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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

July 10, 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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DEVELOPING

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IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — Court filing due at 1 p.m.

TRUMP — Arrives in Brussels 2:50 p.m.

WCUP-FRANCE-BELGIUM — Game begins 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — President Donald Trump chooses Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as Trump seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right. By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Mark Sherman. SENT: 1,100 words, video, photos, audio. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH PROFILE — Kavanaugh’s professional life spent in GOP legal circles. SENT: 850 words, photo; SUPREME COURT-KEY OPINIONS — A look at Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s notable opinions. SENT: 720 words, photo; SUPREME COURT-QUOTES — Reaction to Kavanaugh’s nomination (sent); SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-BIO BOX (sent).

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-ANALYSIS — With fanfare befitting the nation’s pre-eminent showman, President Trump pours accelerant on his campaign to shift Washington’s balance of power toward conservatives and remake the federal judiciary for generations to come. An AP News Analysis. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. Also moved in previous cycle.

THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — Divers begin the third phase of the rescue of a youth soccer team trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand and aim to bring out the last four boys and their coach. The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days are in “high spirits” and have strong immune systems because they are soccer players, a health official says. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 520 words, video, photos. With THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH-THE LATEST.

TRUMP — President Trump heads to Brussels, the first stop on a four-nation tour that has allies fretting over the risk of damage he could do to the decades-old NATO alliance. They’re also worried about his potential embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki. By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words after 2:50 p.m. arrival. With TRUMP-NATO RELATIONSHIPS — When President Trump walks into Wednesday’s NATO summit of 29 leaders, international politics is bound — again — to become intensely personal. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 a.m., photos.

CHINA-NOBEL PRIZE WIDOW — Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, has left China for Europe after eight years under house arrest. Western governments and activists have urged China for years to release Liu Xia, citing the fact that she has never been charged with any crime. By Gerry Shih. SENT: 740 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — Facing a Tuesday court-ordered deadline, the Trump administration reunites dozens of children under the age of 5 with their parents after being separated at the border. Still, about half of the 100 or so toddlers covered by the court order will not see their parents before the deadline. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from court hearing at 2 p.m. With IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES-RULING — Federal judge rejects Trump administration effort to detain immigrant families for long terms. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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STORMY DANIELS — President Trump had his big reveal. Then Stormy Daniels had hers at a strip club only about a mile from the White House. SENT: xxx words, photo.

FAKED KIDNAPPING — Police say a West Virginia man is accused of faking his own kidnapping in order to get money from his family. SENT: 110 words.,

MARTIN LUTHER LETTER — A letter written nearly 500 years ago by Martin Luther in which he refers to Jews as “devils incarnate” during a tirade against a former ally is up for auction. SENT: 500 words.

USC-SARKISIAN — USC wins a $30 million lawsuit filed by former head football coach Steve Sarkisian, who claimed he was wrongfully fired instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism. SENT: 250 words.

AUSTRALIA-PEOPLE-GEOFFREY RUSH — Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush pulls out of Shakespeare stage production in Australia as he sues a Sydney newspaper for defamation. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-PUBLIC OPINION — The next Supreme Court justice will join the bench at a time when the public has more confidence in the high court than in Congress or the presidency. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. Also moved in previous cycle.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Rescuers comb through mud-covered hillsides and along riverbanks searching for dozens of people missing after heavy rains unleashed flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan, where the death toll exceeds 130. SENT: 490 words, photos. With JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN-THE LATEST.

SKOREA-MILITARY CRACKDOWN — South Korea’s president orders an investigation into a revelation that the military drew up a plan to mobilize troops if protests worsened over the fate of his impeached predecessor last year. SENT: 560 words, photos.

CHINA-ARAB STATES — Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance to Arab countries in a major push for influence among the region’s war-torn and impoverished nations. SENT: 250 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-CIVIL DEFENSE DRILLS — South Korea suspends its summertime civil defense drills aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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BABY IN WOODS — A man accused of abandoning a 5-month-old baby in the Montana woods appears in court on a child endangerment charge. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from deputies’ press conference at 3 p.m., court appearance at 4:30 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER — A wall of dust envelops the Phoenix metro area, turning daylight into darkness for more than an hour, as a monsoon storm pushes by. SENT: 290 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA TARIFFS — Business group says European companies exporting from China changing global flow of goods to avoid higher American tariffs. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 320 words, photos.

SHARING ECONOMY-CAMPING — A land-sharing startup called Tentrr matches landowners looking for extra cash with vacationers yearning for solitude under the stars. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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WCUP DIVERSITY — The four teams left in the World Cup are all European, yet their roots reach across borders and seas, tracing histories of colonization and migration. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos. With WCUP-FRANCE-BELGIUM — France, back in the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 2006, looks to reach finals for third time. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins 2 p.m.

WIMBLEDON — Serena Williams tries to get to her first semifinal since having a baby, taking on Camila Giorgi of Italy in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Play starts 8 a.m.

BRAZIL-FEMALE SPORTS JOURNALISTS — Female sports journalists in Brazil campaign to curb the sexism and harassment they face while doing their jobs — and incidents during the World Cup have drawn attention to their LetHerWork movement. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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SUPREME COURT-TV MOMENT — It didn’t take long for television networks covering President Trump’s Supreme Court selection to switch from deciphering a mystery to setting up battle stations. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 690 words, video, photo.

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