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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

May 16, 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 .




CHINA-BUILDING COLLAPSE _ At least nine people trapped in Shanghai building collapse. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: photos.




EUROPE YOUNG AND FAR RIGHT _ Europe’s far-right parties are wooing the young in this month’s elections. The demographic has spurned them for generations, but The Associated Press found that young voters are moving to the right further and faster than their elders. Far-right parties are also fielding candidates in their 20s and early 30s to woo the young. And they are using aggressive social media campaigns playing on themes favored by white supremacists in the U.S. The message appears to be hitting home in some countries. By Lori Hinnant. UPCOMING: 2,020 words by 5 a.m., photos. TOP VIDEO: _ EUR Far Right Youth (CR) _ Europe’s far-right wooing the young. An abridged version of 1,080 words will also be sent.

PANAMA-MIGRANT SURGE _ Panamanian authorities are struggling to contend with a spike in the number of migrants risking the journey through what’s known as the Darien Gap, one of the most dangerous stretches of the migratory route toward the U.S. It’s the biggest migratory crisis Panama has faced since 2015-2016, when about 60,000 people crossed the Gap. Border officials say 7,316 migrants have crossed so far this year, on pace to well exceed the 9,678 who made the passage last year and potentially rival 2015-2016. By Juan Zamorano. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.




PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran’s foreign minister slams escalating U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran by the Trump administration as “unacceptable,” even as he insisted that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions in the Mideast. By Aya Batrawy and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 500 words, photos. With PERSIAN-GULF-TENSIONS-THE-LATEST.

ABORTION-ALABAMA _ Alabama’s Republican governor signs a bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion in nearly all cases, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk. Opponents of the law have vowed to challenge it in court. Supporters of the measure are hoping it will ignite a legal fight that will prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to gut abortion rights nationwide. By Kim Chandler and Blake Paterson. SENT: 840 words, photos, videos. With ABORTION-LEGAL-CHALLENGES-Q&A.

TRUMP-TELECOM _ In a fateful swipe at telecommunications giant Huawei, the Trump administration issues an executive order apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U.S. networks and says it is subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls. Huawei would be the largest business ever subjected to the controls, a law enforcement measure that requires it to obtain U.S. government approval on purchases of American technology, an expert says. By Frank Bajak and Tali Arbel. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian stocks mixed on trade jitters, reported tariff delay.

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-SECURITY TECHNOLOGY _ Efforts to combat school shootings are shifting toward software and other technology to reduce the number of victims. Gunshot detection systems, apps and artificial intelligence are becoming more common. The technology is often used in combination with mental health and anti-bullying programs for a holistic approach. The strategy being adopted by Beverly Hills, California, schools and others nationwide aims to speed up law enforcement’s response to shootings. By Stefanie Dazio. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ A new immigration proposal from President Donald Trump focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system. The shift would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. By Jill Colvin and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 words after 2:30 p.m. remarks.

HOLLYWOOD-HEARTBEAT LAW _ Productions as big as the films of Marvel Studios and shows like “Stranger Things” and “The Walking Dead” call Georgia home base, and some companies have not shied away from throwing their weight around when values clash with proposed laws in the state. But in the week since Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a measure that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, there has been no oppositional movement from any of the major film and television studios. By Lindsey Bahr and Sanya Mansoor. SENT: 990 words, photos.




PREGNANT WOMAN SLAIN-BABY TAKEN _ Police: Pregnant Chicago woman’s baby cut from womb after her murder. SENT: 280 words.

CHRISTIE’S-KOONS _ Koon’s “Rabbit” fetches record $91 million at auction. SENT: 140 words, photo.

XPRIZE-CHILDREN’S LITERACY _ U.S., U.K. teams share $10 million XPRIZE award for child literacy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NEPAL-MOUNTAINEER DEATHS _ Two Indian climbers die on Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal. SENT: 190 words.

OBIT-LEONARD BAILEY _ Surgeon who transplanted baboon heart into baby dies. SENT: 440 words.

E-CIGARETTES-FDA LAWSUIT _ Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes. SENT: 660 words, photo.

KITTEN STOWAWAYS _ Kitten stowaways found after long journey in steel column. SENT: 130 words, photos.




ELECTION 2020-BILL DE BLASIO _ The Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has been considering a presidential run for months and is expected to announce a decision this week. SENT: 380 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words after appearance on ABC, expected about 8:10 a.m.

TRUMP-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE _ Trump’s latest financial disclosure report is expected to provide a rare glimpse into whether his presidency has helped or hurt his hotels, golf resorts and other parts of his business empire. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after release, time uncertain.

TRUMP-PARDON _ Trump grants a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. SENT: 460 words, photo.




PERU-AMAZON’S GOLD _ For a decade, a gold rush accelerated in Peru’s Tambopata province, then Peru tried something different and installed permanent military bases in the region. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

VENEZUELA _ The Venezuelan government and opposition send envoys to Norway to attend talks on ways of ending the South American country’s crisis, though their mutual mistrust and differences on key issues are likely to slow chances of progress. SENT: 660 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION _ Australia’s conservative prime minister predicts a close result at elections this weekend as his rival uses a campaign rally to revel in the memory of one of his center-left party’s greatest victories 47 years ago. SENT: 330 words, photos. With AUSTRALIA-CHALLENGER _ Australian opposition leader favorite to win election; AUSTRALIA-INCUMBENT _ A mystery to many, Australian PM is a tough sell at election.

SRI LANKA-TOURISM _ Sri Lanka was the Lonely Planet guide’s top travel destination for 2019, but since the Easter attacks on churches and luxury hotels, foreign tourists have fled. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

KASHMIR-FIGHTING _ Officials say three rebels, an army soldier and a civilian have been killed during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir that set off anti-India protests and clashes. SENT: 240 words.




ALASKA-FLOATPLANES CRASH _ A newly married couple, a pilot who used his family’s savings to buy his own plane, a devoted family man from Australia and an office manager at an insurance company with a vivacious personality and a heart of gold were among the six victims in this week’s deadly midair collision of two sightseeing planes in Alaska. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE _ As California fire investigators officially concluded that the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century was caused by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines, lawmakers express deep skepticism about whether the utility had made the dramatic changes needed to prevent another deadly blaze. SENT: 760 words, photos.

EXECUTION-TENNESSEE _ A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis is set for execution in Tennessee. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for 8 p.m.

EXECUTION-ALABAMA _ A man convicted of killing four people, including two young girls, in a dispute over a pickup truck is set for execution in Alabama. SENT: 480 words, photo. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for 7 p.m.




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