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May 4, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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PLANE CRASH-FLORIDA RIVER _ A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials say. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew slid off the runway into the St. Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release says. By David Fischer. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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ONLY ON AP

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VENEZUELA US MILITARY OUTREACH _ On at least two occasions since 2016, the U.S. government missed opportunities to cultivate relations with top military generals that national security adviser John Bolton claimed this week backed out last minute of a plan to topple President Nicolás Maduro. In 2017, a still young Trump administration rejected a visa request for the head of military intelligence so he could bring his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery. Prior to that, the U.S. rebuffed a potential backchannel to the country’s defense minister _ someone long viewed as a potential white knight _ after those brokering an aide’s secret trip to Washington for a meeting with the Defense Intelligence Agency were outed on Venezuelan state TV. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,360 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTH KOREA-MISSILE _ North Korea on Saturday fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. By Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 670 words, photos. With NORTH KOREA-MISSILE-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-ECONOMY _ The lowest unemployment rate in a half century, more than 260,000 new jobs, and higher hourly wages. “I’ll be running on the economy,” President Donald Trump declares. And why wouldn’t he? By Steve Peoples and Chris Rugaber. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND _ New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is making a case for being the coolest candidate in the Democratic 2020 presidential field. She went sledding in New Hampshire, played foosball and baked cookies, arm wrestled and hung out with drag queens at an Iowa gay bar. By Will Weissert. SENT: 840 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP _ Joe Biden makes his first campaign trip to South Carolina, while other contenders race across Iowa. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates expected throughout the day.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-SPYING-NEWS GUIDE _ President Trump says the FBI unlawfully spied on his campaign. But surveillance is a common investigative technique and not inherently illegal. A look at what we know about the surveillance of Trump’s campaign. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 970 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR _ Democrats have a new political foil: Attorney General William Barr. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

SUDAN-AGAINST THE ISLAMISTS _ The Sudanese protesters who succeeded in driving President Omar al-Bashir from power last month say their revolution won’t be complete until they have dismantled what many describe as the Islamist-dominated “deep state” that underpinned his 30-year rule. That has already escalated tensions with the transitional military council, leading to the resignation of three Islamist members last week after the protesters briefly suspended talks. By Joseph Krauss. SENT: 920 words, photos.

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-PREVIEW _ Bob Baffert times three. In a Kentucky Derby lacking a dominant favorite, the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer saddles the top three choices. On what could be a wet day at Churchill Downs, Game Winner is the pre-race favorite, albeit a tepid one at 9-2. Improbable and Roadster were installed as the co-second choices at 5-1. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 820 words, photos. With KENTUCKY DERBY-POLITICS _ Politicians look to make hay at Kentucky Derby (sent).

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HURRICANE FLORENCE-REPORT _ A National Hurricane Center report says Hurricane Florence killed 22 people across three states, was the ninth most destructive storm in terms of property damage and spawned 44 tornadoes. SENT: 440 words.

JOHN SINGLETON _ A representative for John Singleton says the director will be laid to rest in a small, private ceremony on Monday in Los Angeles. SENT: 120 words, photo.

PEOPLE-VINCE VAUGHN _ Actor Vince Vaughn is convicted of reckless driving after his arrest for failing a drunken driving test last year. SENT: 130 words, photo.

AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS _ The Taliban say the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington’s special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. SENT: 130 words.

BACH-SEMENYA _ IOC President Thomas Bach says he has “a lot of sympathy” for Caster Semenya after the South African runner lost her Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal in a landmark case against track and field’s governing body. SENT: 280 words, photos.

DEATH ROW INMATE DIES _ Authorities say a man who was sent to California’s death row for killing and mutilating a 5-month-old girl has died of natural causes. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TEXAS STORMS _ Several tornadoes were reported across south central Texas, leaving damage in their wake but no reports of injuries as severe thunderstorms rumbled across the region. SENT: 110 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA _ The Trump administration ended a week of pointed but vague threats of a military response to the Venezuelan political crisis with a meeting at the Pentagon to consider its options, though there was still no sign any action was on the horizon. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-YUCCA MOUNTAIN _ Nevada continues its long crusade to block the creation of a national nuclear-waste dump at Yucca Mountain, and now presidential hopefuls are joining the early voting state’s cause. SENT: 490 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION _ After a more than a decade of political strife, including a military coup and a contentious election less than two months ago, the people of Thailand are witnessing the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy’s power after the October 2016 death of Vajiralongkorn’s revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. SENT: 810 words, photos. With THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION-THE LATEST.

BRAZIL-POLICE KILLINGS _ Police killings in the state of Rio de Janeiro have hit a record high, rising by 18% in the first three months of this year in a spike partly attributed to a zero tolerance for criminals campaign by state leaders. SENT: 590 words, photos.

JAPAN-EMPEROR _ Japan’s Emperor Naruhito greeted the public for the first time since his succession, expressing hope for Japan to keep pursuing peace. Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his 85-year-old father, Akihito, abdicated. SENT: 380 words, photos.

JAPAN-ROCKET _ A Japanese aerospace startup funded by a former internet maverick successfully launched a small rocket into space, making it the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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FELON VOTING RIGHTS-FLORIDA _ Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that would implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment. SENT: 600 words, photo.

FLINT WATER _ Judge rejects six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan’s former health director, the highest-ranking official charged in the Flint water scandal. SENT: 340 words, photo.

BEACH ACCESS _ New Jersey governor signs law intended to protect the public’s right to reach the beach in a state where some shore towns have employed a wide variety of tactics to discourage outsiders from sitting on or even walking across their sand. SENT: 580 words, photos.

FLORIDA CONSTITUTION _ Florida will place new regulations on people paid to gather petitions for constitutional amendments under a bill going to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. SENT: 390 words.

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SCIENCE

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SPACE STATION _ SpaceX has launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station, running at full power following repairs. A Falcon rocket blasted off from Florida, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds of goods. This recycled Dragon _ which is making its second space trip _ is due to arrive at the orbiting lab Monday. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MISS USA-PAGEANT HISTORY MADE _ When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BOX-ALVAREZ-JACOBS _ Canelo Alvarez owns both big Mexican holiday weekends in this gambling town, along with a contract that could make him one of the richest athletes. He’ll own everything at 160 pounds, too, if he gets past Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title unification fight Saturday night. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 780 words.

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