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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

May 12, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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TOP STORIES

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US-CHINA TARIFFS-BEIJING’S ECONOMIC AMBITIONS _ Beijing’s tariff war with Washington threatens to hamper its ambitions to transform China into a global technology leader. The United States is a major customer and technology source for Chinese makers of electronics, medical equipment and other high-tech exports. U.S. tariff hikes add to hurdles for Chinese industries that face growing resistance in the United States and Europe to tactics that include acquiring technology through partnerships with foreign companies or buying them outright. By Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos by noon. This is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

PHILIPPINES-ELECTIONS _ Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s name is not on the ballot but Monday’s mid-term elections are seen as a crucial referendum on his rise to power with his brutal anti-drug crackdown, unorthodox style and contentious embrace of China. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 500 words, photos.

TRUMP-TRADE WAR _ President Donald Trump’s combative approach to trade has been one of the main constants among his often-shifting political views. He’s showing no signs of backing off now even as the stakes intensify with the threat of a full-blown trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 950 words, photos. WITH: US-CHINA TARIFFS 101 _ Trump’s tariffs against China: What they are, what they’re supposed to do and how they work. SENT: 850 words, photo; US-CHINA TARIFFS _ Chinese Vice Premier Liu He says trade talks with the U.S. have not broken down. SENT: 350 words, photos.

CONGRESS-IMPEACHMENT _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has introduced a new concept into the debate over President Donald Trump’s actions: “self-impeaching.” The more that Democrats push their investigations, the more Trump resists, making what Pelosi says is his own case for impeachment with his stonewalling of Congress. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 840 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS-ORIGIN STORY _ Kamala Harris credits her late mother, who left India to pursue a life as a cancer researcher in America, for her fighting spirit, her directness and her laugh. The Democratic presidential candidate calls her the greatest influence in her life, giving her an early grounding in the civil rights movement and injecting in her a duty not to complain but rather to act. By National Writer Matt Sedensky. SENT: 2,350 words, photos. A shorter version of 900 words also is available. Part of a series exploring the stories the 2020 presidential candidates tell about themselves, their families and the origins of their political drive.

MIDEAST-US MILITARY-IRAN _ A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group rushes toward the Persian Gulf. Decades-old B-52 bombers rumble down runways at desert air bases. The Pentagon, meanwhile, routes a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious supply ship to return to the region. These military deployments in the Persian Gulf, beginning with a sudden May 5 order from the White House citing still-unspecified threats from Iran, comes as Tehran has begun setting its own deadlines over its unraveling nuclear deal that President Donald Trump pulled America of out of a year ago. An AP analysis by Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-DENNIS RODMAN _ The owner of a Southern California yoga studio is accusing Dennis Rodman of helping three people steal more than $3,500 in merchandise from his business. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PEOPLE-ALYSSA MILANO-SEX STRIKE _ Actress Alyssa Milano ignites social media with a tweet calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures. SENT: 380 words, photo.

MICHELLE OBAMA-BOOK TOUR _ A group of students from Spelman and Morehouse colleges who’ve been studying Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” had a surprise visitor to discuss the work _ the former first lady herself. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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BORDER-PENTAGON _ On a trip to a border city in Texas, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the government’s ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon’s continuous help. He says active-duty troops won’t extend their border mission for the long haul, but assures Border Patrol agents that the Pentagon won’t withdraw military support prematurely. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE _ Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is about to try a “reintroduction” after his early momentum fizzled. The former Texas congressman barreled into the race with breakneck energy and a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants style, but with his once-rising poll numbers sagging, he plans to offer more concrete policy plans and appear more on national TV. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ In a week of false or misleading statements on his achievements and grievances, President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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NATIONAL

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HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL _ The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been abducted from him last weekend is arrested near Houston and police say they have found blood in his apartment linked to Maleah Davis. SENT: 320 words, photos.

HARVARD COLLEGE-WEINSTEIN LAWYER _ A Harvard faculty member who decided to represent Harvey Weinstein at his rape trial is losing his position as head of a student house at the college. SENT: 130 words, photo.

GENERIC DRUGS-LAWSUIT _ Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions. SENT: 130 words, photos. Developing.

MOTHER’S DAY BAIL OUT _ For Mother’s Day, dozens of mothers are getting time with their children instead of time behind bars. The effort is organized by the National Bail Out collective, a coalition of various grassroots groups, attorneys and activists nationwide. The campaign hopes to bail out more than 100 women in 35 cities in time for Mother’s Day. The objective is not just to reunite families but to push for change in the cash bail system. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION _ A North Carolina legislator best known as the architect of the state’s so-called bathroom bill three years ago is racking up contributions and endorsements as he runs in the repeat of a congressional race marred by a ballot fraud scandal. State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is a leading contender among 10 candidates in next week’s GOP primary in the 9th Congressional District special election. SENT: 825 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION _ South Africa’s ruling African National Congress marked its weakest victory in national elections in a quarter-century, while President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that the vote had given him and others “a firm mandate to build a better South Africa for all.” SENT: 575 words, photo.

VENEZUELA _ Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he’s instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the U.S. military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign. SENT: 740 words, photos.

YEMEN _ Yemen’s Houthi rebels began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December cease-fire aimed at alleviating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. SENT: 700 words, photo.

HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW _ Chaotic scenes at Hong Kong’s legislative assembly as lawmakers for and against controversial amendments to the territory’s extradition clashed over access to the chamber. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CUBA-GAY MARCH _ Gay-rights activists organizing on social media hold an unauthorized march down eight blocks of one of Havana’s main thoroughfares before being stopped by police. SENT: 510 words, photos.

ALBANIA-PROTEST _ Thousands of supporters of Albania’s center-right opposition protest in Tirana, calling for the left-wing government to resign and for an early parliamentary election. The protesters clash with police at several points and reporters see some people injured. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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GENERAL MOTORS-LORDSTOWN _ The fate of a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio remains very much up in the air even after a tweet from President Donald Trump heralded the potential sale of a factory he has shown an intense interest in saving. That’s because the buyer is a fledgling electric vehicle maker that has never posted a profit, has only about 100 employees and warned this year that it might not have enough money to stay in business. By John Seewer and Tom Krisher. SENT: 750 words, photos.

UBER-LYFT DUOPOLY _ A fare war between Uber and Lyft has led to billions of dollars in losses for both ride-hailing companies as they fight for passengers and drivers. But in one way it has been good for investors who snatched up the newly public companies’ stock: The losses have scared off the competition, giving the leaders a duopoly in almost every American city. By Business Writers Tom Krisher and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,125 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FRANCE-CANNES-PREVIEW _ The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will feature zombies, Elton John, Quentin Tarantino’s latest and the first black woman in competition for the festival’s top honor, the Palme d’Or. This year’s edition of the French Riviera extravagance begins Tuesday with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die.” Also on tap is Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, and the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TEN--MADRID OPEN _ Rafael Nadal’s slump on clay continues with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 loss to ninth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the semifinals of the Madrid Open. Novak Djokovic defeats Dominic Thiem in straight sets to reach the final for the third time. Kiki Bertens beats two-time Madrid champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 to win the women’s title. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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