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May 1, 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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR — Attorney General William Barr faces lawmakers’ questions for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, in what promises to be a dramatic showdown as he defends his actions before Democrats who accuse him of spinning the investigation’s findings in President Donald Trump’s favor. By Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 950 words, photo. UPCOMING: 990 words after 10 a.m. hearing.

VENEZUELA — He called it the moment for Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy once and for all. But as the hours dragged on, opposition leader Juan Guaidó stood alone on a highway overpass with the same small cadre of soldiers with whom he launched a bold effort to spark a military uprising and settle Venezuela’s agonizing power struggle. Like past attempts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the opposition seemed outmaneuvered again. What Guaidó dubbed “Operation Freedom” triggered a familiar pattern of security forces using repressive tactics to crush small pockets of stone-throwing youths while millions of Venezuelans watched the drama unfold with a mix of fear and exasperation. By Joshua Goodman and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 1,360 words, photos, videos.

COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA — A shooting that killed two and wounded four at a North Carolina university left students scrambling for shelter and prompted fresh calls for ways to keep campuses safe. A vigil is planned on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where the shooting upended the last day of class. The governor vows a hard look at what happened in order to prevent future shootings. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Sarah Blake Morgan. SENT: 780 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-PRESERVING THE HOLOCAUST — The world’s community of aging Holocaust survivors is rapidly shrinking, and their live testimonies are soon to be a thing of the past. But Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial is preparing for a world without them. Its “Gathering the Fragments” program has collected some 250,000 items from survivors and their families to be stored for posterity and displayed online to preserve the memory of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, even after the last of the survivors has passed away. By Aron Heller. SENT: 980 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-COOPERATORS — Parents and coaches cooperating with investigators in the college admissions bribery scandal could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead investigators to new targets. Since authorities arrested dozens of parents and coaches in March, former coaches at the universities of Texas at Austin and Southern California have signed cooperation agreements. A California couple also recently revealed they are working with investigators. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 780 words by 6 a.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-SCHUMER — Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams’ announcement that she would pass up a U.S. Senate run in Georgia. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS — After three weeks of testimony, a jury needed little more than a day to convict a black Minneapolis police officer of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed white woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime, delivering a guilty verdict that immediately sparked questions about whether race played a role. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, videos.

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve is all but sure to keep interest rates on hold — and for the foreseeable future — even as Trump keeps up his attacks on the Fed for not cutting rates. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 830 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from Fed rate announcement at 2 p.m.

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SPORTS

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SPORTS BETTING RESPONSE — Horse racing is considering adding fixed-odds wagering and other changes to offset legalized sports gambling in the U.S., which threatens the industry’s very existence. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.