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May 14, 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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ISRAEL-SETTLEMENT SPENDING — Israel’s government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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UNITED STATES-IRAN-MIDEAST —The Trump administration faces deep international worries that it is sliding toward war with Tehran amid questions about the validity of claims that Iran poses a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf and beyond. By Robert Burns and Lolita Baldor. SENT: 930 words. UPCOMING: 890 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-CHINA TARIFFS-TRUMP — President Donald Trump’s statements about trade and tariffs are filled with so many dubious assertions as to raise the question of how much the president understands the fundamentals of trade policy. By Jonathan Lemire and Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., photos, video. With CONGRESS-CHINA TRADE — Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill scramble to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 7 p.m.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-TRUMP JR — The Senate intelligence committee has struck a deal with Donald Trump Jr. to appear for an interview next month. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — The House intelligence committee calls four lawyers linked to President Trump and his family for interviews. SENT: 570 words, photos; LAWSUIT-TRUMP FINANCIAL RECORDS — A federal judge suggests he is skeptical of Trump’s efforts to block Congress from obtaining some of his financial records. SENT: 600 words, photo.

ABORTION-ALABAMA — Alabama lawmakers were debating a proposal to outlaw almost all abortions in the state Tuesday ahead of a vote on the hardline measure that has splintered Republicans over its lack of an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBIT-TIM CONWAY — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” has died. He was 85. By Entertainment Writers Lynn Elber and Mark Kennedy. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION — Republicans are deciding who should carry their party’s banner in a high-profile special election for a congressional seat vacant since last year’s election was deemed tainted by fraud. UPCOMING: Polls close at 7:30 p.m.

TEXAS-POLICE SHOOTING —A Texas police officer shot and killed a woman who police say grabbed his Taser and used it on him, moments after she seemed to say “I’m pregnant” in an altercation captured on video. SENT: 370 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING — The 19-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue is scheduled to make his first court appearance on federal hate crime charges. John T. Earnest will be escorted a few blocks to the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego from a county jail, where he is being held on state charges for murder and attempted murder. SENT: 360 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-US-POMPEO — Russia and the United States voiced hope Tuesday that badly strained relations could begin to improve despite wide differences on multiple fronts and deep mutual suspicion exacerbated by Russian meddling in American elections. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FINANCIAL MARKETS —Stocks climbed and clawed back a chunk of their losses from Monday’s rout, the latest whipsaw move as investors weigh just how badly the escalating U.S.-China trade war will hurt the economy. By Business Writer Damian J. Troise. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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