BC-AP Top Stories Digest
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.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — No one is left in Paradise. Abandoned, charred vehicles clutter the main thoroughfare, evidence of the panicked evacuation a day earlier as a wildfire tore through the Northern California community. Nine people have been found dead. Entire neighborhoods are leveled. The business district is destroyed. In one day, this Sierra Nevada foothill town of 27,000 founded in the 1800s was largely incinerated by flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do. By Paul Elias and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,175 words, photos.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in Southern California’s hills and canyons has killed two people and had more than doubled in size. Officials took advantage of temporarily calm conditions to assess damage from the blaze that has burned 109 square miles (282 square kilometers) north and west of downtown Los Angeles. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Brian Melley. SENT: 900 words, photos.
US-ELECTION-2018-FLORIDA — The Florida secretary of state is ordering recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races, an unprecedented review of two major races in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election. Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order on Saturday after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount. By Brendan Farrington and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 635 words, photos. Developing.
WWI-TRUMP — President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron try to project unity after Trump claimed Macron, one of America’s strongest allies in Europe, had insulted the U.S. by pushing the idea of the continent having its own defense force. Trump has shown a pattern of raising tensions before meeting with a world leader, then acting cordially when they’re face to face. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.
YEMEN-CIVILIAN CASUALTIES — Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen are on a pace to kill more civilians than last year despite U.S. claims that the coalition is working to prevent such bloodshed, a database tracking violence shows. The war, nearly four years old, may have killed as many as 80,000 people, according to researchers, not counting untold others who have died of hunger. By Lee Keath. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.
FISH OIL-VITAMIN D — Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Two big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. By Marilynn Marchione. UPCOMING: 975 words by 3 p.m., photos.
ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA VOTING ACCESS — Georgia has imposed an array of tighter voting and registration rules since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, which previously had required it and several other states to get federal approval before making such changes. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-BLACK WOMEN JUDGES — The Houston area’s courts are going to be a lot more diverse thanks to a group of 17 African-American women and their “magic.” The women, who were part of an effort dubbed the “Black Girl Magic” campaign, all won races Tuesday to be judges in various Harris County courts in an election that featured more black women on the county’s ballot than any other. SENT: 685 words, photo.
FACT CHECK-WEEK — Fresh off the GOP’s loss of the House, President Trump is fudging the success of a “booming” economy and overstating the impact of his campaigning on the midterm elections. By Hope Yen and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,670 words, photo. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd
MIGRANT CARAVAN — Thousands of Central American migrants were back on the move, as dedicated Mexico City metro trains whisked members of a caravan headed to the U.S. border to the last stop on a line in the northern part of the capital. The first subway train pulled out before 5 a.m. local time, with police, metro workers and human rights officials guiding the bulk of migrants through the city’s empty stations. SENT: 725 words, photos.
SYRIA — A Syrian woman captured by Islamic State militants said her 8-year-old son died in her lap after the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to liberate them more than 100 days after they were kidnapped. Najwa Abu Ammar, 35, was kidnapped with her two sons and daughter and nearly two dozen others in July from southern Sweida province in a bloody attack on their villages in which the militants killed over 200 people. By Albert Aji. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS — As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series of abuse scandals this year that have been stunning in their magnitude and number. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,095 words.
BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-76ERS TRADE — Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, ending the weeks-long saga of him wanting out of Minnesota. A person with knowledge of the situation says Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending NBA approval. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 200 words, photos. Developing.
FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ALABAMA — TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 18 Mississippi State plays No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the Crimson Tide trying to match the school record with its 24th straight home win. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m. ET.