BC-AP News Digest 6:20 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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GOP 2016-CONVENTION – Convenes at 7:30 p.m.

COMIC-CON – Convenes at about 12 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION – Straining to shore up Republican unity, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will vouch for Donald Trump’s conservative values as he makes his national convention debut as Trump’s running mate. By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the evening. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-2020 – Ted Cruz leaves open the possibility of a second White House run; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-DIVERSITY – GOP efforts to highlight the party’s diversity undercut by overwhelmingly white convention crowd; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THINGS TO WATCH, GOP 2016-CONVENTION-NEWS GUIDE, GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION (all sent); GOP 2016-CONVENTION-FACT CHECK (expected before midnight).

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP – A staff writer at Donald Trump’s business says she’s to blame for the material taken from Michelle Obama that was part of Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican convention. By Stephen Ohlemacher. SENT: 730 words, photos. WITH: GOP 2016-CONVENTION-HATING HILLARY – Liar. Garbage. Lock her up. Republicans denounce Hillary Clinton in prime-time speeches and campaign buttons, but some in the GOP wonder if the vitriol goes too far. By Erica Werner and Josh Lederman. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. With DEM 2016-CLINTON-RUNNING MATE – Clinton’s vice presidential search centers on three contenders (sent).

GOP 2016-CLEVELAND -Police fire pepper spray at a surging crowd and handcuffed several demonstrators as skirmishes broke out during a flag-burning in the streets outside the Republican National Convention, the most turbulent protest at the day convention yet. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. GOP 2016-CONVENTION-AVOIDING TRUMP – Twenty minutes from the GOP convention, activists who want nothing to do with Donald Trump knock on doors in an effort to save Republican control of the Senate. SENT: 760 words, photo.

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP – Turkey’s president declares a three-month state of emergency following a botched coup attempt, declaring he would rid the military of the “virus” of subversion and giving the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown that has already included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of schools. By Suzan Fraser and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 900 words, photos. With TURKEY-MILITARY COUP-THE LATEST; TURKEY-MILITARY COUP-DEATH PENALTY – Rights groups and legal experts say that Turkey would be abandoning international rights conventions, and reverting to relics of military dictatorships if it reinstates the death penalty, abolished more than a decade ago; TURKEY-MILITARY COUP-TANK MAN – Turk defies tanks, and survives, in coup video footage (all sent).

BATON ROUGE-POLICE SHOT – The man who ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers in Louisiana purportedly described his actions as a “necessary evil.” An Ohio man says Gavin Long emailed him a self-described manifesto less than an hour before the shootings. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: BATON ROUGE-MAYOR – Absent during protests, Baton Rouge mayor is now more visible. SENT: 750 words, photos; NAACP-POLICE SLAYINGS – Civil rights activists frustrated by police slayings of blacks across the nation are looking to flex their voting power to push for reforms (sent).

TEXAS VOTER ID – A federal appeals court has ruled that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and has ordered changes, a striking election-year victory for the administration of President Barack Obama, which had taken the unusual step of bringing the U.S. Justice Department into Texas to help fight the case. By Paul Weber. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

COMIC-CON-PREVIEW – The doors to San Diego Comic-Con are set to open tonight. “The Walking Dead,” ”Game of Thrones,” ”Justice League” and “Star Trek” are among the entertainment properties expected to be hyped at the four-day extravaganza. By Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang and Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 290 words, photos. With COMIC-CON-STAR TREK PREMIERE – The cast of “Star Trek Beyond” is beaming into San Diego Comic-Con for the sci-fi sequel’s U.S. premiere. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1 a.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ZIKA-FLORIDA – CDC, Florida probing possible Zika case from Miami mosquito. SENT: 600 words, photo.

EARNHARDT OUT – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss two more races with concussion-like symptoms, handing off the No. 88 car to Jeff Gordon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

POKEMON GO-FANDOM HISTORY – How millennial nostalgia is fueling the success of ‘Pokemon Go.’ SENT: 680 words, photos.

TRUMP STAR-WALL – Miniature wall appears around Trump’s Hollywood star. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER – Parents won’t sue Disney over son’s death by gator. SENT: 280 words, photo.

UFC-MENDES SUSPENDED – UFC contender Chad Mendes suspended 2 years for doping. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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AP EXPLAINS-BORDER WALL – Donald Trump’s push for a border wall is not a new idea. Historians say it’s been pursued for a century with hit-and-miss results. SENT: 700 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE – Defense Secretary Ash Carter says leaders at a counter-Islamic State meeting expressed concerns about what happens after the expected defeat of the militant group. SENT: 910 words, photos.

OBIT-HAWAII CONGRESSMAN – Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies at 49, less than a year after he was diagnosed with cancer. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO VIOLENCE-CHILDREN SHOT – The violence that has afflicted some Chicago neighborhoods reveals what some residents already knew: It’s a dangerous time for the city’s children as well. By Don Babwin. SENT: 840 words, photos.

MICHIGAN-OIL SPILL – Enbridge Energy Partners has reached a $176 million settlement with the federal government for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-EU – Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain won’t start exit talks with the European Union until “our objectives are clear” — and that won’t be this year. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GERMANY-TRAIN ATTACK – The 17-year-old Afghan migrant behind Monday night’s ax-and-knife rampage aboard a commuter train showed all the signs of quickly integrating and adapting to life in Germany before quickly radicalizing and turning against the country that took him in. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EXTREMISM-MENTAL HEALTH – After family members of the driver who slammed a truck into a crowd in the French city of Nice said he suffered from depression, questions are raised again about the links between mental illness, extreme ideology and mass violence. By Medical Writer Maria Cheng. SENT: 810 words, photo. With FRANCE-TRUCK ATTACK – French to extend state of emergency; Paris cancels events (sent).

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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TWITTER-LESLIE JONES HARASSMENT – Another prominent celebrity — “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones — abandons Twitter because of the social media company’s inability to protect its users from online harassment. Twitter permanently suspended a conservative provocateur who orchestrated a torrent of racist and sexist comments aimed at Jones, but clearly has farther to go to get a handle on its Wild West reputation. By Barbara Ortutay. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m., photo.

SPACE SHUTTLE ANNIVERSARY – Five years after the space shuttle’s final voyage, NASA is still at least a year away from having its astronauts launch again from U.S. soil. The pilots who guided Atlantis to one last “wheels stop” are working on that future but on different teams. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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RUSSIAN DOPING – Russia’s top Olympic official expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro over allegations of state-sponsored doping. By Sports Writer James Ellingworth. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BRAD RICHARDS RETIRES – 2-time Stanley Cup winner Brad Richards retires after 15 NHL seasons. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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BUSINESS

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HSBC EXECUTIVE CHARGED – HSBC Bank’s chief of foreign exchange cash trading arrested. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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