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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:15

May 28, 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 .




JAPAN-STABBING ATTACK (sent, developing)

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION (sent, developing)



SEVERE WEATHER (sent, developing)





AUSTRIA-CLIMATE CONFERENCE _ Teen activist Thunberg urges leaders to admit climate crisis. SENT: 140 words, photo.

BOOKS-MATTIS _ Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has a book coming out this summer, but he warns that it will not be a “tell-all” about President Donald Trump. SENT: 410 words, photos.

CHINA-ALBINO PANDA _ A rare all-white giant panda has been photographed for what a Chinese nature reserve says is the first time. SENT: 160 words, photo.

PEOPLE-BRITNEY SPEARS _ Britney Spears family seeks renewed order barring ex-friend. SENT: 490 words, photo.




TRUMP _ Four days of flattery and fun in Tokyo are over for President Donald Trump — the sumo wrestling, golf and solo walks along red carpets. No such pageantry awaits the president in Washington, a steamy town where a slate of political, policy and legal snarls await him. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION _ The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. But the justices are staying out of the debate over a broader provision that would prevent a woman in Indiana from having an abortion based on gender, race or disability. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo by 3 p.m. With SUPREME COURT-TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS _ Supreme Court rejects appeal over transgender bathrooms. SENT: 110 words.

KUSHNER-MIDDLE EAST _ President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is in the Middle East to drum up support for his as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. SENT: 120 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS _It was supposed to be different this time. But three months into his second presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is struggling with some of the same challenges that sank his last bid: doubts about his electability, worries about support from minority voters and an opponent with deep ties to the party establishment. By Steve Peoples, Juana Summers and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

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JAPAN-STABBING ATTACK _A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo, killing two people and injuring at least 17 before killing himself, officials said. By Mari Yamaguchi and Jae Hong. SENT: 720 words, photos, video. With JAPAN-STABBING ATTACK-THE LATEST.

NEPAL-CROWDED EVEREST _ Nepal’s reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to scale Mount Everest has contributed to dangerous overcrowding, with inexperienced climbers impeding others and causing deadly delays, seasoned mountaineers say. By Upendra Man Singh, Binaj Gurubacharya and Emily Schmall. SENT: 870 words, photos.

SERBIA-KOSOVO _Serbia put its troops on full alert after heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, firing tear gas and arresting about two dozen people. It was the latest flare-up in long-simmering tensions between Serbia and its former province. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 550 words, photos.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran’s influential Revolutionary Guard says it doesn’t fear a possible war with the United States and claims that America hasn’t grown in power in recent years. It’s the latest tough talk from Tehran amid escalating regional tensions and a crisis with Washington. SENT: 715 words, photos. By Nasser Karimi.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-RIGHT-WING POPULISTS _Italy’s victorious right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, says the European elections have created “a new geography” of anti-elite sentiment in the EU. But it is far from certain that he will be able to forge a bloc from parties who are united around a strict euroskeptic, anti-migrant, anti-Islam platform, but little else. SENT: 790 words, photos. With EUROPE-SUMMIT _EU leaders face evening of haggling over Europe’s top jobs. SENT: 430 words, photos.

D-DAY-THE LIBERATED _ With fewer veterans and witnesses able to share personal stories and memories, the French who owe their freedom to D-Day’s fighters are more determined than ever to keep alive the memory of the battle and its significance. By Catherine Gaschka and Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-CRIME PLUNGE _ The feared street gangster El Negrito sleeps with a pistol under his pillow and says he’s lost track of his murder count. But despite his hardened demeanor, he’s quick to gripe about how Venezuela’s failing economy is cutting into his profits. In something of an unexpected silver lining to Venezuela’s all-consuming crisis, experts say armed assaults and killings in the country are plummeting. By Scott Smith. SENT: 970 words, photos.

CHINA-REGULATING RELIGION _ China has begin five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders in the sage’s hometown as part of a campaign to extend government control through a process of sinicization. SENT: 495 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLASTIC WASTE _ Malaysia says it will send back some 3,000 metric tons of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in a move to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations. SENT: 610 words, photos.

TECHNOLOGY-RESHAPING RAMADAN _ Technology is reshaping the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its long days of fasting and prayer meant to draw worshippers closer to God and away from worldly distractions. People in the Middle East spend close to 58 million more hours on Facebook during Ramadan and watching more YouTube videos than at any other time of the year, making the month also the prime time of the year for advertisers. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.




SEVERE WEATHER _A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries in the twisters, among 52 tornadoes that may have touched down Monday across eight states. By Angie Wang, John Minchillo and Kantele Franko. SENT: 920 words, photos, videos. With SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS-SCHOOLS _ States are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but schoolchildren using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those who give no excuse at all for lacking their shots. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.




CHINA TOURISM _ After more than a decade of rapid growth, Chinese travel to the U.S. is falling. And that has cities, malls and other tourist spots scrambling to reverse the trend. Travel from China to the U.S. fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office, which collects data from U.S. Customs forms. It was the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior year. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.




FRANCE-CHRIS BROWN _The lawyer for a woman who filed a rape complaint in Paris against Chris Brown says the American singer-songwriter “has thumbed his nose at and shown disrespect for the French legal system” after he did not attend a formal meeting with the alleged victim. SENT: 440 words, photos.




FRENCH OPEN _ Nursing himself back to health and winning a match at the French Open: For Juan Martin del Potro, that combination is an achievement in itself. Playing Grand Slam tennis for the first time since fracturing his right knee last year, the ninth-ranked del Potro is into the second round of Roland Garros and savoring each step.. SENT: 540 words, photos.




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