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BC-AP News Digest 3:20 am

August 3, 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

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TOP STORIES

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2018 MIDTERMS-CYBERSECURITY — Intelligence officials warn that foreign adversaries continue to wage cyber warfare against the U.S. election systems. But with the midterm elections just three months away, political campaigns report that they’re largely on their own in the increasingly challenging task of protecting sensitive information and countering false or misleading content on social media. By Steve Peoples and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH -ROE V WADE — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record suggests he would vote to support abortion restrictions if confirmed. But it’s not clear if he would go as far as some abortion rights advocates fear and vote to overturn Roe v. Wade , the case establishing a woman’s right to abortion. By Legal Affairs Writers Denise Lavoie and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally that the media is the “fake, fake disgusting news” and casting journalists as his true political opponent. By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 890 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is far from living up to its pledge to denuclearize and remains in violation of numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions. By AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 590 words, photo. With POMPEO — Pompeo presses Turkey on detained US pastor after sanctions (sent).

MANAFORT-TRIAL JUDGE — The judge in Paul Manafort’s financial-fraud trial says it’s no crime to be rich in America. Judge T.S. Ellis has gone after prosecutors several times this week for making much of Manafort’s lavish lifestyle. The trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman started this week in Alexandria, Va. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 860 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Manafort’s bookkeeper testifies that he kept her in the dark about his foreign bank accounts but he otherwise approved “every penny” of the personal bills she paid for him (sent).

TRILLION DOLLAR APPLE — Apple is the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets. The milestone marks the latest triumph of a trend-setting company that two mavericks named Steve started in a Silicon Valley garage 42 years ago. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

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TRUMP-STEEL-FACT CHECK — Trump claims US Steel is opening plants that the company actually hasn’t announced. SENT: 110 words, video, photo.

WWE WRESTLER-MAYOR — Glenn Jacobs, the WWE wrestler known as Kane, has won the bout for mayor in Tennessee’s third largest county. SENT: 130 words, photos.

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — A judge who sentenced disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison for molesting girls will hold a hearing on a request that she disqualify herself from his appeal of the sentence. SENT: 120 words, photos.

MUSIC-BEYONCE — Severe weather forces fans at Beyonce and Jay-Z’s concert out of their seats to wait inside the MetLife Stadium. SENT: 110 words.

CHINA-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-MONK — Chinese authorities investigating sexual misconduct allegations against the abbot of storied Longquan Buddhist Monastery. SENT: 480 words.

TUITION FUND-GAY TEEN — A former teacher of a gay Florida teen who says he was ostracized for his sexuality has raised more than $122,000 to help the teen afford college. SENT: 400 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TENNESSEE PRIMARIES — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn are on a collision course to claim their own slices of history in a critical U.S. Senate race. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 890 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-MIDEAST — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. SENT: 750 words, photo.

MILEAGE STANDARDS-FACT CHECK — The Trump administration is overstating claims of auto safety and reduced costs in justifying its proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel economy requirements that were aimed at making cars more fuel efficient. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 650 words, video, photo.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-SEX ABUSE CHARGES — Federal authorities allege that a former youth care worker at a Phoenix-area facility for immigrant youths sexually abused eight teenage boys, one of several cases brought to light in recent weeks as thousands of immigrant children remain detained around the country. SENT: 450 words. With IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — U.S. and ACLU divided on how to reunify separated families (sent).

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-LIFE AMID THE ASHES — More than 20,000 evacuees still have not been allowed to return to neighborhoods in burnt out Shasta County, home to the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history. For too many Californians, wildfire season has turned into a series of upheavals that starts with terror of approaching flames. That soon gives way to an anxious scramble for shelter, followed by tense days of waiting. SENT: 830 words, photos.

DATING APP KILLING — The release of a Connecticut man from jail shortly before police say he killed a New York City nurse and raped another woman in Los Angeles has outraged the nurse’s family and frustrated prosecutors. Police are now investigating Danueal Drayton’s claims that he has killed at least five women. SENT: 830 words, photos.

JFK MEMORABILIA — Some of the most iconic items associated with the late President John F. Kennedy are going on the auction block. Eldred’s auction gallery in East Dennis, on Cape Cod, is taking bids on a rocking chair that JFK used in the Oval Office, a tie clip in the shape of the PT-109 torpedo boat Kennedy commanded during World War II, and pens he used to establish the Peace Corps and sign a landmark nuclear arms treaty. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UNITED NATIONS-HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF — The U.N. human rights chief defended his outspoken criticism of abuses in dozens of countries from Myanmar and Hungary to the United States, insisting that his office doesn’t “bring shame on governments, they shame themselves.” SENT: 970 words, photo.

SYRIA-DEATH NOTICES — After years of silence, the Syrian government has started updating civil registries to reflect deaths among its incarcerated population, activists say. SENT: 960 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-SOLDIER RESCUED — An Australian soldier who dug a snow cave to survive below-freezing conditions for a week on a New Zealand mountain is rescued. SENT: 320 words.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT-LOOKAHEAD — With a robust economy at their backs, optimistic employers likely added jobs at a solid pace in July. Economists forecast that employers added 191,000 jobs last month, down from 213,000 in June but easily enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. By Economics Writer Christoper Rugaber. SENT: 550 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV CRITICS WATCH — A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HALL OF FAME GAME — The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL’s preseason. There was a little spark of offense provided by Baltimore’s first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson in the second half of a 17-16 victory. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 670 words, photos. With HALL OF FAME GAME-ANTHEM — No demonstrations during anthem at Hall of Fame game (sent).

DODGEBALL-UNORTHODOX PRO SPORTS — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It’s a professional sport, just like many games that were popularize in parks, schoolyards and even novels. The World Dodgeball Association, founded in 2013, is holding its second World Cup — this weekend in New York. Thirteen countries, including the U.S., will be represented at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for the biennial tournament. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 4 a.m.

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