BC-AP News Digest 3:15 am


Editors: Resends previous digest to update lead item in Top Stories.

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

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ONLY ON AP

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LOWERING THE FLAG — Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis finds. The frequency is leading some to question whether the country has lowered the bar on the lowering of the flag. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 810 words, photos. WITH: LOWERING THE FLAG-HONOREES — A look at honorees ranging from baseball great Yogi Berra to an Ohio police dog. SENT: 1,000 words in chunky text, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TURKEY-AIRPORT BLASTS — As Turkey continues to investigate the Istanbul airport bombing and track down suspects, a Turkish official says the mastermind of an earlier suicide bombing has been killed. By Dominique Soguel. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

GOP 2016-TRUMP-VEEP — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump begins formally vetting prospective vice presidential picks. The New York billionaire is considering former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, among what he previously described as a short list of possible running mates. By Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin. SENT: 630 words, photo.

ATLANTIC CITY CASINO STRIKE — Still seething from the cancellation of its members’ health insurance and pension benefits nearly two years ago, Atlantic City’s main casino workers union says it will go on strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: ATLANTIC CITY CASINO STRIKE-GLANCE (sent).

RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS-MISSISSIPPI — A federal judge blocks a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny or delay services to same-sex couples. SENT: 220 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

EUROPE-WORLD WAR I — One week after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron and royal family members will stand side by side with France’s president at the centenary of the deadliest battle of the First World War. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 a.m.

SELF-DRIVING CAR-DEATH — The U.S. announces the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company who nicknamed his vehicle “Tessy” and had praised its sophisticated “Autopilot” system just one month earlier for preventing a collision on an interstate. The government said it is investigating the design and performance of the system aboard the Tesla Model S sedan. By Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,370 words, photo, video. WITH: SELF-DRIVING CAR-DEATH-ABRIDGED; SELF-DRIVING CAR-INDUSTRY — It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared and could add to the public’s apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. UPCOMING: 590 words by 4 a.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT — Friday night’s $450 million Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

GAY TALESE-BOOK — Veteran journalist and author Gay Talese says he will not promote his forthcoming book, “The Voyeur’s Motel,” after questions were raised about the credibility of its main source. SENT: 330 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

MUSIC-PAUL SIMON — If Paul Simon is serious about calling it quits, he didn’t let on to a hometown crowd in his native Queens. SENT: 450 words.

ABORTION FLORIDA — A federal judge blocks key portions of a new Florida law that places restrictions on abortions clinics in the state. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 510 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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OBAMA LEGACY-IMMIGRATION — When Obama leaves office in January, immigration overhaul will stand as the most glaring failure in his 7½-year effort to enact a vision of social change. By Kathleen Hennessey. UPCOMING: 1,350 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-WARM-UP ACTS — Donald Trump’s warm-up acts at his raucous campaign rallies sometimes stir up controversy along with supporters because of their ethnic and religious comments. By Jill Colvin. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.

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NATIONAL

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WWI-PURPLE HEARTS RETURNED — A National Guard soldier’s ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families takes him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago. SENT: 260 words.

FATAL GRIZZLY ATTACK — The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the wild and vast forest that spreads from the shadows of the park’s rugged peaks. By Matt Volz and Matthew Brown. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE CHALLENGES — Rodrigo Duterte, who has been sworn in as the Philippines’ 16th president, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill: eradicating crime — especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder — in three to six months. SENT: 740 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION — Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country’s fifth prime minister in three years. SENT: 770 words, photos. WITH: AUSTRALIA-ELECTION-CHALLENGER PROFILE; AUSTRALIA-ELECTION-LEADER PROFILE (both sent).

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