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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

June 8, 2018

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








TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT — Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump says that “attitude” is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-REALITY CHECK — Rare optimism swirls around Trump-Kim summit; TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-SINGAPORE POSTCARD — Enterprising restaurateurs are using the Trump-Kim summit to showcase their culinary creativity (both sent).

TRUMP-G-7 — Solidifying his solo status on the world stage, President Donald Trump is lashing out at longtime allies over their critiques of his trade policies and plans an early exit from the annual Group of Seven meeting of industrialized nations. By Catherine Lucey, Rob Gillies and Zeke Miller. SENT: 940 words, photo. With ITALY-G7-POPULIST PREMIER — Who’s in charge in Italy? New leader faces test at summit; FRANCE-G7-MACRON VS TRUMP — France’s Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump (both sent).

GUATEMALA VOLCANO — A teen who works at a plant nursery near Guatemala’s volcano disaster is certain he knows where his parents are, and that knowledge is driving him to desperation. He’s sure they are buried inside the home where he grew up, covered by ash that swept down the Volcano of Fire. But the government again suspended the search for the dead Thursday, saying wet weather and still-hot volcanic material were too dangerous for rescuers. Relatives were left to keep digging with their hands or a few tools. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. With GUATEMALA VOLCANO-TOWN — Guatemala town destroyed by volcano thought it was safe (sent).

GIULIANI-GOALPOSTS — A series of seemingly authoritative assertions in recent weeks about the shape and scope of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference has helped define it in the public eye, generating countless headlines and cable chyrons about the ongoing saga that has shadowed President Donald Trump’s White House. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

VAPING SCHOLARSHIPS — A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write essays about the potential benefits of vaping. The tactic has drawn criticism that the scholarships are a thinly disguised ploy to attract young customers. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

KIM THE REFORMER — As Kim Kardashian West put it to her 60 million-plus followers on Twitter, the call she made to Alice Marie Johnson “will forever be one of my best memories.” It was the reality star and makeup mogul who brought the 63-year-old Johnson first word of her freedom after more than two decades in federal prison on 1996 drug convictions related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.




GREECE-MIGRANTS — A smuggling vehicle crammed with asylum-seekers crashes on a northern Greek highway killing six people, including three children, and severely injuring another four adults. SENT: 200 words.

MAYORS CONFERENCE — A bipartisan coalition of mayors says American cities are overwhelmingly driving the nation’s economy. SENT: 270 words.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan official says suicide bombers targeted a lawmaker in eastern Nangarhar province, leaving three dead. SENT: 140 words.

AUSTRIA-MOSQUES — Austria’s government is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on “political Islam” and foreign financing of mosques. SENT: 260 words, photo.

BUCKS-STERLING BROWN-ARREST — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown expected to file a lawsuit against the city’s Police Department for a January arrest during which officers used a stun gun when they detained him for a parking violation. SENT: 120 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-MATT LAUER RANCH — Former “Today” host Matt Lauer can keep a lakeside ranch in New Zealand after authorities there concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to say he’d breached a “good character” condition. SENT: 360 words, photo.

SOUTH AFRICA-CORRUPTION CASE — South Africa’s graft case against Zuma adjourned to July 27. SENT: 300 words photos.




SENATE AIDE-LEAKS INVESTIGATION — A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts he had with multiple reporters, federal prosecutors says. SENT: 740 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-OHIO VOTER ROLLS — Do you have to vote even if you don’t want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit filed against Ohio’s secretary of state over the practice of flagging registered voters after they’ve missed one federal general election. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION — A leader of House Republican moderates says a tentative deal with conservatives was being discussed to help young “Dreamer” immigrants stay in the U.S. legally. Conservatives said later that no agreement has been reached, underscoring how elusive it has been for the GOP to resolve its long-running schism over the issue. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

CLINTON EMAILS-INSPECTOR GENERAL — Former FBI Director James Comey is about to get dinged in an internal Justice Department review of the agency’s Clinton email probe, and President Donald Trump says he can’t wait. A look at how both sides will likely spin the findings. SENT: 680 words, photo.

HEALTH INSURANCE-JUSTICE — The Trump administration says in a court filing it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions. SENT: 540 words, photo.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-FOREIGN LOBBYING — The Justice Department is opening up about the advice it has given to lobbyists who work for foreign governments and political interests. SENT: 640 words, photo.




IOWA GOVERNOR-WEALTH — For a Republican Party that celebrates capitalism and the American dream of building wealth, the GOP’s initial line of attack against the new Iowa Democratic nominee for governor appears a bit out of character. SENT: 890 words, photos.

HAWAII VOLCANO — Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey says the flow is still very active and there’s no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open. SENT: 590 words, photos, video. With HAWAII VOLCANO-SHOOTING — Hawaii lava evacuee recounts neighborhood shooting near flow (sent).

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A judge is holding a hearing on an effort by attorneys for Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz to block public release of parts of what police call his confession in the Valentine’s Day massacre. By Legal Affairs Writer. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after hearing, scheduled at 11 a.m. EDT. With SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST.

TEACHER PROTESTS-ARIZONA-YEAR END — School districts around Arizona spent the end of the school year authorizing the first rollout of their teacher pay raise plans after a historic statewide walkout this spring. Tens of thousands of teachers in the state will see raises of at least 10 percent. The growing teachers’ movement is now turning its attention to qualifying a ballot initiative that would funnel nearly $690 million annually to education. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MAINE PRIMARY-RANKED CHOICE VOTING — A crowded party primary is typically a recipe for nastiness and mud-slinging: Candidates with few political differences try to distinguish themselves with personal attacks on their opponents. Then there is Maine. In a campaign video flush with smiles and upbeat music, two Democrats running in the primary for governor gush about each other’s credentials — then encourage voters to support them both. SENT: 980 words, photos.

NEVADA G0VERNOR’S RACE — The fiercest primary election battle in Nevada this year is a race between two Democrats vying to become the swing state’s first Democratic governor in almost two decades. SENT: 870 words, photos.




LEBANON-NATURALIZATION ROW — A Lebanese presidential decree to naturalize hundreds of foreigners, including Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi and other regional elites, has ignited a row over who deserves citizenship in this tiny Mediterranean country, where one in four people is a refugee and women married to foreigners cannot pass on their citizenship to their children. SENT: 890 words, photos.

SYRIA — Warplanes attack a rebel-held northwestern village in Syria, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more, including children, in one of the deadliest incidents in this part of the country this year, a Syrian war monitor and paramedics say. SENT: 230 words.

CHINA-UNITED STATES — The U.S. Embassy in China sends its second alert in two weeks to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CHINA-CENTRAL ASIA-XI’S REACH — China will seek to further promote its economic links with Central Asia during this weekend’s summit of the China and Russia-dominated Shanghai Cooperation Organization. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CHINA-RUSSIA — Cooperation between Russia and China has reached a historic high, Russian President Vladimir Putin tells his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping in a meeting. SENT: 310 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Israeli military is expecting a large turnout for a protest at the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip and is warning residents to stay far away. SENT: 130 words, photo. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-THE LATEST.




JAPAN-US-TRADE FEARS — As President Donald Trump squabbles with Japan, Canada and Europe about steel tariffs, companies such as Sakae Casting Co., which manufactures parts used for cooling batteries and semiconductors, are forging their own deals with American states that go their own way in pursuing investment and commercial opportunities. In Idaho, Takashi Suzuki, the company’s president, has been welcomed by politicians and the university. He says Japanese companies have fallen behind South Korean and others. SENT: 640 words, photos.




ROMANIA-MEASLES — An outbreak of measles has killed dozens of infants and children in Romania, with 200 new cases reported each week. Doctors say the surge in the disease is fueled by low rates of vaccination. SENT: 430 words, photos.




STANLEY CUP — After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey. Lars Eller scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.




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