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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

May 12, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds IRAN; MALAYSIA-CABINET; SYRIA; MYANMAR-ETHNIC REBELS; YEMEN; IRELAND-CERVICAL CANCER; PORTUGAL-EUROVISION.

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TOP STORIES

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IRAQ — Polls open across Iraq in the first national election since the declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. After hours of low voter turnout, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi partially lifted a security curfew to encourage more people to come to the polls. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Philip Issa. SENT: 750 words, photos. With IRAQ ELECTION-GLANCE — Iraq holds its first parliamentary election since IS defeat (sent).

TRUMP-DRUG PRICES — President Donald Trump’s long-promised plan to bring down drug prices would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of “getting away with murder.” Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America’s prescription pain. By Matthew Perrone and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-FUEL ECONOMY — Addressing a key concern for manufacturers, President Donald Trump has instructed his administration to explore negotiations with California on achieving a single fuel economy standard for the nation during a meeting with auto industry executives. By Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.

NORTH KOREA-TRAVELING WITH POMPEO — It started with quiet words from State Department officials: Apply for a new passport. Vague as it was, their instruction left little doubt where we would be traveling: North Korea. AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee describes Pompeo’s secretly planned trip that secured the freedom of three Americans. SENT: 1,700 words, photos, video. With UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he told North Korea’s leader that he hopes one day their two countries will be “close partners.” SENT: 590 words, photos, video.

KOREAS-MOON IN THE MIDDLE — To his supporters, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is a master negotiator who’s fixing decades of bad nuclear diplomacy with North Korea. To his critics, he’s falling prey to the same old trap that has claimed previous South Korean presidents — but with an important difference: This time the stakes are much higher. Whoever’s right, it’s hard to ignore Moon’s role as the architect behind a new global push to settle the nuclear standoff with the North. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SYRIA — A Syrian war monitor says a wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people. SENT: 120 words.

IRAN — The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog says its top inspector has quit with immediate effect, just as the agency’s work in Iran is once again in focus. SENT: 120 words.

ODD-POLICE CAT — A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law in her claws. SENT: 90 words, photo.

JUVENILE LIFE SENTENCES — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have permitted the state to continue sending juvenile offenders to prison with no chance for parole. SENT: 250 words.

HUNGARY-VIRTUOSOS — Producers of a Hungarian talent show for young classical musicians say the rights to the program have been acquired for versions in the United States and Britain by London-based production firm Fulwell 73. SENT: 120 words, photos.

SECURITY GUARD ROBOT — A robotics company known for its YouTube videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is finally preparing to sell some of them after years of research. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MCCAIN — John McCain is not signing off quietly. As in so much of the senator’s extraordinary life, the rebellious Republican is facing this challenging chapter — battling brain cancer — in his own rule-breaking way, stirring up old fights and starting new ones. Rarely has the sickbed been so lively. SENT: 780 words, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump and his lawyers likely won’t decide whether he will answer questions from Russia probe investigators until after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month. SENT: 1000 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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HAWAII VOLCANO — Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea’s eruption won’t deter travelers from visiting the state’s largest island, even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit. SENT: 120 words, photos, video.

CALIFORNIA BUDGET — California Gov. Jerry Brown faces a bruising fight with the Legislature over funding for welfare, health care and higher education after producing a revised budget proposal that shows a lot more money but not a lot more spending. SENT: 720 words, photos.

OKLAHOMA-FALLIN — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have allowed adults to carry handguns without a permit and signed another that permits religious organizations to exclude same sex couples from adoptions, managing to anger both gun and gay rights groups on the same day. SENT: 580 words, photos.

BALTIMORE-ROGUE POLICE UNIT — The disgraced leader of a rogue Baltimore police unit was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to nine robberies while on the force. SENT: 480 words, photo.

EX-ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TRIAL — A jury convicts former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-NAJIB — Malaysia’s Immigration Department says former scandal-ridden Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife are barred from leaving the country, shortly after he announced plans for a short holiday. SENT: 520 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-CABINET — Ethnic Chinese named Malaysia’s new finance minister (sent).

YEMEN — Yemeni officials say fighting over two days in western Yemen has killed at least 115 people on both sides of the conflict pitting forces loyal to a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Shiite rebels. SENT: 120 words.

MYANMAR-ETHNIC REBELS — An ethnic rebel group fighting Myanmar’s government launched an attack against the country’s military in a northern town on Saturday, leaving at least 15 people dead and 20 injured, including civilians, officials say. SENT: 260 words, photo.

EAST TIMOR-ELECTION — East Timorese are voting in their second election for parliament in less than a year after the collapse of a minority government. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IRELAND-CERVICAL CANCER — Ireland’s leader apologizes for a scandal over inaccurate cervical cancer screening tests and has pledged an investigation to find out what went wrong. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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OPRAH-COMMENCEMENT — Oprah Winfrey figured it was safe to talk about politics again as she spoke to graduates at the University of Southern California, saying the rumors of a presidential run have finally faded. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 460 words, photo.

PORTUGAL-EUROVISION — With a renewed focus on the music, the 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest is heading to what many predict will be an exceptional year. SENT: 130 words, photos. With PORTUGAL-EUROVISION-GLANCE — A look at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (sent).

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SPORTS

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CAPITALS-LIGHTNING — There was no letdown for the Washington Capitals. Just more winning hockey. Putting an emotional second-round victory over playoff nemesis and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh behind them, the Caps got a power-play goal and assist from Alex Ovechkin in his Eastern Conference finals debut and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. By AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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