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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 2, 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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OPIOID LAWSUITS-DRUG DATA _ Federal court to consider news outlet access to opioid data. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. court session; video planned.

VIDEO GAME-HALL OF FAME _ World Video Game Hall of Fame to announce inductees. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. announcement.

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ONLY ON AP

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CAR-SHARING-REGULATION BATTLES _ Car-sharing apps that let people rent out their vehicles to strangers are growing in popularity in the U.S. But the people who rent cars through apps like Turo and GetAround don’t pay the taxes and surcharges that local governments and airports tack onto traditional rental cars. That’s made them a target for rental car companies, airport authorities and others who say the upstart apps should face the same taxes and fees that come with rental cars. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-BARR-HOUSE _ Attorney General William Barr informs lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that he will skip a hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the Justice Department. The cancellation spares Barr another round of sharp questioning after he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 850 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US Barr Snitty (CRX) _ Barr: Mueller’s letter over Russia probe “snitty.” UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR-TAKEAWAYS _ It was Barr’s testimony, but Mueller’s words stole the show; TRUMP-FACT CHECK _ Trump and his team are still twisting the findings of Mueller’s report; BOOKS-MUELLER REPORT _ “The Mueller Report” is officially a best-seller.

COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA _ David Belnap stood on his North Carolina college campus aching from the latest U.S. school shooting as he held a candle and wore a homemade T-shirt with “Riley Howell is a hero” written on the back. Howell died in his classroom at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, charging and tackling a gunman who would kill him and another student and wound four others with a legally obtained pistol, authorities say. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 660 words, photos, videos. With COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-VICTIMS _ Athletic outdoorsman, tech enthusiast killed in campus classroom.

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA _ Trump administration officials had expected that Wednesday might turn out to be the beginning of the end for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with senior government figures withdrawing support and the opposition launching a mass uprising with military backing. But the promised defections didn’t happen, the military uprising never materialized and Maduro still appeared to be firmly in command. By Matthew Lee and Ben Fox. SENT: 920 words, photos. With VENEZUELA _ Venezuelans take to streets as uprising attempt sputters.

US-CUBA-LAWSUITS _ People who lost properties after the Cuban revolution hope that they will be able to sue European and American companies doing business on their former properties. That’s thanks to the Trump administration’s decision to activate a provision of the U.S. embargo on Cuba with the potential to affect foreign investment in Cuba for years to come. It allows Americans, and Cubans who later become Americans, to sue almost any company “trafficking” in property confiscated by Cuba. By Gisela Salomon and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 770 words, photo.

SEMENYA-SPORTS WORLD’S DILEMMAS _ Caster Semenya’s running career, jarred by an adverse court ruling, is unique in virtually all its details. Yet the dilemmas she has posed for the track-and-field establishment reflect how vast segments of the sports world are now wrestling with issues related to intersex and transgender athletes. The essence of the dilemma: How to minimize or eliminate discrimination while simultaneously ensuring that competitions are as fair as possible. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 950 words, photos.

IRAQ-RAIN DILEMMA _ Iraq has seen unprecedented rains after years of scorching hot summers. The wettest winter in a generation revives its rivers and fills its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate change. The rains also restored the famous freshwater marshes of southern Iraq, which some scholars see as the location of the biblical Garden of Eden. But the deluge has also highlighted the country’s myriad infrastructure problems. By Philip Issa. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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COLUMBINE-THREATS _ Coroner: Woman obsessed with Columbine died before warnings. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SRI-LANKA-BLASTS _ Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka’s capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings. SENT: 260 words, photos.

BRAZIL-POLICE IN SCHOOLS _ The far-right administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is pushing to expand the number of schools co-run by armed police to improve behavior and academic results. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-IRAN-OIL TANKER _ Saudi Arabia says it is responding to an emergency involving an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Jiddah, and analysts say the vessel carried over 1 million barrels of fuel oil and might be leaking. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: graphic.

SKOREA-KOREAN-AIR-TRIAL _ The widow and daughter of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho appeared in a South Korean court over charges they unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines. SENT: 330 words, photos.

AUSTRIA-HOLOCAUST _ A new survey has found that many Austrians lack basic knowledge of the Nazi genocide _ even though the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp was just outside of the city of Linz, and some of the key perpetrators of the Holocaust were Austrian. SENT: 740 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-BIDEN _ President Donald Trump may want to cast his potential Democratic rivals as a band of angry socialists, but Joe Biden is not cooperating with Trump’s reelection strategy, and that’s causing the president growing unease. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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GEORGIA EXECUTION _ A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago is scheduled to be executed in Georgia. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for 7 p.m.

CALIFORNIA POPULATION-SLOW GROWTH _ The country’s most populous state picked a bad time for its slowest growth rate in history: The eve of the 2020 census. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TRUMP-FEDERAL RESERVE _ The skeptical response to Trump’s choice of Stephen Moore for the Federal Reserve throws a spotlight on the tough task Trump has set for himself: Finding a rare conservative ally who both favors cutting interest rates and is respected enough to win Senate confirmation. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,330 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian stocks mixed as Fed steers clear of signaling rate cut.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-BILLBOARD AWARDS _ Mother’s Day is in a couple weeks, but Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift’s record for most wins. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 940 words, photos. With MUSIC-BILLBOARD-AWARDS-LIST.

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