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Sep. 01, 2018
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McCAIN — Donald Trump's name was unspoken, but a memorial service to the late Sen. John McCain turned into a clear rebuke of the president's divisive politics. McCain family members, former presidents and political dignitaries used their tributes to call for a return to a more civil and bipartisan debate. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m.
ELECTION SECURITY-CYBER THREATS — Newly reported attempts at infiltration and social media manipulation are a reminder of Russia's continued interest in meddling in U.S. politics. There is no clear evidence, experts said, of efforts by the Kremlin designed to disrupt elections in November. But it wouldn't take much to cause turmoil. Targeting of the U.S. political system has come on three fronts — efforts to get inside political campaigns and institutions; probes of electoral systems; and fake ads and accounts on social media. By Adam Geller and Frank Bajak. SENT: 2,300 words, photos, 900-word abridged version.
SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-PROFILE — Judge Brett Kavanaugh's life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 850 words, photos. A longer version of 1,790 words also is available.
PALESTINIANS-GAZA MEDICS — Each Friday, Gaza medic Asmaa Qudih goes through a tense ritual: She performs a prayer, kisses her mother's hand and packs a bag with medical supplies as she heads off to work at the weekly mass protests along the Israeli border. Treating the wounded has become a dangerous mission for Gaza's emergency workers. Three have been killed by Israeli gunfire, while dozens more, including Qudih, have been wounded. By Fares Akram. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. This story is this week's Sunday Spotlight.
FLORIDA GOVERNOR-GILLUM — Andrew Gillum, who engineered a surprising upset victory in Florida's Democratic primary this week, is picking up endorsements, money and plenty of national attention. But as the Tallahassee mayor mounts his bid to become Florida's first black governor, his Republican opponents are trying to use a slow-moving corruption investigation into Tallahassee city government to portray Gillum as untrustworthy. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ARETHA FRANKLIN-ESTATE — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won't have it so simple. Despite living to 76 and having cancer before her death, The Queen of Soul left no will. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 880 words, photos.
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
NETHERLANDS-STABBING — A 19-year-old Afghan citizen accused of stabbing two American tourists at the Dutch capital's main railway station had a "terrorist motive," Amsterdam authorities say. The victims have serious but not life-threatening injuries. SENT: 120 words, photos.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CLEVELAND — Police say a 28-year-old woman has been fatally shot and seven men wounded during an event featuring local rap artists at a Cleveland nightclub. SENT: 130 words.
CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — A judge declines to immediately decide whether a Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald should have his bail revoked or increased because he talked to the media. SENT: 130 words.
ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL-ARIANA GRANDE — The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologizes to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name. SENT: 340 words, photos, video.
BRITAIN-ANTI-MAYOR BALLOON — Protesters seeking to oust London Mayor Sadiq Khan launch a giant balloon over Parliament Square depicting him dressed in a yellow bikini. SENT: 280 words, photos.
TRADE-US-CANADA — President Donald Trump warns Canada that it "will be out" of a revised North American trade agreement unless it's "fair" to the United States, and he threatens to scrap the current deal should Congress "interfere" with the negotiations. But it's not clear whether his administration has the authority to strike a deal with just Mexico, as it announced last week, and exclude Canada. By Luis Alonso Lugo, Paul Wiseman and Rob Gillies. SENT: 780 words, photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PAPADOPOULOS — Lawyers for former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos say Donald Trump 'nodded with approval' when Papadopoulos suggested he could facilitate a meeting between the Republican candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin. SENT: 740 words, photo.
FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump is playing loose with the facts in his exuberance to push through a trade agreement with Mexico — comments in a week of outright fiction that also touched on Google, Barack Obama and poll ratings. By Hope Yen and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,480 words, photo. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd
CONGRESS-DEMOCRATS-PELOSI — Paul Davis kicked off a promising Democratic campaign to flip a GOP-leaning Kansas congressional district with a pledge to oppose Nancy Pelosi's return as House speaker. It did not change the GOP's strategy for keeping the seat by branding him as a "Pelosi liberal." Democratic candidates across the U.S. are facing similar attacks. SENT: 910 words, photos.
O'ROURKE-DRUNKEN DRIVING ARREST — Police documents from a 1998 drunken-driving arrest of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke reveal previously unreported details about an incident that the congressman has long acknowledged. SENT: 300 words, photo.
FLORIDA GOVERNOR-RACIST ROBOCALLS — Racist phone calls mocking Florida's black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be connected to a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for robocalls in Iowa and California. By Ivan Moreno. 400 words by 5 p.m.
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WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS-STUDY — Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. Eighteen firefighters who parachute from airplanes are wearing advanced motion monitors this summer to track how they hold up. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 850 words, photos.
WRONG WAY CRASH-INDIANA — Indiana State Police say four people, including a child, have died in a wrong-way driver crash on Interstate 90. SENT: 130 words, photo.
COLORADO FAMILY KILLED — Family members of a pregnant Colorado woman and her two young daughters gathered at their funeral service in Pinehurst, North Carolina, more than two weeks after their bodies were discovered at an oil worksite. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, photos planned.
SEX ABUSE-COACH FIRED — Not a month into her new job as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She's calling for yet another shake-up in the federation's leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. SENT: 500 words, photos.
GERMANY-FAR RIGHT — Far-right groups hold a protest march over a recent killing of a German national by two migrant men in the eastern city of Chemnitz that sparked rioting earlier this week. Their opponents hold counter-rallies. SENT: 860 words, photos.
FRANCE-HOT GRAPES — In France's Champagne region, pickers are scrambling to bring in yet another early harvest as the effects of climate change are becoming the new normal. SENT: 570 words, photos.
YEMEN — Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels expresses regret for "mistakes" in deadly airstrike that killed dozens last month, including many children. SENT: 500 words.
PALESTINIANS-UN-REFUGEES — A spokesman for the Palestinian president says the American decision to cut funding for the U.N. agency aiding Palestinian refugees is "an attack on the rights of the Palestinian people." The announcement raised new questions about the viability of any future U.S. peace plan. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.
MEXICO SEX IN PUBLIC — It's now less risky to get frisky — in public — in Guadalajara. Mexico's second-largest city has made it harder to police sexual activity in places like parks, alleys, entertainment venues and cars by ordering cops to look the other way most of the time. SENT: 500 words, photos.
WIGSTOCK — Actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, chef David Burtka, are staging what they call New York's "last summer blowout" — a 50-act, drag-queen spectacle on a glitzy Manhattan pier. It's the revival of a 1980s festival called "Wigstock," which started when some unruly queens spilled out of an East Village club to improvise for an audience of homeless people in a rat-infested park. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated by 5 p.m. with reporting from the show.
TEN--US OPEN — Roger Federer plays in the third round at the U.S. Open against Nick Kyrgios, whose previous match caused a stir because of an umpire's intervention over his listless play. On the women's side, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys and Maria Sharapova are on the schedule. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. Updated with night session.
FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-AUBURN — No. 6 Washington opens the season against No. 9 Auburn in a game that could have ramifications all the way to December. Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing finishes and establish themselves as national championship contenders. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
OLY--BACH INTERVIEW — IOC President Thomas Bach isn't certain if, or when, esports might become part of the Olympics. Bach speaks to the AP from the Asian Games, where esports is on the roster for the first time. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 650 words, photos.
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