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May 16, 2018

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

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee last year he did not recall discussing the Russia investigation with his father and didn’t think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to transcripts. By Mary Clare Jalonick, Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,100 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-NORTH KOREA — Trump says he’s still intent on pressing for denuclearization as North Korea threatens to cancel the U.S. summit with Kim Jong Un. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m. With KOREAS-TENSION-ANALYSIS — North Korea has a message for Trump ahead of next month’s summit: Don’t listen to your new hard-line national security adviser, John Bolton. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 870 words, photos.

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Michigan State University agrees to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal surpasses the $100 million-plus paid by Penn State University to settle claims of sexual abuse against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, though the Nassar deal involves far more victims. By David Eggert and Ed White. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

GAZA-DESPERATE PROTESTERS — Marwan Shtewi is poor, unemployed and at the age of 32 has never even left the Gaza Strip, under blockade for most of his adult life. With few prospects and little to fear, he was among the crowds of Palestinians who put themselves on the front lines of violent protests along the border with Israel — and now he is in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. It’s the desperation among Gazans like him that is the driving force behind the protests. By Fares Akram. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

MODERNIZING 911 — Students hiding from a gunman in Florida were forced to whisper when calling 911 or text family to get help, while a woman in Michigan could text 911 directly when her husband took their daughter hostage. This illustrates the patchwork of 911 technology in America. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CIA-HASPEL-SENATE — Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next CIA director wins backing of a Senate panel and could be confirmed as the spy agency’s head as early as this week. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 820 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — President Donald Trump is lining up with those resisting the resistance to federal immigration laws: He’s welcoming to the White House local officials from California who oppose sanctuary policies. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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BUILDING EXPLOSION — AP sources say the office in a Southern California medical building was a target of explosive package that killed one, injured three. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-POLITICS — Malaysian police have visited former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s house, reportedly searching for documents as part of a renewed probe into a massive corruption scandal involving a state investment fund that is being investigated abroad. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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LUNG CANCER SCREENING, HFR — Lung cancer screening has proved to be shockingly unpopular. Five years after government and private insurers started paying for it, very few eligible current and former smokers have had free scans shown to lower their risk of dying of the disease. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo for release at 5 p.m.

SCIENCE SAYS-GREEN-BLOODED LIZARD — For some lizards it’s easy being green. It’s in their blood. Six species of lizards in New Guinea bleed lime green thanks to evolution gone weird. SENT: 500 words, photo.

OZONE HOLE -BANNED CHEMICAL — Scientists say something strange is happening with a key chemical that eats away at Earth’s protective ozone layer: Somehow we’re putting more of the banned stuff in the air and that’s a problem. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FRANCE-CANNES-SPIKE LEE — Spike Lee shook the Cannes Film Festival with his pointedly political period crime drama, “BlacKkKlansman.” In an interview, Lee discusses making the film, which he’s timed to hit theaters in August on the anniversary of the violent white supremacists’ protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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