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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

August 30, 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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AUSTRALIA-CHELSEA MANNING — Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, her tour organizer say. SENT: 500 words, photo.

TEN--US OPEN — Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs. Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the U.S. Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years. SENT: 873 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRAD PITT-MAKE IT RIGHT — An attorney plans to sue actor Brad Pitt’s foundation over the degradation of homes built in an area of New Orleans that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. SENT: 130 words.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES — Wildlife advocates hope to convince a judge grizzly bears living in the Yellowstone National Park area face too many threats to their survival to add trophy hunting to the mix. SENT: 690 words, photo.

BRITAIN-ROYALS-HAMILTON — Prince Harry sang and joked with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the stage of “Hamilton,” after he and his wife Meghan joined audiences watching the smash-hit musical in London’s West End. SENT: 120 words, photos.

MANAGER-CELEBRITIES CHEATED — A federal jury has convicted a business manager of defrauding R&B artists Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight in a sports beverage scheme. SENT: 130 words.




TRUMP-SHRINKING PRESIDENCY — When most of Washington and much of the nation gather to mourn the death of Sen. John McCain later this week, President Donald Trump will not be there. His absence is about more than just a political feud between two dramatically different politicians. It highlights Trump’s refusal to use the ceremonial, symbolic power of the presidency to lead, a choice that is likely changing the presidency itself. By Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 p.m.

MCCAIN SERVICES —The celebration of Sen. John McCain as a former prisoner of war and maverick politician enters a second day with a church service and a military salute before his casket departs his adopted state of Arizona for Washington. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 600 words, photos. With MCCAIN SERVICES-THE LATEST; ROBERTA MCCAIN —John McCain’s mother, now 106, a maverick in her own way; MCCAIN SERVICES-VIGNETTES — Thousands line up in Arizona heat to pay respects to McCain (all sent). For AP’s comprehensive coverage on McCain: https://www.apnews.com/tag/JohnMcCain

HARVARD-RACE IN ADMISSIONS — The Justice Department sides with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over the Ivy League school’s consideration of race in its admissions policy. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 130 words, developing.

TRUMP-LEGAL TEAM — President Donald Trump dangles kind words for his still unannounced next White House counsel and plays down the impact of his current attorney. By Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump holds a rally in Evansville, Indiana. By Catherine Lucey. Developing after rally speech at 8:25 p.m. EDT.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump said that there’s no reason to spend a lot of money on military wargames with South Korea, but he warned he could “instantly” relaunch the exercises again and they would be “far bigger than ever before.” SENT: 900 words, photo.

MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — A popular Republican who seems nearly unbeatable. To his left, a pair of little-known Democratic hopefuls vying for attention and struggling to raise cash. To his right, a GOP challenger who claims the incumbent isn’t nearly conservative enough. It sounds like a red-state political scenario, but this is what the governor’s race looks like in typically deep-blue Massachusetts, which holds its primary next Tuesday. SENT: 790 words, photos.

INDICTED CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN — Just days after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was indicted by a federal grand jury, his Democratic opponent is trying to make him pay a political price. Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign says it will begin airing a 30-second TV ad that calls the congressman an embarrassment to the Southern California district. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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AP EXPLAINS-SYRIA-IDLIB — In a corner of northwestern Syria packed with nearly 3 million people, a final bloody showdown looms between the government and its opponents. SENT: 800 words, photos. With SYRIA — Russia’s military has announced major military drills in the Mediterranean Sea amid growing tensions over a rebel-held enclave in Syria (sent).

ETHIOPIA-HELICOPTER CRASH — Ethiopian military helicopter crashes, killing 17 including children, state news agency says. SENT: 75 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

GERMANY-FAR RIGHT — The governor of Germany’s eastern state of Saxony travels to the city where anger over the suspected killing of a man by migrants sparked violent protests. SENT: 640 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-OIL AND PEACE — Emboldened by a new peace deal, civil war-torn South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region next month to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting. SENT: 790 words, photos.

CHINA-US —China says U.S. lawmakers were wasting taxpayer money by urging President Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials allegedly tied to the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in the far west. SENT: 830 words, photos. With US-CHINA TARIFFS — China says it will make changes at own pace regardless of U.S. pressure and that technology dispute must be settled through talks as equals (sent).

CHINA-ISLAM — A rare public protest by thousands of Hui Muslims this month was caused by local officials’ recklessness, Chinese authorities say, without settling concerns a large mosque in the northwestern region would be razed. SENT: 440 words, photo.

MYANMAR-ETHNIC CONFLICTS — Myanmar has deliberately obstructed aid deliveries to civilians in war-torn Kachin and northern Shan states, actions that may amount to war crimes, a human rights groups says. SENT: 390 words.

SWEDEN-ELECTIONS-TWITTER — A Swedish government study says there’s been a recent surge in the number of automated Twitter accounts ahead of the Sept. 9 election, noting that 40 percent of them are more likely to support the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, expected to make gains. SENT: 370 words.




TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL — Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer in suburban Dallas are criticizing the jury that convicted the officer of murder then sentenced him to 15 years in prison. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA — According to documents obtained by a television station, a North Carolina police chief told his officers to stand aside as protesters tore down a century-old Confederate monument during a protest at the University of North Carolina. SENT: 290 words, photo.

HOTEL PLUNGE — Officials say they don’t know what caused scaffolding to collapse, sending two construction workers falling to their deaths as they were pouring concrete on the seventh floor of a 16-story hotel under construction near Disney World. SENT: 290 words, photos, video.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — Ohio State University trustees are set to receive an update on the investigation into a former team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of male athletes and other students. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.




GMAIL-MACHINE GENERATED REPLIES — “Awesome, thanks!” ″I’ll ask.” ″It was my pleasure!” Google has begun suggesting auto-responses to emails in Gmail on desktop and iPhones, implementing a feature already on its Android app and toeing the line between useful and creepy. The responses are drawing mixed responses from users. By Mae Anderson UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

MICROSOFT-PAID PARENTAL LEAVE — Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday. It affects hundreds of U.S. businesses that supply Microsoft with everything from janitorial services to software consulting. UPCOMING: 130 words by 10 a.m.

OF MUTUAL INTEREST-SEPTEMBER — Stocks are at record highs thanks in part to growing optimism about trade tensions easing, but investors should watch out because September is historically the worst month of the year for stocks. UPCOMING: 350 words by noon. By Marley Jay. AP Photos, Graphics.




ARETHA FRANKLIN-PUBLIC VIEWING —Mourners streamed in for a second day Wednesday to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show. By Jeff Karoub and Josh Replogle. SENT: 855 words, photos. With ARETHA FRANKLIN-THE LATEST; ARETHA FRANKLIN-MUSIC’S FUNERALS — The days the music died: A look at funerals of the greats; ARETHA FRANKLIN-CASKET MOVES — Franklin’s casket moved from museum that hosted viewings (all sent); ARETHA FRANKLIN-BLACK CULTURE — This week’s national mourning for the Queen of Soul is also a celebration of the black culture and institutions Aretha Franklin represented and so loved. The many aspects of black culture Franklin embodied have been on full display this week in her hometown, from the black museum that hosted her public viewing for thousands of her fellow Detroiters, to the gospel tradition that launched her singular musical gifts and the black community she gave respect and joy to for more than half a century. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




WARMING-HUNGRY BUGS, HFR— A warmer world means more and hungrier insects that feast on corn, wheat and rice -- and more crop losses in the future. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo for release at 2 p.m. Eastern.




POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION-WHAT TO SAY — Serena Williams has become the latest high-profile mom to disclose her struggles with postpartum depression. The 23-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram recently to share her feelings of inadequacy as a mother. What to say — and what NOT to say — to women suffering postpartum depression can be tricky for friends, colleagues and loved ones who have never experienced it. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ASIAN GAMES ROUNDUP — A combined Koreas team reinforced by WNBA center Park Ji-su reaches the women’s basketball final at the Asian Games after an 89-66 win over Taiwan. By Sports Writer John Pye. SENT: 420 words, photos.




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