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BC-AP News Digest 2:20 pm

August 30, 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

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-SHRINKING PRESIDENCY — As remembrance services for Sen. John McCain move to Washington, President Donald Trump will be glaringly missing. His inability to seize the ceremonial, symbolic power of the presidency threatens to change the office itself and remake Americans’ expectations of their commander in chief. By Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m.

McCAIN SERVICES — People wave American flags and campaign-style signs along the side of the road as a motorcade carrying Sen. John McCain’s body travels from the state Capitol to a church for a second day of memorial services for the maverick politician, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Memorial service ongoing; motorcade arrives 3 p.m. at Air National Guard Base at Sky Harbor International Airport for short private ceremony. Plane bearing McCain’s body departs for Joint Base Andrews at 3:30 p.m.

AP EXPLAINS-SYRIA-IDLIB — In a corner of northwestern Syria packed with nearly 3 million people, a final bloody showdown looms between the government and its opponents. Idlib is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war. It is also potentially the most dangerous. By Philip Issa. SENT: 860 words, photos. With SYRIA — Fearing a military offensive, the U.N. envoy for Syria proposes that civilians holed up in the rebel-held region of Idlib could evacuate to government-held areas — a move that would in essence send many back into parts of Syria they once fled in its 7-1/2-year-old war (sent).

TRUMP-LEGAL TEAM— The departure of top White House lawyer Don McGahn is elevating concerns about the heft of President Donald Trump’s legal team as he faces threats from the ongoing Mueller probe and a potential Democratic takeover in Congress. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 940 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m.

MOROCCO-TORTURED TEEN — The mother of a 17-year-old Moroccan girl who told police she was gang-raped, forcibly tattooed and held against her will for two months recalls how her daughter was dumped at the family’s home by two men, the scars of horror stamped on her body, “her honor lost.” The case in a nation where violence against women is widespread but largely ignored has sparked a public outcry, with people taking to social media to demand justice in tweets invoking the teenager’s name: “We are all Khalidja.” By Amira El Masaiti. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-BLACK CULTURE — This week’s national mourning for the Queen of Soul is also a celebration of the black culture and institutions Aretha Franklin represented and so loved. The many aspects of black culture Franklin embodied have been on full display this week in her hometown, from the black museum that hosted her public viewing for thousands of her fellow Detroiters, to the gospel tradition that launched her singular musical gifts and the black community she gave respect and joy to for more than half a century. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. With ARETHA FRANKLIN-CASKET MOVES — Aretha Franklin’s body has been transported from a Detroit museum that hosted two days of public viewings, the next step in a journey leading up to her funeral on Friday (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OCEAN WARMING — The waters off of New England are already warming faster than most of the world’s oceans, and they are nearing the end of one of the hottest summers in their history. SENT: 540 words, photo.

BRITAIN-ANTI-MAYOR BALLOON — London mayor who OK’d Trump baby blimp to get own balloon. SENT: 140 words, photos.

FRANCE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-DEPARDIEU — A French judicial official says rape and sexual assault accusations against actor Gerard Depardieu are the subject of a preliminary investigation. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

ROOF COLLAPSE-CHICAGO — Authorities say at least eight people were injured after an explosion caused a section of roof to collapse at a Chicago water reclamation plant. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

BOSTON GLOBE-THREATS-ARREST — Federal prosecutors say a California man has been charged with threatening to kill Boston Globe employees over a Globe-coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning President Donald Trump’s suggestion that journalists are the enemy. SENT: 390 words.

TEN--US OPEN-SERENA’S DRESSES — Days after the French Tennis Federation went after her fashion choices, it’s all about the tutu for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. SENT: 200 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-FEDERAL WORKERS — President Donald Trump has told Congress he is canceling a pay raise that most civilian federal employees were due to receive in January, citing budgetary constraints. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

HARVARD-RACE IN ADMISSIONS — In its latest salvo aimed at ending the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration is accusing Harvard University of “engaging in outright racial balancing,” siding with Asian-American students who alleged the Ivy League school discriminated against them. By Maria Danilova, Collin Binkley and Eric Tucker. SENT: 615 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m. Photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump holds an evening campaign rally in Evansville, Indiana, as Republicans seek to unseat vulnerable Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 9 p.m. Developing from rally scheduled for 7:25 p.m. CDT.

TRUMP-GOOGLE-FACT CHECK — In claiming Google shows liberal bias, Trump suggests the search engine shunned his State of the Union speech while promoting Obama’s, but he’s wrong. SENT: 500 words, photo.

TRUMP-CHAUFFEUR — A former chauffeur for President Donald Trump has dropped his lawsuit alleging he was not paid for thousands of hours of work. SENT: 130 words; developing.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — Attorneys prosecuting a Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager say a recent media interview violates a court order not to discuss the case. Jason Van Dyke’s comments to the Chicago Tribune set off a new legal fight days before jury selection is to begin in one of the nation’s most infamous police shootings caught on video. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words; UPCOMING: 850 words with photos by 3 p.m.

NEW MEXICO COMPOUND — A New Mexico judge blames prosecutors for missing a key deadline and allowing three people accused of neglecting their children at a desert compound to go free. The case appeared to be in shambles, despite the death of a 3-year-old boy, evidence of a government plot and alleged talk of jihad and martyrdom. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES — A judge says he will not make an immediate ruling on whether protections should be restored to a group of grizzly bears in the Rocky Mountains. Wyoming and Idaho have set Saturday as the opening day for the first grizzly hunting season outside of Alaska since 1974. SENT: 700 words, photo. Developing.

TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL — Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer in suburban Dallas are criticizing the jury that convicted the officer of murder then sentenced him to 15 years in prison. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — Ohio State University says 145 people have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by a former team doctor accused of groping scores of male athletes and other students during his two decades at the school. SENT: 570 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GERMANY-FAR RIGHT — The governor of Germany’s eastern state of Saxony faces residents of Chemnitz days after anger over the suspected killing of a man by two refugees sparked violent protests, reigniting concern about the anti-migrant sentiment that has shaken up the country’s political system and seen the rise of a far-right party for the first time in decades. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

HONDURAS-DEPORTED TO DANGER-PHOTO GALLERY — No going home for many Hondurans deported back to violent neighborhoods. SENT: 580 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-CHELSEA MANNING — Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, her tour organizer says. SENT: 500 words, photo.

CHINA-ISLAM— Local authorities say “reckless” actions by officials in China’s Ningxia region were to blame for a rare public protest by the country’s Hui Muslim minority group over government plans to raze a mosque. The protest was a rare challenge to the party’s efforts to dictate religious practice. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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TELLTALE DNA— The genetic trail that plants and animals leave behind is helping scientists find them without catching them. Living things shed tiny bits of DNA in their environments all the time. Scientists say scooping a bottle of water or a sample of soil can be enough to detect their genetic material. This information can provide clues about ancient life, early signs of invaders and diseases, and evidence of species that are hard to spot. By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

WARMING-HUNGRY BUGS — A warmer world means more and hungrier insects that feast on corn, wheat and rice — and more crop losses in the future. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/FINANCE

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GMAIL-MACHINE GENERATED REPLIES — “Awesome, thanks!” ″I’ll ask.” ″It was my pleasure!” Google has begun suggesting auto-responses to emails in Gmail on desktop and iPhones, implementing a feature already on its Android app and toeing the line between useful and creepy. The responses are drawing mixed responses from users. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

MICROSOFT-PAID PARENTAL LEAVE — Microsoft says it’s requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-PAUL TAYLOR — Paul Taylor, a towering figure in American modern dance who, in a career that spanned more than six decades, created a vast body of work that reflected both the giddy highs and the depraved lows of the human condition, has died. He was 88. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

FILM-FALL PREVIEW-BARRY JENKINS — Barry Jenkins had one fateful trip to Brussels. While traveling Europe, he wrote the best-picture winning “Moonlight” and an adaptation to James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The latter will be the 38-year-old filmmaker’s much-anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough Oscar-winner. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TV-MAYANS MC — “Mayans M.C.,” a spinoff of motorcycle gang saga “Sons of Anarchy,” tackles conflict along the U.S.-Mexico border amid poverty and a drug war with an almost all Latino cast. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs. Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the U.S. Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 873 words, photos.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION-WHAT TO SAY — Serena Williams has become the latest high-profile mom to disclose her struggles with postpartum depression. The 23-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram recently to share her feelings of inadequacy as a mother. What to say — and what NOT to say — to women suffering postpartum depression can be tricky for friends, colleagues and loved ones who have never experienced it. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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