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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TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq following failed coup. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, photos.

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CLONING GIANT TREES — A team of arborists is cloning some of the world’s tallest and oldest trees, believing that sequoias have some of the heartiest genetics and that propagating them will help reverse climate change, at least in a small way. By Scott Smith. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION — The art of the coronation has taken something of a beating at the Republican National Convention — but Donald Trump now has the crown. By Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 660 words by 3:45 a.m., photos. TOP VIDEO: — US RNC AP Analysis (CR) — Trump officially nominated for president. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-DUMP TRUMP — Anti-Trump movement dies a slow death; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-TRUMP’S KIDS — Trump children soften his image; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-2020 — Delegates are talking about Ted Cruz. Also see GOP 2016-PENCE-INDIANA RECORD below.

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE — Defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 nations gather in Washington to plan the next steps in the fight against the Islamic State. By Lolita C. Baldor. UPCOMING: 580 words by 3:45 a.m., photos. UPCOMING: 700 words after beginning of meeting at 8:45 a.m.

POLICE SHOOTINGS-VETERANS’ REACTION — Attacks on police by former military men touch a nerve among the military community that traditionally has a close bond with law enforcement officers. Service members fear the records of the gunmen in Dallas and Baton Rouge will feed the perception that combat veterans are volatile and violent. By Julie Watson. SENT: 600 words, photos. Also see POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE and POLICE SHOOTING-DALLAS-COLLEGE below.

IRAQ-BOMBING INFERNO — When the blast went off outside two Baghdad malls, fire swiftly ripped through the buildings, trapping shoppers and cafe-goers inside, forcing some to leap to safety, while others burned to death seeking refuge in storerooms. Baghdad’s worst suicide bombing early this month was made deadlier because the buildings had no fire exits or safety measures, hiking public anger at inefficient emergency services and corruption. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 900 words, photos, with a 360-degree panorama of the burned out malls.

OBIT-GARRY MARSHALL — Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and the box-office successes “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride,” has died. He was 81. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: video. With OBIT-GARRY MARSHALL-REAX — Reaction to the death of the writer-director.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TV-FOX-AILES — Fox News chief Roger Ailes denies harassing Megyn Kelly. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BIDEN-TWITTER MISHAP — Glitch puts Republican convention tweets on Vice President Joe Biden’s account. SENT: 140 words.

PEOPLE-LADY GAGA — Lady Gaga and her fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney, are “taking a break.” SENT: 140 words, photo.

PEOPLE-TOM SIZEMORE — “Black Hawk Down” actor Tom Sizemore arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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DEM 2016-VILSACK-PROFILE — Tom Vilsack’s journey has taken him from an orphanage to a Cabinet position — and now he’s being considered as running mate to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:45 a.m., photos.

GOP 2016-PENCE-INDIANA RECORD — A look at some of the claims about Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s record as Indiana governor. UPCOMING: 730 words by 3:45 a.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE — At makeshift memorials, churches and rallies, Baton Rouge residents honor three slain officers while searching for ways to prevent more violence like the city has endured recently. By Kevin McGill and Cain Burdeau. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

OFFICER SHOT-KANSAS — A Kansas City, Kansas, police officer is shot and killed while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting, police say. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. news conference.

POLICE SHOOTING-DALLAS-COLLEGE — Officials display the damage at a college where a bomb delivered by a police robot killed a sniper, ending a deadly ambush on Dallas police. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

CHICAGO VIOLENCE-CHILDREN SHOT — With a spike in killings and shootings this year in Chicago, statistics show more bullets are hitting children as they do normal kid things like play with sparklers, draw on the sidewalk or hold a mother’s hand. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CAMPUS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — Expulsion of two college athletes on sexual misconduct grounds highlights legal quirk: a formal accusation by the alleged victim isn’t necessary to mete out punishment. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-LIBERAL MAGAZINE — The closure after 25 years of China’s best-known liberal journal, run and supported by powerful reform-minded Communist Party cadres and intellectuals, reflects how far the Xi Jinping administration’s crackdown on even mild dissent reaches. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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BUSINESS

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SAVINGS-EMPTY-NESTERS — Parents whose children have moved out should have more money to invest — but many are missing the opportunity to start saving for retirement. UPCOMING: 790 words by 3:45 a.m., graphic.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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PUERTO RICO-TELESCOPE TROUBLES — Dwindling financial support is dimming the outlook for the Arecibo Observatory, once the world’s largest radio telescope searching for gravitational waves, listening for extraterrestrial signals and tracking asteroids possibly on a collision course with Earth. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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HOW TO REACH US

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