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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 13, 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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EMIRATES — Saudi Arabia says two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States. The announcement by the kingdom’s energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, came as the U.S. issued a new warning to sailors and the UAE’s regional allies condemned the reported sabotage of four ships off the coast of the port city of Fujairah. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 910 words, photos.

FACIAL RECOGNITION BACKLASH — San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper’s facial expressions as they peruse store shelves. By Matt O’Brien and Janie Har. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

TRUMP-ABORTION-FACT CHECK — Trump, in what’s become a staple of his rallies, accuses doctors of executing babies who are born alive after a failed abortion, oversimplifying a deeply complex issue. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 940 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-ELECTIONS — Filipinos vote in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies who aim to dominate the Senate and opposition candidates fighting for checks and balances under a leader they regard as a looming dictator. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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TRUMP-CHINA-TARIFFS — Companies wait to see how China will retaliate for President Donald Trump’s latest tariff hike while forecasters warn the escalating fight over technology and trade might disrupt a Chinese economic recovery. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-HOUSE GOP RECRUITS — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. SENT: 950 words, photos.

CHANNELING MUELLER — Three weeks of public parsing and analysis of the special counsel’s Russia report have left many people wondering just what Robert Mueller was trying to say and what he really thinks — particularly about the question of obstruction — and they would like to hear from him. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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SCOUTING THE PORTAL — Justin Crouse, director of player personnel for Memphis, makes his first check of the transfer portal around 8 a.m. each day, searching for new names in the NCAA’s database of football players looking for a new school. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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BIG BANG THEORY-FUTURE SITCOMS — The end of “The Big Bang Theory” means the beginning of a familiar debate: is the traditional sitcom, complete with laugh track, a thing of the past. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 920 words, photos.