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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:20

August 7, 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 STAR VANDALIZED — Council wants to remove Trump star from Walk of Fame. SENT: 140 words.

BROADWAY PROTEST CONCERT — Rosie O’Donnell, Broadway stars, protest outside White House. SENT: 140 words, photo.

TV-LEBRON JAMES — LeBron James has yet to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, yet the NBA superstar is already busy in Hollywood. SENT: 315 words, photos.

PEOPLE-KEITH URBAN-GOOD SAMARITAN — Woman helps man short on cash, finds out he’s country music star Keith Urban. SENT: 130 words, photo.

TOKYO 2020-SECURITY — Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security. SENT: 270 words, photos.

MS FOUNDATION — Ms. Foundation strategic plan to focus on women of color. SENT: 460 words.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Star prosecution witness Rick Gates returns to the witness stand in the financial fraud trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. SENT: 930 words. UPCOMING: Court resumes at 9 a.m., 950 words by 5 p.m., photos.

MANAFORT TRIAL-PROTEGE VERSUS MENTOR — In a packed courtroom, with 10 feet between them, Rick Gates testifies against former mentor Paul Manafort, assiduously avoiding eye contact. UPCOMING; 450 words by 12:30 p.m., photos.

PRIMARY RDP — President Donald Trump’s preferred congressional candidate — and his chief legislative achievement — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season’s final high-stakes special election. Trump’s shadow also looms over primary contests in four other states on Tuesday, none bigger than Kansas, where the Republican president roiled the governor’s race Monday by opposing the sitting GOP governor on the eve of the election. SENT: 1120 words. UPCOMING: Polls close at 7:30 p.m. EDT in Ohio, 8 p.m. in Missouri, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Kansas and Michigan, and 11 p.m. in Washington state. With PRIMARY-THINGS TO KINOW — What to watch as voters in five states head to the polls Tuesday. SENT: 1100 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-POLITICAL BACKLASH — Be careful what you wish for. That’s the history lesson for Republicans eagerly anticipating Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court, which could cement conservative control of the court for a generation. The GOP may ultimately pay a political price. SENT: 890 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-IRAN — U.S. sanctions that kicked in early Tuesday against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said. By Susannah George and Zeke Miller. SENT: 870 words, photos.




CHINA-XI’S ERA-CRACKING DOWN ON CHRISTIANS — Amid the atheist ruling Communist Party’s ambitious new effort to dictate — and in some cases displace — the practice of faith in China, Christians across the country have seen their churches raided and their Bibles confiscated. Some have lost their jobs or faced evictions as President Xi Jinping pushes a campaign to lend “Chinese characteristics” to a religion traditionally aligned with Western democracy. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,440 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — China Christians (CR) — China cracking down on Christians. An abridged version of 1,050 words has also been sent.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE —Soldiers pull a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals wait for aid and stranded tourists camp at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels. By Andi Jatmiko and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST.

GERMANY-FRANKFURT AIRPORT — Police evacuated part of a terminal at Germany’s biggest airport Tuesday over concerns that at least one person might have gotten through the facility’s security area without being screened. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

COLOMBIA-PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION — Ivan Duque, the young protege of a powerful former Colombian leader, is being sworn in as president, tasked with guiding the implementation of a historic peace accord with leftist rebels that remains on shaky ground. SENT: 910 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Inauguration scheduled for 4 p.m.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Zimbabwean security forces and unidentified gunmen have beaten and harassed dozens of people in a crackdown on the political opposition following a disputed election, Human Rights Watch says. SENT: 380 words.

ITALY-HIGHWAY-EXPLOSION — Italy’s premier visits victims of the fiery crash of a tanker truck carrying highly flammable gas near Bologna, saying that it was important to understand what happened to prevent future tragedies. SENT: 310 words, photos.

EUROPE-WEATHER — More than 1,000 firefighters supported by 19 aircraft battle a major wildfire in southern Portugal for a fifth straight day, as firefighters question the wisdom of the strategy to counter the flames. SENT: 370 words, photos. With EUROPE-WEATHER-THE LATEST.

CHINA-SOLAR COOKERS — Solar cooker bash aims to win over finicky Chinese chefs, vanquish sooty mainstays. SENT: 820 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in state history, breaking a record set only months earlier. Experts say this may become the new normal as climate change coupled with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas creates more intense and devastating blazes. SENT: 600 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Wildfire (CR) — Fast-moving wildfire scorches California mountains. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-STRATEGY — California has multiple wildfire strategies; TRUMP-WILDFIRES AND WATER-FACT CHECK — Wildfire, water experts rebut Trump’s claims.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — The father of a missing Georgia boy is expected to make his first court appearance, which could shed light on a bizarre tale of guns, exorcism and child abuse at a New Mexico compound. By Mary Hudetz and Kate Brumback. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Court hearing at 3:30 p.m.; Officials hold news conference at 4:30 p.m.

NEBRASKA EXECUTION — Nebraska state officials are preparing for their first execution in two decades and first-ever lethal injection with an untried combination of drugs that includes a powerful painkiller responsible for much of the nation’s opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could conceal whether something has gone wrong. SENT: 890 words, photo. With DEATH-PENALTY-NEBRASKA — Lawyer for Nebraska death row inmate seeks release from case.

INMATES-ADDICTION MEDICATION — Jails and prisons are coming around to the idea of providing inmates with methadone and other addiction treatment medications. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

HAWAII VOLCANO-HURRICANE — Hawaii emergency officials who have been contending with Kilauea volcano’s lava flow are preparing for a hurricane that is expected to pass to the south of the islands this week. SENT: 740 words, photos.

CORAL-REEF-CEMETERY — The Neptune Memorial Reef, an underwater cemetery modeled after the lost city of Atlantis, is undergoing a massive expansion off the coast of Miami Beach. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.




US-CHINA-INVESTMENT — Already threatened by escalating U.S. tariffs on its goods, China is about to find it much harder to either invest in the United States or buy American technology. President Donald Trump is expected this week to sign legislation to tighten scrutiny of foreign investment and sensitive technology exports. The law doesn’t single out China, but there’s little doubt the intended target is Beijing, which the administration wants to punish for its tactics in trying to supplant America’s technological dominance. UPCOMING: 800 words at 3 p.m.

CHINA TARIFFS-TECHNOLOGY — The price of headphones, speakers, high-tech lighting, and smart watches could all go up if the Trump administration’s trade war with China continues. It remains unclear exactly how much prices might go up, since some of the duties on Chinese products are still pending. Some large technology companies might also absorb the extra costs in order to keep prices low. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 10 a.m.




AUTHENTIC CASTING — Transgender actors and advocates in Hollywood are seeking recognition, and not just in casting of transgender roles. Advocates released an open letter on Tuesday, signed by an array of organizations, asking Hollywood to help change America’s understanding of trans people. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos.

TV CRITICS WATCH — A rundown of top news from Television Critics Association panels. The summer meeting will feature presentations Tuesday by Disney and ABC. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. Will be updated.




ZIKA-CHILDREN — One in 7 babies born to Zika-infected women developed microcephaly, seizures or some kind of health problem, according to a study done in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. SENT: 400 words, photo.




FBN--JETS-TEDDY’S READY — Teddy Bridgewater can’t wait to play in the New York Jets’ preseason opener against Atlanta. The quarterback hasn’t seen extended time in NFL game in nearly two years because of a serious knee injury that nearly cost him his career. Bridgewater is now feeling good physically and is excited to continue his comeback. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.




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