BC-AP News Digest 2 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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OBAMA — The president speaks on opioid addiction at 2:30 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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CHINA-BARBIE HACK — Mysterious cyber-thieves tricked Mattel into wiring over $3 million to a bank in China. The funds were swept up in a tide of dirty money passing through China, which is emerging as global money laundering hub. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 1,360 words, photos. With MONEY LAUNDERING-OLD HAVENS (sent).

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TOP STORIES

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EGYPT-HIJACKED PLANE — A man described as “psychologically unstable” hijacks a flight from Egypt to Cyprus and threatens to blow it up. His explosives turn out to be fake and he surrenders with all passengers released unharmed after a bizarre, six-hour standoff. By Menelaos Hadjicostis and Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 900 words, photos. With video CYPRUS PLANE WRAP (CR); EGYPT-HIJACKED PLANE-THE LATEST (sent). UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

GOP 2016-TRUMP-CAMPAIGN MANAGER — Florida police charge Donald Trump’s campaign manager with simple battery in connection with an incident earlier in the month involving a reporter. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words with new approach words by 4 p.m., photos, video. With video US FL TRUMP MANAGER (CR); GOP 2016-TRUMP-CAMPAIGN MANAGER-THE LATEST (sent); CAMPAIGN 2016 — Ted Cruz wins Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker’s endorsement as all five presidential candidates converge on the state. SENT: 640 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos, video; GOP 2016-TRUMP-DELEGATE FIGHT; GOP 2016-TRUMP-TALK RADIO (both sent).

APPLE ENCRYPTION — The FBI’s announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a setback for Apple and increases pressure on the technology company to restore the security of its flagship product. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With APPLE-OTHER CASES — The FBI’s success in breaking into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers could also help investigators unlock Apple phones in scores of other criminal cases. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4:30 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-UNION FEES — In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, labor unions win on a tie vote a high-profile Supreme Court dispute they had seemed all but certain to lose. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 620 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photo.

ISLAMIC STATE — The recapture of Palmyra in central Syria from Islamic State militants puts Syrian government forces at the heart of the fight against IS — and not just geographically. By Zeina Karam. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

1957 KILLING — A former security guard serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl returns to court Tuesday in his legal battle to convince a judge he’s innocent. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos. With 1957 KILLING-THE LATEST; 1957 KILLING-Q&A (both sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBIT-PATTY DUKE — Patty Duke, an Oscar-winning actress who gained fame as an adolescent and maintained a career through the decades, has died at the age of 69. SENT: 160 words, photos.

PEOPLE-BILL COSBY — Judge: Janice Dickinson’s lawsuit vs. Bill Cosby can proceed. SENT: 310 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

PELE-SAMSUNG LAWSUIT — Pele sues Samsung over improper use of image in newspaper ad. SENT: 140 words.

SUMMER TRAVEL-5 TIPS — Experts offer tips for saving on summer travel; Washington considers more disclosure of airline fees. SENT: 870 words, photo.

AIRLINE EMPLOYEE-BACKPACK — Officials: Airline worker with $282K in backpack arrested. SENT: 300 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SENATE-SUPREME COURT— Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland meets with first Republican senator. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Updates after 2 p.m. meeting, 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

BRIDGE JOBS — So-called ‘bridge jobs’ are helping many older workers make a gradual transition from retirement to complete withdrawal from the labor market. SENT: 860 words, photo, graphic.

OBAMA — The administration issues rule to increase medication-based treatment for people addicted to opioids. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Updates after 2:30 p.m. Obama remarks, 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-TURKEY — U.S. orders all diplomatic and military dependents out of four locations in southern Turkey because of “increased terrorist threats.” SENT: 535 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BELGIUM-ATTACKS — One week after the airport and subway attacks in Brussels, Belgium’s justice minister pleads for an end to the political backstabbing about what went wrong in the investigation and handling of violent extremism. SENT: 470 words, photos.

ASIA-JOURNALISTS UNDER PRESSURE — In many countries across Asia, governments are growing less tolerant of critical reporting, arresting journalists and closing media outlets in some cases. A look at which countries are clamping down on press freedoms. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

YEMEN-HUNGER WAR — Hunger is the most horrific consequence of Yemen’s conflict and has spiraled in a year since Shiite rebels seized the capital and Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the US, responded with a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade. SENT: 1,620 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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FOREIGN ADOPTIONS — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 12 percent last year to the lowest level since 1981, according to new State Department figures. By National Writer David Crary. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

TRANSGENDER RESTROOMS — The North Carolina governor’s race suddenly becomes a referendum on discrimination protections. By Gary Robertson and Jonathan Drew. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-FINDING SNOW — A year after his annual ski trip was nearly ruined by California’s drought, an Associated Press reporter finds an entirely different landscape: it was as if he and his friends had awakened in a white dream. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG-MALCOLM X — Archeologists in Boston are digging at the boyhood home of slain black rights activist Malcolm X. The two-week archaeological dig begins Tuesday in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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YELLEN — Fed Chair Janet Yellen says the Fed still envisions a gradual pace of interest rate increases in light of global pressures that could weigh on the U.S. economy. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-AMERICAN IDOL FINALE — “American Idol,” which gave the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has one more chance to mint a star before it fades into TV and music history next week. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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AP ALL-AMERICA — The Associated Press announces its men’s basketball All-America team. By Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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