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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 24, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran’s foreign minister, under fire at home, in Pakistan on critically timed visit amid tensions with U.S. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the origins of the multi-year probe into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. The move marks an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators.” By Zeke Miller SENT: 580 words, photos.

TRUMP-DEMOCRATS _ The enmity between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi devolves into questions about the fitness of the nation’s two top elected officials, with personal attacks flowing on both sides after a dramatic blow-up at the White House. By Laurie Kellman and Zeke Miller. SENT: 760 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-NO TANTRUM _ Trump insists he did not have a temper tantrum _ and to prove it, he calls on five members of his staff to bear witness to his “very calm” demeanor. SENT: 580 words, photos.

WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE _ In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. files new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE-Q&A _ New charges against Assange draw alarm from media organizations. SENT: 750 words, photo.

POLICE-VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING _ Police officers are now using virtual reality to learn the best ways to interact with people who suffer from autism and de-escalate situations that could quickly turn awry. A new training simulation using virtual reality headsets is being rolled out by Axon, the company best known for developing the Taser. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

EUROPEAN ELECTION-GREEN VOTE _ Concerns about climate change have prompted mass protests across Europe for the past year. For the first time, the issue is expected to have a significant impact on this week’s elections for the European Parliament. A recent opinion poll in Germany showed climate change has overtaken immigration as the issue voters in the EU’s most populous nation are most concerned about. Elsewhere across the 28-nation bloc, the issue also features prominently in the EU vote that runs through Sunday. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-EXOTIC FROG BREEDER _ Colombian conservationist Ivan Lozano’s efforts to breed frogs and replace the market for illegally captured amphibians have made him well known among collectors in the United States. His frog breeding center, Treasures of Colombia, is among a handful of conservation programs around the world that are trying to curtail the trafficking of wild animals by providing enthusiasts with a more eco-friendly alternative: Specimens bred in captivity. By Manuel Rueda and Cesar Garcia. SENT 870 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SANDRA BLAND-TROOPER _ Texas authorities are expected to face sharp questioning over why cellphone video Sandra Bland took during her confrontational 2015 traffic stop never publicly surfaced until now. SENT: 120 words, photo.

CHINA-BOAT CAPSIZES _ A boat carrying passengers across a river has capsized in southwestern China, killing at least 10 people. SENT: 100 words photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BATALI _ Celebrity chef Mario Batali is set to appear in court on a criminal charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. SENT: 120 words, photo.

TAIWAN-GAY MARRIAGE _ Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan are rushing to the household registration office on the first day that a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage has taken effect. SENT: 120 words, photos.

BRAZIL-HOMOPHOBIA _ Brazil’s supreme court ruled Thursday homophobia and discrimination against members of the LGBT community should be crimes like racism, a decision coming amid fears the country’s far-right president will roll back social gains. SENT: 330 words, photo.

TRUMP-ARLINGTON CEMETERY _ President Donald Trump has visited Arlington National Cemetery a few days before Memorial Day to pay tribute to those who died in service to the United States. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

FILM-COMEBACK TRAIL _ Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman soon will be on their way to New Mexico to start work on ‘The Comeback Trail.’ SENT: 130 words, photos.

FACES-D-DAY-PHOTO GALLERY _ Going Back: Faces of the men who fought at Normandy. SENT: 210 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-SAUDI ARABIA _ U.S. officials say the Trump administration is considering an emergency declaration that would allow it to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without the approval of Congress. SENT: 550 words, photo.

IMMIGRATION DROP OFFS _ The rise in the number of Central American asylum-seeking families released in the United States has sent cities scouring for space and grappling with the choice of whether to provide a night’s shelter and a few meals until they reach their final destinations across the country. SENT: 950 words, photos.

OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS _ The Trump administration says it was withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, nullifying a safety measure drafted under President Barack Obama in response to explosions of crude oil trains in the U.S. and Canada. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SEVERE WEATHER _ An outbreak of nasty storms in the Midwest spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri’s capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

LAST SLAVE SHIP _ The wreck of the final U.S. slave ship has been found in coastal waters infested with alligators and poisonous snakes. The question now is what to do with its remains. Some have suggested raising the ship and putting it in a museum. Others want it to become the centerpiece of a national memorial to the slave trade. Leaving the remains in the river and marking the area reverently is another possibility. Archaeologist James Delgado says the find is a remarkable chance for research and inspiration. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BUS SHOVE-MURDER CHARGE _ There is more to know than a bus security video clip has shown about the case of a 25-year-old woman accused of killing a 74-year-old man by shoving him off a public bus in Las Vegas, an attorney defending the woman on a murder charge says. SENT: 330 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GUATEMALA-US BORDER SHOOTING _ Advocates demanded $100 million in damages Thursday on behalf of the family of a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year. SENT: 460 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-US _ A top U.S. diplomat for Southeast Asia has urged Pacific island nations not to withdraw diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, warning that Chinese pressure to change Taiwan’s international standing threatens to increase the possibility of conflict. SENT: 470 words, photo.

KASHMIR-REBEL LEADER KILLED _ Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed a top militant commander linked to al-Qaida in the disputed region, officials say. SENT: 450 words.

INDIA-ELECTIONS _ India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been meeting with leaders of his Bharatiya Janata Party fresh off his party’s thunderous victory in the general elections. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

PARAGUAY-INDIGENOUS FEMALE LEADER _ For the tiny Maka culture of Paraguay, political authority has passed from father to son for generations even as the band has struggled for survival. So the death of the man who led the group for 40 years, posed a problem: He had no sons. The solution has been at least a small advance for women in Paraguay: Maka leaders chose his widow to be one of the first female chiefs of an indigenous people in the South American country. SENT: 710 words, photos.

MEXICO-NATIONAL GUARD _ Mexico’s Congress approved a series of safeguards intended to prevent abuses under the country’s new militarized police force known as the National Guard. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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DRONES-URBAN TESTING _ NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing those flying in urban settings for the first time beyond the remote operator’s line of sight. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares were mostly lower as worries that the trade standoff between the U.S. and China might expand put investors in a selling mood. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 460 words, photos. With CHINA-TRADE _ China’s state media has unleashed fresh attacks on the U.S. as the tariff war between world’s two largest economies. SENT: 130 words, photo.

FAA-AVIATION REGULATORS _ After an all-day meeting with global aviation regulators, the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration sounded more upbeat than ever about prospects for clearing the troubled Boeing 737 Max to fly again. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 730 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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CANNES-AMFAR GALA _ Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research. Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during Thursday’s event at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Charli XCX provided the live entertainment at the after-party. SENT: 380 words, photos. 

WEINSTEIN-LAWSUIT _ A tentative deal has been reached to settle multiple lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RAPTORS-BUCKS _ Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him in Toronto’s victories in the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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