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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 9, 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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FACEBOOK-CELEBRATING TERRORISM _ A confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges the social media company has exaggerated its success in removing extremist content. Even worse, it shows that the company is inadvertently using propaganda by militants and hate groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking. By Desmond Butler and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 2,140 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US Facebook Whistleblower (CR) _ Facebook generates videos celebrating extremists. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

GERMANY-SALT BATTERY _ A German company and a Swedish startup are testing the use of salt _ though not quite the common table variety _ to store heat, which accounts for more than half the power consumed in Germany. If it works well, the system could help solve a problem posed by renewable energy sources like wind and solar the world over: they are unreliable, meaning they sometimes generate too much, and sometimes too little power. By Frank Jordans. UPCOMING: 790 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES

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US-CHINA TRADE TALKS _ U.S. and Chinese negotiators are set to resume trade talks just hours before the United States plans to raise tariffs on Chinese imports in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the world’s two biggest economies. By Economics Writer Paul Wiseman. SENT: 320 words, photo. With TRUMP-CHINA TARIFFS _ China vows retaliation if Trump raises tariffs; FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares mostly lower amid jitters ahead of trade talks.

US-CHINA-TRADE TALKS-XI’S CHALLENGE _ The tariff war between Washington and Beijing poses one of the biggest challenges yet for Chinese President Xi Jinping, potentially exposing his political vulnerabilities at a time when the Chinese economy is already slowing. The U.S. effort to win concessions from China on strategic industrial policies has put Xi’s own prestige on the line. It also has cast into question the ruling Communist Party’s social contract with the Chinese people: keeping authoritarian, one-party rule and ruling class privileges in exchange for delivering robust economic growth, better living standards and a higher global profile for China. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 960 words, photos.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ The House Judiciary Committee votes to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, launching an extraordinary legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. President Donald Trump invokes executive privilege, claiming the right to block lawmakers from the full report. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-TRUMP JR _ AP source: Senate subpoenas Trump Jr. over earlier testimony.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO _ The three students who disarmed a gunman in a Colorado school shooting leapt up from their desks without a word and with no thought for their own safety when they spotted the gun, recounted one of the young men. They slammed the teenager, a classmate of theirs, against the wall and struggled with him when shots rang out. Kendrick Castillo, who led the charge, slumped to the ground. By Kathleen Foody, P. Solomon Banda and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 810 words, photos. TOP VIDEO _ US CO School Shooting Student (CR) _ Colorado student talks about tackling shooter.

SYRIA-DEFYING KURDS _ The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces defeated the Islamic State group in Syria in March, but the Kurdish-led force is now facing protests by local Arab tribesmen in eastern Deir el-Zour province _ territory once held by IS. The protesters are demanding better services, jobs and a bigger role in taking decisions in the predominantly Arab oil-rich and fertile region. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

RAILROAD ANNIVERSARY-CHINESE WORKERS _ Michael Kwan can’t help but think about what life was like on a daily basis for his great-great-grandfather in the 1860s, working 12-hour days in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range on the Transcontinental Railroad that would reshape the American landscape. “You’re not talking about 12 hours sitting at a desk or sitting on a bench. You’re talking about 12 hours of lifting and hammering and blowing things up,” said Kwan, a judge in Salt Lake City. “And I complain when my trainer says we’re going to add 10 pounds.” By Terry Tang. SENT: 960 words, photo. With RAILROAD ANNIVERSARY-AP WAS THERE _ Transcontinental Railroad ushered in new era.

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SINGAPORE-FAKE NEWS _ Singapore reportedly criminalizes publication of fake news. SENT: 370 words, photo.

GUN-CACHE-SEIZED _ Cache of 1,000 guns seized from Los Angeles mansion in raid. SENT: 280 words, photos.

HAWAII-SHARK BITE _ Woman injured in apparent shark bite off Oahu. SENT: 110 words.

BABY PENGUINS _ Baby penguins hatched at San Diego Zoo. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-SEX-EDUCATION _ California overhauls sex education guidance for teachers. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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AIR POLLUTION-OIL DRILLING-TEXAS _ The production of oil and natural gas in West Texas is booming but it’s coming at a cost to residents who are regularly exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a report issued by an environmental group. SENT: 690 words, photo.

SCHOOL SAFETY-FLORIDA _ More Florida teachers will be eligible to carry guns in the classroom under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed that immediately implements recommendations from a commission formed after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland. SENT: 690 words, photo.

FAKE HEIRESS _ The day of reckoning arrives for the German con artist who passed herself off as a wealthy heiress and swindled tens of thousands of dollars from New York banks and hotels. SENT: 370 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA BUDGET _ California is flooded with money and Gov. Gavin Newsom will outline how he thinks the nation’s most populous state should spend it when he releases a revised version of his $200 billion-plus state budget. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Budget presentation at 1:30 p.m.

INDIANA-GAMBLING _ Sports betting will become legal in Indiana and construction of two new casinos will be allowed in the state under a bill signed by the governor. SENT: 710 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MEXICO-US-ASYLUM _ People in overextended Mexican border cities are voicing concern over the continuation of a U.S. policy that makes Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States wait south of the border. SENT: 730 words, photos. With IMMIGRANT CHILD DEATH _ Teen’s death raises new questions about U.S. care of migrants; ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-CALIFORNIA _ Biden promises border plan soon to counter Trump policy.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY _ North Korea describes its firing of rocket artillery and an apparent short-range ballistic missile over the weekend as a regular and defensive military exercise and ridiculed South Korea for criticizing the launches. SENT: 910 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESSIONAL PAY RAISE _ A handful of senior House lawmakers, frustrated by more than a decade of frozen congressional salaries, are quietly exploring whether to accept an annual pay raise that they’ve shunned since Barack Obama was first president. SENT: 720 words, photo.

TRUMP-FACT CHECK _ Trump brings his enduring fiction about hurricane aid for Puerto Rico to a rally crowd in Florida. SENT: 970 words, photos. With TRUMP _ Trump promises more hurricane relief for Florida Panhandle.

TRUMP-RED SOX _ Red Sox manager, nearly a dozen players skipping White House visit to commemorate Boston’s World Series victory. SENT: 990 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after 3:45 p.m. event.

PENCE-TRADE _ Vice President Mike Pence is rolling into the Midwest to tout the administration’s new North American trade agreement, while back in Washington Trump tries to salvage a transformative trade deal with China. SENT: 630 words, photo.

SCARAMUCCI CONFERENCE _ Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie say a move by U.S. House Democrats to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt does not create a “constitutional crisis,” as one key Democratic lawmaker says. SENT: 620 words.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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ALEXA-KIDS-PRIVACY _ A kids’ version of Amazon’s Alexa won’t forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations, according to a report by consumer advocates. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 550 words, photo.

SAVING MORE FOR RETIREMENT _ Last year’s tumble for the stock market wasn’t enough to scare workers off of saving for retirement. By Business Writer Stan Choe. SENT: 640 words, photo.

JAPAN-TOYOTA-PANASONIC _ Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan to showcase technologies such as connected cars and the internet of things. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-BRITNEY SPEARS _ Britney Spears granted a restraining order against a former confidante who she says has been harassing her family. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 440 words, photo.

FASHION-LOUIS VUITTON-CRUISE SHOW _ Louis Vuitton’s cruise show transports guests back in time as it showcases flashy 1980s-inspired outfits in a decidedly retro venue: the spacey, once-abandoned TWA terminal at JFK Airport. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ANALYSIS-TOUGH CALLS _ In a growingly divided country, about the only sure thing that replays in sports offer is that nobody agrees on what they just saw. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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