BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Jul. 07, 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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-COMEY LETTER — Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as "Machiavellian," dishonest and "unbounded by law and regulation" as they sought to undermine the credibility of a law enforcement leader they see as a critical witness against the president. The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, provides a window into the formation of a legal strategy currently used by Trump's lawyers as they seek to pit the president's word against that of the former FBI director. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-COMEY LETTER-TEXT (upcoming).
IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for "agua." Then it was the child's turn for his court appearance before a Phoenix immigration judge, who could barely contain his misgivings about the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 900 words, photos.
POMPEO-NORTH KOREA — High-level talks between the United States and North Korea appear to hit a snag on as Pyongyang says a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was "regrettable" and accuses Washington of making "gangster-like" demands to pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons. By Andrew Harnik and Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
2018 MIDTERMS-TENNESSEE-TARIFFS — Jimmy Tosh's hog farm in Henry, Tennessee, a two-hour drive west of Nashville, is an unlikely battleground in the fight for the Senate majority. Yet his 15,000 acres, home to twice as many pigs and almost 400 employees, showcase the practical and political risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies — policies that are now threatening Tennessee's economy and the fate of GOP Senate candidates such as Marsha Blackburn. Similar concerns are roiling high-profile Senate contests in Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania and North Dakota — states where Republican candidates are being forced to answer for the trade policies of a Republican president they have rallied behind on virtually every other major issue. By Jonathan Mattise and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
McCONNELL-JUDGES — With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leading the way, President Donald Trump is seeking to put his imprint on the federal judiciary for generations to come. While the latest opening on the Supreme Court is commanding all the attention, the nominees to the lower courts are also consequential. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.
US-CHINA-FRAYING TIES — President Donald Trump's trade battle with China will exacerbate relations with Beijing that are already fraying on several fronts. The U.S. is taking a more confrontational stance, but an increasingly powerful China is standing its ground. An AP News Analysis by Deb Riechmann and Matthew Pennington. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — The adolescent soccer players trapped for two weeks in a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand don't want their parents to worry. And they also wouldn't mind having some fried chicken ready for when they get home. Thai officials are stressing that they may have to act very soon — meaning the next couple of days — to rescue the boys because heavy rain is expected soon. By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 990 words, photos.
METOO-TARANA BURKE - Now, with more visibility than she ever dreamed possible, MeToo founder Tarana Burke finds herself in another race: A race to get the next phase of MeToo work up and running, before the spotlight dims. And an important part of that is to put the focus back where it started, before Harvey Weinstein and the movie stars and red carpets — on survivors, especially women and girls of color, who've been disproportionately impacted by sexual violence. By Jocelyn Noveck. 1,100 words, photos. This story is this week's Sunday Spotlight.
SUPREME COURT-LIFE ON THE LIST — Life on the list of people President Donald Trump would consider for a Supreme Court seat involves a measure of prestige and also is something of a pain. It means having every word flyspecked indefinitely, with friends and family along for the bizarre public ride. SENT: 950 words, photo.
IRAN — Iran says it has executed eight people convicted over the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — The family of a former Ohio State University team doctor accused by athletes of sexual misconduct says it is "shocked and saddened" by the allegations and is cooperating with the school's independent investigation. SENT: 400 words.
WESTERN WILDFIRES — Firefighters battling wildfires throughout the U.S. West that have torched hundreds of homes get some help from the weather. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.
SOC--WCUP-ENGLAND-SWEDEN — England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SOC--WCUP-RUSSIA-CROATIA — Russia's overachieving national team could send the host country into delirium with another upset win to force its way into the World Cup semifinals, this time going up against a Croatia squad that has looked as complete as any team in the tournament. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.