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May 23, 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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ONLY ON AP

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POLL-AGE DISCRIMINATION AT WORK — — About half of Americans think there’s age discrimination in the workplace, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But there’s a split by age. The poll finds 60% of adults ages 60 and over say older workers in the U.S. are always or often discriminated against, while 43% of adults younger than 45 say the same. By Andrew Soergel. SENT: 1070 words, photos, graphic.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-DEMOCRATS — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi openly questions President Donald Trump’s fitness for office, suggesting a family or staff “intervention” after a dramatic blow-up at a White House meeting the previous day. By Laurie Kellman and Zeke Miller. SENT: 840 words. UPCOMING: 890 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

TRUMP-PROTOCOL PITFALLS — President Donald Trump’s next few weeks will serve as a master’s class in the finer points — and potential pitfalls — of protocol as he makes state visits to Japan and the United Kingdom, meeting with both Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Japan’s newly installed Emperor Naruhito. Plenty of world leaders get tripped up by the intricacies, and Trump himself has a spotty record in his diplomatic dealings on the world stage. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 890 words, photos.

SEVERE WEATHER — A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state that left at least three people dead and dozens injured. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 875 words, photos, videos.

AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE — John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by invading U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. Lindh, 38, left a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, after getting time off for good behavior from the 20-year sentence he received upon pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 650 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION DROP OFFS — The rise in the number of Central American asylum-seeking families released in the United States has sent cities scouring for space and grappling with the choice of whether to provide a night’s shelter and a few meals until they reach their final destinations across the country. UPCOMING: 925 words by 5 p.m.

CHIMPANZEES-TORTOISE EATERS — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of times in a group of chimpanzees at Loango National Park in Gabon bolsters the notion that humankind’s distant cousins develop their own distinct cultures. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-IRAN — The Pentagon will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. SENT: By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns. 667 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates likely, 800 words by 6 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEVOS — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is becoming a lightning rod of criticism for Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail. Several candidates have taken jabs at DeVos at recent campaign events as they try to energize voters and curry favor with the nation’s two major teachers unions. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said this month that DeVos is the “worst secretary of education we’ve seen.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said DeVos “shouldn’t be in her job. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1100 words, photo.

CONGRESS-RETIREMENT SAVINGS — The House approves a bill to promote retirement security by making it easier for small businesses and other companies to offer retirement plans. The bill also makes it easier for workers to transfer retirement plans when they change jobs and allows part-time workers to save for retirement. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 470 words.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CALK — A banker who prosecutors say tried to buy himself a senior post in President Donald Trump’s administration by making risky loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was arrested on a financial institution bribery charge. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 675 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BOTSWANA-ELEPHANT HUNTING — Botswana lifts its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world’s highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting of the ban raised concerns about a possible increase in illegal poaching of elephants for their tusks to supply the ivory trade. By Cara Anna. SENT: 700 words, photo.

CUBA-REVIVING THE RAILROAD — Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. Cuba’s Ministry of Transportation took possession on Monday of 80 new Chinese-made passenger cars, part of a promised consignment of 250 rail cars and locomotives the island will receive by year’s end. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her Brexit plan and her premiership. SENT: 875 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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BLACK DEMALE CADETS — The sea of cadets throwing their caps in air at West Point’s graduation Saturday will include a record-high 34 black women. The U.S. Military Academy is still very male and very white, and sexual harassment problems linger here. But the record is the latest sign of concerted efforts to diversify the tradition-bound academy. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EXECUTION-SERIAL KILLER — Lisa Noland was 17 when she said she wrote a suicide note, planning to end her life after years of being raped by her grandmother’s boyfriend. A day later, she found herself fighting for her life while being raped by a man who is now set to be executed in Florida after a killing spree that left 10 women dead over an eight-month rampage in 1984. The man set to die at Florida State Prison is Bobby Joe Long. Noland was the victim he let go, someone who knew the mind of a rapist and played it while gathering — and leaving — evidence that would lead to his capture. Her abduction and rape strangely saved her own life. SENT: 725 words, photo.

D-DAY VETERANS RETURN — Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper’s bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier’s hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarters of a century, the old veterans remember that epic day on the beaches of Normandy. For historians, D-Day was a turning point in the war against Germany; for men who were among the 160,000 Allied fighters who mounted history’s largest amphibious invasion, June 6, 1944, remains a kaleidoscope of memories, a signal moment of their youth. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 2,130 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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HURRICANE OUTLOOK — The Atlantic hurricane season is off to yet another early start, but U.S. weather officials say it should be a near normal year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted nine to 15 named storms. It says four to eight of them will become hurricanes and two to four of those would become major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 500 words.

DRONES-URBAN TESTING — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing those flying in urban settings for the first time beyond the remote operator’s line of sight. By Scott Sonner. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

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BUSINESS

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FACEBOOK-FAKE ACCOUNTS — Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” in the creation of abusive, fake accounts in the past six months. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 550 words, photo, graphic.

US-CHINA-TRADE — President Donald Trump is delivering another $16 billion in aid to farmers hurt by his trade policies, an effort to relieve the economic pain among his supporters in rural America. By Paul Wiseman, Christopher Rugaber and Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Global stocks tumbled as investors’ anxiety over the U.S. trade spat with China increased with the two sides showing no hurry to get back to the negotiating table. SENT: 575 words, photo, developing.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MARVEL-ASIAN SUPERHEROES — Marvel Comics’ growing canon of Asian American and Asian superheroes, it’s time to assemble. The comic book publishing giant is giving major ink to the team known as the agents of Atlas. Established characters like Amadeus Cho and newbies like Wave, the first Filipina superhero, will be fighting alongside each other in a stand-alone, five-part comic book series. By Terry Tang SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RAPTORS-BUCKS — The Eastern Conference finals resume with Game 5 in Milwaukee with the Bucks and Raptors tied. The home team has won each game, with the Bucks taking the first two and the Raptors returning the favor in Toronto. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.

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