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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 17, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.




TRUMP-RUSSIA-PROBE-ANNIVERSARY —It was one year ago when Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, was appointed as special counsel to take over the Justice Department’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The 12 months since have yielded a flurry of criminal indictments and guilty pleas, tense court appearances, angry tweets from the president and speculation over what the ever-taciturn Mueller already knows and what he’ll investigate next. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA-PROBE-GIULIANI — On eve of anniversary, Giuliani says time for probe to end.

TRUMP-NORTH-KOREA — Who sits where? What’s on the agenda? Will they eat together? What’s the security plan? Trump and his team have a daunting to-do list to work through as they prepare for next month’s expected summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,010 words, photo. Also see KOREAS-TENSION below.

CHINA-XI’S ERA-MASS INTERNMENT — Day after day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. Since last spring, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese — and even foreign citizens — in mass internment camps meant to fight Islamic extremism. The internment program tries to rewire the political thinking of detainees, erase their Islamic beliefs and reshape their very identities. By Gerry Shih. SENT: 3,170 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — CHN Reform Center (CR) — China sending Muslims to internment camps. An abridged version of 1,040 words has also been sent.

MIDEAST-AFTERSHOCKS — The aftershocks of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem and bloodshed on the Gaza border are shaking up the region, including the relationship between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his former negotiating partners, Israel and the U.S. Seething over a perceived U.S. betrayal on Jerusalem, Abbas is preparing to pursue a war crimes complaint against Israel at the International Criminal Court. By Mohammed Daraghmeh. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israel says its planes bombed militant targets in Gaza.

MIDEAST-CONNECTED REGIONAL CONFLICTS — The modern Middle East has been plagued by ruinous wars: country versus country, civil wars, eruptions centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But never in the last 70 years have they seemed as interconnected as now with Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Russia and Turkey acting as power players in multiple conflicts. By Tamer Fakahany. SENT: 1,420 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-PRESIDENTIAL-ELECTION — Venezuela’s socialist revolution is being tested like never before after nearly two decades in power as the country heads into a presidential election Sunday amid an imploding economy. By Scott Smith. SENT: 1,190 words, photos. With VENEZUELA-CANADA — Venezuela: Canada bans expats from casting ballots; VENEZUELA-JAILED-AMERICAN — Utah man jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom in video.




RAPPER-TI-ARRESTED — Rapper T.I. claims wrongful arrest outside gated community near Atlanta. SENT: 610 words, photo.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS-TICKLING GOALIE — Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets player’s ear. SENT: 220 words, photo.

SURGEON-GENERAL-FLIGHT-FIRST-AID — Is there a doctor on board? U.S. surgeon general gives aid on plane. SENT: 210 words, photo.

WOLF OF WALL STREET-RESTITUTION — Judge wants to ensure “Wolf of Wall Street” is paying back. SENT: 140 words, photo.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-TENNESSEE — Judge rules Confederate statues removal by Memphis is legal. SENT: 670 words, photo.

BOOKS-MURDER-IN-MINNESOTA — Matt Goldman’s second crime novel takes off when the puck drops. SENT: 710 words, photos.

OHIO-MEMPHIS BELLE-RESTORATION — Restored WWII bomber Memphis Belle makes public debut. SENT: 140 words, photos.




SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT — The case of a suburban Philadelphia boy who was quietly allowed to return to class after being accused of making a shooting threat throws a spotlight on the hard decisions school authorities must make. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

GOVERNOR’S RACE-DEPORTATION BUS — The Republican gubernatorial primary in Georgia is shaping up as a contest over who’s toughest on illegal immigration, with campaigns featuring a “deportation bus,” a pickup truck for do-it-yourself immigrant roundups, and lots of tough talk about “criminal illegal aliens.” SENT: 850 words, photos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING — Police documents about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history included reports from at least two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in the days prior to last October’s Las Vegas Strip attack about the federal government and gun control. SENT: 810 words, photos.

BUILDING-EXPLOSION — Federal and state authorities are investigating whether a Southern California woman killed in an explosion that ripped through the day spa that she owned was targeted in the crime. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

TEACHER PROTESTS-NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina politicians and the public are waiting to see what happens next after thousands of teachers rally to demand increased spending on public schools. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

HAWAII-VOLCANO-GODDESS — In rural Hawaii neighborhoods where lava from Kilauea volcano has burned down or threatened to consume the homes, a name often comes up: Pele. SENT: 800 words, photos. With HAWAII-VOLCANO — Quakes damage roads as ash spews from Hawaii volcano.

HOMELESS-BURGER KING-LAWSUIT — A homeless Boston man who was wrongfully accused of trying to use counterfeit cash at Burger King and spent three months in jail is suing the fast food giant. SENT: 490 words, photo.




CIA-HASPEL-POLITICS — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 870 words, photo.

TRUMP-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE — Trump revealed in his financial disclosure that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified “expenses,” with no mention of a $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual tryst she said they had. SENT: 990 words, photo.




KOREAS-TENSION — South Korea says it’s pushing to reset high-level talks with North Korea and will communicate closely with Washington and Pyongyang to increase the chances of a successful summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on resolving the standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

BURUNDI-TENSE REFERENDUM — Burundi votes in a referendum proposing constitutional changes that could extend the president’s rule until 2034. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

RAMADAN-Q&A— Questions and answers about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. SENT: 910 words, photos.




CHINA-US-TRADE — China says it doesn’t want to see increased trade tensions with the U.S. as the two countries hold talks in Washington this week, but it’s prepared for any outcome and will defend its own interests. By Business Writer Kelvin Chan. SENT: 390 words, photos.

CONGRESS-NET NEUTRALITY — Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, push through a measure intended to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems insurmountable. SENT: 760 words, photos.




SEA OTTERS-COMEBACK CHALLENGE — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to an undersea world that’s falling apart in their absence. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. With SEA OTTERS-ALASKA SEAFOOD — Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters.

FEWER-BABIES — U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 660 words, photo, graphic, video.




HORSE RACING-SPORTS BETTING — Horse racing wants to bring new fans to the rail and track owners hope the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the ban on sports betting provides an opportunity. By Sports Writer Gary B. Graves. SENT: 970 words, photos.




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