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May 14, 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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ISRAEL-SETTLEMENT SPENDING — Israel’s government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by The Associated Press showed no major visible damage to the vessels. Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker remained unclear, and Gulf officials have declined to say who they suspected was responsible. But it demonstrated the raised risks for shippers in a region vital to global energy supplies as tensions are increasing between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Attorney General William Barr appoints a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate.” John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, will conduct the inquiry. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 440 words, photo.

CYBERSECURITY-DISINFORMATION — A new report from Canadian internet watchdog Citizen Lab says a fake Twitter account unmasked by The Associated Press was but one piece of a vast, years-old and multilingual campaign aimed at seeding anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-American stories across the internet. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,030 words, photo.

ALASKA-FLOATPLANES CRASH — A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes. Four people were killed after the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the Coast Guard says. Two others were missing. By Rachel D’oro and Mark Thiessen. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-TRADE — U.S. trade officials issue a $300 billion target list of Chinese imports including laptop computers for more tariff hikes, ratcheting up tensions with Beijing. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be expanded.

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NATIONAL

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CLIMATE CHANGE-REAL ESTATE — Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values, but how much is an open question. UPCOMING: 1,030 words by 6 a.m., photos.

ABORTION-ALABAMA — Alabama lawmakers are expected to vote on a proposal to outlaw almost all abortions in the state, a hardline measure that has splintered Republicans over its lack of an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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PREAKNESS-BATTLE FOR PIMLICO — Aptly nicknamed Old Hilltop, antiquated Pimlico Race Course has finally reached the point where its illustrious past might not be enough to assure a vibrant future. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 970 words, photos.