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    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 .

    Adds: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE, FIGHTING ONLINE EXTREMISM, E-CIGARETTE LAWSUIT-NORTH CAROLINA, FIGHTING ONLINE EXTREMISM, BORDER PATROL-RESCUE, HELICOPTER CRASH-HUDSON RIVER, RICHARD LUGAR-FUNERAL, NAZI SALUTE, PAMELA SMART-SENTENCE-PETITION, TV-BIG BANG THEORY-CAST

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    TOP STORIES

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    ELECTION 2020-ABORTION _Alabama's vote to restrict abortion in almost all circumstances moves one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign. By Elana Schor, Zeke Miller and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video. With ABORTION-LEGAL CHALLENGES-Q&A _ Alabama’s virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state abortion law that seems designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a right it announced 46 years ago. But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a more incremental approach. By Mark Sherman and David Crary. SENT: 1,090 words, photos; ABORTION-LOUISIANA; ABORTION-WISCONSIN

    CONGRESS-IRAN _ The White House’s sudden moves in the Mideast spark alarm from Congress as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns President Donald Trump off war with Iran and lawmakers in both parties demand more information on the administration’s strategy. By Lisa Mascaro and Susannah George. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ The U.S. orders all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspend their military assistance programs in the country in the latest signs of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran. By Jon Gambrell and Philip Issa. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. WITH: PERSIAN GULF TENSIONS-TIMELINE _ Key events in the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran. SENT: 500 words, photo.

    SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO _Two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in their Colorado charter school appeared in court Wednesday to face dozens of criminal charges that included murder and attempted murder. The parents of the teen who was killed in the attack looked on before attending to their son's memorial service. Senior Kendrick Castillo was just days from graduating when he was slain while trying to stop one of the gunmen during the May 7 attack. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

    DIET-BREAST CANCER _ For the first time, a large experiment suggests that modestly trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer. The results are striking because they come from a rigorous study of 49,000 women spanning two decades. By AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 640 words, photo.

    PREGNANT MAN _ When the man arrived at the hospital with severe abdominal pains, a nurse didn't consider it an emergency, noting that he was obese and had stopped taking blood pressure medicines. In reality, he was pregnant _ a transgender man in labor that was about to end in a stillbirth. The tragic case points to larger issues about assigning labels or making assumptions in a society increasingly confronting gender variations in sports, entertainment and medicine. By AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 650 words.

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    WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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    BORDER PATROL-RESCUE _ Photos capture near-drowning of migrants on US-Mexico border. SENT: 150 words, photos.

    HELICOPTER CRASH-HUDSON RIVER _ Helicopter goes down in Hudson River; pilot OK. SENT: 320 words, photo.

    NAZI SALUTE _ Elementary school will no longer have student portray Hitler. SENT: 300 words.

    PAMELA SMART-SENTENCE-PETITION _ Pamela Smart denied chance at freedom in husband's death. SENT: 670 words, photo.

    SKYSCRAPER RESCUE _ Two window washers were rescued without apparent injury from a scaffold above the roof of an approximately 850-foot skyscraper in Oklahoma City. SENT: 140 words, photos, videos.

    TV-BIG BANG THEORY-CAST _ 'Big Bang Theory' stars reflect on show's end, next steps. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.

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    WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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    TRUMP-TELECOM _ President Trump is issuing an executive order to help protect the United States against foreign adversaries that are taking advantage of technological vulnerabilities. The order does not name specific countries or companies, but the administration has been trying to keep allied nations from using equipment from the Chinese tech company Huawei. SENT: 310 words, photo.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ The White House sharply escalates its resistance to congressional attempts to investigate President Donald Trump, notifying the House Judiciary panel that it will refuse to comply with sweeping requests for documents and witness testimony while declaring that the legislative branch has no right to a "do-over" of the special counsel's Russia probe. By Jonathan Lemire, Catherine Lucey and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 810 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-BIDEN _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she disagrees with Joe Biden's argument that the 1994 crime bill didn't lead to mass incarcerations of black people. SENT: 420 words, photos.

    FAA-HOUSE HEARING _ The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration says that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency's safety certification of the plane and its decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so. By David Koenig, Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher. SENT: 950 words, photos.

    TRUMP-POWER _ As President Trump heads into a turbulent re-election campaign, historians and observers are wondering just how far he might be willing to go in using the levers of presidential power to advance himself politically. SENT: 890 words, photos.

    TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's current legal immigration system should be overhauled. By Jill Colvin and Alan Fram. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE _ Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines sparked the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, California fire authorities say. SENT: xxx words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION-VIDEO COUNSELING _ The U.S. government is providing long-distance video counseling to teens housed at the country's largest child migrant detention center as officials struggle to accommodate increasing numbers of minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Some mental health experts and human rights advocates say that's the wrong way to help the young people. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    HUNTING GRIZZLIES-CONGRESS _ Native American groups are pressing lawmakers in Congress to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. SENT: 570 words, photos.

    E-CIGARETTE LAWSUIT-NORTH CAROLINA _ North Carolina's attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy its vaping products. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    RICHARD LUGAR-FUNERAL _ Former Sen. Richard Lugar's soft-spoken presence belied an influence on the global stage that was celebrated at his funeral for helping secure peace in many parts of the world. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    FIGHTING ONLINE EXTREMISM _ The White House is not endorsing a global pledge to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks, citing respect for "freedom of expression and freedom of the press." SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-CONSERVATIVES _ The European Parliament is expected to be a different legislature after next week's election and leading Czech conservative lawmaker Jan Zahradil is hoping that voters embrace the idea of a scaled-back European Union. Zahradil is a moderate critic of the bloc, not a firebrand like French euroskeptic Marine Le Pen, and he is campaigning for a more flexible EU. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    FRANCE-NOTRE DAME FIRE _ A month after a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, workers are still trying to ensure the structure is safe enough for the restoration process to begin, the French culture minister said as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dons a hard hat for a tour of the burned church. SENT: 250 words, photos.

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    HEALTH & SCIENCE

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    MED-EAR INFECTIONS-SMARTPHONES _ University of Washington researchers created a way for a smartphone to “hear” a warning sign of ear infections _ fluid build-up behind the eardrum. UPCOMING: 675 words by 3 p.m.

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    BUSINESS/TECH

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    US-CHINA TRADE-EVOLUTION OF A TRADE RELATIONSHIP _ Just how did the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, arrive at this point in their long-standing economic relationship -- a high-stakes trade war that is the latest culmination of a relationship that has dramatically evolved over the decades. What changed over the years and why? By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m. WITH: GLOBAL-TRADE _ US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the U.S. is close to resolving steel tariff disputes with Mexico and Canada. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

    FCC-ROBOCALLS _ New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The rising volume of calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to act. The Federal Communications Commission said that it will vote in June on whether to allow to carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    TV-NEW SEASON-CBS _ “The Big Bang Theory" finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator. The network said Wednesday its fall lineup will include a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre that stars Billy Gardell, who co-starred in "Mike & Molly." By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated. With: TV-NEW SEASON-CBS SCHEDULE.

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    SPORTS

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    BKN-RAPTORS-BUCKS _ Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night. It's the Bucks' first time hosting Game 1 of a conference final since 1974. Game begins 8:30 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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