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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

August 1, 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












ISRAEL-PEOPLE-HUCKABEE — Mike Huckabee says he may buy home in West Bank settlement. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SWEDEN-CROWN HEIST — Royal regalia including jewels stolen from Swedish cathedral. SENT: 210 words.

DENMARK-BURQA-BAN — Danish ban on face-covering garments enters into force. SENT: 300 words.

TV-CHRIS HARDWICK — Chris Hardwick will resume NBC roles after assault claim review. SENT: 210 words, photo.

NEW-ZEALAND-SEXIST-ROAD-SIGNS — Out of line: New Zealand girl gets sexist road signs changed. SENT: 300 words, photo.

PLAYBOY CENTERFOLD-GOP DONOR — Ex-Playboy model wants additional $200,000 from top GOP donor. SENT: 540 words, photo.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade U.S. tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said as they laid out their case against the former Trump campaign chairman. SENT: 830 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-KOREA WAR REMAINS — Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed U.S. war dead begin their journey home following a repatriation ceremony in South Korea. SENT: 960 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — SKorea War Remains (CR) — Presumed U.S. war remains begin journey home. UPCOMING: Ceremony to receive remains in Hawaii featuring Vice President Mike Pence begins at 8 p.m. With KOREA-WAR REMAINS-ID PROCESS — How U.S. military will identify remains from North Korea; KOREA WAR REMAINS-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. SENT: 840 words, photo.

CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA — The Senate Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on foreign influence operations and social media, a day after Facebook announced that it had uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to manipulate U.S. politics. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing start, 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump meets with inner city pastors about prison reform. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:45 p.m. event, 300 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ELECTION SECURITY — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. SENT: 1000 words, photo.

TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. SENT: 940 words, photos.




MEXICO-AIRLINER ACCIDENT — An Aeromexico jetliner taking off in a blustery storm smashes down into a nearby field but skids to a stop virtually intact, and all 103 people aboard were able to escape advancing flames before fire engulfed the aircraft. SENT: 530 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Mexico Plane Crash (CR) — Raw: All survive crash of Mexican jetliner.

ARGENTINA ABORTION RESISTANCE — A campaign to expand legal abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis is bitterly dividing Argentines — and increasingly even the profession that would be asked to carry them out. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

CONGO-BEMBA — Congo’s former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba returns to the country to register as a presidential candidate in December’s long-delayed election, more than a decade after his arrest in Belgium led to a trial at the International Criminal Court over war crimes. SENT: 430 words.

CAMBODIA-THE WINNER — Determined to extend his 33 years as Cambodia’s strongman ruler, Prime Minister Hun Sen was not about to let an election derail what he believes is his destiny. SENT: 970 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES — New fires continue to erupt in Northern California where firefighters already are struggling to ring massive and deadly blazes that have torched about 1,000 homes. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-DANGEROUS DOZERS — The adrenaline junkies who steer heavy bulldozers across steep ridges to fight wildfires face many dangers, from the flames themselves but also from unsteady dirt and rocky terrain. The deaths of two bulldozer operators battling California wildfires in July highlighted the dangers confronting these less visible firefighters. By Jonathan J. Cooper UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.




WARMING SOIL, HFR — A new study finds that even the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse. Scientists see a noticeable change in heat-trapping carbon dioxide coming out of microbes in the soil since the 1990s. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo for release at 1 p.m.

BLUE DIAMONDS-ORIGIN, HFR — Blue diamonds — like the Smithsonian’s famous Hope diamond — are the rarest of all and how they formed more than a billion years ago is a bit of a mystery. Now scientists think they have an answer. By Science Writer Christina Larson. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo.




FACEBOOK-ELECTION INTERFERENCE-ARMS RACE — Facebook is spending heavily to avoid a repeat of the Russian interference that played out on its service in 2016. But is it fighting the last war? Its adversaries are wily, more adept at camouflaging themselves and apparently aren’t always detectable by Facebook’s much-vaunted AI systems. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. It is widely expected to keep interest rates on hold. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 130 words at 2 p.m. 500 words by 2:30 p.m. With FEDERAL RESERVE-LOOKAHEAD — When the Federal Reserve wraps up its latest meeting, it will likely point to strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising inflation as reasons to stay on a path of gradually lifting interest rates. It is unlikely, however, to make any interest rate moves Wednesday. SENT: 600 words, photo.

RISING CONSUMER PRICES — Consumers face higher prices as companies pass along higher costs for fuel and raw materials and start feeling the effects of trade disputes. Companies warn that items ranging from canned beverages to airline tickets will likely get more expensive as they face higher costs. Some shoppers say they’ve already noticed a rise in prices. By Damian J. Troise and Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 780 words, photo.

EARNS-TESLA — Tesla’s second-quarter revenue should rise by more than $1 billion as it delivers more Model 3 electric cars, but analysts predict it won’t be enough to stop the company’s net loss from rising dramatically. When the Palo Alto, California, company reports earnings after the bell Wednesday, analysts polled by FactSet expect a net loss of $629.9 million, 87 percent worse than the same quarter a year ago. Revenue should rise 43 percent to $3.99 billion. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. 500 words by 8 a.m. Will be updated after Tesla releases earnings after the bell. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after release of report at about 4 p.m.




Q&A-IRRFAN KHAN — Indian actor Irrfan Khan tells The Associated Press about his newfound perspective on life while undergoing treatment for a neuroendocrine tumor. The “Jurassic World” actor says his condition has added spontaneity to his life, but he doesn’t know what the outcome of chemotherapy treatments will be, and he isn’t reviewing scripts for new projects anymore. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

ROMANIA-SPYING ON THE SPY — An army of some 70 Romanian informants and spies secretly recorded the life of Katherine Verdery. Decades after the 1989 collapse of communism, she obtained her 2,781-page dossier— “a three-foot high stack of paper”— and transformed the material into a 344-page book, “My Life as a Spy.” UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.




REDSHIRT RULE— Under a new NCAA rule change, football players will be able get into four games and still take a redshirt season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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