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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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SUPREME COURT-ABORTION — Declining to rule directly on abortion rights, the Supreme Court upholds an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains but lets stand a lower court decision that overturned a provision restricting abortion based on gender, race or disability. The high court, with two liberal justices dissenting, thus found a way perhaps to signal a greater receptivity to state restrictions in the area of abortion without yet welcoming a more direct challenge to abortion rights. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.

ABORTION-MISSOURI — Missouri’s only abortion clinic could be closed by the end of the week because the state is threatening to not renew its license, Planned Parenthood officials said. SENT: 690 words.

SEVERE WEATHER — A swarm of apparent tornadoes so tightly packed that one may have crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes and blowing out windows. One person was killed and dozens were injured. By Angie Wang, John Minchillo and Kantele Franko. SENT: 650 words, photos, videos.

TRUMP — Four days of flattery and fun in Tokyo are over for President Donald Trump — the sumo wrestling, golf and solo walks along red carpets. No such pageantry awaits the president in Washington, a steamy town where a slate of political, policy and legal snarls await him. By Darlene Superville, Laurie Kellman and Jill Colvin. SENT: 920 words, photos, videos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-DISASTER AID — House Democrats are expected to try again to pass a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill that’s a top priority for some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies on Capitol Hill. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 470 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. House session.

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INTERNATIONAL

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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 near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo, killing two people and injuring at least 17 before killing himself, officials said. By Mari Yamaguchi and Jae Hong. SENT: 720 words, photos, video. With JAPAN-STABBING ATTACK-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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VACCINE EXEMPTIONS-SCHOOLS — States are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but schoolchildren using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those who give no excuse at all for lacking their shots. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

FELONS-VOTING RIGHTS-GEORGIA — Thousands of people convicted of felonies can’t vote in Georgia thanks to a vaguely worded law officials interpret in the strictest possible way. SENT: 1,050 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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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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DIABETES DECLINES — The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren’t sure why. By 650 words, photo.

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