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August 26, 2018

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MALL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Florida authorities are reporting a multiple people dead and “many transported” to hospitals after a mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville. SENT: 100 words: UPCOMING: Developing, pursuing photos and video.

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES - As the #MeToo movement spread to state legislatures, lawmakers across the country vowed to beef up their policies against sexual harassment. The follow-through often has failed to match the promises, according to an examination of legislation and policies in all 50 states. Half have taken no action whatsoever this year. By David A. Lieb and Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, 900-word abridged version, AP data distribution. With SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES-GLANCE, a list of every U.S. state lawmaker who has faced repercussions because of sexual misconduct allegations; SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES-POLICIES, a rundown of some of the most common sexual harassment policies adopted this year by state legislatures (both sent).

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TOP STORIES

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OBIT-JOHN McCAIN-A LIFE - For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 2,100 words, photos. With OBIT-MCCAIN-VIETNAM - Before he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, John McCain was Navy royalty as well as a self-described lousy student at the U.S. Naval Academy and a hotshot pilot who had survived three accidental crashes. His time in captivity gave his life purpose; AP WAS THERE-MCCAIN POW RELEASE - Story written by AP photojournalist Horst Faas when McCain’s Vietnamese captors released him on March 14, 1973 (both sent).

McCAIN - John McCain is to lie in state at the Capitol and two former presidents plan to speak at his funeral before the war hero and veteran lawmaker is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery next to his best friend from those school days. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 890 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m. With McCAIN-SENATE SEAT - Sen. John McCain’s death hands Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey a high-pressure decision: Who gets the seat? The conservative Republican’s pick will serve until 2020, and with the Senate so narrowly divided, the scrutiny is high. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo by 4 p.m.

SKOREA REUNIONS-BROTHERLY TALE - Ninety-three-year-old Ham Sung-chan’s eyes widen with excitement as he describes the shock and euphoria of reuniting with his baby brother, now 79, during three days of family reunions in North Korea. By Kim Tong-hyung. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos. This story is this week’s the Monday Spotlight.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE - The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States has accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 that the disgraced former archbishop of Washington regularly invited seminarians into his bed but was still made a cardinal. The letter is an extraordinary allegation from a former Holy See envoy. It also accuses Pope Francis of being told about Theodore McCarrick’s penchant for young seminarians but of rehabilitating him anyway. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

IRELAND-POPE - Pope Francis issues a sweeping apology for the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials regularly didn’t respond with compassion to the many abuses children and women suffered over the years. Hundreds of miles away, somber protesters recited the names of an estimated 800 babies and young children who died at a Catholic Church-run orphanage in the town of Tuam. By Nicole Winfield and Helena Alves. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OBIT-NEIL SIMON - Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ″Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900-word abridged version by 3 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SENATE-FLORIDA - Caught in one of the toughest campaign fights in his lengthy political career, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s recent comments that Russians are meddling in Florida’s election system have triggered a firestorm for the mild-mannered politician. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AUSTRALIA-PRIME MINISTER - Australia’s latest leader, Scott Morrison, spoke with President Donald Trump, organized his Cabinet and met drought-affected farmers on Saturday as the backlash continued over yet another prime minister selected by an internal party vote. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL STORM LANE-HAWAII - Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. A look at the storm and its impact. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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US OPEN-WHAT TO KNOW - Sloane Stephens’ first Grand Slam title defense, Serena Williams’ return to New York and the reunion of the Big Four of the men’s game are among the top story lines heading into the U.S. Open, which starts Monday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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