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BC-AP News Digest 6:05 pm

August 21, 2016

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

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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OLY--CLOSING CEREMONY — Ceremony starts at 7 p.m.

Adds: OLY--BKO-SERBIA-US, OBIT-CURRY, SPACE SIMULATION.

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TOP STORIES

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OLY--CLOSING CEREMONY — The Rio Olympics end at Maracana Stadium, with an exuberant burst of Carnival dance on tap, followed by the handover of the Olympic flag to Tokyo, the host of the 2020 Games, and the extinguishing of the flame. By Mauricio Savarese and Peter Prengaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos developing from 7 p.m. ceremony.

USOC WRAPUP — Whatever celebration the U.S. Olympic Committee has planned for its return home after a wildly successful Rio de Janeiro Games on the competition front will likely be short-lived. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun promises that “further action” will be coming, perhaps soon, against 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swimming teammates over Lochte’s admission he embellished a robbery tale. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 760 words, photos. WITH: OLY--LOCHTE ROBBERY — Ryan Lochte says ‘immature behavior’ got him into a mess. SENT: 500 words, photo.

OBAMA — Vacation over, President Barack Obama faces a busy fall, including pressing Congress for money to protect against the Zika virus and fending off lawmakers’ attacks over his administration’s $400 million payment to Iran. And he’ll spend time campaigning to elect Hillary Clinton. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 740 words, photos.

CAMPAIGN 2016-ROAD TO 270 — North Carolina may be the state most pivotal to Donald Trump’s White House bid, but the audience for his chief economic pitch is shrinking daily. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 830 words, photos. WITH: CAMPAIGN 2016-ROAD TO 270-ANALYSIS — AP analysis: Clinton heads into fall ahead in enough states for at least an Electoral College tie. SENT: 480 words; CAMPAIGN 2016-ROAD T0 270-EARLY VOTING — Does all voting happen on Election Day? Think again. SENT: 490 words.

TURKEY-EXPLOSION — A child suicide bomber kills at least 51 people and wounds nearly 70 others at a Kurdish wedding party near Turkey’s border with Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, decrying the attack as an attempt by Islamic State extremists to destabilize the nation. By Cinar Kiper. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: TURKEY-EXPLOSION-THE LATEST; CHILD BOMBERS-GLANCE — The suicide attacker who detonated his explosives was a child who may have been as young as 12 years old. The use of children is not restricted to the Islamic State group. SENT: 600 words, photos.

AFTER RIO-ASIA — Following the drama surrounding the Olympics in Russia and Brazil, the Games are headed for calmer ports of call in Asia starting with the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, followed by the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020 and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. All three countries have previously hosted the Olympics and enjoy a shared reputation for prosperity and administrative efficiency. By Christopher Bodeen. UPCOMING: 1,540 words, photos by 9 p.m. This story will move as the Monday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBIT-CURRY — George Curry, an African-American journalist considered the dean of Black press columnists, dies at 69. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6:30 p.m.

PRINCE DEATH — Official: Pills found at Prince’s estate contained the powerful opioid fentanyl. SENT: 670 words, photo.

GAY POLICE CHIEF-SOUTH CAROLINA — Crystal Moore, a small town police chief in staunchly conservative South Carolina is trying to make history by becoming the first female sheriff in the state. And the first openly gay one, too. SENT: 710 words, photos.

OBIT--MATT ROBERTS — Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, dies in Wisconsin. SENT: 130 words.

SPACE SIMULATION — A group of scientists is close to wrapping up a year of near isolation on Mauna Loa in a Mars simulation. SENT: 210 words.

CONCERT TICKET TRANSPARENCY — Lawmaker presses onward with effort to crack down on bots used by brokers to snap up concert tickets. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CANADA-TRAGICALLY HIP-FINAL CONCERT — Canadians bid adieu to beloved band whose singer is dying. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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OLYMPICS

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OLY--BKO-SERBIA-US — The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team wins its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66. Kevin Durant scores 30 points and helped the Americans jump out to a huge lead by halftime. By AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 510 words, photos.

OLY--ATH-MARATHON — Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins the men’s marathon, the last event on the track and field program. He finishes in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 44 seconds and is followed by Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lelisa and American Galen Rupp. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 590 words, photos. WITH: OLY--RIO OLYMPICS-THE LATEST; OLYMPICS RDP (sent, developing).

OLY--ATH-WHAT’S NEXT? — Usain Bolt is gone, and insists he’s never coming back. Where does track and field go next? Bolt’s departure from the Olympics certainly make the Tokyo Games feel like a much-less-enticing prospect. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 920 words, photos.

OLY--CHINA’S MEDAL DECLINE — The once feverish obsession with the gold tally has slowly subsided among the Chinese public. That’s why a fewer number of golds than sport officials hoped for hasn’t been met with wide backlash from the public. By Didi Tang. SENT: 620 words, photos. With OLY--VOL-CHINA-SERBIA — China captures women’s volleyball gold, coach makes history. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-MONEY — Donald Trump’s campaign expenses more than doubled last month, even as he held his payroll to about 70 employees, aired no television advertisements and made no significant moves to build out his operation around the country, according to the latest campaign finance reports. By Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day. SENT: 630 words, photos. WITH: CAMPAIGN 2016 — Campaign and party officials insist Trump is getting back on track, will catch up with Clinton by around Labor Day. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SENATE 2016-GEORGIA — Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson insists he won’t be a “volunteer apologist” for Donald Trump or anyone else who utters something stupid, but that defiant independence is being sorely tested by the GOP presidential nominee’s sinking support and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s push into surprisingly competitive Georgia. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-SYRIANS COMPATRIOT COMPASSION — As the U.K. struggles to implement its commitment to resettle more than 20,000 Syrians, the government is counting on charities and community groups to help the newcomers adjust to life in Britain. By Adela Suliman. SEN: 760 words, photos. WITH: SYRIA — Brother of Syrian boy wounded in Aleppo dies; AP EXPLAINS-SYRIA-ALEPPO (both sent).

SOMALIA-SUICIDE BOMBER — A suicide bomber detonates an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targets a marketplace, killing at least 17 people, police say. By Abdi Guled. SENT: 240 words, graphic.

ZIMBABWE-PROTESTING PASTOR — Once a symbol of hope, a pastor who galvanized thousands into anti-government protests now fights accusations of being a coward after leaving for the United States. Evan Mawarire promises to take his campaign against 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe to the annual U.N. gathering of heads of state next month. By Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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DEEP SOUTH WEATHER — Louisiana officials are setting up a temporary bus system to help flood victims in and around Baton Rouge whose vehicles were damaged by flooding. Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, says that more than $30 million in federal housing assistance has been approved for people in the state. SENT: 770 words, photos, video. WITH: DEEP SOUTH WEATHER-THE LATEST.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Fire crews continue to gain control on an arson fire that destroyed 189 homes in the Northern California town of Lower Lake. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

MULTIPLE MURDERS-ALABAMA — The suspect in the killing of five people at a home in Alabama attacked them while they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant — both of whom were found alive, authorities say. SENT: 520 words.

FREESTANDING EMERGENCY CENTERS — Freestanding emergency centers have seen a major expansion in recent years across the suburban landscape, taking root in affluent neighborhoods and directly challenging nearby medical clinics and hospitals. Five years ago there were a couple dozen stand-alone emergency centers in Texas, and now there are more than 200. Colorado, Ohio and other states also have seen steady growth. By Dave Warren. 700 words .

BACK TO SCHOOL-THREATS — Threats to schools are increasing nationwide, meaning learning time lost to evacuations and cancellations, along with the hours police spend responding and investigating. Less measurable but still significant are the ways threats can dent staff and students’ sense of security even when they’re false alarms, as they almost always are. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. BACK TO SCHOOL-EVALUATING THREATS — What goes into decisions whether to shelter or evacuate? SENT: 230 words.

SMITHSONIAN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM — The goal of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest Smithsonian museum that’s set to open next month on the National Mall, is to help all Americans understand and appreciate the rich cultural history of African-Americans, and to shine a light on the contributions and achievements of blacks to what the United States has become. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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DOMESTIC WORKERS RIGHTS — A push to grant legal protections to nannies, housekeepers and caregivers has made its way to the Midwest with Illinois becoming the latest state to approve a domestic workers “bill of rights.” Six others, including Hawaii and New York, have similar laws on the books, arguing decades-old labor laws left out the workers, an estimated U.S. workforce of nearly two million who are nearly all women and largely immigrant. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-BOX OFFICE — A big-budget remake of ‘Ben-Hur’ gets trampled under a herd of holdovers and new releases at the box office, the latest casualty in a bruising summer for Hollywood. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 130 words, photos. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — The defending national champion Crimson Tide is the No. 1 team in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 college football poll for the fifth time overall and third time under coach Nick Saban. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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