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BC-AP News Digest 5:30am

July 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




IMMIGRATION-SERVICE DISCHARGES —An enlisted PhD candidate caught up in a spate of discharges of immigrant military recruits says he went from “heaven to hell” when his commander told him he was being booted out of the US Army. The enlistee said he learned he would not be heading to basic training after two years of delays. The Associated Press has learned that dozens of immigrant recruits have had their paths to citizenship similarly ended. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.




CHINA TARIFFS-IMPACT -- The trade war that erupted Friday between the U.S. and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy. By Economics Writers Paul Wiseman And Josh Boak. SENT: 1085 words, photos. AP Photos. AP Video. AP Audios. WITH TRADE-TARIFFS 101; US-CHINA TARIFFS-FAST FACTS; US-CHINA TARIFFS (all sent).

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — The Trump administration asks a federal judge for more time to reunite families that were separated at the border under its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The request comes hours before the government updates the judge on its compliance with his order to quickly return children to their parents. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — Vice President Mike Pence accuses Democrats of making opposition to the federal immigration agency central to their party. SENT: 580 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT — Several people were arrested this week after they hung a banner calling for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal on the Fourth of July. Their actions follow calls from some activists and Democrats to “abolish ICE” in reaction to the Trump Administration’s separation of Central American migrant children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s not the first time a federal immigration agency has faced demands to disband and undergo a massive transformation, especially from Latinos. Throughout U.S. history, critics of federal immigration authorities have sought reforms or abolition in response to new laws and changing federal policies some deemed discriminatory. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-STEALTHY NOMINEES — President Donald Trump is determined to keep his Supreme Court nominee a secret until the unveiling Monday night. He’s not the first president to relish the drama. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 730 words, photo. With TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — Trump says he’s wrapped up interviews with Supreme Court candidates and trimmed his short list to three, maybe two. (sent)

THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH --- The soccer coach trapped in a cave with 12 Thai boys apologized to their parents in the first letter he and the team have sent out through divers, in which the boys say they’re doing well and missing their families. By Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda. AP Photos. SNT: 734 words.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. However, in interviews with The Associated Press, seven former athletes and a former nursing student shared detailed allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1970s against the doctor, who killed himself in 2005 at age 67 and is only now under investigation. By Kantele Franko, Andrew Welsh-Huggins and John Seewer. SENT: 1,215 words, photos, video.




TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION — Another warning shot? Trump’s ex-lawyer hires Clinton ally. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OBIT-STEVE DITKO — Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange at Marvel Comics, dies at age 90. SENT: 600 words.

PEOPLE-STAN LEE — Judge weighs in on struggle surrounding Marvel’s Stan Lee. SENT: 550 words, photos.

PLAYBOY CENTERFOLD-GOP DONOR — Ex-Playboy centerfold sues a top fundraiser for Trump. SENT: 150 words, photos.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN-ESTATE — Court papers show globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month. SENT: 350 words, photos.

NASCAR-DAYTONA-EARNHARDT — Earnhardt already a fan favorite after debut race in booth. SENT: 900 words, photos.




US-CHINA-FRAYING TIES — President Donald Trump’s trade battle with China will exacerbate relations with Beijing that are already fraying on several fronts. The U.S. is taking a more confrontational stance, but an increasingly powerful China is standing its ground. An AP NewsAnalysis. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, say their client has been in solitary confinement as he awaits trial. SENT: 650 words. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FBI — An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is expected to speak publicly to members of Congress next week (sent).

OCASIO-CORTEZ-CAMPAIGN CREW — A campaign manager who moonlights as an energy healer; a photographer who sings in a heavy metal band; and a Muslim progressive activist who runs a cooking blog — these are the unconventional people behind the campaign that helped launch Democrat Alexandria Ocasio. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.




POMPEO-NORTH KOREA —Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened a second day of talks with senior North Korean officials on Saturday, with both sides saying they need clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. By Andrew Harnik And Matthew Lee. AP Photos. SENT: 731 words.

SYRIA-CHEMICAL ATTACK — The global chemical weapons watchdog says “various chlorinated organic chemicals” were found at the site of a suspected April attack in Syria. SENT: 500 words, photos. With SYRIA — Syrian troops recapture vital border crossing with Jordan (sent).

BELGIUM ANTI-TRUMP PROTEST — Anti-Trump demonstrations planned, meeting at Brussels North train station. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1400 GMT.




INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS — An Indiana lawmaker at the center of groping allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill came forward to accuse him publicly of groping her twice during a party earlier this year, ratcheting up pressure on the embattled Republican to resign. SENT: 690 words, photos.

PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL-DANGEROUS CONDITIONS — Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, and overworked nurses and psychiatrists say whistleblowers are punished. SENT: 950 words, photos.

WESTERN WILDFIRES — A fast-moving wildfire near the California-Oregon border has killed one person as hot weather and extreme winds fuel blazes throughout the West. In Colorado, the governor will visit areas where massive wildfires have burned down more than 100 homes. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words with a new approach by 6 p.m.

POOL ACCESS DISAGREEMENT-RACE — A white man who challenged a black family’s use of a neighborhood pool has lost his job. SENT: 700 words, photos. With POOL-DISCRIMINATION-SOCKS — Cops called on black man in socks, woman at her complex pool (sent).

IDAHO GOVERNOR-NATIVE AMERICAN CANDIDATE — Paulette Jordan, a young Native American woman, is trying to buck the political odds by winning the Idaho gubernatorial race in November. The Democrat secured her party’s nomination in a state that hasn’t elected a member of her party to the state’s top job in nearly 30 years. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

BRAIN DEAD GIRL —The mother of a teenager at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death said at the girl’s funeral to stop allowing doctors to “pull the plug on your people”. SENT: 500 words, photos.




WCUP-BRAZIL-BELGIUM —Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer’s most expensive player. SENT: 160 words, photos. WITH WCUP-URUGUAY-FRANCE — France is headed back to the World Cup semifinals after a 2-0 win over Uruguay thanks to a quality header from Raphael Varane and a goal that Antoine Griezmann, who afterward professed his great respect for the Uruguayan people, almost seemed sorry to have scored. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also see separate World Cup digest.




TEN--WIMBLEDON — Serena Williams is the only past Wimbledon champion remaining in the women’s field — her path keeps getting easier. More top-10 women’s seeds bowed out Friday, including Williams’ older sister, five-time champion Venus. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos. With TEN--WIMBLEDON-KEYS OUT — Madison Keys started thinking about facing Serena Williams next and wound up losing the match she was playing (sent).




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