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May 11, 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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ABORTION BANS-STATES — A new Mississippi law could make it nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there if it survives a court challenge. Leaving the state might not help either. Legislatures in neighboring Louisiana and Alabama are considering laws that would ban most abortions. Similar laws that would prohibit abortions before many women know they’re pregnant have passed in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio. A more conservative U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened states to adopt the bans. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

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.

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.

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 injected 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. One in a series exploring the stories the 2020 presidential candidates tell about themselves, their families and the origins of their political drive.

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. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 810 words, photo. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m.

BOYS RANCH-ABUSE — More men are coming forward to say they suffered abuse decades ago while living at a boys ranch for at-risk youths in Texas. But the reckoning some had hoped for still hasn’t happened. The men describe brutal beatings by staff members. Some also say they were raped by older boys at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. SENT: 825 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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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. By Will Weissert and Steve Peoples. 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. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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NATIONAL

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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.

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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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TV-HARVEST SEASON — For generations, Mexican-born Gustavo Brambila’s family has worked in the wine industry of California’s Napa Valley in some form. He went to college on a baseball scholarship but the passion of flowery aromas and crisp peach flavor remained in his soul and he eventually got a degree in fermentation sciences. His dream: His own vineyard. Brambila’s story and others are the focus of “Harvest Season,” a new PBS documentary examining the contributions of Mexican Americans in the wine industry of California’s Napa Valley. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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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HKN--BLUES-SHARKS — The Sharks and Blues open the Western Conference finals between teams seeking their first Stanley Cup title. St Louis revived its season once Jordan Binnington moved into the net. San Jose is rolling, having stuck with goalie Martin Jones. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BKN--TIPOFF — The NBA closes its second round Sun with drama in two acts— a pair of Game 7s: Portland at Denver, with the winner playing Golden State; and Philadelphia at Toronto, with the winner getting Milwaukee. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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