A selection of AP offerings that are especially good reads, shareable, consumer-friendly, or likely to generate talk or buzz. Please see the News Digest and News Coverage Advisory 10:15 for top stories and other highlights. All times EDT.
LIGHT IN THE SKY – A Chinese rocket re-enters the atmosphere near California around the same time many people share video on social media of a mysterious bright object streaking across the night sky. SENT: 140 words.
POWERBALL JACKPOT – No one matches the jackpot-winning numbers in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, and the prize increases to an estimated $478 million. SENT: 100 words, photo.
DEM 2016-CONVENTION-BRADLEY COOPER – Bradley Cooper’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention irks some conservative fans of the actor’s portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in 2014’s “American Sniper.” SENT: 130 words, photo.
DYLAN CRASH-50TH ANNIVERSARY – Bob Dylan’s tumble from his Triumph is the most fateful motorcycle crash in pop-culture history, but even 50 years later, the details remain foggy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
WARREN-SAPP-SHARK BITE – Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is OK after being bitten on the arm by a shark while catching lobster off the Florida Keys. SENT: 130 words, photo.
DRUG DEATHS-ELEPHANT SEDATIVE – A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country’s heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states. SENT: 610 words, photo.
OLD LOBSTER SAVED – Larry the Lobster, who gained fame being spared from a boiling pot in Florida, has died. SENT: 130 words.
JUPITER-HURRICANE HEAT – Astronomers say a massive hurricane on Jupiter could be heating up parts of the gas giant’s upper atmosphere. SENT: 130 words.
OBIT-JACK DAVIS – Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died at 91. SENT: 360 words, photo.
DIGITAL LIFE-FACEBOOK MESSENGER – Five cool things to do with Facebook Messenger. SENT: 710 words, photos.
EXERCISE AND SITTING – Scientists analyzing data from more than 1 million people found that it takes about 60 to 75 minutes of “moderate intensity” exercise to undo the damage of sitting for at least eight hours a day. Not exercising and sitting all day is as dangerous as being obese or smoking, they found. SENT: 530 words, photo.
POLAND-POPE_FALL — Pope Francis misses step, falls down before Mass in Poland. SENT: four photos, video, text.
US DNC OBAMA 3 — In an emotional convention speech, President Barack Obama told Democrats he’s ready to ‘pass the baton’ to Hillary Clinton, and urged America to vote for her and for an optimistic future.
COMING LATER TODAY
POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE – Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to speak at a Baton Rouge vigil honoring the three law enforcement officers who were killed by a gunman during a shootout outside a convenience store. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from 3 p.m. service, photos.
MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM – A pop-up museum dedicated to all things ice cream is treating visitors to a pool of rainbow sprinkles, edible balloons and an immersive chocolate room — and of course scoops of heavenly ice cream created by food scientist Irwin Adam. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
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