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BC-AP News Digest 6 pm

August 18, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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Adds: GERMANY-YAZIDI-IS, BRITAIN-PARLIAMENT CRASH, GOLFER BITES OFF FINGER

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TOP STORIES

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SWITZERLAND-OBIT-ANNAN — Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. By Francis Kokutse and John Heilprin. SENT: 1,900 words, photos. WITH: GHANA-KOFI ANNAN — Streets were hushed as the West African nation of Ghana on Saturday mourned Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the first black African to assume the world’s top diplomatic post; SWITZERLAND-OBIT-ANNAN-REACTIONS (both sent); ANNAN-LEGACY AND WARNINGS — Kofi Annan left the United Nations committed to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death he was speaking out about the nationalism he saw rising in a turbulent world. By Edith Lederer. SENT: 700 words, photos.

INSTITUTIONS AND ABUSE — When sex-abuse cases dominate headlines, a familiar pattern often emerges. If it took place at a large organization — be it a church, a large state university or a group — misconduct is often covered up in hopes of saving the institution’s reputation, and the money that accompanies it. Why is the role of institutions so powerful? By Tamara Lush. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

REPUBLICANS LEFT BEHIND — The ranks of the forgotten Republicans are growing. They are members of Congress, governors and state party leaders who have been left behind by President Donald Trump’s Republican Party. Some were forced out. Some chose to leave. Still others continue to serve but do so with a muted voice. The castaways include people like former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,080 words.

MANAFORT-ANOTHER TRIAL — As jurors in Virginia weigh Paul Manafort’s fate in a sprawling financial fraud case, the former Trump campaign chairman still has another trial looming in the nation’s capital — and prosecutors there have a whole new set of charges and a huge volume of evidence. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 740 words, photos.

GERMANY-YAZIDI-IS — German prosecutors say they are taking seriously a Yazidi refugee’s claim that she ran into her former Islamic State captor twice in Germany, but say they need more information to identify him. By Frank Jordans, Rashid Yahya. SENT: 520 words.

HAJJ — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. SENT: 890 words, photos. WITH: HAJJ-Q&A — The five-day hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and its significance in Islam (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GOLFER BITES OFF FINGER — A man bites off another man’s finger during a fight at a Massachusetts golf course. SENT: 110 words.

SCHOOL-SIGN REMOVED — After criticism, Houston school removes sign that told students, “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman.” SENT: 130 words.

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. SENT: 130 words.

PEOPLE-CHOPRA-JONES — It’s official for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The two on Saturday announced on their respective Instagram accounts they are engaged. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SHARK ATTACK-BEACH CLOSED — The Cape Cod beach where a New York man was bitten by a shark has been indefinitely closed to swimming after more sharks were spotted in its waters. SENT: 140 words.

BEAR ATTACK SURVIVOR — Woman who survived bear attack has no hard feelings. SENT; 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PAPADOPOULOS — A former Trump campaign adviser should spend at least some time in prison for lying to the FBI during the Russia probe, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing that also revealed several new details about the early days of the investigation. By Chad Day. SENT: 700 words, photo.

CONGRESS-SOMALI AMERICAN — Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota legislator heavily favored to become a new Muslim voice in Congress, says she wants to get people talking about the kind of nation the U.S. should be. SENT: 560 words, photos.

GOVERNOR-SOUTH DAKOTA-SUTTON — Billie Sutton planned to be a world champion saddle bronc rider, but a rodeo accident that claimed his burgeoning career and his ability to walk led instead to a political rise that could make Sutton the first Democrat elected South Dakota governor in more than four decades. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — Thousands of stranded people are waiting for rescue as relentless monsoon floods batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 170 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is at least partially submerged. SENT: 470 words, photos, video.

ITALY BRIDGE COLLAPSE — Italy’s president demands guarantees that all the nation’s roads are safe following the Genoa highway bridge collapse, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral in the grieving port city. The death toll from the collapse rises to 43. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-POLITICS — Former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan is sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last month’s elections. SENT: 560 words, photos.

ASIAN GAMES-OPENING CEREMONY — Thousands of spectators cheer wildly as athletes from the rival Koreas march together in a spectacular opening ceremony for the Asian Games in Indonesia. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PARLIAMENT CRASH — A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain’s Parliament is charged with attempted murder. SENT: 130 words, photo.

TAIWAN-CHINA-MISSILES — Taiwan is responding to China’s arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing’s military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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MIGRANT SHELTERS-SCHOOLS — A small number of U.S. school systems are preparing for the first day of school on both their public campuses and in new classrooms set up at nearby federal youth migrant shelters. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

LAWSUIT LIMITS-CHURCHES — A so-called tort reform proposal on Arkansas’ ballot that expected little trouble winning passage in deeply red Arkansas is running into a surprising obstacle from a reliable conservative ally. SENT: 840 words, photos.

SWAT STANDOFF-2 DEAD— Two brothers suspected of fatally shooting their physician father in Ohio and then killing themselves were reclusive and paranoid, a police chief says. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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ARETHA FRANKLIN MEMORIES — Global Entertainment Editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody recalls Aretha Franklin, who talked to her about much more than music over more than a decade. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BROWNS-GORDON RETURNS — Browns receiver Josh Gordon has “humbly” returned to the team after an extended absence to deal with his health. The former Pro Bowler has missed most of the past five seasons for numerous violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. SENT: 480 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.

BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE-MLB — Some of baseball’s best young players have competed at the Little League World Series over the last 71 years. Fifty-four have gone on to the majors, and three will be on hand when the Mets play the Phillies on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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