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May 20, 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 .




METOO-TEACHING CONSENT _ In the era of #MeToo, lawmakers, educators and teens themselves are re-examining whether sex education needs to evolve to better address some of the issues in society today. Central to the conversation is whether schools should expand curriculums to help kids understand consent _ a concept often defined differently from state to state. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 1,820 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 950 words has also been sent. WHAT IS CONSENT? _ In defining consent, there’s a gap between the law, culture.

DRONES-STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS _ A new survey shows that public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state. The report obtained by The Associated Press shows a sharp increase in their use over the last few years, reflecting the rapid adoption of the technology by governments. In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 550 words, photos.

REDSKINS-RECOVERY ROOM _ The Redskins hope their rest and recovery methods and technology prevent and reduce injuries after leading the NFL in most players on season-ending injured reserve last year. Washington’s players have access to laser and cryotherapy, sensory-deprivation float pods and custom mattresses in an effort to be more rested, focused and healthier. Trainer Larry Hess says progress is already being made in cutting down on preventable injuries. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




TRUMP-POLICING POLLUTERS _ Worried for years about coal-ash contamination from a power plant, residents of a small town in Oklahoma are warning communities about the Trump administration’s environmental policies. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

US-CHINA TRADE-TECH THEFT _ For four decades, Beijing has cajoled or pressured foreign companies to hand over technology. And its trading partners say if that didn’t work, China stole what it wanted. Communist leaders deflected demands for change until foreign frustration erupted into a showdown with President Donald Trump. He sent shockwaves through their export industries by slapping punitive tariffs of up to 25% on Chinese goods. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. With CHINA-FOREIGN BUSINESS _ Report: More companies in China handing over technology; CHINA-TRADE-GOOGLE-HUAWEI _ Google says services on Huawei phone still will function; FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares mixed; election results buoy India, Australia.

CHINA-PIG PLAGUE _ Pork lovers worldwide are wincing at prices that have jumped by up to 40 percent as China’s struggle to stamp out African swine fever in its vast pig herds sends shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world’s pork, but supplies are falling as Beijing destroys herds and blocks shipments. Importers are filling the gap by buying pork as far away as Europe, boosting prices and causing shortages in some markets. By Sam McNeil and Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 1,120 words by 4 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

SUDAN-THE GENERAL FROM DARFUR _Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemedti, is the deputy head of the military council that assumed power in Sudan after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. He says he refused al-Bashir’s orders to fire on the protesters who eventually drove the long-ruling autocrat from power. But Hemedti’s meteoric rise is closely linked to the ongoing conflict in Darfur, where his forces are accused of continuing the scorched earth campaign against rebels that al-Bashir launched in 2003. By Samy Magdy and Joseph Krauss. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

D-DAY-SEARCHING FOR PAPA _ Seventy-five years after 160,000 Allied troops stormed Nazi-occupied France, the history of D-Day and its aftermath is still being written. Only now are some wartime families getting answers to life-changing questions. Soldiers on all sides fathered tens of thousands of children amid the chaos of war. DNA testing is now giving some of those children answers to one of the key questions of their existence: Who was my dad? By John Leicester. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HIGH-TECH ESTONIA _ Online voting in the European elections has begun in Estonia, the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election. Internet voting _ or i-voting _has been available since 2005 and the percentage of voters has increased with each election, reaching 44% of voters in the last national election, in March. The electoral commission say i-voting increases turnout for Estonians abroad and for people living more than 30 minutes away from a polling station. By David Keyton. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 a.m., photos.




STUDENT DEBT PLEDGE _ Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt. SENT: 570 words, photo. TOP VIDEO: _ US GA Morehouse Loans (CR) _ Graduation speaker pledges to pay students’ debt.

PEOPLE-SCARLETT JOHANSSON-COLIN JOST-ENGAGED _ Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are engaged. SENT: 120 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-TEMPLE BURNING _ Temple memorial to Florida shooting victims is set ablaze. SENT: 410 words, photos.

PELOSI-PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD _ Nancy Pelosi honored with JFK Profile in Courage Award. SENT: 110 words, photos.




NEPAL-A SHERPA’S WISH _ Apa Sherpa has stood on top of the world more times than all but one other person and now he wants to make sure no one feels compelled to follow in his footsteps. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION _Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks set to form a majority government as vote counting from Australia’s weekend election allays fears that his conservative coalition may have to rule in the minority following its shock victory. SENT: 790 words, photos.

KASHMIR-TORTURE _ A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. SENT: 960 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTIONS _ Voting in India’s mammoth national election ends with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predict a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and its allies. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BRAZIL-DEADLY GUN ATTACK _ A gang of gunmen reportedly attack a bar in the capital of Brazil’s northern Pará state, and authorities say 11 people were killed. SENT: 340 words.




UNITED STATES-MIDEAST PEACE _ The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House says. SENT: 660 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS _ Palestinians give cool reception to U.S. peace conference.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Trump is using “treason” rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016, yet there’s no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at https://apnews.com/APFactCheck

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-FARMERS _ Trump’s prolonged fight with China has been devastating to an already struggling agriculture industry, but there’s little indication he’s paying a political price and the possibility of an upside if he can get a better trade deal. SENT: 1,460 words, photos.

TRUMP-ABORTION _ Trump distances himself from Alabama’s restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. SENT: 820 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-JIMMY CARTER _ Jimmy Carter is re-emerging in the 2020 presidential race as some candidates go to Plains, Georgia, to seek the 94-year-old former president’s advice. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.




ISLAND-INCREASED-VACCINATIONS _ An idyllic island near Seattle known for its counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates is seeing an increase in the number of children vaccinated for measles and other diseases. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

CHICAGO MAYOR _ Lori Lightfoot will have a powerful ally after she’s sworn in as Chicago mayor in seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to overhaul the police department in the nation’s third-largest city: a judge with authority to hold reform slackers in contempt. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Inauguration begins at 11 a.m.

KELLEN-WINSLOW-JR-RAPE-TRIAL _ Kellen Winslow Jr., a former NFL No. 1 draft pick and son of a Hall of Famer who starred for his hometown San Diego Chargers, goes on trial on multiple charges, including raping two women last year and the 2003 rape of an unconscious 17-year-old girl. SENT: 460 words, photo.




MAJOR KOEPKA _ Brooks Koepka, now a four-time major champion after winning the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, doesn’t need dominance or style points to prove his worth. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos. With PGA CHAMPIONSHIP _ Koepka survives the Black to win PGA.

INDY 500-NBC _ The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has long been synonymous with ABC’s Wide World of Sports, but now it’s NBC that will bring it to millions of viewers on Sunday. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.




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