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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

May 27, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-JAPAN _ President Donald Trump makes history under a blazing, hot sun at Japan’s Imperial Palace, becoming the first world leader to meet the new emperor of Japan. Meetings, a working lunch and joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are also scheduled. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Europe’s longtime political center appears to shrink as exit polls and early results from the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades show both the anti-immigrant far right and the pro-environment Greens gaining ground. By Mike Corder and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-BRITAIN _ UK Conservatives fear wipeout in Brexit-dominated EU poll. SENT: 520 words, photos; EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-COUNTRIES TO WATCH (sent).

FACT-CHECK WEEK _ Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway before they took office. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,960 words, photos.

BOY SCOUTS-SURVIVING ABUSE _ Hundreds of men across the U.S. are signing up with lawyers to sue the Boy Scouts for damages related to sex abuse they claim to have suffered at the hands of scout leaders. The expected wave of litigation poses a financial threat to the Boy Scouts that could trigger bankruptcy. For some of the men, it’s an emotional challenge to recall the abuse and the decades of psychological damage that resulted. By David Crary. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos, video by noon. This story will move as the Tuesday Spotlight.

FLOOD BUYOUTS _ Federal and local governments have poured more than $5 billion into buying tens of thousands of private properties over the past few decades to try to diminish the long-term costs of repeated floods. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

SEVERE WEATHER _ A tornado levels a motel and tears through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second twister rakes a suburb of Tulsa more than 100 miles away, authorities say. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES _ Santa Anita sees its third horse death in nine days when a gelding pulls up during a race and is later euthanized. SENT: 120 words, photos.

STAN LEE-ELDER ABUSE _ A former business manager of the late comic book legend Stan Lee makes first court appearance in Arizona, after arrest for fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse. SENT: 270 words, photos.

FRAMINGHAM STATE-JOHN LEWIS _ U.S. Rep. John Lewis urges graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts to “get in trouble” and to build “bridges, not walls.” SENT: 250 words, photos.

OBIT-MURRAY GELL-MAN _ Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, dies at age 89. SENT: 330 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-IMPEACHMENT _ Democratic leaders in Congress have argued that impeaching President Donald Trump is a political mistake as the 2020 election nears. Most of the candidates running to succeed him seem to agree, for now. By Elana Schor and Juana Summers. SENT: 920 words, photos.

DYSFUNCTIONAL WISCONSIN _ Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the Legislature are having such a hard time getting along that even the signing of a seemingly innocuous, unanimously approved bill morphed into a partisan fight. It’s only been months since Tony Evers took over as governor, yet there have already been lawsuits, claims of sexism and accusations from Republican leaders that Evers is “out of touch.” SENT: 860 words.

ELECTION 2020-AFRICAN AMERICANS-IOWA _ In the state where Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy cleared its first important hurdle, black Democrats are energized as seldom seen, which could allow a candidate who rallies more black voters in Iowa’s caucuses to gain an outsized advantage. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 820 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-IMPEACHMENT

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INTERNATIONAL

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PERU-EARTHQUAKE _ A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas but causing only one reported death. SENT: 340 words, photos.

THAILAND-OBIT-PREM TINSULANONDA _ Prem Tinsulanonda, who as an army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace was one of Thailand’s most influential political figures over four decades, has died at age 98. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

GERMANY-ANTI-SEMITISM _ Israel’s president said he is shocked by a German official’s comment that he wouldn’t advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions at home. SENT: 370 words, photo.

NORTH KOREA-UNITED STATES _ North Korea has called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a “war monger” and “human defect” after he described its recent tests of short-range missile as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, said the country was exercising its right to self-defense with the launches. North Korea tested short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and May 9. SENT: 830 words, photos.

BOLIVIA-INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT _ On stage, amid the hubbub of a Bolivian street market, women recount their stories of abuse at the hands of men. But the violence depicted in the play isn’t just make-believe for the 22 indigenous actresses: It’s based on their own real-life experiences. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-ACCIDENT _ An 84-year-old woman dies after being injured in a Chicago crash that involved multiple vehicles and also hurt 10 police officers. SENT: 130 words.

SPRING FLOODING _ Residents in parts of Arkansas prepare for what meteorologists predict will be the worst flooding in recorded history along parts of the Arkansas River over the coming week. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROSECUTIONS _ Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven’t come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. SENT: 960 words, photos.

D-DAY-EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS _ Its 75th anniversary brings extra classroom attention to D-Day, which has waned as a topic that’s emphasized in schools across the world. In a North Carolina classroom, students learn about spies, the deadly military practice before D-Day and a general who kept his plans ‘on the down low.’ SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-BOX OFFICE _ Moviegoers voted with their dollars and chose the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend. The Walt Disney Co.’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” crushed the competition at the box office, which included two new original R-rated films that opened as counterprogramming to the family pic: The critically acclaimed teen comedy “Booksmart” and the horror “Brightburn.” SENT: 910 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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INDY 500 _ Simon Pagenaud wins his first Indianapolis 500, making an audacious pass of Alexander Rossi before taking the white flag and holding off the hard-charging driver from Andretti Autosport. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OBIT-STARR _ Bart Starr, the gentlemanly quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s whose sneak won the famed “Ice Bowl” in 1967, has died. He was 85. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,420 words, photos.

GILBERT HOSPITALIZED _ Cavaliers owner and billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is recovering after suffering symptoms of a stroke and seeking hospital care. SENT: 320 words.

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BUSINESS

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FIAT CHRYSLER-RENAULT _ Fiat Chrysler on Monday proposed a merger with France’s Renault, in a deal that would create the world’s third-biggest automaker and save billions needed to invest in the race to make new electric and autonomous vehicles. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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