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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TOP STORIES

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FRANCE-ELECTION — France’s election campaign watchdog is investigating a hacking attack and document leak targeting presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, who faces a tense raise against Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s runoff vote. Voting begins Saturday in France’s overseas territories before moving to the mainland. By Angela Charlton and Raphael Satter. SENT: 750 words, video, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: FRANCE-ELECTION-TWIST — In long-feared twist, online leak rattles French campaign; FRANCE-ELECTION-THE LATEST; FRANCE-ELECTION-LE PEN INTERVIEW — Le Pen tells The AP she “changed everything”; FRANCE-ELECTION-TIMELINE; FRANCE-ELECTION-WHY IT MATTERS (all sent).

TRUMP-RUSSIA — A request from Donald Trump’s transition team stands out as an early warning about ties between the president-elect’s choice for national security adviser, Mike Flynn, and a top Russian official. BY White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. WITH: CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — Senate asks Trump associates for details on Russian contacts; UNITED STATES-RUSSIA — High-level US-Russia talks set for next week in NYC (both sent).

HEALTH CARE-POLITICS — It’s “Trumpcare” now and Republicans have to answer for it, leaving Democrats giddy about what could be severe political consequences for the GOP. By Bill Barrow and Steve Peoples. SENT: 870 words, photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED — A white Texas police officer is free on bond on a murder charge in the shooting of a black teenager who was inside a car leaving a party. Roy Oliver turned himself in Friday night just hours after an arrest warrant was issued for the killing of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. By Claudia Lauer and Will Weissert. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SYRIA-SAFE ZONES DEAL-Q&A — The Russian plan to create safe zones in Syria, is the latest in a string of efforts to ease the country’s horrendous violence. After past failures, this deal holds a key difference: Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops are to monitor compliance on the ground. But there are also flaws that could doom the deal. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 800 words, photos; WITH: SYRIA —Relative calm in Syrian safe zones after deal implemented; SYRIA-THE LATEST (sent).

IRAQ-MOSUL HUNGER — As Iraqi forces continue to make slow progress in the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul, food supplies are running dangerously low for civilians trapped inside militant-held territory and those inside recently retaken neighborhoods. Humanitarian groups, citing safety concerns, can’t reach civilians in frontline neighborhoods and for those under the control of IS, siege-like conditions have prevented supplies of food from reaching them for more than six months. By Bram Janssen. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

KENTUCKY DERBY — No dominant horse and chance of rain make for a most unpredictable Kentucky Derby. The winter prep races did nothing to establish a clear favorite. Classic Empire is the 4-1 pre-race choice. Always Dreaming and McCracken are the co-second choices at 5-1. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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LORETTA LYNN-STROKE — Country legend Loretta Lynn hospitalized after having stroke. SENT: 350 words, photos.

OREGON JAIL-IMMIGRANTS — Immigrants being held in Oregon jail staged hunger strike. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NOT REAL NEWS — A look at what didn’t happen this week. SENT: 560 words, photos.

BKN–CAVALIERS-RAPTORS — LeBron James scored 35 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round NBA playoff series. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ATH–2-HOUR MARATHON — Kipchoge falls just short in attempt to run sub 2-hour marathon. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SENATE-ARMY SECRETARY — President Donald Trump’s choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. SENT: 600 words, photos.

POLITICS AND THE PULPIT — President Donald Trump’s order to ease limits on political activity by religious organizations is being met with both enthusiasm and dread from religious leaders, with some rejoicing in the freedom to preach their views and endorse candidates and others fearing the change will erode the integrity of houses of worship. UPCOMING: 900 words with photos by noon.

TRAVEL BAN LAWSUITS-Q&A — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is about to be scrutinized by a federal appeals court for the first time. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday in the case that has thwarted the president’s attempt to bar certain people from entering the country in the name of national security. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SKOREA-ELECTIONS-MOON’S DRAMA — The front-runner in next week’s South Korean presidential election is the son of North Korean refugees who worked to reconcile with North Korea. Now Moon Jae-in is poised to succeed ousted leader Park Geun-hye, the daughter of the slain dictator he opposed in the 1970s. By Hyung-jin Kim. WITH: SKOREA-ELECTIONS-THE CENTRIST — Ex-computer software mogul eyes SKorean presidency; SKOREA-ELECTIONS-THE CONSERVATIVE — Conservative eyes upset in presidential vote (both sent).

NORTH KOREA-BLAMING OTHERS — In the paranoid universe of North Korea, the feverish accusations it makes against its sworn enemies bear a creepy resemblance to its own misdeeds. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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HINDENBURG-80TH ANNIVERSARY — Historical society lays wreaths at Hindenburg crash site in New Jersey to mark anniversary of disaster, historic broadcast. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing after evening ceremony, then 500 words by 8:30 p.m., photos. WITH: AP WAS THERE — AP’s original coverage of the Hindenburg disaster. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

AARON HERNANDEZ-DEATH — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was a member of the Bloods street gang and was once disciplined for having gang paraphernalia, according to newly released documents related to the investigation into his prison suicide. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SIX KILLED-TRIAL — A jury says an Arizona prisoner convicted of killing six people in Yuma in 2005 should be sentenced to death. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK — The Asian Development Bank’s leaders say spending should concentrate on high-quality projects to promote development that make technology available to all as the region stretches to make up for a shortfall in needed investment. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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