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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

June 13, 2018

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




TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-DAY-AFTER — The top U.S. diplomat is jetting to South Korea to brief the country’s president as America’s Asian allies try to parse the implications of the extraordinary nuclear summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. By Adam Schreck and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,190 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Trump Hannity Interview (CR) — Trump: “Got along very well’ with Kim. With TRUMP-SUMMIT-FACT CHECK — Trump bobbles facts on North Korea history, nukes; TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-THE LATEST. Also see MORE ON TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT below. For AP’s comprehensive summit coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/Singaporesummit

TRUMP-SINGED IN SINGAPORE? — Trump’s triumphant assertions about the success of the Singapore summit are being met with skepticism and outright derision from critics seizing on the contradiction between his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and his willingness to accept vague pledges from North Korea’s leader. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 750 words, photos.

PRIMARY RDP — Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of Trump, loses his South Carolina congressional seat hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent’s public extramarital affair seven years ago. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,350 words, photos. Also see SOUTH CAROLINA-PRIMARY-HOUSE, VIRGINIA-PRIMARY-SENATE, NEVADA-PRIMARY, MAINE PRIMARY-GOVERNOR and NORTH DAKOTA PRIMARY below.

YEMEN — A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government begins an assault on Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, a crucial battle in the 3-year-old conflict that aid agencies warn could push the Arab world’s poorest country into further chaos. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 650 words, graphic. With YEMEN-THE LATEST.

AT&T-TIME WARNER-FUTURE MEDIA DEALS — Comcast will likely bid for Fox’s entertainment business imminently now that a federal judge clears AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 800 words, photos. With AT&T-TIME-WARNER-ANTITRUST — AT&T antitrust win may herald a new wave of media mergers.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION — House Republicans are considering next steps on two immigration bills after GOP leaders persuaded moderate Republicans to drop their renegade effort to force votes on legislation that would have protected young “Dreamer” immigrants with a path to citizenship. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.




STRANDED-RACCOON — Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, captivating public. SENT: 140 words, photos.

DOG-ROOF RESCUE — “Roof, roof!” Dog rescued from overhang roof at his Minnesota home. SENT: 120 words, photo.




TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-PYONGYANG-REACTS — The series of photos on the front page of the ruling workers’ party newspaper shows something North Koreans never would have imagined just months ago — their leader warmly shaking hands with Trump. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-HUMAN RIGHTS — It was just months ago when Trump used his first State of the Union address to condemn the cruelty of North Korea’s government, but after his summit with Kim, he seemed to play down the severity of rights violations. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.

CHINA-NORTH KOREA — The outcome of the Singapore summit between Trump and Kim was good news for one absent but key player: China. SENT: 990 words, photos.

TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-TELEVISION — From the staged handshake before a watching world, to the debut of an infomercial about an imagined North Korea, the summit between Trump and Kim was a made-for-the-cameras production. SENT: 730 words, photos.




SOUTH CAROLINA-PRIMARY-HOUSE — Over more than two decades, South Carolina voters forgave U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford for his quirkiness, his infidelity and his lies, but they could not forgive him for his criticism of Trump. SENT: 600 words, photos. With SOUTH-CAROLINA-PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — South Carolina Gov. McMaster faces GOP primary runoff.

VIRGINIA-PRIMARY-SENATE — A conservative provocateur and supporter of Trump wins Virginia’s Republican primary in the U.S. Senate race, and he promises to run a “vicious” campaign against incumbent Tim Kaine. SENT: 480 words, photos. With VIRGINIA-PRIMARY-HOUSE — Women dominate in Virginia Democratic House primaries.

NEVADA-PRIMARY — Democrats settle a bruising primary for Nevada governor, nominating Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak to take on the state’s Republican attorney general in November — one of two close races expected in the battleground state this year. SENT: 780 words, photos. With NEVADA PRIMARY-HOUSE — Battle for two key open U.S. House seats set in Nevada.

MAINE PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Republican businessman Shawn Moody wins ranked-choice voting primary in the race to succeed Maine’s firebrand Gov. Paul LePage, while no clear majority winner emerges in the Democratic primary. SENT: 500 words, photos. With MAINE-PRIMARY-RANKED-CHOICE-VOTING — Voters use ranked-choice voting to replace firebrand LePage.

NORTH DAKOTA PRIMARY — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, looking ahead to a November battle with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp that could be key to control the chamber, cruises to an easy victory in the Republican Senate primary in North Dakota. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FBI-DEPUTY DIRECTOR-LAWSUIT — The Justice Department has repeatedly refused to provide former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe with documents related to his firing, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf. SENT: 780 words.

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URUGUAY-MARIJUANA SHORTAGE — A year into Uruguay’s experiment with legal marijuana sales, the country is struggling to meet demand, leaving many people still turning to drug traffickers. SENT: 990 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL — The Palestinians and their supporters are asking an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to adopt a resolution deploring what it calls Israel’s “excessive use of force,” particularly in Gaza. SENT: 610 words, photos. UPCOMING: Assembly convenes at 3 p.m.




AMAZON-SEATTLE TAX — A tax on large companies such as Amazon that was meant to fight a growing homelessness crisis gets rolled back during a raucous Seattle City Council meeting that exposes divisions over how much companies that have fueled booming economies should help pay to alleviate the downsides of success. SENT: 870 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA CRIME — California voters’ decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers report. SENT: 600 words, photos.

PUERTO RICO-HURRICANE DEATHS — Puerto Rico requests more time, issues only a portion of data related to all deaths reported after Hurricane Maria amid outcry. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.

WESTERN WILDFIRES — A wildfire erupts in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.




FEDERAL RESERVE —The Federal Reserve is set to modestly raise its key short-term interest rate for the second time this year, but attention will be focused mainly on any hints that the Fed might accelerate its rate hikes in the coming months. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 2 p.m. release of Fed statement and 2:30 p.m. Powell news conference. With FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Asian shares drop as eyes turn to central bank meetings.

JAPAN-TOYOTA-GRAB — Japan’s top automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is investing $1 billion in Grab, the leading ride-hailing company in Southeast Asia, the company says. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 250 words, photos.




WENTZ’S COMEBACK — Carson Wentz is eager to return to the field and reclaim his starting spot for the Philadelphia Eagles but he doesn’t have to rush because Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is still around. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 960 words, photos.

CAPITALS-TROTZ — Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz drops a hint about returning to the Stanley Cup champions amid uncertainty about his future. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 660 words, photos.




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