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BC-AP News Digest 6:15 pm

July 30, 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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Adds: FEMA-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, 3D GUNS, DATING APP KILLING, TAJIKISTAN-CYCLISTS KILLED, CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT, CONGRESS-BIGFOOT EROTICA.

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IMMIGRATION-DEBATING DETENTION — When ICE put out a request for new immigration detention centers, an Indiana county that backed Donald Trump for president seemed like a natural fit. But in a community where immigrants, a significant number in the country illegally, play important roles, a proposal to build a 1,200-bed facility put families, businesses and decision-makers on a tightrope. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 2,840 words, photos. An abridged version of 960 words has also been sent. Moved in advance and available for immediate use. For AP’s comprehensive immigration coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/FlashpointImmigration

AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS — A poll by AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV finds young Americans think their own generation could do a better job running the government and feel that their midterm votes can make a difference. By Laurie Kellman and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 900 words, photos, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES —A pair of raging wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for 15,000 people barrel toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state. By Marcio Jose Sanchez and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

TRUMP— At odds with fellow Republicans, President Trump says he would have “no problem” shutting down the federal government this fall if Congress doesn’t agree to provide additional border security funding. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. WITH: KOCH BROTHERS-MIDTERMS — The conservative Koch brothers’ network declares it will not help elect the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, turning its back on the GOP in a marquee election — at least for now — after determining that the Republican challenger is no better than the Democratic incumbent. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS —With hope and pride, long lines of Zimbabweans vote peacefully in an election that many believe is their best chance to escape the toxic politics and dead-end economics of the era of Robert Mugabe, who wasn’t on the ballot for the first time in the nation’s nearly four-decade history. But apprehension mixed with optimism as opposition activists used to electoral violence, intimidation and vote-tampering under Mugabe watch out for the same kind of skulduggery this time around. By Chris Torchia and Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. WITH: ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS-MAIN FIGURES; ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS-TIMELINE (all sent).

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota prosecutor says he won’t charge two Minneapolis officers in the June fatal shooting of a black man. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s decision came a day after body-camera video was released. By Youssef Rddad and Amy Forliti. SENT: 970 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

CBS-FUTURE IN LIMBO — CBS says Les Moonves will remain the network’s CEO while an outside counsel investigates sexual misconduct accusations against him. The company says its annual shareholder meeting, which had been set for Aug. 10, has been postponed. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 610 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The trial of President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman opens Tuesday, centering around tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant’s pocket. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FACT CHECK — Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says “collusion is not a crime.” Case closed? Not exactly. SENT: 520 words, photo.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA FOOTBALL — The first practice of the new season was over, and the only sound on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was dozens of football players screaming in delight. At 2:15 a.m., they were having a water balloon fight. Finally, on a campus known for tragedy, there was some joy. By AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CONGRESS-BIGFOOT EROTICA — Fur flies in Va. congressional race: Democratic candidate accuses GOP opponent of being a ‘devotee of Bigfoot erotica,’ which Republican calls ‘hilarious.’ SENT: 420 words.

3D GUNS — Eight states file suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SPAIN-TAXI STRIKE — Striking taxi drivers brought traffic in parts of major Spanish cities to a standstill to protest ride-hailing services. SENT: 230 words, photos.

GERMANY-ROMAN SARCOPHAGUS — Dead gorgeous: ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics. SENT: 120 words, photos.

PEOPLE-MADONNA —Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday by raising funds for orphans and children in Malawi. SENT: 210 words, photos.

JAMES GUNN-OPEN LETTER — ‘Guardians’ cast issues open letter in support of James Gunn. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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FEMA-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — The recently resigned head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s personnel office has been accused of improper sexual relationships and creating a “toxic” environment, according to a summary of an internal investigation by the agency. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 7 p.m.

TRUMP-IRAN — President Trump says he would “certainly meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 480 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP-ITALY — Trump and Italy’s new premier express solidarity on migration issues. SENT: 480 words, photos, video; TRUMP-FACT CHECK — Trump isn’t telling the straight story on NATO. SENT: 570 words, photos.

CONGRESS-PUTIN — Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at President Trump’s approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election. But it remains uncertain if any of their efforts will yield results. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 760 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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MICHAEL GRACZYK-RETIREMENT — Associated Press journalist Michael Graczyk, who witnessed and chronicled more than 400 executions as a criminal justice reporter in Texas, will retire Tuesday after 45 years. Graczyk, 68, may have observed more executions than any other person in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-LAWSUIT —The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank in a southwest Missouri lake last week, killing 17 people, put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on the lake despite warnings of severe weather and a history of design problems with the boat, according to a federal lawsuit. SENT: 670 words, photos.

DATING APP KILLING — Investigators are looking into whether a man suspected of killing a woman he met on a dating app in New York City may have killed others, two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press. SENT: 700 words.

HARVEY-FLOOD INSURANCE — After Hurricane Harvey’s devastating and widespread flooding last year, many Texans decided it was time to buy flood insurance. Flood insurance policies in Texas jumped by 18 percent following Harvey last August. The boost helped turn around the state’s long-term trend of declining policies. By Juan A. Lozano and Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TAJIKISTAN-CYCLISTS KILLED — Four tourists traveling through Tajikistan on bicycles were killed when a driver allegedly rammed his car into them and joined his passengers in going after the cyclists with knives, U.S. and Tajik officials said. SENT: 400 words.

PALESTINIAN-PROTEST ICON — Teenage Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi is vowing to keep demonstrating against the Israeli occupation and said she expects to have a “political future.” Tamimi, 17, spoke to The Associated Press a day after she was released from Israeli prison, where she served an eight-month sentence for slapping two Israeli soldiers. SENT: 490 words, photos. WITH: ISRAEL-ITALIANS ARRESTED — Two Italian artists leave Israel after arrest over mural. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER — The National Comedy Center opening in August is part museum, part hall of fame and part video arcade, letting visitors move through displays of comedic artifacts to more than 50 immersive exhibits. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT — More than $500 million in claims are approved under the NFL’s concussion settlement in two years — nearly a decade earlier than league officials estimated they would reach that amount. SENT: 330 words.

SPORTS BETTING — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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