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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UNITED STATES-SYRIA — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser is calling on Russia to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, leaving open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria. By Hope Yen. SENT: 940 words, photos. Also see ITALY-G7 FOREIGN MINISTERS below.

SUPREME COURT-GORSUCH — A divisive confirmation process behind him, Judge Neil Gorsuch is preparing to take his place as the newest Supreme Court justice. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Ceremonies scheduled for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

EGYPT — In the aftermath of deadly twin bombings of Coptic Churches that killed at least 44 people, President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi is seeking parliamentary approval to declare a three-month state of emergency. El-Sissi is also expected to launch a massive campaign against the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for both bombings. Hamza Hendawi. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 a.m., photos.

IRAQ-WAR TRAUMA — Countless Iraqis, including many children, suffer trauma brought on by years of war, an epidemic that has overwhelmed the country’s limited mental health facilities. Six-year-old Mustafa suffers nightmares, cries at the sound of airplanes and occasionally wets himself, symptoms that worsened last year when an explosion in Mosul killed his cousin and wounded his father before his eyes. By Yesica Fisch and Balint Szlanko. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

CHINA-ISLAMOPHOBIA — Homeowners in a central Chinese city were so opposed to the planned construction of a mosque in their neighborhood that they buried a severed pig’s head on the building site in protest. The dispute shows how a surge in anti-Muslim online sentiment in China is spreading into the offline world and risks further inflaming simmering ethnic tensions that have in the past erupted in bloodshed. By Gerry Shih. SENT: 1,720 words, photos.

TV-TRUMP TALK — The unquenchable thirst for chatter about Trump has changed the dynamics of a fierce daytime television competition in much the same way as it has for late-night TV. “The View” has emphasized political conversation and halted the momentum of its rivals at “The Talk.” By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FORD-HYBRID-POLICE-CAR — Ford says hybrid police car catches bad guys, saves gas too. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ITALY-G7 FOREIGN MINISTERS — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad. SENT: 660 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updating from ministers’ arrival at 10 a.m.

CZECH-LITHIUM — A surge in global use of lithium, a key component in electric batteries, is leading to the revival of a centuries-long mining tradition in the Czech Republic’s Ore Mountains. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ART CLAIM — The grandchildren of a prominent Jewish victim of the Nazis are renewing their fight for title to the world’s oldest illustrated Passover manuscript, hoping newly unearthed archival documents will boost their claim to a jewel of Israel’s leading museum. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-SHIFTING FOCUS — The focus of the health care debate shifts from Barack Obama’s signature law to ideas from Trump and GOP lawmakers — and most people don’t like what they see. SENT: 930 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-NIGERIA — U.S. officials say the Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation’s security forces. SENT: 830 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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HOMEBUYING SEASON-SHORTAGE OF HOUSES — Despite a robust economy, the national supply of homes for sale hasn’t been this thin in nearly 20 years. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

AIRLINE QUALITY — Government figures show U.S. airlines improving at flying on time, handling baggage, and not bumping as many passengers. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after actual ratings are released after 9:30 a.m.

JAPAN-STARTUPS — Japan Inc. where companies with roots going back decades, if not centuries, have long dominated, is finally warming up to startups. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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DEMENTIA AND DOWNFALL — The path that took a suburban dad and nationally recognized school librarian to his death in a homeless shelter is being blamed on a brain disorder called frontotemporal dementia. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,810 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,070 words has also been sent. Sent in advance and available for immediate use.

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NATIONAL

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CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING — Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is expected to plead guilty to state murder charges, leaving him to await execution in a federal prison and sparing his victims and their families the burden of a second trial. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 1 p.m.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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COLOMBIA-CHAPO SHOW — While the real Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is locked up in a cold, tiny cell in New York, his career as a drug lord apparently over, his fictional counterpart is free and in top form in Colombia, where the Univision network and Netflix are filming a television series about his life. By Alba Tobella. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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MASTERS — Sergio Garcia finally won his first major — the coveted green jacket for being the Masters champion — in his 71st try as a professional. By Sports Writer Jim Litke. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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