BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

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




AFGHANISTAN-GOING ON THE OFFENSIVE — After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive next week against Islamic State group loyalists, an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers. By Lynne O’Donnell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: AFGHANISTAN — Afghanistan marks a national day of mourning a suicide bombing that killed at least 80 people in Kabul. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CAMPAIGN 2016— Hillary Clinton has debuted running mate Sen. Tim Kaine as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality — “everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not” —ahead of next week’s Democratic National Convention. By Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer. SENT: 940 words, video, photos. WITH: DEM 2016-CONVENTION-RULES — Effort to abolish superdelegates fails at DNC rules meeting. SENT: 280 words, photo; DEM 2016-KAINE RETURNS — Tim Kaine gets a warm homecoming in Richmond. SENT: 450 words, photo.

GOP 2016 TRUMP — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is asserting that countries like France that he says are compromised by terrorism may be subjected to the “extreme vetting” he proposes as a deterrent to attacks in the U.S. SENT: 600 words, photo.

IOC-RUSSIAN DOPING — With the image of the Olympics at stake, the IOC meets to consider whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating. By Steven Wilson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from meeting.

AUSTRIA-HITLER’S HOUSE — The townsfolk of Braunau am Inn are tired of being linked to Adolf Hitler just because he was born and spent the first three years of his life here. But they are ambivalent about government plans to seize the house where he was born from Gerlinde Pommer, its reclusive owner who has thwarted efforts to diminish its allure for Hitler admirers, including turning it into an anti-Nazi memorial. By George Jahn. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 a.m., photos.




RAPE VIDEO-UNCONSCIOUS VICTIM — Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman. SENT: 420 words.

CHINA-TIGER MAULING — Tiger mauls woman to death in Chinese wildlife park. 190 words.

EXCESSIVE HEAT-PHILADELPHIA — Temperatures could peak on the first day of the Democratic Convention, possibly hitting 100 degrees. SENT: 600 words.

CHINA-AMPHIBIOUS PLANE — China rolls out world’s largest amphibious aircraft. SENT: 112 words, photo.

COMIC-CON-STAR TREK — A title and ship for new ‘Star Trek’ series: ‘Discovery.’ SENT: 300 words, photos.




DEM 2016-PHILADELPHIA PROFILE — When the Democrats come to the City of Brotherly Love to nominate Hillary Clinton for president and the talk turns to income inequality, Exhibit A will be right outside their windows. The nation’s fifth-largest city is rebounding yet struggling with the gap between rich and poor. UPCOMING: 900 words by 10 a.m., photos. With DEM 2016-PHILADELPHIA GLANCE




POPE-POLAND-MIGRANTS — Solidarity toward migrants is so core to Pope Francis that he recently made welcoming them a potential test for the faithful on Judgment Day. On Wednesday, Francis journeys to Poland, where the populist government has slammed the door to refugees. SENT: 850 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-KASHMIR-DECADES OF CONFLICT — Fury at Indian rule is not new in Kashmir, a stunning mountain region that has known little other than conflict since 1947. An explanation of the conflict’s history what is triggering the latest upheaval. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SOUTHEAST ASIAN MEETINGS — Southeast Asia’s main grouping apparently failed to reach a consensus on how to deal with China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea, intensifying a diplomatic stalemate. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IRAQ — A suicide bomber attacks a security check point at an entrance of a Shiite district in Baghdad, killing at least 12 people. SENT: 230 words.

VENEZUELA-DRUG ARRESTS — Two nephews of Venezuela’s powerful first lady have confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms (1,763 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S., according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case. SENT: 740 words.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Thousands of homes remain evacuated as two massive wildfires rage in tinder-dry California hills and canyons, and authorities say a burned body has been found in one neighborhood swept by the flames. SENT: 580 words, photos. WITH: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.




CHINA-G20-GLOBAL ECONOMY — Finance officials of major economies pledge to boost sluggish global growth but announce no joint initiatives and promise to defend against the shockwaves of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 500 words, photos.




TOUR DE FRANCE — Chris Froome is all but assured his third Tour de France title in four years as he keeps his lead during the final climbing in the Alps. The race ends in Paris with a mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Elysees. SENT: 650 words, photos.




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