BC-AP News Digest 2 pm


Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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AMARILLO-STORE STANDOFF – Police: Suspect shot, hostages safe amid reported shooting at Wal-Mart. SENT: 170 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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TOP STORIES

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NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA – The murky picture of Omar Mateen grows more complex with word that the FBI is investigating whether the married, American-born Muslim was a regular customer at the gay dance club where he slaughtered 49 people. By Jay Reeves and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos, video. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-HOSPITAL; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-VICTIMS VIGNETTES; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-GUNMAN-WHAT WE KNOW; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-PHOTO GALLERY – World honors club victims with candles, prayers (all sent).

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CONFLICTED SEXUALITY – Was the Orlando nightclub gunman part of the local gay dating scene? As investigators ask that question, activists and academics reflect on a phenomenon that has been documented: Some men who profess to loathe homosexuality have covertly engaged in sex with other men. By David Crary and Lindsey Tanner. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

OBAMA – President Barack Obama lambasts Donald Trump’s call for restrictions on Muslims coming to the U.S., declaring, “This is not the America we want.” Besides being un-American, such bans only make the nation more vulnerable to terrorists inspired by ISIS and others, he says. By Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-GUNS – Mass shooters from Aurora, Colorado, to Orlando, Florida, have often obtained guns by exploiting limited weapons laws and blind spots in the background-check process. A look at the suspects in recent attacks and how got their guns. By Michael R. Sisak. UPCOMING: 950 words by 3 p.m., photos. With AP EXPLAINER-TERROR WATCH LIST-GUNS – Some on terror list can buy guns, and Dems try to capitalize. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.

FRANCE-POLICE KILLED – In a video released by the Islamic State group and recorded in the suburban Paris home of his victims, a former jihadi recruiter confesses to killing a police officer and his partner and lists other prominent people he plans to target. By Lori Hinnant and Elaine Ganley. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 3 p.m., photos. With FRANCE-POLICEMAN KILLED-THE LATEST.

ISLAMIC STATE-PROPAGANDA – It took the Islamic State group’s propaganda machine just a few hours to capitalize on the bloodshed in Florida and in France, with messages claiming the two attackers as its own. It may take the group longer to sort through the implications of a killer whose backstory is at odds with a carefully crafted public image of its fighters. By Lori Hinnant and Sarah El Deeb. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 4 p.m., photos. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CONFLICTING ALLEGIANCES – Orlando gunman had a jumble of conflicting loyalties. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photo.

LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT – A federal court must determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from the song “Taurus” performed by the rock band Spirit. Bandmates Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are defendants in the case. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words with new approach with updates from ongoing court hearing, photos. With LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT-THE LATEST.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-LIL WAYNE – Lil Wayne is in stable condition after suffering what his publicist describes as two minor seizures. SENT: 230 words, photos, video.

MARTHA STEWART-MEAL KITS – Martha Stewart gets into meal kit business. SENT: 560 words, photo.

SWEDEN-TUITION REFUND – U.S. student wins tuition refund in Sweden for useless degree. SENT: 240 words.

SCI-FROG SEX – For the Kermit Sutra? New mating position reported for frogs. SENT: 370 words, photos.

CUBA-CREDIT CARD – Florida bank issues first U.S. credit card for use in Cuba. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016 – Some Republicans, the president and the Democratic nominee express alarm over Donald Trump’s inflammatory speech about Muslims and immigration, questioning whether his words could endanger America. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With 2016-ELECTION RDP – Clinton and Sanders end primary season with meeting that could set tone for Democratic unity. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photo.

CAMPAIGN 2016-DEMOCRATS HACKED – Hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee’s computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats logs and opposition research on Donald Trump. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS-DEFENSE BUDGET – Defying a veto threat, the Senate overwhelmingly backs a $602 billion defense policy bill that bars President Barack Obama from closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and rejects the Pentagon’s cost-saving step of closing bases. SENT: 810 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photo.

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NATIONAL

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GAY PRIDE-EXPLOSIVES ARREST – Charges are expected against an Indiana man arrested in California with three assault rifles in his car near a gay pride parade. UPCOMING: 600 words with updates from court hearing that has been delayed, photos.

SHOTS FIRED-MOSQUE – The congregation of a mosque that was shot at by a neighbor will ask for him to be spared prison at sentencing this week. SENT: 400 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ-FALLUJAH – As thousands of civilians flee an impending assault on the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, Iraqi forces are detaining military-aged men for questioning, determined to prevent militants from slipping away. But many residents say it was the heavy-handed tactics of Shiite-led security forces — including arbitrary arrests — that drove people into the arms of the extremists to begin with. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.

CHINA-DISSIDENT LAWYER – One of China’s best-known dissident lawyers says his newly launched memoir is his latest act of resistance to show he has not been silenced by years of solitary confinement and torture, accounts of which have drawn international criticism of Beijing. By Isolda Morillo. SENT: 940 words, photos. With CHINA-DISSIDENT LAWYER Q&A (sent).

PISTORIUS – His voice breaking with emotion, the father of Reeva Steenkamp testifies in a South African court that her fatal shooting by boyfriend Oscar Pistorius “devastated” his family and that he thinks of her constantly. SENT: 610 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CANADA-BEHEADINGS – After the beheading of a second Canadian hostage by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf extremists, Philippine troops press a major offensive in the south, but there is no sign of an end to a small but brutal insurgency that a new president will inherit in about two weeks. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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OPIOID DEATH RISKS – Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers — the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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EURO 2016-RUSSIA SANCTIONS – Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more violence by its fans inside stadiums in France. European soccer’s ruling body also fines the Russian federation $169,000 for crowd disturbances, fireworks and racial taunts of England players. By Sports Writer Graham Dunbar. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NHL-LAS VEGAS – The NHL settles on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee, the AP is told. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NBA FINALS – Kyrie Irving’s potential and promise have always been tantalizing. On Monday night, he put it all together — a 41-point performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to pull the Cavaliers within 3-2 of Golden State. Game 6 is Thursday night. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FINDING DORY-ELLEN DEGENERES – Ellen DeGeneres talks about parallels between the struggles of her namesake character in Pixar’s highly anticipated “Finding Dory” and her own journey through life and career. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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