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BC-AP Top Stories Digest, ADVISORY

May 9, 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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ASYLUM-BORDER WAIT LISTS _ For thousands of asylum seekers, there are many ways to wait _ and wait, and wait _ at the threshold of the United States. Parents and children sleep in tents next to bridges leading to Texas for weeks on end, desperately hoping their names and numbers are called so they can be let in. The Associated Press visited eight cities along the U.S.-Mexico border and found 13,000 immigrants on waiting lists to get into the country _ exposed to haphazard and often-dubious arrangements that vary sharply. By Elliot Spagat, Nomaan Merchant and Patricio Espinoza. SENT: 2,800 words, photo.

D-DAY DYING GENERATION _ A French American D-Day veteran died just a month before the 75th anniversary of the pivotal invasion _ a symbol of a dying generation of heroes and the challenge and importance of keeping their memories alive. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-CELEBRATING TERRORISM _ A confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges the social media company has exaggerated its success in removing extremist content. Even worse, it shows that the company is inadvertently using propaganda by militants and hate groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking. By Desmond Butler and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 2,220 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US Facebook Whistleblower (CR) _ Facebook generates videos celebrating extremists. An abridged version of 970 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS-CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS _ They call it a “constitutional crisis,” but is it? Stunned by the White House’s blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, Democrats warn the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation’s system of checks and balances in new, alarming ways. By Lisa Mascaro and Mark Sherman. UPCOMING: 900 words by 7 p.m., photos, video. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-TRUMP JR _ Republicans lash out at fellow GOP Sen. Richard Burr for his committee’s subpoena of Trump’s son. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-CHINA TRADE TALKS _ U.S. and Chinese negotiators are poised to resume trade talks Thursday just hours before the United States is set to raise tariffs on Chinese imports in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the world’s two biggest economies. SENT, DEVELOPING: 831 words, photos. With CHINA TARIFFS-POLICING A TRADE DEAL _ Reaching a deal with China to end a tariff war is only the first hurdle. SENT: 1259 words, photos.

TRUMP-SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS _ President Trump calls for an end to “surprise medical bills,” the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer’s network. By Kevin Freking and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTS _ Trump indicates his administration may approve a Florida plan to import lower-cost prescription drugs from abroad for use by residents. SENT: 490 words.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA-COAL SHIP _ The U.S. seizes a North Korean cargo ship that was used to violate international sanctions, a first-of-its-kind enforcement action that comes amid a tense moment in relations between the two countries. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 570 words, photo.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE _ Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-SHANAHAN _ President Trump says he will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since Jan. 1. By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 900 words, photo.

JUSTICE-ROSENSTEIN _ Hundreds of Justice Department employees gather to send off Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, capping a nearly two-year tenure marked by a tumultuous relationship with President Trump. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO _ A security guard credited with capturing one of the two suspects in this week’s suburban Denver school shooting fired his weapon inside the school, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press on Thursday. SENT: 650 Words, photos, video.

SEVERE WEATHER _ Several people are injured after a tornado caved in the walls of two Arkansas apartment buildings, part of a powerful line of thunderstorms that is dumping more rain on waterlogged areas throughout the nation’s midsection. SENT: 485 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAN NUCLEAR-STEELING FOR SANCTIONS _ U.S. sanctions have targeted Iran’s government, its paramilitary forces and the oil exports that fund them. Now they are hitting its vital steel, aluminum, copper and iron industries. By Nasser Karimi and Mehdi Fattahi. SENT: 1016 Words.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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JUUL-UNPROVEN ADS _ Under intense scrutiny amid a wave of underage vaping, Juul is pushing into television with a multimillion-dollar campaign rebranding itself as a stop-smoking aid for adults trying to kick cigarettes. But the strategy is raising concerns from anti-smoking experts and activists who say the company is making unproven claims for its product. SENT: 1141 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FACEBOOK-SLOW RESPONSE _ The question comes up over and over, with extremist material, hate speech, elections meddling, privacy invasions, housing discrimination. The latest: Facebook is inadvertently creating celebratory videos using extremist content. Why can’t it just fix it? Well, it’s complicated. By Barbara Ortutay UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 a.m.

FACEBOOK COFOUNDER-BREAK UP FACEBOOK _ Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says the company has become a monopoly and should be separated into multiple companies. SENT: 400 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-SIVAN ALYRA ROSE _ Newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose represents a rarity as one of the few people of Native American descent to star in a Netflix series _ or any television series, for that matter. But she hopes her breakthrough in “Chambers” will encourage more opportunities for women like her. “I think `Chambers’ is really (at the forefront of) an important conversation of inclusion and how simple it really can be,” said the 19-year-old actress from the San Carlos Apache tribe. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKN--RAPTORS-76ERS _ The Raptors are one win from the East finals, leading Philadelphia 3-2 and buoyed by a blowout Game 5 home victory. For the 76ers, Joel Embiid is ailing and Ben Simmons is struggling. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam seems at full strength after his calf injury. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BKN--NUGGETS-TRAIL BLAZERS _ The Nuggets can oust Portland with a Game 6 victory and reach the West finals for the first time since 2009. Jamal Murray and a rejuvenated Paul Millsap are lifting Denver. Portland needs a big game from guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.