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May 7, 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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JUVENILE TERROR LOOPHOLE — The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision. The ruling has forced federal prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities. The decision in a case unrelated to terrorism opened a loophole that could allow young supporters of groups like the Islamic State to skate on charges from the federal government. By Jake Bleiberg and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 680 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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IRAN-US — A sudden White House announcement that a U.S. aircraft carrier and a bomber wing would be deployed in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran comes just days ahead of the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from Tehran’s nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is said to be planning a speech on the anniversary to discuss the next steps Tehran will take in confronting the U.S. Officials in the Islamic Republic previously warned that Iran might increase its uranium enrichment, potentially pulling away from a deal it has sought to salvage for months. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 920 words, photo.

MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS — Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces’ abuses of Rohingya Muslims are pardoned and released. By Aung Naing Soe. SENT: 740 words, photos.

MAGIC MUSHROOMS-DENVER VOTE — Voters could make Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin — the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms” — and add a new chapter to the city’s role in shaping wider drug policy. A citizen initiative on the ballot follows the same tack taken by marijuana activists to decriminalize pot possession in 2005 in the city. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHAPEL-ON-THE-RIVER — Among the gum and cypress trees of a southeastern Louisiana swamp, where Spanish moss hangs from the branches and bald eagles and osprey fly overhead, sits a little chapel called Our Lady of Blind River — the legacy of one woman’s faith. The one-room chapel was built decades ago after Martha Deroche says she had a vision of Jesus kneeling by a rock, and over the years it became a spiritual haven for passing boaters, kayakers, hunters and fishermen who ply the placid waters of the river. Time and the elements have damaged the structure and Martha and her husband have passed away, but a new generation of the family is determined to preserve it for future travelers to again enjoy a tranquil place for prayer. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TRUMP-CHINA TARIFFS — China confirms its economy czar will go to Washington for trade talks despite fears he might cancel after Trump threatened to escalate a tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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ABORTION-GEORGIA — Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is set to sign legislation banning abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. signing.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SCIENCE SAYS-MEATLESS MEATS — A new era of meat alternatives is here, but patties from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods can be nutritionally similar to beef. By Food & Health Writer Candace Choi. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MET GALA — Cardi B sweeps by in a stunning red quilted dress accentuated with a matching sequin headpiece, feathers and a train that took up much of the pink carpet, Jared Leto was accompanied by his own (fake) head and Katy Perry came as a candled chandelier at the crazy, campy Met Gala. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.