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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 8, 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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PAKISTAN-CHRISTIAN FLEES _ Pakistani Media: Christian acquitted of blasphemy leaves. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, photos.

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CHINA-IMPLANTS _ Deep brain stimulation has been used for an increasing number of neurological and psychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Doctors in China are testing these brain implant devices to treat drug addiction. Now, the controversial surgery is coming to America. A clinical trial in the U.S. for opioid addicts has just been greenlighted in West Virginia. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 1,970 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ China DBS Opioids (CR) _ Researchers eye brain implant for drug addiction. An abridged version of 1,040 words has also been sent.

CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-SEED TO SALE _ When California voters broadly legalized marijuana, they were promised that a vast computer platform would closely monitor products moving through the new market. But 16 months after sales kicked in, the system known as track-and-trace isn’t doing much of either. As of last month, just nine retail outlets were entering data into the network established under an estimated $60 million state contract, even though 627 shops are licensed to sell pot in California. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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IRAN-NUCLEAR _ Iran’s president says that it will stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program as stipulated by the 2015 atomic accord and set a 60-day deadline for new terms to the deal before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. By Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 560 words, photo. With IRAN-NUCLEAR-THE LATEST; With AP EXPLAINS-IRAN-NUCLEAR _ Iran’s nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO _ Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials say Devon Erickson, 18, and a younger student walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch and opened fire on students in two classrooms, prompting students to run shouting through the halls or to hide out of sight as gunfire echoed through school. By Kathleen Foody and P. Solomon Banda. SENT: 680 words, photos, videos.

TRUMP-TRADE POLITICS _ As he cranks up the pressure on China in pursuit of a new trade accord, President Donald Trump is putting his deal-making persona on the line and injecting new risk into his bid for another four years in the White House. By Kevin Freking and Zeke Miller. SENT: 900 words, photos. With CHINA-TRADE _ China’s April exports fall amid U.S. tariff war; imports rise; US-CHINA-INVESTMENT _ China’s investment in U.S. drops 83% amid growing mistrust; FINANCIAL-MARKETS _ U.S.-China trade fears unnerve investors, pulling shares lower;

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ The House Judiciary Committee is moving ahead with a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress despite last-minute negotiations with the Justice Department over access to the full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 790 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after 10 a.m. meeting.

SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION _ South Africans are voting in presidential and parliamentary elections amid issues of corruption and unemployment. The vote comes 25 years after the end of apartheid, but despite the demise of the system of racial discrimination the country remains divided by economic inequality. By Andrew Meldrum. SENT: 590 words, photos. With SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION-THE LATEST.

UBER LYFT-STRIKE _ Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are planning to turn off their apps to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Organizers are planning demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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BEVERLY HILLS-TOBACCO BAN _ Proposed tobacco ban sparks fiery debate in Beverly Hills. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL _ Houston girl in Amber Alert was removed from home in August. SENT: 510 words, photos.

OBSCENE STICKER _ Florida man arrested, refused to remove obscene sticker from vehicle. SENT: 630 words.

CHICAGO-BABY FOUND _ Newborn baby boy found atop a trash can in a Chicago alley. SENT: 140 words.

SEATTLE COLD CASE _ DNA, family tree help solve 52-year-old Seattle murder case. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEMOCRATS-AUNTIE MAXINE _ Rep. Maxine Waters is having her moment in power, becoming a foe to Trump and a role model to freshmen Democrats. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ “Not just talking points”: White House changes approach with latest immigration push. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With ELECTION-2020-JOE-BIDEN _ Biden: Trump uses immigration “to demonize people.” Also see MEXICO-ASYLUM below.

TRUMP TAXES-NEW YORK _ New York’s senate is poised to approve a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to Trump’s state tax returns. UPCOMING: 610 words by 6 a.m., photos. With TRUMP TAXES _ Newspaper: Trump lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994.

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NATIONAL

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MEXICO-ASYLUM _ A federal appeals court rules that the Trump administration can make asylum seekers wait in Mexico for immigration court hearings while the policy is challenged in court, handing the president a major victory, even if it only proves temporary. SENT: 690 words, photo.

OREGON-NONUNANIMOUS VERDICTS _ Oregon is the only state in America that allows nonunanimous jury verdicts, but momentum is building to scrap that system. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

OREGON TEACHER WALKOUT _ Tens of thousands of teachers plan to walk out across Oregon to protest school funding, the latest battleground in educator activism that has taken hold nationwide. SENT: 410 words, photos.

ABORTION-GEORGIA _ Opponents of a Georgia law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected vow to take their fight from the state Capitol to the courthouse. SENT: 780 words, photos, videos.

TEXAS HEAVY RAIN _ Emergency responders in Texas rescue numerous people from rising floodwaters as a strong storm batters the Houston area with heavy rain, inundating homes and leaving motorists stranded just two years Hurricane Harvey devastated the area. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA TAINTED MEALS _ Scores of children came down with dysentery at several Moscow day care centers, and their parents sue a catering company owned by a Kremlin-connected businessman. UPCOMING: 1,290 words by 4 a.m., photos.

SUDAN-HIDDEN-HANDS _ As the popular uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength earlier this year, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power, according to Egyptian and Sudanese officials. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.

VENEZUELA _ The U.S. lifts sanctions on a top Venezuelan general who broke ranks with President Nicolás Maduro, trying to help the opposition regain momentum in the face of a government crackdown following last week’s failed uprising. SENT: 780 words, photos. With VENEZUELA-EMBASSY _ No diplomats, no Venezuelans as activists occupy D.C. embassy.

PAKISTAN-SHRINE-BOMBING _ A powerful bomb explodes near security forces guarding a famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan, killing at least five people and wounding 23 others, police say. SENT: 240 words.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FTC-FACEBOOK-CONGRESS _ Federal privacy regulators are under scrutiny in Congress as they negotiate a record fine with Facebook to punish the company for alleged violations of its users’ privacy. By Business Writer Marcy Gordon. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. hearing.

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