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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 16, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.




GATES-STATE SCHOOL PLANS — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions on American classrooms. An Associated Press analysis of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants show the nonprofit has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape the state education plans required under the 2015 law. Critics call it meddling by a foundation with vast wealth and resources. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.




KOREAS-TENSION — North Korea cancels a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatens to scrap a historic summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed are invasion rehearsals. A senior North Korean diplomat says Pyongyang will refuse to be pressured into one-sidedly abandoning its nukes. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,330 words, photos. With KOREAS-TENSION-TIMELINE; KOREAS-TENSION-THE LATEST.

PRIMARY RDP — Trump backed two successful U.S. Senate nominees in Pennsylvania and Nebraska, which were among four states holding primaries. The primaries begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania’s chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago. By Ashley Thomas and Marc Levy. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-GULF ALLIANCES — For decades Arab states have resoundingly condemned Israeli killings of Palestinian civilians, and the latest gunning down of more than 50 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip proved no different. Behind the scenes, however, fears over Iran have revealed cleavages among Gulf Arab states and a willingness by some to align with Israel. By Aya Batrawy and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

TRUMP-INDONESIA THEME PARK — A Chinese government-owned company signs on to build a theme park in a vast development in Indonesia that also features a Trump hotel and condos, a deal that stands to benefit Trump’s company just as top Chinese envoys head to Washington for trade talks. By Bernard Condon and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 570 words, photo.

TRUMP-GIULIANI — Lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s decision to join Trump’s legal team could backfire on the former New York mayor if potential clients of his international consulting business view him as too erratic and go elsewhere for representation, according to legal experts. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 970 words, photo.

PEACE-WARRIORS — At his desk at North Lawndale College Prep High School in Chicago, Gerald Smith keeps a small calendar that holds unimaginable grief. In its pages, the dean and student advocate writes the name of each student who’s lost a family member, many of them to gun violence. And then he deploys the Peace Warriors — students who have dedicated themselves to easing the violence that pervades their world. By National Writer Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,420 words, photos, video.




KURT-COBAIN-DEATH-SCENE — Photos of Kurt Cobain’s death scene will not be made public. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CHINA-EMERGENCY-LANDING — China, Airbus investigating blown-out windshield on plane. SENT: 370 words, photos.

GLOVER’S-WIFE — PGA Tour player Lucas Glover’s wife arrested on domestic violence charges. SENT: 360 words, photos.




MALAYSIA-ANWAR — Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim is freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance’s stunning election victory. SENT: 530 words, photos.

INDONESIA-MILITANT ATTACK — Indonesian police shoot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer, the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country. SENT: 310 words, photos.

NICARAGUA-CHURCH-AND-STATE — The Roman Catholic Church is mediating talks between Nicaragua’s besieged President Manuel Noriega and anti-government forces that have mounted a street campaign demanding he step down after a decade in power. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

BURUNDI-TENSE REFERENDUM — Killings and hate speech in Burundi have led up to a tense referendum on Thursday that could keep the president in power for another 14 years. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 a.m., photo.

INDIA-WATER-WOES — India’s Silicon Valley is bracing for yet another thirsty summer after years of water mismanagement. SENT: 670 words, photos.




BUILDING EXPLOSION — Federal and local investigators search through debris, looking for remnants of a possible explosive device, after a blast at a Southern California medical office building that left a woman dead and three other people injured. SENT: 500 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Building Explosion (CR) — California deadly explosion called suspicious. With BUILDING EXPLOSION-THE LATEST.

TEACHER PROTESTS-NORTH CAROLINA — Thousands of teachers are set to hit the streets of North Carolina’s capital, seeking a political showdown over wages and funding for public school classrooms in this conservative, tax-cutting state. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. rally.

CHILDREN TORTURED — Prosecutors will file nine counts of felony child abuse against the California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse in a filthy home. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

STORMY WEATHER — Powerful storms pound the Northeast with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least two people dead and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power. SENT: 310 words, photos, video.

BALTIMORE POLICE COMMISSIONER-RESIGNS — Baltimore’s mayor announces the city’s police commissioner has resigned after being charged with failing to pay his taxes. SENT: 950 words, photo. With BALTIMORE POLICE-GLANCE — Recent struggles facing the Baltimore police force.

TEXAS-EXECUTION — A Texas inmate scheduled to be executed insists he wasn’t involved in a San Antonio “lovers’ lane” killing more than 14 years ago that sent him to death row. SENT: 620 words, photo. UPCOMING: Execution set for after 7 p.m.




CIA-HASPEL-SENATE — Trump’s pick to be the next CIA director appears headed for confirmation as Gina Haspel picks up Democratic support and is expected to get a nod from the Senate intelligence committee. SENT: 510 words, photo. UPCOMING: Senate intelligence committee vote set for 9:30 a.m. With CIA HACKING TOOLS — Lawyer: Ex-CIA employee in leak probe “deeply saddened.”

IMMIGRANTS-SEPARATING FAMILIES — The Health and Human Services Department is considering housing at military bases those children picked up crossing the U.S. border illegally either alone or after being separated from their parents by the government, according to two U.S. officials. SENT: 760 words, photos.

EPA-PRUITT — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is going before a Senate panel as he faces a growing series of federal ethics investigations. SENT: 460 words.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a federal judge in Washington rules. SENT: 530 words, photo.

TRUMP-FINANCIAL-DISCLOSURE — Trump has submitted his annual financial disclosure to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, and it is expected to be released publicly in the coming days. SENT: 280 words.




CHEROKEES-HEPATITIS TREATMENT — One of the largest Native American tribes is the first community in the U.S. to implement a hepatitis C elimination program to treat its citizens; federal officials say the initiative could serve as a national model. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-ASSISTED DEATH LAWSUIT — Advocates say the terminally ill may suffer unnecessarily after a judge throws out a California law that allowed adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs. SENT: 530 words, photos.

GREENPEACE-SINARMAS — Greenpeace ends a five-year truce with one of the world’s largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation. SENT: 820 words, photo.




AMAZON-WHOLE FOODS-PRIME — It’s Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon is rolling out discounts for Prime members at the organic grocer. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 240 words, photo.




SPORTS BETTING-TRIBES — American Indian tribes are welcoming the opportunity to offer sports betting in potentially hundreds of casinos across the country. SENT: 740 words, photos.

ROCKETS-GREEN’S JOURNEY — Houston’s Gerald Green journeys from brink of retirement to role player for hometown Rockets as they chase first title in more than two decades. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

F1-HAAS’ FUTURE — Unless there are changes in Formula One regulations in the near future, don’t expect fourth-best racing team Haas to do much better than it is doing right now. By Sports Writer Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.




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