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May 15, 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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ABORTION-ALABAMA — Abortion rights activists vow swift legal action if Alabama’s governor signs a near-total ban on abortion in a flagrant challenge to Roe v. Wade. In Alabama and other conservative states, anti-abortion politicians and activists hope the addition of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court will mean an end to a woman’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. By Kim Chandler and Bill Barrow. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 700 words, by 3 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-ABORTION — Democratic presidential candidates quickly pounced on anti-abortion legislation moving through several states in an attempt to rally women who are core to the party base. By Elana Schor and Will Weissert. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS-IRAN — Congress is demanding answers about President Donald Trump’s actions toward Iran and the unspecified threats the Trump administration says put U.S. personnel in jeopardy in the Persian Gulf. With the U.S. beefing up its military presence there and some U.S. allies worried about a potential war, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the administration has “no business” starting a war without the consent of Congress. A Republican senator close to Trump says, “we need to understand what we’re doing.” By Lisa Mascaro and Susannah George. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — The U.S. orders all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspend their military assistance programs in the country in the latest signs of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran. By Jon Gambrell and Philip Issa. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO — Two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in their Colorado charter school appeared in court to face dozens of criminal charges that include murder, attempted murder theft and arson. The charges came on the same day a memorial service was being held for the one student who was killed in the May 7 shooting, which happened not far from the scene of the 1999 Columbine attack. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 350 words, photos, developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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FAA-HOUSE HEARING — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration says that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency’s safety certification of the plane and its decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so. By David Koenig, Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

TRUMP-POWER — As President Donald Trump heads into a turbulent re-election campaign, historians and observers are wondering just how far the president might be willing to go in using the levers of presidential power to advance himself politically. UPCOMING: 890 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — The White House prepares to roll out yet another immigration plan, this time targeting the nation’s legal immigration system. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump uses a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers to criticize big-city prosecutors he says aren’t going after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3:30 p.m., photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-VIDEO COUNSELING — The U.S. government is providing long-distance video counseling to teens housed at the country’s largest child migrant detention center as officials struggle to accommodate increasing numbers of minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Some mental health experts and human rights advocates say that’s the wrong way to help the young people. UPCOMING: 925 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-CONSERVATIVES — The European Parliament is expected to be a different legislature after next week’s election and leading Czech conservative lawmaker Jan Zahradil is hoping that voters embrace the idea of a scaled-back European Union. Zahradil is a moderate critic of the bloc, not a firebrand like French euroskeptic Marine Le Pen, and he is campaigning for a more flexible EU. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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DIET-BREAST CANCER, HFR — For the first time, a large experiment suggests that modestly trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer. The results are striking because they come from a rigorous study of 49,000 women spanning two decades. By AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. Eds: This story may not be published, broadcast or posted online before 5 p.m. EDT.

PREGNANT MAN, HFR — When the man arrived at the hospital with severe abdominal pains, a nurse didn’t consider it an emergency, noting that he was obese and had stopped taking blood pressure medicines. In reality, he was pregnant — a transgender man in labor that was about to end in a stillbirth. The tragic case points to larger issues about assigning labels or making assumptions in a society increasingly confronting gender variations in sports, entertainment and medicine. By AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. UPCOMING: 675 words. Eds: This story may not be published, broadcast or posted online before 5 p.m. EDT.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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US-CHINA TRADE-EVOLUTION OF A TRADE RELATIONSHIP — Just how did the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, arrive at this point in their long-standing economic relationship -- a high-stakes trade war that is the latest culmination of a relationship that has dramatically evolved over the decades. What changed over the years and why? By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m. WITH: GLOBAL-TRADE — US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the U.S. is close to resolving steel tariff disputes with Mexico and Canada. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

FCC-ROBOCALLS — New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The rising volume of calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to act. The Federal Communications Commission said that it will vote in June on whether to allow to carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-NEW SEASON-CBS — “The Big Bang Theory” finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator. The network said Wednesday its fall lineup will include a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre that stars Billy Gardell, who co-starred in “Mike & Molly.” By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated. With: TV-NEW SEASON-CBS SCHEDULE.

TRANSFORMERS-VOICE ACTORS — The Autobots have been waging their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons for 35 years, but there’s no sign the men who voice the Transformers franchise’s two most iconic characters would ever take up ion blasters or fusion cannons against each other. Peter Cullen and Frank Welker have been heard in children’s homes across the United States since the fall of 1984 as the heroic Optimus Prime and villainous Megatron respectively. SENT: 750 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKN-RAPTORS-BUCKS — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night. It’s the Bucks’ first time hosting Game 1 of a conference final since 1974. Game begins 8:30 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.