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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

July 8, 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




THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH— The operation has begun to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach who will need to dive out of the flooded Thai cave where they have been trapped for more than two weeks, with officials saying Sunday morning that “today is D-Day.” By Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT : 890 words.AP Photos. THAILAND-MISSIVES FROM A CAVE — Letters from trapped boys in Thai cave tug at heartstrings. SENT: 470 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-ZERO TOLERANCE — California, which has long resisted mass hearings for illegal border crossers, has given in to the large, group trials. Critics call it assembly-line justice, but it illustrates the strain the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy has put on federal courts on the border. By Elliot Spagat. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon.

POMPEO-NORTH KOREA — High-level talks between the United States and North Korea appear to hit a snag on as Pyongyang says a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was “regrettable” and accuses Washington of making “gangster-like” demands to pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons. By Andrew Harnik and Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

2018 MIDTERMS-TENNESSEE-TARIFFS — Jimmy Tosh’s hog farm in Henry, Tennessee, a two-hour drive west of Nashville, is an unlikely battleground in the fight for the Senate majority. Yet his 15,000 acres, home to twice as many pigs and almost 400 employees, showcase the practical and political risks of President Donald Trump’s trade policies — policies that are now threatening Tennessee’s economy and the fate of GOP Senate candidates such as Marsha Blackburn. Similar concerns are roiling high-profile Senate contests in Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania and North Dakota — states where Republican candidates are being forced to answer for the trade policies of a Republican president they have rallied behind on virtually every other major issue. By Jonathan Mattise and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

US-CHINA-FRAYING TIES — President Donald Trump’s trade battle with China will exacerbate relations with Beijing that are already fraying on several fronts. The U.S. is taking a more confrontational stance, but an increasingly powerful China is standing its ground. An AP News Analysis by Deb Riechmann and Matthew Pennington. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




PROTEST MARCH-CHICAGO EXPRESSWAY — Protesters shut down a major Chicago interstate in an effort to increase pressure on public officials to address the gun violence that’s claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. SENT: 640 words, photos.

SPAIN-RUNNING OF THE BULLS FESTIVAL — A man who was gored and three others who were trampled in the first running of the bulls of this year’s San Fermin festival were hospitalized Saturday. SENT: 180 words, photos.

HARD ROCK CASINO-MUSIC MEMORABILIA — Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America, Michael Jackson’s famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City’s new Hard Rock casino. SENT: 650 words, photos.




TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — The Trump administration says it’s freezing payments under an ‘Obamacare’ program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-STEALTHY NOMINEES — President Donald Trump is determined to keep his Supreme Court nominee a secret until the unveiling Monday night. He’s not the first president to relish the drama. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 730 words, photo. WITH: TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — Trump weighs his choice; SUPREME COURT-MAKING THE CASE — Pluses and minuses for the leading candidates (both sent).

SUPREME COURT-LIFE ON THE LIST — Life on the list of people President Donald Trump would consider for a Supreme Court seat involves a measure of prestige and also is something of a pain. It means having every word flyspecked indefinitely, with friends and family along for the bizarre public ride. SENT: 950 words, photo.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump gloated about a court case that didn’t offer him the vindication he implied in his triumphant tweet. That capped a week of distortions, half-truths and swerves in his declarations on the economy, North Korea and other issues of the time. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.




JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Heavy rainfall hammers southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands, as the government puts the death toll at 48 with 28 others presumed dead. SENT: 460 words, photos.

THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENTS-VICTIMS’ FAMILY — The family of a woman and two children who were among the victims of a tourist boat disaster in Thailand share ominous video of the chaotic scene on the boat before it capsized, and say they’re demanding justice. SENT: 740 words, photos. WITH: THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENTS — Divers describe heartbreaking scenes of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers (sent).

FRANCE-EGYPT-PLANE CRASH — French air accident investigators say that a rapidly spreading fire probably caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo in 2016, casting doubt on Egyptian authorities’ claims that traces of explosives were found. SENT: 340 words.

PHILIPPINES-MAYORS KILLED — Van-riding assailants gun down the vice mayor of a small Philippine city south of Manila, the third such brazen killing of a local official in the past week. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE — A police officer is being tested at a hospital in England one week after a nerve agent sickened two people thought to have handled a contaminated item from the March attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter. SENT: 350 words, photos.




OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — The family of a former Ohio State University team doctor accused by athletes of sexual misconduct says it is “shocked and saddened” by the allegations and is cooperating with the school’s independent investigation. SENT: 400 words.

AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT — Throughout U.S. history, critics of federal immigration authorities have sought reforms or abolition in response to new laws and changing federal policies some deemed discriminatory. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

WESTERN WILDFIRES — Firefighters battling wildfires throughout the U.S. West that have torched hundreds of homes get some help from the weather. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

ROCK SHRIMP KING — A seafood once considered trash is celebrating 50 years as a popular Florida cuisine. SENT: 900 words, photos.




SOC--WCUP-RUSSIA-CROATIA — Croatia ends Russia’s surprising World Cup run with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals. Ivan Rakitic scores the deciding penalty after a 2-2 draw. SENT: 600 words, photos.




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