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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

August 6, 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






INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE (sent, developing)

VENEZUELA-MADURO (sent, developing)

PEPSICO-CEO (sent, developing)


ITALY-HIGHWAY EXPLOSION (sent, developing)




ITALY-HIGHWAY EXPLOSION — Italian police say at least 56 people have been injured and a bridge has partially collapsed following a major explosion on a highway near the northern city of Bologna. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Photos, video planned.

PEPSICO-CEO — Longtime PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will step down as the top executive and the world’s second-largest food and beverage company. SENT: 390 words, photo. With PEPSICO-CEO-WOMEN-GLANCE.

DEADLY SHOOTING-BAY BRIDGE — Authorities say a man was killed and two others were injured in a shooting on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that caused a multiple-vehicle collision and shot down all traffic lanes for hours. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BABY IN WATER — Police: Baby’s body pulled from water near Brooklyn Bridge. SENT: 230 words, photos, video.

FRANCE-OBIT-ROBUCHON — Joel Robuchon, a master chef who shook up the stuffy world of French haute cuisine by wowing palates with the delights of the simple mashed potato and giving diners a peek at the kitchen, has died. He was 73. SENT: 390 words, photos.

DEMI LOVATO — Pop star Demi Lovato vows to keep fighting addiction. SENT: 140 words, photo.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is poised for its most critical moment, with the testimony of his “right-hand man.” Rick Gates has been a key cooperator for special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after he cut a plea deal earlier this year. The trial resumes Monday afternoon in federal court in Virginia. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 1 p.m., 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN — The Trump administration reimposes a set of sanctions against Iran that had been eased by the Obama administration under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing from morning briefing, 600 words by 3 p.m., photo.

AP EXPLAINS-TRUMP TOWER MEETING — Adoption? Opposition research? President Donald Trump’s team has offered shifting explanations for a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, and the president himself has just amended his own. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-SENATORS — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is getting gushing reviews from almost all the Republican senators he’s met with on Capitol Hill. SENT: 990 words, photo.

2010 IOWA — top-tier Democratic prospects such as Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are largely steering clear of Iowa. Top party stars are largely focused on the midterms, with hopes of regaining control of Congress. Still, their absence surprises veteran Iowa activists and stokes worries about the future of the state’s early influence. SENT: 890 words, photo.

MIDTERMS-MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. SENT: 300 words, photo.

FACT CHECK-WEEK— Trump’s week marked by suspect claims of steel mill openings that don’t exist, a Russian ‘hoax,’ photo IDs at grocery stores and data on jobs and environmental issues that don’t fully add up. SENT: 2292 words, photo.




YEMEN-DEALING WITH AL-QAIDA — Even as it claims military victories over al-Qaida in Yemen, the U.S.-backed coalition has allowed the militants to pull out of towns, cities and strongholds they controlled without a fight, The Associated Press has found. The accords risk strengthening the militant group, allowing militants to take weapons and money with them, incorporating some of its fighters into militias backed by the United Arab Emirates and in some cases even paying departing fighters large amounts of cash. SENT: 3,170 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,080 words has also been sent. TOP VIDEO: — YEM AQAP (CR) — Coalition, al-Qaida strike secret deals in Yemen. With YEMEN-AL-QAIDA-DEALS — Details of deals between U.S.-backed coalition, Yemen al-Qaida; YEMEN-AL-QAIDA-GLANCE — A look at al-Qaida’s most lethal branch, Yemen’s AQAP.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A powerful earthquake flattens houses and topples bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities say that rescuers still hadn’t reached some devastated areas and the death toll would climb. SENT: 940 words, photos, graphic. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST.

VENEZUELA-MADURO — Investigators hunting for assailants behind a failed attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro with explosives-laden drones raid hotels and seize vehicles while grilling six suspects for details of the plot. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

SAUDI-ARABIA-CANADA — Saudi Arabia orders the Canadian ambassador to leave the ultraconservative kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrest of women’s rights activists. SENT: 550 words, photos.

JAPAN-HIROSHIMA — Hiroshima marks the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city with a somber ceremony to remember those killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. SENT: 480 words, photos. With JAPAN-HIROSHIMA-VIRTUAL-REALITY — Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing (sent).

BANGLADESH-ROHINGYA — A human rights group urges Bangladesh’s government to abandon plans to relocate Rohingya Muslim refugees to a small, uninhabited island said to be at severe risk of serious flooding. SENT: 530 words, photos.

EUROPE-WEATHER — Emergency services in Portugal continue their fight against a major, four-day wildfire on the south coast that threatens to engulf a hillside town overnight. SENT: 310 words, photos. With EUROPE-WEATHER-THE LATEST.

GERMANY-GRAPE HARVEST — Germany’s grape harvest is officially underway on its earliest date yet after a scorching summer that has many other farmers groaning but — so far — is promising to be good for vintners. SENT: 490 words, photos.




EQUESTRIAN-SEX ABUSE — An equestrian judge got kicked out in the middle of a horse show after officials discovered a 5-year-old assault case against him that had been long closed. The case didn’t involve the sport or minors, but organizers say they would err on the side of caution. The case offers an eye-opening window into the far-reaching, sometimes unintended consequences, of the U.S. Olympic sports movement’s mission to combat sex-abuse. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 11 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

PORTLAND PROTESTS — Portland police are accused of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city’s new police chief to order a review of officers’ use of force. SENT: 690 words, photos.

I LOVE NY SIGN STANDOFF — New York state and the federal government are locked in a multimillion-dollar standoff over 500-plus “I Love NY” highway signs. SENT: 660 words, photos.




FACEBOOK-ALEX JONES — Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. SENT: 270 words, photo.

FLEXIBLE-PAY — A growing number of companies are rolling out products and services that allow employees to receive a portion of their pay when they need it. This can help workers, especially those making hourly wages or working irregular schedules, to avoid unpleasant and potentially costly options such as borrowing from loved ones, running up credit card debt, selling possessions or taking out a high-interest loan when bills come due or emergencies arise before their next paycheck. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

CHINA-SLIDING YUAN — China tightens controls on trading in its yuan to discourage speculators after a decline against the dollar amid a tariff dispute with Washington fueled fears of a damaging outflow of capital from the world’s second-largest economy. SENT: 580 words, photo.




OBIT-CHARLOTTE-RAE — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 880 words, photo.




KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS-HEPATITIS C, HFR — A small group of U.S. patients who received hepatitis C-infected kidney transplants showed no signs of infection after the procedure. The experiment was part of an effort to put a dent in the nation’s long transplant waiting list. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo embargoed until 5 p.m.




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