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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

May 17, 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.




UNITED STATES-IRAN-TRUMP — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. The friction has rattled lawmakers who are demanding more information on the White House’s claims of rising Iranian aggression. By Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee. SENT: 830 words, photo.

IRAN-REGIONAL REACH — Iran has significantly expanded its footprint over the past decade — from Lebanon and Syria to Iraq, Yemen, and the Gaza Strip. It has been finding and developing powerful allies in conflict-ravaged countries across the Middle East and has used groups like the Lebanese Hezbollah to strike its regional foes. These allies could be mobilized if the latest tensions with the United States lead to an armed conflict, dramatically expanding the battlefield. By Zeina Karam. SENT: 970 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE FLYNN — Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel’s office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, and he provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, prosecutors say. By Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 600 words, photo.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — President Trump aims to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, “totally brilliant,” high-skilled workers he says won’t compete for American jobs. Trump’s sweeping immigration plan is more a campaign document than anything else. By Zeke Miller, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video.

ABORTION-MISSOURI — Missouri’s Republican-led House is expected to pass a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy on lawmakers’ final day in session, joining Alabama and several other states that have moved recently to severely restrict the procedure. By Summer Ballentine. SENT: 450 words, photo.




ELECTION 2020-SENATE-ROY MOORE — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama says he’s considering a fresh run for Senate next year. That’s prompting national Republican leaders to signal that they’ll try again to prevent their party from nominating him. By Alan Fram and Kim Chandler. SENT: 960 words, photo.

CONGRESS-LGBT RIGHTS — Democrats in the House are poised to approve sweeping anti-discrimination legislation that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words after vote, time uncertain.




BORDER WALL-LAWSUITS — President Donald Trump is moving fast to spend billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. SENT: 640 words, photos.




GUATEMALA-ELECTION — A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor’s candidacy has turned Guatemala’s presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption. SENT: 870 words, photos.




TRUMP’S OTHER TRADE WARS — President Donald Trump’s duels with China over technology, with Mexico and Canada over North American trade and with Europe over auto tariffs have commanded a global spotlight. But his trade warriors are fighting dozens of more obscure battles, too, over laminated woven sacks from Vietnam, olives from Spain and rubber bands from Thailand, among many others. The Trump administration has launched no fewer than 160 investigations into allegations that its trading partners dump products at cut-rate prices or unfairly subsidize their exporters — a 220% jump from the number of cases the Obama administration pursued in the same time in office. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.




TV-BIG BANG THEORY-FINALE — “The Big Bang Theory” closed out its run as television’s top-rated comedy with an emotional hour-long final episode that saw some big changes for the show’s group of geeky misfits. By AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 420 words, photos.

ISRAEL-EUROVISION — The Eurovision Song Contest has decided the final 10 contestants who will battle to be crowned Europe’s best pop act, following the event’s second semifinal. The countries advancing to the cumulative show, held Saturday in Tel Aviv, are Netherlands, Sweden, North Macedonia, Albania, Russia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Malta. SENT: 520 words, photos.

MUSIC-BET AWARDS NOMINATIONS — Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination. BET told the Associated Press that Cardi B’s nominations include two for the top prize — video of the year — with her hits “Money” and “Please Me,” with Bruno Mars. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 370 words, photo.




GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — Brooks Koepka beat up on brawny Bethpage Black for a record-setting start to his title defense in the PGA Championship. With a 40-foot birdie to start his round and a birdie putt from just inside 35 feet at the end, he shot a 7-under 63 to break the course record and become the first player to shoot 63 in the same major twice. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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