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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OBAMA – Speech scheduled for 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON ON TRUMP – Hillary Clinton and her Democratic allies invest at least $27 million in commercials in crucial states over the next six weeks for a series of summer broadsides against Donald Trump, and those messages will be echoed by hundreds of Clinton workers and amplified by President Barack Obama and top Democrats. By Lisa Lerer and Julie Bykowicz. SENT: 990 words, photos. With DEM 2016-WARREN – Warren relishes role as attack dog against Donald Trump. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., photos; DEM 2016-SANDERS-SUPPORTERS – Activists look to build on momentum of Sanders campaign (sent).

IRAQ – Iraqi forces gain control of the main hospital in Fallujah and are clearing mines after driving the Islamic State group from most of the city, one of its last remaining strongholds in the Anbar province west of Baghdad, a military official says. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-LGBT-POLICE – Gay community leaders have been turning to an old nemesis – police departments – to ensure safety at bars, clubs and pride parades after Sunday’s attack at an Orlando nightclub. The irony hasn’t been lost on the gay community that used to see police as the oppressor and counts the 1969 Stonewall Inn raid as the start of their movement. By Mark Thiessen. SENT: 960 words, photos. The story moved as the Sunday spotlight. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA – Man hit in back in Orlando shooting played dead to survive; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST (both sent).

IOC-RUSSIAN DOPING – The IOC throws its support behind the decision to ban Russia’s track and field team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and says it will take “further far-reaching measures” to crack down on doping ahead of the games. By Sports Writer Stephen Wilson. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED – The man accused of a murder that has brought campaigning in the country’s EU referendum to a standstill turns his first court appearance into a chilling spectacle by refusing to state his real identity. Asked his name in Westminster Magistrate’s Court, Thomas Mair says: “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” By Greg Katz. SENT: 830 words, photos. With BRITAIN-LAWMAKER SAFETY – Killing threatens Britain’s easy public access to lawmakers (sent).

GAY MARRIAGE-ONE YEAR – It’s been nearly a year since the Supreme Court ruling that led to nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, but it hasn’t been a time for activists to bask in triumph, as underscored by the attack that killed 49 at a gay nightclub in Florida. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,900 words, photos. A 1,150-word abridged version also moved.

EXTREME HEAT – In 120 degree temperatures, some airplanes might not takeoff. Power grids strain as the outside air keeps transmission lines from cooling. And for desert dwellers, a cold bottle of water and some shade can mean the difference between life and death. Parts of the U.S. Southwest are bracing for an extreme heatwave baking Arizona, California and Nevada with triple-digit temperatures. By Ryan Van Velzer. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBAMA – President revels in grandeur of Yosemite National Park and celebrates the park system’s 100th birthday. SENT: 140 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 300 words after 2 p.m. speech.

PEOPLE-CHELSEA CLINTON – Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a grandmother twice over after Chelsea announces birth of second child. SENT: 150 words, photo.

FRENCH SHIPWRECK-TEXAS – Restoration done on vessel that sank more than 300 years ago. SENT: 380 words, photos.

MONSOOR CHRISTENING – The mother of a fallen Navy SEAL has christened the U.S. Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer. SENT: 440 words, photos.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK – Authorities say a mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son in Colorado. SENT: 140 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-MEXICAN AS A SLUR – Donald Trump’s use of the word “Mexican” against a U.S.-born federal judge of Mexican descent highlights the history of the word as a slur used to dismiss U.S.-born Latinos. SENT: 880 words, photos. With GOP 2016-TRUMP’S PARTY – If Trump’s Republican Party were a family and its national convention a reunion, a therapist might say there are issues to resolve (sent).

FARMWORKERS-HEALTH INSURANCE – Seasonal farmworkers, in the United States legally through a visa program, are required under President Barack Obama’s health law to have insurance or face fines. But reaching them is difficult. Many come from Mexico, live in cinder block homes built by employers in isolated areas and toil long hours. SENT: 780 words, photos. A longer version of 1,230 words also is available.

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NATIONAL

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FERGUSON-FAMILY’S LAWSUIT – The city of Ferguson and other defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit by Michael Brown’s parents are seeking access to any juvenile records of the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2014 — a request once rejected by a judge after a newspaper and blog sought such documents. SENT: 900 words, photos.

VANDERBILT RAPE-SENTENCING – The cases are tragically similar: Student-athletes at two elite universities accused of sex crimes against an unconscious woman. One is given six months in a county jail, while the other is facing at least 15 years in prison. But the comparison is not so simple. SENT: 770 words, photos.

ARKANSAS JUDGE-SEX ALLEGATIONS – An Associated Press review finds that of 254 men sentenced to community service by an Arkansas judge over seven years in one of three districts he oversaw, only 13 cases included timesheets and court records showing they had completed their sentences. SENT: 770 words, photo.

WIND ENERGY – A long-stalled plan to build a power-generating wind farm off the coast of New York is gathering momentum. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BELGIUM-ANTI-TERROR RAIDS – Belgian authorities raid dozens of homes and hold 12 suspects in a major anti-terror investigation which they say required “immediate intervention” because they fear an attack could have been close. SENT: 450 words, photos.

EGYPT – An Egyptian court sentences six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. SENT: 610 words, photos.

ORTHODOX SYNOD – A historic attempt to bring together the leaders of the world’s Orthodox churches for the first time in more than a millennium stalls just ahead of the meeting’s opening after the powerful Russian church and three others pull out over disputes ranging from the seating plan to relations with the Vatican. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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GAMES-E3-DIVERSITY – After introducing the world to several new female heroes at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, story-driven game makers at this week’s edition of the annual video game trade show added a few racially diverse protagonists to the mix. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ITALY-MYSTERY MODIGLIANI? – It’s a story almost too fantastical to be true: A flea market dealer finds a painting near a subway trash bin, submits it to laboratory analysis and emerges convinced he has a Modigliani on his hands. Experts express skepticism. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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