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AP ESSAY-END OF A CHAPTER — Aretha Franklin and John McCain exit the stage together in an American moment not unlike the period when each emerged. Fifty years after the cataclysmic year of 1968, today we are in a similar period of upheaval and polarization — a time when American society’s foundational pillars are being questioned and people of all political persuasions are deeply angry and uncertain about the nation’s path. By Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,005 words, photos.
MCCAIN — It’s Washington’s turn to say goodbye to the late Sen. John McCain. The Arizona senator’s five-day funeral procession shifts to the nation’s capital, where he’ll lie in state under the Capitol rotunda on Friday. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to speak at a ceremony before members of the public will be allowed to file past. President Donald Trump, who mocked McCain for being captured in Vietnam, has been asked to stay away. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 710 words, photos, video. With: MCCAIN SERVICES — Sen. John McCain is eulogized as a “true American hero” — and a terrible driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle — at a crowded church service for the maverick politician that ends with the playing of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” By Melissa Daniels and Nick Riccardi. SENT: 790 words, photos. With MCCAIN SERVICES-THE LATEST.
ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL — Organizers of Aretha Franklin’s funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show. Yet there’s no denying the star power attending the Queen of Soul’s final send-off. The speakers at Friday’s invitation-only funeral at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson. Singers include Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 785 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated leading up to funeral which starts at 10:00 a.m.
TRUMP-LEGAL TEAM — The departure of top White House lawyer Don McGahn elevates concerns about the heft of President Trump’s legal team as he faces threats from the ongoing Mueller probe and a potential Democratic takeover in Congress. By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,260, photo.
NEW MEXICO BUS CRASH — At least seven people were killed and others were seriously injured in a head-on crash involving a commercial passenger bus and a semi-truck along Interstate 40 in New Mexico, near the Arizona border. By Susan Montoya Bryan and Alina Hartounian. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.
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TRUMP-ADVANCE-TEAM-PHOTOGRAPHER — A volunteer member of the advance team for President Donald Trump blocked a photojournalist’s camera as he tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Indiana. SENT: 135 words, photo.
COCA-COLA-COSTA COFFEE — Coca-Cola is to plug a gap in its portfolio with the acquisition of the Costa coffee brand from British firm Whitbread for 3.9 billion pounds ($5.1 billion) in cash. SENT: 140 words.
DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN ST — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules infractions in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school says. SENT: 790 words, photo.
ANTI-SEMITIC HACK-MAPBOX — Users get a surprise when their social and lifestyle apps to seemingly label New York City with an anti-Semitic header. SENT: 395 words
MCCAIN-SENATE LIONS — John McCain is being remembered as a last lion of the Senate, with few others matching his stature. But the next generation of mavericks might come from the ranks of Senate women. Senators like Republican Susan Collins of Maine, Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington are positioned to have enormous influence. They are showing flashes of McCain-like independence, especially as a legislative check on the White House. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,075 words, photos.
TRUMP —Casting the midterms as a referendum on his agenda, President Donald Trump urged Indiana Republicans on Thursday to unseat Sen. Joe Donnelly, saying the vulnerable Democrat is “not going to vote for us on anything.” Trump, who is kicking up his campaign travel as the midterm elections near, appeared in Evansville to boost support for wealthy Republican businessman Mike Braun. By Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 935 words, photos, video.
SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-CIVIL RIGHTS — Civil rights groups scouring Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record cite red flags on voting rights, affirmative action and discrimination issues. But Kavanaugh’s record also includes opinions that civil rights advocates would praise in other candidates. By Jesse J. Holland and Tammy Webber. SENT: 1,085 words, photo.
INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES-NETWORKING — Independent gubernatorial and U.S. Senate campaigns are working together, across state lines, to get their candidates elected in an era of hyper-partisanship. An unofficial group of campaign staff for about nine candidates holds a conference call every Monday to share ideas and experiences. They’ve taken steps like producing a video together to looking at joint fundraising opportunities. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
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METHANE-COLORADO — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome. But Colorado says its rules are working, and they have industry support. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 760 words, photos.
MARIJUANA-OREGON HARVEST — Oregon will require cultivators growing outdoor marijuana for general use to notify the state when they plan to harvest. The rule that takes effect Sept. 1 is intended to prevent marijuana from being diverted out-of-state to the black market after pressure from federal officials. Marijuana growers say the new rule is another bureaucratic hurdle and won’t solve diversion. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,020 wrods, photos.
NEW MEXICO COMPOUND —A rebuke of a local prosecutor and questions about a sheriff’ legal tactics are casting a shadow over efforts to prosecute members of an extended family who were arrested at a squalid New Mexico compound. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 965 words, photos.
TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL —The head of a Dallas police group says good officers want bad ones off the streets and that a white former suburban officer convicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager was held accountable. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.
BOSTON GLOBE-THREATS-ARREST — A Los Angeles man is free on bond after being charged with making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe for what he allegedly called “treasonous” attacks on President Trump. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Brian Melley. SENT: 745 words, photos.
HUNTING GRIZZLIES — Wildlife advocates press a Montana judge to restore federal protections for a group of about 700 grizzly bears and block hunting that’s set to begin this weekend, but the judge says won’t make an immediate ruling. By Matt Volz and Matthew Brown. SENT: 880 words, photos.
GULF-REGIONAL THREATS-ANALYSIS — A false claim by Yemen’s Houthi rebels of an attack on the world’s busiest airport for international travel this week may have been quickly disproven by authorities in Dubai. That doesn’t mean, however, it can be taken too lightly. The insistence of the Houthis and hard-line media in Iran on trumpeting the falsehood serves as a warning to the city-state and other parts of the United Arab Emirates, now engaged in the yearslong Yemen war led by Saudi Arabia. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-FACT-CHECKING WHATSAPP — A consortium of news organizations in Brazil is working to debunk rumors and misinformation circulating on WhatsApp, a wildly popular messaging service that is difficult to police because users share messages privately. By Sarah DiLorenzo. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.
GERMANY-FAR RIGHT — Anger over the suspected killing of a man by two refugees has sparked days of protests in this eastern German city, raising fresh concerns about the anti-migrant sentiment that has seen the rise of a far-right party for the first time in decades. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 690 words, photos.
UGANDA-POLITICAL VIOLENCE — A Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is blocked from leaving for the United States for treatment, lawyers say. By Rodney Muhumuza. SENT: 590 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-CHELSEA MANNING — New Zealand authorities say Chelsea Manning can enter the country for a speaking tour, a day after organizers said she couldn’t enter Australia. Manning was convicted for leaking U.S. government secrets and would not normally qualify for entry into New Zealand under its good character provisions. Immigration New Zealand granted an exemption, noting that Manning’s sentence was commuted and that she has not reoffended since she was released. By Nick Perry. SENT: 415 words, photo.
TARIFFS-PORTS — Around the country, port officials worry that tariffs in a rising trade war will reduce their traffic and have ripple effects on related businesses. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that up to 20 percent of incoming traffic at some ports could be caught in the crossfire if all proposed tariffs are implemented. More than 250 seaports, airports and ground terminals in 48 states could be hit. By David Koening. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.
CATTLE EMISSIONS-SEAWEED — Researchers at the University of California, Davis are studying whether feeding seaweed to dairy cows will reduce their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas released by livestock. Early results look promising, and a longer study is planned this fall. By Terence Chea. SENT: 315 words, photos, video.
ON TENNIS-WILLIAMS VS WILLIAMS — They played each other for the first time in 1998 when Serena Williams was 16 and Venus Williams 17. Two decades later, and here we are: Williams vs. Williams, Part 30, at the U.S. Open on Friday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 670 words, photos. With WILLIAMS SISTERS HEAD-TO-HEAD (sent).
KAEPERNICK GRIEVANCE — An arbitrator sends Colin Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the quarterback’s claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his activism. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maadi. SENT: 385 words, photos.
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