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May 4, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. 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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PLANE CRASH-FLORIDA RIVER — A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials say. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew slid off the runway into the St. Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release says. By David Fischer. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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VENEZUELA US MILITARY OUTREACH — On at least two occasions since 2016, the U.S. government missed opportunities to cultivate relations with top military generals that national security adviser John Bolton claimed this week backed out last minute of a plan to topple President Nicolás Maduro. In 2017, a still young Trump administration rejected a visa request for the head of military intelligence so he could bring his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery. Prior to that, the U.S. rebuffed a potential backchannel to the country’s defense minister — someone long viewed as a potential white knight — after those brokering an aide’s secret trip to Washington for a meeting with the Defense Intelligence Agency were outed on Venezuelan state TV. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,360 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTH KOREA-MISSILE — North Korea on Saturday fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. By Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 670 words, photos. With NORTH KOREA-MISSILE-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-ECONOMY — The lowest unemployment rate in a half century, more than 260,000 new jobs, and higher hourly wages. “I’ll be running on the economy,” President Donald Trump declares. And why wouldn’t he? By Steve Peoples and Chris Rugaber. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is making a case for being the coolest candidate in the Democratic 2020 presidential field. She went sledding in New Hampshire, played foosball and baked cookies, arm wrestled and hung out with drag queens at an Iowa gay bar. By Will Weissert. SENT: 840 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP — Joe Biden makes his first campaign trip to South Carolina, while other contenders race across Iowa. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates expected throughout the day.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-SPYING-NEWS GUIDE — President Trump says the FBI unlawfully spied on his campaign. But surveillance is a common investigative technique and not inherently illegal. A look at what we know about the surveillance of Trump’s campaign. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 970 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR — Democrats have a new political foil: Attorney General William Barr. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-PREVIEW — Bob Baffert times three. In a Kentucky Derby lacking a dominant favorite, the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer saddles the top three choices. On what could be a wet day at Churchill Downs, Game Winner is the pre-race favorite, albeit a tepid one at 9-2. Improbable and Roadster were installed as the co-second choices at 5-1. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 820 words, photos. With KENTUCKY DERBY-POLITICS — Politicians look to make hay at Kentucky Derby (sent).

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA — The Trump administration ended a week of pointed but vague threats of a military response to the Venezuelan political crisis with a meeting at the Pentagon to consider its options, though there was still no sign any action was on the horizon. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION — After a more than a decade of political strife, including a military coup and a contentious election less than two months ago, the people of Thailand are witnessing the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy’s power after the October 2016 death of Vajiralongkorn’s revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. SENT: 810 words, photos. With THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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FELON VOTING RIGHTS-FLORIDA — Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that would implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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SCIENCE

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SPACE STATION — SpaceX has launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station, running at full power following repairs. A Falcon rocket blasted off from Florida, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds of goods. This recycled Dragon — which is making its second space trip — is due to arrive at the orbiting lab Monday. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MISS USA-PAGEANT HISTORY MADE — When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NUGGETS-TRAIL BLAZERS — CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points, Rodney Hood hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left in the record-tying fourth overtime and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. It was the second quadruple-overtime playoff game in NBA history, joining a 1953 game between the Boston Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals. By Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 810 words, photos.