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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 15, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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RICHARD LUGAR-FUNERAL _ Pence expected among mourners for longtime Sen. Lugar. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Funeral scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

KODAK-BLACK-ARRESTED _ Rapper Kodak Black due in court on federal weapons charges. SENT: 140 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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ABORTION-ALABAMA _ Alabama’s Senate passes a near-total ban on abortion, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican governor. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 650 words, photos. With ABORTION-MISSOURI _ “Heartbeat” abortion ban to be debated in Missouri Senate.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia apparently intact. By Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m., photos. With PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-ANALYSIS _ Persian Gulf tensions, unclear threats raise risks; PERSIAN-GULF-TENSIONS-THE-LATEST; UNITED STATES-IRAN-MIDEAST _ International worries grow over U.S. claims of Iranian threat.

TEACHING-CLIMATE-CHANGE _ Teachers across the country describe struggles finding trustworthy materials to help them teach climate change. Online searches bring up materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. It’s a dizzying chore for educators who often are learning about the topic alongside their students. By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,310 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-BIDEN _ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a new foil for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden has been a declared candidate for fewer than three weeks and already Sanders has emerged as one of his most ardent critics. By Juana Summers. SENT: 830 words, photo.

CONGRESS-FEMALE VETERANS _ Female military veterans serving in the House say they’re setting up a caucus that advocates for women service members and veterans. The population of women who serve or have served is climbing, and they have different health issues than male veterans. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 460 words, photo. UPCOMING: News conference at 11:30 a.m.

SHAREHOLDERS CARE _ It’s no longer just oil and power companies that investors are pushing to do better on the environment. As the earth gets warmer, shareholders are increasingly targeting consumer-oriented businesses, internet companies and other businesses that don’t first come to mind as big polluters. So far this year, 60% of all shareholders proposals related to climate change were aimed at companies outside the energy and utility industries, up from 33% five years ago. By Business Writer Stan Choe. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SOTHEBY’S-MONET _ Claude Monet haystack painting fetches $110.7 million at auction. SENT: 170 words, photo.

NEPAL-EVEREST RECORD _ Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time. SENT: 570 words, photos.

ILLINOIS NEWSPAPER-EDITOR RESIGNS _ Staffer: Illinois newspaper editor resigns to spare layoffs. SENT: 780 words, photos.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA-EARTHQUAKE _ Papua New Guinea assesses extent of damage from strong quake. SENT: 320 words, graphic.

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NATIONAL

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ALASKA-FLOATPLANES CRASH _ Two sightseeing planes that crashed in Alaska collided at about the 3,300-foot level, the National Transportation Safety Board announced shortly after an elite team arrived to investigate the crash. SENT: 530 words, photos.

NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION _ North Carolina’s most infamous political story lines of recent years are merging into a congressional race this summer that pits the architect of the state’s “bathroom bill” against a Democrat granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent’s campaign. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO _ A memorial service for a student hailed as a hero for tackling one of the armed attackers at his suburban Denver school is set just a few hours after the two suspects are due in court. SENT: 260 words, photos.

SPRING FLOODING-LEVEE REPAIRS _ Communities that were flooded when levees failed along the Missouri River earlier this spring will likely remain exposed to high water for months to come, leaving displaced residents wondering when _ or if _ they will be able to return and rebuild their homes. SENT: 590 words, photos.

BILL-COSBY _ The judge who presided over Bill Cosby’s criminal case says he let five other accusers testify at the sex-assault trial because their accounts had “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime. SENT: 580 words, photos.

MICHAEL AVENATTI-CHARGES _ A federal judge rejects attorney Michael Avenatti’s request for a public defender to represent him in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and committed bank fraud. SENT: 560 words, photo.

PAMELA SMART-SENTENCE PETITION _ Pamela Smart is again asking for a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire, a scandal that inspired a movie starring Nicole Kidman. SENT: 530 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-CHINA TARIFFS-TRUMP _ President Donald Trump has held firm to dubious declarations about trade policy, raising questions among experts and even his allies about whether he either can’t _ or won’t _ grasp the fundamentals of the issue. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video. With CONGRESS-CHINA TRADE _ GOP scrambles to ease blow from Trump’s trade war. Also see FINANCIAL MARKETS below.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-TRUMP JR _ The Senate Intelligence Committee strikes a deal with Donald Trump Jr. to appear for a closed-door interview next month. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SRI LANKA-CATHOLIC SCHOOLS _ Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month’s devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. SENT: 830 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT _ The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro cancels a U.N. climate change workshop to be held in the city of Salvador in August, reaffirming its lack of interest in participating in international efforts to fight global warming. SENT: 710 words, photo.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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FEWER BABIES _ The nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after Trump downplays his escalating tariff war with Beijing and says a settlement is possible. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 560 words, photos. With CHINA-ECONOMY _ China’s economic activity weakens amid tariff war.

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SPORTS

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LONG CUP RUNS _ Paying the bills, going out to dinner and cutting the grass can fall by the wayside for NHL players on long playoff runs. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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