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2024-05-29 06:00 Last Updated At:06:12

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 in AP Newsroom.

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Children run to school in the rain in Gardi Sugdub Island, part of the San Blas archipelago off Panama's Caribbean coast, Monday, May 27, 2024. Due to rising sea levels, about 300 Guna Indigenous families will relocate to new homes, built by the government, on the mainland. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

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 in AP Newsroom.

A Pakistani youth, right, cools off under a hand pump at sunset during hot weather in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A Pakistani youth, right, cools off under a hand pump at sunset during hot weather in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A demonstrator argues with police officers during an opposition protest against the foreign influence bill at the Parliamentary building in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The Georgian parliament has overridden a presidential veto of the "foreign agents" legislation that has fueled Western concerns and sparked massive protests for weeks. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze)

A demonstrator argues with police officers during an opposition protest against the foreign influence bill at the Parliamentary building in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The Georgian parliament has overridden a presidential veto of the "foreign agents" legislation that has fueled Western concerns and sparked massive protests for weeks. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze)

Eunide Majeur Montis, the wife of slain mission director Judes Montis, cries after attending his funeral service in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The service also honored the lives of married couple Davy and Natalie Lloyd who were with Montis when gunmen ambushed them on Thursday night, May 23, as they left a youth group activity held at a local church. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)

Eunide Majeur Montis, the wife of slain mission director Judes Montis, cries after attending his funeral service in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The service also honored the lives of married couple Davy and Natalie Lloyd who were with Montis when gunmen ambushed them on Thursday night, May 23, as they left a youth group activity held at a local church. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)

Haley Loukota, left, and her fiance Devin Johnson collect their belongings from storm debris after their home was demolished along Barnsley Loop, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Madisonville, Ky. A series of powerful storms hit the central and southern U.S. over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Haley Loukota, left, and her fiance Devin Johnson collect their belongings from storm debris after their home was demolished along Barnsley Loop, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Madisonville, Ky. A series of powerful storms hit the central and southern U.S. over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court before closing arguments in his hush money trial in New York, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Spencer Platt/Pool Photo via AP)

Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court before closing arguments in his hush money trial in New York, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Spencer Platt/Pool Photo via AP)

Palestinians fleeing from the southern Gaza city of Rafah during an Israeli ground and air offensive in the city on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Palestinians fleeing from the southern Gaza city of Rafah during an Israeli ground and air offensive in the city on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, leaves the court after losing against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, leaves the court after losing against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak poses with supporters for pictures after a Tory party rally at the Amersham and Chiltern Rugby club in Amersham, England, Monday, May 27, 2024.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak poses with supporters for pictures after a Tory party rally at the Amersham and Chiltern Rugby club in Amersham, England, Monday, May 27, 2024.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

People gather for the 157th Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

People gather for the 157th Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Bill Harvey kneels at the grave of his oldest son, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Harvey, on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Bill Harvey kneels at the grave of his oldest son, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Harvey, on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Protesters clash with troops and riot police during a demonstration near the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 27, 2024, in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and demanding the Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Protesters clash with troops and riot police during a demonstration near the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 27, 2024, in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and demanding the Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Palestinians mourn the bodies of their relatives killed in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at the Al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, on Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Palestinians mourn the bodies of their relatives killed in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at the Al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, on Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Palestinians mourn over the bodies of relatives killed in an Israeli airstrike, at a morgue in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 27, 2024. Palestinian health workers said Israeli airstrikes Sunday killed at least 35 people sheltering in a tent camp for displaced people. Israel's army confirmed the strike and said it hit a Hamas installation and killed two senior Hamas militants. (AP Photo/Jehad Alshrafi)

Palestinians mourn over the bodies of relatives killed in an Israeli airstrike, at a morgue in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 27, 2024. Palestinian health workers said Israeli airstrikes Sunday killed at least 35 people sheltering in a tent camp for displaced people. Israel's army confirmed the strike and said it hit a Hamas installation and killed two senior Hamas militants. (AP Photo/Jehad Alshrafi)

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-HUSH MONEY — Donald Trump engaged in “a conspiracy and a cover-up,” a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments in the former president’s hush money trial, while a defense lawyer branded the star witness as the “greatest liar of all time” and pressed the panel for an across-the-board acquittal. The lawyers’ dueling accounts, wildly divergent in their assessments of witness credibility and the strength of evidence, offered both sides one final chance to score points with the jury before it starts deliberating the first felony case against a former American president. By Michael R. Sisak, Jennifer Peltz, Eric Tucker and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,270 words, photos audio. With TRUMP-HUSH MONEY-THE LATEST; ELECTION-2024-BIDEN-TRUMP-TRIAL — Biden campaign sends allies De Niro and first responders to Trump’s NY trial to put focus on Jan. 6 (sent).

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli shelling and airstrikes have killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight and on Tuesday — pummeling the same area where strikes triggered a deadly fire days earlier in a camp for displaced Palestinians — according to witnesses, emergency workers and hospital officials. By Wafaa Shurafa and Samy Magdy. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video, audio. With UNITED-STATES-GAZA-AID — Aid deliveries suspended after rough seas damage US-built temporary pier in Gaza, US officials say; BIDEN-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — US condemns loss of life, but says no policy changes after civilian deaths in Israeli strike (both sent).

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-LIFE-IN-THE-TENTS — Over the past three weeks, Israel’s offensive in Rafah has sent nearly a million Palestinians fleeing the southern Gaza city and scattering across a wide area. Their tent camps stretch for 10 miles along Gaza’s coast where families scrounge for food and wood. A schoolteacher living with his wife, children and extended family in a tent says they have nothing and it’s destroying them mentally. By Wafaa Shurafa, Samy Magdy and Lee Keath. SENT: 1,330 words, photos, video.

VATICAN-GAYS — Pope Francis has apologized after he was quoted using a vulgar and derogatory term about gay men to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s ban on gay priests. Italian media on Monday had quoted unnamed Italian bishops in reporting that Francis jokingly used the term “faggotness” while speaking in Italian during the encounter. SENT: 1,010 words, photo. With VATICAN-LGBTQ-GLANCE — A look at Pope Francis’ comments about LGBTQ+ people (sent).

PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA-LANDSLIDE — Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of a disaster in Papua New Guinea that authorities say has killed between 670 and 2,000 people. A U.N. official said the mass of debris that devastated Yambali village when a limestone mountainside sheared away is becoming more unstable with recent rain, and that decaying corpses could contaminate the water supply for thousands more. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video, audio. With PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA-LANDSLIDE-EXPLAINER.

DEADLY-HEAT-WAVE-THE-VICTIMS — The victims of last summer’s staggering 31-day streak of daily temperatures reaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit and over were old and young, male and female, homeless and well-to-do, Black, white, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American. More than 400 of the 645 heat-related deaths Maricopa County public health officials have confirmed for 2023 were during that wave stretching from the last day in June through all of July. By Anita Snow. SENT: 1,270 words, photos. With DEADLY-HEAT-WAVE-LESSONS-LEARNED — After a deadly heat wave last summer, metro Phoenix is changing tactics (sent).

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ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

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EUROPE-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Spain, Norway and Ireland have formally recognized a Palestinian state in a coordinated effort by the three Western European nations to add international pressure on Israel to soften its response to last year’s Hamas-led attack. Israel condemned the diplomatic move, which will have no immediate impact on the war in Gaza. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video, audio. With EUROPE-PALESTINIANS-EXPLAINER — Spain, Ireland and Norway will recognize a Palestinian state. Why does that matter? (sent).

MIDEAST-TENSIONS — A missile attack has damaged a ship in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, with a private security firm saying radio traffic suggested the vessel took on water after being struck. No group immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have launched a number of attacks targeting ships over Israel’s war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. SENT: 510 words, photos. With MIDEAST-TENSIONS-THE-LATEST.

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EUROPE-RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has received a second $1 billion promise of military aid in as many days during a whirlwind tour of three European Union countries, while President Vladimir Putin warned that hitting Russian soil with Western-supplied weapons could set the war on a dangerous new path. SENT: 890 words, photos, video, audio.

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SPOTLIGHTING VOICES

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MEXICO-ELECTION-CARTELS-MURDERED-PRIESTS — Since the murder of two Jesuit priests in 2022, Catholic Church leaders have echoed the voices of victims still hurting from extortion, forced displacement and the killings of their loved ones. Now, ahead of the June 2 election, religious leaders and families alike yearn for peace and the government’s acknowledgement of their grief. By María Teresa Hernández. SENT: 1,190 words, photos. With MEXICO-ELECTION-EXPLAINER — What to know about Mexico’s historic elections that will likely put a woman in power (sent).

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WU-TANG-CLAN-ALBUM — The sole physical copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s unreleased “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” is headed to Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art. SENT: 320 words, photo.

MANHATTANHENGE-EXPLAINER — What is Manhattanhenge and when can you see it? SENT: 510 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON

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TRUMP-CLASSIFIED-DOCUMENTS — The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s classified documents case in Florida has denied prosecutors’ request to bar the former president from making public statements that could endanger law enforcement agents participating in the prosecution. SENT: 860 words, photo.

ELECTION-2024-VOTING-RIGHTS — Laws passed in several Republican-controlled states after the 2020 presidential election have criminalized much of the work done by voter outreach groups. Advocates are finding it difficult to adapt as they try to register and educate potential voters with just months to go before this year’s presidential election. By Ayanna Alexander. SENT: 940 words, photos.

ELECTION-2024-BIDEN-OHIO — President Joe Biden will be formally nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee through a virtual roll call ahead of the party’s official convention in Chicago in August — a maneuver that will allow Biden to appear on the November ballot in Ohio. SENT: 620 words, photos, audio.

Find the AP’s latest Election 2024 coverage plans, including live video and text plans, our explanatory journalism and highlights from previous cycles and candidate schedules in The Daily Rundown, which publishes around 8 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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SEVERE WEATHER — Strong storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail have pummeled Texas, leaving more than 1 million businesses and homes without power as much of the U.S. recovered from severe weather, including tornadoes, that killed at least 25 people during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. SENT: 670 words, photos, videos, audio. With SEVERE-WEATHER-GUSTNADO — A `gustnado’ churns across a Michigan lake. Experts say these small whirlwinds rarely cause damage; SEVERE-WEATHER-KENTUCY — A Kentucky family is left homeless for a second time by a tornado that hit the same location (both sent).

WISCONSIN-UNIONS-LAWSUIT — Public worker and teachers unions have argued that their lawsuit seeking to strike down a Wisconsin law that drew massive protests and made the state the center of a national fight over union rights should be allowed to proceed, even as the Republican-controlled Legislature sought to have it dismissed. SENT: 680 words, photos.

ELECTION 2024-TEXAS RUNOFFS — U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas is out to save his job in a GOP primary runoff that has put rifts within the party on display. Gonzales, who has clashed with some of his hard-right colleagues in Washington and drawn a rebuke from the state party, is in a race against Brandon Herrera, a gun-rights YouTube creator with more than 3 million followers. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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HAITI-MISSIONARIES-SLAIN — Hundreds of people have packed into a sweltering church in Haiti’s capital to mourn Judes Montis, a mission director killed by gang members who also fatally shot an American couple that worked with him. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SOUTH-AFRICA-ELECTION-FINAL-PREPARATIONS — South African opposition parties have made a final appeal to voters as the country faces the possibility of a landmark change in its young democracy. SENT: 650 words, photos. With SOUTH-AFRICA-ELECTION-EXPLAINER; SOUTH-AFRICA-PRESIDENT-EXPLAINER — South Africa’s president faces his party’s worst election ever. He’ll still likely be reelected (sent).

GEORGIA-DIVISIVE-LAW — The Georgian parliament has overridden a presidential veto of the “foreign agents” bill that has prompted weeks of massive protests by critics who say it will restrict media freedom and obstruct Georgia’s chances of joining the European Union. SENT: 800 words, photos, video, audio.

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CLIMATE-BRAZIL-SPIX'S-MACAW — In Brazil’s Northeast, a South African couple is reintroducing the Spix’s macaw to nature through breeding and reintroduction efforts. Despite challenges such as habitat loss, climate change and government disagreements, they’re striving to save these iconic blue parrots from disappearing forever. SENT: 1,270 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL-WELLNESS-NO-BUY-YEAR — The self-imposed rules of a no-buy challenge are simple: participants pledge to stop buying non-essential items, be they unneeded shoes, additional beauty products or other impulse buys for a set amount of time, usually 12 months. What started several years ago as a blogged-about experiment in budgeting and mindful spending has become a popular trend on social media. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video, audio. With FINANCIAL-WELLNESS-NO-BUY-YEAR-EXPLAINER — Tempted to try a no-buy year? Here are tips from people doing it (sent).

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OBIT-ALBERT-RUDDY — Albert S. Ruddy, a colorful, Canadian-born producer and writer who won Oscars for “The Godfather” and “Million Dollar Baby,” developed the raucous prison-sports comedy “The Longest Yard” and helped create the hit sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died at age 94. SENT: 910 words, photos, audio.

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NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-SCHOLARSHIPS — Scholarships are not going away in college athletics. But how many there are and which sports they will apply to in coming years are among the many questions stemming from a mammoth antitrust settlement and athlete revenue-sharing plan proposed by the NCAA and its five largest conferences. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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Children run to school in the rain in Gardi Sugdub Island, part of the San Blas archipelago off Panama's Caribbean coast, Monday, May 27, 2024. Due to rising sea levels, about 300 Guna Indigenous families will relocate to new homes, built by the government, on the mainland. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Children run to school in the rain in Gardi Sugdub Island, part of the San Blas archipelago off Panama's Caribbean coast, Monday, May 27, 2024. Due to rising sea levels, about 300 Guna Indigenous families will relocate to new homes, built by the government, on the mainland. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A Pakistani youth, right, cools off under a hand pump at sunset during hot weather in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A Pakistani youth, right, cools off under a hand pump at sunset during hot weather in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A demonstrator argues with police officers during an opposition protest against the foreign influence bill at the Parliamentary building in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The Georgian parliament has overridden a presidential veto of the "foreign agents" legislation that has fueled Western concerns and sparked massive protests for weeks. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze)

A demonstrator argues with police officers during an opposition protest against the foreign influence bill at the Parliamentary building in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The Georgian parliament has overridden a presidential veto of the "foreign agents" legislation that has fueled Western concerns and sparked massive protests for weeks. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze)

Eunide Majeur Montis, the wife of slain mission director Judes Montis, cries after attending his funeral service in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The service also honored the lives of married couple Davy and Natalie Lloyd who were with Montis when gunmen ambushed them on Thursday night, May 23, as they left a youth group activity held at a local church. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)

Eunide Majeur Montis, the wife of slain mission director Judes Montis, cries after attending his funeral service in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The service also honored the lives of married couple Davy and Natalie Lloyd who were with Montis when gunmen ambushed them on Thursday night, May 23, as they left a youth group activity held at a local church. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)

Haley Loukota, left, and her fiance Devin Johnson collect their belongings from storm debris after their home was demolished along Barnsley Loop, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Madisonville, Ky. A series of powerful storms hit the central and southern U.S. over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Haley Loukota, left, and her fiance Devin Johnson collect their belongings from storm debris after their home was demolished along Barnsley Loop, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Madisonville, Ky. A series of powerful storms hit the central and southern U.S. over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court before closing arguments in his hush money trial in New York, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Spencer Platt/Pool Photo via AP)

Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court before closing arguments in his hush money trial in New York, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Spencer Platt/Pool Photo via AP)

Palestinians fleeing from the southern Gaza city of Rafah during an Israeli ground and air offensive in the city on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Palestinians fleeing from the southern Gaza city of Rafah during an Israeli ground and air offensive in the city on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, leaves the court after losing against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, leaves the court after losing against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak poses with supporters for pictures after a Tory party rally at the Amersham and Chiltern Rugby club in Amersham, England, Monday, May 27, 2024.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak poses with supporters for pictures after a Tory party rally at the Amersham and Chiltern Rugby club in Amersham, England, Monday, May 27, 2024.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

People gather for the 157th Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

People gather for the 157th Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Bill Harvey kneels at the grave of his oldest son, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Harvey, on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Bill Harvey kneels at the grave of his oldest son, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Harvey, on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Protesters clash with troops and riot police during a demonstration near the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 27, 2024, in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and demanding the Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Protesters clash with troops and riot police during a demonstration near the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 27, 2024, in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and demanding the Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Palestinians mourn the bodies of their relatives killed in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at the Al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, on Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Palestinians mourn the bodies of their relatives killed in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at the Al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, on Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Palestinians mourn over the bodies of relatives killed in an Israeli airstrike, at a morgue in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 27, 2024. Palestinian health workers said Israeli airstrikes Sunday killed at least 35 people sheltering in a tent camp for displaced people. Israel's army confirmed the strike and said it hit a Hamas installation and killed two senior Hamas militants. (AP Photo/Jehad Alshrafi)

Palestinians mourn over the bodies of relatives killed in an Israeli airstrike, at a morgue in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 27, 2024. Palestinian health workers said Israeli airstrikes Sunday killed at least 35 people sheltering in a tent camp for displaced people. Israel's army confirmed the strike and said it hit a Hamas installation and killed two senior Hamas militants. (AP Photo/Jehad Alshrafi)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Vacuums sucked the water out of the seaside inn run by Nick Gaido’s family in Galveston since 1911 as power was still spotty nearly one week after a resurgent Hurricane Beryl swept into Texas. Blue tarp covered much of the torn off roof. Gaido scheduled cleanup shifts for the hotel and restaurant staff who couldn’t afford to lose shifts to the enduring outages.

The July 4th weekend was supposed to kickstart a lucrative tourism season for this popular getaway’s hospitality industry. But just dozens dotted the typically crowded beaches one week later. Gaido felt an urgent need to send the message that Galveston, Texas, is back open.

“We’ve dealt with storms in late August or in September,” Gaido said. “But when you have a storm that hits in the beginning of July, that’s different.”

Galveston — about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Houston — has certainly weathered its share of natural disasters. Etched into its collective memory is the fury of a 1900 hurricane that killed thousands back when the island was emerging as a crown jewel for the state. More recently, Hurricane Ike’s 2008 wrath flooded its historic downtown with storm surge as high as 20 feet and caused more than $29 billion in damage.

Yet even greater Houston’s storm-seasoned neighbors got taken off guard by Beryl’s sudden arrival. Crashing unusually early in the calendar, the Category 1 hurricane brought the island’s tourism-based economy to a halt during a time when local restaurants rely on an influx of beachgoers to lift revenues. Despite the widespread power outage, businesses and residents are buckling down.

In the harder-hit west side of Jamaica Beach, Way West Grill and Pizzeria was still without electricity on Saturday afternoon. Owner Jake Vincent felt stuck in limbo: he had heard power would return by July 19 but had hope it might come sooner.

The loss ruined his entire inventory. He said enough mozzarella cheese to fill the back of his truck had gone to waste. Also spoiled was an 8-foot chest full of fries and an estimated 3,000 pounds of pepperonis.

Vincent no longer expects much from a year he had anticipated would finally bring “daylight” for his family-run restaurant founded in 2018. He said most of their annual sales come during the three summer months and that “this tourism season is probably done for.”

“It complicates things,” he said. “You bank all your summer money to get through the winter.”

Downed cables and orange construction cones could be found along the road linking the touristy strand’s seafood shacks to the west end’s colorful short-term rentals. Crews from Houston-area utility CenterPoint stood atop lifts, sweating as they restored line after line.

Still without power Saturday morning, Greg Alexander raked debris to the edge of the street in his Jamaica Beach neighborhood. Despite sleeping in a balcony-level room in a house already raised high off the ground, he said water poured into the windows. Beryl’s horizontal winds blew rain right onto his bed.

It’s just a part of life here for Alexander. His family moved full-time to Galveston in 2017 after he said Hurricane Harvey dumped 38 inches of water into their Lake City (mainland?) home. Without power, he said they’ve been “appreciating our car’s air conditioning more than ever.”

He doesn’t plan to leave. He said trials only strengthen the community.

“People on the west end aren’t like everybody else,” he said.

Steve Broom and Debra Pease still lacked power on Saturday but had been beating the heat elsewhere. Broom said they’d already booked a hotel in Houston this week so his daughter could use the Galveston beach house where they’ve lived full-time for about five years. They spent only the first night in Galveston and opted to sleep the rest of the week in their nonrefundable room.

Steve Broom, 72, said he had never seen a hurricane come as early or increase as quickly as Beryl. Still, he joked that just one factor could force him to move off the island where he grew up.

“If they wipe out all these houses, then we’ll be front row and our property value will probably double or triple,” he said, before clarifying: “No, I hope that doesn’t happen.”

Anne Beem and her husband come every July from San Antonio to celebrate their birthdays. For her, the aftermath has been far worse than the hurricane itself.

They enjoyed a nice breeze with the windows open after the storm passed Monday. But she said Tuesday night brought “mosquito-geddon.” Hundreds of bugs filled the house so they slept in their car with the air conditioning blasting.

She said they also bought a kiddie pool to cool off before the power came back Thursday night.

“We just tried to look at it as an adventure,” she said. “Each day was some fresh hell.”

Beachgoers toss a football in the waves as a beachfront wedding is prepared on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Beachgoers toss a football in the waves as a beachfront wedding is prepared on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Utility poles lean toward FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Utility poles lean toward FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Full time Galveston Island residents Debra Pease and Steve Broom pose underneath their bright peach island home while visiting to assess damage on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The couple had coincidentally booked a hotel stay in Houston the week after Hurricane Beryl but will return to the island on Sunday to wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Full time Galveston Island residents Debra Pease and Steve Broom pose underneath their bright peach island home while visiting to assess damage on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The couple had coincidentally booked a hotel stay in Houston the week after Hurricane Beryl but will return to the island on Sunday to wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent takes a moment to reflect inside his empty, dark restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Amidst the challenges, Vincent was quick to name several people and companies in the community who have helped his family and staff while they patiently wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent takes a moment to reflect inside his empty, dark restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Amidst the challenges, Vincent was quick to name several people and companies in the community who have helped his family and staff while they patiently wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent looks over the dozen empty freezers and refrigerators inside his restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. He had just received a large shipment of food for the Fourth of July holiday and after low sales and the hurricane, was forced to throw away hundreds of pounds of food. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent looks over the dozen empty freezers and refrigerators inside his restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. He had just received a large shipment of food for the Fourth of July holiday and after low sales and the hurricane, was forced to throw away hundreds of pounds of food. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent describes the amount of loss his restaurant and staff have suffered after being without power since Monday on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Vincent estimates it will take three days reopen once power is restored, although he has no idea when that will happen. Vincent worries for his staff, most of whom are family members. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent describes the amount of loss his restaurant and staff have suffered after being without power since Monday on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Vincent estimates it will take three days reopen once power is restored, although he has no idea when that will happen. Vincent worries for his staff, most of whom are family members. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman from Indiana repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman from Indiana repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Gaido's staff gather for a meeting before opening its dining room for the first time in six days after Hurricane Beryl damaged power lines on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Owner Nick Gaido prepared employees for a slow opening as visitors to the island have dropped and reminded staff to be vigilant in ensuring the quality of every dish they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Gaido's staff gather for a meeting before opening its dining room for the first time in six days after Hurricane Beryl damaged power lines on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Owner Nick Gaido prepared employees for a slow opening as visitors to the island have dropped and reminded staff to be vigilant in ensuring the quality of every dish they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A generator powers cleaning equipment at Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. As of Saturday, power was restored to part of the hotel. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A generator powers cleaning equipment at Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. As of Saturday, power was restored to part of the hotel. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dozens of workers on continue to restore Gaido's Seaside Inn on every level of the building on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Galveston business owners are doing everything they can to reopen establishments for both visitors and their employees. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dozens of workers on continue to restore Gaido's Seaside Inn on every level of the building on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Galveston business owners are doing everything they can to reopen establishments for both visitors and their employees. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A sign informs visitors of closure at the Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The hotel sustained significant roof damage from Hurricane Beryl and continued power issues almost a week after the storm. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A sign informs visitors of closure at the Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The hotel sustained significant roof damage from Hurricane Beryl and continued power issues almost a week after the storm. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles leads a quick closing recap for volunteers and medical students with The Luke Society Clinic on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The Luke Society serves uninsured residents while also supporting medical students at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston who make up a large part of the weekly volunteer team. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles leads a quick closing recap for volunteers and medical students with The Luke Society Clinic on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The Luke Society serves uninsured residents while also supporting medical students at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston who make up a large part of the weekly volunteer team. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Volunteer pharmacist Sharon Metyko demonstrates how to use an inhaler for a patient on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Metyko serves with The Luke Society Clinic and helps distribute prescriptions for the uninsured community in Galveston Island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Volunteer pharmacist Sharon Metyko demonstrates how to use an inhaler for a patient on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Metyko serves with The Luke Society Clinic and helps distribute prescriptions for the uninsured community in Galveston Island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles speaks with a patient regarding her checkup on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Dr. Grumbles joined The Luke Society after retiring from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and has been helping serve Galveston Island's uninsured population for 10 years. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles speaks with a patient regarding her checkup on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Dr. Grumbles joined The Luke Society after retiring from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and has been helping serve Galveston Island's uninsured population for 10 years. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Tony Franco walks along hundreds of square feet of damaged roof Gaido's Seaside Inn of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Approximately one hundred workers were on site to restore the three large establishments affected under the Gaido's, Inc. umbrella - the hotel, Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar and the iconic Gaido's restaurant. After power was restored to parts of the property. Gaido's restaurant expected a very slow re-opening in its dining room after being closed for six days. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Tony Franco walks along hundreds of square feet of damaged roof Gaido's Seaside Inn of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Approximately one hundred workers were on site to restore the three large establishments affected under the Gaido's, Inc. umbrella - the hotel, Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar and the iconic Gaido's restaurant. After power was restored to parts of the property. Gaido's restaurant expected a very slow re-opening in its dining room after being closed for six days. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Attendees and volunteers circle up for a prayer after breakfast was served by the Galveston Street Ministry on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The free breakfast happens every Saturday morning on the island in conjunction with a free medical clinic by The Luke Society Clinic. The morning's heavy rains may have prevented more participants from joining as leaders of each organization checked in on the community they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Attendees and volunteers circle up for a prayer after breakfast was served by the Galveston Street Ministry on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The free breakfast happens every Saturday morning on the island in conjunction with a free medical clinic by The Luke Society Clinic. The morning's heavy rains may have prevented more participants from joining as leaders of each organization checked in on the community they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man wheels a portable generator across the empty parking lot of Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man wheels a portable generator across the empty parking lot of Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Amanda Scroggins, center, sits as Aaron Lee takes her blood pressure on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Lee is a second year medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and volunteers with The Luke Society Clinic, an organization that provides a weekly healthcare clinic to uninsured residents. Clinic personnel were anxious to check in with people they serve after Hurricane Beryl ravaged different parts of the island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Amanda Scroggins, center, sits as Aaron Lee takes her blood pressure on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Lee is a second year medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and volunteers with The Luke Society Clinic, an organization that provides a weekly healthcare clinic to uninsured residents. Clinic personnel were anxious to check in with people they serve after Hurricane Beryl ravaged different parts of the island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen repair power lines on Jamaica Beach Road the west beach of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen repair power lines on Jamaica Beach Road the west beach of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen place a new fiberglass utility pole to replace older, leaning wooden poles along FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen place a new fiberglass utility pole to replace older, leaning wooden poles along FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man takes advantage of calm waters as he paddle boards in front of the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man takes advantage of calm waters as he paddle boards in front of the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Fisherman take advantage of calm waters on a jetty perpendicular to the Galveston seawall on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Fisherman take advantage of calm waters on a jetty perpendicular to the Galveston seawall on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Restauranteur Nick Gaido recounts both the challenges of hurricane aftermath and how the island community is helping each other after Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island almost a week ago on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Restauranteur Nick Gaido recounts both the challenges of hurricane aftermath and how the island community is helping each other after Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island almost a week ago on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Workers complete final repairs on the dining room at Gaido's as the iconic restaurant prepared staff to open for the first time in six days on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Workers complete final repairs on the dining room at Gaido's as the iconic restaurant prepared staff to open for the first time in six days on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

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