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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

July 29, 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

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TOP STORIES

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — A deadly Northern California wildfire has destroyed more than 500 buildings and is threatening thousands more as it rages into its fourth day. The fire in the Redding area has left five people dead, including a 70-year-old woman and her two young great-grandchildren. About 38,000 people remained under evacuation orders and are staying with relatives or in hotels or shelters. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Brian Melley. SENT: 850 words, video, photos.

CAMBODIA-ELECTION — With the main opposition silenced, Cambodians vote in an election virtually certain to return to office Prime Minister Hun Sen and his party, who have been in power for more than three decades. By Sopheng Cheang and Jerry Harmer. SENT: 670 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS-PREVIEW — Zimbabwe votes Monday in an election that could, if deemed credible, tilt the country toward recovery after years of economic collapse and repression under former leader Robert Mugabe. If it is flawed and disputed, as some predict, the southern African nation could slide deeper into upheaval. By Christopher Torchia SENT: 830 words, photos.

GERMANY-ANTI-SEMITISM IN SCHOOL — With the number of Holocaust survivors dwindling and schoolchildren now at least three generations removed from the Nazi genocide, teenagers have been recruited as the next ambassadors for the Jewish community in Germany. The country’s leading Jewish group is sending young Jews into schools to fight the stereotypes and ignorance that give rise to anti-Semitism at a peer-to-peer level. By Kirsten Grieshaber. SENT: 991 words photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FATAL SHOOTING-NEW ORLEANS — Three people have been killed and seven others injured following a shooting in New Orleans. SENT: 130 words.

TRUMP-TRANSCRIPTS — White House updates transcript of Trump’s news conference with Putin to include a key question put to Russian leader. SENT: 130 words, photo.

JOHN LEWIS HOSPITALIZED — Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis hospitalized for undisclosed reasons. SENT: 80 words, photo.

SAILOR OVERBOARD — The body of a missing Chicago sailor has been recovered in Lake Michigan one week after falling off a yacht during a race. SENT: 130 words.

STEAM LEAK-MANHATTAN — Most of the buildings closed because of a steam pipe explosion in Manhattan last week have been reopened. SENT: 200 words.

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE SEA TURTLES — Firefighters in South Florida managed to save three baby sea turtles that had been trapped in a storm drain. SENT: 100 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A shallow, magnitude 6.4 earthquake killed at least 10 people and injured 40 on Indonesia’s Lombok Island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials say. SENT: 270 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-PROTEST ICON — Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi returned home to a hero’s welcome in her West Bank village after Israel released the 17-year-old from prison at the end of her eight-month sentence for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IRAQ — Iraq’s prime minister suspends the country’s electricity minister over a power crisis amid mushrooming protests in the country’s Shiite heartland demanding better services and jobs. SENT: 340 words, photos.

BRAZIL-CONCERT-FREE LULA — Some of Brazil’s most popular musicians called for jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed in a concert in Rio de Janeiro attended by tens of thousands of people. SENT: 470 words, photos.

MEXICO CITY-TRAFFIC BALLET — In this sprawling megalopolis notorious for its clogged streets, dealing with traffic just got a bit brighter. A theater company is sending tutu-clad dancers out to delight motorists at snarled intersections with snippets from ballet classics like The Nutcracker and Swan Lake — all in the 58 seconds it takes for the light to go from red to green. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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KOCH BROTHERS REBRAND — The conservative Koch brothers are no more — even if they remain a political powerhouse. The Democrats’ super villains for much of the last decade have quietly launched a rebranding effort that may vanquish the “Koch brothers” moniker from American politics. SENT: 730 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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CEO HEALTH — Fiat Chrysler’s late founding CEO Sergio Marchionne was a notorious workaholic who regularly slept on a corporate jet while landing in the headlines for his shrewd deal-making. Despite his public profile, he had kept a secret even from his board: he’d been seriously ill for more than a year. Following his sudden death at 66, the revelation that Marchionne had kept his illness from his company for so long has rekindled a debate over what top executives should share about their personal lives. By Business Writer Colleen Barry. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-KENDRICK LAMAR — Kendrick Lamar is appearing on the Starz series “Power,” and turns out he had a connection to make it happen. Courtney Kemp, the show’s creator, said fellow “Power” producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson mentioned that Lamar wanted to appear on it. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 360 words, photos.

TV-JULIA ROBERTS — Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney are reunited on screen and, to hear them banter, it feels so good. The actors, who starred on the big screen in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “August: Osage County,” play romantic partners in the upcoming Amazon drama “Homecoming.” By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 260 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE — Geraint Thomas all but seals his first Tour de France title by protecting his lead in the next-to-last stage time trial. The Welshman, barring any extraordinary mishap, will glide into Paris in the mostly ceremonial finish. By Sports Writer Andrew Dampf. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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