BC-AP News Digest 2:05 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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JOURNEY TO JUPITER: NASA news conference at 2 p.m.

US OPEN: Rain delays affect first day of tournament. Developing.

NBA FINALS: Golden State vs. Cleveland at 9 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-DIVERSITY — There are few, if any, black executives in the upper ranks of the Trump Organization, a review by The Associated Press has found. Other minorities are also scarce at that level, even though Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has employed scores of executives. By Jeff Horwitz and Jake Pearson. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

DIVIDED AMERICA-MISSING MINORITIES — An analysis by The Associated Press finds that minorities remain significantly underrepresented in Congress and nearly every state legislature, though they comprise a growing share of the U.S. population. By David Lieb. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, interactive. And abridged version of 1,060 words has also been sent. WITH: DIVIDED AMERICA-MINORITY REDISTRICTING; DIVIDED AMERICA-REDISTRICTING-GLANCE.

DIVIDED AMERICA-MEDIA RAMPARTS — Growth in partisan media allows Americans to get news tailored to their political views. Experts worry that it’s contributing to a hardening of political lines. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 2,180 words, photos. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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OBAMA-NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING — As grief-stricken Orlando prepares to bury its first victims, President Barack Obama makes a solemn visit, trying to help the community heal from the mass shooting at a gay nightclub. By Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. WITH: NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-FAMILY FORGIVES — After an excruciating early morning drive from South Carolina to Orlando, the Draytons learned their daughter was among the dead. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER — It’s an unwritten rule for Florida families: Keep your kids away from ponds and lakes because alligators are everywhere. But after a gator killed a 2-year-old Nebraska boy at a Walt Disney World resort, how should tourist attractions warn unsuspecting visitors, and did Disney do enough? SENT: By Jay Reeves and Kelli Kennedy. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

BRITAIN SHOOTING — A British lawmaker was shot to death in a small town she represents, bringing to a standstill the fierce campaign over whether Britain should leave the European Union. By Gregory Katz and Jill Lawless. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: BRITAIN SHOOTING-THE LATEST; BRITAIN-OBIT-COX — Jo Cox fought worked for a solution to the civil war in Syria and campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU. UPCOMING: 800 words, by 5 p.m., photos; BRITAIN-COX-BIO.

EGYPT-PLANE — Authorities recover the cockpit voice recorder from the submerged wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804, a major breakthrough in the investigation that could help resolve the mystery of why the jetliner plunged into the Mediterranean last month and killed all 66 people aboard. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA SODA TAX — Philadelphia is set to become the first major American city with a soda tax despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2 p.m. city council meeting.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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THEATER-LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA —Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of “Hamilton,” is leaving the show this summer. SENT: 840 words, photos.

LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT — ‘Stairway to Heaven’ creator faces questions of song. SENT: 750 words, photos.

AP VIDEO: VATICAN CIRCUS (CR) — Pope hosts circus, animals at Vatican. (SENT).

POCKET KNIFE BAN — A judge weighs a challenge to New York City’s ban on certain pocket knives. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

CHINA-SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND — Walt Disney Co. opens Shanghai Disneyland, its first theme park in mainland China. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CIA DIRECTOR-ISLAMIC STATE — The U.S. effort against the Islamic State has not reduced the group’s capacity to commit violence in the West or its global reach, the CIA director tells Congress. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: 700 by 4 p.m., photos

GUNS-CONGRESS — A Democratic senator’s nearly 15-hour filibuster secures the promise of votes on gun control though the legislation is likely to fail due to election-year politics and the power of the National Rifle Association. By AP Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

DEM 2016-SANDERS — Bernie Sanders holds what’s likely to be the final town hall of his 2016 campaign for president. UPCOMING: 750 words by 8:30 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION — The House weighs a measure barring undocumented immigrants with specialized language and medical skills from enlisting in the U.S. military as opponents tie the measure to Donald Trump. SENT: 250 words.

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NATIONAL

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GAY PRIDE FESTIVALS-SECURITY — Police and federal officials in Chicago and New Orleans discuss preparations for upcoming gay pride celebrations in the wake of the killings at a gay nightclub in Orlando. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 4 p.m., photo. Developing from noon news conference.

VERMONT LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES — The two-day trial of state Sen. Norm McAllister, suspended by his colleagues from that post after sexual assault charges were filed against him, is due to wrap up and go to the jury. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PARK FOR RENT — Longtime residents of a rapidly changing San Francisco neighborhood where wealthy tech workers are driving up prices are angry at a city proposal to let people reserve grassy plots of picnic lawn at a popular park. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-EU-IMMIGRATION – Brexit campaigners find a potentially potent argument in the claim that only by leaving the EU can Britain regain full control of its borders and cut unwanted immigration. A look at attitudes in a small English city where resentment of immigrants is high. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SYRIA-ALEPPO-FEAR OF SIEGE — Aleppo’s divided residents now face a total siege after four years of grinding battles. Syria’s largest city, once its economic locomotive, is now an emblem of its stalemated civil war. By Philip Issa. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IRAQ-CHRISTIAN MILITIAS — The Christian militias fighting the Islamic State group in northern Iraq hope that a new House of Representatives bill will pave the way for U.S. financial aid and direct military assistance. Yet greater American support won’t resolve the deep rifts between them. By Balint Szlanko. SENT: 800 words, photo, video.

VENEZUELA-US-ASYLUM — The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States has soared as the oil-dependent economy crashes and more of the middle-class flees. In March, only citizens of China made more requests. SENT: 350 words.

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SPORTS

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NBA FINALS-CURRY — Stephen Curry calls Game 6 of the NBA Finals ‘the biggest game’ and says he’ll be ready on Thursday, when Golden State can finish off Cleveland for a second straight title. SENT: 774 words, photo.

SWM-SYRIAN REFUGEE — Rami Anis braved the bombs of Aleppo, escaped to Turkey and then, years later, on to Europe across sea — all the while cherishing his dream of swimming in the Olympics. Now, as part of the first official refugee team, Anis will to Rio, having lost his best edge and many illusions. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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At the Nerve Center, Ron DePasquale can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Alyssa Goodman (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Phil Holm (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477.