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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:15 Advisory

May 2, 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




TRUMP-BARR-HOUSE (sent, developing)

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JOE JONAS-SOPHIE TURNER WEDDING _ Singer Joe Jonas and “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner marry in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas. SENT: 300 words, photo.

PRESCHOOL PUNISHMENT INVESTIGATED _ Two Illinois pre-school employees accused of punishing children by making them stand naked in a closet are charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. SENT: 150 words.

MOM ARRESTED-SCHOOL THREAT _ Florida mother accused of threatening to shoot up an elementary school after her son was suspended from riding the bus for fighting. SENT: 150 words.

RAFT ACCIDENT-TWO DEAD _ Police say two young members of an Amish community drowned after their raft apparently capsized on a pond in New York. SENT: 150 words.




TRUMP-BARR-HOUSE _ Attorney General William Barr skipped a House hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Justice Department. 840 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing, 890 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BENNET _ U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumps into the packed Democratic presidential primary, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TRUMP-DAY OF PRAYER _ President Donald Trump says people of faith around the world have faced terrible hardship of late. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. event, 300 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.

CONGRESS-CLIMATE CHANGE _ The Democratic-controlled House is expected to approve a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement. UPCOMING: Developing from noon vote, 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING _ Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan will face questions from senators over a White House request for $4.5 billion more in funding to manage a crush of Central American migrants crossing the southern border. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing, 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.


AP POLL-GOVERNMENT OVERHAUL _ A new survey by the University of Chicago Harris School for Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that 54% of Americans think the U.S. government needs major changes and another 12% believe it should be completely replaced. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 988 words, photo.




SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING-SECURITY _ A gunman fired his semi-automatic rifle at Jewish worshippers after walking through a Southern California synagogue’s front entrance _ a spot that religious leaders determined last year needed improved security. The Chabad of Poway synagogue applied for a federal grant to install gates and more secure doors to better protect that area. The $150,000 was approved in September but only got awarded in late March. By Julie Watson And Don Thompson. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA _ David Belnap stood on his North Carolina college campus aching from the latest U.S. school shooting as he held a candle and wore a homemade T-shirt with “Riley Howell is a hero” written on the back. Howell died in his classroom at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, charging and tackling a gunman who would kill him and another student and wound four others with a legally obtained pistol, authorities say. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 660 words, photos, videos. With COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-VICTIMS _ Athletic outdoorsman, tech enthusiast killed in campus classroom.




WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE _ WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court that he wouldn’t agree to be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. Assange, appearing by video link from a London prison, said he wouldn’t “surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people.” SENT: 525 words, photos.

IRAQ-RAIN DILEMMA _ Iraq has seen unprecedented rains after years of scorching hot summers. The wettest winter in a generation revives its rivers and fills its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate change. The rains also restored the famous freshwater marshes of southern Iraq, which some scholars see as the location of the biblical Garden of Eden. But the deluge has also highlighted the country’s myriad infrastructure problems. SENT: 870 words, photos.




TRUMP-FEDERAL RESERVE _ The skeptical response to President Donald Trump’s choice of Stephen Moore for the Federal Reserve has thrown a spotlight on the tough task Trump has set for himself: Finding a rare conservative ally who both favors cutting interest rates and is respected enough to win Senate confirmation. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

BEYOND MEAT-IPO _ Beyond Meat, the El Segundo, California-based maker of plant-based burgers and sausages makes its debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange. It’s the first pure-play maker of vegan “meat” to go public, according to Renaissance Capital, which researches and tracks IPOs. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated through trading.

CAR-SHARING-REGULATION BATTLES _ Car-sharing apps that let people rent out their vehicles to strangers are growing in popularity in the U.S. But the people who rent cars through apps like Turo and GetAround don’t pay the taxes and surcharges that local governments and airports tack onto traditional rental cars. That’s made them a target for rental car companies, airport authorities and others who say the upstart apps should face the same taxes and fees that come with rental cars. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.




MUSIC-BILLBOARD AWARDS _ Mother’s Day is in a couple weeks, but Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift’s record for most wins. Drake turned up the love for his mom when he picked up top artist, besting Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott. He won 12 awards in Las Vegas, making his career total 27 (Swift has 23 wins). By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 850 words, photos. WITH: US-MUSIC-BILLBOARD-AWARDS-LIST _ Winners in the top categories at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. SENT: 175 words, photos.




RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-FAVORITE SCRATCHED _ Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby is wide open. Favorite Omaha Beach was scratched because of a breathing problem, leaving a pair of Hall of Famers on the sideline — trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Mike Smith. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia revised the morning line to make Game Winner the 9-2 favorite for the 1 1/4-mile race Saturday. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SEMENYA-SPORTS WORLD’S DILEMMAS _ Caster Semenya’s running career, jarred by an adverse court ruling, is unique in virtually all its details. Yet the dilemmas she has posed for the track-and-field establishment reflect how vast segments of the sports world are now wrestling with issues related to intersex and transgender athletes. The essence of the dilemma: How to minimize or eliminate discrimination while simultaneously ensuring that competitions are as fair as possible. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 950 words, photos.




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