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May 14, 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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UNITED STATES-IRAN-MIDEAST — The Trump administration is facing international skepticism over its claims that Iran poses a growing threat to U.S. interests and allies in the Mideast. The administration cited the threats as the reason for expediting the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and other military resources to the region, but a top British military official says he sees no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria. By Robert Burns and Lolita Baldor. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4:30 p.m., photos, video.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was attacked by drones. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. WITH: AP EXPLAINS-YEMEN-REBEL DRONES — US once owned Yemen skies with its drones, now Iran-backed rebels increasingly use drones in civil war. SENT: 500 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-CHINA TARIFFS-TRUMP — President Donald Trump’s statements about trade and tariffs are filled with so many dubious assertions as to raise the question of how much the president understands the fundamentals of trade policy. By Jonathan Lemire and Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

CATHOLIC SEXUAL ABUSE-VATICAN — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United States. The lawsuit attempts to trace a direct line from clergy sex abuse victims to the Vatican, through Minnesota church officials. Luke, Stephen and Benedict Hoffman were abused by former priest Curtis Wehmeyer, roughly between 2009 and 2012. By Michael Rezendes and Amy Forliti. SENT: 1,000 words.

TRANSPLANT RULES — New rules aim to change how donated livers are distributed so that fewer people die waiting for a transplant, but they come amid a fierce fight over fairness. Where you live makes a difference in how sick you must be to get a transplant. Beginning Tuesday, the transplant system ordered wider sharing of donated livers, so that people don’t get priority over someone sicker because they live closer to the donor hospital. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 900 words, photo.

OBIT-TIM CONWAY — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” has died. He was 85. By Entertainment Writers Lynn Elber and Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump tours liquid natural gas facility in Hackberry, Louisiana and delivers remarks on “promoting energy infrastructure and economic growth.” By Kevin Freking. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:40 p.m. event, 500 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

LAWSUIT-TRUMP FINANCIAL RECORDS — A federal judge considers President Donald Trump’s attempt to block a House subpoena seeking his financial records. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photo.

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NATIONAL

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RUSSIA PROBE-FLORIDA VOTING — Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference. DeSantis said the hackers didn’t manipulate any data and the election results weren’t compromised. He and officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were briefed by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on Friday. SENT: 250 words, developing.

CALIFORNIA SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING — The 19-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue is scheduled to make his first court appearance on federal hate crime charges. John T. Earnest will be escorted a few blocks to the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego from a county jail, where he is being held on state charges for murder and attempted murder. SENT: 350 words.

STATUE OF LIBERTY MUSEUM — A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world. The 26,000-square-foot museum on Liberty Island, scheduled to open to the public, is the new home for the statue’s original torch and other artifacts which had previously been in a smaller museum space inside the statue’s pedestal, which is accessible only to the fraction of the more than 4 million annual visitors who manage to get limited-availability statue entry tickets. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-US-POMPEO — On his first trip to Russia as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said that he warned his Russian counterpart against any “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections. At a news conference following three hours of meetings, Pompeo said he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov added than any such action by the Russians in the 2020 elections “would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been.” SENT: 300 words, photos, developing.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks regained some ground in afternoon trading following a nosedive at the start of the week as the U.S. and China escalate their trade war. Investors have been dealing with creeping uncertainty since last week after President Donald Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on Chinese goods. China responded by raising its own tariffs, and the U.S. is considering expanding tariffs again to cover all imported Chinese goods. By Business Writer Damian J. Troise. SENT: 550 words, photos, developing.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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ZOMBIE CELLS — Scientists are finding evidence that so-called zombie cells play a big role in aging and the health woes that come along with it. Animal studies suggest that killing these cells can treat a wide variety of conditions like cataracts, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and age-related loss of muscle. And a recent study in people suggests it may also help with a fatal lung condition. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PREVENTING DEMENTIA — New guidelines for preventing dementia focus on keeping the whole body healthy as a way to prevent mental decline. Fifty million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. Dementia is currently incurable, but studies show a variety of things can affect the odds of developing it. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 475 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-HOWARD STERN — Howard Stern has never been shy about pushing boundaries or offending anyone. Yet the self-proclaimed “King of All Media” wrestled with the idea of including his interview with Harvey Weinstein in his new book, “Howard Stern Comes Again.” The book is a collection of interviews from Stern’s radio show interspersed with details about his own life. By John Carucci. SENT: 850 words, photo.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL-OPENING DAY — The 72nd Cannes Film Festival opens with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die” and the introduction of this year’s Palme d’Or jury, to be led by Alejandro Inarritu. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 750 words, photos, developing.

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SPORTS

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BKN--DRAFT LOTTERY — New York, Phoenix and Cleveland all have the best chance of winning NBA draft lottery — otherwise known as the right to pick Zion Williamson next month. Each of the three teams has a 14 percent chance of winning under a new format designed to discourage tanking. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Lottery starts 8:30 p.m.

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors open the Western Conference final without injured Kevin Durant, facing a Portland Trail Blazers team driven by the outstanding backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

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