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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

June 14, 2018

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




FISHY BUSINESS — In a global seafood industry riddled with labor abuse and fraud, national distributor Sea To Table offered conscientious consumers fish that was fresh, local and always caught in the U.S. However, an AP investigation found that even this company was connected to some of the same practices it vowed to fight, with preliminary DNA tests suggesting a sample of fish came from the other side of the world. By Martha Mendoza, Robin McDowell and Margie Mason. SENT: 3,110 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Sea To Table Investigation (CR) — AP: Untrue info in local tuna sourcing. An abridged version of 1,020 words has also been sent.




UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — The United States and its Asian allies work to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump’s concession to Kim Jong Un that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump’s top diplomat insisting the president hadn’t backed down from his firm line on North Korea’s nukes. By Josh Lederman and Gillian Wong. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — SKorea Pompeo Briefing (CR) — Pompeo: Trump’s tweet with “eyes wide open.” UPCOMING: Pompeo arrives in Beijing around 3:50 a.m. With KOREAS-TENSIONS — Koreas holding military talks to reduce tensions on border; UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA-THE LATEST. For AP’s comprehensive summit coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/Singaporesummit

CLINTON EMAILS-INSPECTOR GENERAL — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a determinedly nonpartisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential race. Trump will look to the inspector general report to provide a fresh line of attack against two former top FBI officials, Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 950 words, photo. UPCOMING: Report at 3 p.m.

YEMEN-NEWS GUIDE — Yemen’s yearslong war between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led coalition backing its exiled government has escalated with an assault on the insurgent-held port city of Hodeida. Here’s a look at Yemen, its tangled history and the combatants involved in a war that’s sparked what is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With YEMEN-TIMELINE; YEMEN WAR-PHOTO ESSAY — War leaves Yemen’s Aden hollowed-out shadow of former self. With 22 photos by Nariman El-Mofty, highlighted by NM501.

BATTLE FOR FOX-DEALS COMPARED — Competing bids from Comcast and Disney for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox come as the media landscape changes and companies get more involved in both creating and distributing content. X-Men and other movies from Fox’s studios would help beef up Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Comcast, already a major cable operator, would get a larger portfolio of cable channels including FX and National Geographic. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 930 words, photos. With BATTLE FOR FOX — Comcast-Disney fight highlights shifting media landscape.

CANADA-US-STILL BEST FRIENDS? — For the first time in decades, one of the world’s most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians — widely seen as some of the nicest, politest people on Earth — absorb Trump’s insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country’s trade policies. By Rob Gillies and David Crary. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With SENATE-TRADE-CANADA — U.S. senators seek to soothe relationship with Canada.

WCUP-RUSSIA HOPES — Russia’s World Cup opens with a home team that doesn’t have much chance to win, and a nation eager to wipe away bad memories about doping controversies, criticism over its incursion into the Ukraine, allegations of election meddling and poisoning. Could a successful World Cup help improve Russia’s global image. By Angela Charlton. UPCOMING: word count, timing uncertain, photos. With WCUP-THE LATEST; WCUP-RUSSIA-SAUDI ARABIA — Russia plays Saudi Arabia in opening match. UPCOMING: Game starts at 11 a.m. See MORE ON WORLD CUP below.




AUSTRALIA-PEOPLE-REBEL-WILSON — Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed. SENT: 270 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-NAZI-FLAG — Aussie troops criticized for flying Nazi flag in Afghanistan. SENT: 400 words.

ROSA-PARKS-HOUSE — Rosa Parks family home to be offered at auction this summer. SENT: 520 words, photos.

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S FLAG — Washington’s battlefield flag on view at revolution museum. SENT: 140 words, photos.

GREAT-DANES-SEIZED — Woman whose Great Danes were seized could face jail time. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.




GOP IMMIGRATION — House Republican leaders are trying to craft legislation on immigration issues that have stalled in Congress for years, the outcome of a truce between the party’s conservative and moderate factions. SENT: 580 words, photos.

TRUMP-HEALTH INSURANCE — The Trump administration’s latest move against “Obamacare” could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage, particularly workers in small businesses, law and insurance experts say. SENT: 850 words, photo.

2018 MIDTERMS-TRUMP LOYALTY — Primary-election defeat of a Republican congressman in South Carolina plays out as a cautionary tale for those in the GOP who would cross Trump. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

CONGRESSMAN SHOT-BASEBALL — The annual baseball game between congressional Republicans and Democrats carries special significance, coming on the anniversary of the ball-field shooting that almost killed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. SENT: 970 words, photo.

NEVADA ELECTION-BROTHEL OWNER — The flamboyant pimp who defeated an incumbent Republican in a state legislative primary is being shunned by some of the GOP establishment. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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THREE CALIFORNIAS-THINGS TO KNOW — Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation’s most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, but the entire nation. SENT: 670 words, photos, graphic.

SLAVE CEMETERIES — A major oil company is taking steps to honor once-forgotten slaves buried on its land west of New Orleans in an area where sugar plantations once abounded, an effort that some hope will grow into a larger movement to recognize and protect such cemeteries around the country. SENT: xxx words, photo.

SPORTS BETTING — Like a fellow New Jersey governor did 40 years earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy is set to kick off a new era of gambling in the state. SENT: 430 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from first wagers at 10:30 a.m.

BOURBON-HOMECOMING — Old Forester, the bourbon that launched a family dynasty and a spirits company, returns to its pre-Prohibition Kentucky home in a newly renovated building that symbolizes the brand’s comeback from years of decline. SENT: 630 words, photos.




CHILE-SEX-ABUSE — Prosecutors in Chile seize documents in raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in two cities as part of an investigation into growing clergy sex abuse scandals, while Vatican investigators met with the country’s attorney general to discuss cooperation in the civil and canonical probes. SENT: 660 words, photos.

JORDAN ECONOMY — Jordan’s new prime minister promises to scrap proposed tax increases in hopes of defusing public anger that triggered the biggest protests in the kingdom since 2011. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

CONGO-EBOLA FEARS — Arguing that they are on the front lines as much as health workers, Congolese taxi drivers in an Ebola-infected city express fear that they haven’t been vaccinated during the deadly outbreak. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 a.m., photos.




APPLE-SECURITY-LOCKDOWN — Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that exploited the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 490 words, photo.

FEDERAL RESERVE-WAGE PUZZLE — Halfway through a news conference, the head of the world’s most powerful central bank was asked a question weighing on the minds — and the checking accounts — of Americans everywhere: When will people finally start getting meaningful pay raises? By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 790 words, photos.

AMAZON-TRUCKS — Treasure Truck: Amazon, which sells just about anything online, also hawks discounted beef and seafood from the back of trucks. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani.

JAPAN-MAPPING-TECHNOLOGY — Technology companies are racing to develop ultra-precise digital maps that can guide self-driving cars within inches of where they should be — a hurdle the industry needs to clear if it hopes to deliver on its promise of widespread use of driverless vehicles. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 750 words, photos.




WCUP-AMERICA’S VOICES — John Strong and Stuart Holden, the primary voices of Fox Sports’ coverage of the World Cup after the network landed the U.S. English-language TV rights, face the challenge of engaging casual sports fans back home who may not be interested in the tournament without the U.S. By Sports Writer Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 a.m., photo.

WCUP-BRAZIL’S FAB FOUR — More than a decade after Brazil arrived for the World Cup in Germany with its prolific “magic quartet” of Ronaldinho, Kaka, Ronaldo and Adriano, the five-time world champions could have another version in Russia of its “Fab Four” of Neymar, Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus leading the way. By Sports Writer Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, timing uncertain, photos.

WCUP-SCALPERS — Russian officials promise crackdowns on ticket scalping, but some crafty resellers have figured ways around the fact that tickets are supposed to be registered to individuals. By Sports Writer James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 480 words by 6 a.m., photos, video.




US-OPEN-SHINNECOCK-NATION — More than a century after a Native American golf pioneer played in the U.S. Open, the tournament’s organizers are honoring his legacy. By Sports Writer Terrin Waack. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: First round begins at 6:45 a.m.

STRIKEOUT UPSWING — The number of strikeouts in college baseball is the highest on record entering the College World Series. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 940 words, photos.




CRYSTAL LUCY AWARDS — Frances McDormand never uttered the words “inclusion rider” at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, but she did cheekily place a red bumper sticker with the phrase written clearly in black capital letters on her backside. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 730 words, photos.




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