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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15,ADVISORY

June 6, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. All times EDT.





PRIMARY RDP (sent, developing)






TRUMP-FIRST LADY — Trump decries ‘fake’ reporting on Melania, says she’s well. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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

ISRAEL-GIULIANI — Giuliani says Mueller’s team is trying to frame Trump. SENT: 140 words.

TRUMP-MCCAIN — Aide dismissive of Sen. John McCain departs White House. SENT: 140 words, photo.

BILL-CLINTON — Bill Clinton says “Today” interview wasn’t his “finest hour.” SENT: 130 words, photo.

CM-PUNK-LAWSUIT — Jury clears ex-wrestler CM Punk in defamation lawsuit. SENT: 140 words.


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):





UNITED STATES-IRAN — The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so. SENT: 1260 words, photo.

PRIMARY RDP — California governor’s race set, women advance, neither party suffers major setbacks in eight state primaries Tuesday. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With: PRIMARY RDP-THINGS TO KNOW (sent).

CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Conservative businessman John Cox saves Republicans from an embarrassing shutout in the California governor’s race, winning with the help of a tweet from President Donald Trump and setting up a hyper-partisan battle with first-place finisher Gavin Newsom, the Democratic lieutenant governor who calls Cox a foot soldier in Trump’s war on the state. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 960 words, photos, videos. With CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-SENATE — Democrat Feinstein wins in California U.S. Senate primary; CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-STANFORD JUDGE — Judge who sentenced swimmer recalled amid #MeToo movement; CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-VOTING PROBLEMS — Officials: 118,000 names missing from voter lists in L.A. county.

SENATE-2018-NEW-JERSEY — Democratic control of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s Senate seat in Democrat-leaning New Jersey could hinge on how well he can convince voters they need him to stand up to Trump, and on whether Republican challenger Bob Hugin can make a case the electorate should dump the incumbent over tossed-out corruption charges. SENT: 640 words, photos. With ALABAMA-PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Incumbent to face Tuscaloosa mayor in Alabama governor race; MISSISSIPPI PRIMARY-SENATE — Wicker faces winner of Democratic runoff in Mississippi Senate race.

HOUSE-SPEAKER PROJECT — A bipartisan group is urging lawmakers to use House Speaker Paul Ryan’s upcoming retirement from the House of Representatives as a moment for reform. The centrist group No Labels says lawmakers should use their influence to demand changes to House rules that would make governing less partisan. The group wants lawmakers to withhold their votes for the next speaker of the House until the changes are made. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photo.

TRUMP-HURRICANES —President Donald Trump and wife Melania attend a hurricane preparedness briefing at FEMA. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. event, 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-VETERANS — President Donald Trump signs legislation on veterans health care. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:15 p.m. event, 300 words by 4 p.m., photo

TRUMP-IFTAR — President Donald Trump hosts an Iftar dinner, the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., with updates from 8:45 p.m. event.

TRUMP-FOREIGN LEADERS — He cajoles, he browbeats, he improvises. In the lead-up to the US-North Korea summit, a look at how President Donald Trump interacts with foreign leaders. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-FOREIGN FAVORS — Lawyers representing 201 Democrats in Congress will argue in federal court Thursday that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution and “injuring” them by accepting foreign state favors without first seeking congressional approval. UPCOMING: 890 words by 5 p.m., photos.

CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTES — U.S. lawmakers are pushing for tighter regulation or even closure of the more than 100 Chinese Confucius Institutes set up on campuses across America, amid concerns Chinese professors and students could exploit access to universities to gather intelligence and sensitive research. SENT: 1000 words, photo.

TV-FOX-SHEPARD SMITH — Shepard Smith’s afternoon news program has always stood out at Fox News Channel, but perhaps never more so than lately. Smith has called out the Trump administration as lying about a meeting involving the president’s son, punctured claims about FBI spying on the Trump campaign, dismissed the characterization of the Russian investigation as a witch hunt, and resisted characterizations of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. SENT: 755 words, photo.




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.

HATCHET-ATTACK — The suspect sought in a gruesome hatchet killing this week in Tennessee is arrested in Kentucky. SENT: 590 words, photos.




NKOREA-KIM’S MILITARY WINDFALL? — While raising hopes for denuclearization and a peace treaty to finally end the Korean War, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s newly found focus on diplomacy comes with an ironic flipside: It could be a godsend for his generals. Kim’s thinking on how his military fits in to his plans to foster detente on the Korean Peninsula and negotiate security guarantees from Washington may become clearer when he sits down with Trump next week in Singapore. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 870 words, photos. With TRUMP-NORTH-KOREA — Secluded resort chosen for Trump-Kim summit in Singapore; JAPAN-US-NKOREA — Japan’s Abe to meet Trump ahead of summit.

GUATEMALA-VOLCANO — Frightened people living near the Volcano of Fire flee with their children and few possessions after fresh flows of super-heated debris are announced, taking no chances after authorities gave them little time to evacuate before a deadly eruption over the weekend. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

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 (both sent).

SOUTH SUDAN-ATROCITIES — South Sudan’s latest civil war atrocities kept out of sight; Gang-rapes, children burned alive. SENT: 730 words, photos.

JAPAN-PATERNITY HARASSMENT — A new father takes his brokerage firm to court in Japan, alleging paternity harassment in case seen as rarity in country where policies protect new parents but company loyalty is highly valued. SENT: 880 words, photos.

MYANMAR-ROHINGYA — Myanmar and U.N. agencies sign an agreement that could lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country’s security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh. SENT: 610 words, photos.




FACEBOOK-PRIVACY SCANDAL — Chinese mobile 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. The news comes as the former head of the defunct political consultant Cambridge Analytica is due to testify to British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook data in election campaigns. SENT: 300 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing scheduled for 10 a.m.

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 Donald 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: 510 words, photos..

CHINA-FOXCONN — The CEO of Taiwan’s Foxconn, which assembles Apple iPhones and other products for tech companies, says that Washington’s dispute with China is over technology rather than trade. SENT: 330 words, photos.




TEN--FRENCH OPEN — Rafael Nadal has won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open heading into his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman. Two past U.S. Open champions meet in the other men’s quarterfinal: No. 3 Marin Cilic against No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro. In the women’s draw, two women who have won the title at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, play each other in the quarterfinals. Also, No. 1 Simona Halep takes on former No. 1 Angelique Kerber. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 180 words, photos. Will be updated.

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.




OBIT-KATE SPADE — Designer Kate Spade is remembered as vibrant, colorful and most of all, fun — just like her famous handbags. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 940 words, photos, videos. With KATE SPADE-REACTION — Celebrities, fashion insiders react to Spade’s death.

TV-FOX-SHEPARD SMITH — Even for Fox News’ resident contrarian, it’s been quite a week for Shepard Smith. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 760 words, photo.




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