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May 22, 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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INDONESIA-ELECTION PROTESTS _ Indonesia authorities will block social media as election protests rock capital.

COAST GUARD ACADEMY-BOLTON _ John Bolton to address U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. ceremony.

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ Probe of Virginia governor’s racist yearbook photo complete. SENT: 130 words, photo.

JAPAN-HUAWEI _ Japan carriers delay sale of new Huawei smartphones. SENT: 150 words.

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ONLY ON AP

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MASS SHOOTING THREAT _ Only hours before women marched through many U.S. cities in January, Christopher Cleary set off a manhunt when he posted a Facebook message threatening to kill “as many girls as I see” in retaliation for years of romantic rejection. Cleary, 27, called himself a virgin who never had a girlfriend, stoking fears of another deadly rampage by a man blaming women for his problems. When police tracked his cellphone and arrested the Colorado resident at a McDonald’s restaurant in Provo, Utah, Cleary said he had been upset and wasn’t thinking clearly. By Michael Kunzelman, Maryclaire Dale and Colleen Slevin. SENT: 1,670 words, photos. An abridged version of 960 words has also been sent.

ELECTRIC CARS-FUTURE JOBS _ Over 115 years, the auto industry in the east German town of Zwickau has passed through wrenching upheavals including World War II and the end of communism. Now the town and its 90,000 people are plunging headlong into another era of unsettling change: the large-scale production of electric cars by the town’s biggest employer, Volkswagen. By Business Writer David McHugh. UPCOMING: 1,060 words by 5 a.m., photo.

LIONSGATE THEME PARK _ Lionsgate is opening what it calls the world’s first vertical theme park featuring some of the studio’s top films from “Hunger Games” to “Twilight” this summer in China. More than 25 rides and virtual reality experiences will pack a sleek, futuristic bean-shaped building that stands 10 stories high when Lionsgate Entertainment World opens in July on Hengqin island. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ More Democrats are calling for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after he defied Congress again by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has summoned House Democrats to a meeting to assess strategy. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after 10 a.m. meeting.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-FIGHTING FAKE NEWS _ Disinformation has evolved beyond the playbook used by Russian trolls in the U.S. election. As the European Union gears up for a crucial election, it is mostly homegrown groups rather than foreign powers that are taking to social media to push false information and extremist messages, experts say. By Kelvin Chan, Lorne Cook and Aritz Parra. UPCOMING: 1,070 words by 5 a.m., photos. With EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-WHAT’S AT STAKE _ Big question for EU vote: How well will the far-right do? Also see EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HUNGARY’S OPPOSITION below.

VENEZUELA-CRYPTOCURRENCY AID _ Andreina Cordero started the year skipping meals so her three kids could eat. Her husband, a construction worker, was out of a job. And the family’s savings had been devastated by the nation’s hyperinflation, limiting Cordero’s children to a diet of rice, beans, pasta and fried corn patties. But the family got a break from their daily struggle to feed themselves this spring when a social worker enrolled them in a program run by a Silicon Valley startup that is donating cryptocurrency to hundreds of Venezuelan families. By Manuel Rueda. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-BIDEN _ North Korea labels Biden a “fool of low IQ” and an “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being” after the U.S. presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 410 words, photos. With UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA _ North Korea: U.S. should consider consequences of ship seizure.

TRUMP-INFRASTRUCTURE _ Three weeks have passed since Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to work together on a $2 trillion package to invest in roads, bridges and broadband. They will meet at the White House for Round 2 of their infrastructure talks. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 900 words, photo. UPCOMING: 950 words after 11:15 a.m. meeting.

PALESTINIANS-PEACE PARTNER _ A Palestinian businessman who flouts political taboos by working with Israeli settlers in the West Bank could soon have a role in Trump’s Middle East peace plan. By Isabel Debre. SENT: 1,160 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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RIDE-HAILING-OUTSTANDING RECALLS _ Report: Many Uber, Lyft drivers fail to respond to recalls. SENT: 550 words, photo.

IMMIGRATION-MIGRANT DEATHS-CENTER CLOSES _ U.S. closes Texas facility that detained migrant who later died. SENT: 210 words, photos.

KITTEN-RESCUED _ Kitten rescued from California storm drain. SENT: 100 words, photos.

WILD RV CHASE _ Wild chase of stolen RV ends with injuries in Los Angeles. SENT: 270 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-ELECTION PROTESTS _ Supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate clash with security forces in the Indonesian capital, burning vehicles and throwing rocks at police, which responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. SENT: 480 words, photos. With INDONESIA-ELECTION PROTESTS-THE LATEST.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HUNGARY’S OPPOSITION _ Given just five minutes to present their European Parliament election campaigns on Hungary’s state media, opposition parties have been using their meager opportunities in novel and creative ways. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 a.m., photos.

PHILIPPINES-ELECTIONS _ The Philippine president’s allies win a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in the midterm elections, official results show, while the opposition’s shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-BANK SUBPOENAS _ A judge is poised to hear oral arguments over Trump’s effort to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

ELECTION 2020-ABORTION _ Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law “should it become necessary,” his presidential campaign says, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. SENT: 790 words, photos. With ABORTION BILL _ Alabama House approves “born alive” abortion bill; NEVADA-ABORTION BILL _ Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules.

PHILADELPHIA MAYOR _ Democrat Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job as mayor of the nation’s sixth largest city after fending off two challengers in a primary who criticized his signature achievement: a soda tax to help provide free preschool classes. SENT: 850 words, photos.

KENTUCKY GOVERNOR _ Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin clears his first hurdle toward a second term but had to fend off a strong primary challenge, setting up a long-anticipated showdown with his arch-nemesis _ Democrat Andy Beshear. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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FLOATPLANE-CRASH-ALASKA _ An Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week voluntarily suspends operations, federal officials say. SENT: 620 words, photos. With DOWNED AIRCRAFT-ALASKA _ Three rescued after plane crashes in Alaska.

SEVERE WEATHER _ A dangerous storm system in the Midwest produces dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging buildings in a wild animal park in Missouri but sparing St. Louis, the biggest city in its path. SENT: 770 words, photos, videos.

NAVY SEAL-MURDER CHARGE _ A lawyer for a Navy SEAL accused of murder wants military prosecutors and a judge removed from the case for their roles in snooping on emails sent to the defense team and a journalist in an effort to find the source of news leaks. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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SEA DRAGONS _ A Southern California aquarium builds what is believed to be one of the world’s largest habitats for sea dragons, the lesser-known cousin of the seahorse. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-BOEING _ Air China Ltd., one of China’s three major state-owned airlines, is joining carriers that are asking Boeing Co. for compensation for the grounding of their 737 Max jetliners following two fatal crashes. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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PEN GALA _ Anita Hill, Bob Woodward and three Saudi Arabian dissidents are among those honored at the annual gala hosted by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 680 words, photos.

ISRAEL-YOUNG-MAESTRO _ Israeli wunderkind prepares to succeed Zubin Mehta at helm of Israel Philharmonic. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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STANLEY CUP-LOOKAHEAD _ Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues meet in Stanley Cup Final that’s 49 years in the making. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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