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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

August 7, 2016

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.




OLY--LOS ANGELES MAYOR-2014 — In an interview with The Associated Press, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti assesses the potential impact of the U.S. presidential election on his city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics and says a Donald Trump victory could turn off some International Olympic Committee voters. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.




OLY--TEAM USA-WOMEN — Serena. Simone. Solo. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the best-recognized names on the U.S. Olympic team belong to women. The Americans brought 292 women to Rio de Janeiro, an Olympic record for a single country. Their first gold medal of the games — won by a woman, of course: Ginny Thrasher in shooting. By National Writer Eddie Phelps. SENT: 650 words, photos. WITH: RIO OLYMPICS-WHAT TO WATCH — Day Two of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, women’s road cycling, men’s fencing, judo and more. SENT: 700 words, photo.

THAILAND-REFERENDUM — Thais vote in a referendum on a new constitution that critics say is tailor-made for the military government to stay in control for several years and entrench a new, quasi-democratic system that gives vast powers to appointed officials. By Vijay Joshi. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. THAILAND-REFERENDUM-RESTRICTIONS — A look at the restrictions that the junta has imposed since taking power in a 2014 coup. SENT: 230 words, photos

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP — Republican Donald Trump is questioning Democrat Hillary Clinton’s fitness for the presidency. The billionaire businessman says “she’s got problems” and that Americans “don’t want someone who’s going to short-circuit.” By Jill Colvin. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. WITH: CAMPAIGN 2016- ROAD TO 270 — Clinton is focused on capturing the battleground states that have decided the most recent presidential elections. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

GREECE-SMUGGLING SPIKE — With Turkey in crisis and Europe’s borders closed, smugglers in northern Greece are expecting a profitable summer. Police say traffickers are using increasingly sophisticated methods — motorcycle spotters, maps of border surveillance “blind spots,” and even police informants — to move out refugees who have been stuck at the border for months. By Costas Kantouris. SENT: 950 words, photos.




OLY--SWM-SWIM-FEUD — Horton wins gold after calling out Sun Yang as drug cheat. SENT: 470 words, photo.

FBN-HALL OF FAME — Favre, Dungy, Harrison, Pace, Greene, Stabler enter Pro Football Hall of Fame. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

BEES ESCAPE — Bees escape in Wal-Mart parking lot, sting several people. SENT: 130 words.

PISTORIUS — Pistorius treated at South African hospital; back to jail. SENT: 240 words.

OBIT-BRAZIL-IVO PITANGUY — Brazilian plastic surgeon to the stars Ivo Pitanguy dies. SENT: 300 words.

TWO SKYDIVING DEATHS — Two skydivers have been killed during a tandem jump in northern California. SENT: 260 words.




OLY--RIO OLYMPICS RDP — The Olympics began in full with the first gold medal going to an American teenager by the fearsome name of Thrasher. There was plenty of rough riding on a punishing cycling course, a smooth opener for Kevin Durant and company, and a difficult loss for Venus Williams. By Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 880 words, photos. WITH: OLY-ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS —NBC’s audience for the Olympics ceremony drops sharply from London Games. SENT: 750 words, photo.

OLY--SWIMMING-PHELPS — Now that his flag-carrying duties are out of the way, Michael Phelps is eager to get started on his fifth Olympics. That will likely come in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, a title the Americans are looking to reclaim after getting chased down by the French in 2012. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 560 words, photos.

OLY--GYM-PAINFUL INJURIES — French gymnast Samir Ait Said’s horrific leg break highlights the dangers of a sport that steps into the world’s spotlight every four years and led some to question if the current scoring system is making gymnasts push themselves too far. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 690 words, photos.


A curated presentation of multi-format Olympics content is live at http://summergames.ap.org/




JAPAN EMPEROR — Japanese will tune in to Emperor Akihito’s rare video message Monday following reports that he would abdicate in the next few years, which initially came as shock but was welcomed by many as a deserved rest for the 82-year-old beloved monarch. SENT: 600 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES DUTERTE — The Philippine president has publicly linked more than 150 judges, mayors, lawmakers and military personnel to illegal drugs, revoked their gun licenses and asked them to surrender for investigation. SENT: 430 words, photo.

UGANDA-GOING SOLAR — This village long-frustrated by the power outages common to many parts of Africa is watching with hope as a huge solar power plant is being constructed nearby. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 a.m., photos.




OHIO CONCERT-OVERDOSES — Two dozen concertgoers in northeast Ohio suffer medical symptoms after they eat candy laced a drug found in marijuana. SENT: 300 words.




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