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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

May 11, 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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US-CHINA TARIFFS _ U.S.-Chinese relations may be testing a new low as the world’s two biggest economies clash over trade, geopolitical prominence. President Donald Trump more than doubled import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods Friday _ the same day that U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended their 11th round of trade talks without reaching an agreement. After the Chinese left town, the U.S. announced plans to target the $300 billion in Chinese goods that don’t already face tariffs. By Paul Wiseman, Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-TRADE _ Risky politics? Trump wields his tariffs as a weapon at home. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video, audio.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE _ Beto O’Rourke barreled into the 2020 presidential race with breakneck energy and a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants campaign style. But the ex-congressman has seen his once rising poll numbers sag. By Will Weissert and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

TRUMP TAXES _ A top House Democrat issues subpoenas for six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns, giving Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig a May 17 deadline to deliver them. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 630 words, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-GIULIANI-UKRAINE _ Democrats denounced a plan by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney to push Ukraine to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically, decrying it as an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a U.S. election. But Rudy Giuliani late Friday said he does not plan to go to the Ukraine because of concerns about who he would be dealing with there. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 930 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-GIULIANI-UKRAINE-THE LATEST.

CUBA-RATIONING _ The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods. By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguiez. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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UN-ENVIRONMENT-PLASTIC WASTE _ United Nations officials say nearly all of the world’s countries have agreed on a deal to better manage plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception. SENT: 350 words, photo.

CAR CHASE SHOOTOUT _ Police say a man wounded in a car chase shootout in Southern California is suspected of killing a liquor store owner days earlier. SENT: 340 words, photos.

ELON MUSK LAWSUIT _ Tesla CEO Elon Musk will have to go to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver as a pedophile last year. SENT: 270 words, photo.

CHINA-SEAL PUP RELEASE _ Animal groups have cheered the release of 37 spotted seal pups rescued from traffickers into the wild in northern China. SENT: 260 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-ABDUCTIONS _ The father of American college student Otto Warmbier who died soon after being sent home from North Korea in a vegetative state says Kim Jong Un should be called “criminal Kim” _ not “chairman Kim” which “makes me sick.” SENT: 130 words.

PEOPLE-CONSTANCE WU _ Actress Constance Wu appeared to be unhappy her ABC sitcom “Fresh Off The Boat” was renewed for a sixth season. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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BORDER-PENTAGON _ Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is making his second trip to the U.S.-Mexican border to highlight what President Donald Trump calls a national emergency, after freeing up $1.5 billion more in Pentagon money to support wall construction. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION _ South Africa’s ruling ANC poised to celebrate election victory, despite worst-ever showing. SENT: 390 words, photo.

HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW _ Hong Kong’s legislative assembly descended into chaos Saturday as lawmakers for and against controversial amendments to the territory’s extradition law clashed over access to the chamber. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BRAZIL-BOLSONARO-GUNS _ A Brazilian supreme court judge says President Jair Bolsonaro and his Justice Ministry had five days to respond to opposition assertions that a recently passed gun decree was unconstitutional. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ABORTION-KENTUCKY _ A federal judge on Friday struck down a Kentucky abortion law that would halt a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. The state’s anti-abortion governor immediately vowed to appeal. SENT: 570 words.

BODIES IN HOMES-TENNESSEE _ Authorities revealed Friday that there was an eighth victim in a mass killing last month in rural Tennessee and his head was found 25 yards from his body. SENT: 530 words, photos.

CIA HACKING TOOLS _ A New York judge should order a former CIA employee removed from solitary confinement because it was unconstitutionally imposed and hurts his chance at a fair trial, defense lawyers say. SENT: 430 words.

IMMIGRATION-MIGRANT TENTS _ The U.S. Border Patrol says it plans to open a second tent facility to detain migrants in South Texas next to one it opened last week. 370 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-BRITNEY SPEARS _ After hearing Britney Spears and her parents speak in a rare and secretive joint court appearance Friday, a judge ordered an expert evaluation in the conservatorship that for 11 years has put control of much of the 37-year-old singer’s life in the control of her father. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS _ Stephen Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half and the Golden State Warriors overcame Kevin Durant’s absence to finish off Houston in six games, beating the Rockets 118-113 to advance to the Western Conference finals. Klay Thompson added 27 points to help the two-time defending champion Golden State reach the conference finals for the fifth straight year and eliminate Houston for the fourth time in five seasons. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 940 words, photos.

HKN--WHALERS FANS _ Connecticut hockey fans are watching with mixed emotions. Twenty-two years ago, their Hartford Whalers left and became the Carolina Hurricanes. Now Carolina faces New England’s Boston Bruins for a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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