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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

July 11, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. All times EDT.

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HIGHLIGHTING:

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TRUMP (sent, developing)

THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH (sent, developing)

US-CHINA TARIFFS (sent)

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES (sent, developing)

WISCONSIN EXPLOSION (sent, developing)

FOX-SKY (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBIT-WORLD’S UGLIEST DOG — A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SARAH PALIN-SACHA BARON COHEN — Sarah Palin says British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen “duped” her during an interview for his upcoming Showtime series. SENT: 140 words, photo.

ITALY-CLOONEY-HURT — Video shows moment of George Clooney crash, actor thrown in air. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-BENEFIT CONCERT — Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain. SENT: 580 word, photos.

BRITAIN-ROYALS — Prince Harry and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, meet met with the Irish president on their first official overseas trip as a married couple. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BORDER PROTECTION-DE BLASIO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio illegally crossed from Mexico into the U.S. while visiting the Texas border in June. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP —President Donald Trump barrels into a NATO summit with claims that a pipeline project has made Germany “captive to Russia” and fresh criticism of western allies for not spending more on defense, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, 990 words by 4 p.m., photos, video. With TRUMP-THE LATEST; TRUMP UK — President Trump is visiting America’s closest ally after two years spent antagonizing Britons with a series of perceived insults. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, timeline, photos; TRUMP-NATO-BODY LANGUAGE — There was no shove this time, but the body language between President Donald Trump and certain allies in Brussels was less than buddy-buddy as a NATO summit got underway. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos. FACT-CHECK-TRUMP — Trump spreads the myth that NATO members owe money to the U.S. SENT: 380 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-CONGRESS-THE WOOING — Brett Kavanaugh’s wooing of the Senate is a ritual courtship in time-honored fashion, including awkward grip-and-grin photo ops and light conversation that doesn’t address the contentious issues that lie ahead. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1 p.m., photos. WITH SUPREME COURT-SIMILARITIES — Chief Justice John Roberts will soon lose his (alma mater) majority on the Supreme Court. With Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, Harvard law’s 5-3 advantage over Yale would become a 4-4 tie. UPCOMING: 790 words by 4 p.m., photos. SUPREME COURT-DEMOCRATS-ANALYSIS — Abortion? Health care? Presidential power? Democrats meet Supreme Court pick with mixed message. SENT: 1000 words, photo.

IMMIGRATION-THE FLIGHT HOME — Donelda Pulex Castellanos stepped off the airplane in Guatemala holding her 6-year-old daughter’s hand and burst into heaving sobs. They’d been separated for two months after they were caught crossing the U.S. border illegally. The first families who had been separated under the “zero tolerance” policy were sent back to Guatemala Tuesday. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos. (Will carry Guatemala City dateline)

BORDER PATROL-DEBLASIO — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio City and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. SENT: 430 words, photo.

ALABAMA PRIMARY-ROBY — Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama drew a backlash for criticizing Donald Trump two years ago. Now she’s trying to fend off a GOP challenger with Trump’s help. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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THAILAND-CAVE-US RESCUER — A leader of a U.S. contingent that was part of the operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped inside a cave says the boys endured dives in zero visibility lasting up to a half-hour, calling it a “once in a lifetime rescue.” By Stephen Wright. SENT: 950 words, photos. With THAILAND-CAVE-THE LATEST; THAILAND-CAVE —The soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand lost weight during their 18-day ordeal and in the days before their discovery survived by drinking water dripping into their refuge, a health official said Wednesday. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 600 words, photos, videos.

US CHINA TARIFFS — China slams the latest U.S. tariff threat as a “totally unacceptable” escalation of their trade battle and vows to protect its “core interests.” The Commerce Ministry gives no details of possible retaliation but Beijing earlier threatened “comprehensive measures.” By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 640 words, photos. With US-CHINA TARIFFS-THE LATEST.

AFGHANISTAN ELUSIVE PEACE — Peace in Afghanistan has come to seem even more elusive, both for troops on the front lines of this war-battered country and for survivors of countless attacks, since the Taliban shrugged off the government’s latest offers of cease-fire and negotiations. By Rahim Faiez. SENT: 970 words, photos.

GERMANY-NEO-NAZI TRIAL — A Munich court finds the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial guilty over the killing of 10 people — most of them migrants — gunned down between 2000 and 2007 in a case that shocked Germany. SENT: 860 words, photos.

JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Residents shovel mud and debris to clear streets so they can get out for food and other supplies in areas of western Japan hard hit by landslides and flooding that still swamps some areas. SENT: 450 words, photos.

MOZAMBIQUE-COFFEE AND CONSERVATION — Conservationists on Mozambique’s Mount Gorongosa are encouraging farmers to grow coffee in the shade of hardwood trees as a way to improve their lot and reverse deforestation at the same time. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — Tired but ecstatic parents embrace their young children and try to figure out their next steps after a court order forced the Trump administration to reunite some immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Elliot Spagat and Mike Householder. SENT: 910 words, video, photos. With IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES-DNA — Medical experts worry about testing DNA to reunite families. SENT: 730 words, photo.

WISCONSIN EXPLOSION — A firefighter was killed and at least a dozen other people were injured when a natural gas explosion leveled at least two buildings in a Wisconsin community, authorities said Wednesday. SENT: 350 words, photos, videos.

NEVADA EXECUTION — A twice-convicted killer scheduled to be executed in Nevada by an untried three-drug lethal injection is steadfast in his desire to be put to death, but a final-hour lawsuit by a drug company could halt the execution. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from noon court hearing, 11 p.m. scheduled execution.

SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR — London Breed is being sworn in as the city’s first African-American female mayor. The 43-year-old inherits a San Francisco battling homelessness, open drug use and unbearably high housing costs. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. inauguration.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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HUMAN RELATIVE, HFR — Stone tools suggest some unidentified relative of humans lived in China as long as 2.1 million years ago. That’s about 250,00 years earlier than the previous record for a hominin presence outside Africa. UPCOMING: 350 words, photo. For release at 1 p.m.

US ACID RAIN-TREE RECOVERY— The red spruce, a tree heavily damaged by acid rain in the Northeast, is rebounding 30 years later because of less pollution and a longer growing season caused by climate change, researchers say. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FACEBOOK PRIVACY SCANDAL — Facebook faces its first financial penalty for allowing the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to forage through the personal data of millions of unknowing Facebook users. SENT: 400 words, photos.

FOX-SKY — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has increased its bid to take full control of Sky in a prolonged battle with Comcast for the lucrative pay TV service. SENT: 310 words.

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SPORTS

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WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND — England looks to advance to the World Cup final for the first time since winning the championship in 1966 as it faces Croatia in the semifinals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins 2 p.m.

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