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May 29, 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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GLOBAL OPIOIDS: ITALY’S PAIN LEAGUE — Managers with Purdue Pharma’s international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push opioids. The case has been unfolding in Italy with little notice, even as Purdue faces lawsuits in the U.S. over its role in the opioid addiction crisis that has claimed 400,000 lives. Italian prosecutors allege the doctor took hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a group he called The Pain League. By Claire Galofaro and Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 3,970 words, photos, video, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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SEVERE WEATHER — A vicious storm tears through the Kansas City area, spawning tornadoes that down trees and power lines, damage homes and injure at least a dozen people in the latest barrage of severe weather that saw tornado warnings as far east as New York City. By Julie Wright and John Hanna. SENT: 740 words, photos, videos.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-BIDEN — Democrats won’t pick their nominee for another year, but President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are acting like the 2020 presidential contest is already a two-man race. By Steve Peoples and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — Trump’s national security adviser says there’s “no reason” for Iran to back out of its nuclear deal with world powers other than to seek atomic weapons, a year after the U.S. president unilaterally withdrew America from the accord. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 6 a.m., video.

ISRAEL-IRAN — Israel’s prime minister has been a vocal critic of Iran over the years, accusing the Islamic Republic of sinister intentions at every opportunity. But the outspoken Benjamin Netanyahu has remained uncharacteristically quiet throughout the current crisis between the U.S. and Iran. While Israel has welcomed Washington’s pressure on Tehran, the crisis has nonetheless put Netanyahu in a delicate position, not wanting to be seen as pushing the Americans into a military confrontation and wary of being drawn into fighting with Iran’s powerful proxy, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NAVY SEAL-MURDER CASE — Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that include withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the defense. SENT: 620 words, photos.

UNITED-STATES-NORTH-KOREA-REMAINS — The U.S. military says it has identified the remains of three more Americans killed during the Korean War, even as efforts to recover additional remains have stalled amid souring relations with North Korea. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA-TRADE — Chinese tech giant Huawei files a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment, the latest action in an ongoing clash with the U.S. government. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERS — A string of recent high-profile transfers gave the college football world the impression it was getting easier for players to switch schools and compete right away. The reality is much different. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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