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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25,ADVISORY

June 8, 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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BUCKS-STERLING BROWN-ARREST — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown expected to file a lawsuit against the city’s Police Department for a January arrest during which officers used a stun gun when they detained him for a parking violation. SENT: 120 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-MATT LAUER RANCH — Former “Today” host Matt Lauer can keep a lakeside ranch in New Zealand after authorities there concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to say he’d breached a “good character” condition. SENT: 360 words, photo.

TONY-HOSTS: After having solo hosts for the last couple of years, the Tony Awards are relying on two entertainers — Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles — to anchor the show on Sunday, and Groban says “it’s a natural fit.” By John Carucci. Upcoming by 1 p.m. 550 words. With AP Photos, Video.

TEN--FRENCH OPEN — Rafael Nadal takes a 10-0 record in French Open semifinals into his matchup against 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. Dominic Thiem beat Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the first semifinal. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):





TRUMP-G7 — President Trump injects fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven nations, calling for Russia, ousted for the annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated. SENT: 1000 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout tout the day, 1000 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

GROUP OF WHAT? — An explainer on the G-7 turned G-8 that went back to 7 and has spawned talk of G-6. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.

TRUMP-PARDONS — President Donald Trump says he may pardon the late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who doesn’t seem to need one. And for futures acts of clemency, he may seek recommendations from pro football players and other athletes who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. SENT: 350 words, photo.

HEALTH INSURANCE-JUSTICE — The Trump administration said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions. SENT: 560 words.

MELANIA TRUMP — President Donald Trump has added to the intrigue surrounding his wife, Melania’s, recent absence from the public eye following kidney treatment. He says she had a four-hour operation. SENT: 130 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN — The Afghan government’s unilateral halt to attacks on the Taliban is giving U.S. counterterrorism forces a chance to intensify combat operations against Islamic State-affiliated extremists in eastern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the top U.S. general in Kabul said. SENT: 750 words, photo

SENATE AIDE-LEAKS INVESTIGATION — A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts he had with multiple reporters, federal prosecutors said. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: Late-afternoon update likely from court appearance.

TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT — Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump says that “attitude” is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-REALITY CHECK — Rare optimism swirls around Trump-Kim summit; TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-SINGAPORE POSTCARD — Enterprising restaurateurs are using the Trump-Kim summit to showcase their culinary creativity (both sent).

TRUMP--KIM-SUMMIT-BAD DEAL — The self-proclaimed master dealmaker is facing doubts from multiple corners as he prepares to negotiate with Kim Jong Un. Ahead of President Trump’s landmark summit next week with the North Korean leader, national security hawks, U.S. allies and even many Republicans are raising concerns that he may impulsively give in on issues they say should be deal-breakers for the United States. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m.




FRANCE-OBIT-BOURDAIN — American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. By Angela Charlton. Developing. AP Photos. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With FRANCE-OBIT-BOURDAIN-THE LATEST; BOURDAIN-REACTION — Shocked and heartbroken are some of the reactions to the death of American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain was found dead Friday morning in France while working on his CNN series (sent).

KIM THE REFORMER — As Kim Kardashian West put it to her 60 million-plus followers on Twitter, the call she made to Alice Marie Johnson “will forever be one of my best memories.” It was the reality star and makeup mogul who brought the 63-year-old Johnson first word of her freedom after more than two decades in federal prison on 1996 drug convictions related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation. Kardashian West has expanded her reach in ways some might have thought unlikely. By AP Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT. 1080 words, AP Photos.




VAPING SCHOLARSHIPS — A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write essays about the potential benefits of vaping. The tactic has drawn criticism that the scholarships are a thinly disguised ploy to attract young customers. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

IOWA GOVERNOR-WEALTH — For a Republican Party that celebrates capitalism and the American dream of building wealth, the GOP’s initial line of attack against the new Iowa Democratic nominee for governor appears a bit out of character. SENT: 890 words, photos.

HAWAII VOLCANO — Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey says the flow is still very active and there’s no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open. SENT: 590 words, photos, video. With HAWAII VOLCANO-SHOOTING — Hawaii lava evacuee recounts neighborhood shooting near flow (sent).

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A judge is holding a hearing on an effort by attorneys for Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz to block public release of parts of what police call his confession in the Valentine’s Day massacre. By Legal Affairs Writer. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after hearing, scheduled at 11 a.m. EDT. With SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST.

TEACHER PROTESTS-ARIZONA-YEAR END — School districts around Arizona spent the end of the school year authorizing the first rollout of their teacher pay raise plans after a historic statewide walkout this spring. Tens of thousands of teachers in the state will see raises of at least 10 percent. The growing teachers’ movement is now turning its attention to qualifying a ballot initiative that would funnel nearly $690 million annually to education. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MAINE PRIMARY-RANKED CHOICE VOTING — A crowded party primary is typically a recipe for nastiness and mud-slinging: Candidates with few political differences try to distinguish themselves with personal attacks on their opponents. Then there is Maine. In a campaign video flush with smiles and upbeat music, two Democrats running in the primary for governor gush about each other’s credentials — then encourage voters to support them both. SENT: 980 words, photos.

NEVADA G0VERNOR’S RACE — The fiercest primary election battle in Nevada this year is a race between two Democrats vying to become the swing state’s first Democratic governor in almost two decades. SENT: 870 words, photos.




GUATEMALA VOLCANO — A teen who works at a plant nursery near Guatemala’s volcano disaster is certain he knows where his parents are, and that knowledge is driving him to desperation. He’s sure they are buried inside the home where he grew up, covered by ash that swept down the Volcano of Fire. But the government again suspended the search for the dead Thursday, saying wet weather and still-hot volcanic material were too dangerous for rescuers. Relatives were left to keep digging with their hands or a few tools. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. With GUATEMALA VOLCANO-TOWN — Guatemala town destroyed by volcano thought it was safe (sent).

LEBANON-NATURALIZATION ROW — A Lebanese presidential decree to naturalize hundreds of foreigners, including Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi and other regional elites, has ignited a row over who deserves citizenship in this tiny Mediterranean country, where one in four people is a refugee and women married to foreigners cannot pass on their citizenship to their children. SENT: 890 words, photos.

SYRIA — Warplanes attack a rebel-held northwestern village in Syria, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more, including children, in one of the deadliest incidents in this part of the country this year, a Syrian war monitor and paramedics say. SENT: 230 words.

CHINA-UNITED STATES — The U.S. Embassy in China sends its second alert in two weeks to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CHINA-CENTRAL ASIA-XI’S REACH — China will seek to further promote its economic links with Central Asia during this weekend’s summit of the China and Russia-dominated Shanghai Cooperation Organization. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CHINA-RUSSIA — Cooperation between Russia and China has reached a historic high, Russian President Vladimir Putin tells his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping in a meeting. SENT: 310 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Israeli military is expecting a large turnout for a protest at the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip and is warning residents to stay far away. SENT: 130 words, photo.




ROMANIA-MEASLES — An outbreak of measles has killed dozens of infants and children in Romania, with 200 new cases reported each week. Doctors say the surge in the disease is fueled by low rates of vaccination. SENT: 430 words, photos.




FINANCIAL MARKETS-TRADE TENSIONS — Stocks have traded erratically since late February as investors try to size up the impact of trade tensions between the US and major trading partners including China, Europe, Canada and Mexico. By Marley Jay. SENT: 410 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos, graphics. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Global stock markets fall ahead of a Group of Seven summit that promises to be tense as leaders confront U.S. President Donald Trump over tariffs he is imposing. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

JAPAN-US-TRADE FEARS — While Donald Trump’s squabbles with Japan, Canada and Europe over steel tariffs grab headlines, companies such as Takashi Suzuki’s Sakae Casting Co. are forging their own deals with American states. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CHINA-TRADE — China’s political sensitive trade surplus with the United States widened in May from a year earlier, while its total global surplus shrank as imports accelerated. SENT: 250 words, photo.

CHINA-US-ZTE — Chinese tech giant ZTE Corp.’s chairman promised no further compliance violations and apologized to customers in a letter for disruptions caused by its violation of U.S. export controls, a newspaper reported. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 600 words, photo.




STANLEY CUP — After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey. Lars Eller scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.




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