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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 12, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. 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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CHANELLING MUELLER — For two years, the nation watched and waited as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated the Trump administration, only to end up wondering what he was trying to say. His report provided a long-awaited moment of closure for many — and an utterly unsatisfying finale for plenty of others. After weeks of public analysis, they’re still wondering what he was trying to say and they’re eager to hear from Mueller himself. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos.

US-CHINA TARIFFS-BEIJING’S ECONOMIC AMBITIONS — Beijing’s tariff war with Washington threatens to hamper its ambitions to transform China into a global technology leader. The United States is a major customer and technology source for Chinese makers of electronics, medical equipment and other high-tech exports. U.S. tariff hikes add to hurdles for Chinese industries that face growing resistance in the United States and Europe to tactics that include acquiring technology through partnerships with foreign companies or buying them outright. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 990 words, photo. This is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

VENEZUELA-EXILED IN EMBASSIES — Congressman Freddy Guevara is just one of several Venezuelan opposition leaders who have taken up residence at foreign diplomatic missions around Caracas to avoid arrest by forces loyal to President Nicolás Maduro while avoiding exile. The dissidents hope their presence will demonstrate the international ramifications of their country’s political crisis. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

PELVIC EXAMS-CONSENT — Lawmakers in several states want to make sure women needing surgery have a chance to say no to a medical student examining them while they’re under anesthesia. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.

POLICE CHOKEHOLD DEATH — A disciplinary trial is scheduled to begin this week for the New York City police officer accused in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MYANMAR-EMERGENCY LANDING — Myanmar passenger jet lands safely after landing gear fails. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-CALIFORNIA-MONEY — The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California. They’re competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival’s own turf. What once seemed to be a formidable wall of support for Harris appears to have softened. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL — Trained dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in the vehicle of a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 4-year-old Texas girl, according to a prosecutor. SENT: 570 words, photos.

NORTHERN BORDER DELAYS — Hundreds of border agents from across the U.S. are being temporarily transferred south ahead of the busy summer tourism season. That worries those along the northern border who rely on cross-border commerce — including U.S. innkeepers, shop owners and restaurateurs — who fear their Canadian customers could be caught in backups at border crossings. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PHILIPPINES-ELECTIONS — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s name is not on the ballot but Monday’s mid-term elections are seen as a crucial referendum on his rise to power with his brutal anti-drug crackdown, unorthodox style and contentious embrace of China. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 740 words, photos.