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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 16, 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.




UNITED STATES-IRAN-TRUMP — One announces that warships are heading to the Persian Gulf, the other jets off to Baghdad. National security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the two most influential figures advising President Donald Trump on escalating tensions with Iran, at least publicly taking positions more hawkish than their boss and putting American allies on edge. By Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-SECURITY — A Yemen rebel drone strike this week on a critical Saudi oil pipeline shows that the otherwise-peaceful sandy reaches of the Arabian Peninsula now are at risk of similar assault, including an under-construction nuclear power plant and Dubai International Airport, among the world’s busiest. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — President Donald Trump lays out a new proposal for deciding who gets to legally come into the country, but it faces many of the same hurdles that have doomed past immigration overhaul plans. By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro and Colleen Long. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 words after 2:30 p.m. remarks.

TRUMP-DE BLASIO — He is deeply unpopular among fellow New Yorkers, savaged on the cover of the city’s tabloids and fights with the press that covers him. He also believes he can be elected president in 2020. That’s Donald Trump. And that’s Bill de Blasio. The two engage in some trash talk as de Blasio joins the presidential race and Trump heads to his home town to scoop up some campaign cash. By Jonathan Lemire and Karen Matthews. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

ABORTION REGULATIONS-LAWSUITS — As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other restrictions on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn limits on providers. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed over the last two years challenging what abortion-rights groups call TRAP laws, Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers. By Denise Lavoie. UPCOMING: 975 words, by 4 p.m.

PREGNANT WOMAN SLAIN-BABY TAKEN — A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said. The newborn was in grave condition and not expected to survive, and three people were taken into custody, with charges including murder to be filed Thursday afternoon, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. SENT: 500 words, photos, developing.




MALWARE ATTACKS — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announce. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-INSLEE CLIMATE — Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee pitches a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming planet. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 775 words, photo.

CONGRESS-DEMOCRATS-MUELLER REPORT — Live, from a tiny parlor in the Capitol, House Democrats are reading aloud nearly 400 pages of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.




VENEZUELA — Diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving Venezuela’s crisis accelerated on Thursday as the government and opposition sent envoys to negotiate in Norway, though the two sides’ mutual mistrust and differences on key issues could prevent any quick solution. SENT: 775 words, photos.




SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-SECURITY TECHNOLOGY — Efforts to combat school shootings are starting to shift from preventing the violence to reducing the number of victims through technology that speeds up law enforcement’s response and quickly alerts teachers and students to danger. School districts are using products like gunshot detection systems that identify where shots are fired and apps that allow teachers to report attacks and connect with police. While a focus on gun control often emerges after shootings, technology can be a less partisan solution that’s quick to implement — though some experts say funding preventive mental health resources should be the priority. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.




OBESITY SURGERY-TEENS — Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure go away, a study finds. The results suggest there’s a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers say longer study is still needed to know lifetime effects of this radical surgery and that it’s a personal decision whether and when to try it. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 475 words, photo.

LUNCH SHAMING — Denying children a hot meal apparently isn’t a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money. After a flood of angry Facebook comments and phone calls, a Rhode Island district last week abandoned its plan to serve cold sandwiches to students whose families owe money. “The outcry was global,” said Catherine Bonang of Warwick Public Schools. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 925 words, photo.




TRUMP’S OTHER TRADE WARS — President Donald Trump’s duels with China over technology, with Mexico and Canada over North American trade and with Europe over auto tariffs have commanded a global spotlight. But his trade warriors are fighting dozens of more obscure battles, too, over laminated woven sacks from Vietnam, olives from Spain and rubber bands from Thailand, among many others. The Trump administration has launched no fewer than 160 investigations into allegations that its trading partners dump products at cut-rate prices or unfairly subsidize their exporters — a 220% jump from the number of cases the Obama administration pursued in the same time in office. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 1,070 words by 2 p.m.

TESLA CRASH — A Tesla Model S involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida March 1 was operating on the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined. The car drove beneath the trailer, killing the driver, in a crash that is strikingly similar to one that happened on the other side of Florida in 2016 that also involved use of Autopilot. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 800 words, photo.

ISRAEL-FACEBOOK — Facebook said it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. SENT: 775 words, photo.




TV-NORMAN LEAR TRIBUTE — Archie Bunker is coming back to prime-time network TV and he might look a little different to viewers — even if what he says is exactly the same. Woody Harrelson is stepping into the iconic role as part of a 90-minute ABC special celebrating writer, director and producer Norman Lear. It airs May 22. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 500 words, photos.




GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — Tiger Woods goes for the second leg of the Grand Slam after his Masters win when the PGA Championship begins in its new slot on the golf calendar at Bethpage Black. Brooks Koepka is the defending champ and Jordan Spieth goes for a career Grand Slam. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS — With Kevin Durant again out, the champion Golden State Warriors try to go up 2-0 on the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. Portland needs to tighten its defense and cut down on the open looks by Stephen Curry and KlayThompson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES — The Bruins can sweep the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final. Boston has won six straight playoff games and is getting excellent play from goalie Tuukka Rask, who has stopped 85 of 90 shots in this series. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.