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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

May 20, 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 .




PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS (sent, developing)


OFFICERS SHOT-ALABMA (sent, developing)


FORD-JOB CUTS (sent, developing)






TRUMP-BANKS_ President Donald Trump is insisting he didn’t borrow from many banks because he “didn’t need the money,” not because they wouldn’t do business with him. SENT: 130 words.

ELECTION 2020-HOUSE-MICHIGAN _ Michigan’s Amash, GOP Trump critic, faces primary challenge. SENT: 140 words, photo.

BRITAIN-POLITICIAN-MILKSHAKE _ Brexiteer Farage splattered in latest UK milkshake attack. SENT: 140 words, photos.

FRANCE-EIFFEL TOWER _ Eiffel Tower closed down after intruder tries to climb up. SENT: 130 words, photo.

PEOPLE-SCARLETT JOHANSSON-COLIN JOST-ENGAGED _ Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are engaged. SENT: 120 words, photos.

FRANCE-CANNES-RED CARPET-PHOTO GALLERY _ Cannes in close-up: Images of the festival’s dazzling detail. SENT: 110 words, photos.




PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it would face its “official end,” shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight and only 48 hours after he seemingly sought to soften his tone.. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. With IRAQ-IRAN-US _ Iraqi Shiite figures warn U.S.-Iran war could “burn” Iraq; PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST.

US-CHINA TRADE-TECH THEFT _ For four decades, Beijing has cajoled or pressured foreign companies to hand over technology. And its trading partners say if that didn’t work, China stole what it wanted. Communist leaders deflected demands for change until foreign frustration erupted into a showdown with President Donald Trump. He sent shockwaves through their export industries by slapping punitive tariffs of up to 25% on Chinese goods. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. With CHINA-FOREIGN BUSINESS _ Report: More companies in China handing over technology; CHINA-TRADE-GOOGLE-HUAWEI _ Google says services on Huawei phone still will function.

UKRAINE-POLITICS _ Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy seeks to capitalize on his huge popularity, dissolving the country’s parliament minutes after he was sworn in as president. SENT: 670 words, photos. With UKRAINE-POLITICS-THE LATEST.

BRITAIN-ASSANGE _ Swedish authorities issue a request for a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain, a Swedish prosecutor says. SENT: 490 words, photos.

CHINA-PIG PLAGUE _ Pork lovers worldwide are wincing at prices that have jumped by up to 40 percent as China’s struggle to stamp out African swine fever in its vast pig herds sends shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world’s pork, but supplies are falling as Beijing destroys herds and blocks shipments. Importers are filling the gap by buying pork as far away as Europe, boosting prices and causing shortages in some markets. By Sam McNeil and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HIGH-TECH ESTONIA _Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election, and thousands have already done so in the European Parliament elections. By David Keyton. SENT: 930 words, photos.

SUDAN-THE GENERAL FROM DARFUR _Sudanese general now deputy head of ruling military council closely linked to ongoing conflict in Darfur. SENT: 1,190 words, photos. With SUDAN _ No deal but Sudanese army, protesters will keep talking.

NEPAL-A SHERPA’S WISH _ Apa Sherpa has stood on top of the world more times than all but one other person and now he wants to make sure no one feels compelled to follow in his footsteps. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION _Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks set to form a majority government as vote counting from Australia’s weekend election allays fears that his conservative coalition may have to rule in the minority following its shock victory. SENT: 780 words, photos.

AUSTRIA-GOVERNMENT _ Political chaos reigns in Austria, two days after the chancellor called for a new election and pulled the plug on his ruling coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, whose leader quit over an apparent influence-peddling scandal involving a purported Russian investor. SENT: 600 words, photos.




ELECTION 2020-MINIMUM WAGE _ Almost the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field has joined the labor movement driven by fast food workers to implement a federal minimum wage of $15. But although a $15 national minimum wage has become a popular refrain on the campaign trail, the Democratic Party itself is split over implementing it. UPCOMING: 880 words, photos by 11 a.m.

TRUMP-POLICING POLLUTERS _ The Trump administration is delegating more environmental enforcement to states, and that has residents of Bokoshe, Oklahoma worried. For years, powdery ash blowing from trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would make it difficult to breathe. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only source of serious environmental enforcement. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is unveiling a pay inequity proposal that aims to close the gender pay gap by holding corporations accountable when men are paid more than women. SENT: 390 words, photos.




OFFICERS SHOT-ALABMA _ A man opened fire on police responding to a call about a domestic disturbance in an Alabama mobile home park, killing one officer and wounding two others, authorities say. SENT: 190 words, photo.

D-DAY-SEARCHING FOR PAPA _ Seventy-five years after 160,000 Allied troops stormed Nazi-occupied France, the history of D-Day and its aftermath is still being written. Only now are some wartime families getting answers to life-changing questions. Soldiers on all sides fathered tens of thousands of children amid the chaos of war. DNA testing is now giving some of those children answers to one of the key questions of their existence: Who was my dad? By John Leicester. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video.

METOO-TEACHING CONSENT _ In the era of #MeToo, lawmakers, educators and teens themselves are re-examining whether sex education needs to evolve to better address some of the issues in society today. Central to the conversation is whether schools should expand curriculums to help kids understand consent _ a concept often defined differently from state to state. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 1,820 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 950 words has also been sent. WHAT IS CONSENT? _ In defining consent, there’s a gap between the law, culture.

DRONES-STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS _ A new survey shows that public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state. The report obtained by The Associated Press shows a sharp increase in their use over the last few years, reflecting the rapid adoption of the technology by governments. In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 550 words, photos.

ISLAND-INCREASED-VACCINATIONS _ An idyllic island near Seattle known for its counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates is seeing an increase in the number of children vaccinated for measles and other diseases. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.




FORD-JOB CUTS _ Ford is cutting about 7,000 white-collar jobs, which would make up 10% of its global workforce. The company has said it was undertaking a major restructuring, and on now says it will have trimmed thousands of jobs by August. SENT: 290 words, photo.

T-MOBILE-SPRINT-FCC _ The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says he plans to recommend the agency approve the $26.5 billion merger of wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, saying it’ll speed up 5G deployment in the U.S. SENT: 350 words.




WHO TRAVEL _ The World Health Organization spent nearly $192 million on travel expenses last year, with staffers sometimes breaking the agency’s own rules by traveling in business class, booking expensive last-minute tickets and traveling without the required approvals, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.




GAME OF THRONES-FINALE _ Winter has come and winter has gone, the last of the heads have been lopped off and the last of the dragon fire has been spit as “Game of Thrones” aired its 73rd and final episode. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 760 words, photos.




REDSKINS-RECOVERY ROOM _ The Redskins hope their rest and recovery methods and technology prevent and reduce injuries after leading the NFL in most players on season-ending injured reserve last year. Washington’s players have access to laser and cryotherapy, sensory-deprivation float pods and custom mattresses in an effort to be more rested, focused and healthier. Trainer Larry Hess says progress is already being made in cutting down on preventable injuries. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

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