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May 14, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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MARIJUANA TO HEMP-CBD BOOM — Marijuana producers in Oregon are diversifying with hemp to capitalize on an explosion of interest in cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive cannabis component from hemp that advocates say can deliver all the health benefits without the high. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shoot and kill at least 52 Palestinians and wound over 1,200 during mass protests along the Gaza border and carry out a series of air and tank strikes on Hamas targets as just a few miles away, Israel and the U.S. hold a festive inauguration ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. By Fares Akram and Josef Federman. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-SPORTS BETTING — The Supreme Court opens the door for Americans across the country to legally wager on football, basketball, baseball and other sports as it strikes down a federal law barring most states from allowing sports betting. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRADE-US-CHINA CONFLICT — A dispute between the U.S. and China over the Chinese telecom company ZTE may have given the Trump administration unexpected leverage in its drive to avoid a trade war. Trump’s surprise overture to put ZTE “back in business” after U.S. sanctions threatened the company’s existence came just as Beijing sent a top envoy to Washington and American companies lined up to plead for a resolution to the dispute. By Paul Wiseman: UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.

OBIT-MARGOT KIDDER — Margot Kidder, who starred opposite Christopher Reeve as Lois Lane in the “Superman” film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. She was 69. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ELIMINATING TRANS FATS — The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. SENT: 780 words, photos.

CONGO-EBOLA — Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, WHO says. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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IMMIGRATION-EMPLOYERS — Immigration officials increase audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the countrym, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of compliance” among employers who rely on immigrant labor. SENT: 630 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-CHURCH BOMBINGS FAMILY — The Muslim family that carried out suicide attacks on three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city lived comfortably in an upper-middle class suburb and was on friendly terms with a Christian neighbor. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TRAPPED STUDENT DEATH — Cincinnati police to release their internal investigation into what went wrong in the response to two 911 calls from a 16-year-old boy who died trapped in a minivan. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FRANCE-CANNES-POPE DOCUMENTARY — A new, unprecedented documentary gives Pope Francis what no previous pontiff has had: his big-screen close-up. Win Wenders was invited to make a film about Francis and was granted unheard-of access to the Vatican. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-SONY-PEANUTS — Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp.’s music unit is buying a stake in Peanuts Holdings, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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