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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

July 11, 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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DEVELOPING

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WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND — Semifinal begins 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP UK — President Donald Trump is visiting America’s closest ally after two years spent antagonizing Britons with a series of perceived insults so intense that Parliament has debated banning him from the country. He will be greeted by huge protests. By Gregory Katz. UPCOMING: 850 words, timeline, photos. With EU TRUMP — Trump launches weeklong trip to Europe after harshly criticizing NATO allies. UPCOMING: 750 words after 3 a.m. meeting with NATO’S secretary general, photos; NATO SUMMIT — Trump, other leaders of 29-nation NATO alliance open two-day summit. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 a.m., photos; FACT-CHECK-TRUMP — Trump spreads the myth that NATO members owe money to the U.S. SENT: 380 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-DEMOCRATS-ANALYSIS — For Democrats, President Trump’s Supreme Court pick was supposed to strengthen the “blue wave” in America’s top House battlegrounds, rallying women in both parties against the GOP and its push to overturn the nation’s abortion laws. But in the hours after the Republican president tapped conservative jurist Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats struggled to unify behind a clear and coherent message. An AP News Analysis. By Lisa Lerer and Steve Peoples. SENT: 970 words, photo. With TRUMP CHOICE — Kavanaugh was Trump’s early favorite. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

US CHINA TARIFFS — China slams the latest U.S. tariff threat as a “totally unacceptable” escalation of their trade battle and vows to protect its “core interests.” The Commerce Ministry gives no details of possible retaliation but Beijing earlier threatened “comprehensive measures.” By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

THAILAND-CAVE — The soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand lost weight during their 18-day ordeal but had water while they were trapped and are in good health, a health official says. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 400 words, video, photos. With THAILAND-CAVE-THE LATEST.

AFGHANISTAN ELUSIVE PEACE — Peace in Afghanistan has come to seem even more elusive, both for troops on the front lines of this war-battered country and for survivors of countless attacks, since the Taliban shrugged off the government’s latest offers of cease-fire and negotiations. By Rahim Faiez. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — Tired but ecstatic parents embrace their young children and try to figure out their next steps after a court order forced the Trump administration to reunite some immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Elliot Spagat and Mike Householder. SENT: 910 words, video, photos. With IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES-DNA — Medical experts worry about testing DNA to reunite families. SENT: 730 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ITALY-CLOONEY-HURT — Video shows moment of George Clooney crash, actor thrown in air. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BORDER PROTECTION-DE BLASIO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio illegally crossed from Mexico into the U.S. while visiting the Texas border in June. SENT: 420 words, photos.

STORM DAMAGE-NORTH DAKOTA — A newborn baby is killed and more than two dozen people are injured when a tornado whips through a northwestern North Dakota city. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP PARDONS-OREGON RANCHERS — Rugged individualists to some, dangerous arsonists to others, a father and son who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon are pardoned by President Trump. SENT: 720 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-PRESIDENTIAL POWER — Brett Kavanaugh’s views on whether a president can be drawn into criminal or civil cases could be a hot point in his confirmation hearing. SENT: 960 words, photos. Also moved in previous cycle.

ALABAMA PRIMARY-ROBY — Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama drew a backlash for criticizing Donald Trump two years ago. Now the four-term incumbent is trying to fend off a GOP challenger with Trump’s help. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Japan’s government says 176 people are confirmed dead after last week’s heavy rains in western Japan, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits a hard-hit city. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS — One day after releasing the widow of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, China sentences a veteran pro-democracy campaigner to 13 years in prison on the vague charge of seeking to subvert state power. SENT: 640 words, photo.

TURKEY-TELEVANGELIST — Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have detained a controversial Islamic televangelist and had detention warrants against scores of people linked to him, for alleged crimes including forming a criminal gang, fraud, blackmail and sexual abuse. SENT: 120 words.

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NATIONAL

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NEVADA EXECUTION — A twice-convicted killer scheduled to be executed in Nevada by an untried three-drug lethal injection is steadfast in his desire to be put to death, but a final-hour lawsuit by a drug company could halt the execution. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from noon court hearing, 11 p.m. scheduled execution.

WISCONSIN EXPLOSION — An explosion rocks the downtown of a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, after a contractor strikes a natural gas main, injuring at least two firefighters and a police officer. SENT: 310 words, photos.

SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR — London Breed is being sworn in as the city’s first African-American female mayor. The 43-year-old inherits a San Francisco battling homelessness, open drug use and unbearably high housing costs. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. inauguration.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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HUMAN RELATIVE, HFR — Stone tools suggest some unidentified relative of humans lived in China as long as 2.1 million years ago. That’s about 250,00 years earlier than the previous record for a hominin presence outside Africa. UPCOMING: 350 words, photo. For release at 1 p.m.

US ACID RAIN-TREE RECOVERY— The red spruce, a tree heavily damaged by acid rain in the Northeast, is rebounding 30 years later because of less pollution and a longer growing season caused by climate change, researchers say. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FACEBOOK PRIVACY SCANDAL — Facebook faces its first financial penalty for allowing the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to forage through the personal data of millions of unknowing Facebook users. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND — England looks to advance to the World Cup final for the first time since winning the championship in 1966 as it faces Croatia in the semifinals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins 2 p.m.

WIMBLEDON — Roger Federer continues his search for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title as he faces Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Play scheduled to begin 9 a.m.

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