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May 15, 2018

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

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AP POLL-LONG-TERM CARE — Most young adults haven’t given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By Emily Swanson. SENT: 650 words, photo, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Patients with gunshot wounds crowd wards and hallways in Gaza’s under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital, with dozens still waiting for surgery a day after hundreds were wounded by Israeli army fire in mass protests on the Gaza border. The high casualty toll, including 59 dead, has triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel and new charges of excessive use of force against unarmed protesters. By Fares Akram. SENT: 1,100 words. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

UNITED STATES-IRAN — The United States escalated financial pressure on Iran by slapping terror sanctions on the head of its central bank and barring anyone around the world from doing business with him, sending ominous warning to European still reeling from President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PRIMARY RDP — Tuesday’s primary elections will begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania’s chaotic congressional landscape. Idaho voters are set to pick their Republican gubernatorial nominee, while heavily Republican Nebraska and Democratic-leaning Oregon are also holding primaries. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 830 words. UPCOMING: Pa. polls close at 8 p.m., 890 words by 9 p.m., photos.

TRUMP SENATE — President Trump’s Capitol Hill lunch with Senate Republicans comes amid controversy over aide’s remarks about ailing Sen. John McCain and as the GOP tries to coalesce around a political message ahead of the midterm elections. By Lisa Mascaro and Anne Flaherty. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m., lunch 790 words by 4 p.m.

OBIT-TOM WOLFE — Tom Wolfe, the white-suited wizard of “New Journalism” who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “A Man in Full,” has died. He was 88. Wolfe’s literary agent, Lynn Nesbit, told The Associated Press that he died of an infection in a New York City hospital. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. An abridged version of 900 words is also available.

NETHERLANDS-ANNE FRANK — Researchers using digital editing techniques deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had covered over with brown masking paper, discovering four risque jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution. By Mike Corder. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-PORN STAR-FUNDRAISING — The hundreds of thousands of dollars that Stormy Daniels raised in her legal case against President Trump came from an online crowdfunding site. But the unusual method of online fundraising for legal fees raises transparency questions about who is actually supporting the legal fight. Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, have raised more than $490,000 on the website CrowdJustice.com. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CIA-HASPEL-SENATE — Amid an intensifying public debate on torture, President Trump’s pick to head the CIA says the harsh interrogation program the agency ran at black sites after the Sept. 11 attacks should not have been undertaken. Gina Haspel’s letter to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee appeared aimed at shoring up support for her Senate confirmation. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates possible.

MELANIA TRUMP — President Trump said his wife, Melania, is “doing really well” although she remains hospitalized following a medical procedure to treat a kidney condition the White House described as benign. He said he expected the first lady back home at the White House before the end of the week. SENT: 790 words, photos.

TRUMP- President Trump uses an annual tribute to slain law enforcement officers to press for stronger U.S. borders. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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ABORTION IOWA — Abortion-rights groups say they have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, around the sixth week of pregnancy. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 750 words with photos by 4 p.m.

CHILDREN TORTURED — A California woman is denying that she or her husband abused their 10 children after authorities said the kids suffered puncture wounds, burns and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun. SENT: 700 words, photos. Upcoming: New version of 750 words by 5 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-CHURCH BOMBINGS-PICTURE OF TERRORISM — In the photo, the mother rests one hand on her youngest son’s arm. Two little sisters in the front hold flowers against matching red head scarves. Dad stands in the back next to the oldest son who has already outgrown him. The six are dressed in happy prints and colors — a purple batik shirt, a pink flowered dress — and Mom’s flowing headscarf is the color of sky. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES-ADULTS — One in 7 U.S. adults have tried e-cigarettes, an increase in recent years offset by a small decline in the number currently using the devices, a study found. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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FACEBOOK SCRUBBING — Facebook report reveals its screening system is better at detecting some forms of offensive content than others. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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BRITAIN-ROYAL WEDDING — Thomas Markle spent a career in Hollywood, but nothing prepared him for this. The father of royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle has been quoted as saying he will not attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry this week after suffering a reported heart attack amid the intense media interest around the nuptials. SENT: 900 words, photos. WITH: TV-WATCHING THE ROYAL WEDDING — There are plenty of options for watching the royal wedding live. SENT: 685 words, photos.

FRANCE-CANNES-CHRISTOPHER NOLAN — In an interview, Christopher Nolan discusses the making of an “unrestored” version of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Nolan oversaw the process in a way that didn’t digitize the science-fiction classic for its 50th anniversary, but returned it to its original, analog state from 1968. SENT: 775 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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SPORTS BETTING — Now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multibillion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

CAVALIERS-CELTICS — Having held LeBron James to 15 points in a 25-point opening romp, the Boston Celtics try to win a second straight game at home in the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland is expecting a big response from James and might start Tristan Thompson after the Cavaliers were outscored 60-38 in the paint. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

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