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BC-AP News Digest 2 pm

May 4, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. 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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SUPREME COURT-CLARENCE THOMAS _Justice Clarence Thomas is now the longest-serving member of a Supreme Court that’s recently gotten more conservative, and that puts him in a potentially powerful position. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 930 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS _ They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force President Donald Trump to comply with Democratic lawmakers’ requests for information stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation, and break through a White House blockage testing the system of checks and balances. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 940 words, photos.

MARITAL RAPE _ Marital rape exemptions are receiving renewed attention in the #MeToo era. Some lawmakers are trying to close loopholes that prevent prosecutions when spouses rape partners who are drugged or incapacitated. Minnesota acted this week after a woman told of being drugged and sexually attacked by her ex-husband. Former lawmaker and prosecutor Greta Johnson introduced Ohio legislation in 2015 and says addressing whether a woman was married to her attacker struck her as “archaic.” By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

PLANE CRASH-FLORIDA RIVER _ A chartered jet carrying 143 people from the U.S. military base in Cuba tried to land in a thunderstorm and ended up in the river at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Authorities said everyone on board emerged without critical injuries, lining up on the wings and waiting to be rescued. By Josh Replogle and Mike Schneider. SENT: 550 words, photos, video. Developing.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS _Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired scores of rockets into southern Israel, wounding at least two Israeli civilians and triggering retaliatory airstrikes and tank fire against militant targets in the blockaded enclave and shattering a month-long lull in violence. A Palestinian toddler was killed in the Israeli strikes. SENT: 750 words, photos.

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY _ Game Winner is the 9-2 favorite for the 145th Kentucky Derby, one of the top three choices saddled by Bob Baffert on what could be a rainy first leg of the Triple Crown. A sixth victory would tie him for the most wins by a trainer. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Post time 6:46 p.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY _ The baby wait goes on for Meghan, Prince Harry and royal-watchers around the world. SENT: 300 words, photos.

HISTORIC COLLEGE GRADUATE _ A 90-year-old great-grandfather is to become the oldest student to earn a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University since the school started keeping records in 1962. SENT: 300 words, photos.

TV-THE MANDALORIAN-WERNER HERZOG _ Werner Herzog says ‘The Mandalorian’ is a phenomenal achievement” after joining the cast of the streaming series set in the “Star Wars” universe. SENT: 350 words, photo.

GERMANY-LION ATTACK _ Police say two male lions have attacked and seriously injured a keeper at a zoo in Germany. SENT: 200 words, photos.

OBIT-NYC PROSECUTOR _ Richard A. Brown, longtime New York City prosecutor and judge who presided over the arraignment of the notorious “Son of Sam” killer has died. SENT: 500 words, photos.

JAPAN-CHILD POPULATION _ Japan says the country’s child population has declined for the 38th year in a row and now at a record low. SENT: 350 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP _ President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!” SENT: 400 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND _ She’s played beer pong, arm-wrestled and hung out with drag queens, and gone sledding. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may trail better-known rivals in the packed Democratic 2020 presidential race, but she’s trying to make a case for being the coolest candidate. By Will Weissert. SENT: 820 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP _ Biden making South Carolina debut, trying to see whether his message will resonate among black voters. SENT: 210 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-WYOMING SENATE _ Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi announces that he will not run for a fifth term in 2020. SENT: 100 words. Developing.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ The “no-collusion” chorus sang loudly this past week, with President Donald Trump in full-throated roar and even Russian President Vladimir Putin chiming in. The upshot: substantial misrepresentations of what the special counsel’s Russia investigation actually found. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 1,410 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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INTERNATIONAL

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NORTH KOREA-MISSILE _ North Korea on Saturday fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. By Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 670 words, photos.

ASIA-CYCLONE _ A mammoth preparation exercise that included the evacuation of more than 1 million people appears to have spared India a devastating death toll from one of the biggest storms in decades, though the full extent of the damage was yet to be known, officials said. Cyclone Fani packed sustained wind speeds of 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour when it made landfall in eastern Odisha state on Friday. SENT: 550 words, photos.

VENEZUELA _ The critical role of the Venezuelan military in the country’s crisis was on display as President Nicolás Maduro sought to keep its support and opposition leader Juan Guaidó tried to woo the armed forces to his side. Days after Guaidó called in vain for a military uprising, national television showed Maduro wearing a camouflage hat as he shook hands and exchanged fist bumps with security forces during a visit to a military base. He watched some troops engage in a shooting exercise and received a chorus of applause from others. SENT: 500 words, photos.

THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION _ Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is officially crowned amid the splendor of the country’s Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy’s power after the October 2016 death of Vajiralongkorn’s revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. By Grant Peck. SENT: 970 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION-BORN FREE VOTERS _ As South Africa’s May 8th election approaches, political observers are watching what impact the country’s young voters will have. Many of these voters never directly experienced the brutal system of apartheid that was ended 25 years ago. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With: SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION _ South Africa sweeps into final election campaign weekend, fueled by anger over corruption. SENT: 560 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS _ The Taliban say the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington’s special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office. SENT: 570 words, photos.

JAPAN-EMPEROR _ Japan’s emperor greets public for 1st time since succession. SENT: 440 words, photos.

ALGERIA _ A security official in Algeria says the influential brother of the country’s former longtime president has been detained for questioning. SENT: 120 words, photos. Developing.

CURACAO-QUARANTINED SHIP _ Authorities in Curacao board a ship that arrived under quarantine to start vaccinating people to prevent a measles outbreak. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SPAIN-RUNNING OF THE WINE HORSES-PHOTO GALLERY _ At the Running of the Wine Horses in southeastern Spain, men dash alongside their richly decorated horses up to the local castle. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION _ For months, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen tried _ but failed _ to position himself as a whistleblower in the vein of Watergate hero John Dean. As the time ticked down toward his deadline to report to prison, Cohen also lost the interest of the one group of people who could help him out: the federal prosecutors he desperately hoped would ask a judge to shorten his sentence. By Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 850 words, photos.

PLANT FIRE-ILLINOIS _Three people missing after an overnight explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone plant are believed dead, authorities said. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi said crews suspended their search for three employees due to concerns about the stability of the structure. SENT: 300 words.

OBIT-NYC PROSECUTOR _ Richard A. Brown, a longtime New York City prosecutor and judge who presided over the arraignment of the notorious “Son of Sam” killer, has died. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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AP EXPLAINS-CONGO-EBOLA _ More than 1,000 deaths have now been confirmed in eastern Congo’s Ebola outbreak, the second-worst in history behind the West African one in 2014-16 that killed more than 11,300 people. Attacks on health workers are badly complicating efforts to contain one of the world’s most notorious diseases. At least 85 have been wounded or killed since January. A look at why the outbreak is especially challenging. By Cara Anna. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SPACE STATION _ SpaceX launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station following a pair of unusual power delays. A Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of goods. This recycled Dragon _ which is making its second space trip _ is due to arrive at the orbiting lab Monday. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BOX-ALVAREZ-JACOBS _ Canelo Alvarez puts his middleweight titles on the line against Daniel Jacobs in a unification fight at 160 pounds. Alvarez, fighting again on Cinco de Mayo weekend in this boxing city, is a 4-1 favorite against Jacobs, who also holds a piece of the title. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Bout starts about 11:30 p.m.

BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS _ With James Harden dealing with injuries to both eyes, the Houston Rockets are down 2-0 and need a win at home against Golden State in Game 3 of the second round. The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala is playing excellent ball and setting a defensive tone against Harden. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

RETAIL SPORTSBOOKS _ Mobile apps might drive the future of U.S. sports gambling, but casinos are still betting on physical sportsbooks as legal wagering expands to new places. Lounges and bars are giving casinos a way to attract patrons for things besides betting on sports. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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