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BC-AP News Digest 5:40 am

May 5, 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 _ An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip killed an Israeli man outside a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon amid a massive wave of attacks, marking the first Israeli casualty from rocket fire since the 2014 war with Hamas militants. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-THE LATEST.

NORTH KOREA-MISSILE _ North Korean state media shows leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile, a day after South Korea expressed concern that the launches were a violation of an inter-Korean agreement to cease all hostile acts. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS _ They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force President Donald Trump to comply with Democratic lawmakers’ requests for information stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation, and break through a White House blockage testing the system of checks and balances. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT:1,010 words, photos, video.

IRAQ-RAMADAN DRAMA _ A Baghdad studio is filming Iraq’s first TV drama in 7 years, as the arts come to life again in the capital after 16 years of war. “The Hotel” has attracted some of the leading lights of Iraqi drama to return to their country for the first time since the 1990s. By Philip Issa. SENT: 990 words, photos. This story has moved as this week’s Monday Spotlight.

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY _ Maximum Security became the first winner disqualified for interference in the Kentucky Derby. That led to an agonizing wait and an eventual stunning reversal that made 65-1 shot Country House the winner. Country House finished second in the slop before objections were raised. He was elevated into the winner’s circle after a 22-minute delay while three stewards reviewed different video angles. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. With KENTUCKY DERBY-DISQUALIFICATION _ Maximum Security co-owner says Kentucky Derby disqualification due to interference was ‘egregious,’ ponders appeal; KENTUCKY DERBY-INTERFERENCE RULE _Derby officials say Maximum Security broke interference rule (both sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May says her Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party have a duty to strike a compromise Brexit agreement to end months of political deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union. SENT: 130 words, photos.

OBAMA BOULEVARD _ A stretch of road in Los Angeles has been renamed after former President Barack Obama. A concert and ceremony unveiled Obama Boulevard. The street replaced Rodeo Road, a 3 ½-mile street that runs across the city’s historic black neighborhood. SENT: 560 words, photos.

HELICOPTER CRASH-MARYLAND _ Police say a helicopter has crashed into the Chesapeake Bay along Maryland’s Eastern Shore and rescue workers are looking for survivors. SENT: 240 words.

OBIT-RACHEL HELD EVANS _ Progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans dies in Tennessee after spending two weeks in a hospital for treatment for an infection and brain seizures. She was 37. SENT: 230 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP _ Former Vice President Joe Biden insists Jim Crow is “sneaking back in” as he emphasized voting rights at his first presidential campaign stop in South Carolina, where black voters play a key role in the South’s first presidential primary. SENT: 910 words, photos.

TRUMP _ President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!” He has previously asserted that social media companies exhibit bias against conservatives, something the companies have rejected as untrue. SENT: 420 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-WYOMING SENATE _ Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi announces he will not run for a fifth term in 2020, costing the GOP a loyal conservative senator but likely not the seat. SENT: 450 words, photos.

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-ILLINOIS _ Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. SENT: 510 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA _ Seven Venezuelan military officers were killed when their helicopter crashed while heading to a state where President Nicolás Maduro appeared alongside troops, days after the opposition called in vain for a military uprising. SENT: 680 words, photos.

BALKANS-POPE _ Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff’s view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. SENT: 590 words, photos. With BALKANS-POPE-THE LATEST.

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION _ Australia’s opposition party officially launched its election campaign, putting health care and climate change at the forefront of its bid for election within two weeks. Center-left Labor Party leader Bill Shorten promised to spend billions of dollars providing free dental care for pensioners, reducing waiting times at hospital emergency departments and eliminating costs for cancer patients. SENT: 650 words.

PANAMA-ELECTION _ Panamanians will choose between six mostly business-friendly candidates to lead this Central American trade and financial hub for the next five years in a presidential election focusing on corruption and slowing economic growth. SENT: 640 words, photos.

THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION _ Thailand’s newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn performed the second day of coronation activities, granting new titles to members of the royal family in front of an audience of dignitaries including top government officials and senior Buddhist monks. SENT: 470 words, photos.

SRI LANKA BLAST _ Sri Lankan Catholics celebrated Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed after reports of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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PRISON SUICIDES-ALABAMA _ After 15 inmate suicides in 15 months, a federal judge ruled Alabama is putting prisoners in danger by failing to provide adequate suicide-prevention measures. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-MADONNA _ Madonna, a pioneer for gay rights, accepted the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards with a rousing speech that went from playful to emotional, bringing the audience to its feet. The 60-year-old pop icon turned heads as she walked to her table at the Hilton Midtown in New York before taking the stage to celebrate her three decades of advocacy work in the LGBTQ community. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 740 words. photos.

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SPORTS

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BOX-ALVAREZ-JACOBS _ Canelo Alvarez added another belt to his collection, outworking Daniel Jacobs over 12 rounds to win a unanimous decision in their middleweight title unification fight. Alvarez was the more active fighter early and held on late to win a close but unanimous decision in the 160-pound showdown before a pro-Alvarez crowd on the Las Vegas Strip. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 540 words, photos.

BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS _ James Harden scores 41 points, including a big 3-pointer in overtime, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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