BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:45
Aug. 21, 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 .
MICROSOFT-RUSSIAN HACKING (sent)
ELECTION SECURITY-STATE GRANTS (sent)
TRUMP-CLIMATE PLAN (sent, developing)
MISSING STUDENT-IOWA (sent, developing)
GERMANY-NAZI-GUARD (sent, developing)
AFGHANISTAN (sent, developing)
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
MTV-VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS-MADONNA — Madonna's rambling Aretha Franklin tribute earns backlash. SENT: 410 words, photos.
ANIMAL CRACKERS-UNCAGED — After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers can now roam free. The parent company of Nabisco has redesigned its packaging after relenting to pressure from PETA. SENT: 480 words, photos.
SUBWAY GOATS-JON STEWART — Jon Stewart comes to aid of goats found on subway tracks. SENT: 110 words.
EGYPT-A-VEILED-QUESTION — Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt. SENT: 830 words, photos.
SURFING-OFFICIAL SPORT — Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport. SENT: 690 words, photos.
MICROSOFT-RUSSIAN HACKING — Microsoft says it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company says that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake domains were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate. SENT: 520 words, photo. With ELECTION SECURITY-STATE GRANTS — States are tapping into $380 million approved by Congress to help them shore up their election systems amid ongoing threats of Russian interference (sent).
TRUMP-CLIMATE PLAN — The Trump administration has come out with a new plan giving states more discretion in choosing how to regulate pollution from coal-fired power plants. SENT: 810 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. AP Photos.
TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Jury deliberations are expected to enter their fourth day in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. SENT: 140 words.
KAVANAUGH-SENATE — Brett Kavanaugh is set to meet potential swing-vote Republican Sen. Susan Collins and possibly some Democrats to advance his Supreme Court nomination hopes. By Dustin Weaver and Lisa Masacaro. SENT: 440 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. AP Photos.
TRUMP — President Trump heads to West Virginia coal country for an evening rally. By Darlene Superville. UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 p.m. AP Photos.
RUSSIA SANCTIONS — Senate committees examine sanctions on Russia as British foreign secretary in Washington urges EU to "stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S." against Russian aggression. SENT: 310 words. Developing.
TRUMP-PROJECTIONS — Anti-Trump images become big business for DC projectionist. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
EDUCATION-POLL — Poll shows support for charter schools and private school vouchers has gone up over past year. SENT: 650 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN — Rockets were fired toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response, with helicopter gunships bombing the house from where the rockets were reportedly launched. SENT: 900 words, photos. With HAJJ-EID — Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia. SENT: 130 words, 23 photos.
IMMIGRATION-EL SALVADOR-WE ALL GO — In a quiet, cobblestoned town near the Pacific coast of El Salvador, residents are unfazed by the fact that the Trump administration is seeking to lock up families indefinitely and ending temporary protected status for people from their country. They're still going north. By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 760 words, photos.
TAIWAN-EL-SALVADOR — Taiwan breaks off diplomatic ties with El Salvador as the Central American country defects to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage. SENT: 610 words, photos.
KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — The scenes of Koreans meeting this week, likely for the last time before they die, are heartbreaking, but they often bely a highly political and tightly controlled event in which participants often struggle to have genuine conversations. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.
VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — The Vatican says Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-NO VOTES — Frustrated by corruption scandals and uninspired by the candidates, a large chunk of the Brazilian electorate is expected to sit out October's election. SENT: 980 words, photos. With BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-CANDIDATES GLANCE.
INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — The Indian military is scaling down rescue operations in the southern state of Kerala, a tropical tourist haven where intense floods killed more than 200 people and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. SENT: 400 words, photos.
ITALY-FLOOD — Italian prosecutors open a criminal investigation into the deaths of at least 10 people swept away by a flash flood as they hiked through a narrow gorge in the southern region of Calabria. SENT: 340 words, photos.
GREECE-NO BAILOUT — Greece remains shackled to the austerity demands of its former creditors even though it officially entered its post-bailout era Tuesday. Though the country has little fear of new calls for cutbacks from abroad, its hard-won fiscal freedom still carries a high price. SENT: 870 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-CHINA-PROJECTS-SUSPENDED — Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 540 words, photos.
MISSING STUDENT-IOWA — Investigators have recovered a body believed to be that of a 20-year-old Iowa college student who vanished from a small town one month ago, a spokesman for a reward fund said Tuesday. Greg Willey of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said he learned of the discovery from a close family friend of Mollie Tibbetts on Tuesday morning. Willey says he has no other details about the discovery, but called it a "tough" ending to the search for the University of Iowa student. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
GERMANY-NAZI-GUARD — The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his New York City home and spirited to Germany, the White House says. The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past and he admitted lying to get into the U.S., claiming he spent the war as a farmer and factory worker. By Michael R. Sisak, David Rising and Randy Herschaft. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Pursuing video. With GERMANY-NAZI-GUARD-GLANCE.
CIVIL RIGHTS-COLD CASE — Eberlene King remembers her 15-year-old brother as he lay dying, after white teenagers cruised through their black neighborhood in a pickup on Halloween night 1959 and shot him in the face. "His eyes ... were hanging out," King recalled. "His head was full of pellets." The case has never drawn much attention, even as federal and state authorities the past 15 years have re-opened investigations of racially motivated killings from the civil rights era. Now, the U.S. Justice Department says it has referred Prather's killing to the state of Mississippi "for potential prosecution." UPCOMING: 1,300 words by 11 a.m.
COLORADO FAMILY KILLED — Even as authorities filed formal charges showing they think he's lying, new court records outline the shaky defense strategy of a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and submerging their daughters' bodies in oil tanks: He says she killed the kids, distraught that he planned to leave her, and that he in turn strangled her in a rage. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.
CONFEDERATE-MONUMENTS-NORTH-CAROLINA — A Confederate statue in the heart of North Carolina's flagship university was toppled during a rally by hundreds of protesters who decried the memorial known as "Silent Sam" as a symbol of racist heritage. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 570 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US NC Confederate Monument (CR) — Confederate statue toppled on college campus.
3D GUNS-LAWSUIT — Lawyers representing 11 states and the District of Columbia are seeking an injunction that will force the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms. SENT: 550 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from noon hearing.
BULLETPROOF VESTS-GRIEVANCE — Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show. SENT: 620 words, photo.
EDUCATION-POLL — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, a survey finds. SENT: 650 words, photo.
FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL — A fourth preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin for former members of a Penn State fraternity facing hazing and other charges in connection with the death of a pledge last year. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 8:30 a.m. hearing.
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS — With most of music industry's top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos. With MTV-VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS-IMMIGRANT PROTEST — Logic stages immigrant protest at VMAs with parents, kids; MTV-VIDEO-MUSIC-AWARDS-LIST.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS — The craze for "Crazy Rich Asians" is hitting Asia, with a premiere in Singapore followed by openings in several neighboring countries later this week. SENT: 550 words, photo.
THE LONGEST BULL MARKET-DEBATE — While some market experts, including those who compile the benchmark S&P 500 index, say the current bull market is two days away from becoming the longest ever, others contend it has many months to go to set the record. The dispute revolves around a downturn in the middle of 1990 — and the familiar mathematical concept of rounding. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1 p.m., photos.
FASHION-SMALL MANUFACTURERS — Small clothes manufacturers are using technology and skill to bring down costs and targeting well-heeled customers who are willing to pay a little more for clothes that aren't churned out by the thousands half a world away. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.
T25-AP TOP 25-HEAT CHECK — AP's college football writer takes a look at the preseason AP Top 25, using the poll's history to try identifying overrated, underrated and unpredictable teams. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 2,010 words, photos.
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