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BC-AP News Digest 6:10 pm

August 11, 2016

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING, DIGITAL LIFE-VR OLYMPICS, OLDEST ANIMAL, GLF-GOLF.

SWM-SWIMMING — Men’s 200-meter individual medley starts at 9 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Hillary Clinton attempts to undercut Donald Trump’s claim to working-class voters, portraying her Republican rival as untrustworthy on economic issues and pushing policies that would only benefit the super-wealthy. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Lerer. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. With CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON-FACT CHECK — Clinton offers a selective accounting of her history on trade. SENT: 940 words, photos.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-FACT CHECK — Donald Trump says President Barack Obama is the “founder” of the Islamic State group. He’s not. By Deb Riechmann and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 920 words, photos. With CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP — Trump acknowledges his presidential campaign is facing challenges and could ultimately fall short. SENT: 870 words, photos.

WOMAN’S FINAL PARTY — In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party with one rule: No crying. The 41-year-old woman with ALS held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under a new assisted-suicide law for the terminally ill. By Julie Watson. SENT: 790 words, photos.

SYRIA — Russia sends long-range bombers to strike Islamic State targets in the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in a fresh round of attacks that Syrian activists say killed 20 civilians. Turkey, meanwhile, calls for greater cooperation with Moscow as the two countries, which back opposite sides in Syria’s civil war, aim to mend ties. By Philip Issa and Zeina Karam. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With ISLAMIC STATE — Militants using residents as human shields, complicating U.S.-backed efforts to seize town of Manjib. SENT: 750 words, photos.

LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING — Federal judges strike down nearly 30 North Carolina House and Senate districts as illegal racial gerrymanders. The ruling is yet another blow to GOP lawmakers in the state, which has seen several laws either partially or wholly overturned by federal courts. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 540 words.

EGYPT-CONTROLLING THE PULPITS — Inside a Nile Delta mosque, an Egyptian cleric held a piece of paper that was causing him concern. For the first time in his 13-year-career, he had to read “word-by-word” a sermon he printed out from a government website. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

SWM-SWIMMING — Michael Phelps has his sights on a 22nd gold medal, but he’ll have to hold off a familiar nemesis. Ryan Lochte is set to challenge Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley, which will likely be the final chapter in one of the sport’s greatest rivalries. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Finals start 9 p.m. With RIO OLYMPICS-THE LATEST; RIO OLYMPICS-WHAT TO WATCH (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GYM-WOMEN’S ALL-AROUND — American gymnast Simone Biles soars to the all-around title, putting the gap between herself and the rest of the world on full display under the Olympic spotlight. SENT: 510 words, photos.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON LEAVES HUFFINGTON POST — The Huffington Post is going to be without a Huffington. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OBAMA-VACATION — When President Obama goes on vacation, he plays a lot of golf — and he likes to hang out with big-name basketball players. SENT: 790 words, photo.

CANADA-FORD CRACK VIDEO — A notorious video showing late Toronto politician Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is released to the public. SENT: 400 words, photos.

OBIT-THOMAS STEINBECK — Thomas Steinbeck, eldest son of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and a prominent author and screenwriter in his own right, dies at age 72. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-CHILD CARE — Donald Trump has talked about child care just twice as a candidate, touting his own record as a business owner and provider of on-site service for his employees. But there is no evidence any such programs exist. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MARIJUANA — The Obama administration decides marijuana will remain on the list of most dangerous drugs, but says it will allow more research into its medical uses. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CONGRESS-WAR INTELLIGENCE — House Republicans conclude that intelligence assessments by senior leaders in the U.S. Central Command exaggerated progress of anti-terrorism efforts against the Islamic State group. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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OLYMPICS

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BATTLING SEXISM — Men and women are supposed to stand side by side and on equal footing come the Olympics. But fans have taken to social media to slam what they perceive as sexist portrayals of some of the world’s greatest athletes. SENT: 980 words, photos.

GLF-GOLF — Golf is back in Olympics after 112 years, and Marcus Fraser leads the way with a 63. SENT: 810 words, photos.

DIGITAL LIFE-VR OLYMPICS — NBC and other television networks around the world are offering selected Olympic events in virtual reality for the first time, but television remains the go-to place for a truly immersive experience. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE FORCE-LAWSUIT — The city with Iowa’s largest black population recently settled lawsuits against white officers who roughed up black residents, including a 13-year-old girl. Videos obtained by the AP show questionable uses of force by Waterloo police. SENT: 850 words, photos.

APARTMENT FIRE-MARYLAND — At least two people are dead and dozens, including three firefighters, are injured after an explosion and large fire at an apartment complex in a Maryland suburb of Washington. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

GAY TEENS-SEXUAL ASSAULT — A government survey finds gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students are far more likely than their classmates to be raped or assaulted in a dating situation. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 500 words, graphic.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-CRIMEA — Ukraine puts its troops on combat alert along the country’s de-facto borders with Crimea and separatist rebels in the east amid an escalating war of words with Russia over the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. SENT: 800 words, photos.

THAILAND-BOMBING — Two small bombs exploded in the popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin, leaving at least one person dead and 20 others injured. SENT: 410 words.

CANADA TERROR THREAT — A tip from the FBI triggered what Canadian police call a “race against time” as police scrambled to identify and locate a balaclava-wearing would-be suicide bomber. SENT: 800 words, video, photos.

GUATEMALA MASSACRE-BOY SURVIVOR — LOS ANGELES — A survivor of Guatemala’s civil war remembers how troops slaughtered his relatives in a massacre and gave him to a soldier who took him home and raised him. SENT: 700 words, photo.

EUROPE-TURKEY AMBASSADOR INTERVIEW — Turkey’s ambassador to the EU says in an interview with the AP that Ankara would be willing to modify its anti-terror law if the changes don’t impede the fight against terrorism and if Turkish citizens are guaranteed visa-free travel in Europe. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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OLDEST ANIMAL — Scientists calculate that Greenland sharks are Earth’s oldest living animals with backbones. One lived an estimated 400 years. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 630 words, photos. With OLDEST ANIMAL-GLANCE — Other long-living animals (sent).

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BUSINESS

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DEPARTMENT STORES-REINVENTION — J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Kohl’s are having to reinvent themselves and stay relevant as shoppers increasingly buy items online and frequent niche retailers and discount stores. Macy’s is preparing for a new CEO and Penney is bringing back big items like appliances to be less dependent on clothing. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 950 words, photos. With MACY’S-RESULTS — Macy’s says it plans to close about 100 stores and increase its investments online. SENT: 690 words, photo.

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