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BC-AP News Digest 2 pm

June 6, 2018

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




2018 MIDTERMS-HOUSE — Democrats emerging from House primaries around the country are hardly a wave of anti-establishment crusaders bent on rewriting their party’s agenda. Instead, as Tuesday’s voting showed, Democrats are channeling their enthusiasm into candidates they think can win in November and challenge, not their own leadership, but President Trump. By Tom Beaumont. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos. With PRIMARY ROUNDUP — Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles; NEW MEXICO PRIMARY — New Mexico Democrats rallied around progressive female candidates — including a woman vying to be the first female Native American congresswoman (both sent).

CALIFORNIA PRIMARY — California’s long-suffering Republicans had a night to remember, advancing John Cox to the governor’s race against Democrat Gavin Newsom, engineering the recall of a Democratic senator in Orange County and holding their ground, for now, in a string of contested congressional races. November, however, is another matter. By Michael R. Blood. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. With CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — John Cox, a conservative business owner who has tried and failed for nearly two decades to win elected office, is closer than he’s ever been after finishing second in the primary for California governor; CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-SENATE — California state Sen. Kevin de Leon appears to have barely edged out a little-known Republican to take on popular incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. He’s playing off the anti-Trump movement and arguing for generational change, but has a steep uphill battle to climb. UPCOMING: 600 words.

TRUMP-JOHNSON — President Donald Trump commutes the sentence of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West in a recent visit to the White House. SENT: 880 words, photos.

GUATEMALA-VOLCANO — Three days after the deadly eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire, rescuers say the window is closing on any chance of finding survivors. The confirmed death toll stands at 75, but is sure to rise, with at least 192 people missing. More than 1,000 people remain in shelters and will never be able to return home. By Mark Stevenson and Sonia Perez D. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 4:30 p.m.

FACEBOOK-PRIVACY SCANDAL — Chinese phone maker Huawei says it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers. SENT: 760 words, photo. With FACEBOOK-PRIVACY SCANDAL-THE LATEST.

SLOWER HURRICANES — Tropical cyclones worldwide are moving slower over land and water, more likely to dump heavier rain as they stall like Harvey last year, a new study finds. Scientists blame global warming. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 500 words, photos.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — House Speaker Paul Ryan contradicts Trump’s claim that the FBI planted a “spy.”

RFK REMEMBRANCE-ARLINGTON — Several thousand gather at Arlington to mark RFK’s death. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BRITAIN-HOTEL FIRE — More than 100 firefighters were sent to a fire at a luxury hotel in London which sent black smoke billowing into the sky. SENT: 300 words, photos.

RECORD HOT MAY — The heat is back on high: May smashes US temperature records. SENT: 400 words, photos.

WCUP-ARGENTINA-ISRAEL —Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TONY AWARDS-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN — Bruce Springsteen will be among the headliners at the Tony Awards telecast on Sunday, a list that includes Robert De Niro, Kerry Washington, Jim Parsons and Claire Danes. SENT: 100 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PRINCE CHARLES — Prince Charles has been asked to give a witness statement to an ongoing public inquiry into how abuse allegations against a pedophile bishop were handled. SENT: 130 words.




UNITED STATES-IRAN — Even as it vowed no Iranian access to America’s financial system, the Obama administration issued a secret license to let Iran access its foreign reserves by converting them through U.S. dollars, Senate GOP investigators found. SENT 1200 words. UPCOMING: New approach of 1000 words by 4 p.m., photo.

TRUMP-FIRST LADY — President Donald Trump and the first lady make their first joint appearance before the press since Melania Trump dropped out of sight more than three weeks ago, as the president rails against the media for “vicious” reporting about his wife. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. event, 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRIUMP-FOREIGN FAVORS — Nearly 200 Congressional Democrats are taking President Donald Trump to court Thursday, arguing he’s violating the Constitution by accepting foreign government favors without first getting congressional consent. UPCOMING 650 words by 2 p.m. Photos.

TRUMP-FOREIGN LEADERS — He cajoles. He browbeats. He tears up the script. As President Trump heads into his summit with North Korea, his past interactions with foreign leaders make clear — the president does not do business-as-usual in foreign diplomacy. By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m.

TRUMP-G7 — Before his big meeting with North Korea’s leader, President Donald Trump has another summit to deal with — one he’s really not looking forward to. Trump is likely to get a chilly reception at this weekend’s meeting of the Group of Seven industrial nations in Canada. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m.

HOUSE SPEAKER PROJECT — Will House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement be a chance to change the House? A bipartisan group is urging lawmakers to demand changes to House rules that would make governing less partisan. SENT: 790 words.

TRUMP-IFTAR - President Trump wishing the Muslim world “Ramadan Mubarak” and hosting a White House dinner marking Islam’s holy month, an overture that has surprised local Islamic leaders. SENT: 450 words, photo.

HOUSE-IMMIGRATION — Leaders of infighting House GOP factions huddle with Speaker Paul Ryan as Republican leaders to try for compromise immigration legislation ahead of a pivotal meeting Thursday. Some wish President Trump was more involved. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photo.




CHICAGO GANGS — Street gangs’ embrace of social media to both goad enemies and organize drug sales is the most noticeable change in how gangs operate today in the nation’s gang capital compared to 10 years ago, according to new data on Chicago gangs obtained by The Associated Press. The materials include new maps charting gang turf down to the block, illustrating how once cohesive, top-down gangs continue to splinter, leaving a patchwork of undisciplined groups quicker to resort violence to protect drug sales or avenge perceived slights. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, graphics.

SANCTUARY CITIES-PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has ruled the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FLOOD-PRONE BOOMTOWN — In Boston’s booming Seaport District, General Electric is building its new world headquarters, Amazon is bringing in thousands of new workers, and Reebok’s red delta symbol sits atop the new office it opened last year. But after bad flooding during a storm this past winter, critics wonder whether it was a bright idea to invest so much in a manmade peninsula that sits barely above sea level. As they gear up to host the International Mayors Climate Summit, municipal officials insist they’re making the proper preparations. SENT: 950 words, photos.




BRAZIL-ZIKA KIDS — Three years after the Zika outbreak in Brazil’s impoverished northeast led to a boom in babies born with small heads, some of those children are trying school for the first time, though others with the birth defect known as microcephaly have died or are struggling to survive. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video. With BRAZIL-ZIKA KIDS-MICROCEPHALY-AP EXPLAINS — A look at Zika and its link to microcephaly; BRAZIL-ZIKA KIDS-BOY IN BUCKET — From shrieks in bucket to laughs, Brazil Zika baby improves.

MOROCCO-BOYCOTT — A boycott movement in Morocco targeting large companies — mostly owned by a handful of tycoons — has reached an unprecedented scale as it morphs into a protest against the country’s concentration of wealth and power. SENT: 800 words, photo.




EUROPE-US-TARIFFS — The European Union says it will start imposing duties from July on a list of U.S. products in response to President Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe. SENT: 280 words. With EUROPE-US-IRAN —Britain, France and Germany have joined forces to urge the United States to exempt European companies from any sanctions the U.S. will slap on Iran after pulling out of an international nuclear agreement (sent).




BKN--NBA FINALS — For LeBron James, losing is no longer an option. With Cleveland down 2-0 to Golden State in the NBA Finals, James knows better than anyone that he and the Cavaliers are facing a must-win situation in Game 3 on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words, photos. Will be updated.




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