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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

August 1, 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




ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — EU, Commonwealth and Southern African Development Community hold news conference at 5 a.m.




ELECTION SECURITY — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 1,020 words, photo. With FACEBOOK-ELECTIONS DISRUPTION — Facebook finds “sophisticated” efforts to disrupt elections.

MEXICO-AIRLINER ACCIDENT — An Aeromexico jetliner taking off in a blustery storm smashes down into a nearby field but skids to a stop virtually intact, and all 103 people aboard were able to escape advancing flames before fire engulfed the aircraft. Passengers expressed gratitude to be alive, but many were extremely shaken after the crash. By Amy Guthrie. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.

KOREA WAR REMAINS — Human remains that North Korea turned over to the U.S. are on their way to Honolulu, where scientists will begin the painstaking process of trying to match DNA from the bones to those of American soldiers who didn’t return from the Korean War. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 970 words, photo. UPCOMING: Repatriation ceremony at 4 a.m. at Osan Air Base in South Korea; ceremony to receive remains in Hawaii featuring Vice President Mike Pence begins at 8 p.m. With KOREA-WAR REMAINS-ID PROCESS — How U.S. military will identify remains from North Korea; KOREA WAR REMAINS-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade U.S. tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors say as they laid out their case against the former Trump campaign chairman. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 980 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 9:30 a.m.

TRUMP-3D GUNS — A federal judge stops the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns as President Donald Trump questions whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online. By Martha Bellisle and Matthew Daly. SENT: 950 words, photos, videos.

ARGENTINA ABORTION RESISTANCE — A campaign to expand legal abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis is bitterly dividing Argentines — and increasingly even the profession that would be asked to carry them out. By Almudena Calatrava. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.




TV-CHRIS HARDWICK — Chris Hardwick will resume NBC roles after assault claim review. SENT: 210 words, photo.

SPORTS BETTING — Harrah’s to become fourth Atlantic City casino with sports bets. SENT: 210 words, photos.

METS-NATIONALS — Nationals set team scoring record, rout Mets 25-4. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

NEW-ZEALAND-SEXIST-ROAD-SIGNS — Out of line: New Zealand girl gets sexist road signs changed. SENT: 300 words, photo.

TV-PAUL RYAN — House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show. SENT: 370 words, photos.

PLAYBOY CENTERFOLD-GOP DONOR — Ex-Playboy model wants additional $200K from top GOP donor. SENT: 540 words, photo.

PEOPLE-ANDY SPADE — Kate Spade’s husband posts heartfelt image on Instagram. SENT: 150 words, photos.




TRUMP — Trump wrongly claims that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries and accuses Democrats of obstructing his agenda and his Supreme Court nominee during a raucous rally aimed at bolstering two Florida Republicans ahead of the state’s primary. SENT: 750 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US FL Trump Rally (CR) — Trump claims Americans need ID to buy groceries. With TRUMP-KOCH — Trump insults Koch brothers as “total joke” in GOP circles.

TRUMP-MILEAGE STANDARDS — The Trump administration is arguing that better gas mileage will lead to greater risks for drivers because they’ll spend more time behind the wheel. SENT: 890 words, photo.

REDISTRICTING INITIATIVE-MICHIGAN — Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state’s congressional and legislative districts are drawn after the state Supreme Court keeps an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the ballot. SENT: 790 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES — Days after wildfires left a deadly swatch of destruction in Northern California rural counties, new blazes explode into life and threaten even more homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.




CAMBODIA-THE WINNER — Determined to extend his 33 years as Cambodia’s strongman ruler, Prime Minister Hun Sen was not about to let an election derail what he believes is his destiny. SENT: 970 words, photos.




FEDERAL RESERVE-LOOKAHEAD — When the Federal Reserve wraps up its latest meeting, it is likely to point to strong growth in the economy, low unemployment and rising inflation as reasons to stay on its current path of gradually raising interest rates. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 620 words, photo.




REDSHIRT RULE— Under a new NCAA rule change, football players will be able get into four games and still take a redshirt season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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