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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 1, 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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SOUTH AFRICA-MINERS _ Miners caught underground in South Africa now freed. SENT: 100 words.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-PUBLIC DEFENDER _ Massacre defendant’s attorneys want judge to remove them. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. hearing.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR _ Attorney General William Barr faces lawmakers’ questions for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, in what promises to be a dramatic showdown as he defends his actions before Democrats who accuse him of spinning the investigation’s findings in President Donald Trump’s favor. By Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 950 words, photo. UPCOMING: 990 words after 10 a.m. hearing. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MUELLER _ Mueller frustrated with Barr over portrayal of findings; CONGRESS-TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS _ Democrats vow to enforce subpoenas as Trump resistance grows; DEMOCRATS-WHAT CAN THEY DO? _ Democrats have a lot of legal options.

SCENES FROM AN INVESTIGATION-TRUMP’S FEARS _ Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report shows a Donald Trump gripped by fear that Americans would question the very legitimacy of his presidency. Would Trump, the man who put his name on skyscrapers and his imprint on television, be perceived as a cheater and a fraud? By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 880 words, photo. Note: The latest in a series of stories focusing on events detailed in Mueller’s report.

VENEZUELA _ He called it the moment for Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy once and for all. But as the hours dragged on, opposition leader Juan Guaidó stood alone on a highway overpass with the same small cadre of soldiers with whom he launched a bold effort to spark a military uprising and settle Venezuela’s agonizing power struggle. Like past attempts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the opposition seemed outmaneuvered again. What Guaidó dubbed “Operation Freedom” triggered a familiar pattern of security forces using repressive tactics to crush small pockets of stone-throwing youths while millions of Venezuelans watched the drama unfold with a mix of fear and exasperation. By Joshua Goodman and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 1,360 words, photos, videos. With UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA _ Trump threatens Cuba as U.S. supports Venezuela uprising.

COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA _ A shooting that killed two and wounded four at a North Carolina university left students scrambling for shelter and prompted fresh calls for ways to keep campuses safe. A vigil is planned on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where the shooting upended the last day of class. The governor vows a hard look at what happened in order to prevent future shootings. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Sarah Blake Morgan. SENT: 780 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US NC Shooting (CR) _ Campus shooting kills two, suspect in custody. With COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST.

ISRAEL-PRESERVING THE HOLOCAUST _ The world’s community of aging Holocaust survivors is rapidly shrinking, and their live testimonies are soon to be a thing of the past. But Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial is preparing for a world without them. Its “Gathering the Fragments” program has collected some 250,000 items from survivors and their families to be stored for posterity and displayed online to preserve the memory of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, even after the last of the survivors has passed away. By Aron Heller. SENT: 980 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-COOPERATORS _ Parents and coaches cooperating with investigators in the college admissions bribery scandal could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead investigators to new targets. Since authorities arrested dozens of parents and coaches in March, former coaches at the universities of Texas at Austin and Southern California have signed cooperation agreements. A California couple also recently revealed they are working with investigators. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 780 words by 6 a.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MASTERPIECE PAINTING-NAZIS _ LA judge rules Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted painting. SENT: 630 words, photos.

THAILAND-CAVE BOYS _ Netflix announces deal for film about Thailand’s cave boys. SENT: 530 words, photos.

HAWAII-HELICOPTER CRASH _Father says son moved to Hawaii to fly tour helicopters. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MAY DAY-RALLIES _ Thousands of trade union members and activists mark May Day by marching through Asia’s capitals and demand better working conditions and expanding labor rights. SENT: 520 words, photos.

JAPAN-NEW-EMPEROR _ Emperor Naruhito inherits the sacred sword and jewel that signals his succession and pledges in his first public address to follow his father’s example by devoting himself to peace and sharing the people’s joys and sorrows. SENT: 930 words, photos, video. With JAPAN-NEW EMPEROR-THE LATEST.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-CHURCH OF REFUGE _ A Catholic church becomes a home for nearly 1,000 people from different faiths as they wait out the aftermath of Mozambique’s latest devastating cyclone. SENT: 750 words, photo.

BOSNIA-POLLUTED RIVERS _ Plastic bottles, rusty barrels and even old washing machines are among tons of garbage clogging rivers in Bosnia that were once famous for their emerald color and crystal clear waters adored by rafters and adventurers as well as fishermen. SENT: 430 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE ATTACKS-MEDIA _ New Zealand’s major media organizations pledge not to promote white supremacist ideology when covering the trial of the man charged with killing 50 people at two mosques. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ITALY-BERLUSCONI _ Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi undergoes laparoscopic surgery for an intestinal obstruction, raising questions about his campaign for European Parliament elections following a yearslong ban from public office. SENT: 330 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-SCHUMER _ Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams’ announcement that she would pass up a U.S. Senate run in Georgia. SENT: 880 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN _ The U.S. military command in Afghanistan has cut back on the public release of information about the war effort, a government watchdog agency says. SENT: 810 words, photo. With AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS _ Taliban: Fresh round of talks with U.S. peace envoy opening; AFGHANISTAN-US SPENDING _ U.S. watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for “day after” peace.

ELECTION 2019-NORTH CAROLINA-3RD DISTRICT _ Two physicians advance to a Republican runoff in the special election to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. SENT: 510 words, photo.

TRUMP-ASYLUM _ Asylum seekers often arrive at the U.S. border without money, and many go into debt just to get that far. Now, Trump has proposed charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS _ After three weeks of testimony, a jury needed little more than a day to convict a black Minneapolis police officer of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed white woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime, delivering a guilty verdict that immediately sparked questions about whether race played a role. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, videos.

WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE _ A defense attorney is expected to counter a prosecutor’s emotional opening statement by attempting to deflect blame from his client charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a Northern California warehouse fire that killed three dozen people. SENT: 730 words, photos.

SUBWAY PLOT-SENTENCING _ The ringleader of a thwarted terror plot to bomb the New York City subways in 2009 is about to find out if becoming a government cooperator will pay off. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SPELLING BEE _ The Scripps National Spelling Bee gets rid of the written test that spellers took to determine a champion in the event of a tie. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE _ The Federal Reserve is all but sure to keep interest rates on hold _ and for the foreseeable future _ even as Trump keeps up his attacks on the Fed for not cutting rates. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 830 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be topped with Fed rate announcement at 2 p.m.

CHINA-US-TRADE _ American and Chinese trade negotiators begin more talks aimed at ending a tariff war after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says U.S. officials might be moving toward a decision on whether to make a deal with Beijing. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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SPORTS BETTING RESPONSE _ Horse racing is considering adding fixed-odds wagering and other changes to offset legalized sports gambling in the U.S., which threatens the industry’s very existence. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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