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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Turkey captures two more suspected of raiding Erdogan’s hotel. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

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ONLY ON AP

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RIO-FILTHY WATER — Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month study commissioned by The Associated Press. By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 2,000 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — RIO WATER (CR) — AP Investigation: Rio beaches dangerously dirty. UPCOMING: An abridged version of 900 words will be sent at 9:01 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP — By engaging in an emotionally charged feud with the bereaved parents of a decorated Muslim U.S. Army captain, Donald Trump begins the first full week of the general election campaign having put his strategy of saying the politically unimaginable to its greatest test yet. By Lisa Lerer and Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3:45 a.m., photos. Also see TV-LIBERAL COMICS below.

OBAMA-VETERANS — President Barack Obama is touting strides in reducing homelessness among military veterans as his administration reaches the halfway point in building a massive database on veterans’ health. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3:45 a.m., photo. UPCOMING: Obama to speak at convention in Atlanta at 1:35 p.m.; participates in private campaign event at 2:45 p.m.

HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS — The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas and killed all 16 people aboard had been arrested in Missouri for driving while intoxicated in 2000 and the Better Business Bureau there had warned consumers about doing business with him after complaints about his balloon touring company. By Will Weissert. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

SYRIA-CHILD ACTOR — Fresh-faced with a toothy grin and thick black hair, Qusai Abtini found a curious path in Syria’s civil war: He became a child actor who rose to local celebrity depicting the traumas of rebel-held areas of his home city, Aleppo. The tragic reality intruded on that innocence this month. Qusai, the 14-year-old boy who played the husband, was killed when a missile struck the car he was in as he tried to escape Aleppo. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

GOING FOR GOLD, OR BROKE? — The Olympics spark hope in many a child of going for the gold. But in financially supporting those dreams, some parents are going for broke. A survey by TD Ameritrade of parents whose children are involved in elite youth sports finds most pay between $100 and $499 a month. For one in five, it’s more than $1,000. Some parents can absorb the cost, but others are working second jobs, depleting their savings or otherwise compromising their own financial well-being to fund the activities. By Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 1,010 words, photos. With GOING FOR GOLD OR BROKE-TIPS. This is the Tuesday Spotlight. Also see GRAY-FEMALE WRESTLER below.

NORWAY-PARADOX NATION — Norway wants to get rid of gasoline-fueled cars, plans to become carbon neutral by 2030 and spends billions on helping poor countries reduce their carbon footprints. Meanwhile, it’s pushing ever farther into the Arctic Ocean in search of oil and gas. It’s a paradox that some see as forward-thinking but some environmental activists claim is hypocritical. By Mark Lewis. UPCOMING: 870 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TEEN CHOICE AWARDS — Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba bring seriousness to Teen Choice Awards. SENT: 570 words, photos.

TRAMPOLINE-PARK-INJURIES— Trampoline park injuries jump 12-fold as trend spreads. SENT: 350 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TAIWAN-ABORIGINAL APOLOGY — Taiwan’s president apologizes on behalf of the government to the island’s aboriginal peoples for 400 years of conquest and colonization, saying the facing of difficult historical facts is necessary for society to move forward. SENT: 350 words, photo.

KOREAS-TENSION — An organization believed to be run by North Korea’s government hacks into the email accounts of dozens of officials, journalists and others in South Korea this year, Seoul officials say, the latest cyberattack that the South blames on its rival. SENT: 290 words, photo.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan authorities say an overnight attack on a Kabul guesthouse for foreign contractors claimed by the Taliban leaves one policeman dead and four wounded. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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WEST VIRGINIA FLOODS-GOVERNOR’S RACE — Billionaire gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice opened The Greenbrier, his upscale West Virginia resort, to flood victims this summer, and that could get him a boost from voters. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 a.m., photos.

A MIFF IN THE MEDIAN — Now that protesters and delegates have left town, Philadelphia is free to debate serious issues — like whether to make permanent the convention-time ban on parking in the median of the city’s main drag. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — A wildfire that broke out over the weekend in California’s Central Valley damages homes and forces hundreds of evacuations as it surged, while a 10-day-old blaze on the Central Coast keeps growing and causing problems for firefighters and displaced residents. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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OLYMPICS

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GRAY-FEMALE WRESTLER — Adeline Gray started wrestling at age 6, taught by her dad and uncle, and regularly beat boys in high school. Now she’s ranked No. 1 at 75 kg and ready to win the first gold for U.S. women’s wrestling at the Rio Olympics. By Sports Writer Melissa Murphy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — One of the last people who would have predicted Jimmy Walker’s win in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol was the man himself. By Sports Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-LIBERAL COMICS — There’s one area where Trump is guaranteed to beat Hillary Clinton this fall: he’ll be the butt of the most jokes by late-night comics. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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At the Nerve Center, Jerome Minerva can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Hiroshi Otabe (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Dien Magno (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact [email protected] or call 877-836-9477.

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