BC-AP News Digest 3 am


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

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DEVELOPING

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LAWMAKER KILLED — Suspect’s court appearance scheduled before 8 a.m.

SPACE STATION — Landing scheduled for 5:13 a.m.

OBAMA — Speech scheduled for 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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LAWMAKER KILLED — British police charge a man who had ties to a neo-Nazi movement with murder and other offenses in the slaying of a popular Labour Party lawmaker, Jo Cox. Thomas Mair will appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court later Saturday. By Shawn Pogatchnik and Greg Katz. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 a.m., photos. UPCOMING: Developing from suspect’s court appearance, scheduled for before 8 a.m.

IRAQ — Iraqi government forces seek to secure central Fallujah as the Islamic State group’s 2-year-old grip crumbles after weeks of fighting, and thousands of civilians try to flee the city. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 a.m.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Felipe Marrero wakes up in his hospital bed at night still thinking he smells gunpowder, nearly a week after the shooting rampage at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It’s just one of the ways the 30-year-old has suffered after being shot four times during the attack that left 49 people dead and more than 50 wounded. By Jason Dearan. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-CRACKDOWN — Within six days of announcing a crackdown on Islamist militants, Bangladesh had filled its jailhouses with 11,600 new detainees in what seemed like an astonishing display of law enforcement might. The problem is, less than 2 percent of those picked up are suspected radicals, and not one is considered to be a high-level operative. By Katy Daigle. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OAKLAND POLICE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — Oakland, Calif., loses its third police chief in eight days as it struggles with allegations that a number of officers had sex with a teenage prostitute and exchanged racist text messages. SENT: 410 words, photo.

ORTHODOX SYNOD — A historic attempt to bring together the leaders of the world’s Orthodox churches for the first time in more than a millennium stalls just ahead of the meeting’s opening after the powerful Russian church and three others pull out over disputes ranging from the seating plan to relations with the Vatican. By Patrick Quinn and Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBAMA — The first family continues its field trip with a visit to Yosemite Valley in California. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words after 2 p.m. speech.

SPACE STATION — A Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts — a Russian, an American and a Briton — is to leave the International Space Station and land in the steppes of Kazakhstan. Landing scheduled at 0913 GMT. UPCOMING: Landing scheduled for 5:13 a.m.; 300 words by 6 a.m., photos.

SINGER SHOT-FLORIDA-FUNERAL — Thousands of friends and fans say farewell to “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie. SENT: 410 words, photos.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK — Authorities say a mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son in Colorado. SENT: 140 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-MEXICAN AS A SLUR — Donald Trump’s use of the word “Mexican” against a U.S.-born federal judge of Mexican descent highlights the history of the word as a slur used to dismiss U.S.-born Latinos. SENT: 880 words, photos. With GOP 2016-TRUMP’S PARTY — If Donald Trump’s Republican Party were a family and its national convention a reunion, a therapist might say there are issues to resolve. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SYRIA-DISSENTING DIPLOMATS — More than 50 State Department officials shake up America’s generally obedient diplomatic establishment this week with an internal memo urging U.S. military action against Syria’s government. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. Eds: Also moved in previous cycle.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MEXICO-JUSTICE REFORM — It would have seemed routine in many places: A defendant accused of illegally possessing a gun sat across a gleaming courtroom from the judge who accepted his guilty plea and would pronounce his sentence. For Mexico, though, it represents a remarkable change, part of sweeping judicial reforms nationwide. SENT: 670 words, photos.

BRITAIN-EU-IMMIGRATION — In the English port of Dover, the issue of immigration looms large in shaping voters’ views for the June 23 referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union. SENT: 1,170 words, photos. Eds: Version of this story moved in a previous cycle. It has been updated with death of lawmaker Jo Cox.

GREECE-MIGRANTS-UN — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens before heading off to the Greek island of Lesbos to view the refugee situation there. UPCOMING: 130 words by 11 a.m.; updates on merits.

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NATIONAL

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WESTERN WILDFIRES — Firefighters battling California wildfire struggle with strong overnight winds and brace for extreme heat wave this weekend. SENT: 620 words, video, photos, audio.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CHURCH RESPONSE — LGBT advocates are upset that many conservative religious leaders, while issuing statements of grief, won’t specifically note that gays and lesbians were victims of the Orlando shooting. SENT: 940 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-APPLE — A Chinese regulator orders Apple to stop selling two versions of its iPhone 6 in Beijing after finding they look too much like a competitor, but Apple says sales are going ahead while it appeals. SENT: 210 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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TRAUMA CARE — Up to 1 in 5 people may be dying unnecessarily from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 870 words, photo, graphic. Eds: Also moved in previous cycle.

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SPORTS

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US OPEN-ON THE TEE — Dustin Johnson started out early and finished 36 holes as darkness enveloped Oakmont Country Club. He did it well enough to grab a share of the lead in the U.S. Open, a position not unfamiliar to him. Now those closest to Johnson will have to put in marathons of their own Saturday to stay in contention in a tournament turned upside down by storms. SENT: 630 words, photos.

RUSSIAN DOPING-WHISTLEBLOWERS — The Russian whistleblowers who exposed a widespread doping scandal in their home country learned Friday, along with the rest of the world, that Russia’s track team has been banned for the Olympics. SENT: 500 words.

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HOW TO REACH US

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