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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:15 Advisory

May 22, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE (sent, developing)

TRUMP-INFRASTRUCTURE (sent, developing)

HOMELAND SECURITY (upcoming)

MASS SHOOTING THREAT (sent)

SEA DRAGONS (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CZECH-RARE MAMMAL _ Prague’s zoo says two Chacoan peccaries have been born there for the first time, a welcome step in efforts to save a rare mammal once considered long extinct. SENT: 140 words, photos.

FBN--BILLS-OJ’S NUMBER _ For the first time in 42 years, the Bills have a player wearing O.J. Simpson’s former No. 32. SENT: 125 words, photo.

SOLDIER’S SURPRISE _ A U.S. soldier who had just returned home from overseas surprised his 8-year-old son from behind home plate as the boy stepped up to bat at a youth baseball game in Michigan. SENT: 150 words.

JAPAN-ANTI-GROPING APP _ A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains. SENT: 150 words, photos.

FLAMINGO EUTHANIZED _ Officials at a zoo in Illinois euthanize a flamingo after it was accidentally struck by a rock thrown by a child. SENT: 150 words.

VEGETABLE TRAY-SALMONELLA _ Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip removes some vegetable trays from its stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. SENT: 150 words.

HANK WILLIAMS JR-SHOTGUN _ Country music star Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward for anyone who can find his grandfather’s missing shotgun. SENT: 150 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ More Democrats are calling for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying. Speaker Nancy Pelosi convenes a meeting with House Democrats on Wednesday. SENT: 1160 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. meeting, 890 words by 3 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-INFRASTRUCTURE _ President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers meet at the White House for Round 2 of their talks on a $2 trillion infrastructure package. Trump has said he thinks Democrats are trying to trick him into raising taxes to pay for it. He wants to change the subject to trade. SENT: 990 words. UPCOMING: Developing after 11:15 a.m. White House meeting, 890 words by 3 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-MATERNAL MORTALITY _ Sen. Kamala Harris is proposing a bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on the issue. SENT: 370 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND _ Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says she wants to improve women’s access to maternal care and make adoptions and high-tech fertility treatments more accessible. SENT: 130 words, photos.

HOMELAND SECURITY _ Days after a fifth migrant child dies after being in U.S. custody, the acting Homeland Security secretary will make a pitch to lawmakers to approve another $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, 610 words by 2 p.m., spot photo.

Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

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NATIONAL

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MASS SHOOTING THREAT _ Only hours before women marched through many U.S. cities in January, Christopher Cleary set off a manhunt when he posted a Facebook message threatening to kill “as many girls as I see” in retaliation for years of romantic rejection. Cleary, 27, called himself a virgin who never had a girlfriend, stoking fears of another deadly rampage by a man blaming women for his problems. When police tracked his cellphone and arrested the Colorado resident at a McDonald’s restaurant in Provo, Utah, Cleary said he had been upset and wasn’t thinking clearly. By Michael Kunzelman, Maryclaire Dale and Colleen Slevin. SENT: 1,670 words, photos. An abridged version of 960 words has also been sent.

MOVIE CREDITS-ENDGAME? _ Some Ohio legislators are challenging a 10-year-old tax incentive program for moviemakers. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA-CRYPTOCURRENCY AID _ Andreina Cordero started the year skipping meals so her three kids could eat. Her husband, a construction worker, was out of a job. And the family’s savings had been devastated by the nation’s hyperinflation, limiting Cordero’s children to a diet of rice, beans, pasta and fried corn patties. But the family got a break from their daily struggle to feed themselves this spring when a social worker enrolled them in a program run by a Silicon Valley startup that is donating cryptocurrency to hundreds of Venezuelan families. By Manuel Rueda. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-PEACE PARTNER _ A Palestinian businessman who flouts political taboos by working with Israeli settlers in the West Bank could soon have a role in Trump’s Middle East peace plan. SENT: 1,160 words, photo.

ISRAEL-ANCIENT BEER _ Israeli researchers raised a glass to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels _some over 5,000 years old. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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SEA DRAGONS _ At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built what is believed to be one of the world’s largest habitats for the surreal sea dragons, whose native populations off Australia are threatened by pollution, warming oceans and the illegal pet and alternative medicine trades. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ELECTRIC CARS-FUTURE JOBS _ Volkswagen has employed generations of local workers in Zwickau, eastern Germany, to make combustion engine cars. Now it’s changing to make only electric cars, in a shift that some see as a promise for the future but others fear will mean thousands have to retrain or move, affecting the local community. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-FIGHTING FAKE NEWS _ Fake news has evolved beyond the playbook used by Russian trolls in the U.S. election. As the European Union gears up for a crucial election, it is mostly homegrown groups rather than foreign powers that are taking to social media to push false information and extremist messages, experts say. SENT: 1,150 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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LIONSGATE THEME PARK _ Lionsgate is opening what it calls the world’s first vertical theme park featuring some of the studio’s top films from “Hunger Games” to “Twilight” this summer in China. More than 25 rides and virtual reality experiences will pack a sleek, futuristic bean-shaped building that stands 10 stories high when Lionsgate Entertainment World opens in July on Hengqin island. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TV-PARTY OF FIVE-DEPORTED PARENTS _ “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family trying to grapple with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family losing parents deportation. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS _ With a weary Kawhi Leonard fighting through fatigue, the Toronto Raptors found enough energy to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks. Kyle Lowry led the way. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 950 words, photos.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES _ The St. Louis Blues are marching into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. David Perron had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win and the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference final. SENT: 900 words, photos.

NASCAR-INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY _ NASCAR is buying International Speedway in a deal worth about $2 billion. International Speedway Corp. owns some of America’s most well known car racing facilities including the Daytona International Speedway and in Florida, where the company is based, and the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. SENT: 200 words, photo, developing.

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