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May 3, 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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ONLY ON AP

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HAWAII VOLCANO-ANNIVERSARY _ A year after a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and farms in the disaster are still struggling to return to their cherished island lifestyle. More than 700 homes were destroyed in the historic eruption, and most people will never move back to their land. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-BARR UNDER SEIGE _ Attorney General William Barr has emerged as one of the most divisive figures in President Donald Trump’s administration. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused him of lying, a charge the Justice Department calls reckless and false, and House Democrats are poised to hold him in contempt. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. WITH: BARR-RUSSIA RHETORIC _ Barr defends Trump, criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller. SENT: 910 words, photo.

2020-ELECTION SECURITY _ Have political campaigns have learned from the Russian cyberattacks in the 2016 election? It’s a critical question ahead of next year’s presidential race. Preventing the attacks won’t be easy or cheap. By Colleen Long and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-STALEMATE _ After days of upheaval, Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate. In the fourth month of their standoff, President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó are unable to deliver a knock-out blow as Venezuela spirals deeper into neglect, isolation and desperation. Abrupt shifts or behind-the-scenes power plays can’t be ruled out, but there is a sense that the two camps are entrenched _ too strong to be dislodged, too weak for clear-cut victory. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. With UNITED STATES-RUSSIA _ Venezuela thrust to forefront of US-Russia clashes (sent).

THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION _ Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years. What Vajiralongkorn _ also known as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty _ will do with the power and influence the venerated status confers is still not clear. By Grant Peck. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. With THAILAND-CORONATION RITES _ Elaborate pageantry and ritual of Thai king’s coronation; THAILAND-CORONATION-AP WAS THERE _ AP Was There: 1950 Coronation of Thailand’s King Bhumibol (both sent).

LANDLORD-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION _ A lawsuit against a Denver landlord who was recorded refusing to allow a Muslim father and son to sublease her property for a restaurant has ended in a $675,000 settlement. The dispute focused on a property that was already equipped as a restaurant for a fried chicken spot that closed. Its owner, Craig Caldwell, thought he had the perfect pair to sublease the property. But when his landlord refused to sign off, Caldwell recorded the woman demanding that he find an “American person.” By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

SERVICE DOGS-REGULATION _ Like all parents with autistic children, Glenn and Rachel Cummings were desperate to find ways to help their daughter, Sobie, navigate her world. They thought they’d found a solution when they purchased a service dog named Okami. But after Okami attacked one of their pet dogs, they learned just how little oversight there is in the service dog industry. Federal disability law limits local training and certification requirements. As a result, experts say it’s a buyer beware market. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,960 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PENCE-BLACK CHURCHES _ Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Louisiana to show his support for members of three black churches burned by an arsonist. SENT: 130 words, photo.

FOX-BONES LAWSUIT _ A judge overturns a $128 million punitive damages award to the stars and producers of the long-running TV show “Bones” in a dispute over profits. SENT: 230 words, photo.

ARGENTINA-CLERGY ABUSE _ Victims’ rights groups are calling on Pope Francis to guarantee the implementation of the Vatican’s “zero tolerance” for sexual abuses by clergy in Argentina, where they say the policy has not been carried out. SENT: 350 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-PRIME MINISTER ENGAGED _ New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has gotten engaged to longtime partner Clarke Gayford. SENT: 220 words, photos.

BRIDGE CRASH DEATHS _ A U.S. Navy petty officer whose pickup truck plunged off a bridge into a San Diego park, killing four people, has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

AL CAPONE’S CELL _ A plan to paint the jail cell of mobster Al Capone turned into a bigger project for a museum at a former Philadelphia penitentiary. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS _ Kamala Harris is back in the spotlight. Her tough questioning of Attorney General William Barr quickly turned into a viral moment that reminded liberals why they envisioned the former prosecutor taking on President Trump. By Juana Summers. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-FOREIGN POLICY _ Former Vice President Joe Biden is building his argument for the Democratic presidential nomination on the premise that he needs no on-the-job training to lead the U.S. in an international arena that President Donald Trump has gleefully upended. But his rivals, especially Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, aren’t yielding foreign policy to the 76-year-old front-runner. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BENNET _ U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumps into the packed Democratic presidential primary, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 605 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-MIGRANT TENTS _ The Trump administration is opening new tent facilities to increase the Border Patrol’s capacity to process migrant families. SENT: By Cedar Attanasio and Nomaan Merchant. 860 words, photos. WITH: MIGRANTS-RAFT OVERTURNED _ A 10-month-old baby is found dead and three other migrants are feared drowned after their raft flipped on the Rio Grande as they tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. SENT: 490 words.

UNITED STATES-CHINA-MILITARY _ China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier is likely to enter into service this year, marking another advance in Beijing’s ability to project influence well beyond its shores, the Pentagon says. SENT: 360 words.

SENATE-YEMEN _ The Senate fails to overturn President Trump’s veto of legislation that would have ended U.S. military assistance for the Saudi-led war in Yemen against Iran-backed rebels, but lawmakers pledged to re-examine other aspects of America’s ties with the kingdom. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-PRISON _ Michael Cohen, 53, is due to report Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville to start a three-year sentence for paying hush-money to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump, lying to Congress and other crimes. Otisville, located 70 miles northwest of New York City, is a favorite among prison-bound Jews for its Kosher meals and Sabbath services. SENT: 990 words, photos.

BALTIMORE-EMBATTLED MAYOR _ After ex-Mayor Catherine Pugh’s rapid collapse amid multiple public corruption investigations, Baltimore city employees are pulling down her official portraits as the city quickly shifts into a new era with Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young at the helm. Young, a fellow Democrat and a longtime leader of the City Council, automatically replaced Pugh after her resignation. SENT: 820 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ A mother says she paid the consultant at the center of the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme $6.5 million after her daughter got into Stanford University because she was led to believe the money would go toward helping underprivileged students. SENT: 650 words, photo.

AAU COACH-PORNOGRAPHY _ A judge sent an influential youth basketball coach to prison for the rest of his life, saying he secretly collected sexual images of 440 boys and molested more than a dozen over a 20-year period. SENT: 760 words, photo.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-DEPUTY _ The then-Florida sheriff’s deputy assigned to protect the high school where 17 died in last year’s massacre has filed a rebuttal to a commission’s conclusion that he was “derelict in his duty,” saying the findings were “biased” and not supported by evidence. SENT: 690 words, photo.

ABORTION COMMENTS-ALABAMA _ An Alabama lawmaker who remarked “kill them now or kill them later” during debate on an abortion bill said he was trying to criticize politicians’ focus on abortion as they neglect social services. SENT: 350 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA _ The Vietnamese woman who was tried for the killing of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader has been released from a Malaysian prison. SENT: 480 words, photos.

INDIA-CYCLONE FANI _ Cyclone Fani has made landfall on India’s eastern coast as a grade 5 storm, lashing the emptied beaches with rain and wind gusting up to 127 miles per hour. Sent: 120 words, photos.

JERUSALEM-PEACE FOREST _ Dozens of Palestinian-owned residences in east Jerusalem face the threat of demolition by Israeli authorities to make way for a new park being developed by a nationalist Jewish organization. The Supreme Court cleared the way for the demolitions, ruling that the houses were built illegally. Activists and Palestinian residents of the so-called “Peace Forest” say the case highlights the city’s discriminatory housing policies. SENT 1,020 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME _ A pharmaceutical company founder accused of bribing doctors across the U.S. to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray is convicted in a case that exposes such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 420 words, photos. WITH: OPIOID LAWSUIT-WEST VIRGINIA _ West Virginia reaches $37 million settlement with drug distributor McKesson in a lawsuit accusing the company of shipping millions of suspicious painkiller orders to the state as it was being ravaged by the opioid epidemic. By Anthony Izzaguire. SENT: 600 words, photos; OPIOID LAWSUITS-DRUG DATA _ Attorneys for news organizations argue that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation’s overdose crisis was worsening. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT _ U.S. employers are expected to have delivered a solid month of job growth in April, buoyed by a resilient economy that has confounded concerns that 2019 would begin with a slowdown. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 460 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-PETER MAYHEW _ Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who donned a huge, furry costume to give life to the rugged-and-beloved character of Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and two other films, has died, his family says. Mayhew died at his home in north Texas on Tuesday, according to a family statement. He was 74. No cause was given. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MISS USA _ Cheslie Kryst, a 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free, won the 2019 Miss USA title in a diverse field that included teachers, nurses and members of the military. Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico was the first-runner up, and Oklahoma’s Triana Browne the second-runner up during the competition in Reno, Nevada. SENT: 420 words, photos.

FILJM-TRIBECA-AWARDS _ Nineteen-year-old filmmaker Phillip Youmans has won the top award at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Burning Cane,” which Youmans finished as a 17-year-old graduating high school, on Thursday took the New York festival’s award for best U.S. narrative feature. Festival founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal presented Youmans with the award, chosen by a jury that hailed Youmans as “a voice that is searingly original.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 290 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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HKW--WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WHAT’S NEXT? _ After pledging not to play in North America this year to try to establish a viable professional league, women’s hockey players hope the NHL eventually steps in to fill the void. The pledge sent shockwaves through the sport with a major equipment company advocating for NHL ownership and men’s players and agents voicing their support. Now comes the big question: Will it work? By Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 870 words, photos.

RAPTORS-76ERS _ Joel Embiid refused to get tripped up back home in the postseason, scoring 33 points and playing to the “MVP!” chants to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors. Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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