BC-AP Top Stories Digest
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 .
SUPREME COURT-CLARENCE THOMAS —Justice Clarence Thomas is now the longest-serving member of a Supreme Court that’s recently gotten more conservative, and that puts him in a potentially powerful position. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 930 words, photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force President Donald Trump to comply with Democratic lawmakers’ requests for information stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation, and break through a White House blockage testing the system of checks and balances. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 940 words, photos.
MARITAL RAPE — Marital rape exemptions are receiving renewed attention in the #MeToo era. Some lawmakers are trying to close loopholes that prevent prosecutions when spouses rape partners who are drugged or incapacitated. Minnesota acted this week after a woman told of being drugged and sexually attacked by her ex-husband. Former lawmaker and prosecutor Greta Johnson introduced Ohio legislation in 2015 and says addressing whether a woman was married to her attacker struck her as “archaic.” By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as this week’s Sunday Spotlight.
PLANE CRASH-FLORIDA RIVER — A chartered jet carrying 143 people from the U.S. military base in Cuba tried to land in a thunderstorm and ended up in the river at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Authorities said everyone on board emerged without critical injuries, lining up on the wings and waiting to be rescued. By Josh Replogle and Mike Schneider. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS —Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired scores of rockets into southern Israel, wounding at least two Israeli civilians and triggering retaliatory airstrikes and tank fire against militant targets in the blockaded enclave and shattering a month-long lull in violence. SENT: 750 words, photos.
RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY — Game Winner is the 9-2 favorite for the 145th Kentucky Derby, one of the top three choices saddled by Bob Baffert on what could be a rainy first leg of the Triple Crown. A sixth victory would tie him for the most wins by a trainer. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Post time 6:46 p.m.
TRUMP — President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!” SENT: 400 words, photo.
ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND — She’s played beer pong, arm-wrestled and hung out with drag queens, and gone sledding. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may trail better-known rivals in the packed Democratic 2020 presidential race, but she’s trying to make a case for being the coolest candidate. By Will Weissert. SENT: 820 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP — Biden making South Carolina debut, trying to see whether his message will resonate among black voters. SENT: 210 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FACT CHECK-WEEK — The “no-collusion” chorus sang loudly this past week, with President Donald Trump in full-throated roar and even Russian President Vladimir Putin chiming in. The upshot: substantial misrepresentations of what the special counsel’s Russia investigation actually found. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 1,410 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd
NORTH KOREA-MISSILE — North Korea on Saturday fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. By Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 670 words, photos.
ASIA-CYCLONE — A mammoth preparation exercise that included the evacuation of more than 1 million people appears to have spared India a devastating death toll from one of the biggest storms in decades, though the full extent of the damage was yet to be known, officials said. Cyclone Fani packed sustained wind speeds of 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour when it made landfall in eastern Odisha state on Friday, equivalent in strength to a Category 4 hurricane, said Mohammad Heidarzadei, an expert on cyclones at Brunel University of London. SENT: 550 words, photos.
VENEZUELA — The critical role of the Venezuelan military in the country’s crisis was on display as President Nicolás Maduro sought to keep its support and opposition leader Juan Guaidó tried to woo the armed forces to his side. Days after Guaidó called in vain for a military uprising, national television showed Maduro wearing a camouflage hat as he shook hands and exchanged fist bumps with security forces during a visit to a military base. He watched some troops engage in a shooting exercise and received a chorus of applause from others. SENT: 500 words, photos.
TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — For months, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen tried — but failed — to position himself as a whistleblower in the vein of Watergate hero John Dean. As the time ticked down toward his deadline to report to prison, Cohen also lost the interest of the one group of people who could help him out: the federal prosecutors he desperately hoped would ask a judge to shorten his sentence. By Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 850 words, photos.
AP EXPLAINS-CONGO-EBOLA — More than 1,000 deaths have now been confirmed in eastern Congo’s Ebola outbreak, the second-worst in history behind the West African one in 2014-16 that killed more than 11,300 people. Attacks on health workers are badly complicating efforts to contain one of the world’s most notorious diseases. At least 85 have been wounded or killed since January. A look at why the outbreak is especially challenging. By Cara Anna. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BOX-ALVAREZ-JACOBS — Canelo Alvarez puts his middleweight titles on the line against Daniel Jacobs in a unification fight at 160 pounds. Alvarez, fighting again on Cinco de Mayo weekend in this boxing city, is a 4-1 favorite against Jacobs, who also holds a piece of the title. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Bout starts about 11:30 p.m.
BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS — With James Harden dealing with injuries to both eyes, the Houston Rockets are down 2-0 and need a win at home against Golden State in Game 3 of the second round. The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala is playing excellent ball and setting a defensive tone against Harden. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.