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BC-AP News Digest 7:10 am

February 1, 2019

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FBN--SUPER BOWL-HEAVEN CAN WAIT _ Warren Beatty has a message for Jared Goff: You won’t be the first quarterback to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl victory. Beatty talked to The Associated Press about the time he led the Rams to the championship, in the 1978 movie “Heaven Can Wait.” Beatty says he’s a huge Goff fan and will be rooting for him. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 970 words, photos.




TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared that there’ll be no “wall money” in any compromise border security deal as she and President Donald Trump signaled that congressional negotiators may never satisfy his demands for his cherished Southwest border proposal. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 810 words, video, photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-ARMS TREATY _ The Trump administration is poised to announce it is withdrawing from a treaty that has been a centerpiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War and whose demise some analysts worry could fuel a new arms race. By Deb Riechmann, Robert Burns and Matthew Lee. SENT: 870 words, photo. With EUROPE-ARMS TREATY _ European Union foreign ministers are raising concerns about the spread of nuclear weapons as the US readies to pull out of a key Cold War-era treaty blaming Russia for violating it (sent).

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is due back in court in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as prosecutors say they have recovered “voluminous and complex” potential evidence in the case, including financial records, emails and computer hard drives. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 410 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ The Venezuelan opposition leader challenging Nicolas Maduro’s claim to the presidency warned officers from a feared state security unit Thursday to stay away from his family after he accused them of showing up at his apartment in a tense brush with the very force he is trying to persuade to switch allegiance and back him. By Christine Armario and Fabiola Sanchez. SENT: 1,110 words, photos. With VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-US DIPLOMAT _ In the normally genteel world of high diplomacy, the top U.S. envoy to Venezuela cuts an unusual figure (sent).

WINTER WEATHER _ The bitter cold that gripped the Midwest forced commuters to bundle up like polar explorers. By early next week, many of those same people might get by with a light jacket. Just days after the arctic conditions, forecasts say, the region will seemingly swing into another season, with temperatures climbing by as much as 80 degrees. Experts say the rapid thaw is unprecedented, and it could create problems of its own _ bursting pipes, flooding rivers and crumbling roads. By Tammy Webber and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 870 words, video, photos.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-KHOMEINI _ Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was the face of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, but now his family is largely absent from politics. Part of the reason lies with Khomeini’s own commandments after becoming Iran’s first supreme leader. The rest likely comes from suspicion in the very system Khomeini established, even though his name still carries weight. SENT: 92O words, photos. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. With AP WAS THERE-IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY _ Exiled Shiite leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, returns to Iran in 1979, ahead of Islamic Revolution; IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-TIMELINE-Key moments in Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution (both sent).




TV-BRYAN CRANSTON _ Bryan Cranston will star in a new TV legal thriller set in New Orleans. SENT: 120 words, photo.

SOUTH AFRICA-CHILDREN KILLED _ At least three students are dead after a walkway collapsed at a school outside Johannesburg, a South African official says. SENT: 210 words, photos.

MEXICO-ROMA _ Mexico City officials are predicting Alfonso Cuaron’s film “Roma” will sweep the Academy Awards and are already planning a mass celebration. SENT: 130 words, photo.

CHINA-LUNAR NEW YEAR _ China is greeting the Lunar New Year with celebrations and a travel rush. SENT: 170 words, photos.

MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS _ Lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven-year prison terms for violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act appeal to Supreme Court to overturn convictions. SENT: 120 words, photo.

BANGLADESH-BANK HEIST _ Bangladesh central bank sues Philippine bank in New York court over 2016 heist of $81 million. SENT: 370 words, photo.

GHANA-US-VISA _ US imposes visa restrictions on Ghana, saying it doesn’t cooperate in taking back deportees. SENT: 110 words.




TRUMP-GLOBAL THREATS _ A day after he lashed out at U.S. intelligence agency chiefs over their assessments of global threats, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed course and said that he and the intelligence community “are all on the same page.” SENT: 740 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-SCHULTZ-SEATTLE _ “Grande ego. Venti mistake”: That was the message protesters had for former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as he returned to his hometown of Seattle after announcing that he’s mulling an independent run for president. SENT: 910 words, photos.

STATE OF UNION-TRUMP _ Pelosi behind and above. Female immigrants, gazing down from the balcony. A black woman who ran a close race for governor of Georgia, rebutting. When President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address under divided government on Tuesday, he’ll be surrounded by these and other living reminders of the 2018 elections that delivered Democrats the House majority and a record number of women to Congress. SENT: 690 words, photos.

LATE-TERM ABORTION _ Missteps by Virginia Democrats in a debate over late-term abortions are giving Republicans _ including President Trump _ new hope they’ve found a powerful issue in an tough political environment. SENT: 760 words, photos.




SKOREA-SEX SLAVE-FUNERAL _ The funeral procession of a woman sexually enslaved by Japanese soldiers as a girl during WWII concluded near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, where Kim Bok-dong had protested for decades against what she called Japanese failure to come to terms with its wartime brutality. SENT: 930 words, photos.

CUBA-EVANGELICALS-GAY MARRIAGE _ A Cuban government push to legalize gay marriage has set off an unprecedented reaction from the island’s rapidly growing evangelical churches, whose members are expected to widely reject a state-proposed constitutional reform in a nationwide referendum this month. By Andrea Rodriguez. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BREXIT _ Nearly a third of U.K. firms may shift operations abroad because of Britain’s pending departure from the European Union, a survey of 1,200 company directors suggested Friday, as political stalemate over a Brexit deal heightened jitters among businesses. SENT: 580 words, photos.

VATICAN-NUN ABUSE _ The Vatican’s women’s magazine is denouncing the sexual abuse of nuns by priests _ and the resulting “scandal” of religious sisters having abortions or giving birth to children who are then not recognized by their fathers. SENT: 530 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-CLIMATE _ Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north. SENT: 600 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL COURT-IVORY COAST _ A defense lawyer for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo says he should be immediately and unconditionally released from International Criminal Court detention, more than two weeks after his acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence. SENT: 360 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA UTILITY BANKRUPTCY _ When California’s Pacific Gas & Electric comes out of bankruptcy, it will face the same danger that put the company in financial peril in the first place: wildfires. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SNOW SCULPTING _ A Minnesota team won’t be at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship this week after two of its proposed pieces _ including one depicting President Donald Trump _ were denied due to political overtones and inappropriateness. SENT: 540 words, video photos.

OFFICERS SHOT-UNION-ACTIVISTS _ Houston’s police chief distanced his agency from comments made by the head of the police officers’ union that seemed to imply this week’s shooting that injured five officers during a drug raid was due in part to anti-police rhetoric. SENT: 440 words.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR-ASYLUM SEEKERS _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised San Diego County for providing a shelter for asylum seekers and said he wants the state to set up an emergency fund of $25 million to address what he has called an humanitarian crisis created by the federal government. SENT: 430 words.

WWII SHIP DISASTER-MYSTERY _ American Legion officials are calling on New York lawmakers to request the Pentagon exhume the Long Island graves of sailors killed in a World War II ship explosion in an attempt to identify the fallen servicemen. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BILL COSBY _ The victim in Bill Cosby’s criminal sex-assault case has settled a defamation lawsuit against a former prosecutor who said she added details to her story over time. SENT 280 words, photos.




ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT _ U.S. employers likely kept adding jobs at a healthy pace in January even in the face of threats ranging from weakening global growth to the Trump administration’s trade war with China to the partial shutdown of the government. SENT: 880 words, photo. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber.

FACEBOOK-APPLE BAN _ Facebook says Apple is restoring its access to a key development tool that the iPhone maker disabled Wednesday. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 520 words, photo.

JAPAN NINTENDO _ Nintendo’s president says the Kyoto-based video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises is counting on business outside the game sector for future growth as sales for its Switch console machines fall short of forecasts. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyuma. SENT: 310 words, photos.




TRUMP-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS _ The Trump administration has unveiled a plan to channel now-hidden prescription drug rebates directly to patients, saying it would bypass middlemen and lower prices for consumers. SENT: 830 words, photo.

HEART DISEASE _ A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that’s mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. By Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 350 words, photo.




TV CRITICS WATCH _ The upcoming final season of “Jane the Virgin” is already drawing tears. The CW show’s creator, Jennie Snyder Urman, said she’s crying a lot in the editing room as she works on the concluding episodes of the show starring Gina Rodriguez. The producer and actress grew emotional discussing the telenovela-style comedy-drama Thursday with TV critics. The fifth season of “Jane the Virgin” begins March 27 and will conclude this summer. A finale date has yet to be announced. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT 670 words, photos.

MUSIC-LUIS FONSI _ Two years ago he made the whole world dance with “Despacito,” but Luis Fonsi says he is still a romantic singer and is ready to show “all his cards” Friday with his new album, “Vida.” SENT: 570 words, photo.

SUPER BOWL-LIL JON _ Lil Jon says he understands Maroon 5′s decision to cancel its news conference to discuss the band’s Super Bowl halftime performance with reporters. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 390 words, photo.




FBN--SUPER BOWL-ST LOUIS BLUES _ Just as they did 17 years ago, St. Louis football fans will watch the Rams and New England Patriots play in the Super Bowl. This time, the rooting interest has flipped. Many fans in St. Louis will be pulling for the Patriots and not their former team. The franchise’s success is salt in the wound for fans still bitter three years after owner Stan Kroenke moved the team back to Los Angeles. SENT: 710 words, photos.

SBD--CHLOE’S EDUCATION _ Snowboarder Chloe Kim is heading back to school after soaring to an Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe last February. Kim was admitted into Princeton and plans to attend the prestigious Ivy League institution in the fall. She’s long been in a class by herself in the lofty subjects of double corks and front-side twists. She wants to soar in the classroom as well. By Pat Graham. SENT: 850 words, photos.




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