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May 25, 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-JAPAN — It’s friendship before business for President Donald Trump on his first full day in Japan: playing golf with the prime minister, awarding a trophy to a sumo champion and dining on the town — a prelude to talks on trade, North Korea and other pressing issues. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 830 words, photos. Events scheduled to begin with golf outing after 8 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-ABORTION — Members of both parties say a flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year’s elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states. By Alan Fram. SENT: 975 words, photos, videos.

COLOMBIA-CIVILIAN KILLINGS — New evidence has emerged linking the embattled head of Colombia’s army to the alleged cover-up of civilian killings more than a decade ago. The documents, provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with an ongoing investigation into the extrajudicial killings, come as Gen. Nicacio Martínez Espinel faces mounting pressure to resign over orders he gave troops this year to step up attacks in what some fear could pave the way for a return of serious human rights violations. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NORTHWEST EXTREMISTS — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations’ Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 930 words, photos.

SPELLING BEE — For those who will compete in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, an unremarkable sound is the cause of their angst, their sleepless nights, their lifelong memories of failure. It’s the most common sound in the English language, and it sounds like “uh” to the uninitiated. Spellers know it by its proper name: the schwa. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 975 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-WOOING HISPANICS — Hispanics are expected to outpace blacks to become the electorate’s largest nationwide racial or ethnic minority group for the first time on Election Day 2020. But a preview of the voting bloc’s power may come during the Democratic primary. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

CHINA-US-TIBET — The U.S. ambassador to China urges Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region. SENT: 490 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK —President Donald Trump’s rhetoric this past week featured a selective accounting on the Russia investigation and an odd slam on former Vice President Joe Biden. SENT: 2,100 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPEAN ELECTIONS — Voters in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia are casting ballots in the European Parliament elections in which resurgent nationalists are challenging traditional parties that want closer ties among EU countries. SENT: 665 words, photos.

POLAND-FACING CLERICAL ABUSE — A documentary film with testimony by victims of clerical abuse in Poland is so harrowing that it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with the problem in one of Europe’s most deeply Catholic societies. The outrage is creating a crisis for the powerful Polish church, but also poses a threat to Poland’s right-wing government. Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski had earlier called talk about clerical abuse a “brutal attack” on the church but has since shifted his stance. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

BRITAIN-POLITICS-LEADERSHIP RACE —The race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May is heating up, the field of Conservative contenders is quickly growing and the focus is squarely on how to handle Brexit. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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