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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

July 5, 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




TRUMP RUSSIA OLIGARCH’S INFLUENCE — A sanctioned Russian oligarch who has been linked to Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has vast ties to the United States. By Garance Burke and Stephen Braun. SENT: 2,340 words, photos. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

ROHINGYA-BABIES OF RAPE — More than 10 months have passed since Myanmar’s security forces launched a sweeping campaign of rape and other brutalities against the Rohingya. Now, the babies conceived during those assaults have been born. For many of their mothers, those births have been tinged with fear — not only because the infants are reminders of the horrors they survived, but because their community often views rape as shameful, and bearing a baby conceived by Buddhists as sacrilege. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 2,500 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — MYN Rohingya Babies (CR) — Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge. An abridged version of 950 words has also been sent.

TRUMP — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is giving President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana by taking out a full-page ad in 14 newspapers thanking the president for signing 16 bills that the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. By Matt Volz. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: Trump rally in Great Falls, Montana, at 6 p.m.




BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE —The burning question is now how it happened again? British police say two Britons who fell critically ill in the town of Amesbury were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, the same material used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter in a nearby area last spring. Was it residue from the same batch or were the two specifically targeted? By Gregory Katz and Danica Kirka. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 a.m., photos, video. With BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE-THE LATEST.

THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against time to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their soccer coach with minimum risk, officials say. A firefighter who has been working on draining the water says that levels in parts of a passage leading to a chamber where the boys and the coach were found earlier this week after missing for 10 days was still flooded all the way to the ceiling, making diving the only way out. By Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 790 words, photo, video, graphic. With THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH-THE LATEST.

NKOREA-US-ANALYSIS — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to arrive in Pyongyang on Friday for his first visit since last month’s summit in Singapore, and one of his biggest tasks will be to dispel growing skepticism over whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really intends to abandon his nuclear arsenal. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 950 words, photos. Also see KOREAS-FRAGILE DETENTE below.

GROUND GAME-ABORTION-IOWA — The vacancy on the Supreme Court pushes state-level abortion politics into the national spotlight. By Thomas Beaumont and Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. Note: The latest in a weekly series designed to highlight policies, personalities and races arising from politics around the country.

CHINA-US-TECH RELIANCE — Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.’s brush with death after Washington barred it from buying U.S. components is a stark reminder that China’s industries still depend on American technology despite Beijing’s efforts to catch up. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 990 words, photos.

MIGRANT WORKERS — Migrant workers from Central Asia are the unsung heroes of Russia’s World Cup. They built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stalls and clean up after fan parties. Millions of such migrants perform menial Russian jobs for low pay in often precarious conditions, and face routine police harassment and ethnic profiling. They form a pillar of the economy and aid Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical strategy. By Angela Charlton. UPCOMING: 970 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video pursued for future publication. See MORE ON WORLD CUP below.




STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARRESTS — Protester’s climb shuts down Statue of Liberty on July 4. SENT: 770 words, photos, videos.

JULY FOURTH — Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US New York Fireworks (CR) — Macy’s Fireworks Show lights up New York City skyline.

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-MOMENT OF SILENCE — Moment of silence set for The Capital newspaper shooting victims. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Moment of silence at 2:33 p.m.

CHILDREN FOR SALE-MOTHER ACCUSED — Texas mother accused of selling child, trying to sell two more. SENT: 140 words.




KOREAS-FRAGILE DETENTE — If nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang bog down, it could mean curtains for inter-Korean detente. SENT: 980 words, photos.

IRAQ-SUMMER CROPS BAN — Iraq bans its farmers from planting summer crops this year as the country grapples with a crippling water shortage that shows few signs of abating. SENT: 890 words, photos.

NICARAGUA-STUDENT PROTESTERS-PHOTO GALLERY — University becomes refuge in Nicaragua unrest. SENT: 540 words. With 25 photos by Esteban Felix, highlighted by EFX301.




TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — AP source: Vice President Mike Pence has met with some of the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy. SENT: 590 words, photos.

TRUMP — Trump praises the U.S. military for keeping America “safe, strong, proud, mighty and free” and uses the Independence Day holiday to thank them for being willing to put their lives on the line in defense of the nation. SENT: 360 words, photos, videos.




FRANCE-MBAPPE VS. HENRY — Kylian Mbappe and Thierry Henry seem linked, France’s new scoring sensation following the career path of the old. By Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos.

BRAZIL-MEAN MASCOT — It took an angry-looking bird to get Brazilians hooked on their World Cup mascot. By Sports Writer Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

SWEDEN-BERG — Sweden striker Marcus Berg has scored everywhere he has played in his long career, just not at the World Cup. UPCOMING: 590 words, photos.




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