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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:15 Advisory

May 23, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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UNITED STATES-IRAN (upcoming)

TRUMP-PROTOCOL PITFALLS (upcoming)

AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE (sent, developing)

SEVERE WEATHER (sent, developing)

D-DAY VETERANS (sent)

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS (sent)

CHIMPANZEES-TORTOISE EATERS (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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WALLENDA-TIMES SQUARE _ For his next trick daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to cross New York’s Times Square _ without his feet touching the ground. SENT: 200 words, photo.

SNAKEBITE STRATEGY _ U.N. health agency issues first strategy to address snake bites. SENT: 140 words.

HOMELESS VALEDICTORIAN _ A homeless Tennessee student has graduated as his high school’s valedictorian and was offered more than 50 scholarships totaling $3 million. SENT: 150 words.

BRITAIN-OBIT-JUDITH KERR _ Judith Kerr, author and illustrator of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and other beloved children’s books, has died at the age of 95. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-IRAN _ The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats , U.S. officials said. SENT: 667 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates likely, 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

DEMOCRATS-2020-DEVOS _ Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Betsy DeVos the “worst secretary of education we’ve seen.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos “shouldn’t be in her job.” Beto O’Rourke’s take on DeVos: “We can do better.” In the hunt for a presidential nomination, those Democrats and others are increasingly taking swings at DeVos as a way to energize supporters, jostle for attention and curry favor with the nation’s major teachers unions. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 4 p.m., photo.

POLL-AGE DISCRIMINATION AT WORK _ A new AP poll looks at age discrimination in the workplace. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 4 p.m., photo, graphic. ONLY ON AP

TRUMP-PROTOCOL PITFALLS _ President Donald Trump’s next few weeks will serve as a master’s class in the finer points _ and potential pitfalls _ of protocol as he makes state visits to Japan and the United Kingdom, meeting with both Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Japan’s newly installed Emperor Naruhito. Plenty of world leaders get tripped up by the intricacies, and Trump himself has a spotty record in his diplomatic dealings on the world stage. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

WASHINGTON-WHO’S IN CHARGE _ Power struggles are roiling Washington, reflecting the dynamics across the battlefield of divided American government. Meeting by meeting, questions of competence, generational change, #MeToo politics, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and the 2020 elections are animating the fight for power as President Donald Trump and his top Cabinet officials refuse to cooperate with congressional investigations. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MONEY _ Democrats running for the White House rail against the flood of campaign cash that courses through the political system, but it’s becoming clear that those pledges often come with asterisks. It’s part of an effort to appease a progressive Democratic Party base that believes rich donors and corporate interests wield too much influence over elections. But what often sounds like an iron-clad promise from a candidate frequently includes subtle caveats and omissions. SENT: 1340 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-PENTAGON SPENDING _ Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a push to get Democratic presidential candidates to support dramatic spending cuts at the Pentagon. The groups are writing to all candidates in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary on Thursday urging them to support slashing $200 billion or more from an annual defense budget that topped $700 billion last year. The effort, dubbed “Put People Over the Pentagon,” aims to elevate defense spending in a presidential race. SENT: 250 words, photo.

Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

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NATIONAL

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AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE _ The California man who became known as the “American Taliban” after his capture on an Afghanistan battlefield in late 2001 has been released from prison. John Walker Lindh, 38, was released from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, a federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press. Lindh spent more than 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. SENT: 700 words, photos, developing.

SEVERE WEATHER _ A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen others. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight on Wednesday. SENT: 900 words, photos, videos.

D-DAY VETERANS RETURN _ Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper’s bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier’s hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarters of a century, the old veterans remember that epic day on the beaches of Normandy. For historians, D-Day was a turning point in the war against Germany; for men who were among the 160,000 Allied fighters who mounted history’s largest amphibious invasion, June 6, 1944, remains a kaleidoscope of memories, a signal moment of their youth. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 2,130 words, photos.

TRAVEL-BEST BEACHES _ In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.

VIRGINIA-POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s rocky progress to redemption didn’t get much of a boost after a month’s long investigation failed to determine whether he appears in a racist yearbook picture that almost destroyed his political career. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BIG CITIES-SLOW GROWTH _ Most of the big cities in the U.S. last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPEAN-ELECTIONS _ Dutch and British voters are the first to have their say in elections for the European Parliament, starting four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc that pits supporters of deeper integration against populist euroskeptics who want more power for their national governments. By Mike Corder. SENT: 650 words, photos

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-GHOSTS OF FASCISM _ Fascist rule collapsed during World War II in Italy, but its ideology and symbols were never fully vanquished. This has perhaps never been as clear as in this European election campaign. Neo-fascists have been taking to the streets, while dictator Benito Mussolini’s great grandson is running for a seat in the European Parliament representing the far-right Brothers of Italy. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 1,070 words, photos

GAZA-PENNILESS GROOMS _ Hundreds of young Gaza men struggle with crippling debt after taking loans to pay for their weddings. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her Brexit plan and her premiership. May was due to meet senior ministers to discuss her Brexit bill as plans to put it to a vote in Parliament were thrown into doubt. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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CHIMPANZEES-TORTOISE EATERS _ Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of times in a group of chimpanzees at Loango National Park in Gabon bolsters the notion that humankind’s distant cousins develop their own distinct cultures. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years _ the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA-TRADE _ China held the door open to resuming talks in the tariff war with Washington on Thursday, but lashed out at limits on access to key technologies that it said might hurt global supply chains. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GRACELAND-NEW EXHIBITS _ A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKN--RAPTORS-BUCKS PREVIEW _ The Bucks are back in Milwaukee looking to regain momentum in the Eastern Conference finals. Coach Mike Budenholzer believes the play of his bench will be a major factor in what happens against Toronto in Game 5 on Thursday. By Keith Jenkins. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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