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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

August 19, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .




HAJJ — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba from first light in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gathering every year, a trip required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. By Omar Akour. SENT: 670 words, photos. With HAJJ-Q&A — The five-day hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and its significance in Islam. SENT: 920 words, photos.

SCIENCE SAYS-WILDFIRE FUEL — A look at past wildfire seasons shows how weather extremes are becoming more common because of climate change supercharging wildfires. Most fires are sparked by people, but hotter, drier weather corresponds to more intense fires and more acres burned. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 900 words, photo. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Hundreds of Koreans will participate, starting Monday, in a week of temporary reunions with relatives most haven’t seen since the 1950-53 Korean War cemented the division of their peninsula into the North and South. Many of the elderly family members at the reunions, which will be held at the North’s scenic Diamond Mountain resort, know that given the fickle nature of ties between the rival Koreas, it could be their last meeting before they die. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

ANNAN-LEGACY AND WARNINGS —Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems and worried about the rise of nationalism. By Edith Lederer. SENT: 860 words, photos.




TRUMP PORTRAIT COLORADO CAPITOL — An aide to a Colorado legislative leader was punished for helping a progressive group put a portrait of Vladimir Putin on display at the state capitol building after reports that no money had been donated to install a portrait of President Donald Trump. SENT: 290 words

BACKSTREET BOYS CONCERT-OKLAHOMA — At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed. SENT: 130 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israel’s defense minister says he’s closing the country’s main personnel crossing with Gaza in response to recent violence along the border. SENT: 120 words, photos.

FIJI-EARTHQUAKE — A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported. SENT: 70 words.

PEOPLE-ARIANA GRANDE — The very mention of Manchester still brings Ariana Grande to tears. The singer cried during an interview with Ebro for Beats 1 on Apple Music as she shared thoughts on the 2017 concert in England, when a suicide bomber killed 22 people. SENT: 130 words, photo.




GREECE-RENEWABLE ISLAND — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. SENT: 730 words, photos.

CZECH-1968 PHOTOGRAPHER — It’s been 50 years, but powerful images of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia taken by photographer Josef Koudelka still resonate among Czechs and elsewhere in the world — they’ve even been admired in Russia. SENT: 620 words photos.

ARGENTINA-LOSING RELIGION — Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CYPRUS-EGYPTIAN HIJACKER — An Egyptian man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in 2016 and ordered it to land in Cyprus to allegedly protest Egypt’s military-backed government has been extradited to his homeland after giving up a drawn-out legal fight, authorities say. SENT: 360 words, photo.

INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India’s Kerala state, as authorities rushed to bring drinking water to the most affected areas, officials say. SENT: 360 words, photos.

BRAZIL-VENEZUELAN IMMIGRANTS — Residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima attacked Venezuelan immigrants after a local storeowner was robbed, stabbed and beaten in an assault blamed on four migrants, authorities say. SENT: 380 words.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A strong earthquake jolts the Indonesian island of Lombok, causing landslides on Mount Rinjani and damaging buildings, as it tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. SENT: 260 words, photo.




PREGNANT WOMAN-HUSBAND DETAINED — A California woman says she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the man was detained because he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in a homicide case in Mexico. SENT: 470 words.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED — A Colorado judge denies a request by a defense attorney for a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters to require a coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the young girls. SENT: 330 words, photos.

SEATTLE PROTESTS — Right-wing demonstrators gathered in Seattle for a “Liberty or Death” rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated. SENT: 340 words, photos.




GYM--US CHAMPIONSHIPS —Sam Mikulak soars to his fifth US gymnastics title, rebounding from a sluggish performance in the opening round to leave little doubt that he’s fully recovered from an Achilles injury 18 months ago. SENT: 600 words, photos.




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