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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 19, 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.

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-FARMERS — As a candidate, Donald Trump won over rural America in part by pledging to put an end to trade practices that have hurt farmers for years. While his prolonged trade war with China has only made a miserable situation works, there’s little indication Trump is paying a political price. Even without a deal, he’s getting credit for trying for the farmers caught in the middle. By Sarah Burnett and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 1,470 words, photos.

PERSIAN GULF TENSIONS-VIEW FROM IRAN — Many Iranians point to the economy, not the possible outbreak of war, as Iran’s major concern. They think Iran should try to talk to the U.S. to help its anemic economy, even as they see President Donald Trump as an erratic and untrustworthy adversary. By Mehdi Fattahi and Nasser Karimi. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-JIMMY CARTER — Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. WITH: MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE-STATES (sent). This is the Monday Spotlight.

D-DAY-ECHOES OF GRIEF — The decisive World War II invasion known as D-Day took a horrific toll on the small Virginia town of Bedford, which only had a population of about 4,000 at the time. Its D-Day losses were among the steepest, proportionally, of any community in America. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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FIGHTING ROSEMONT MINE — Native American tribes and environmental groups are fighting plans for an open pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains of southeastern Arizona, arguing that it could irreparably harm ancestral Indian lands they consider sacred as well as air and water quality. SENT: 900 words, photos.

LITTLE LEAGUE-HYPODERMIC NEEDLES — A New Mexico Little League park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region’s outgoing opioid epidemic. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SWITZERLAND-GUN REFERENDUM — Swiss voters approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation’s gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, Swiss media reported, citing official results. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-BOX OFFICE — The box office has a new king and his name is John Wick. The third installment of the hyper violent Keanu Reeves franchise has taken the top spot at the North American box office and ended the three-week reign of “Avengers: Endgame.” SENT: 800 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — Brooks Koepka takes a seven-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship as he tries to join Tiger Woods as the only players to successfully defend his title in stroke play. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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