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May 27, 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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TRUMP-JAPAN —All the pageantry in the world couldn’t paper over tensions between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on North Korea and trade. Nor could the norms of U.S. foreign policy stop Trump from assailing a political opponent at home, Democrat Joe Biden, and praising North Korea’s “smart” dictator. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, videos.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS — France’s pro-EU president and the leader of Italy’s euroskeptic, far-right movement jockeyed for the role of chief powerbroker on the continent after elections to the European Parliament hollowed out the traditional political middle. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 860 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. For some of the men, it’s an emotional challenge to recall the abuse and the decades of psychological damage that resulted. By David Crary. SENT: 1,480 words, photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

ABORTION-BLUE STATE DIVIDE — As Republican-led states push strict bans, the debate over abortion rights is much more mixed in states controlled by Democrats. Bills to expand or enshrine abortion rights have passed in some states but have stalled or died in others where Democrats are in control. By Jennifer McDermott and David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.

FLOOD BUYOUTS — The flooding this year in the Midwest and Plains states is likely to add more properties to the federal government’s flood buyout program, which has become costlier over the past decade. An AP analysis of federal data shows the program also can take years for property owners who agree to a buyout, frustrating those whose homes continually flood. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP DONOR-NUCLEAR POWER — Real estate mogul Franklin Haney, who’s looking to buy an Alabama nuclear power plant, contributed $1 million to President Trump’s inaugural committee and all he’s got to show for the money is the glare of a federal investigation. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 970 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-AFRICAN AMERICANS-IOWA — In the state where Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy cleared its first important hurdle, black Democrats are energized as seldom seen, which could allow a candidate who rallies more black voters in Iowa’s caucuses to gain an outsized advantage. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-POLITICS — Israel’s parliament passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself, further pushing the country toward an unprecedented political impasse less than two months after elections seemed to promise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new mandate. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA — Oklahoma is poised to become the first state to go to trial in a lawsuit against the makers of pharmaceuticals blamed for contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FRENCH OPEN — Caroline Wozniacki went from playing a perfect set to start the French Open to quickly fading away against an opponent who had never previously won a Grand Slam match. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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