150 words.

WORKER DEATH-SIGN _ Authorities say an Illinois man who died while working on a sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana was accidentally crushed. SENT: 150 words.

CATS REMOVED-MICHIGAN _ Authorities say animal control officers have removed 178 cats from a Michigan home where the animals were found living in what was described as deplorable conditions. SENT: 150 words.

CHICAGO ZOO-BABY RHINO _ Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf. SENT: 150 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ House Democrats face yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations, with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House. Jerrold Nadler says committee will vote to hold McGahn in contempt if he doesn’t show up on Tuesday. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CONGRESS-IRAN _ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and other top brass head to Capitol Hill for closed-door briefings Tuesday with both the House and Senate as questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran. By Lisa Mascaro, Robert Burns and Susannah George. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TRUMP-PACIFIC ISLANDS _ President Donald Trump meets with leaders of the Freely Associated States of the Pacific Islands. By TBD.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH STUDIES _ Long-term research responsible for pivotal discoveries about the effect of pesticides, smog and other pollutants on children is being shut down in the face of repeated Trump administration efforts to yank funding, researchers say. By Ellen Knickmeyer. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

WASHINGTON ARCHBISHOP _ Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta being installed as the archbishop of Washington, the archdiocese that has become the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Looking to see if he says anything about the abuse. Ashraf Khalil staffs.

MEDICARE FOR ALL _ Leading Democrats seeking the party’s presidential nomination favor a “Medicare for All” plan that appears to be far more generous than what other advanced countries offer their citizens. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TRUMP _ President Donald Trump voices confidence in his ability to win Pennsylvania in 2020 and taking a new swipe at one of his leading Democratic rivals. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-FOX NEWS _ Whether to appear on Fox News becomes an unlikely marker for the divergent strategies of top Democrats vying for the White House. By Will Weissert. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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REMOVING REACTORS _ Federal regulators are reviewing plans to sell retiring nuclear reactors to a nuclear waste management company for accelerated decommissioning. Holtec International says it can complete decommissioning in a matter of years, rather than decades. But questions have been raised about whether the company has the experience and financial means. The plants include Pilgrim, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which is scheduled to close next week after 47 years. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,290 words, photos, video.

WASHINGTON-THREE STRIKES _ Dozens of inmates are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life because they were left out of the latest reform targeting “three strikes” laws. Washington lawmakers this year removed second-degree robbery from the state’s list of three-strike crimes. But an amendment pushed by a prosecutors’ group made it non-retroactive. About 62 inmates with “strikes” for the crime will be left serving life sentences even after judges stop “striking out” offenders for it. By Tom James. SENT: 1,190 words, photo.

SEVERE WEATHER _ A powerful storm system spawned a confirmed tornado near Tulsa International Airport, after shutting down an interstate highway and prompting water rescues elsewhere in the state. More tornadoes, along with hail and damaging winds were predicted as the storms moved to the east. In Tulsa, forecasters confirmed a tornado near the airport at about 6:30 a.m. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but tornado warnings remained in effect in many parts of the state. SENT: 300 words, photos, developing.

D-DAY 75TH-AIRPLANE _ Filled with paratroopers, a U.S. warplane lumbered down an English runway in 1944 to spearhead the World War II D-Day invasion with a message for Adolf Hitler painted in bright yellow across its nose: “That’s All, Brother.” Seventy-five years later, in a confluence of history and luck, that plane is again bound for the French coast for what could be the last great commemoration of the Allied battle to include D-Day veterans, many of whom are now in their 90s. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.

KELLEN WINSLOW JR RAPE TRIAL _ Prosecutors plan to call the first of five women to testify at the rape trial of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr., whose accusers include a 54-year-old who got a ride from him hitchhiking and a 59-year-old who was homeless when they met. SENT: 660 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Trial begins at noon.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PERSIAN-GULF-TENSIONS _ Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels say they attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Tehran and the United States. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

SYRIA QUELLING PROTESTS _ Thousands of documents collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the Syrian civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad’s security agencies. The documents obtained by a Washington-based Syrian rights group include handwritten notes and orders from top commanders to “do what is necessary” _ detention, shootings, intimidation _ to quell anti-Assad protests. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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HOME SALES _ U.S. home sales slipped 0.4% in April, as would-be homebuyers face affordability challenges and a limited supply of starter houses. The National Association of Realtors says that existing homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million last month, down from 5.21 million in March. SENT: 200 words, developing.

FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Global stock markets are mostly higher after anxiety over U.S. curbs on sales to Chinese tech giant Huawei dragged down Wall Street. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-RED NOSE DAY _ John Legend, Josh Groban, Julia Roberts and Milo Ventimiglia are among the celebrities taking part in NBC’s Red Nose Day special Thursday to raise money for children in need. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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RED SOX-YANKEES-LONDON ARTIFICIAL TURF _ The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. An AP NewsBreak. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 990 words, photo.

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