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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 18, 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.




TRUMP-LEGAL FIGHT — The legal argument that President Donald Trump’s lawyers are using in an attempt to defy congressional investigations is a pretty sure loser, according to many scholars. But his team may end up delaying those investigations, and that could be a victory in itself. By Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman. SENT: 780 words, photos.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned, even as both Washington and Tehran say they don’t seek war. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 975 words, photos.

ABORTION-RAPE TESTIMONIALS — As one Republican legislature after another has pressed forward with restrictive abortion bills in recent months, they have been confronted with raw and emotional testimony about the consequences of such laws. Female lawmakers and other women have stepped forward to tell searing, personal stories about being raped — in some cases speaking about the attacks for the first time to anyone but a loved one or their closest friend. By Julie Carr Smyth and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 980 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION — Australia’s ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison compared his Liberal Party’s victory for a third three-year term to the births of his daughters, Abbey, 11, and Lily, 9, who were conceived naturally after 14 years of in vitro fertilization had failed. His wife, Jenny Morrison, suffered endometriosis. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 900 words, photos.

RECYCLING-INVESTMENTS — The halt on China’s imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves. By Mary Esch. SENT: 900 words, photos.




ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN — Joe Biden tells Democrats enraged by Donald Trump to put their anger to better use for the good of party and country. He says he’s can unite people weary of being led by a president with a “hard heart” who likes to “spew hatred.”. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-WARREN-BLACK WOMEN — Elizabeth Warren is gaining ground with black women who are debating which Democratic presidential candidate to back in a historically diverse primary. Some black women say they feel kinship with a candidate who talks with substance and in detail about problems and solutions. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 760 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-TURKEY-PROTEST — Lawsuits arising from a brawl outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington in 2017 are raising tough questions of law and diplomacy, including about how much legal protection should be extended to the people who protect international leaders from raucous demonstrations when they travel abroad. The cases are unfolding as Turkey and the U.S. spar over a number of issues, including what role Turkey will play in northern Syria as American forces withdraw from there. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 910 words, photo.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump spoke this past week as if unaware that drug prices have gone up and that tariffs did not start with him. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared inaccurately that no traces of collusion between his country and the Trump campaign were found in the “exotic” special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller. A look at some recent rhetoric. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 1,380 words. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd




OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — Victims of a now-dead Ohio State team doctor are reacting with shock, grief and anger at investigative findings documenting a heinous pattern of sexual abuse that many of them say they experienced as young men and then worked for decades to forget. Their reactions follow the university’s release of a report Friday that found Dr. Richard Strauss groped, ogled or otherwise sexually mistreated at least 177 male students. The report could cost Ohio State dearly by corroborating lawsuits brought against it by a multitude of victims. SENT: 600 words, photo.

GUNMAN TACKLED — Police released the identity Saturday of an 18-year-old student who was tackled after reportedly bringing a gun into classroom at an Oregon high school. The Portland Police Bureau said Angel Granados Dias had been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on suspicion of possessing a firearm in a public building, attempting to shoot a gun at a school and reckless endangerment. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NAVAJO NATION-ELECTRICITY — A project to connect homes on the country’s largest American Indian reservation to the electric grid is wrapping up. Utility crews from across the U.S. have volunteered their time from March through May to hook up about 300 Navajo Nation homes. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGES — Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland, also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. SENT: 700 words, photos.




AUSTRIA-GOVERNMENT — Austrian vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache resigned Saturday after two German newspapers published footage of him apparently offering lucrative government contracts to a potential Russian benefactor at a gathering in Ibiza. The resignation was a black eye for populist and nationalist forces who favor tighter European immigration policies and comes only a few days before the May 23-26 elections in 28 European Union nations to fill the European parliament. SENT: 675 words, photos.

VATICAN-MEDIA — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Francis also urged journalists to not fall prey to sending click-bait headlines and half-reported stories, saying errors can not only misrepresent the truth but damage entire communities. SENT: 500 words, photos.




GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — Defending champion Brooks Koepka has the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and a seven-shot lead going into the third round of the PGA Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS — The Golden State Warriors, having won twice at home without Kevin Durant, face a Trail Blazers team that squandered a 15-point halftime lead in Game 2. This is the first Western Conference final in Portland since 2000. Durant remains out with a calf injury. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

RAC--PREAKNESS — Improbable and War of Will lead a field of 13 in a Preakness without the Kentucky Derby winner and no chance for a Triple Crown. The race comes at a time of industry turmoil with horse deaths in California and an uncertain future for Preakness at Pimlico. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Post time 6:48 p.m.

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