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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

August 7, 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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ONLY ON AP

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CHINA-XI’S ERA-CRACKING DOWN ON CHRISTIANS — Amid the atheist ruling Communist Party’s ambitious new effort to dictate — and in some cases displace — the practice of faith in China, Christians across the country have seen their churches raided and their Bibles confiscated. Some have lost their jobs or faced evictions as President Xi Jinping pushes a campaign to lend “Chinese characteristics” to a religion traditionally aligned with Western democracy. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,440 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,050 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in state history, breaking a record set only months earlier. Experts say this may become the new normal as climate change coupled with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas creates more intense and devastating blazes. SENT: 600 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Wildfire (CR) — Fast-moving wildfire scorches California mountains. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-STRATEGY — California has multiple wildfire strategies; TRUMP-WILDFIRES AND WATER-FACT CHECK — Wildfire, water experts rebut Trump’s claims.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Soldiers pull a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals wait for aid and stranded tourists camp at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels. By Andi Jatmiko and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 490 words, photos, video. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST.

UNITED STATES-IRAN — The first set of U.S. sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord go back into effect under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, targeting financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold. By Susannah George and Zeke Miller. SENT: 720 words, photos. With NEW ZEALAND-EU-IRAN — EU says encouraging trade with Iran is crucial to nuke deal.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The star witness in the financial fraud trial of Trump’s former campaign chairman is set to return to the witness stand after telling jurors he himself embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his old boss. By Chad Day and Matthew Barakat. SENT: 940 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 9:30 a.m.

PRIMARY RDP — Trump’s preferred congressional candidate — and his signature tax cuts — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season’s final high-stakes special election. The midsummer affair comes as Trump’s shadow looms over primary contests in four other states: Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington. By Steve Peoples and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day. With PRIMARY-THINGS TO KNOW — Highlights from five races. Also see MICHIGAN-PRIMARY-HOUSE, MISSOURI PRIMARY-SENATE, KANSAS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR and WASHINGTON PRIMARY below.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — The father of a missing Georgia boy is expected to make his first court appearance, which could shed light on a bizarre tale of guns, exorcism and child abuse at a New Mexico compound. By Mary Hudetz and Kate Brumback. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Court hearing at 3:30 p.m.; Officials hold news conference at 4:30 p.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BROADWAY PROTEST CONCERT — Rosie O’Donnell, Broadway stars, protest outside White House. SENT: 140 words, photo.

PEOPLE-KEITH URBAN-GOOD SAMARITAN — Woman helps man short on cash, finds out he’s country music star Keith Urban. SENT: 130 words, photo.

COLD CASE SUSPECT IN FREEZER — Man who jumped out of freezer and died was cold-case suspect. SENT: 280 words.

MS FOUNDATION — Ms. Foundation strategic plan to focus on women of color. SENT: 460 words.

TV CRITICS WATCH — “Charmed” makers defend reboot, tout its ethnic diversity. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.

TOKYO 2020-SECURITY — Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security. SENT: 270 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-POLITICAL BACKLASH — History suggests that if Trump cements an assertively conservative court for a generation, Republicans may ultimately pay a political price. SENT: 900 words, photo.

KANSAS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Trump’s tweet could tip balance in competitive Kansas GOP governor race. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 670 words, photos.

MISSOURI PRIMARY-SENATE — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s hopes of winning a third term in Republican-dominated Missouri could depend both on convincing voters she’s sufficiently moderate and how voters feel about Trump, who is backing her presumptive Republican challenger. SENT: 630 words. With MISSOURI PRIMARY-RIGHT TO WORK — Missouri deciding on right-to-work law curbing union power.

MICHIGAN-PRIMARY-HOUSE — John Conyers’ congressional seat will remain in the Democrats’ hands after Michigan’s primary, but for the first time in more than five decades, it won’t be his. SENT: 560 words, photo. With MICHIGAN PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Michigan voters choose would-be successors to GOP governor; MICHIGAN PRIMARY-SENATE — Michigan businessmen vie for GOP Senate nod to face Stabenow.

WASHINGTON PRIMARY — As the Democratic party eyes making gains in Congress, the Washington state primary contest getting the most attention is an open U.S. House seat. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: Results expected after 11 p.m.

TRUMP-ECONOMY-FACT-CHECK — Trump is grossly overstating the extent of U.S. economic and job gains. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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NEBRASKA EXECUTION — Nebraska state officials are preparing for their first execution in two decades and first-ever lethal injection with an untried combination of drugs that includes a powerful painkiller responsible for much of the nation’s opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could conceal whether something has gone wrong. SENT: 890 words, photo. With DEATH-PENALTY-NEBRASKA — Lawyer for Nebraska death row inmate seeks release from case.

INMATES-ADDICTION MEDICATION — Jails and prisons are coming around to the idea of providing inmates with methadone and other addiction treatment medications. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

HAWAII VOLCANO-HURRICANE — Hawaii emergency officials who have been contending with Kilauea volcano’s lava flow are preparing for a hurricane that is expected to pass to the south of the islands this week. SENT: 740 words, photos.

CORAL-REEF-CEMETERY — The Neptune Memorial Reef, an underwater cemetery modeled after the lost city of Atlantis, is undergoing a massive expansion off the coast of Miami Beach. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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COLOMBIA-PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION — Ivan Duque, the young protege of a powerful former Colombian leader, is being sworn in as president, tasked with guiding the implementation of a historic peace accord with leftist rebels that remains on shaky ground. SENT: 910 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Inauguration scheduled for 4 p.m.

CHINA-SOLAR COOKERS — Solar cooker bash aims to win over finicky Chinese chefs, vanquish sooty mainstays. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ZIKA-CHILDREN — One in 7 babies born to Zika-infected women developed microcephaly, seizures or some kind of health problem, according to a study done in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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ELECTRONIC DRIVERS-SAFETY — Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you’re not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ALABAMA-QB SAGA — Alabama is looking for the quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts — who gives the Crimson Tide the best chance to win national and Southeastern Conference titles. By Sports Writer John Zenor. SENT: 790 words, photos.

MARQUETTE-MCCOY’S JOURNEY — Marquette forward Tori McCoy needs a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with a rare disease over the winter. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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