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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

August 22, 2018

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 .




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SINGAPORE-KEVIN KWAN — Singapore: “Crazy Rich Asians” author skipped service duty. SENT: 310 words, photo.

ICELAND-OBIT-LAZYTOWN ACTOR — “LazyTown” villain Stefan Karl Stefansson dies at 43. SENT: 140 words.

ALEXA-KIDS-TEST — Is Santa real? Where do babies come from? Kid-friendly version of Alexa skirts some questions. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 640 words, photo, video.

JET-BLOWN TIRES — Rapper Post Malone’s jet blows two tires but lands safely. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OREGON-EARTHQUAKE — Earthquake reported off the Oregon coast. SENT: 110 words.

PEOPLE-IDRIS ELBA — Idris Elba not shaken OR stirred by Bond questions. SENT: 150 words, photos.




TRUMP — President Donald Trump grapples with the political and legal implications of double-barreled criminal convictions against two former members of his inner circle, and he starts the day with a snide tweet about his former lawyer-turned accuser. SENT: 980 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 12 p.m.

TRUMP-POLITICAL FALLOUT — Republican leaders show no early signs of breaking with President Donald Trump after his lawyer implicated him in a felony. GOP defenders suggest they won’t consider impeachment unless Trump is linked to collusion with Russia. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-UNKNOWNS — A chunky text look at what could come next for Trump, as his ex-lawyer lodges more accusations, his former foreign policy aide continues to cooperate with federal prosecutors and special counsel Mueller presses for an interview. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-ANALYSIS — Republicans are finding themselves in an all too familiar and uncomfortable predicament when it comes to Donald Trump — how to explain away a slew of Trump-generated controversies. A News Analysis. SENT: 780 words.

TRUMP-MEDAL OF HONOR — President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor posthumously to an airman who fought in a 2002 battle in Afghanistan. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3:30 p.m. event.

CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN-CORRUPTION INDICTMENT — The federal indictment of Southern California Rep. Duncan Hunter reorders a November election that Republicans can scarcely afford to lose. Hunter’s once-lopsided contest against a little known Democrat could become suddenly competitive now that the congressman and his wife face charges of pilfering campaign funds to pay for vacations, lavish meals, school tuition and even movie tickets, then trying to fudge the books to hide it. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

DEMOCRATS-SUPERDELEGATES — Even as they look to make gains in the November elections, Democrats are not yet done confronting the lingering frustration from 2016. Party activists are set to decide an issue at the heart of the bitter fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — the role of Democratic leaders, dignitaries and elected officials in picking a presidential nominee. SENT: 820 words.

WYOMING PRIMARY — Rebuffing Trump, Wyoming voters choose Secretary of State Mark Gordon over political mega-donor Foster Friess in the state’s Republican primary for governor. SENT: 660 words, photos.

ALASKA-PRIMARY — The race for Alaska governor looks to be a three-man contest, though some are still seeking to pressure the Democratic challenger to bow out. SENT: 1,050 words, photos




KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Hundreds of elderly Koreans tearfully say their final goodbyes at the end of the first round of rare reunions between relatives separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Zimbabwe’s capital is under tight security as the Constitutional Court begins to hear the main opposition party’s challenge to the results of last month’s historic presidential election. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BANGLADESH ROHINGYA EID — Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh are celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, praying for better lives and wondering if they’ll ever again celebrate at their homes in Myanmar. SENT: 360 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-EARTHQUAKE — A powerful earthquake shakes Venezuela’s northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean but likely causes little damage besides knocking out power in some places and toppling supermarket shelves because of its depth, experts say. SENT: 550 words, photos.

ITALY-WELCOMING MIGRANTS — Italy has made headlines as a hard place for migrants recently, with racist attacks against blacks on its soil and a new government closing Italian ports to people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, but not all Italians are on board, and some are even reaching out to migrants. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Scores of migrants storm Spanish enclave’s border defenses.

EGYPT-SEXUAL HARASSMENT — A video posted online by an Egyptian woman who says a man stalked her at a bus stop has stirred online debate, with many — including women — taking the man’s side. SENT: 740 words, photos.

INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — The people of the flood-battered Indian state of Kerala are “in a great struggle to rebuild their lives,” the state’s top official says, as aid workers warn it could take days before the full scope of the destruction is clear. SENT: 290 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-AUSTRALIA POLITICS — No Australian prime minister in the past decade has lasted a full three-year term before being dumped by his or her own party, a new era of political instability that most Australians hate. SENT: 600 words, photo. With AUSTRALIA POLITICS — Dutton planning second challenge to Australian prime minister.

US-NORTH KOREA — The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says that he’s cautiously optimistic nuclear diplomacy will work out with North Korea, but that Seoul and Washington must continue to apply pressure so Pyongyang doesn’t back out. SENT: 680 words, photos.




MISSING-STUDENT-IOWA — The disappearance of a well-liked college student from America’s heartland had touched many people since she vanished one month ago while out for a run. But the stunning news that a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has allegedly confessed to kidnapping and murdering Mollie Tibbetts thrust the case into the middle of the contentious immigration debate and midterm elections. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

HURRICANE LANE HAWAII — Hawaii residents rush to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper and other supplies as they face the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf as a strengthening hurricane continues to churn toward the state. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, videos.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA — Less than two days after protesters at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier, a committee plans to announce its recommendation for three other 20th-century monuments on the state Capitol grounds. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Meetings underway.

SOLDIER-TERRORISM CHARGES — A Hawaii-based Army soldier accused of attempting to support the Islamic State group will plead guilty, his lawyers tell The Associated Press. An APNewsBreak. SENT: 340 words, photos.




HUMAN RELATIVES-INTERBREEDING, HFR — A DNA analysis reveals a human relative whose mother was a Neanderthal and whose father belonged to another extinct line of human forerunners, the Denisovans. It’s the first direct evidence of interbreeding between the two groups. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo for release at 1 p.m.

FLASHING FIREFLIES, HFR — Fireflies light up not just to mate, but they do it for sheer survival. A study that involved painting lightning bugs black shows that the flashing lights are a signal to bats that they the taste bad — the fluorescent equivalent of a horrible Yelp review. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo.




FACEBOOK-INVESTIGATION — Facebook identifies and bans hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare. The social network says that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political material. By Technology Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 840 words, photo.

LONGEST BULL MARKET-MILLENNIALS — Young people who dared to dabble in the stock market for the first time after March 2009 have made a handsome return. By Business Writer Stan Choe. SENT: 970 words, photos, graphic.




OHIO STATE-MEYER — Ohio State trustees have begun discussing the future of football coach Urban Meyer. Board Chairman Michael Gasser briefly called a meeting to order Wednesday before the board went behind closed doors to decide whether Meyer should be punished for his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant coach. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Developing.




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