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May 28, 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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TOP STORIES

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JAPAN-STABBING ATTACK — A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls waiting at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, killing two and injuring 16 before killing himself. By Mari Yamaguchi and Jae Hong. SENT: 425 words, photos. With JAPAN-STABBING ATTACK-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-JAPAN — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished “Happy Memorial Day” to U.S. service members aboard an American assault ship docked in Japan. Trump called them a “tough bunch of people” and dubbed them “daring and mighty warriors in the Pacific.” The president treated his appearance aboard the USS Wasp as a Memorial Day event because it was still Monday in the United States. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 454 words, photos, videos.

SEVERE WEATHER — The Ohio Department of Transportation is using snow plows to remove debris off an Ohio highway after a “large and dangerous” tornado hit the area late Monday. By Angie Wang, John Minchillo and Kantele Franko. SENT: 400 words, photos. With SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS — Three months into his second presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders finds himself battling eerily familiar political challenges: concerns about his electability, questionable support from minority voters and a Democratic front-runner with deep ties to the party establishment. By Steve Peoples, Juana Summers and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom .

TECHNOLOGY-RESHAPING RAMADAN — Technology is reshaping the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its long days of fasting and prayer meant to draw worshippers closer to God and away from worldly distractions. People in the Middle East spend close to 58 million more hours on Facebook during Ramadan and watching more YouTube videos than at any other time of the year, making the month also the prime time of the year for advertisers. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 995 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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D-DAY-THE LIBERATED — With fewer veterans and witnesses able to share personal stories and memories, the French who owe their freedom to D-Day’s fighters are more determined than ever to keep alive the memory of the battle and its significance. By Catherine Gaschka and Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-CRIME PLUNGE — The feared street gangster El Negrito sleeps with a pistol under his pillow and says he’s lost track of his murder count. But despite his hardened demeanor, he’s quick to gripe about how Venezuela’s failing economy is cutting into his profits. In something of an unexpected silver lining to Venezuela’s all-consuming crisis, experts say armed assaults and killings in the country are plummeting. By Scott Smith. SENT: 975 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ENDANGERED WOLVES-CATTLE KILLS — The number of cows and calves killed by Mexican gray wolves in the American Southwest has skyrocketed. By Susan Montoya-Bryan. SENT: 680 words, photos.

TEXAS-GUN STORAGE FIGHT — Lawmakers in gun-loving Texas have quietly gone around the National Rifle Association by slipping language into a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage. SENT: 720 words, photo.

D-DAY-EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS — Its 75th anniversary brings extra classroom attention to D-Day, which has waned as a topic that’s emphasized in schools across the world. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHINA TOURISM — After more than a decade of rapid growth, Chinese travel to the U.S. is falling. And that has cities, malls and other tourist spots scrambling to reverse the trend. Travel from China to the U.S. fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office, which collects data from U.S. Customs forms. It was the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior year. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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STANLEY-CUP — Boston scores three times to rally from a two-goal deficit and beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 850 words, photos. With Stanley Cup-Helmetless Krug — Torey Krug’s old-school helmetless shift and hit in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final could be among last of its kind with NHL rule change looming. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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