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May 21, 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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WASHINGTON-THREE STRIKES — Dozens of inmates are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life because they were left out of the latest reform targeting “three strikes” laws. Washington lawmakers this year removed second-degree robbery from the state’s list of three-strike crimes. But an amendment pushed by a prosecutors’ group made it non-retroactive. About 62 inmates with “strikes” for the crime will be left serving life sentences even after judges stop “striking out” offenders for it. By Tom James. SENT: 1,190 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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PERSIAN-GULF-TENSIONS — Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia, targeting an airport with a military base — an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the United States. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

CONGRESS-IRAN — Iran and tensions in the Persian Gulf — as well as Trump’s tough talk — are the focus of competing meetings in the House and Senate, both closed to the public and the media. By Lisa Mascaro, Robert Burns and Susannah George. SENT: 990 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 words after meetings, times uncertain.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — House Democrats face another brazen attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations, this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena on orders from Trump. That leaves the Democrats without yet another witness — and a growing debate within the party about how to respond. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo. UPCOMING: 1,000 words after 10 a.m. hearing.

LIBYA-LIFE UNDER HIFTER — After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost. By Rami Musa and Joseph Krauss. SENT: 1,290 words, photos.

MEDICARE FOR ALL — The “Medicare for All” proposal from leading Democrats running for president appears more lavish than what’s offered in other advanced countries. That compounds the cost but could also potentially broaden its popular appeal. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 760 words, photo.

D-DAY 75TH-AIRPLANE — Filled with paratroopers, a U.S. warplane lumbered down an English runway in 1944 to spearhead the World War II D-Day invasion with a message for Adolf Hitler painted in bright yellow across its nose: “That’s All, Brother.” Seventy-five years later, in a confluence of history and luck, that plane is again bound for the French coast for what could be the last great commemoration of the Allied battle to include D-Day veterans, many of whom are now in their 90s. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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AP-EXPLAINS-US-CHINA-TRADE-HUAWEI — Trump administration sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear. SENT: 1,050 words, photo, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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ELECTION 2020-FOX NEWS — Whether to appear on the nation’s top-rated cable news channel has become an unlikely marker for the divergent strategies top Democrats vying for the White House are employing. SENT: 890 words, photo, video.

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SPORTS

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RED SOX-YANKEES-LONDON ARTIFICIAL TURF — The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. An AP NewsBreak. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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