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August 26, 2018

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES — As the #MeToo movement spread to state legislatures, lawmakers across the country vowed to beef up their policies against sexual harassment. The follow-through often has failed to match the promises, according to an examination of legislation and policies in all 50 states. Half have taken no action whatsoever this year. By David A. Lieb and Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, 900-word abridged version, AP data distribution. With SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES-GLANCE, a list of every U.S. state lawmaker who has faced repercussions because of sexual misconduct allegations; SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES-POLICIES, a rundown of some of the most common sexual harassment policies adopted this year by state legislatures (both sent).




MALL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A gunman opened fire Sunday during an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing multiple people and sending many others to hospitals, authorities said. A source close to the investigation said four people were killed and the gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. SENT: 360 words, photos, video. Developing.

OBIT-JOHN McCAIN-A LIFE — For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. With OBIT-MCCAIN-VIETNAM — Before he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, John McCain was Navy royalty as well as a self-described lousy student at the U.S. Naval Academy and a hotshot pilot who had survived three accidental crashes. His time in captivity gave his life purpose; AP WAS THERE-MCCAIN POW RELEASE — Story written by AP photojournalist Horst Faas when McCain’s Vietnamese captors released him on March 14, 1973 (both sent).

McCAIN — John McCain is to lie in state at the Capitol and two former presidents plan to speak at his funeral before the war hero and veteran lawmaker is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery next to his best friend from those school days. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 890 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m. With McCAIN-SENATE SEAT — Sen. John McCain’s death hands Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey a high-pressure decision: Who gets the seat? The conservative Republican’s pick will serve until 2020, and with the Senate so narrowly divided, the scrutiny is high. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo by 4 p.m.

SKOREA REUNIONS-BROTHERLY TALE — Ninety-three-year-old Ham Sung-chan’s eyes widen with excitement as he describes the shock and euphoria of reuniting with his baby brother, now 79, during three days of family reunions in North Korea. By Kim Tong-hyung. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by noon. This story will move as the Monday Spotlight.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States has accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 that the disgraced former archbishop of Washington regularly invited seminarians into his bed but was still made a cardinal. The letter is an extraordinary allegation from a former Holy See envoy. It also accuses Pope Francis of being told about Theodore McCarrick’s penchant for young seminarians but of rehabilitating him anyway. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

IRELAND-POPE — Pope Francis issues a sweeping apology for the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials regularly didn’t respond with compassion to the many abuses children and women suffered over the years. Hundreds of miles away, somber protesters recited the names of an estimated 800 babies and young children who died at a Catholic Church-run orphanage in the town of Tuam. By Nicole Winfield and Helena Alves. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OBIT-NEIL SIMON — Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ″Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900-word abridged version by 3 p.m.; OBIT-NEIL SIMON-A LIFE — Gentle humor was the lifeblood of playwright Neil Simon; OBIT-NEIL SIMON-REACTION — Praise from actors and other notables for Simon and his work. (both sent)




BEYONCE-JAY-Z-FAN RUSHES ONSTAGE — Police say they are pursuing charges against a man who rushed onstage during a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Atlanta. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BUCKS-STERLING BROWN-ARREST — Milwaukee’s city attorney said officers did nothing wrong when they used a stun gun on Bucks’ player Sterling Brown during his arrest over a parking violation in January — a direct contradiction to the police chief and mayor, who condemned the officers’ actions. SENT: 340 words.

MAINE GOVERNOR HOSPITALIZED — Maine Gov. Paul LePage was in stable condition and under observation at a Bangor hospital on Sunday after experiencing discomfort while visiting family in Canada. SENT: 340 words, photos.

ASIAN GAMES ROUNDUP — There was no dividing them. The folk song Arirang played and the “unification” flag was raised to celebrate the first gold medal by a combined Koreas team at a major multi-sport event. The crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter dragon boat final on Sunday at the Asian Games in Indonesia. SENT: 790 words, photos.

WARD-McCAIN — Hours before Sen. John McCain died on Saturday, a Republican seeking Arizona’s other U.S. Senate seat suggested that his family’s earlier announcement that he was ending cancer treatment had been timed to hurt her campaign. SENT: 240 words.




SENATE-FLORIDA — Caught in one of the toughest campaign fights in his lengthy political career, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s recent comments that Russians are meddling in Florida’s election system have triggered a firestorm for the mild-mannered politician. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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NICARAGUA-FUTURE IN DOUBT — Run off college campuses and out of the most heavily-fortified opposition neighborhoods, the future is uncertain for Nicaraguans who stood up to Ortega. Many have fled the country; others are scattered about in safe houses. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Zimbabwe inaugurates a president for the second time in nine months as a country recently jubilant over the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe is now largely subdued by renewed harassment of the opposition and a bitterly disputed election. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IRAN — Iran’s parliament votes to fire the country’s finance minister amid an economic freefall fanned by America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with world powers, dealing another blow to President Hassan Rouhani’s embattled administration. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-CORRUPTION REFERENDUM — Colombians head to the polls in a unique nationwide referendum that seeks to curb corruption. SENT: 770 words, photos.




DEADLY FIRE-CHICAGO — Eight people, including six children, were killed when a fire broke out before dawn at a Chicago apartment in one of the deadliest fires in the nation’s third-largest city in years, officials say. SENT: 280 words, photos.

TROPICAL STORM LANE-HAWAII — Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. A look at the storm and its impact. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

MISSING STUDENT-IOWA — Several hundred people attend the funeral for the University of Iowa student whose body was found last week in a cornfield outside her hometown. SENT: 300 words, photos.

OBIT-BISHOP THOMAS O’BRIEN — Retired Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien, who served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix for more than 20 years before stepping down following a sexual-abuse scandal involving suspected pedophile priests, has died. SENT: 320 words.

BUFFALO DIOCESE-SEX ABUSE — The Roman Catholic bishop of Buffalo, New York, rejects calls to resign over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests, saying: the “shepherd does not desert the flock” in difficult times. SENT: 400 words.

ALBUQUERQUE AIRPORT-LOCKDOWN — Police say a man described as suicidal after cutting himself with a broken mug caused a hours-long lockdown at Albuquerque’s airport before he was arrested inside the main terminal. SENT: 200 words.




DIET DRUG — For the first time, long-term use of a weight-loss drug has been shown not to raise the risk of certain heart problems, a safety milestone that may lead to wider use of the medicine for certain people unable to shed enough pounds through other means. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 700 words, photo.

ASPIRIN-HEART ATTACKS — Two of the largest and longest studies yet to test aspirin for preventing first heart attacks and strokes give new insights on risks and benefits and who might want to consider it. Other research from a European heart meeting reveals whether fish oil supplements help hearts. SENT: 800 words, photos.




FILM-BOX OFFICE — The romantic comedy sensation “Crazy Rich Asians” slid just 6 percent from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. SENT: 920 words, photos.




US OPEN-WHAT TO KNOW — Sloane Stephens’ first Grand Slam title defense, Serena Williams’ return to New York and the reunion of the Big Four of the men’s game are among the top story lines heading into the U.S. Open, which starts Monday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos. With TEN--US OPEN GLANCE; TEN--US OPEN-SERVE CLOCKS; TEN--US OPEN-THE NEXT ONES; TEN--US OPEN; US OPEN-WOMEN’S CAPSULES; TEN--US OPEN-MEN’S CAPSULES (all sent).

OHIO STATE COACH-TEXTS — Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts say following a two-week investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach. The investigation found that Meyer discussed ways to change the settings on his phone to eliminate messages older than a year as a story broke Aug. 1 that centered on messages he may have received about the allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




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