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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

June 3, 2018

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

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump’s lawyers have made a bold assertion of presidential power. They composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify in the Russia probe. They also argued that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 590 words, photo.

CHINA-US-TRADE — China warned after another round of talks on a sprawling trade dispute with Washington that any deals they produce “will not take effect” if President Donald Trump’s threatened tariff hike on Chinese goods goes ahead. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 440 words, photos.

BREAST CANCER — Researchers at the world’s largest cancer conference reveal results of a major federally funded study that will impact the care of tens of thousands of women with early-stage breast cancer. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. UPCOMING: 900 words, photo.

NBA FINALS — All the chatter is that underdog Cleveland could be completely deflated from the way it flopped in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Determined and more motivated than ever might be more appropriate and fitting whenever LeBron James is involved. James says it’s one of the toughest losses of his entire career. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SMALL PLANE CRASH — Authorities say a small plane with four people on board has crashed off the coast of New York’s Long Island. SENT: 190 words, photo.

KENYA-COLLAPSED BUILDING — A police official says two people have been killed in a collapsed building in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. SENT: 100 words.

GUN VIOLENCE MARCH — Thousands of demonstrators have marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in a protest against gun violence. SENT: 110 words, photos.

GOOGLE APOLOGY-LAWMAKER PICTURE — Google apologizes to a North Carolina lawmaker after a search for her picture turned up an old photo with the word “bigot” superimposed over the image. SENT: 120 words.

PEOPLE-CHIEF KEEF — Authorities say a shot was fired at a New York hotel near Chief Keef, but the Chicago rapper wasn’t hit. SENT: 70 words, photo.

NBA FINALS-SMITH — ‘I can’t say I was sure of anything’: J.R. Smith, reflecting on his Game 1 gaffe, tries to turn the page in the NBA Finals. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FRENCH OPEN — Serena Williams wins easily at French Open to set up fourth-round showdown against Maria Sharapova. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich SENT: 830 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA-MATTIS — It will be a “bumpy road” to the nuclear negotiations with North Korea later this month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warns, telling his South Korean and Japanese counterparts they must maintain a strong defensive stance so the diplomats can negotiate from a position of strength. SENT: 230 words, photos.

IOWA TAXES-FACT CHECK — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law this week state tax cuts of $2.8 billion over six years, touting the benefits for the middle class. Here’s a look at Reynold’s statement during a bill signing event in Hiawatha on Wednesday and the more complex reality behind it. SENT: 280 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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G7 FINANCE MINISTERS — The United States was singled out by some of its closest allies over the imposition of tariffs that they warn will undermine open trade and weaken confidence in the global economy. SENT: 530 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE-UN — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out at another U.N. human rights expert for making critical remarks about his supposed role in the expulsion of the chief justice, telling him “to go to hell.” SENT: 520 words, photo.

SLOVENIA ELECTIONS — Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own. SENT: 360 words, photos.

KASHMIR-INDIAN-PAKISTAN — Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and eight civilians wounded when Pakistani soldiers attacked dozens of forward posts along the highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir, Indian officials say. SENT: 420 words.

QATAR-IRAN — A senior Qatari official says his country will not be dragged into any conflict with Iran. SENT: 320 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in Gaza in response to the resumption of rocket fire toward Israel, which threatened to unravel an informal cease-fire that had held since a flare-up of violence last week. SENT: 280 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST-SHOOTING DEATHS — The shooting death of a prominent forensic psychiatrist who assisted in high-profile murder cases including serial killings in Phoenix is connected to the killing of two paralegals, said authorities, who were investigating whether a fourth homicide was also related. SENT: 440 words photos.

HAWAII VOLCANO — A lava flow from the erupting Kilauea volcano cuts off access to Kapoho and Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island, officials say. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency also said vigorous lava eruptions are continuing in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. SENT: 190 words photos.

CALIFORNIA FIRE — Officials say a wind-driven brush fire in Southern California has prompted the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes. SENT: 50 words. With CALIFORNIA FIRE-THE LATEST.

ATLANTA-CYBERATTACK — Atlanta’s police chief says the department’s archive of dashboard camera video was wiped out in a March cyberattack. SENT: 260 words.

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SPORTS

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STANLEY CUP — Alex Ovechkin dived to score his 14th goal of the playoffs and raised his arms in joy when Kuznetsov beat Marc-Andre Fleury and broke out his signature bird celebration in a second period the two Russians will long remember. Led by their two best players, the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BARE-KNUCKLE-LEGAL DEBUT — The first ever state-sanctioned bare-knuckle boxing match got a bloody ending — and a big response from a raucous crowd. Arnold Adams, a 32-year-old MMA heavyweight, pounded ex-UFC fighter D.J. Linderman’s face into a bloody mess in front of 2,000 rowdy fans at a hockey rink that usually hosts birthday parties and skating lessons in Wyoming’s capital. SENT: 850 words, photos.

WCUP-CLUB VS COUNTRY — It’s a delicate balance for players in Major League Soccer with the opportunity to play in the upcoming World Cup. Players use the league’s exposure to earn consideration for a spot in soccer’s showcase event. They also don’t want to invite any needless risks that might jeopardize their participation in Russia. Many MLS players bound for Russia played with their clubs through the final weekend of May. By Sports Writer Tim Booth. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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