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May 3, 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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HAWAII VOLCANO-ANNIVERSARY — A year after a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and farms in the disaster are still struggling to return to their cherished island lifestyle. More than 700 homes were destroyed in the historic eruption, and most people will never move back to their land. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-BARR UNDER SEIGE — Attorney General William Barr has emerged as one of the most divisive figures in President Donald Trump’s administration. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused him of lying, a charge the Justice Department calls reckless and false, and House Democrats are poised to hold him in contempt. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. WITH: BARR-RUSSIA RHETORIC — Barr defends Trump, criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller. SENT: 910 words, photo.

2020-ELECTION SECURITY — Have political campaigns have learned from the Russian cyberattacks in the 2016 election? It’s a critical question ahead of next year’s presidential race. Preventing the attacks won’t be easy or cheap. By Colleen Long and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-STALEMATE — After days of upheaval, Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate. In the fourth month of their standoff, President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó are unable to deliver a knock-out blow as Venezuela spirals deeper into neglect, isolation and desperation. Abrupt shifts or behind-the-scenes power plays can’t be ruled out, but there is a sense that the two camps are entrenched — too strong to be dislodged, too weak for clear-cut victory. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. With UNITED STATES-RUSSIA — Venezuela thrust to forefront of US-Russia clashes (sent).

THAILAND-KING’S CORONATION — Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years. What Vajiralongkorn — also known as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty — will do with the power and influence the venerated status confers is still not clear. By Grant Peck. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. With THAILAND-CORONATION RITES — Elaborate pageantry and ritual of Thai king’s coronation; THAILAND-CORONATION-AP WAS THERE — AP Was There: 1950 Coronation of Thailand’s King Bhumibol (both sent).

LANDLORD-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION — A lawsuit against a Denver landlord who was recorded refusing to allow a Muslim father and son to sublease her property for a restaurant has ended in a $675,000 settlement. The dispute focused on a property that was already equipped as a restaurant for a fried chicken spot that closed. Its owner, Craig Caldwell, thought he had the perfect pair to sublease the property. But when his landlord refused to sign off, Caldwell recorded the woman demanding that he find an “American person.” By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS — Kamala Harris is back in the spotlight. Her tough questioning of Attorney General William Barr quickly turned into a viral moment that reminded liberals why they envisioned the former prosecutor taking on President Trump. By Juana Summers. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-PRISON — Michael Cohen, 53, is due to report Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville to start a three-year sentence for paying hush-money to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump, lying to Congress and other crimes. Otisville, located 70 miles northwest of New York City, is a favorite among prison-bound Jews for its Kosher meals and Sabbath services. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — The Vietnamese woman who was tried for the killing of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader has been released from a Malaysian prison. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME — A pharmaceutical company founder accused of bribing doctors across the U.S. to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray is convicted in a case that exposes such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 420 words, photos. WITH: OPIOID LAWSUIT-WEST VIRGINIA — West Virginia reaches $37 million settlement with drug distributor McKesson in a lawsuit accusing the company of shipping millions of suspicious painkiller orders to the state as it was being ravaged by the opioid epidemic. By Anthony Izzaguire. SENT: 600 words, photos; OPIOID LAWSUITS-DRUG DATA — Attorneys for news organizations argue that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation’s overdose crisis was worsening. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — U.S. employers are expected to have delivered a solid month of job growth in April, buoyed by a resilient economy that has confounded concerns that 2019 would begin with a slowdown. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 460 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-PETER MAYHEW — Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who donned a huge, furry costume to give life to the rugged-and-beloved character of Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and two other films, has died, his family says. Mayhew died at his home in north Texas on Tuesday, according to a family statement. He was 74. No cause was given. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MISS USA — Cheslie Kryst, a 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free, won the 2019 Miss USA title in a diverse field that included teachers, nurses and members of the military. Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico was the first-runner up, and Oklahoma’s Triana Browne the second-runner up during the competition in Reno, Nevada. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RAPTORS-76ERS — Joel Embiid refused to get tripped up back home in the postseason, scoring 33 points and playing to the “MVP!” chants to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors. Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 850 words, photos.