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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

August 4, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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RUSSIA HELICOPTER CRASH — A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, its airline said. Preliminary information indicated that the aircraft’s blades collided with another helicopter that had taken off beforehand from the same pad in Vankor, above the Arctic Circle about 1600 miles northeast of Moscow, UTair said in a statement. SENT: 280 words.

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TOP STORIES

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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia, China and other countries against any violation of international sanctions on North Korea that could reduce pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 700 words, photos. With UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-SANCTIONS — U.S. seeks sanctions on North Korean banker and 3 entities; UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-SANCTIONS VIOLATIONS — UN experts say North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating UN sanctions; UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-THE LATEST (all sent).

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Crews battling deadly Northern California wildfires braced for a weekend of windy, hot weather that could drive the flames into new areas and threaten more homes. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region could bring wind gusts of up to 35 mph that could turn small fires or even sparks into racing walls of flame. By Paul Elias. SENT: 610 words, photos.

TRUMP MIDTERMS — President Donald Trump’s strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he’s complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. By Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas. SENT: 1,180 words, photo.

SPACE FORCE — President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president’s defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 890 words, photo.

ISRAEL-WATER WOES — A five-year drought is challenging Israel’s strategy of addressing its water woes with desalination. As farmers struggle with parched fields and the country’s most important bodies of water shrink, Israel is reviving conservation measures that had been sidelined in recent years, when it had hoped to rely on technological prowess alone. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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IMMIGRATION-DACA — A federal judge reaffirms his ruling that the Trump administration must resume a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. SENT: 130 words.

TV-AMERICAN HORROR STORY Jessica Lange will return to “American Horror Story” in an episode directed by star Sarah Paulson during the show’s upcoming season. SENT: 120 words, photos.

NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER — Dan Aykroyd brought his Harley Davidson motorcycle to the new National Comedy Center, and left it there for permanent display. SENT: 130 words, photos.

KUSHNER COS-FIFTH AVE SKYSCRAPER — The real estate company run by White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family has signed a deal to lease the office space at its money-losing Manhattan skyscraper known as 666 Fifth Avenue. SENT: 270 words.

DOLLYWOOD EXPANSION — Dolly Parton’s Dollywood amusement park has announced a $37 million expansion with rides, a restaurant and live entertainment. SENT 110 words, photo.

BLACK DOLL IN NOOSE-BURIAL GROUND — Two pre-teen boys say they pulled a prank by putting a black doll hanging from a noose above a playground that partly sits on top of a burial site for 5,000 black Philadelphia residents. SENT: 120 words.

CELEBRITY CHEF RESTAURANT-INJURIES — Two patrons of chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip were taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries involving a drink. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort’s trial opened with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the most critical moment in the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial will arrive next week with the testimony of his longtime associate Rick Gates. SENT: 780 words.

UNITED STATES-TURKEY — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that despite tensions over the detention of an American pastor and other deep differences, Turkey remains a key NATO ally. SENT: 570 words, photo.

WARREN-BLACK VOTERS — Speaking at a historically black university, potential Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren delivered what she called “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist ... I mean front to back.” SENT: 710 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-DEMOCRATS — After weeks of refusing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats in the Senate plan to begin meeting with him when they start returning to Washington in mid-August, a senior Democratic aide says. SENT: 630 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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PORTLAND PROTESTS — Portland, Oregon, is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes between a right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTHEAST ASIA — Asia’s top diplomats pressed North Korea to turn a pledge to completely dismantle its nuclear arsenal into reality amid concerns it’s proceeding with its programs. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Zimbabwean soldiers were searching parts of the capital for opposition supporters to detain after the disputed election, the country’s main opposition party, as some already were in court. SENT: 450 words, photos.

THAILAND-CAVE BOYS — With their head bowed and wearing orange robes, the members of the boys’ soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand completed their time as novice Buddhist monks. SENT: 560 words, photos.

KASHMIR-FIGHTING — At least seven rebels and an Indian army soldier were killed in gunbattles in disputed Kashmir, triggering violent protests by residents opposed to Indian rule, officials say. SENT: 360 words.

MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he spoke with Myanmar’s foreign minister and urged him to immediately release two Reuters journalists held on charges of possessing secret documents. SENT: 280 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-FX-MAYANS MC — The co-creator of a new series featuring Latino characters who are violent criminals is at its core about a family, albeit a damaged one that lives outside the parameters of normal society. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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