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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

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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ONLY ON AP

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ASYLUM-BORDER WAIT LISTS — For thousands of asylum seekers, there are many ways to wait — and wait, and wait — at the threshold of the United States. Parents and children sleep in tents next to bridges leading to Texas for weeks on end, desperately hoping their names and numbers are called so they can be let in. The Associated Press visited eight cities along the U.S.-Mexico border and found 13,000 immigrants on waiting lists to get into the country — exposed to haphazard and often-dubious arrangements that vary sharply. By Elliot Spagat, Nomaan Merchant and Patricio Espinoza. SENT: 2,800 words, photo.

D-DAY DYING GENERATION — An American-French D-Day veteran died just a month before the 75th anniversary of the pivotal invasion — a symbol of a dying generation of heroes and the challenge and importance of keeping their memories alive. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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: 2,220 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Facebook Whistleblower (CR) — Facebook generates videos celebrating extremists. An abridged version of 970 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS-CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS — Democrats are sounding the alarm about President Donald Trump’s defiance of Congress, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants warning the country has reached a “constitutional crisis” over Trump’s vow to fight “all the subpoenas.” Legal scholars say the struggle between the executive and administrative branches has reached new heights. By Lisa Mascaro and Mark Sherman. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

TRUMP-SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS — President Donald Trump begins a push to fight health care sticker shock by limiting “surprise medical bills,” the unexpected charges faced by insured patients when a member of a health care team that treated them is not in their insurer’s network. By Kevin Freking and Ricardo SENT: 760 words. UPCOMING: 790 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.

CHINA TARIFFS-POLICING A TRADE DEAL — Reaching a deal with China to end a tariff war is only the first hurdle. The Trump administration wants Beijing to accept an enforcement mechanism, with penalties if it doesn’t follow through on its commitments. But truly effective policing would require lifting the lid of secrecy on the ruling Communist Party’s state-driven development model that subsidizes state industry and shields Chinese companies from competition — something Beijing is likely to reject as a violation of its sovereignty. By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

JUUL-UNPROVEN ADS — Under intense scrutiny amid a wave of underage vaping, Juul is pushing into television with a multimillion-dollar campaign rebranding itself as a stop-smoking aid for adults trying to kick cigarettes. But the strategy is raising concerns from anti-smoking experts and activists who say the company is making unproven claims for its product. UPCOMING: 1,200 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RED SOX — The Boston Red Sox, who steamrolled to a World Series crown last October, visit the White House, but nearly a dozen players and team manager Alex Cora won’t attend. SENT: 980 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3:45 p.m. event, 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

TRUMP-FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS — — New North Korea missile tests. A trade standoff with China. Fresh nuclear tensions with Iran. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy entanglements are mounting, revealing the challenges of his hope for an “America First” administration and showing the limits of his much-touted ability to make a deal. By Catherine Lucey and Robert Burns. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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PORN-PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS — More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks. The Arizona Senate approved a resolution this week calling for a systemic effort to prevent exposure to porn that’s increasingly accessible to younger kids online. At least one legislative chamber has adopted a similar resolution in 15 other states. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FAKE HEIRESS — The day of reckoning has arrived for the German con artist who passed herself off as a wealthy heiress and was convicted of swindling New York banks and hotels out of tens of thousands of dollars. Anna Sorokin is scheduled to be sentenced in state court following her conviction last month on multiple counts of grand larceny and theft of services. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NKOREA PROJECTILE — North Korea fires two suspected short-range missiles from the country’s western area, South Korea’s military says, the North’s second weapons launch in the last five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks with Washington could be in danger. SENT: 890 words, photos. WITH: UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA-COAL SHIP — The Trump administration has seized a North Korean cargo ship that was being used to supply coal to the isolated nation in violation of international sanctions. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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BRITAIN-ANCIENT BURIAL — An underground chamber discovered accidentally by road workers appears to be the site of the earliest Christian royal burial ever found in Britain, archaeologists say, calling it the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The chamber, uncovered between a road and a railway line in the southeastern English village of Prittlewell in 2003, turned out to be a 1,400-year-old tomb. By James Brooks. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELL — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility. In a speech at a Fed research conference, Powell said that incomes have grown more slowly for middle-class families since the 1970s than for higher-income households. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 350 words, photo.

NIKE FEET SCANS — Nike wants to meet your feet. The sneaker seller will launch a foot-scanning tool on its app this summer that will measure and remember the length, width and other dimensions of customers’ feet after they point a smartphone camera to their toes. The app will then tell shoppers what size to buy each of its shoes in, which Nike hopes will cut down on costly online returns as it seeks to sell more of its goods through its websites and apps. SENT: 425 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-SIVAN ALYRA ROSE — Newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose represents a rarity as one of the few people of Native American descent to star in a Netflix series — or any television series, for that matter. But she hopes her breakthrough in “Chambers” will encourage more opportunities for women like her. “I think ‘Chambers’ is really (at the forefront of) an important conversation of inclusion and how simple it really can be,” said the 19-year-old actress from the San Carlos Apache tribe. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKN--RAPTORS-76ERS — The Raptors are one win from the East finals, leading Philadelphia 3-2 and buoyed by a blowout Game 5 home victory. For the 76ers, Joel Embiid is ailing and Ben Simmons is struggling. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam seems at full strength after his calf injury. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BKN--NUGGETS-TRAIL BLAZERS — The Nuggets can oust Portland with a Game 6 victory and reach the West finals for the first time since 2009. Jamal Murray and a rejuvenated Paul Millsap are lifting Denver. Portland needs a big game from guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.