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TRUMP-LAWYER-TABLOID — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush-money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement tell The Associated Press. The detail comes as several media outlets report that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to National Enquirer chief David Pecker, potentially laying bare his efforts to protect his longtime friend Trump. By Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 870 words, photos.
FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES — Complaints and lawsuits lodged against for-profit colleges are unfolding as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos engineers a seismic shift in the regulatory landscape that stands to benefit the multibillion-dollar industry. It’s an about-face from the Obama administration’s push to police for-profit schools more aggressively and to forgive student debt for those who were charged top dollar for degrees that turned out to be worthless. By Richard Lardner and Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,620 words, photo. Abridged version also available.
TRUMP-LOYALTY — President Donald Trump has long demanded loyalty from his friends and associates. But he has been learning the hard way that in politics those relationships come and go. A key defection came this week when Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, implicated the president in a stunning plea deal, followed by a longtime friend and media boss cooperating with prosecutors. By Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 950 words, photo. With: TRUMP — Attorney General Jeff Sessions punched back hard at President Donald Trump’s latest criticism as their long-running rift exploded into a public smackdown. Trump, concerned by the legal downfall of two former advisers, accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department, leading Sessions to declare that he and his department “will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video. Eds: For AP’s comprehensive coverage of the Trump investigations: https://apnews.com/tag/Trump-RussiaProbe .
HURRICANE-LANE-HAWAII — Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state’s biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way. Emergency workers rescued five people from a flooded house in Hilo after a nearby gulch overflowed. It’s the state’s first hurricane since 1992. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 990 words, photos, video, interactive. With HURRICANE LANE HAWAII-THE LATEST; SCIENCE SAYS-HAWAII HURRICANES — Hurricanes seldom get close to Hawaii and it’s even rarer for one of the islands to take a direct hit. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 850 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-POLITICS — Australia government lawmakers have elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Morrison defeated the key challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister, by a vote 45-40. Dutton’s supporters had forced incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold the leadership ballot. Turnbull did not contest the ballot and later confirmed his intention to quit politics. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 425 words, photos.
MISSING STUDENT-IOWA — The Iowa college student who was allegedly abducted by a stranger while running last month was killed by “multiple sharp force injuries,” investigators announce. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 690 words, video, photos. With: MISSING STUDENT-IOWA-AGRICULTURE — The arrest of a Mexican farmworker in the death of an Iowa college student renewed calls to change immigration laws, but it also focused attention on the immigrant workers whose labor is essential to agriculture. By David Pitt and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 905 words, photos.
TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH-TAX STATES — The Trump administration lays down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action over the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. By Marcy Gordon and Geoff Mulvhill. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH-TAX STATES-THE LATEST.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
JOHN LENNON’S KILLER-PAROLE DENIED — John Lennon’s killer denied parole for 10th time. SENT: 350 words, photos.
HONG KONG-YOGA BALL DEATHS — An anesthesiologist is on trial in Hong Kong charged with killing his wife and daughter by placing a leaking yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide in their car. SENT: 325 words.
FLORIDA CANDIDATE-ALIENS — A U.S. House candidate in Florida is perhaps best known for claiming that she was abducted by space aliens as a child. SENT: 530 words.
NEW ZEALAND-AMERICAN CLIMBER DIES — The family of an American scientist who died while rock climbing is urging people to carefully consider their reliance on climbing equipment left on rock faces. SENT: 310 words.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — A juror in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts and insisted there was reasonable doubt. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 675 words, photos.
GUNS IN SCHOOLS — The Education Department says it is weighing whether to allow states to use federal funds to purchase guns for schools, prompting a storm of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and educators. By Marian Danilova. SENT: 615 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appoints a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and says the two will visit Pyongyang next week. By Matthew Lew. SENT: 460 words, photo.
PELOSI-DEMOCRATS — Nancy Pelosi is the chief villain of Republican campaign ads, and the subject of much speculation that her grip on power is coming to an end. Nevertheless, she tells the AP she’s not going anywhere — and certainly not while President Trump is in the White House. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,165 words, photos.
INDICTED CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN-CHALLENGER — Young, Latino Arab-American candidate hopeful of flipping district after indictment of California Republican congressman. By Julie Watson and Michael R. Blood. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With INDICTED CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN — Congressman, wife plead not guilty to illegal spending (sent).
KAVANAUGH AND GORSUCH — Justice Neil Gorsuch and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh share a history that goes back to high school. It was only the first of many times their lives intersected. Kavanaugh has called them friends. They wouldn’t be the first buddies to serve together on the high court’s bench. By Jessica Gresko. SENT:
ARIZONA PRIMARY-CONGRESS-VAST DISTRICT — Three candidates are competing to become the Republican nominee in a vast congressional district that takes in Arizona’s high country, low desert and tribal land. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 820 words, photos.
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CLERGY ABUSE-SETON HALL — Seton Hall University has begun an investigation into potential sexual abuse at two seminaries it hosts following misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and other priests. By David Porter. SENT: 345 words, photos.
DON’T CALL IT VEGAN — They’re new foods that don’t contain eggs, dairy or meat. Now, the word “vegan” is also missing. As companies look to lessen American’s reliance on animals for food, the term “plant based” is replacing “vegan” and “vegetarian” — partly because of unappetizing or polarizing associations the v-words might have. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 630 words, photos. With Q&A-IMPOSSIBLE FOODS CEO — Impossible Foods CEO on “meat” and why he’s a bad test eater (sent).
RUSSIA HACKING-ACCUSED LEAKER — A former government contractor who pleaded guilty to mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization is sentenced to more than five years in prison as part of a deal with prosecutors. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 810 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — A complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security alleges that immigration authorities coerced dozens of parents separated from their children at the border to sign documents they didn’t understand. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 865 words, photos.
GUN CONTROL MARCH — Students in Massachusetts set off on a 50-mile march to Smith & Wesson’s headquarters to call for stricter gun control. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 670 words, photos.
UN-PALESTINIAN REFUGEES — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says he believes the United States slashed his budget year in response to the international uproar surrounding America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Pierre Kraehenbuehl says the Palestinian refugee issue can’t be wished away. His comments come amid signs that the U.S. is aiming to abolish UNRWA in an apparent attempt to remove one of the most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the negotiating agenda. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.
LEBANON-SQUEEZED ECONOMY — Nearly four months after Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections in nine years, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has not succeeded in forming a new Cabinet due to political bickering between rival groups increasing pressure on the country’s economy. The political paralysis adds to a years-long crisis made worse by Syria’s war, the influx of a million Syrian refugees and massive debt that has made Lebanon the third-worst indebted country in the world. By Fadi Tawil. SENT: 915 words, photos.
FINANCIAL PICTURE-GETTING AHEAD OF DOWNTURN — The economy is growing, the stock market is soaring and unemployment remains low. It’s the perfect time to prepare for the worst. The AP speaks to experts about what steps to take now while things are hot to better position yourself for when they, inevitably, are not. By Personal Finance Writer Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 725 words, photos. With OF MUTUAL INTEREST-BULL HAS LEGS — Why current bull market, could still have room to run. SENT: 310 words, photos, graphic.
SEARS-STORE CLOSINGS — Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores as sales shrink and losses grow. SENT: 210 words.
ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL — An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Moody. SENT: 140 words, photo.
TRUMP-FOX NEWS — Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt was in turns sympathetic and gently probing during her interview with President Trump. Yet she was also caught mischaracterizing one of his answers while promoting the event. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 640 words, photo.
DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACH — A former gymnastics coach at Michigan State is charged with lying to police amid the sexual abuse investigation involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar. SENT: 700 words, photo.
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