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BC-AP News Digest 6:20 pm

August 1, 2016

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

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NEW

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SEVERE WEATHER, HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-REGULATIONS , UNITED STATES-SYRIA

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ONLY ON AP

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RIO-FILTHY WATER - Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month study commissioned by The Associated Press. By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 2,170 words, photos, video. A 900-word abridged version also moved. Highlighting video RIO WATER (CR).

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP - Republican lawmakers and veterans groups hasten to disavow Donald Trump’s repeated criticism of a bereaved military family, but the GOP presidential nominee refuses to back down. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. With CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-QUOTES - Republicans declare support for Khan family; CAMPAIGN 2016-MILITARY FAMILIES - Families of people killed in combat express anger at Trump’s comments; AP EXPLAINS-GOLD STAR FAMILIES; CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-ELECTION - Trump suggests November election will be fixed (all sent).

ZIKA-FLORIDA - U.S. health officials are warning pregnant women to avoid a Zika-stricken part of Miami and telling couples who have been there to put off having children. By Kelli Kennedy and Josh Replogle. SENT: 900 words, photos. WITH: HEALTHBEAT-ZIKA-Q&A - Homegrown Zika raises more questions about the evolving risk; ZIKA-FLORIDA-THE LATEST (all sent).

HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS - Court records show that the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas had been convicted of drunken driving at least four times in Missouri and had twice spent time in prison. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. Highlighting video US TX BALLOON (CR). WITH: HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS-THE LATEST; HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS-VICTIMS; HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS-GLANCE - A list of some of the worst balloon accidents in history; HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-REGULATIONS - FAA gives balloon operators little scrutiny (all sent).

SYRIA - Russia’s Defense Ministry says one of its transport helicopters has been shot down in Syria and the Kremlin says all five crew and officers onboard have died. By Vladimir Isachenkov and Bassem Mroue. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. With SYRIA-THE LATEST. WITH: UNITED STATES-SYRIA - U.S. makes no policy changes as transition deadline passes; SYRIA-CHILD ACTOR - Syrian child actor who rose to fame killed in city of Aleppo (all sent).

UNITED STATES-LIBYA - The United States launches multiple airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya, opening a new front against the group at the request of the Libyan government. SENT: 880 words, photo.

SEVERE WEATHER - The picturesque Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland, faces a monthlong recovery that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars after devastating flooding that damaged nearly every home and business along the road. SENT: 900 words, photos. WITH: WESTERN WILDFIRES - Blistering temperatures across the western U.S. challenge fire crews as blazes spread in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m., photos, video. With WESTERN WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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REFORMULATING FAST FOOD - McDonald’s says it’s eliminating some unpalatable ingredients from its menu in the United States. SENT: 750 words, photos.

HONORARY MARINE-BOY DIES - An 8-year-old boy with a rare genetic disease dies a day after being made an honorary Marine, the wish of his father, a Marine. SENT: 300 words.

TESLA-SOLAR CITY - Tesla’s deal for SolarCity could speed sustainable energy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

NICK DENTON-BANKRUPTCY - Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy. SENT: 330 words, photos.

WALKER’S WIN - Jimmy Walker had champagne in his glass and the Wanamaker Trophy at his side. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will start getting top-secret intelligence briefings this week. SENT: 730 words, photo.

OBAMA-VETERANS - President Obama says the U.S. has made serious strides in improving services for military veterans, but work remains to overcome shortcomings in the delivery of health care, housing and mental health services. SENT: 640 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA - A federal judge lobbed tough questions at GOP lawyers as he considered whether to block a North Carolina legal measure governing transgender bathroom access. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WASHINTON STATE SHOOTING - Police say a 19-year-old man who shot and killed three people at a party in suburban Seattle was so unfamiliar with his new semi-automatic rifle that he parked his car across the street and read the AR-15′s instruction manual just before the attack. SENT: 600 words, photos.

EX-SHERIFF SENTENCING - Ex-Los Angeles sheriff will go to trial in corruption case. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TURKEY-MILITARY COUP - Turkey summoned a German diplomat Monday over a court decision that prevented President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a demonstration in Germany. SENT: 900 words, photos. WITH: UNITED STATES-TURKEY-Q&A - Tensions between the U.S., its European allies and Turkey are at their highest point in recent history. SENT: 960 words, photo.

NIGERIA-SHIITE KILLINGS - Nigeria’s army gunned down 348 Shiite Muslims in an attack last year in which one soldier was killed, according to a commission of inquiry report that calls for all involved in the killings to be prosecuted. SENT: 450 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER - Strengthening storm kills 6 in the Dominican Republic. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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PUERTO RICO-INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS - Attorney Santiago Mari saw his retirement dreams evaporate in the Puerto Rico financial crisis as the value of the bonds that made up the bulk of his portfolio fell 75 percent. Now, he and thousands of other individual investors see a glimmer of hope in an emerging restructuring plan recently authorized by the U.S. government that could help them recover some of their losses. By Danica Coto. About 800 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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DEPRESSION GENETICS - In a key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive scan of human DNA turns up the apparent hiding places of more than a dozen genes linked to the disorder. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 620 words.

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OLYMPICS

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OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-WADA - The split between Olympic leaders and global anti-doping officials over the Russian doping scandal continues to escalate. The World Anti-Doping Agency fires back after IOC President Thomas Bach suggests the agency is to blame for the last-minute chaos over the participation of Russian athletes in the Rio Games. Bach says the agency should have acted sooner on evidence of state-sponsored doping. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 760 words, photos. WITH: OLY--RIO OLYMPICS-THE LATEST.

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SPORTS

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RANGERS-YANKEES-TRADE - The Yankees step up their rebuilding, trading outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects. SENT: 500 words, photos. WITH: TRADE DEADLINE RDP - A roundup of trades leading up to the 4 p.m. EDT deadline to make swaps without waivers. UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 p.m.; TRADE DEADLINE -THE LATEST.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-LIBERAL COMICS - There’s one area where Donald Trump is guaranteed to beat Hillary Clinton this fall: He’ll be the butt of the most jokes by late-night comics. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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