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May 29, 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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F1-LAUDA-FUNERAL _ Family, fans to attend requiem for Formula One’s Niki Lauda. SENT: 140 words, photos.

JAPAN-STABBING ATTACK _ Deadly knife attack near Tokyo raises alarm on child safety. SENT: 140 words, photos.

KODAK BLACK _ Prosecutors aim to reverse bail decision in Kodak Black case. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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ONLY ON AP

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GLOBAL OPIOIDS: ITALY’S PAIN LEAGUE _ Managers with Purdue Pharma’s international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push opioids. The case has been unfolding in Italy with little notice, even as Purdue faces lawsuits in the U.S. over its role in the opioid addiction crisis that has claimed 400,000 lives. Italian prosecutors allege the doctor took hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a group he called The Pain League. By Claire Galofaro and Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 3,970 words, photos, video, graphic. An abridged version of 1,220 words has also been sent. With GLOBAL OPIOIDS: ITALY’S PAIN LEAGUE-TOP TAKEAWAYS.

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TOP STORIES

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SEVERE WEATHER _ A vicious storm tears through the Kansas City area, spawning tornadoes that down trees and power lines, damage homes and injure at least a dozen people in the latest barrage of severe weather that saw tornado warnings as far east as New York City. By Julie Wright and John Hanna. SENT: 740 words, photos, videos. With SEVERE WEATHER-TORNADO SEASON _ After several quiet years, tornadoes erupt in U.S.; SEVERE-WEATHER-OHIO _ Heeded alarms may have limited deaths in Ohio tornadoes; SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-BIDEN _ Democrats won’t pick their nominee for another year, but President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are acting like the 2020 presidential contest is already a two-man race. By Steve Peoples and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Trump’s national security adviser says there’s “no reason” for Iran to back out of its nuclear deal with world powers other than to seek atomic weapons, a year after the U.S. president unilaterally withdrew America from the accord. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 6 a.m., video. With PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST.

ISRAEL-IRAN _ Israel’s prime minister has been a vocal critic of Iran over the years, accusing the Islamic Republic of sinister intentions at every opportunity. But the outspoken Benjamin Netanyahu has remained uncharacteristically quiet throughout the current crisis between the U.S. and Iran. While Israel has welcomed Washington’s pressure on Tehran, the crisis has nonetheless put Netanyahu in a delicate position, not wanting to be seen as pushing the Americans into a military confrontation and wary of being drawn into fighting with Iran’s powerful proxy, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,160 words, photos. With ISRAEL-POLITICS _ New Israeli government or election: Netanyahu faces deadline.

US-CHINA-TRADE _ Chinese tech giant Huawei files a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment, the latest action in an ongoing clash with the U.S. government. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 510 words, photos. With US-CHINA-TRADE-THE LATEST; FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian stocks retreat as China-U.S. jitters set in.

UNITED STATES-CUBA SCIENCE _ The degradation of relations between the U.S. and Cuba under Trump begins to cut into scientific and medical cooperation on issues ranging from treatment of infectious diseases to coral reef preservation. By Claudia Torrens. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-KIT HARINGTON _ Kit Harington checks into wellness center post-“Game of Thrones.” SENT: 90 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA TEAM-OCASIO-CORTEZ APOLOGY _ California team apologizes to U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for video. SENT: 280 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-EGG BOY _ Australian “Egg Boy” donates $70,000 to Christchurch victims. SENT: 130 words.

CHURCH VAN CRASH _ Four dead, eight wounded in church van crash in Virginia. SENT: 130 words.

GRAND-CANYON-COMMUNITY-SPENDING _ Report finds Grand Canyon tourists buoyed nearby communities. SENT: 110 words, photos.

HAWAII-FOREST RESCUE _ Hawaii woman fell to ground bawling when found in forest. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

WHITE SOX-WAYWARD FIRST PITCH _ Look out! First pitch goes a bit awry for White Sox employee. SENT: 190 words.

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NATIONAL

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NAVY SEAL-MURDER CASE _ Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that include withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the defense. SENT: 620 words, photos.

UNITED-STATES-NORTH-KOREA-REMAINS _ The U.S. military says it has identified the remains of three more Americans killed during the Korean War, even as efforts to recover additional remains have stalled amid souring relations with North Korea. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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WEIRD BEERS _ As craft breweries have boomed, competition for attention has intensified and that has a lot of brewers looking for ways to differentiate themselves by introducing strange new flavors. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERS _ A string of recent high-profile transfers gave the college football world the impression it was getting easier for players to switch schools and compete right away. The reality is much different. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With NCAA TRANSFER WAIVERS-BY THE NUMBERS.

TIM DAHLBERG-METTA WORLD PEACE _ Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn’t defined only by one angry moment in Detroit. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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