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August 24, 2018

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TRUMP-LAWYER-TABLOID — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush-money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement tell The Associated Press. The detail comes as several media outlets report that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to National Enquirer chief David Pecker, potentially laying bare his efforts to protect his longtime friend Trump. By Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 870 words, photos.

FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES — Complaints and lawsuits lodged against for-profit colleges are unfolding as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos engineers a seismic shift in the regulatory landscape that stands to benefit the multibillion-dollar industry. It’s an about-face from the Obama administration’s push to police for-profit schools more aggressively and to forgive student debt for those who were charged top dollar for degrees that turned out to be worthless. By Richard Lardner and Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,620 words, photo. Abridged version also available.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-LOYALTY — President Donald Trump has long demanded loyalty from his friends and associates. But he has been learning the hard way that in politics those relationships come and go. A key defection came this week when Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, implicated the president in a stunning plea deal, followed by a longtime friend and media boss cooperating with prosecutors. By Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 950 words, photo. With: TRUMP — Attorney General Jeff Sessions punched back hard at President Donald Trump’s latest criticism as their long-running rift exploded into a public smackdown. Trump, concerned by the legal downfall of two former advisers, accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department, leading Sessions to declare that he and his department “will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video. Eds: For AP’s comprehensive coverage of the Trump investigations: https://apnews.com/tag/Trump-RussiaProbe .

HURRICANE-LANE-HAWAII — Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state’s biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way. Emergency workers rescued five people from a flooded house in Hilo after a nearby gulch overflowed. It’s the state’s first hurricane since 1992. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 990 words, photos, video, interactive. With HURRICANE LANE HAWAII-THE LATEST; SCIENCE SAYS-HAWAII HURRICANES — Hurricanes seldom get close to Hawaii and it’s even rarer for one of the islands to take a direct hit. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 850 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-POLITICS — Australia government lawmakers have elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Morrison defeated the key challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister, by a vote 45-40. Dutton’s supporters had forced incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold the leadership ballot. Turnbull did not contest the ballot and later confirmed his intention to quit politics. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 425 words, photos.

MISSING STUDENT-IOWA — The Iowa college student who was allegedly abducted by a stranger while running last month was killed by “multiple sharp force injuries,” investigators announce. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 690 words, video, photos. With: MISSING STUDENT-IOWA-AGRICULTURE — The arrest of a Mexican farmworker in the death of an Iowa college student renewed calls to change immigration laws, but it also focused attention on the immigrant workers whose labor is essential to agriculture. By David Pitt and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 905 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — A juror in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts and insisted there was reasonable doubt. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 675 words, photos.

GUNS IN SCHOOLS — The Education Department says it is weighing whether to allow states to use federal funds to purchase guns for schools, prompting a storm of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and educators. By Marian Danilova. SENT: 615 words, photos.

PELOSI-DEMOCRATS — Nancy Pelosi is the chief villain of Republican campaign ads, and the subject of much speculation that her grip on power is coming to an end. Nevertheless, she tells the AP she’s not going anywhere — and certainly not while President Trump is in the White House. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,165 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CLERGY ABUSE-SETON HALL — Seton Hall University has begun an investigation into potential sexual abuse at two seminaries it hosts following misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and other priests. By David Porter. SENT: 345 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UN-PALESTINIAN REFUGEES — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says he believes the United States slashed his budget year in response to the international uproar surrounding America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Pierre Kraehenbuehl says the Palestinian refugee issue can’t be wished away. His comments come amid signs that the U.S. is aiming to abolish UNRWA in an apparent attempt to remove one of the most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the negotiating agenda. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TRUMP-FOX NEWS — Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt was in turns sympathetic and gently probing during her interview with President Trump. Yet she was also caught mischaracterizing one of his answers while promoting the event. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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