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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

August 29, 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 .






MCCAIN-SERVICES (sent, developing)






CARDI B-CIVIL RIGHTS SKIT — Cardi B sorry for “Real Housewives” of civil rights parody. SENT: 140 words, photo.

UNITED NATIONS-MYANMAR-ROHINGYA-BLANCHETT — Cate Blanchett: Nothing prepared me for Rohingya suffering. SENT: 490 words, photos.

MEDIA-TRUMP LIES — President Donald Trump has been accused of dishonesty, spreading falsehoods, misrepresenting facts, distorting news, passing on inaccuracies and being loose with the truth. But does he lie? SENT: 900 words, photos.

GERMANY-GOLDEN ERDOGAN — German city removes Erdogan statue over security concerns. SENT: 140 words, photo.

BRITAIN-ROYAL-WEDDING-OUTFITS — Harry and Meghan’s wedding outfits to go on public display. SENT: 140 words, photos.

UGANDA-POP STAR — Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine has kidney problem after jail. SENT: 640 words, photos.




PRIMARY RDP — A liberal Florida Democrat pulls off an upset victory in the state’s primary for governor while President Donald Trump’s favored candidate cruises to victory for the GOP, setting up a fierce fall showdown in the nation’s largest political battleground. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who would be the state’s first black governor, and Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, both defeated more moderate opponents aligned with their parties’ establishment. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video. With PRIMARY TAKEAWAYS — Establishment fails, diversity grows and Sheriff Joe says goodbye (sent).

MCCAIN-SERVICES — Family, friends and constituents will gather at Arizona’s Capitol to pay their respects to Sen. John McCain, the first of two days of services here before he departs the state he has represented since the 1980s. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; Motorcade scheduled to arrive at 12:45 p.m.; public viewing begins at 5 p.m. With ROBERTA McCAIN — John McCain once wrote that “motor has always run at more rpms than the average geezer.” He gave the credit to his sassy 106-year-old mother, who is expected to attend memorial services for her son in Washington and Maryland later this week. Roberta McCain’s “vivaciousness is a force of nature,” her son wrote in his memoir. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m. For AP’s comprehensive coverage on McCain: https://www.apnews.com/tag/JohnMcCain

AP POLL-SUPREME COURT— Americans are about evenly divided on whether the Senate should proceed with a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the midterm elections, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By Kevin Freking and Emily Swanson. SENT: 600 words, photo, graphic. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-KOZINSKI — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will likely face questions during his confirmation hearing next week about his relationship with a mentor now accused of sexual harassment. By Ryan Foley and Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1 p.m.

TRUMP-POLL-FACT CHECK — Trump is exaggerating the numbers when citing his overall job approval ratings. By Hope Yen. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis laments how Irish church authorities failed to respond to the crimes of sexual abuse, speaking during his first public appearance at the Vatican after bombshell accusations that he himself covered up for an American cardinal’s misdeeds. SENT: 480 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL ASYLUM — Venezuelans, whose country has grown increasingly authoritarian and lawless amid an economic collapse, now make up the largest group by nationality of people seeking asylum in the United States. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

NICARAGUA-UNREST — A new United Nations report on four months of unrest in Nicaragua describes a comprehensive government repression effort extending from the streets to courtrooms. SENT: 620 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-BOMBING — A bomber who killed two people and wounded 35 at a town festival in the southern Philippines offered fruit to people in hopes of evading suspicion when he abandoned the bag that also contained the bomb, a Philippine military commander says. SENT: 320 words.




HOTEL PLUNGE — Emergency responders say two construction workers fell to their deaths when scaffolding collapsed above the sixth floor of a hotel under construction near Disney World. SENT: 225 words, photos, video.

TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL — Jurors are now deciding the fate of a former Texas police officer who was convicted of murder for fatally shooting a black, unarmed teenager last year in suburban Dallas. Jordan Edwards was killed when Roy Oliver, a police officer in Balch Springs at the time, fired into a car full of black teenagers as it drove away from a house party. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from sentencing phase. With TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL-OTHER CASES — Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings.

MARIJUANA-STONER STEREOTYPES — With the nation’s multibillion-dollar marijuana market beginning to flower, the commercial cannabis industry is pushing hard to dispel the idea everyone who tokes up these days is a stumbling slacker living on their parents’ couch. The upscale pot shop MedMen, for example, has launched a $2 million anti-stoner campaign featuring average folks who get lit. By John Rogers and Krysta Fauria. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Pot Stereotypes (CR) — Pot industry tries to shake “stoner” stereotype.

TUNA REBOUND — An iconic species of tuna appears to be slowly recovering in the Atlantic Ocean, prompting fishermen to seek bigger commercial catch quotas and environmentalists to call for a more conservative approach. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN DETAINED — Judges at hearings in state district court are considering crucial decisions about child neglect and abuse charges against five defendants arrested at a remote compound in northern New Mexico where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old boy was retrieved. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SOLDIER-TERRORISM CHARGES — A soldier based in Hawaii who is accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and fixating on videos of beheadings and suicide bombings plans to plead guilty to attempting to support the terrorist group. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing at 2:30 p.m.

REIMAGINING HISTORY — Living history museums like Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts are reimagining how they depict Colonial-era life to address how women and people of color were treated. SENT: 540 words, photos.




ECONOMY-GDP — The U.S. economy grew at a strong 4.2 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the best showing in nearly four years, as growth stayed on track to produce the strongest gain in more than a decade. Strength in business investment offset slightly slower consumer spending. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 560 words, photos.




ARETHA FRANKLIN-SORORITY — What began as a thin line swelled into a sea of sisterhood as hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta streamed into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, a member of the sorority. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 570 words, photo.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-MUSIC’S FUNERALS — Elvis, Whitney, Prince, Biggie and, now, Aretha: The funerals and public memorials of music royalty have been as varied as the work they created, from small family affairs to days of tributes as huge in death as they lived their lives. By Leanne Italie. Upcoming 1,300 words by 2 p.m. Wednesday, photos.




NEWBORN OPIOIDS-OUTCOMES, HFR — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are more common in young children who were born with symptoms from their mothers’ prenatal opioid use, a study in Tennessee found. The results bolster evidence of long-term consequences for infants caught in the nation’s opioid epidemic. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo hold for release at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.




ACC-TV NETWORK — The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. An AP Interview. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.




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