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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 15, 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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ABORTION-ALABAMA — Alabama’s Senate passes a near-total ban on abortion, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican governor. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia apparently intact. By Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m., photos.

TEACHING-CLIMATE-CHANGE — Teachers across the country describe struggles finding trustworthy materials to help them teach climate change. Online searches bring up materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. It’s a dizzying chore for educators who often are learning about the topic alongside their students. By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,310 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-BIDEN — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a new foil for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden has been a declared candidate for fewer than three weeks and already Sanders has emerged as one of his most ardent critics. By Juana Summers. SENT: 830 words, photo.

CONGRESS-FEMALE VETERANS — Female military veterans serving in the House say they’re setting up a caucus that advocates for women service members and veterans. The population of women who serve or have served is climbing, and they have different health issues than male veterans. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 460 words, photo. UPCOMING: News conference at 11:30 a.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SRI LANKA-CATHOLIC SCHOOLS — Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month’s devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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FEWER BABIES — The nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after Trump downplays his escalating tariff war with Beijing and says a settlement is possible. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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LONG CUP RUNS — Paying the bills, going out to dinner and cutting the grass can fall by the wayside for NHL players on long playoff runs. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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