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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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016-MINORITIES — The 2016 presidential campaign has buried thoughts of a post-racial America, with racial and ethnic groups at the center of the most public strife seen in the political arena since the height of the civil rights movement. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 830 words, photo.

MEMORIAL DAY-TRAVEL — Fast-moving airport security lines at the start of the Memorial Day weekend could bode well for return travelers Monday. Travelers report moving quickly through airport checkpoints after authorities open extra screening lanes and use bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes. By Jeff Martin and Russ Bynum. SENT: 830 words, video, photos.

NEPAL-EVEREST-THE BODIES — After five people died climbing Everest, dozens of Sherpa guides have spent days trying to bring down the bodies. They’re racing against time, with oncoming monsoon storms expected to make the already-hostile slopes impassable. The job is so dangerous that many bodies are simply left on the mountain. But for family and friends, the return of loved ones offers some closure. By Tim Sullivan and Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Eds: This is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

FRANCE-PAUL WATSON — He’s a fugitive on Interpol’s infamous Red List and a self-described pirate who’s done jail time, but supporters see Capt. Paul Watson as a heroic marine conservationist who risks his life and the lives of his crew to save countless endangered whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks from slaughter. By Thomas Adamson. UPCOMING: 900 words by 7 a.m., photos.

JOHNNY DEPP-DIVORCE —Johnny Depp will continue to be popular and make millions as a movie star, despite his estranged wife’s allegations that he was physically abusive throughout their relationship. But the Oscar-nominated Depp will have a permanent edge now that no camera lens can soften. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3:30 a.m., photos.

INDY 500-THE NEXT 100 — Ray Harroun never could have imagined the speed, science and styling behind the cars that will be on the starting grid for the 100th Indy 500, not when he was piloting the Marmon Wasp to victory in the inaugural race. What will the next 100 years bring? By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SMALL PLANE CRASH — A small World War II vintage plane spews smoke and crashes in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, and divers recover a body from its sunken wreckage. SENT: 450 words, photos, audio.

GLEE ACTOR CHARGED — Former “Glee” star Mark Salling has been charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. SENT: 260 words, photo.

MISSING HIKER-MAINE — The family of a hiker who died after getting lost on the Appalachian Trail in Maine isn’t going to second-guess searchers. SENT: 130 words, photo.

NYC COMMISSIONER-RAPPER REACTS — Darryl “DMC” McDaniels says the New York police commissioner’s recent comments — where he labeled rappers as thugs following a shooting at a hip-hop concert — are disrespectful. SENT: 550 words, photo.

I TRIED IT-GOALKEEPING — With the beginning next week of soccer’s Copa America, AP Sports Writer Tim Booth wanted to see what it would be like to face shots from some top MLS talent. Dumb idea, he quickly realized. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-MANAGEMENT STYLE — In business and politics, Donald Trump has been eager to encourage rivalries and pit even those closest to him against each other. Now his penchant for internal competition is roiling his Republican presidential campaign. SENT: 930 words, photo.

MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT — The Pentagon is relying on information it refuses to make public to dispute an AP investigation that found the military misled Congress about sexual assault cases. SENT: 810 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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SEVERE WEATHER-TEXAS — Officials in Texas brace for the possibility of more rain over the long Memorial Day weekend after flooding there killed one person and left three others missing. SENT: 410 words, video, photos.

MISSING GIRL DRAGGED — The frantic search for a teenage girl who was last seen being dragged, bleeding and screaming, by an armed acquaintance shifts to a remote area in Northern California about 65 miles from where she was abducted. SENT: 460 words, photos.

SCHOOL FUNDING-KANSAS-Q&A — Questions and answers about a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that could prevent the state’s public schools from opening next school year. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ARGENTINA-OPERATION CONDOR — Argentina’s last dictator and 14 other former military officials are sentenced to prison for human rights crimes, marking the first time a court has ruled that Operation Condor was a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and disappear people across borders. SENT: 680 words, photos. With ARGENTINA-OPERATION CONDOR-GLANCE (sent).

JAPAN-US-OKINAWA — The U.S. military in Japan is restricting celebrations and off-base alcohol consumption in Okinawa after the arrest of a former Marine suspected of killing a woman on the southern Japanese island. SENT: 280 words.

IBERIAN TOURISM BOOM — With sunny days getting longer and lazier, sparkling beaches warming up and terrorism fears driving customers away from other Mediterranean destinations, Spain and Portugal are reaping an economic bonanza from tourism. UPCOMING: 900 words by 7 a.m., photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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SPACEX LAUNCH — SpaceX pulls off another rocket landing, the third in just under two months. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 290 words, video, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-WANDA CITY — China’s largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, opens a sprawling entertainment complex in southeast China that it is positioning as a competitor to take on Disney and its $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park opening next month. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CAVALIERS ADVANCE — For LeBron James, his second straight trip to the NBA Finals since rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers feels a lot different than the first. By Sports Writer Ian Harrison. SENT: 750 words, photos.

THE WAITING GAME — Born in Poland, kayaker Michal Smolen had a chance to compete in the London Olympics but chose to skip them. Now, after waiting to get his U.S. citizenship, he’ll wear the red, white and blue at the Olympics in Brazil. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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