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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.

BOY SCOUTS-SURVIVING ABUSE _ Hundreds of men across the U.S. are signing up with lawyers to sue the Boy Scouts for damages related to sex abuse they claim to have suffered at the hands of scout leaders. The expected wave of litigation poses a financial threat to the Boy Scouts that could trigger bankruptcy. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,480 words, photos. Eds: This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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EVEREST DEATH _ A Colorado climber has died shortly after summiting Mount Everest and achieving his dream of scaling the highest peaks on Earth’s seven continents. SENT: 305 words, photos.

PEOPLE-BRITNEY SPEARS _ A Los Angeles judge will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order Tuesday that keeps a former associate of Britney Spears away from her and her family. SENT: 490 words, photo.

JEOPARDY-JAMES HOLZHAUER _ James Holzhauer’s “Jeopardy” winning streak is still going and he may be on track to surpass Ken Jennings’ record earnings in the next month. Holzhauer won his 28th straight game Monday. SENT: 120 words, photo.

MEXICO-US SEWAGE _ The entire shoreline of a Southern California city is closed to swimmers after sewage-contaminated runoff flowed into California from Mexico’s Tijuana River. SENT: 150 words.

HAWAII-FOREST RESCUE _ Three volunteer rescuers who found a hiker more than two weeks after she disappeared in a Hawaii forest describe their elation and relief after spotting her near a waterfall in deep vegetation. SENT: 150 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN-SEAL TRIAL _ U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California acknowledges taking a photo with a dead enemy combatant during his time as a Marine as he defendes a Navy SEAL charged with multiple war crimes. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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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.

CHINA-REGULATING RELIGION _ China has begin five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders in the sage’s hometown as part of a campaign to extend government control through a process of sinicization. SENT: 440 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLASTIC WASTE _ Malaysia says it will send back some 3,000 metric tons of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in a move to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BRAZIL-PRISON DEATHS _ Brazilian authorities said 42 inmates were killed at three different prisons in the capital of the northern state of Amazonas Monday, a day after 15 prisoners died in a riot at a fourth prison in the same city. By Diane Jeantet. SENT: 340 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.

FIAT CHRYSLER-RENAULT _ Fiat Chrysler proposes to merge with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker, worth $40 billion, and combine forces in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles. The merged company would reshape the global industry _ producing some 8.7 million vehicles a year, leapfrogging General Motors and trailing only Volkswagen and Toyota. By Angela Charlton and Colleen Barry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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E-CIGARETTES-HEART _ E-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but new research finds a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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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.

OBIT-BUCKNER _ Bill Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69. By Ben Walker. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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