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August 11, 2018

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STOLEN AIRPLANE — A “suicidal” airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound, officials say. By Elaine Thompson and Michael balsamo. SENT: 650 words, photos. With STOLEN AIRPLANE-THE LATEST.




TRUMP-RACE — There has been no reset, no moment of national healing. One year after blaming “both sides” for violent clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters, President Donald Trump stills flirts with racially tinged rhetoric — and feels little blowback from Republican leaders or GOP voters when he does. Black leaders and Democrats argue Trump’s tone and actions on race have gotten even worse in the months since the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. By Julie Pace, Steve Peoples and Zeke Miller. SENT: 990 words, photo.

TRUMP-OMAROSA —Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving “like a dog off the leash” at numerous events he attended without his wife, first lady Melania Trump. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 520 words, photos.

KAVANAUGH-HEARINGS — Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. By Lisa Mascaro and Mark Sherman. SENT: 870 words, photos.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER-RALLY — Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, alarming activists who plan to rally against the hatred and bloodshed that shocked the nation last summer. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 510 words, photos.

CHINA-MOSQUE DEMOLITION — A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party says no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a massive mosque in the northwest. By Sam McNeil and Yanan Wang. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.




TRUMP-TWITTER-LAWSUIT — A free speech group says President Donald Trump is still blocking dozens of people from his Twitter account despite a court’s ruling that doing so violates the First Amendment. SENT: 130 words.

TRUMP-NAFTA — President Donald Trump says a trade deal with Mexico is “coming along nicely,” but Canada must wait. SENT: 180 words.

JAPAN-RESCUE HELICOPTER CRASH — All nine people aboard a Japanese search and rescue helicopter that crashed into the central mountains were confirmed dead, authorities say. SENT: 200 words, photos.

PAKISTAN: Pakistani officials say gunmen killed three police in an overnight attack, while a suicide bomber wounded three Chinese engineers and three paramilitary guards in a separate incident. SENT: 120 words.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week. SENT: 540 words, photos.

GIRL KILLED-HIGHWAY — A Detroit man whose 7-year-old daughter was struck and killed when she went for help after he crashed a stolen van has been charged with murder and other counts. 120 words.




TRUMP-BEDMINSTER — President Donald Trump is spending his summer vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. Wait, don’t call it “vacation.” Trump, who is loath to admit to sleeping — let alone taking time off — has spent his week away mixing downtime and golf rounds with meetings and dinners, intent on projecting the image that he’s been hard at work.SENT: 1,030 words, video, photos.

HAWAII PRIMARY — The winners of most of the Democratic Party’s primary races in Hawaii this weekend will be the favorites to win the general election in November. The most hotly contested matches in this deep blue state are for governor and the state’s 1st Congressional District. SENT: 610 words, photos.

MIDTERMS-DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT — Democratic voters were more enthusiastic than Republicans in nearly a dozen federal special elections since President Donald Trump took office, an Associated Press analysis found, giving party leaders hope that even a series of narrow losses in GOP territory bodes well for them in November. SENT: 960 words, photos, graphic.

IOWA-AVENATTI — Michael Avenatti, the self-styled provocateur taking on the president for porn actress Stormy Daniels, has told Iowa Democrats that the party needs a bare-knuckle fighter to take back the White House. It’s a role he is considering filling himself. SENT: 850 words, photos. With IOWA-2020 DEMOCRATS — Little-known Democratic 2020 hopefuls make early Iowa visits (sent).




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Firefighters worked furiously to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two weeks. SENT: 590 words, video, photos.

ROUNDUP WEED KILLER-CANCER — A jury has awarded $289 million in damages to a dying man who claims Monsanto’s popular Roundup weed killer gave him cancer, and his lawyer says the verdict could bolster thousands of similar lawsuits. SENT: 560 words, photos, audio.




CHINA-TAIWAN-DIPLOMACY — When Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departs Sunday for Latin America, she’ll be traveling to a region she’s already visited three times in two years. She doesn’t have many other options. As Tsai crosses the halfway mark of her first four-year term, an eight-day swing through Paraguay and Belize is a reflection of how Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation has worsened in the midst of a suffocating Chinese pressure campaign. SENT: 620 words, photo.

MALI-ELECTIONS — Mali’s first round of voting last month saw electoral agents killed and voting materials destroyed by extremists linked to al-Qaida. Now on Sunday the country will go for round two. Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita faces off against Soumaila Cisse, who also challenged him in a runoff in 2013. SENT: 610 words.

ROMANIA-PROTEST — Romanian police defend their use of force after an anti-government protest turned violent leaving 455 people, including three dozen riot police, needing medical treatment. SENT: 300 words, photos.

JAPAN-NORTH KOREA — Japan’s government says it is looking into reports that a Japanese citizen was detained this month in North Korea. A report from the broadcaster NTV says the man is a 39-year-old self-claimed “video creator” who was on a group tour in the North and was supposed to return to Japan on Aug. 13. SENT: 310 words.




CLOSE TO THE SUN-HOT FACTS — A last-minute technical problem delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun. The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe. Rocket maker United Launch Alliance says it would try again Sunday, provided the helium-pressure issue can be resolved quickly. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 180 words, photo.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed nearly 400 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 10 inches. SENT: 430 words, photos.




NFL-ANTHEM DEMONSTRATIONS — While the NFL continues discussions with the players’ union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression. They are not against the country, military, flag or “The Star-Spangled Banner” itself. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major. Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver wasn’t as reliable, he didn’t see many putts drop and he didn’t hit the ball quite as well as the day before. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 990 words, photos. With PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-GLANCE.




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