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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EUROPE ATTACKS — French leader decides to abandon bill that would have revoked citizenship for convicted terrorists and strengthened the country’s state of emergency. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, photos.

PEOPLE-BILL COSBY — Judge to consider delay in Cosby sex battery lawsuit. SENT: 280 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 11:30 a.m. hearing, photos.

CANADA FORD FUNERAL — Funeral to be held for infamous ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SYRIA — Syria’s Assad thanks U.N. chief for comments on taking Palmyra. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CYPRUS-HIJACKED PLANE — A Cyprus court orders the detention for eight days of an Egyptian man who admitted to hijacking a domestic EgyptAir flight and diverting it to the east Mediterranean island nation by threatening to blow it up. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. SENT: 480 words, photos. With CYPRUS-HIJACKED PLANE-THE LATEST.

GOP 2016-TRUMP-ANALYSIS — Even with the built-in expectation that Donald Trump is running an atypical campaign, the Republican front-runner continues to surprise with how far he’s willing to go in busting boundaries that restrain other presidential candidates. An AP News Analysis. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 880 words, photos. TOP VIDEO — US CNN Town Hall (CR) — Trump reverses pledge to support GOP nominee. With CAMPAIGN 2016 — Battery charge against Trump campaign manager eclipses Wisconsin race; GOP-2016-SUPPORTING-NOMINEE — Three Republicans still in race won’t say they’ll back nominee; CAMPAIGN-2016-CLINTON-TRUMP — Clinton takes aim at Trump in ad ahead of New York primary.

UNITED STATES-EUROPE-MILITARY — U.S. officials say the Pentagon will be deploying an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region to reassure allies worried about threats from an increasingly aggressive Russia. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 650 words, photo.

CUBA-COMMUNIST FIGHT — Days after President Barack Obama’s historic visit, leaders of Cuba’s Communist Party are being hit with highly unusual public criticism from their own ranks for imposing new secrecy on social and economic reforms. By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MYANMAR-PRESIDENT — Myanmar’s slow transition to democracy takes a momentous step as a trusted aide to ruling-party leader Aung Suu Kyi takes over as the country’s president, officially ending more than 50 years of the military’s control over government. By Esther Htusan. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

CIVIL CASES-RIGHT TO A LAWYER — A flood of poor defendants representing themselves — often ineffectively — in dire cases involving eviction, foreclosure, child custody and involuntary commitment leads to a push in legislatures to expand rights to free lawyers in certain civil proceedings. By Dave Collins. SENT: 970 words, photos. With CIVIL CASES-RIGHT TO A LAWYER-LEGISLATION — States look to provide lawyers for the poor in civil cases.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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INTERPOL-WORLD’S-WORST-MENU — Painted olives, tainted sugar top Interpol list of fake food. SENT: 140 words.

TIMES SQUARE CHARACTERS — The costumed characters, naked painted ladies and bus tour ticket sellers in Times Square could be restricted to specific zones under proposed legislation. SENT: 550 words, photos.

MARATHON COP-Q&A — Memo to any criminals pursued by Boston’s top cop and marathoner: You can hide, but you can’t outrun him. SENT: 910 words, photos.

MEXICO-GAY SLUR — Mexican Soccer Federation urges fans to stop anti-gay chants. SENT: 450 words, photos.

ALASKA VOLCANO ERUPTION — Ash coats village areas near erupting Alaska volcano. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS-POLITICS — Two Republican governors; two proposals at the heart of LGBT rights. One rejection; one new law. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory arrived at their decisions through different political calculations. SENT: 910 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT — State drought surveyors will trudge through deep snow to manually measure what could be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year. SENT: 480 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from survey expected to begin about 2 p.m.

FLINT WATER — An official with Flint’s water plant says he had planned to treat the city’s drinking water with chemicals to prevent lead corrosion but was overruled by a state environmental regulator. SENT: 960 words, photos.

TEXAS EXECUTION — Attorneys say a 60-year-old former accountant deserves a fair hearing to determine if he’s competent to be executed for gunning down his two young daughters in Dallas while his ex-wife — their mother — listened helplessly on the phone. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Execution set for after 7 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDIA-TAXI RIVALS — Battling for control of India’s booming $9 billion taxi industry, Uber is planning to plow in another $500 million while also challenging its main competitor, Ola, in court. SENT: 940 words, photos. With SPAIN-UBER — Uber running again in Madrid after Spain shutdown since 2014.

EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Police evacuate nearly 1,000 migrants from a makeshift camp near a Paris subway station, and hundreds of people seek to cross from Turkey to Greece despite European efforts to slow down the arrivals. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video. With UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-REFUGEES — U.N. chief urges countries to let in more Syrian refugees; EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE-LATEST.

PAKISTAN — Pakistani police are readying to disperse hundreds of radical Islamists rallying outside the parliament building in Islamabad if they fail to disperse peacefully, officials say. SENT: 290 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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CAREGIVERS — Many relatives and friends providing financial support or care to people with dementia have dipped into their retirement savings, cut back on spending and sold assets to pay for expenses, according to a survey released by the Alzheimer’s Association. SENT: 810 words, photo.

APPLE ENCRYPTION — Apple remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product after the FBI hacks into an iPhone. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.

CHINA-INTERNET RULES — China’s government proposes new regulations governing where businesses register their Web addresses, a move that could strengthen its ability — and legal standing — to censor the Internet. SENT: 540 words.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CAR HEADLIGHTS-SAFETY — A new rating of the headlights of more than 30 midsized car models gave only one model a grade of “good,” which may explain why people have trouble seeing while driving at night. SENT: 800 words, graphic, photo, videos.

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BUSINESS

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TAIWAN-FOXCONN-SHARP — Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones, agrees to buy control of financially struggling Sharp Corp. for $3.5 billion in the first foreign takeover of a major Japanese electronics producer. SENT: 480 words, photos.

CHINA-FILM DEAL — A private film company in eastern China agrees to invest at least $500 million in the studio of former Walt Disney boss Dick Cook to make movies to be distributed worldwide, the companies announced. SENT: 250 words, photo.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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PATTY DUKE — Patty Duke, who won an Oscar for her breathtaking portrayal of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” struggled with bipolar disorder throughout her life and lost a final health struggle at age 69. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 870 words, photos, videos.

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SPORTS

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SAGER’S SPIRIT — Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that’s just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 960 words. TOP PHOTO — OAS 108, Sager and Warriors star Steph Curry talk before game.

TOP ROOKIES — When it comes to the next generation of baseball stars, check out these major league rookies in 2016, beginning with a pair of prospects with postseason experience. By Sports Writer Jay Cohen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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