BC-AP News Digest 3 am


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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GERMANY-TRAIN ATTACK — Afghan train attacker kept IS flag in his German home. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-ARROYO — Philippine court clears Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed. SENT: 240 words, photos.

TAIWAN-BUS CRASH — Reports: 26 killed as Taiwan tour bus bursts into flames. SENT: 160 words.

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-MONEY — Donald Trump’s voters adored him for mostly paying his own way in the first half of the presidential campaign. Yet those same people are shrugging their shoulders now that he’s raising money just like the rivals he once disparaged as the “puppets” of big donors. By Julie Bykowicz and Emily Swanson. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:45 a.m., photos.

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION — Barring a last-minute jolt to the proceedings, Trump is hours away from attaining the 2016 presidential nomination despite efforts that spilled messily into the opening of the Republican National Convention to deny him the prize. Not a bit bowed, Trump surveyed the fight ahead with Hillary Clinton and declared, “We’re gonna win so big.” By Calvin Woodward and Kathleen Hennessey. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:45 a.m., photos. TOP VIDEO: — US RNC Melania Trump (CR) — Melania Trump praises husband in convention speech. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-PLATFORM; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-NEWS GUIDE; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THINGS TO WATCH; AP EXPLAINS-DO CONVENTIONS MATTER.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-STAYING AWAY — Sen. Kelly Ayotte isn’t in Cleveland this week, instead staying behind in New Hampshire to work on her own tough re-election bid. She insists her choice isn’t about her party’s controversial presidential nominee, but she’s hardly alone among Republican elected officials keeping their distance from Trump’s coronation. By Bill Barrow and Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 870 words by 3:45 a.m., photos.

POLICE SHOOTINGS-SAFETY IN NUMBERS — Police departments across the country are ordering officers to team up in pairs after ambush attacks left eight officers dead in Texas and Louisiana, a safety precaution that could also slow response times for low-level crimes and drive up overtime for already exhausted officers. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE — A Texas police officer who served in Iraq with slain Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald says Gerald knew the dangers of military life and police work. But he was undaunted. Ryan Cabral, of Temple, says Gerald was “made to serve.” By Kevin McGill. SENT: 700 words, photos. With POLICE SHOOTINGS-TIMELINE.

RUSSIA DOPING — Hundreds of Russian Olympic athletes can only wait and see what their fate is for the Rio Games as the executive board of the International Olympic Committee meets to go over options in the wake of a report that uncovered a state-run doping scheme. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SELF-DRIVING CARS-HUMANS — Experts say the development of self-driving cars depends on an unreliable assumption: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car’s systems fail. By Joan Lowy. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP’S SPEECH— Some Melania Trump speech lines mirror Michelle Obama speech. SENT: 460 words, photo.

INDONESIA-POKEMON-FRENZY — Frenchman caught in Indonesian military base hunting Pokemon. SENT: 210 words.

ZIKA RELATED DEATH-NEW CASE — Unique Zika case of Utah caregiver under investigation. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH — After three straight acquittals, prosecutors in Baltimore seem to be willing to try the remaining three cases against police officers in Freddie Gray’s death amid mounting pressure to call it quits. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING FLORIDA — Co-workers who “ganged up” to tease him about being Muslim prompted the gunman who opened fire at a Florida gay nightclub to pretend he had terrorist ties to get them off his back, according to a letter he wrote his bosses. SENT: 550 words, photos.

HOTEL ARREST-TERRORISM FEARS-Q&A — Prosecutor investigates detention of Emirati businessman after hotel clerk in Ohio raised terrorism suspicions. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-TENSION — North Korea fires three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea’s decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials say. SENT: 510 words, photos.

SOUTH CHINA SEA — The Philippines’ top diplomat rejects a Chinese offer to hold talks “outside of and in disregard” of an international tribunal’s ruling last week that debunked Beijing’s claim to ownership of virtually the entire South China Sea. SENT: 640 words.

BRAZIL-PORTUGUESE ONLY — If English is the language of the world, Brazil hasn’t gotten the memo — and fluency is also rare for other languages, even Spanish, meaning most tourists descending on Rio for the Olympics will likely find themselves in a linguistic muddle. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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FUEL ECONOMY-Q&A — The U.S. government issues a report on fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for U.S. cars and trucks that were first established in 2012, and a review process will determine whether to leave the standards in place through 2025 or change them. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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ORIGAMI ROBOTS — A tiny, ingestible robot could be a new tool for healing serious stomach wounds. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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FOLLOWING KNIEVEL — Fueled by the memory of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun plans to strap into a steam-powered rocket cycle in September for his most death-defying role yet — a launch over Snake River Canyon. By Sports Writer Pat Graham. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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