BC-AP News Digest 3:10 am

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.




IRAQ-FALLUJAH TRENCH — Iraq’s army is turning to a radical, almost medieval method to control Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State group last month. It is digging a trench that will almost entirely encircle the city, aimed at preventing it from falling back into the hands of militants. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video




GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING — Police in Munich say they are hunting for a motive that might explain why an 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire at a crowded shopping mall, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:30 a.m.

ATTACKS-BRANDS AND SECURITY — Attacks such as the one in a Munich shopping mall and at a nearby McDonald’s may lead mall owners to increase their security or even persuade global brands to focus expansion plans on the U.S. rather than Europe. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CAMPAIGN 2016 — Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will debut as a presidential ticket in the crucial battleground state of Florida as they head toward next week’s Democratic Party convention. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after noon event. WITH: DEM 2016-CLINTON-RUNNING MATE — How Hillary Clinton chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her VP. SENT: 1,000 words, photo; CAMPAIGN 2016-KAINE-PROFILE, CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON-PROFILE; DEM 2016-CONVENTION-DELEGATES; CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-CODED RACIAL LANGUAGE —Critics say Trump speech signals shift to coded race language (all sent).

SOUTH CHINA SEA-ANALYSIS — An international arbitration panel’s decision on the contested waters of the South China Sea so far is fueling regional tensions rather than tamping them down. In the ensuing 11 days, China has responded to the sweeping victory for the Philippines by flexing its military might. By Jim Gomez, Christopher Bodeen and Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

HEAT-NOWHERE TO HIDE — Call it the United Sweats of America. Nearly the entire country is stuck in a heat wave. And the weather service’s outlook for the next three months shows above normal temperatures for the Lower 48 and Alaska. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 530 words, photos.




MANSON FOLLOWER-PAROLE — California governor denies parole for youngest Manson follower. SENT: 730 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-BALLOON — Russian balloonist claims new 11-day round the world record. SENT: 110 words, photos.

SENATE-DAVID DUKE — Ex-KKK leader David Duke runs for Senate: ‘My time has come.’ SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

COMIC -CON-GAME OF THRONES — Tight-lipped ‘Game of Thrones’ cast reflects on last season. SENT: 600 words, photos.




TRUMP UNIVERSITY — A federal judge says that he is inclined to deny a request by Donald Trump’s lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Republican presidential nominee of defrauding customers at the now-defunct Trump University. SENT: 500 words, photos.

HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATION — Authorities have arrested a Department of Homeland Security employee related to entering his agency’s Washington headquarters with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs last month. SENT: 370 words, photos.




POLICE FUNERALS-BATON ROUGE — Friends and family will gather to remember Brad Garafola, one of three Baton Rouge officers shot and killed by a gunman last weekend. Garafola’s boss says the officer went down fighting, returning fire to the very end. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with noon visitation and 2 p.m. funeral.

RESTORATION OF RIGHTS — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state’s highest court rules, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority. SENT: 650 words.




CHINA-FLOODS — Fresh torrential rains swept through China this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and killing at least 25 people with 13 more missing. SENT: 180 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-BRITAIN-JOHNSON — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he came to the United Nations to show that far from withdrawing into isolationism the United Kingdom wants to play a greater role on the world stage. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CYPRUS-MONUMENTS MEN — The formerly pigeon and snake-infested, centuries-old Ayios Panteleimonas monastery in Cyprus getting a European-Union funded renovation to save it from collapse. It’s the latest example of how rival Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots are working together to protect what they now see as their common heritage. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 a.m., photos.




MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE-INDUSTRY — As investigators prepare to wind down the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 search after more than two fruitless years, the airline industry is still working to raise safety standards to prevent another plane from going missing. SENT: 450 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE — Search for Flight 370 will be suspended, possibly forever. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




MUSIC-STEVEN TYLER — He’s been the lead singer of the bad-boy rock band Aerosmith for decades, written a book, had four children and learned to parasail. But Steven Tyler had at least one more goal before hitting 70: a debut solo album. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 750 words, photos.




PUTIN-BACH — The IOC must soon decide whether to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics because of a massive doping cover-up. But relations between the two were once much sunnier. Thomas Bach has long ties to Russia. When he was elected IOC president in 2013, his first call was from Vladimir Putin. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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