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BC-AP News Digest 3:05 am

September 4, 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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ONLY ON AP

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FRANKLIN-EULOGY — Aretha Franklin’s family says it was taken aback by a fiery eulogy by a pastor at her funeral last week. The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. said black lives don’t matter unless blacks stop killing each other, and criticized single-parent homes. The Franklins called the eulogy offensive and distasteful. By David Bauder. SENT: 360 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-WHAT TO WATCH — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans are focusing on Kavanaugh’s 12-year career as an appellate court judge while Democrats are expected to grill Kavanaugh on hot-button issues that could swing the court’s majority rightward. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 855 words, photos. With: SENATE-SUPREME COURT — With Republicans hoping to move the Supreme Court to the right for years to come, a Senate committee is beginning hearings for President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the court. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 680 words, photos; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-VIEWERS’ GUIDE — A guide to some of the terms and legal jargon you’re likely to hear at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing (sent).

TRUMP-SESSIONS — President Donald Trump escalates his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 630 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-OBIT-HAQQANI — Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of Afghanistan’s much-feared Haqqani network and a former U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health at 72. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 985 words, photo.

BRAZIL-RIO MUSEUM FIRE — Forensic investigators and researchers await access to the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, gutted in a fire, to find out how the blaze began and what remains of the 20 million artifacts that made the museum one of the most important in Latin America. By Peter Prengaman and Sarah DiLorenzo. SENT: 580 words, photos, video. With: BRAZIL-RIO MUSEUM FIRE-GLANCE (sent).

TROPICAL WEATHER — Tropical Storm Gordon lashes South Florida with heavy rains and high winds, forcing holiday beachgoers to drier ground. Weather forecasters say the storm could strengthen to near-hurricane force by the time it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 675 words, photos.

KAEPERNICK-NIKE — Colin Kaepernick is out of an NFL job, but Nike makes him one of the faces of its 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 514 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ISRAEL-PEOPLE-MONICA LEWINSKY — Monica Lewinsky says she stormed offstage at a Jerusalem event because of an interviewer’s “off limits” question about former President Bill Clinton. SENT: 140 words.

BANNON-NEW YORKER FESTIVAL — Facing widespread outrage, The New Yorker drops plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival this fall. SENT: 750 words, photo.

DICE GAME SHOOTING — Eight people were wounded, two critically, during a shooting at an apartment complex during a dice game. SENT: 180 words, photos.

CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL — Amid tight security, revelers displaying their Caribbean pride took to the streets of Brooklyn with flags waving, music blaring and feet dancing, for New York City’s annual take on Carnival celebrations. SENT: 625 words.

DROWNED MOOSE — Moose crowded by onlookers on shore drowns in Vermont lake. SENT: 330 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-CLIMATE PLAN-GROUND ZERO — President Donald Trump picked West Virginia where he announced rolling back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But he didn’t mention that the northern two-thirds of West Virginia, with the neighboring part of Pennsylvania, would be hit hardest. By Ellen Knickmeyer and John Raby. SENT. 1260 words, photos.

CONGRESS-ELECTION SECURITY — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress. The White House and some Republicans worry it would exert too much federal control over states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which attempted to breach election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

BIDEN-2020 — Friends and advisers say Joe Biden, encouraged to run against Trump, to decide by January if he’ll seek presidency again. By Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,165 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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KUSHNER COS-UNPAID FINES — The Kushner family real estate firm has amassed more than half a million dollars in unpaid fines for various New York City sanitation and building violations. Much of that bill was incurred while presidential adviser Jared Kushner was running the company. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 870 words, photos.

POINTS OF LIGHT — President Donald Trump may have ridiculed former President George H.W. Bush’s “thousand points of light” this summer but the concept is still going strong three decades later. More than 6,000 daily Points of Light awards have given to individuals. The Points of Light foundation promotes volunteerism in 37 countries. By David Sharp. SENT: 670 words, photo.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HANDLING COMPLAINTS — A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement has put a strain on many state and local offices that police workplace discrimination of all kinds. Places such as New York City and Massachusetts have added resources to deal with the surge in complaints. But human rights agencies elsewhere say their small staffs are struggling to keep up with caseloads. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 920 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-NORTH KOREA-XI — As North Korea celebrates a major anniversary this weekend, the presence — or absence — of Chinese President Xi Jinping could highlight just how much vitality has been restored to ties between Pyongyang and Beijing. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 990 words, photos.

CHILE-BACHELET — Michelle Bachelet was 23 when she was tortured during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet and fled into exile. She then rose through the ranks and became Chile’s first women president. Now, she is about to face her past and help fight crimes against humanity worldwide as the new U.N. human rights chief. By Eva Vergara. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PHILIPPINES — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who once compared himself to Hitler, has paid a solemn visit to Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, branding the Nazi leader “insane” as he lamented the genocide of 6 million Jews. By Aron Heller. SENT: 805 words.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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CALIFORNIA BRIDGE-SEISMIC SENSORS — A replacement bridge under construction at the nation’s second-busiest port isn’t just a crucial route for cargo trucks and Southern California commuters — it’s a concrete-and-steel science experiment for engineers and seismologists. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

FOOD-AND-FARM-MAINE-BLUEBERRIES — The Maine wild blueberry industry is locked in a downward skid in an era when “superfoods” dominate the conversation about how to eat. The little blueberries are beloved by health food lovers because of their hefty dose of antioxidants and ability to be used in smoothies and juices. But the industry that harvests them is dealing with a long-term price drop, and looking at a second consecutive year of reduced crop size. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MEDIA-NBC-WEINSTEIN — NBC’s news chairman has sent an exhaustive defense of the network’s handling of Ronan Farrow’s investigation of Harvey Weinstein to his staff members. By David Bauder. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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US OPEN — Roger Federer was stunned in the fourth round of the U.S. Open by 55th-ranked John Millman of Australia 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) on a humid evening. Federer had never lost at Flushing Meadows to someone ranked outside the top 50. Millman reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and will face Novak Djokovic next. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 865 words, photos.

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