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May 24, 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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PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — Iran’s foreign minister, under fire at home, in Pakistan on critically timed visit amid tensions with U.S. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the origins of the multi-year probe into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. The move marks an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators.” By Zeke Miller SENT: 580 words, photos.

TRUMP-DEMOCRATS — The enmity between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi devolves into questions about the fitness of the nation’s two top elected officials, with personal attacks flowing on both sides after a dramatic blow-up at the White House. By Laurie Kellman and Zeke Miller. SENT: 760 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-NO TANTRUM — Trump insists he did not have a temper tantrum — and to prove it, he calls on five members of his staff to bear witness to his “very calm” demeanor. SENT: 580 words, photos.

WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. files new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE-Q&A — New charges against Assange draw alarm from media organizations. SENT: 750 words, photo.

POLICE-VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING — Police officers are now using virtual reality to learn the best ways to interact with people who suffer from autism and de-escalate situations that could quickly turn awry. A new training simulation using virtual reality headsets is being rolled out by Axon, the company best known for developing the Taser. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-SAUDI ARABIA — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is considering an emergency declaration that would allow it to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without the approval of Congress. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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SEVERE WEATHER — An outbreak of nasty storms in the Midwest spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri’s capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

LAST SLAVE SHIP — The wreck of the final U.S. slave ship has been found in coastal waters infested with alligators and poisonous snakes. The question now is what to do with its remains. Some have suggested raising the ship and putting it in a museum. Others want it to become the centerpiece of a national memorial to the slave trade. Leaving the remains in the river and marking the area reverently is another possibility. Archaeologist James Delgado says the find is a remarkable chance for research and inspiration. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GUATEMALA-US BORDER SHOOTING — Advocates demanded $100 million in damages Thursday on behalf of the family of a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year. SENT: 460 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-US — A top U.S. diplomat for Southeast Asia has urged Pacific island nations not to withdraw diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, warning that Chinese pressure to change Taiwan’s international standing threatens to increase the possibility of conflict. SENT: 470 words, photo.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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DRONES-URBAN TESTING — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing those flying in urban settings for the first time beyond the remote operator’s line of sight. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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FAA-AVIATION REGULATORS — After an all-day meeting with global aviation regulators, the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration sounded more upbeat than ever about prospects for clearing the troubled Boeing 737 Max to fly again. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 730 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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CANNES-AMFAR GALA — Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research. Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during Thursday’s event at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Charli XCX provided the live entertainment at the after-party. SENT: 380 words, photos.

WEINSTEIN-LAWSUIT — A tentative deal has been reached to settle multiple lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RAPTORS-BUCKS — Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him in Toronto’s victories in the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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