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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

May 13, 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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FRANCE-PARIS KNIFE ATTACK — A knife-wielding assailant kills one person and injures four others in a neighborhood near Paris’ famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police. The Islamic State group claimsd the attacker as one of its “soldiers.” By Elaine Ganley and Angela Charlton. SENT: 530 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-NUCLEAR TEST SITE — North Korea says it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump next month. In a statement carried by state media, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said that all of the tunnels at the country’s northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and that observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 970 words, photos. WITH: KOREAS-MOON IN THE MIDDLE — It’s hard to ignore South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s role as the architect behind a new global push to settle the nuclear standoff with the North. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

HAWAII VOLCANO — Hawaii’s Kilaueau volcano spawns a new lava fissure, emitting minor lava spatter in the vicinity of a geothermal energy plant. SENT: 260 words, photos.

IRAQ — Polls close across Iraq in the first national election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. The vote — the fourth since the 2003 U.S.-led toppling of Saddam Hussein — was marked by reports of low turnout and irregularities. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Philip Issa. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: IRAQ ELECTION-GLANCE — Iraq holds its first parliamentary election since IS defeat (sent).

ISRAEL-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Officially, their governments don’t speak, but an impromptu bit of dinner diplomacy in Washington between Israel’s prime minister and a prominent Emirati ambassador sheds light on one of the worst kept secrets in the Arab world: the quiet ties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors that are increasingly coming out in the open as they find common cause against mutual foe Iran. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 950 words, photo.

PORTUGAL-EUROVISION — Netta Barzilai is sassy, she’s fun and she can sing — and now the Israeli has won the Eurovision Song Contest with a catchy techno dance tune about women’s empowerment. By Barry Hatton. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-ROYAL WEDDING — Buckingham Palace releases an image of the handwritten document in which Queen Elizabeth II gives her consent for Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle. SENT: 130 words, photo.

DISNEY-DRAGON FLOAT FIRE — A float depicting Maleficent the dragon from the “Sleeping Beauty” movie catches fire during a parade at Florida’s Walt Disney World. SENT: 70 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing video.

NETHERLANDS-CHASED BY CHEETAHS — A group of tourists had an unsettling experience at a Dutch wildlife park after they got out of their car and were chased back in by several cheetahs. SENT: 120 words.

MARS-HELICOPTER — NASA plans to send tiny autonomous helicopter to Mars on its next rover mission to the red planet. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-CONGRESS — President Trump urges the Senate to get its work done on funding before the August break, “or NOT GO HOME.” SENT: 130 words.

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NATIONAL

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SENIOR CITIZENS-BULLYING — Nursing homes, senior centers and other places older adults gather are confronting a problem long thought the domain of the young: Bullying. Around the U.S., those who work with seniors say they’ve seen gossip, exclusion and even incidents of physical violence popping up. As awareness of the issue has grown, anti-bullying programs, policies and training have been rolled out for audiences of seniors. By Matt Sedensky. SENT: 980 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

GRADUATION CAPS DECORATION — From “Game of Loans, interest is coming” to “Si Se Puede, Here To Stay,” graduating college students are choosing to decorate their graduation caps, or mortarboards, pushing against the formality of ceremonies and taking stands on issues. By Regina Garcia Cano. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS AT 40-RESORTS — Portrait of a casino: 40 years after opening as the first outside Nevada, Atlantic City’s Resorts is back in the black. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-POLITICS — Malaysia’s new leader says defeated scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife have been barred from leaving the country to prevent them from fleeing from possible prosecution over a massive corruption scandal. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BURUNDI-DEADLY ATTACK — Burundi’s security minister says 26 people are dead and seven others wounded after an overnight attack blamed on a “terrorist group.” SENT: 640 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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PLAYERS-WOODS — Tiger Woods shoots a 7-under 65 in the third round of The Players Championship, sending to the top of the leaderboard. By AP Sports Writer Mark Long. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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