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BC-AP News Digest 3:15 am

June 9, 2018

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

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-G-7 — President Donald Trump charged into the Group of Seven summit at odds with key allies over U.S. tariffs, then set out to defuse tension with friendly banter and offered vague claims of progress in trade talks. But details were scant and clear differences remained at the summit’s midpoint. SENT: 830 words, video, photos. With TRUMP-G WHAT? — Trump wants to give Russia a seat at the G-7 table, while some European allies aren’t even sure the U.S. president is a good fit; TRUMP-ALLIES AND ADVERSARIES — Trump embraces Russia and North Korea while he pushes away America’s closest partners ( both sent).

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-BAD DEAL — Ahead of President Trump’s summit with the North Korean leader, national security hawks and U.S. allies are raising concerns that he may impulsively give in on issues they say should be deal-breakers. By Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee. SENT: 830 words, photo. With TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-HOTEL — Family with Trump-like ambition runs hotel hosting summit; TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-RODMAN — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he will travel to Singapore for the summit; TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-SECRET BOMB PROGRAM — Closing North Korea’s vast nuclear program poses challenges; TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-PEACE AT LAST? — Can Trump and Kim end Korea War; TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-SINGAPORE POSTCARD — Singapore feeling the pressure of more than 3,000 members of the press arriving for historic Trump-Kim summit (all sent).

OBIT-ANTHONY BOURDAIN-A LIFE — Anthony Bourdain once said he knew he had the best job in the world. If he was unhappy, he said, it was ‘a failure of the imagination.’ Bourdain’s stunned fans were mourning the loss of that singular imagination following his death from an apparent suicide. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,100 words, video, photos. With BOURDAIN-THE SHOCK — Bourdain suicide a reminder of celebrities’ distance from us; OBIT-BOURDAIN-QUOTE BOX — Reaction to the death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain (both sent).

SYRIA-ASSAD’S ALLIES — A Russian force deployment on the Syria-Lebanon border this week in a Hezbollah stronghold sparked protests by the Lebanese militant group, prompting the force to withdraw from its positions only a day later in a rare sign of tension between the allies. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

NBA FINALS — Golden State. Golden still. Stephen Curry scores 37 points, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant adds 20 and a triple-double and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight title and third in four years, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again to chase championships. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With NBA FINALS-CAVALIERS — LeBron says after NBA Finals that he played with broken hand; NBA FINALS-MVP — Back-to-back titles, and Finals MVPs, for Kevin Durant (both sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FACEBOOK-PRIVACY SCANDAL — Report: Facebook shared users’ personal information with outsiders after executives cut off access to developers. SENT: 510 words.

STARBUCKS-BLACK MEN ARRESTED — The Philadelphia Police Department updates its policy on trespassing arrests following widespread criticism of the arrests of two black men at a Starbucks within minutes of their arrival. SENT: 310 words.

TONY-HOSTS — Pals Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles will join forces to host the Tony Awards on Sunday. SENT: 700 words, video, photo.

ESPIONAGE-CHINA — A jury convicts a former CIA officer on charges he spied for China by providing top secret information in exchange for $25,000. SENT: 600 words.

TRUMP-MARIJUANA — President Trump says he’s inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana. SENT: 730 words, photos.

POWERBALL WINNER — A New Jersey accountant who held the sole winning ticket for last month’s $315.3 million Powerball jackpot says he had just refinanced his home in order to send his daughter to college. SENT: 340 words, photos.

MARILYN MONROE STATUE — Marilyn Monroe statue drawing ire as nearby church gets full view of her behind. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought new obstruction charges against President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and a longtime associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 890 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-HEALTH INSURANCE — The Trump administration’s decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law’s popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 830 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-SOTOMAYOR — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is working on a book about kids with “life challenges,” from attention deficit disorder and autism to blindness and diabetes. UPCOMING: 550 words by 7 p.m., photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN — The Afghan Taliban announces a three-day cease-fire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier cease-fire announcement by the government. SENT: 410 words, photo.

SOMALIA-US SOLDIER KILLED — One U.S. special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members wounded in an “enemy attack” in Somalia, the U.S. military said — casualties that are likely to put renewed scrutiny on America’s counterterror operations in Africa. SENT: 640 words.

HEALTH MYSTERY-CUBA — The United States pulls two more of its workers from its embassy in Cuba and is testing them for possible brain injury. SENT: 800 words.

EL SALVADOR-CORRUPTION — Prosecutors in El Salvador have ordered the arrests of former President Mauricio Funes and 30 members of his inner circle on a range of corruption charges for allegedly siphoning $351 million from public coffers, the Attorney General’s Office announced. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — A dozen wildfires that burned thousands of homes in California’s wine country and killed at least 15 people last October were started by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines and utility poles, state fire officials say. SENT: 690 words, photos.

ARIZONA POLICE-USE OF FORCE — The beating of a 33-year-old man and the rough treatment of teenager prompted the chief of a suburban Arizona police department to enlist a former prosecutor to investigate the videotaped encounters and report directly to him. SENT: 630 words, video, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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JOBS-INDEPENDENT WORKERS — Look around, and it seems more Americans are working outside traditional full-time jobs — whether as freelance graphic designers or independent contractors or Uber drivers. Or maybe not. A government report this week suggested that the proportion of such jobs hasn’t budged in the past decade. Yet the data carries limitations that indicate there’s still plenty we don’t know about the evolving U.S. job market. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,030 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ISRAEL-MYSTERY FIGURINE — An enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts. SENT: 640 words, photo.

PREVENTING SUICIDES — The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashioner designer Kate Spade shine a light on a troubling trend — rising suicides among middle-aged Americans. Mental health issues, often undiagnosed, are usually involved and experts say knowing the risks and warning signs can help keep a crisis from becoming a tragedy. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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GOLDEN KNIGHTS WRAPUP — The Vegas Golden Knights didn’t win the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. Just being there was a stupendous feat. An encore to this record-setting expansion year will be difficult, but the Knights have the core and the resources to stay on the path that began last October in the wake of a mass shooting just down the Strip from their rink. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-Q&A-NE-YO — While trends in music are ever-changing, Ne-Yo knows one thing: He’s the “love song” guy, and he’s fine with that. The R&B star released his seventh album and says he was nervous about putting out a new project at a time when SoundCloud rap, mumble rap and alternative R&B dominates on radio and streaming platforms. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BRITAIN-QUEEN’S LIST — British film stars Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Tom Hardy and Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro are among those receiving honors in the name of Britain’s monarch. SENT: 480 words.

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