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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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TOP STORIES

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SEVERE-WEATHER — A “violent tornado” touches down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing heavy damage, according to the National Weather Service. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 260 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated. With SEVERE-WEATHER-THE-LATEST.

TRUMP-DEMOCRATS-COLLISION COURSE — President Donald Trump drops the pretense of working with congressional Democrats and sends a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather than advancing a robust domestic policy agenda. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 920 words, photos. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-Q&A.

EUROPEAN-ELECTIONS — Dutch and U.K. polls open 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: 530 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTIONS — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party have a commanding lead as votes are counted after a six-week general election, sending the stock market soaring in anticipation of another five-year term for the Hindu nationalist leader. By Emily Schmall. SENT: 700 words, photos. With INDIA-ELECTIONS-THE LATEST.

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. Also see D-DAY-SAVING FRANCE’S HONOR below.

UNITED STATES-IRAN — The Pentagon 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 say. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words after White House meeting, time uncertain.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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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. SENT: 250 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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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.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA TRADE-BEIJING’S OPTIONS — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visit a Chinese factory that processes rare earths — exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile phones and other technology. By Business Writers Joe McDonald and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,270 words, photos. FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares slip as U.S.-China spat takes center stage.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FRANCE-FASHION-RIHANNA — Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris. By Fashion Writer Thomas Adamson. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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