BC-AP News Digest 8 am


Editors: Resends previous digest to add — AP POLL-GUNS package.

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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AFGHANISTAN: Witnesses in Kabul say an explosion has struck a protest march by ethnic Hazaras and casualties are feared. Developing.

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ONLY ON AP

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AP POLL-GUNS — Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that it will happen anytime soon, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. By Lisa Marie Pane and Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 900 words, photos, graphic. WITH: AP POLL-GUNS-THINGS TO KNOW; AP POLL-GUNS-METHOD (both sent).

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

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TOP STORIES

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GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING — Munich authorities say “no evidence” of links to the Islamic State group has been found in the home of the 18-year-old man who killed nine people at a shopping mall, and the attack appears to be “classic shooting rampage” and not terrorism. By Paul Weathley and Frank Jordans. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: GERMANY MUNICH SHOOTING-THE LATEST; ATTACKS-BRANDS AND SECURITY — Mass attacks may lead mall owners to increase security, persuade global brands to focus expansion plans on the U.S. 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. CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-CODED RACIAL LANGUAGE — Critics say Trump speech signals shift to coded race language. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

DEM 2016-CLINTON-RUNNING MATE — Clinton grew personally comfortable with the likable and even-keeled Tim Kaine as they campaigned together in recent weeks and discussed the vice presidency. Clinton ultimately concluded that she had “unshakeable confidence in Kaine’s readiness to do the job,” according to a Clinton aide familiar with her thinking during the selection process. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. WITH: CAMPAIGN 2016-KAINE-PROFILE — Clinton’s choice for running mate brings steadiness and confidence to the Democratic ticket; DEM 2016-CONVENTION-DELEGATES (Both sent).

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Turkey’s president has sharply criticized Western countries that expressed concern about possible human rights violations in Turkey’s sweeping crackdown after an attempted coup. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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.

DNA STORAGE — Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic” — a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college. What if she could store it in DNA? Strauss and other researchers are working to make that sci-fi fantasy a reality. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. UPCOMING: 1,300 words by noon, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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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.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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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.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-FLOODS —Torrential rains that swept through China this week have left at least 112 people dead and 91 others missing. SENT: 230 words, photos.

IRAQ-HEAT WAVE — Iraq’s state-run Meteorological Department says it has registered the record hottest day so far this year, with maximum temperatures hitting 53.9 degrees Celsius (129.02 Fahrenheit) in the southern city of Basra. SENT: 440 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.

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NATIONAL

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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.

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HOW TO REACH US

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