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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

July 30, 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 unless noted.




ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS (sent, developing)




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent, developing)






NEW DAD KILLED — Marine veteran dies in crash after visit with newborn child. SENT: 140 words.

EX-WRESTLER-DEATH — Ex-WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler dead at 46. SENT: 130 words.

BOBBI KRISTINA-SHELTER — Bobby Brown to receive proclamation to honor late daughter. SENT: 140 words, photo.

ISRAEL-ITALIANS ARRESTED — Two Italian artists leave Israel after arrest over mural. SENT: 440 words, photos.




ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Zimbabweans are voting peacefully in their first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, a contest that could bring international legitimacy and investment or signal more stagnation if the vote is seriously flawed. By Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls close at 1 p.m. With ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS-MAIN FIGURES; ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS-TIMELINE.

PALESTINIANS-PROTEST ICON — Teenage Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi has vowed to keep demonstrating against the Israeli occupation and says she expects to have a “political future,” without elaborating. Tamimi spoke to The Associated Press after serving an eight-month sentence for slapping two Israeli soldiers in an incident captured on film that has made her an icon among Palestinians and their supporters. By Mohammed Daraghmeh. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m.

MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE — A Malaysian-led independent investigation report released more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared highlights shortcomings in the government’s response and raises the possibility of “intervention by a third party.” SENT: 730 words, photos.

NORWAY-POLAR BEAR ATTACK — Norwegian authorities defend the actions of guards from a German cruise ship that killed a polar bear that had attacked and injured a crew member, saying they at first tried to scare it away. By Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 440 words, photo.

VATICAN-SEXUAL ABUSE —Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary Catholics, priests and even the Australian prime minister. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 940 words.

CAMBODIA-ELECTION — The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulates itself on its election victory, while the opposition party unable to contest the polls say they marked the death of democracy in the Southeast Asian country, making its government and any dealings with it illegitimate. SENT: 670 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Hundreds of tourists stranded on Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok by an earthquake that killed 16 people and triggered landslides are making their way off the mountain, shaken by their experience but mostly unharmed, an official says. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video planned.

PANAMA-TRANSFORMED CITY CENTER — A real estate boom transforms the heart of Panama City in the two decades since it was declared a world heritage site, thrilling property owners but pricing most of the longtime residents out. By Juan Zamorano. SENT: 830 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Thousands more flee their homes after wildfires surge near a small lake town in Northern California while a deadly blaze farther north slows slightly as crews stretched to their limits across the state fight flames that have claimed the lives of both firefighters and civilians. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.

IMMIGRATION-DEBATING DETENTION — When ICE put out a request for new immigration detention centers, an Indiana county that backed Donald Trump for president seemed like a natural fit. But in a community where immigrants, a significant number in the country illegally, play important roles, a proposal to build a 1,200-bed facility put families, businesses and decision-makers on a tightrope. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 2,830 words, photos. An abridged version of 960 words has also been sent. Moved in advance and available for immediate use. For AP’s comprehensive immigration coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/FlashpointImmigration

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-LAWSUIT — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges. SENT: 630 words, photo.

HARVEY-FLOOD INSURANCE — After Hurricane Harvey’s devastating and widespread flooding last year, many Texans decided it was time to buy flood insurance. Flood insurance policies in Texas jumped by 18 percent following Harvey last August. The boost helped turn around the state’s long-term trend of declining policies. It’s unclear if this boost of policies in Texas will be sustained over the long-term. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it’s focused on increasing insurance coverage. By Juan A. Lozano and Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 900 words, photo.

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities in Minneapolis release body camera video from two police officers in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old black man, with the footage showing the man shot from behind after a frenetic foot chase and what appeared to be a gun in his hand. SENT: 760 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. SENT: 450 words, photo.




AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS — A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV finds that young Americans think their own generation could do a better job running the government than current leadership, and most of them feel that their midterm votes can make a difference. By Laurie Kellman and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The trial of President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant’s pocket. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1000 words, photo. (PMs refire, developments possible.)

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FACT CHECK — President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says “collusion is not a crime” and that the word, when it comes to Russian election interference, is really just shorthand for other crimes. A look at the facts. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1 p.m., photo.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-RELIGIOUS LIBERTY — A Colorado baker at the center of a Supreme Court case is participating Monday in a panel discussion at the Justice Department on religious liberty. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is also expected to make an announcement on the subject. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:40 a.m. event, 500 words by 1 p.m.

TRUMP-ITALY — President Donald Trump meets with the Italian prime minister. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:15 p.m. arrival, 300 words by 3:30 p.m.

TRUMP — Republicans anxious about keeping control of Congress think it’s a bad idea, but President Donald Trump still says he’s willing to close the government over border security issues, including money he wants to build a promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. SENT: 780 words, photo

MEDICARE FOR ALL-COST — The latest “Medicare for all” plan from Sen. Bernie Sanders would require historic tax increases if the government replaced what employers and consumers now pay for health care. That’s according to an analysis by a libertarian policy center, which says the plan by the Vermont independent would increase government health-care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years. Sanders says the center is funded by the conservative Koch brothers. SENT: 720 words, photo.




BIG MAC-TURNING 50 — McDonald’s has plenty of reasons to innovate as the Big Mac turns 50 this year, but it’s not about to mess with a classic when it comes to its most popular burger. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 620 words, photo.




PEOPLE-MADONNA — Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser to raise funds for orphans and children in Malawi. The singer tells The Associated Press she’s teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. By AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 220 words, photo.




BBN-BRAVES-NEWCOMB-TWEETS — Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them “some stupid stuff.” The 25-year-old Newcomb spoke less than an hour after nearly pitching a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-FOOTBALL — This will be a football season more challenging, more trying and perhaps more important than any other for Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos.




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