BC-AP Top Stories Digest
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CHINA-XI’S ERA-CRACKING DOWN ON CHRISTIANS — Amid the atheist ruling Communist Party’s ambitious new effort to dictate — and in some cases displace — the practice of faith in China, Christians across the country have seen their churches raided and their Bibles confiscated. Some have lost their jobs or faced evictions as President Xi Jinping pushes a campaign to lend “Chinese characteristics” to a religion traditionally aligned with Western democracy. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,440 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in state history, breaking a record set only months earlier. Experts say this may become the new normal as climate change coupled with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas creates more intense and devastating blazes. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Soldiers pull a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals wait for aid and stranded tourists camp at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels. By Andi Jatmiko and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 490 words, photos, video.
UNITED STATES-IRAN — The first set of U.S. sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord go back into effect under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, targeting financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold. By Susannah George and Zeke Miller. SENT: 720 words, photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The star witness in the financial fraud trial of Trump’s former campaign chairman is set to return to the witness stand after telling jurors he himself embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his old boss. By Chad Day and Matthew Barakat. SENT: 940 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 9:30 a.m.
PRIMARY RDP — Trump’s preferred congressional candidate — and his signature tax cuts — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season’s final high-stakes special election. The midsummer affair comes as Trump’s shadow looms over primary contests in four other states: Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington. By Steve Peoples and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day.
COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — The father of a missing Georgia boy is expected to make his first court appearance, which could shed light on a bizarre tale of guns, exorcism and child abuse at a New Mexico compound. By Mary Hudetz and Kate Brumback. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Court hearing at 3:30 p.m.; Officials hold news conference at 4:30 p.m.
ELECTRONIC DRIVERS-SAFETY — Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you’re not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 590 words, photos.
ALABAMA-QB SAGA — Alabama is looking for the quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts — who gives the Crimson Tide the best chance to win national and Southeastern Conference titles. By Sports Writer John Zenor. SENT: 790 words, photos.