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BC-AP News Digest 6:15 pm

August 9, 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 DELTA-OUTAGE-REPUTATION RISK, FACEBOOK-AD BLOCKERS, BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WATER PARK-FATALITY.

WISCONSIN PRIMARY-RYAN — Polls close at 9 p.m.

SWM-SWIMMING — Finals start at 9 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump says Second Amendment advocates might find a way to stop Hillary Clinton from rolling back gun rights if she’s elected, setting off a political firestorm as Democrats accuse him of encouraging violence against his opponent. By Josh Lederman and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words by 7 p.m. With CAMPAIGN 2016-ENDORSEMENTS — Should he win the presidency, Trump will have to work closely with the same GOP leaders he’s vilified; CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-ENERGY-FACT CHECK — Trump wrongly says nation is short of coal (both sent).

CAMPAIGN 2016-OLYMPICS — Hillary Clinton is spending more than $13 million on political ads at the Olympics while Donald Trump is sitting on the sidelines. By Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day. SENT: 850 words, photos. With CAMPAIGN 2016-EXPANDED MAP — Clinton commits resources to traditionally Republican states Georgia and Arizona (sent).

DELTA-OUTAGE-REPUTATION RISK — The past two years, Delta Air Lines has built a solid reputation as a reliable carrier for business travelers because of its on-time and no-cancelations records. A global outage that lasted many hours and grounded thousands of flights could tarnish that reputation and challenge its “no-cancelations” statistics. By Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz. SENT: 930 words, photo. With DELTA-OUTAGE — Some Delta systems haven’t recovered fully from outage. SENT: 620 words, video, photos. With DELTA-OUTAGE-WHAT TO DO — Hurt by the Delta outage? Here’s what you can do.

RUSSIA-TURKEY — Turkey’s president cozies up with his “dear friend” Vladimir Putin in a visit intended to send a message to his allies in the West, whom he blames for what he considers a lack of support after a failed coup. By Irina Titova and Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 920 words, photos.

RUNNING SCARED — The killings over the past week of two women who had gone out for a run in New York and Massachusetts just reinforce the fears of numerous female athletes and help explain why so many avoid working out alone, at night or in secluded places. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 520 words, photos. With MISSING WOMAN — Public’s help sought in case of woman found dead in woods. SENT: 540 words, video, photos.

FACEBOOK-AD BLOCKERS — Facebook is blocking ad blockers on the desktop version of its service, saying well-made, relevant ads can be “useful.” By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 450 words, photo.

GYM-WOMEN’S TEAM FINAL — The U.S. women’s gymnastics team puts on a two-hour display of precision and class to win gold at the Rio games. The squad’s score of 184.897 tops silver medalist Russia by more than eight points — a blowout that even Michael Jordan’s “Dream Team” might envy. By Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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UNDERGROUND METH LAB — Authorities say they’ve discovered what they believe is a methamphetamine lab under the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in western New York. SENT: 120 words.

ZIKA-RELATED DEATH-TEXAS — Infant’s death is first Zika-related fatality in Texas. SENT: 280 words.

MAN BEATEN-TRUMP SHIRT — Police say a man was assaulted with a crowbar in the parking lot of a New Jersey restaurant for wearing a Donald Trump T-shirt. SENT: 120 words.

RIO OLYMPICS-TINDER — Away from the games, some Olympians are looking for a different kind of match. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m., photos.

DIV-DIVING-GREEN WATER — All the buzz at the Olympic diving venue is about the color of the water in the pool — a murky green. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-HEALTH CARE — Moving beyond “Obamacare,” state ballot questions in Colorado and California refocus the nation’s long-running debate over the government’s role in health care. SENT: 720 words, photos.

WISCONSIN PRIMARY-RYAN — House Speaker Paul Ryan faces a primary challenger who won praise from Donald Trump and the backing of other national conservative voices in his longshot bid to defeat Ryan. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates as results are counted; polls close at 9 p.m.

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OLYMPICS

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SWM-SWIMMING — Michael Phelps seeks more Olympic gold and looks to avenge a 2012 defeat to a South African rival that has irked the swimming superstar ever since. On the women’s side, Katie Ledecky resumes her quest for more gold as well. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: Developing from finals starting at 9 p.m., photos.

ATH-DIRTY RACE WALKING — Aware of the nine Olympic medals available, Russia ramps up a doping machine that spit out champion race walkers, Olympics after Olympics. That machine works so well that race walking became the epicenter of the doping scandal that engulfed the country’s sports program and led to the ouster of the track team from the Rio Games. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 860 words, photos.

GAY FRIENDLY GAMES — Two years after the Sochi Games were dominated by a harsh anti-gay law, the Rio Olympics are going in an altogether different direction, with a rugby player and games volunteer getting engaged and two torch bearers sharing a kiss on Copacabana beach. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-JUSTICE DEPARTMENT — An official familiar with the Justice Department’s investigation into whether the Baltimore police force had a pattern of violating citizens’ rights says the federal government is preparing to announce its findings. SENT: 230 words.

COMPTON DEPUTY SHOOTING — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a man fatally shot by a deputy last month wasn’t the carjacking suspect they were after, an acknowledgement that came just ahead of a news conference where the man’s family said police killed an innocent man. SENT: 580 words.

BLAGOJEVICH SENTENCING — A federal judge upholds Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor’s wife and daughters during his resentencing. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 990 words, photos. With BLAGOJEVICH-THE LATEST; BLAGOJEVICH SENTENCING-BAND — Jailhouse Rockers cited in defense of ex-Illinois governor (sent).

PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL — Prosecutors say in opening statements of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s perjury and obstruction trial that her blind desire for revenge led her to leak secret criminal files to the press to embarrass a rival and then lie about it. SENT: 520 words, photos.

WATER PARK-FATALITY — At least two people who rode in the last year on the same Kansas waterslide where a 10-year-old boy was killed say Velcro shoulder straps came loose during the raft ride featuring a 17-story drop. SENT: 920 words, video, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA-PRESIDENTIAL RECALL — Venezuelan election officials set a timetable for a recall petition against President Nicolas Maduro that makes it unlikely for a vote this year — and thus no early presidential election that could put the opposition in power. SENT: 420 words, photo.

PAKISTAN — Many Pakistanis are in deep mourning, a day after a suicide bombing that targeted lawyers killed 70 people in the city of Quetta, touching a chord in the country’s long-simmering culture war. SENT: 940 words, photos, graphic.

IRAQ-CHRISTIANS — As operations to retake the militant-held city of Mosul ramp up, Iraqi Christians displaced from the area by the Islamic State group say that even if the militants are defeated militarily, the country will not be safe for minorities. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

UGANDA-GOING SOLAR — SOROTI, Uganda — This village long-frustrated by the power outages common to many parts of Africa is watching with hope as a huge solar power plant is being constructed nearby. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-SAUSAGE PARTY — A little less than two years ago, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korea comedy, “The Interview,” spurred the hack of Sony Pictures and a crisis unlike any previous in Hollywood. In the crude animated comedy “Sausage Party,” Rogen and Goldberg are again pushing the limits — and Sony is still backing them. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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