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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

August 5, 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




AFGHANISTAN — A Taliban suicide bomber kill three NATO forces on a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan in an attack that also wounded a U.S. soldier and two Afghan troops, NATO said in a statement. SENT: 300 words.




VENEZUELA-MADURO — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, officials say. By Scott Smith and Christine Armario. SENT: 790 words, photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump insulted NBA star LeBron James from afar but passed up an opportunity to criticize him on his own turf, sticking to Democrats, the news media and other familiar targets during a campaign rally in James’ home state of Ohio. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 770 words, photo. With TRUMP-THE LATEST.

PORTLAND PROTESTS — Small scuffles broke out as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters. Four people were arrested during the protests, the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement. By Manuel Valdes and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 740 words, video, photos. With PORTLAND PROTESTS-THE LATEST.

SPAIN-DIGGING UP FRANCO — Even in his grave, the 20th-century dictator who ruled Spain with an iron fist keeps dividing the country. Spain’s new center-left government says removing the embalmed body of Gen. Francisco Franco from a glorifying mausoleum will be the first among many symbolic moves aimed at coming to terms with the country’s troubled history. By Aritz Parra. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

HALL OF FAME — One of the great leaders football has seen, Ray Lewis used his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech to call for more enlightened leadership in our country. The last of the seven members of the class of 2018 on hand to be enshrined, Lewis eschewed notes and the lectern, instead strolling along the stage and passionately urging his listeners to come together. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. With HALL OF FAME-THE LATEST; HALL OF FAME-OWENS — Terrell Owens enjoys his personal induction far from Canton (sent).




TRUMP-LEBRON-MELANIA — Melania Trump has kind words for LeBron James after her husband ridicules NBA star. SENT: 300 words, photo.

EGYPT — Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. SENT: 120 words.

RIVER CRASH-CHILD KILLED — A Missouri woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a car plunged into the Kansas River and the body of her 5-year-old daughter was pulled from the water. SENT: 110 words, photos.

COMPOUND SEARCHED-CHILDREN REMOVED — Law enforcement officers searching a rural northern New Mexico compound for a missing 3-year-old boy didn’t locate him but found 11 other children in filthy conditions and hardly any food, a sheriff says. SENT: 420 words, photos.

TV-PATRICK STEWART — Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he’s been before — a “Star Trek” series. SENT: 120 words, photo.

REALITY SHOW CHARACTER DIES — A reality television star from the series “My 600-lb Life” is found dead at a South Carolina home. James “LB” Bonner was 30. SENT: 110 words.




SWITZERLAND-PLANE CRASH — An old-time propeller plane operated by a company that offers panoramic flights has crashed in the Swiss Alps. There was no immediate word on casualties. SENT: 170 words.

PALESTINIANS-TECH TEENS — Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders, after winning a slot in the finals of a worldwide competition among more than 19,000 teenage girls. SENT: 730 words, photos.

INDONESIA-MALAYSIA-LUXURY YACHT — Indonesia is returning a luxury yacht allegedly bought with funds stolen from a Malaysian state investment company after a monthslong legal battle, a police official says. SENT: 350 words, photo.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Gov. Jerry Brown calls on President Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season. SENT: 780 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-YOSEMITE CLOSED ( both sent).




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