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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 14, 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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PHILIPPINES-ELECTIONS _ Unofficial tally shows Duterte allies winning big in polls. SENT: 140 words, photos.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-TEXAS _ Planned Parenthood funding in Texas at stake in hearing. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Arguments scheduled for 10 a.m.

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ISRAEL-SETTLEMENT SPENDING _ Israel’s government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-BULGARIAN TRUCKERS _ The future of Bulgaria’s vast number of low-wage truck drivers becomes a top campaign issue in the country heading into European Parliament elections, with debates raging on how new EU rules could threaten the workers and deepen divisions between rich and poor nations in the bloc. By Veselin Toshkov. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by The Associated Press showed no major visible damage to the vessels. Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker remained unclear, and Gulf officials have declined to say who they suspected was responsible. But it demonstrated the raised risks for shippers in a region vital to global energy supplies as tensions are increasing between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

CHINA-TRADE _ U.S. trade officials issue a $300 billion target list of Chinese imports including laptop computers for more tariff hikes, ratcheting up tensions with Beijing. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be expanded. With FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares see moderate losses after meltdown on Wall Street.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ Attorney General William Barr appoints a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate.” John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, will conduct the inquiry. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 440 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-ROSENSTEIN _ Rosenstein: Russia probe justified, closing it wasn’t option.

CYBERSECURITY-DISINFORMATION _ A new report from Canadian internet watchdog Citizen Lab says a fake Twitter account unmasked by The Associated Press was but one piece of a vast, years-old and multilingual campaign aimed at seeding anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-American stories across the internet. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,030 words, photo.

ALASKA-FLOATPLANES CRASH _ A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes. Four people were killed after the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the Coast Guard says. Two others were missing. By Rachel D’oro and Mark Thiessen. SENT: 600 words, photo.

VENEZUELA-DISPLACED BABIES _ Arelys Pulido had already lost one baby in a neglected Venezuelan hospital where doctors and medical gear are in increasingly short supply, so when she got pregnant again she decided she would give birth in a foreign land. She made a perilous journey into Colombia and delivered a healthy daughter earlier this year. But little Zuleidys has not been granted citizenship. Instead, she is one of a growing number of children who are essentially stateless. By Christine Armario. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PRISON PHONE CALLS _ Connecticut considers making phone calls free for prisoners. SENT: 120 words, photos.

MALL OF AMERICA-CHILD HURT _ Man accused of throwing boy over Mall of America balcony due in court. SENT: 150 words, photo.

FATAL SHOOTING-ST LOUIS _ Three people dead, two injured following St. Louis shooting. SENT: 110 words.

TRUMP-IFTAR-DINNER _ Trump cites Ramadan as time of “hope, tolerance and peace.” SENT: 270 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CLIMATE CHANGE-REAL ESTATE _ Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values, but how much is an open question. UPCOMING: 1,030 words by 6 a.m., photos.

ABORTION-ALABAMA _ Alabama lawmakers are expected to vote on a proposal to outlaw almost all abortions in the state, a hardline measure that has splintered Republicans over its lack of an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. SENT: 710 words, photos.

ROUNDUP-WEED KILLER-CANCER _ A jury orders agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.055 billion to a couple claiming that the company’s popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

FACIAL RECOGNITION BACKLASH-SAN FRANCISCO _ San Francisco supervisors are considering surveillance oversight legislation that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 5 p.m. board meeting.

REPARATIONS-CONFERENCES _ Two national organizations pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of African American slaves are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit. SENT: 930 words, photo, video.

NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION _ Republicans are deciding who should carry their party’s banner in a high-profile special election for a North Carolina congressional seat vacant since last year’s election was deemed tainted by fraud. SENT: 690 words, photos.

FLORIDA HIP-HOP SHOOTINGS _ Three shootings, all involving hip-hop performers or guests of a Miami-area festival, prompt police investigation of whether they are tied together _ or unrelated acts of violence. SENT: 670 words, photos.

PUERTO-RICO-HURRICANE-MARIA-COMMUNICATIONS _ A consumer activist group releases a report outlining the collapse in communications that beset Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and it urges the U.S. government to investigate the problems to avoid a repeat of the situation as the island prepares for another storm season. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MIGRANT FAMILIES-DEPORTATIONS _ Homeland Security officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them from the U.S. in a flashy show of force, but the idea was tabled as the Trump administration grappled with straining resources and a growing number of Central Americans crossing the border, sources tell AP. By Colleen Long. SENT: 490 words, photo.

LAWSUIT-TRUMP FINANCIAL RECORDS _ A federal judge in Washington is set to hold a hearing on Trump’s attempt to block a House subpoena seeking his financial records. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after 11 a.m. hearing.

ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN _ Democrats’ challenge in 2020 may be especially difficult in Wisconsin, a toss-up state that has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. SENT: 990 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-TAINTED SCHOOL MEALS _ Scores of children were sickened in an outbreak of dysentery at several state-run day care centers in Moscow, and their parents have filed suit against a catering company controlled by Kremlin-connected businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

NORTH KOREAN SHIP SEIZED _ North Korea calls the U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship involved in banned coal exports a “robbery” and demands that the vessel be returned immediately. SENT: 310 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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WHATSAPP-SPYWARE _ Spyware crafted by an “advanced cyber actor” infected multiple targeted mobile phones through the popular WhatsApp communications program without any user intervention through in-app voice calls, the company says. By Cybersecurity Writers Frank Bajak and Raphael Satter. SENT: 560 words, photo.

WALMART-NEXT DAY SHIPPING _ Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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PREAKNESS-BATTLE FOR PIMLICO _ Aptly nicknamed Old Hilltop, antiquated Pimlico Race Course has finally reached the point where its illustrious past might not be enough to assure a vibrant future. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 970 words, photos.

INVINCIBLE SEQUEL _ Decades after Vince Papale made the Philadelphia Eagles on a tryout and inspired the movie “Invincible,” son Vinny has rookie camp tryouts with his dad’s old team, the Raiders and Redskins and is trying to make his own name. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BLUES-GLORIOUS GLORIA _ “Play Gloria!” The St. Louis Blues’ celebration song has its origin in South Philly bar. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno.

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