BC-AP News Digest 2:10 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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FEDERAL RESERVE: Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged.

EURO 2016: France v. Albania in Marseilles at 3 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER — Walt Disney World closes beaches at its Florida resorts while dozens of rescuers search a lagoon for the body of 2-year-old boy who was snatched off the shore and dragged underwater by an alligator as his father tried to fight off the reptile. The child was presumed dead. SENT: 600 word, photos, video. WITH: ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER-THE LATEST.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-INSIDE THE CLUB — “Please, don’t let my hand go,” Eddie Justice begged Demetrice Naulings. Inside Pulse nightclub, dozens of people wailed and screamed in pain. Seemingly endless shots rang out. Some club-goers – stained with their own blood, or with the blood of others – hid under a bar, while others ran wildly in every direction. By Allen G. Breed, Jason Dearen and Tamara Lush. UPCOMING:

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Investigators are trying to piece together Omar Mateen’s movements and zeroing in on what his wife may have known about the nightclub massacre that left 49 victims dead. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. WITH: NIGHTCLUB-SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SECURITY GUARDS —Omar Mateen never lost his job as a guard with one of the world’s largest security contractors despite alarming his co-workers. SENT: 950 words, photos; WITH: NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SECURITY GUARDS-Q&A; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-PUERTO RICO.

CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump’s accusation that President Barack Obama puts America’s enemies ahead of its people crossed a line rarely seen in presidential politics, even for a campaign filled with conspiracy theories and innuendo. Other Republicans recoil. By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. WITH: GUNS-CONGRESS — Senate Democrats launch filibuster, demand votes on gun control. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photo. WITH: CAMPAIGN 2016-FACT CHECK.

NATO-AFGHANISTAN — The United States is reconsidering the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, a top official tells NATO. It’s fresh indication that American involvement is not waning. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 710 words, photo.

ZIKA-BIRTH DEFECTS, HFR — Women infected with the Zika virus late in their pregnancies had babies with no apparent birth defects, according to a study that appears to confirm that the greatest risk to infants comes early in pregnancy. By AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. EMBARGOED UNTIL 5 P.M. WEDNESDAY. UPCOMING: 130 words by 5 p.m., 700 words by 5:30 p.m., photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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EURO 2016-FANS — Police use tear gas to disperse English soccer fans at the European Championships. SENT: 120 words, photos.

BABY BACTERIA — New studies suggest that antibiotics and birth by C-section can disrupt babies’ development of protective gut bacteria. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m.

PISTORIUS — Oscar Pistorius walks on his stumps as part of plea for leniency. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

BRITAIN-PRINCE WILLIAM — Prince William appeals for tolerance on the cover of U.K. gay magazine. SENT: 130 words, photo.

WHO COFFEE — UN: Coffee no longer deemed possible carcinogen. SENT: 460 words, photos.

PENGUINS PARADE — Thousands greet Pittsburgh Penguins at Stanley Cup parade. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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MEDICARE-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS — Calling rising drug costs “unsustainable,” an advisory agency recommends changes to Medicare’s popular outpatient prescription program that would protect seniors from extremely high costs, but also mean some will pay more. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA SERIAL KILLER — Authorities announce a $50,000 reward as they renew their search for an elusive serial killer they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s. SENT: 650 words.

VERMONT LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES — A former legislative assistant to a Vermont state senator testifies at his sexual assault trial that he forced her into oral sex and intercourse at his home. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Developing from trial. WITH: VERMONT-LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES-THE LATEST.

FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE WATCHDOG — The U.S. Department of Education is taking the first step to close the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPE-SECURITY — Police have been alerted to the possibility that small groups of extremists have left Syria for France and Belgium with plans to stage attacks, but have not raised threat levels, as authorities work to determine how credible the information is. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BRITAIN-EU-POLLS & BOOKIES — To gauge whether Britain will vote to leave the European Union, the smart money is looking to the bookies instead of pollsters. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video. WITH: BRITAIN-EU-THE LATEST; BRITAIN-EU — U.K. Treasury chief warns of tax rises in case of EU exit. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOUTH CHINA SEA-ARBITRATION ADRIFT— Even before a ruling, China may have already lost in the court of global opinion by steadfastly refusing to cooperate with a U.N. arbitration tribunal over its South China Sea claims. SENT: 1,220 words, photo. WITH: SOUTH CHINA SEA-ARBITRATION ADRIFT-KEY POINTS.

SOUTH AFRICA-SOWETO UPRISING — South Africa has changed dramatically since the Soweto uprising 40 years ago, but the country remains starkly divided between the haves and have-nots. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE — With the Federal Reserve leaving interest rates unchanged, Fed watchers will be seeking clues to the timing of future moves. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 690 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing. With FEDERAL RESERVE-THE LATEST.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TEXTING —More and more, people who want to get in touch with small businesses are using texts or online chats rather than emails or phone calls. Company owners are finding that texting, online chatting and messaging help them get and give information faster and run their businesses more efficiently. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE-TECHNOLOGY

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DIGITAL LIFE-SMARTWATCH-FUTURE — Apple and Android smartwatches are getting better as their makers sand off the rough edges that have frustrated many early adopters. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NBA FINALS CRAIG SAGER — ESPN adds Craig Sager to NBA Finals coverage for Game 6. SENT: 300 words, photo.

HOWE-FUNERAL — Gordie Howe drew some of the biggest names in hockey, including Wayne Gretzky and Gary Bettman, to celebrate his life and legacy at a funeral service that was open to the public. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 540 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-KALEO — While Bjork may be Iceland’s best-known musical export, a four-part rock band is making waves in the U.S. with its bluesy rock sound. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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HOW TO REACH US

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