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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 20, 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 .




MED-WHO TRAVEL — The World Health Organization spent nearly $192 million on travel expenses last year, with staffers sometimes breaking the agency’s own rules by traveling in business class, booking expensive last-minute tickets and traveling without the required approvals, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. By Maria Cheng. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

TRUMP-POLICING POLLUTERS — The Trump administration is delegating more environmental enforcement to states, and that has residents of Bokoshe, Oklahoma worried. For years, powdery ash blowing from trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would make it difficult to breathe. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only source of serious environmental enforcement. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.




PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS —President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it would face its “official end,” shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight and only 48 hours after he seemingly sought to soften his tone.. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

CHINA-TRADE-GOOGLE-HUAWEI —Huawei could be stripped of Google services after US ban. SENT: 960 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-MIGRANT DEATHS — The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December. SENT: 440 words, photo.

FORD-JOB CUTS —Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce. SENT: 690 words, photos.

D-DAY-SEARCHING FOR PAPA — A DNA test has uncovered a D-Day love story between a U.S. soldier and a French nurse nearly 75 years later. The American’s sons who didn’t know of each other’s existence have been reunited thanks to the test. Only now are some families stitching together their World War II histories. By John Leicester. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video.




CHINA-PIG PLAGUE — Pork lovers worldwide are wincing at prices that have jumped by up to 40 percent as China’s struggle to stamp out African swine fever in its vast pig herds sends shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world’s pork, but supplies are falling as Beijing destroys herds and blocks shipments. Importers are filling the gap by buying pork as far away as Europe, boosting prices and causing shortages in some markets. By Sam McNeil and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.




TRANSGENDER WOMAN BEATEN-DALLAS —A 23-year-old transgender woman whose beating in front of a crowd was captured on video has been found dead on a Dallas street, police said. SENT: 280 words, photos.

KELLEN-WINSLOW-JR-RAPE-TRIAL — Kellen Winslow Jr., a former NFL No. 1 draft pick and son of a Hall of Famer who starred for his hometown San Diego Chargers, goes on trial on multiple charges, including raping two women last year and the 2003 rape of an unconscious 17-year-old girl. SENT: 460 words, photo.

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