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BC-AP News Digest 7:05 am

August 17, 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 .




PAKISTAN-ISLAMIC STATE THREAT — At age 20, Hafeez Nawaz left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: with explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election rally last month, killing 149 people. Nawaz’s trajectory from student to suicide bomber is a familiar one in Pakistan, where security officials say IS is the newest and deadliest front in Pakistan’s decades-old war on terror. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. With PAKISTAN-IS ATTACKS-GLANCE — A look at major attacks in Pakistan claimed by IS militants (sent).




TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCE — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief’s security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he’d had to do “something” about the “rigged” federal probe of Russian election interference. By Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,160 words, video, photos. With TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCE-Q&A — A look at why President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and why it matters; TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCE-THUMBNAILS — Trump’s list: Those who might lose their security clearance (both sent).

ARETHA FRANKLIN-WOMEN — Aretha Franklin is being remembered in part for the empowering message she sent her fellow women through her most famous songs. Especially her call for “a little respect.” Franklin didn’t see herself as a feminist heroine. But several key songs became known as feminist anthems — especially “Respect.” She took the Otis Redding record and changed the meaning radically simply by saying the words in her own voice. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 950 words, video photos. With ARETHA FRANKLIN-MOTOR CITY — Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city; ARETHA FRANKLIN-GREAT PERFORMANCES — Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances (both sent).

MILITARY PARADE — The Defense Department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won’t happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, says the military and the White House “have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.” By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 750 words, video, photo.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse “criminally and morally reprehensible” and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate “this tragic horror.” By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 680 words, photo. With PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESES-SEX ABUSE-LAWSUITS — Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor’s challenge; CLERGY SEX ABUSE — U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows (both sent).

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED — Shanann Watts painted a rosy portrait of her family on Facebook, calling her husband and the father of her two young daughters her rock. But that idyllic image was shattered when her husband, 33-year-old Christopher Watts, was arrested on suspicion of killing his family in Colorado. No motive has been released. The couple had gotten married in North Carolina nearly six years ago. By Kathleen Foody and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 640 words, video, photos.

IRAN-AFGHAN ROCKERS — The struggles of the Iran-based rock band Arikayn, whose members are all Afghan immigrants, mirror those of their countrymen living in the Islamic Republic as their homeland remains torn by decades of war. By Amir Vahdat. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.




TESLA-MUSK — Electric car maker Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk tells New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll, but he stands by his tweet on taking company private. SENT: 530 words, photo.

SPAIN-ATTACKS ANNIVERSARY — Barcelona marks the first anniversary of terror attacks that killed 16 people, though the divisive local issue of whether to pursue the region’s independence from Spain intruded on the proceedings in the Catalan capital. SENT: 450 words, photos.

R KELLY SUED-DAMAGED HOMES — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over “extensive damage” to two homes he rented. SENT: 120 words.

AIRPORT SHOOTING-FLORIDA — An Alaska man faces a life prison sentence in the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson. SENT: 130 words, photo.

SHARK SIGHTING-BEACH CLOSURE — Authorities in Massachusetts closed two Cape Cod beaches following shark sightings. SENT: 120 words.

INDONESIA-POLICE SHOOTINGS — Amnesty International says Indonesian police fatally shot dozens of petty criminals in a deliberate campaign of “unnecessary and excessive” force ahead of the Asian Games. SENT: 220 words.




WOMEN 2018-VETERANS — Women with military experience are among the record number of female candidates running for office this year. Some aspire to change Congress, where veterans account for just 1 in 5 lawmakers. Most of the candidates are Democrats and many are mothers. Some have retired and are looking for other ways to serve. Today, just four of the 535 members of Congress are female military veterans. By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.

TRUMP-MCCONNELL — As the Senate convened for a rare August work period, the late-summer session serves as a reminder of how much has changed in the partnership between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Trump bashed the GOP leader on Twitter after the collapse of Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo.

TRUMP-ECONOMY — Is the latest pickup in U.S. economic growth destined to slow in the years ahead as most analysts say? Or, as the Trump administration insists, is the economy on the cusp of an explosive boom that will reward Americans and defy those expectations? By Economics Writers Josh Boak and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

TRUMP-COURTROOM PHANTOM — Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. SENT: 740 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Questions mark first day of deliberations at Manafort trial. SENT: 470 words, photos.

SENATE-TRUMP JUDGES — President Donald Trump has put more judges on the circuit courts this far into his first two years than other administrations had, thanks to Senate Republicans. The Senate confirmed two more of Trump’s nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been approved this session of Congress. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 330 words, photo.




GERMANY-RUSSIA — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for both leaders. SENT: 760 words, photos.

MATTIS-AFGHANISTAN — The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says. SENT: 440 words, video, photos.

PHILIPPINES-PLANE — A plane from China veered off a runway at Manila’s airport while landing in a downpour near midnight then got stuck in a muddy field with one engine and wheel ripped off before the 165 people on board scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials say. SENT: 600 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — The Afghan president visited the embattled southeastern city of Ghazni, a week after the Taliban in a surprise attack managed to infiltrate deep into the key provincial capital and capture several areas of it. SENT: 520 words, photo.

UGANDA-POP STAR VS THE PRESIDENT — A Ugandan pop star known as Bobi Wine has become an unlikely political phenomenon as an opposition figure challenging one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. But his arrest after clashes that smashed a window in President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy has led to his disappearance from public view — and fears that the pot-loving “ghetto child” has been beaten by security forces. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

TURKEY — Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis that is threatening the economic stability of the NATO country. SENT: 380 words, photo.




WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE — The grieving families of 36 people killed in a Northern California 2016 warehouse fire who helped scuttle a plea bargain may now see their demand for a jury trial granted. After hearing two days of emotional testimony last week, Judge James Cramer said he couldn’t accept a plea bargain agreed to between the Alameda County district attorney’s office and lawyers for Derick Almena and Max Harris, each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. SENT: 820 words, photos.




GOOGLE-CHINA-CENSORED SEARCH — Some Google employees are upset with the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship, and a letter sent to management calls on executives to conduct a review of ethics and transparency at the company. By Technology Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 120 words, photo.




FBN--PROTECTING THE SKIN — During the blazing hot days of training camp, the biggest opponent for many NFL players and coaches sits far above the football field. The sun and its powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and loads of sunscreen, bucket hats, long-sleeved T-shirts and sunglasses are ways some are trying to protect themselves. The American Cancer Society has also teamed with the NFL to place sunscreen stations at camps all around the league for fans, team employees and media. By Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,230 words, video, photos.




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