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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 6, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-CHINA TARIFFS — President Donald Trump’s threat to escalate tariffs on Chinese goods has clouded prospects for a trade agreement, though preparations by Beijing’s envoys to visit Washington this week buoyed hopes for a breakthrough to end the trade war between the world’s two largest economies. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — The dispute between House Democrats and President Donald Trump over the special counsel’s Russia report escalates as the House Judiciary panel schedules a Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not meeting a deadline for providing Robert Mueller’s report. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 970 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PLANE — The plane that burst into flames while making an emergency landing at a Moscow airport, killing 41 of the 78 people on board, was without radio communications because of a lightning strike, Russian news media quoted the pilot as saying. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 580 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN —The U.S. sends an aircraft carrier group to the Middle East ahead of schedule and warns that Iran and its proxy forces are showing “troubling and escalatory” indications of a possible attack on American forces in the region. Exactly what prompted the action is unclear, but it’s a further step in sharply rising tensions between the Trump administration and the Islamic Republic. By Lolita Baldor and Zeke Miller. SENT: 690 words, photos

RAC--PREAKNESS-MAXIMUM SECURITY — The owner of Maximum Security says the horse will not run in the Preakness and will appeal his disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 580 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY —Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, a beaming Prince Harry announced to the world, declaring he’s “incredibly proud” of his wife. By Gregory Katz and Mstyslav Chernov. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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GAME OF THRONES-COFFEE CUP — Coffee cup in ‘Game of Thrones’ scene perks up viewers. SENT: 100 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-GAZA BLOCKADE — This weekend’s violence between Israel and Palestinian militants, the worst in a string of flare-ups since a 2014 war, provided the latest illustration of the limitations of Israel’s Gaza blockade and is fueling calls for a rethinking of the longstanding policy, which many see as ineffective and even counterproductive. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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UN EXTINCTION REPORT —People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists say. But it’s not too late to fix the problem, according to the United Nations’ first comprehensive report on biodiversity. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MET GALA-EXHIBIT — Stars often show up on the Met Gala red carpet looking as campy as they can. This year, that’s exactly what they’re supposed to do. The theme of the latest fashion mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute is, in fact, camp. SENT: 900 words, photo.