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GOP 2016-CONVENTION – Convenes at 5:30 p.m.




GOP 2016-CONVENTION – Donald Trump seeks to right his Republican convention after a chaotic start that raised questions about his campaign’s steadiness. Trump is set to end the night as the GOP’s official nominee. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos, video. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-NEWS GUIDE; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THINGS TO WATCH; GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION – Lewandowski takes a shot at Trump campaign manager Manafort; GOP 2016-CLEVELAND – Small outbreak of norovirus believed among California convention delegation at Ohio resort (all sent); GOP 2016-CLEVELAND-BIKE PATROLS – Cleveland police are relying heavily on bike patrols. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 550 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP – Accusations of plagiarism mar Melania Trump’s triumphant moment. A defiant Trump campaign slaps away criticism amid questions about what happened. By Erica Werner and Jill Colvin. SENT: 930 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 750 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos, video. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP-GLANCE – Comparison of Melania Trump’s remarks with Michelle Obama’s; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP-SOCIAL MEDIA – #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes dominate social media after speech (both sent); GOP 2016-CONVENTION-POLITICAL PLAGIARISM-GLANCE – UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m.; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-WRITING THE SPEECH-GLANCE – Major convention speech typically involves big team, intensive vetting. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP – Asserting that “all the evidence” indicates a U.S.-based Muslim cleric was behind last week’s failed coup, Turkey’s government demands his extradition and fires tens of thousands of teachers, university deans and others it accuses of ties to the coup plotters. But so far, it hasn’t said what the evidence might be. By Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words with new approach by 4:30 p.m., photos.

GERMANY-TRAIN ATTACK – A teenage Afghan asylum seeker slashes and hacks passengers aboard a German train with an ax and knife, wounding five in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. German authorities call for increased security measures but concede that preventing attacks from lone-wolf suspects is next to impossible. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos.

BATON ROUGE-TWO WEEKS OF VIOLENCE – In the past two weeks, Baton Rouge has seen the shooting of a black man by two white officers, night after night of protests, and then the assassination of three law enforcement officers. How is this city coping, as it teeters on the brink? By Cain Burdeau and Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos. With POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE – Friend: Slain Baton Rouge police officer was ‘made to serve’; POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE-THE SHOOTING – ‘Sheer brutality’: Police detail Baton Rouge shooting scene (both sent).

RUSSIAN DOPING – With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn’t know whether its athletes — all or even some — will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It may all come down to the lawyers. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos. With RUSSIAN DOPING-THE LATEST; RUSSIAN DOPING-STARS FACING BAN – Russian stars who could miss the Rio Olympics (sent).




GOP 2016-DONALD TRUMP-QUEEN – Queen: Trump wasn’t authorized to use ‘We Are the Champions.’ SENT: 110 words.

PEOPLE-LESLIE JONES – Leslie Jones, under hateful barrage on Twitter, fights back. SENT: 390 words, photo.

BRITAIN-PIPPA MIDDLETON – UK’s Pippa Middleton engaged to hedge funder James Matthews. SENT: 180 words, photos.

WWE-CONCUSSION LAWSUIT – Ex-wrestlers, including Snuka, sue WWE over head injuries. SENT: 560 words.

NERDWALLET-ASK BRIANNA-FIRST PAYCHECK – Ask Brianna: How should I spend my first full-time paycheck? SENT: 950 words, photos.




AP EXPLAINS-A GRIM AMERICA – Speaker after speaker at the GOP convention casts the U.S. as a nation in dire straits – riddled with terrorism and racial strife, a place where no one is safe. It fits Trump’s “law and order” message. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 p.m., photos. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THE MANAGER – Trump’s top aide is everywhere at the convention. But with Paul Manafort’s high profile come new questions about his role, message (sent).




POLICE-GUN SHOP SHOOTING – Police say they were shot at while responding to break-in at a gun store near Atlanta. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CALIFORNIA RECYCLING-CLOSURES – Despite California’s progressive reputation and its “green” governor, more than 450 recycling centers have closed in the past year. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.




TURKEY-COUP-ERDOGAN’S PEOPLE – For those who love him, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the engine of economic success, who has given Islam a greater role and boosted regional standing. The rush of thousands heeding Erdogan’s call to take to the streets against Friday night’s failed coup shows the religious-nationalist bulwark that shores up his rule. By Sarah El Deeb. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos.

FRANCE-TRUCK ATTACK – Fears of copycat attacks are gripping France after the truck rampage that killed dozens on a Nice beachfront, prompting panicked police deployment for minor incidents and leading to a likely extension of the country’s 8-month-old state of emergency. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 5 p.m., photos. With FRANCE-TRUCK ATTACK-THE LATEST.

FRANCE-NICE-EXTREMISM – Nice, the city that sits on the Bay of Angels and that for many epitomizes the sun-splashed French Riviera, has a flip side unknown to tourists and invisible to most residents, as a breeding ground for Islamist radicals and jihadis — about 200 of whom have left for Syria, one expert says. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

RUSSIA-WOMEN SPEAK OUT – A Ukrainian journalist’s Facebook post prompts hundreds of women in Ukraine and Russia to put aside their fears and share stories of sexual violence and harassment. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

AFRICA-ELEPHANT DELIVERY – A half-dozen elephants lay immobilized by darts fired from a helicopter, part of an ambitious project to move 500 of the threatened species by truck and crane to a sanctuary hundreds of miles away. This man-made migration is becoming a conservation model as African wildlife areas are squeezed by development. SENT: 800 words, photos.




VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SCANDAL – New York state and Massachusetts are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers. SENT: 400 words, photos.




MICROSOFT-CLOUD COMPUTING – Outside of the tech industry, it’s likely few know that Microsoft has built an impressive cloud-computing business. By Brandon Bailey. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m., then 600 words by 7 p.m., photos, Graphiq.

SELF-DRIVING CARS-HUMANS – Self-driving cars depend on unreliable assumption: that humans can take control if the cars’ systems fail. SENT: 910 words, photo.




COMIC-CON-ANNIVERSARIES – “Wonder Woman,” ”Star Trek” and “Aliens” are among the long-running entertainment franchises that will be celebrating milestones at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, the annual pop-culture convention that’s expected to draw more than 160,000 fans to the San Diego Convention Center. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

FILM-STAR TREK – The cast and filmmakers of “Star Trek Beyond” celebrate the release of their new film and the life of Anton Yelchin, who died last month at age 27. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 930 words, photos.




OLY–RIO–SLOW TICKET SALES – Rio Olympic organizers are trying to drive slow ticket sales. The head of the organizing committee hints there could be many half-filled venues, particularly involving sports that have little following in Brazil. By Stephen Wade. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.




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