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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25 am

July 5, 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.




TRUMP (sent, developing)

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT (sent, developing)

THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENTS (sent, developing)




SYRIA (sent)




STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARRESTS — Authorities say a Fourth of July protester who held police at bay for hours after she climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty, causing an evacuation, will face a judge in New York. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SIX SHOT-OCEANFRONT — Police say six people were wounded when someone fired into a crowd near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. The injuries are not life-threatening. SENT: 110 words.

CHILDREN FOR SALE-MOTHER ACCUSED — Texas mother accused of selling child, trying to sell two more. SENT: 140 words.

HOUSTON FLOODING — The National Weather Service says the Fourth of July in Houston was the wettest on record as heavy rains inundated streets, parks and other places. SENT: 140 words, photos, video.


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




TRUMP — President Donald Trump holds a Montana rally for a GOP Senate candidate challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, whom Trump blames for derailing the nomination of his White House doctor to run the Veterans Affairs department. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. event in Great Falls, Montana, 500 words by 8 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump’s top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump’s thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. By Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 660 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP RUSSIA OLIGARCH’S INFLUENCE — A sanctioned Russian oligarch who has been linked to Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has vast ties to the United States. By Garance Burke and Stephen Braun. SENT: 2,370 words, photos. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

TRUMP-THE CABINET — In President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, broad opportunities to reshape the government and advance a conservative agenda come with everyday doses of presidential adulation, humiliation, perks and pestering. Sometimes all at roughly the same time. UPCOMING: 2600 words by 3 p.m. Abridged version will also be available.




GROUND GAME-ABORTION-IOWA — The vacancy on the Supreme Court pushes state-level abortion politics into the national spotlight. By Thomas Beaumont and Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. Note: The latest in a weekly series designed to highlight policies, personalities and races arising from politics around the country.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BLACK MARKET — California ushered in broad marijuana legalization nearly six month ago but the illegal market still thrives. Nowhere is that more apparent than Los Angeles County. Hundreds of illegal pot shops operate, undercutting the fledgling legal market. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 1,000 words.




THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against time to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their soccer coach with minimum risk, officials say. By Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 790 words, photo, video, graphic. With THAILAND-DEALING WITH DARKNESS — Trapped in Thai cave, youngsters must grapple with stress; THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH-THE LATEST.

THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENTS — Police in the southern Thailand resort of Phuket say at least seven people are missing after rough seas overturned two boats carrying more than 130 tourists. Phuket police said 90 people had been rescued from one boat, but seven were still unaccounted for. SENT: 125 words.

ROHINGYA-BABIES OF RAPE — More than 10 months have passed since Myanmar’s security forces launched a sweeping campaign of rape and other brutalities against the Rohingya. Now, the babies conceived during those assaults have been born. For many of their mothers, those births have been tinged with fear — not only because the infants are reminders of the horrors they survived, but because their community often views rape as shameful, and bearing a baby conceived by Buddhists as sacrilege. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 2,500 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — MYN Rohingya Babies (CR) — Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge. An abridged version of 950 words has also been sent.

SYRIA — Syrian and Russian forces have launched a wave of air strikes against rebel-held areas in the southwest and pushed into a major town, resuming a wide-scale offensive after negotiations between Russia and the rebels collapsed. SENT: 440 words, photos.

BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE — British officials investigating a second case of poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England say they suspect the victims were not directly targeted but sickened as a consequence of the previous attack. By Matt Dunham and Gregory Katz. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. With BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE-THE LATEST.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office discloses details of a plan for customs ties with the European Union that she hopes will unite warring pro-Brexit and pro-EU factions of her Conservative government. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NKOREA-US-ANALYSIS — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to arrive in Pyongyang on Friday for his first visit since last month’s summit in Singapore, and one of his biggest tasks will be to dispel growing skepticism over whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really intends to abandon his nuclear arsenal. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

KOREAS-FRAGILE DETENTE — If nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang bog down, it could mean curtains for inter-Korean detente. SENT: 980 words, photos.




US-CHINA TARIFFS-THE CASUALTIES — American farmers are already being hurt by falling prices for the soybeans they send to China. Higher prices are likely for many products in the U.S. that use Chinese parts, from home aquariums and fans to bath tubs and vacuum sealer products. As the United States and China prepare to impose tariffs beginning Friday on an initial $34 billion of each other’s goods — with potentially many more to be taxed later — the pain will be felt by consumers and businesses on both sides. By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 950 words by 3 p.m. With: US-CHINA-TARIFFS-THE LATEST — Running updates.

CHINA-US-TECH RELIANCE — Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.’s brush with death after Washington barred it from buying U.S. components is a stark reminder that China’s industries still depend on American technology despite Beijing’s efforts to catch up. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 990 words, photos. With: CHINA-US-TRADE WAR WORRIES — China says it’s girded for a trade war with the U.S. and can give as good as it gets, but behind the official bravado lies a deep unease over trade friction with Washington. By Christopher Bodeen and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. Incorporates China-US-Trade.

OF MUTUAL INTEREST-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE — Can a computer do a better job investing your money than a flesh-and-blood portfolio manager? ETF Managers Group unveiled a fund in November that leaves investment decisions up to a computer. Its CEO discusses the advantages of this type of investing. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 650 words, photo.




TRUMP-FOX NEWS - President Donald Trump is finding a receptive audience for his campaign-style rallies on Fox News Channel, which airs them extensively while other networks don’t. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

FRANCE-OBIT-LANZMANN — French Director Claude Lanzmann, whose 9½-hour masterpiece “Shoah” bore unflinching witness to the Holocaust through the testimonies of Jewish victims, German executioners and Polish bystanders, has died at age 92. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




MIGRANT WORKERS — Behind the veneer of Russia’s smooth-running World Cup are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia. They built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stands, and clean up after fans. They are among millions of migrants who perform menial jobs across Russia, and face routine police harassment and ethnic profiling. Yet they form a pillar of the economy and aid Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical strategy — and without them, Russia might not have managed to host a World Cup at all. By Angela Charlton and James Ellingworth. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

FRANCE-MBAPPE VS. HENRY — Kylian Mbappe and Thierry Henry seem linked, France’s new scoring sensation following the career path of the old. By Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos.

BRAZIL-MEAN MASCOT — It took an angry-looking bird to get Brazilians hooked on their World Cup mascot. By Sports Writer Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

SWEDEN-BERG — Sweden striker Marcus Berg has scored everywhere he has played in his long career, just not at the World Cup. UPCOMING: 590 words, photos.




MMA--UFC 226-HOLLOWAY OUT — LAS VEGAS — UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway’s representatives say he is dropping out of his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 this weekend due to apparent concussion symptoms. Holloway’s management team announced the decision in a statement issued three days before the bout. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 710 words, photos.




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