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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 6, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. 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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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS _ The Israeli army lifted protective restrictions on residents in southern Israel, while the Hamas militant group’s radio station in the Gaza Strip reported a cease-fire, signaling a deal had been reached to end the bloodiest fighting since a 2014 war. By Aron Heller. SENT: 340 words, photos; UPCOMING: developing.

FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Shares and oil prices have tumbled after President Donald Trump jolted markets with a threat to raise more tariffs on imports from China, spooking investors who had been expecting good news this week on trade. By Elaine Kurtenbach. Sent 460 words, photos.

BOEING-PLANE CRASHES _ Boeing says it didn’t tell pilots and airlines that a safety alert on its 737 Max jets was not working until after one of the planes crashed in Indonesia last year. By David Koenig. SENT: 700 words, photo.

UN EXTINCTION REPORT, HFR _ A United Nations science report says nature is in trouble and 1 million species of plants and animals are at risk of going extinct. Scientists blame development that’s led to loss of habitat, climate change, overfishing, pollution and invasive species. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 1,450 words, photos, HOLD FOR RELEASE until 7 a.m.

RUSSIA-PLANE FIRE _ Death toll rises to at least 40 people as burning plane lands, barrels down runway at Moscow airport. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UNITED STATES-IRAN - A White House decision to dispatch an aircraft carrier and other military resources to send a message to Iran followed “clear indications” that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were preparing to possibly attack U.S. forces in the region, a defense official told the Associated Press. By Robert Burns and Catherine Lucey. SENT 650 words, photo.

TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION _ President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, scheduled to begin serving prison sentence Monday. Cohen has referred to plans for a press conference before he departs for prison. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2 p.m.

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RED SOX-CORA _ Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions. SENT: 200 words, photo.

KAYAKER RESCUES PILOT _ Fire rescue officials say a kayaker pulled a pilot to shore after the pilot’s small plane crashed into a north Florida river. SENT: 120 words.

BENIN-FRENCH TOURISTS MISSING _ Two French tourists are feared kidnapped in West African nation of Benin after they failed to return from a game drive in a wildlife reserve. SENT: 330 words.

DIANA ROSS-AIRPORT SECURITY _ Diana Ross feels ‘violated’ by airport screener’s touching. SENT: 130 words, photo.

MEXICO-VOLCANO OFFERING _ Mexican villagers beseech volcano goddess for rain, safety. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-POMPEO _ The Trump administration is energizing its campaign to counter China’s growing global influence as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe this week on a four-nation trip that will also highlight disputes with Russia over Venezuela and elsewhere as well as deep U.S. isolation on the cause and impact of climate change. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 920 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ President Trump is still pulling numbers out of thin air on the economy, wrongly asserting that the U.S. economy is perhaps the best “ever” and insisting that last quarter’s gross domestic product was the highest in 14 years. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,050 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ One week after launching his presidential campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden is threatening to prove his rivals _ all 20 of them _ were wrong when they thought the Democratic race was wide open. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,230 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-PETE BUTTIGIEG _ Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, join the large crowd at former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class. SENT: 260 words, photos; ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-AGRICULTURE _ Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes a sweeping agriculture and rural investment plan to break up big agriculture monopolies and shift farm subsidies toward small family farmers. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS _ Capping a week in which her testy exchange with Attorney General William Barr went viral, Sen. Kamala Harris tells a crowd of thousands gathered at a dinner hosted by the country’s oldest NAACP chapter that Barr “lied to Congress” and “is clearly more interested in representing the president than the American people.” SENT: 570 words, photos.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ President Donald Trump’s turnabout on whether the special counsel should appear before Congress _ “Bob Mueller should not testify,” he tweeted _ has sparked criticism from Democratic lawmakers eager to question the author of the report on Russia’s election interference. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BETSY DEVOS-STAYING POWER _ Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has emerged as one of the most polarizing figures in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet yet also one of its most enduring members _ and shows no intention of leaving. By Education Writer Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PANAMA-ELECTION _ Panama’s Electoral Court has declared opposition candidate Laurentino Cortizo the “virtual winner” in the country’s tight presidential election. By Juan Zamorano and Kathia Martinez. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NKOREA-TESTING TRUMP _ North Korea’s test of what appears to be short-range ballistic missile wasn’t a direct threat to the United States, but experts warn it could be an omen of bigger problems on the horizon. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 990 words, photos.

VENEZUELA _Led by Roman Catholic priests in white robes, several hundred Venezuelans say prayers at a candle-lit vigil for at least five people killed in street clashes following a failed opposition call for a military uprising. SENT: 560 words, photos.

BRUNEI-ISLAMIC LAWS _ Brunei’s sultan has said a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an international outcry. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA _ Family, hundreds of friends and a military honor guard remember a North Carolina college student credited with saving classmates by rushing a gunman firing inside their lecture hall. SENT: 410 words, photos.

HEPATITIS-ARIZONA _ Arizona sees a surge in hepatitis A cases, mostly in the Tucson area but also in metro Phoenix, health officials say. SENT: 400 words, photo.

BRANDED WOMEN _ It was called “collateral” — nude photos and other embarrassing material that female members of an upstate New York self-improvement group turned over to their “masters” to ensure obedience, silence and sexual fealty to the organization’s spiritual leader. Now some former members of the group are poised to break their vow of silence for the first time by testifying against Keith Raniere, who has been compared to a cult leader. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PLANE CRASH-FLORIDA RIVER _ A passenger shouted “Watch out! Watch out!” as other passengers and crew members cautiously walked out on a wing of the Boeing 737, just moments after it had landed at a Florida military base, crashed through a stone seawall, and ended up in a river. SENT: 340 words, photos. Developing.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-BOX OFFICE _ “Avengers: Endgame” continues its global domination at the box office in a second week victory lap that saw the blockbuster cross the $2 billion mark in record time and unseat “Titanic” as the second highest-grossing film ever worldwide. Domestically, newcomers, including thrillers (“The Intruder”), well-reviewed comedies (“Long Shot”) or animated family fare (“Uglydolls”) were left in the dust to pick up the scraps. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RAC--STUMBLING TO PREAKNESS _The next stop in the chase for the Triple Crown is the Preakness, though both Maximum Security and Country House remain noncommittal for the May 18 race following Maximum Security’s disqualification from the Kentucky Derby. Owner Gary West says he is unsure whether to enter Maximum Security in the Preakness as he ponders appealing the historic decision. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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