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BC-AP News Digest 3:40 am

May 23, 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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AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE _ “American Taliban” Lindh to be released from prison. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-ITALY FASCISM _ Fascist rule collapsed during World War II in Italy, but its ideology and symbols were never fully vanquished. This has perhaps never been as clear as in this European election campaign. Neo-fascists have been taking to the streets, while dictator Benito Mussolini’s great grandson is running for a seat in the European Parliament representing the far-right Brothers of Italy. By Colleen Barry. UPCOMING: 940 words by 5 a.m., photos. With EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-ITALY FASCISM-PHOTO GALLERY.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years _ the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

TRAVEL-BEST BEACHES _ In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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SEVERE-WEATHER _ A “violent tornado” touches down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing heavy damage, according to the National Weather Service. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 260 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated. With SEVERE-WEATHER-THE-LATEST.

TRUMP-DEMOCRATS-COLLISION COURSE _ President Donald Trump drops the pretense of working with congressional Democrats and sends a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather than advancing a robust domestic policy agenda. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 920 words, photos. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-Q&A.

EUROPEAN-ELECTIONS _ Dutch and U.K. polls open in elections for the European Parliament, starting four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc that pits supporters of deeper integration against populist Euroskeptics who want more power for their national governments. By Mike Corder. SENT: 530 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTIONS _ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party have a commanding lead as votes are counted after a six-week general election, sending the stock market soaring in anticipation of another five-year term for the Hindu nationalist leader. By Emily Schmall. SENT: 700 words, photos. With INDIA-ELECTIONS-THE LATEST.

D-DAY VETERANS RETURN _ Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper’s bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier’s hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarters of a century, the old veterans remember that epic day on the beaches of Normandy. For historians, D-Day was a turning point in the war against Germany; for men who were among the 160,000 Allied fighters who mounted history’s largest amphibious invasion, June 6, 1944, remains a kaleidoscope of memories, a signal moment of their youth. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 2,130 words, photos. Also see D-DAY-SAVING FRANCE’S HONOR below.

UNITED STATES-IRAN _ The Pentagon will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials say. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words after White House meeting, time uncertain.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BATALI _ Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. SENT: 360 words, photo.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GEOBEE _ Texas 8th-grader wins National Geographic contest. SENT: 180 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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WASHINGTON-WHO’S IN CHARGE _ Even as Trump and his top Cabinet officials refuse to cooperate with congressional investigations, there is evidence that newly empowered Democrats are slowly _ sometimes messily _ resetting the balance after Trump’s first two years in office under Republican congressional control. SENT: 880 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS MONEY _ Democrats running for the White House rail against the flood of campaign cash that courses through the political system, but it’s becoming clear that those pledges often come with asterisks. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

ELECTION 2020-PENTAGON SPENDING _ Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a push to get Democratic presidential candidates to support dramatic spending cuts at the Pentagon. SENT: 250 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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D-DAY-SAVING FRANCE’S HONOR _ Among the tens of thousands of Allied soldiers who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, was a hardened group of elite French commandos who ensured that France had D-Day exploits to be proud of, too. SENT: 920 words, photos.

GAZA-PENNILESS GROOMS _ Hundreds of young Gaza men struggle with crippling debt after taking loans to pay for their weddings. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

INDONESIA-ELECTION PROTESTS _ The defeated candidate in Indonesia’s presidential election is expected to challenge the result in court as calm returns to the capital following a 24-hour spasm of apparently orchestrated violence. SENT: 260 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-ARGENTINA-EX-PRESIDENT’S TRIAL _ AP Explains the corruption trial against former Argentine President Cristina Fernández as she seeks to return to power. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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VIRGINIA-POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s rocky progress to redemption didn’t get much of a boost after a month’s long investigation failed to determine whether he appears in a racist yearbook picture that almost destroyed his political career. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BIG CITIES-SLOW GROWTH _ Most of the big cities in the U.S. last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. SENT: 430 words, photos.

INCAPACITATED WOMAN-BIRTH-CLAIM _ Lawyers for an incapacitated woman who was raped and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care facility have filed a $45 million notice of claim against the state, saying she may have been impregnated before. SENT: 410 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA TRADE-BEIJING’S OPTIONS _ Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visit a Chinese factory that processes rare earths _ exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile phones and other technology. By Business Writers Joe McDonald and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,270 words, photos. FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares slip as U.S.-China spat takes center stage.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FRANCE-FASHION-RIHANNA _ Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris. By Fashion Writer Thomas Adamson. SENT: 370 words, photos.

GRACELAND-NEW EXHIBITS _ A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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