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May 21, 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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NEWS/DEVELOPING

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MALAWI-ELECTIONS _ Voters in Malawi go to polls to elect president, parliament. SENT: 100 words, photos.

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ONLY ON AP

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REMOVING REACTORS _ Federal regulators are reviewing plans to sell retiring nuclear reactors to a nuclear waste management company for accelerated decommissioning. Holtec International says it can complete decommissioning in a matter of years, rather than decades. But questions have been raised about whether the company has the experience and financial means. The plants include Pilgrim, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which is scheduled to close next week after 47 years. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 1,250 words by 6 a.m., photos.

WASHINGTON-THREE STRIKES _ Dozens of inmates are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life because they were left out of the latest reform targeting “three strikes” laws. Washington lawmakers this year removed second-degree robbery from the state’s list of three-strike crimes. But an amendment pushed by a prosecutors’ group made it non-retroactive. About 62 inmates with “strikes” for the crime will be left serving life sentences even after judges stop “striking out” offenders for it. By Tom James. SENT: 1,190 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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PERSIAN-GULF-TENSIONS _ Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia, targeting an airport with a military base _ an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the United States. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 870 words, photos, video. With PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST.

CONGRESS-IRAN _ Iran and tensions in the Persian Gulf _ as well as Trump’s tough talk _ are the focus of competing meetings in the House and Senate, both closed to the public and the media. By Lisa Mascaro, Robert Burns and Susannah George. SENT: 990 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 words after meetings, times uncertain.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ House Democrats face another brazen attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations, this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena on orders from Trump. That leaves the Democrats without yet another witness _ and a growing debate within the party about how to respond. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo. UPCOMING: 1,000 words after 10 a.m. hearing. With TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION _ Cohen claims Trump lawyer shaped false statement to Congress; LAWSUIT-TRUMP FINANCIAL RECORDS _ Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records.

LIBYA-LIFE UNDER HIFTER _ After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again _ but security has come at a heavy cost. By Rami Musa and Joseph Krauss. SENT: 1,290 words, photos.

MEDICARE FOR ALL _ The “Medicare for All” proposal from leading Democrats running for president appears more lavish than what’s offered in other advanced countries. That compounds the cost but could also potentially broaden its popular appeal. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 760 words, photo.

D-DAY 75TH-AIRPLANE _ Filled with paratroopers, a U.S. warplane lumbered down an English runway in 1944 to spearhead the World War II D-Day invasion with a message for Adolf Hitler painted in bright yellow across its nose: “That’s All, Brother.” Seventy-five years later, in a confluence of history and luck, that plane is again bound for the French coast for what could be the last great commemoration of the Allied battle to include D-Day veterans, many of whom are now in their 90s. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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NEPAL-EVEREST RECORD _ Sherpa guide climbs Everest 24th time, outdoing own record. SENT: 300 words, photo.

F1-OBIT-LAUDA _ F1 champion and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda dies at 70. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

AIRLINES-SUMMER TRAVEL _ Airline group predicts another record for summer travel. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-TRUMP-SUMO _ Japan wrestling with Trump going to sumo during state visit. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-FOX NEWS _ Whether to appear on the nation’s top-rated cable news channel has become an unlikely marker for the divergent strategies top Democrats vying for the White House are employing. SENT: 890 words, photo. TOP VIDEO: _ US PA Trump Rally Fox News (CR) _ Trump blasts Fox News election coverage.

TRUMP _ Trump voices confidence in his ability to win a repeat victory in Pennsylvania in 2020 and takes a fresh swipe at one of his leading Democratic rivals, telling rallygoers that native son Joe Biden had abandoned them by representing Delaware in the Senate. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI _ A federal judge who struck down Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier. SENT: 330 words, photos.

KELLEN WINSLOW JR RAPE TRIAL _ Prosecutors plan to call the first of five women to testify at the rape trial of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr., whose accusers include a 54-year-old who got a ride from him hitchhiking and a 59-year-old who was homeless when they met. SENT: 660 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Trial begins at noon.

CALIFORNIA-IMMIGRANT HEALTH CARE _ California lawmakers are eyeing proposals that would make the state the first in the nation to offer government-funded health care to adult immigrants living in the country illegally. SENT: 690 words, photos.

REPORTER RAIDED _ A San Francisco reporter is seeking the return of property after police raided his home with a sledgehammer, as officials sought to determine the source of a leaked police report into the death of the city’s public defender. SENT: 370 words, photos.

PREGNANT WOMAN SLAIN-BABY TAKEN _ A local sheriff’s office wants to know if a suburban Chicago hospital violated state law by not immediately reporting that a woman who claimed to be the mother of a newborn had not given birth. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-FRAGILE CENTER _ A major political blow could be looming for the once-powerful Social Democrats in the northern German port of Bremen. SENT: 970 words, photos.

INDONESIA-ELECTION _ Indonesian President Joko Widodo is elected for a second term, official results show, in a victory over a would-be strongman who aligned himself with Islamic hard-liners and vows to challenge the result in the country’s highest court. SENT: 530 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTINGS _ New Zealand police file a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques. SENT: 310 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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AP-EXPLAINS-US-CHINA-TRADE-HUAWEI _ Trump administration sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear. SENT: 1,050 words, photo, video. FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street fall on Huawei anxiety.

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SPORTS

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RED SOX-YANKEES-LONDON ARTIFICIAL TURF _ The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. An AP NewsBreak. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.

WARRIORS-GETTING REST _ And now, they wait: Before NBA Finals start, the Golden State Warriors have plenty of time to rest and heal. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BRONCOS-LANGLEY’S POSITION SWITCH _ Denver Broncos third-year player Brendan Langley is making the transition from cornerback to wide receiver this season. By Sports Writer Pat Graham. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ANTONELLI-FREE THROW FUNDRAISING _ Basketball analyst Deb Antonelli raises over $80,000 for Special Olympics through a free throw fundraiser. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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