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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

July 31, 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 — Zimbabwe awaits results as election officials count ballots. SENT: 130 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 11 in western province. SENT: 120 words.

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters to call for arrest of Minneapolis officers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Protest scheduled for 5:30 p.m.




OFFENSIVE TWEETS — The Twitterscape is often the site for competition among sports fans. But in the case of a trio of threads exposing racist, misogynist and homophobic past posts from baseball players, the motivations are less malicious. According to two people whose Twitter posts went viral over the weekend, their aim was not to destroy the athletes’ careers, but to give fans a fuller picture of who they’re cheering for, and to expose the sport’s “toxic” culture. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 730 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Twin wildfires tearing through vineyards and brushy hills threatens some 10,000 homes in Northern California — yet another front in the seemingly endless summer of wildfires that have ravaged some of the most scenic areas of the state. By Marcio Jose Sanchez and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 710 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Wildfires 2 (CR) — Firefighters light backfires to slow blazes. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST. Also see CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-DANGEROUS DOZERS below.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Two questions loom large as Paul Manafort prepares to walk into a federal courtroom: Will Donald Trump’s former campaign manager spend what effectively could be the rest of his life in prison? Or will special counsel Robert Mueller be handed a defeat in his team’s first trial since his appointment more than a year ago? By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 570 words, photo. UPCOMING: Jury selection at 10 a.m., then 750 words. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FACT CHECK — Russia probe is about more than just “collusion.”

TRUMP-IRAN — Trump says that he’d “certainly meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 650 words, photo.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION — Senators want answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their detained parents and its efforts to reunite them. By Alan Fram. SENT: 800 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing at 10 a.m., then 830 words. For AP’s comprehensive immigration coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/FlashpointImmigration

PIG FARM-UNDERCOVER VIDEO — Recently released undercover video showing pigs being kicked, hit and punched at a Kentucky supplier for the world’s largest meat producer draw prompt condemnation from animal rights groups and the agricultural industry alike. However, the images sandwiched in between — adult pigs confined to metal cages barely bigger than their bodies and a piglet squealing while being castrated — show still widely accepted practices in the industry but were aimed at pressuring Brazilian-based JBS to abandon them. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 910 words, photo.

OPEN TO ALL — Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 950 words, photos.




PEDIATRICIAN-ASSAULT CHARGES — Police: Pennsylvania doctor molested over two dozen children over the years. SENT: 560 words, photos.

POOP SHOVELING SENTENCE — Judge orders Ohio man who knocked over toilet to shovel manure. SENT: 140 words.

INDONESIA-DOG MEAT-RABIES — Dog meat campaign say tests find rabies at Indonesia markets. SENT: 140 words.

SHARK STOLEN — Police: Stolen shark back at San Antonio aquarium; one charged. SENT: 120 words.

MUSLIMS-VETTING PROGRAM — After delays, former Iraqi translator is becoming U.S. citizen. SENT: 140 words.

QUEENS-SHOOTING — Four people, including boy, fatally shot at New York City apartment building. SENT: 280 words, video.




KOREAS-TENSIONS — Generals from the rival Koreas meet at their shared border for talks meant to ease a decades-long military standoff, the second such meeting since their leaders met for a landmark summit in April and pledged to reduce the danger of another war on the peninsula. SENT: 710 words, photos.

JAPAN DEADLY MONTH — More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan’s deadliest months in recent years. SENT: 590 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-VAN-EXPLOSION — A Filipino soldier, five militiamen and four villagers are killed by a powerful bomb that exploded in a van the troops were inspecting amid threats of bombings in a southern province, military officials say. SENT: 320 words. With PHILIPPINES-VAN EXPLOSION-THE LATEST.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-DANGEROUS DOZERS — The adrenaline junkies who steer heavy bulldozers across steep ridges face many dangers, from the flames themselves but also from unsteady dirt and rocky terrain. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL — A former Penn State fraternity member who pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2017 death of a pledge from New Jersey will become the first person sentenced in the scandal as more than 20 other former frat brothers await trial. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing, then 550 words by 1 p.m., photos.

RENAMING FANEUIL HALL — Black Bostonians are threatening to boycott Faneuil Hall, one of the city’s most important landmarks, because its 18th-century namesake was a slave owner. SENT: 680 words, photo.

MICHAEL GRACZYK-RETIREMENT-PORTRAITS — A selection of the images and people found to be particularly memorable for retiring AP reporter Mike Graczyk in his years covering executions in Texas. SENT: 900 words, photos.




TRUMP — Trump is diving deep into Florida’s Republican politics, joining his preferred candidate for governor in a competitive primary. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Rally in Tampa, Florida, at 7 p.m.

CONNECTICUT REPUBLICANS — After years of mining Republican votes in Connecticut’s famously wealthy communities close to New York, candidates in the Trump era are turning eastward. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PUTIN-CONGRESS — Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at Trump’s approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA-PROBE-FACT-CHECK.




HAWAII DOLPHIN HYBRID — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. SENT: 410 words, photo.




SKOREA-EARNS-SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS — Samsung Electronics Co. reports a lower-than-expected gain in the second-quarter earnings, indicating an end to its streak of record-breaking financial results as sales of smartphones and display panels slow while memory chip profit stabilize. By Technology Writer Youkyung Lee. SENT: 460 words, photos.




OCEAN TRASH ART — Huge sculptures of sea-life are on display at New Orleans’ aquarium and zoo, all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore on the Pacific Coast. SENT: 740 words, photos.




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