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May 15, 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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ABORTION ALABAMA — Alabama’s Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion ban in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 630 words, photos. DEVELOPING

ELECTION 2020-ABORTION —Alabama’s vote to restrict abortion in almost all circumstances moves one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign. By Elana Schor, Zeke Miller and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video. With ABORTION-LEGAL CHALLENGES-Q&A — Alabama’s virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state abortion law that seems designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a right it announced 46 years ago. But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a more incremental approach. By Mark Sherman and David Crary. SENT: 1,090 words, photos; ABORTION-LOUISIANA; ABORTION-WISCONSIN

CONGRESS-IRAN — The White House’s sudden moves in the Mideast spark alarm from Congress as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns President Donald Trump off war with Iran and lawmakers in both parties demand more information on the administration’s strategy. By Lisa Mascaro and Susannah George. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — The U.S. orders all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspend their military assistance programs in the country in the latest signs of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran. By Jon Gambrell and Philip Issa. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. WITH: PERSIAN GULF TENSIONS-TIMELINE — Key events in the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-VIDEO COUNSELING — The U.S. government is providing long-distance video counseling to teens housed at the country’s largest child migrant detention center as officials struggle to accommodate increasing numbers of minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Some mental health experts and human rights advocates say that’s the wrong way to help the young people. SENT: 870 words, photos.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES-CONGRESS — Native American groups are pressing lawmakers in Congress to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. SENT: 570 words, photos.

RICHARD LUGAR-FUNERAL — Former Sen. Richard Lugar’s soft-spoken presence belied an influence on the global stage that was celebrated at his funeral for helping secure peace in many parts of the world. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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FIGHTING ONLINE EXTREMISM — The White House is not endorsing a global pledge to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks, citing respect for “freedom of expression and freedom of the press.” SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-CONSERVATIVES — The European Parliament is expected to be a different legislature after next week’s election and leading Czech conservative lawmaker Jan Zahradil is hoping that voters embrace the idea of a scaled-back European Union. Zahradil is a moderate critic of the bloc, not a firebrand like French euroskeptic Marine Le Pen, and he is campaigning for a more flexible EU. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FRANCE-NOTRE DAME FIRE — A month after a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, workers are still trying to ensure the structure is safe enough for the restoration process to begin, the French culture minister said as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dons a hard hat for a tour of the burned church. SENT: 250 words, photos.

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