BC-AP News Digest 7 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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PISTORIUS: Prosecutors to appeal Oscar Pistorius’ six-year prison sentence. Developing.

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TOP STORIES

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION — It’s Donald Trump’s moment to make his case to the country — and to the many rattled doubters in his own party. By Calvin Woodward and Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: GOP 2016-CONVENTIONS-THINGS TO WATCH; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-CABINET STAKES – Some GOP speakers may be auditioning for Trump administration jobs.; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-POLICE SHOOTINGS — Inside the convention, little sign of sympathy for African-American victims of police shootings. (All sent). Also see CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP PROFILE below.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-CRUZ — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tries to link arms with Republicans at the party’s national convention but is booed lustily by delegates when he ends his speech without offering Donald Trump his endorsement — or even saying he would vote for the New York billionaire. By Thomas Beaumont and Steven People. Upcoming, 700 words by 3:30 a.m., photos, video. VIDEO HIGHTLIGHT: US RNC Cruz Reax (CR) GOP Convention-Goers Divided Over Cruz Speech. (SENT).

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Turkish lawmakers are expected to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allowing him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week’s failed coup. By Suzan Fraser and Sarah el Deeb. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

OLY-RUSSIAN DOPING — Russia loses its appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a decision that could add pressure on the IOC to exclude the country entirely from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro. By Sports Writer Stephen Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: RUSSIAN-DOPING-THE LATEST.

VOTER ID-TEXAS — Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November elections, a federal appeals court rules, following claims that at least a half-million registered voters could have struggled to cast a ballot. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 750 words, photo. WITH: VOTER ID-TEXAS-Q&A. (SENT).

ISRAEL-FIGHTING-FACEBOOK — Blaming incitement for the latest, 10-month spate of Palestinian attacks, Israel is taking its fight to a new level: A new law in the works aims to force Facebook and other social media platforms to take down content Israel deems as fueling violence. By Tia Goldenberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBJECT THROWN-PATROL CAR — NYPD in standoff with man suspected of tossing hoax device at patrol car earlier. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE — Oceanographer says Flight 370 could be north of search area. SENT: 740 words, photos.

MICHELLE OBAMA-CARPOOL KARAOKE — First lady, James Corden hit the road for ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ SENT: 250 words, photos.

WNBA FINES-SHIRTS — WNBA fines 3 teams, players for shirts in wake of shootings. SENT: 260 words, photos.

OLDEST AMERICAN — 113-year-old New Jersey woman has title of oldest American. SENT: 150 words.

JAPAN-POKEMON GO — No “Pokemon Go” yet in Japan, but government already worried. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP PROFILE — “Almost every deal I have ever done has been at least partly for my ego,” Donald Trump declared in 1995. Flash forward two decades, and what 70-year-old Donald Trump wants is the presidency. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 1,950 words, photos. An abridged version is also available; WITH: GOP 2016-TRUMP-NATO —Trump hedges on NATO protection against Russian aggression; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-IVANKA TRUMP — Ivanka Trump offers a poised, articulate counterpart to her father’s brash style. SENT: 720 words, photos.

GOP 2016-CLEVELAND POLICE — As protesters fill the streets during the Republican convention, all eyes are on Cleveland’s police chief and his 1,500 officers, a department embroiled in controversy over its use of force, including the killing of a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-UNITED STATES — Malaysia’s prime minister says he is serious about good governance and his administration will “fully cooperate” with the U.S. Department of Justice in its probe into a $3.5 billion scandal into a Malaysian state fund. SENT: 890 words, photos. WITH: MALAYSIA-FUND SCANDAL-Q&A: (SENT).

PERU-ALPACA EMERGENCY — Sub-zero temperatures are killing thousands of alpacas that are the only livelihood for millions of poor peasant farmers in the Andes. SENT: 680 words, photos. WITH: PERU-HARSH ANDEAN WINTER-PHOTO GALLERY. SENT: 21 photos with 350 words.

HONG KONG-STUDENT ACTIVIST — A Hong Kong court finds teen protest leader Joshua Wong guilty of taking part in an illegal rally that sparked massive student-led pro-democracy street protests in the southern Chinese city two years ago. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA — Amid China’s outrage over an international tribunal that rejected its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the country is using new language that some experts say shows Beijing wants to be more flexible. But it is too late? UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 a.m., photos.

UNITED NATIONS-NEXT SECRETARY GENERAL — The U.N. Security Council holds its first informal poll on the dozen candidates competing to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general on Jan. 1. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with start of Security Council meeting a 10 a.m.

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NATIONAL

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ZIKA-FLORIDA — Florida health officials have trapped mosquitoes in an area of Miami-Dade County and are testing them for Zika to confirm whether a woman with the virus could be the first person infected directly by a mosquito bite in the continental United States. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BATON ROUGE-POLICE SHOT – The man who ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers in Louisiana purportedly described his actions as a “necessary evil” in a self-described, handwritten manifesto that an Ohio man says was emailed to him before the shootings. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. WITH: POLICE FUNERAL-BATON ROUGE —Baton Rouge readies for funerals of 3 slain police officers. SENT: 220 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BROOKLYN RISING-SUPERFUND CANAL — It could be a postcard for Brooklyn’s hip resurgence: a shimmering new building of apartments renting for $5,000 a month, a gourmet grocery with a rooftop greenhouse, and a funky barbecue joint. Except it overlooks the murky Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site choked with raw sewage and an iridescent sheen of industrial wastes. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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COMIC-CON PREVIEW — The hordes of zombies, legions of Stormtroopers, leagues of superheroes and crews of Starfleet officers have already begun crawling, marching, flying and beaming into San Diego for that other big convention this week: Comic-Con International. By AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. SENT 650 words, photos.

FASHION-OSCAR DE LA RENTA-COPPING — Oscar de la Renta says its creative director Peter Copping is leaving after two years in the job. SENT: 250 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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OLY–WRE-THE BURROUGHS BOOST — Jordan Burroughs used his gold-medal moment at the 2012 Olympics to emerge as one of wrestling’s biggest stars. A year later, the world’s oldest sport turned to Burroughs to help save its future. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN ROBOTS — Is Honda’s walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank? Automaker Honda Motor Co. and Internet company SoftBank says they will work together on artificial intelligence to develop products with sensors and cameras that can converse with the drivers of such machines. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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