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BC-AP News Digest 3:30 am

May 7, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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BRANDED WOMEN _ Trial opens in sex-trafficking case against self-help guru. SENT: 140 words, photo.

R KELLY _ R. Kelly due back in court for hearing on sex-abuse case. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:45 a.m. hearing

GOOGLE-EVENT _ Google expected to show off new hardware, AI at annual event. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

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JUVENILE TERROR LOOPHOLE _ The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision. The ruling has forced federal prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities. The decision in a case unrelated to terrorism opened a loophole that could allow young supporters of groups like the Islamic State to skate on charges from the federal government. By Jake Bleiberg and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 680 words, photo.

PAKISTAN-CHINA-TRAFFICKING-BRIDES _ Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back in her home country, pregnant and seeking a divorce from a husband she says was abusive. She is one of hundreds of poor Christian girls who have been trafficked to China in a market for brides that has swiftly grown in Pakistan since late last year, activists say. Brokers are aggressively seeking out girls for Chinese men, sometimes even cruising outside churches to ask for potential brides. They are being helped by Christian clerics paid to target impoverished parents in their congregation with promises of wealth in exchange for their daughters. By Kathy Gannon and Dake Kang. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

TV-COURT TV REBOOT _ Court TV is ending its long recess. The channel that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade amid true-crime craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life. The new Court TV, which will be available over the air and on some cable providers, will focus on big cases such as the upcoming sexual assault trial of Harvey Weinstein. But it will also focus on little-known trials that were essential to the old network. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-CHINA TARIFFS _ China confirms its economy czar will go to Washington for trade talks despite fears he might cancel after Trump threatened to escalate a tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 560 words, photo. With TRUMP-CHINA TARIFFS-THE LATEST; FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asia stocks mixed, Tokyo declines after Trump trade threat.

IRAN-US _ A sudden White House announcement that a U.S. aircraft carrier and a bomber wing would be deployed in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran comes just days ahead of the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from Tehran’s nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is said to be planning a speech on the anniversary to discuss the next steps Tehran will take in confronting the U.S. Officials in the Islamic Republic previously warned that Iran might increase its uranium enrichment, potentially pulling away from a deal it has sought to salvage for months. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 920 words, photo.

MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS _ Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces’ abuses of Rohingya Muslims are pardoned and released. By Aung Naing Soe. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BALKANS-POPE _ North Macedonia’s leaders are hoping Pope Francis will strongly encourage greater integration in European institutions following the resolution of a decades-long name dispute with Greece and the election of a pro-EU new president. Francis arrives in North Macedonia, a small Balkan nation of about 2.1 million people, in the first-ever papal visit to the country. By Konstantin Testorides. SENT: 350 words, photo.

MAGIC MUSHROOMS-DENVER VOTE _ Voters could make Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin _ the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms” _ and add a new chapter to the city’s role in shaping wider drug policy. A citizen initiative on the ballot follows the same tack taken by marijuana activists to decriminalize pot possession in 2005 in the city. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHAPEL-ON-THE-RIVER _ Among the gum and cypress trees of a southeastern Louisiana swamp, where Spanish moss hangs from the branches and bald eagles and osprey fly overhead, sits a little chapel called Our Lady of Blind River _ the legacy of one woman’s faith. The one-room chapel was built decades ago after Martha Deroche says she had a vision of Jesus kneeling by a rock, and over the years it became a spiritual haven for passing boaters, kayakers, hunters and fishermen who ply the placid waters of the river. Time and the elements have damaged the structure and Martha and her husband have passed away, but a new generation of the family is determined to preserve it for future travelers to again enjoy a tranquil place for prayer. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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AUSTRALIA-ELECTION _ Australian prime minister hit with egg in protest. SENT: 360 words, photo.

ETHIOPIA-GARMENT WORKERS’ PAY _ Report: Ethiopia’s garment workers are world’s lowest paid. SENT: 480 words.

TRUMP-PARDON _ Trump pardons former U.S. soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ABORTION-GEORGIA _ Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is set to sign legislation banning abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. signing.

OFFICER KILLED-MISSISSIPPI _ Less than 24 hours after police say a Mississippi man gunned down a uniformed officer in police station parking lot, the now-arrested suspect was marched back into the same Biloxi police station. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.

BIG STEAM ENGINE _ A nearly 80-year-old steam locomotive has been restored and is back on the tracks in the American West to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SANDRA BLAND-TROOPER _Cellphone video recorded by Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail in 2015 following a confrontational traffic stop, shows for the first time her perspective as a white state trooper draws his stun gun and points it at close range while ordering her out of the car. SENT: 670 words, photos.

COLD CASE ARREST _ Police solve the 1988 stabbing death of an 80-year-old South Carolina woman not just with a cutting-edge DNA test but also with nearly two years of interviews and other old-fashioned police work, authorities say. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MUELLER _ Special counsel Robert Mueller remains a Justice Department employee and keeping him on the payroll offers one clear advantage to the Trump administration: It makes it easier for Attorney General William Barr to block him from testifying before Congress. SENT: 820 words, photos. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ House committee moving ahead with contempt vote for Barr.

TRUMP TAXES _ The Trump administration won’t be turning the president’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SRI LANKA-BLASTS _ Two bomb experts are among the suicide attackers who struck churches and hotels on Easter in Sri Lanka and all those directly involved in the bombings are either dead or under arrest, police say. SENT: 360 words.

INDIA-ELECTIONS-RAHUL GANDHI _ With India’s general election inching toward the finish line, the battle for one seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is being examined to see whether the scion of India’s most important modern political dynasty can retain his seat and revive his party’s fortunes. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-PROMOTING WOMEN’S EQUALITY _ The U.N. women’s agency launches a campaign to bring a young generation of women and men into the campaign for gender equality ahead of next year’s 25th anniversary of the conference that adopted the only international platform to achieve women’s rights and empowerment. SENT: 720 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SCIENCE SAYS-MEATLESS MEATS _ A new era of meat alternatives is here, but patties from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods can be nutritionally similar to beef. By Food & Health Writer Candace Choi. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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AMAZON-GO-TAKING-CASH _ Amazon to open first Go store that accepts cash in New York. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 390 words, photo. With SAN FRANCISCO-CASHLESS STORES _ San Francisco to join list of those banning cashless stores.

ASIA-BOEING-MAX 8 _ Asian airlines are cutting routes, revamping their schedules and leasing extra aircraft to fill gaps left by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8s after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. SENT: 660 words, photos. With AVIATION-SAFETY RECORD _ Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MET GALA _ Cardi B sweeps by in a stunning red quilted dress accentuated with a matching sequin headpiece, feathers and a train that took up much of the pink carpet, Jared Leto was accompanied by his own (fake) head and Katy Perry came as a candled chandelier at the crazy, campy Met Gala. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

BOOKS-PARKMAN PRIZE _ Frederick Douglass biographer David W. Blight and debut novelist Tommy Orange among this year’s winners of awards handed out by the Society of American Historians. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 480 words, photo.

FOOD-BEARD-AWARDS _ Chef Ashley Christensen’s comfort food at Poole’s Diner in North Carolina and the modern Israeli cuisine at Zahav in Philadelphia take top honors at the James Beard Awards, which many consider to be the Oscars of the culinary world. SENT: 360 words. With FOOD-BEARD AWARDS-LIST.

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