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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

July 14, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds ETHIOPIA-ERITREA-NEW FRIENDS; THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH; ELECTION SECURITY-STATES; SOMALIA-ATTACK; IRAN-US; BRITAIN-TRUMP PROTESTS; FRANCE-BASTILLE DAY; AFGHANISTAN.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, according to an indictment announced days before President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TAKEAWAYS — 5 takeaways from the Russian election hacking indictment; RUSSIA HACKERS — Mueller probe IDs long-hidden hackers; RUSSIA HACKING-CLINTON — Moscow hacked Hillary Clinton just hours after Trump speech (all sent).

TRUMP-SCOTLAND — President Donald Trump is back in Scotland, where he’s spending the weekend preparing for his summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin — and likely to play some golf. The last time Trump traveled to Scotland was 2016, when he created a media maelstrom as he compared pro-Brexit voters to his own supporters and mingled campaigning with business promotion. By Jill colvin and Paul Kelbie. SENT: 980 words, photos. With BRITAIN-TRUMP PROTESTS — UK police search for paraglider who flew over Trump resort (sent).

MIDTERMS-SUPREME COURT-VOTERS — It stands to shift the direction of the nation’s highest court for decades, but President Donald Trump’s move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has barely cracked the consciousness of some voters in the nation’s top political battlegrounds. By Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

NKOREA-SANCTIONING THE SICK — Despite a growing mood of detente on the Korean Peninsula, ongoing sanctions are keeping lifesaving medicines and supplies from tens of thousands of North Korean tuberculosis patients. U.S.-backed sanctions and the fear of angering Washington by even unintentionally violating them have squeezed humanitarian aid to North Korea, aggravating one of the world’s most stubborn tuberculosis hotspots. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,610 words, photos.

SYRIA-TALES OF THE UPROOTED — Syrians driven out of areas recently captured by government forces are coming face to face with the prospect they may never go home again. Some have already found their original homes confiscated, others fear reprisals if they return. In the north, Syrians from across the country have been thrown together and are trying to adjust to coexisting with fellow countrymen with different customs, cuisines and accents. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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IRAN-US — Iran’s president says his country will continue its economic relations with the rest of the world despite more sanctions by the United States. SENT: 120 words.

MILITARY PLANE CRASH MEMORIAL — Mississippi ceremony set to honor victims of 2017 Marine plane crash that killed 16. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 10 a.m. ceremony.

SPORTS BETTING — A horse racing track in northern New Jersey is set to bring legal sports betting to New York City’s doorstep. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 11 a.m. ceremony.

FRANCE-BASTILLE DAY — France’s military is getting a budget boost from President Emmanuel Macron as it prepares to march through Paris for Bastille Day celebrations. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ALASKA PAPER-MARIJUANA AD — A small Alaska newspaper is scrambling to distribute papers after the U.S. Postal Service raised questions about a marijuana ad. SENT: 120 words.

SPAIN-RUNNING OF THE BULLS — Spanish health officials say the final bull run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona has left six people injured in the fastest dash this year in the northern Spanish city. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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STRZOK-BROKEN CONGRESS — The long-awaited questioning of the FBI agent at the heart of the 2016 election probe was always expected to be one for the history books. But Congress outdid itself. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-TRUMP — President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe brought him into conflict not only with other leaders, but at times with himself, as he alternately denounced policies of his counterparts and praised them fulsomely. SENT: 690 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-INSIDER ATTACK — It’s too early to tell if training or other changes must be made in light of an insider attack in Afghanistan that killed one American soldier and wounded two others, because there’s some uncertainty about whether the assailant was a disgruntled Afghan soldier or an insurgent infiltrator, the Army’s top officer says. SENT: 680 words, photo. With AFGHANISTAN — Afghan official says insurgents kill 11 soldiers in west (sent).

KANSAS-GOVERNOR-DEMOCRATS-GUNS — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party’s liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 750 words, photo.

ELECTION SECURITY-STATES — The top state election officials from throughout the U.S. are gathering this weekend in Philadelphia amid fresh revelations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after start of election conference.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PAKISTAN-POLITICS — Disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in custody a day after the deadliest attacks in Pakistan’s troubled election campaign killed more than 130 people, including a candidate. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Israeli military struck several militant sites in Gaza in response to renewed violence along the border, after which Hamas militants fired more than 30 rockets and mortars toward Israel. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOMALIA-ATTACK — Two large explosions followed by gunfire were heard Snear the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital, with police saying two people including an attacker were killed. SENT: 270 words.

THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are recovering well and are eager to eat their favorite comfort foods after their expected discharge from a hospital next week. SENT: 560 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA-NEW FRIENDS — To dancing and cheers, Eritrea’s longtime president arrived in Ethiopia for his first visit in 22 years amid a dramatic diplomatic thaw between the once-bitter rivals. SENT: 560 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-WAR CRIMES — Dressed in blazers and collared shirts, leaders of Colombia’s once largest guerrilla army made their first appearance at a new special peace tribunal to respond to allegations of war crimes during five decades of bloody conflict. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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THREE CALIFORNIAS — The backer of an initiative to split California in three asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to remove it from the November ballot. SENT: 340 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-NANCY SINATRA SR — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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WIMBLEDON — Just 10 1/2 months after having a baby, Serena Williams faces Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon women’s final, bidding for an eighth championship at the All England Club and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Match scheduled to begin not before 9 a.m. EDT.

WIMBLEDON-MEN — Novak Djokovic takes a two-sets-to-one lead over Rafael Nadal into the resumption of their suspended semifinal. The winner will advance to the final against Kevin Anderson. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. EDT.

WCUP-BELGIUM-ENGLAND — Belgium and England meet in the one World Cup game that no-one wants to play, the third-place game. A win would give England its best result since winning the World Cup in 1966, while Belgium could beat its previous best of fourth in 1986. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 a.m. EDT.

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