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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

August 23, 2018

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-SIGN-UPS — A congressional watchdog says the Trump administration needs to step up its management of sign-up seasons for former President Barack Obama’s health care law after mixed results last year amid a failed GOP drive to repeal it. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 620 words, photo.




TRUMP — The White House is insisting President Donald Trump has done nothing wrong in connection with the legal woes of his former personal attorney and says the president is not the subject of criminal charges. By Zeke Miller, Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas. SENT: 940 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Trump Fox Interview (CR) — Trump says hush money “not a campaign violation.” With TRUMP-CAMPAIGN FINANCE — How Cohen ran afoul of campaign finance law; TRUMP-UNKNOWNS — Trump is facing real political threats. For AP’s comprehensive coverage of the Trump investigations: https://apnews.com/tag/TrumpInvestigations and https://apnews.com/tag/Trump-RussiaProbe

DEMOCRATS-IMPEACHMENT — Democrats aren’t ready to embrace the I-word. A day after separate legal hammers dropped nearly simultaneously on two former members of Trump’s inner circle, Democrats in Washington and across the country faced a delicate balance as they sought to take political advantage of the president’s growing troubles without alienating moderates and independents turned off by talk of impeachment. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 880 words, photo. With TRUMP-POLITICAL FALLOUT — Republicans tend to shrug off accusations against Trump.

TRUMP-LAWYER-COOPERATION — What other dirt might Michael Cohen have on Trump? Cohen’s lawyer says the president’s former “fixer” has information “on certain subjects that should be of interest” to the special prosecutor. By Michael R. Sisak and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 860 words, photos. With TRUMP-LAWYER-WHAT’S NEXT? Cohen’s plea done, where will federal prosecutors turn next?

HURRICANE-LANE-HAWAII — As emergency shelters open, rain begins to pour and cellphone alerts go out, the approaching hurricane is starting to feel real for Hawaii residents. Hurricane Lane is forecast to continue its northwest turn into the islands, which would make it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 770 words, photos, video. With HURRICANE LANE HAWAII-THE LATEST. Also see SCIENCE SAYS-HAWAII HURRICANES below.

HARVEY-YEAR LATER-INEQUITABLE RECOVERY — Hurricane Harvey has been described as the storm that didn’t discriminate, inflicting an estimated $125 billion in damage after it came ashore on Aug. 25, 2017. But community leaders say the poorest hard-hit areas have had a harder time recovering. They say that unlike wealthier homeowners who could draw on savings and were more likely to have insurance, low-income residents have been more reliant on a patchwork of organizations to meet their recovery needs. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 980 words, photos. With HARVEY-YEAR LATER-NUMBERS — Harvey’s deluge killed dozens and caused billions in damage.

ROHINGYA-THE BOY — Even after the horror of mass killings and the long trek from Myanmar to Bangladesh through mountains and a river, Rohingya children are not safe. An Associated Press reporter writes a first-person story about the race to save one Rohingya boy who fell into a fetid waterway in a refugee camp. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.




WOODS-MICKELSON — Woods-Mickelson set for pay-per-view Thanksgiving weekend. SENT: 150 words, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-JURY — Transcript: Juror talked about Manafort defense during trial. SENT: 720 words.

ISLAMIC STATE — IS releases new audio, purportedly of its leader al-Baghdadi. SENT: 400 words, photo.

ELIZABETH WARREN-TAXES — U.S. Sen. Warren posts 10 years of her tax returns online. SENT: 570 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-CELL SERVICE — Lawsuit: Firefighters’ internet slowed during California wildfires. SENT: 310 words.




CLERGY ABUSE-CATHOLIC WOMEN — Advocates of women’s ordination as Roman Catholic priests are citing the church’s unfolding sex abuse scandals as powerful arguments for their cause, while acknowledging, as they do so, the high unlikelihood of achieving that goal any time soon. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,020 words, photo. With CLERGY ABUSE-KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS — Knights of Columbus leader urges church reforms after abuse.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — Immigration authorities coerced dozens of parents separated from their children at the border to sign documents they didn’t understand, according to a complaint expected to be filed. An APNewsBreak. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 610 words, photos. With IMMIGRATION-ABOLISH ICE — Police arrest four at ICE protest outside Arizona jail.

MISSING STUDENT-IOWA — A Mexican man charged with killing an Iowa college student worked on a dairy farm for years under a false name just a few miles from where the young woman was allegedly abducted while running last month, his employer says. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, videos.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA — Three Confederate monuments on the North Carolina Capitol grounds will feature signs with historical context about slavery and civil rights, following a decision by a state historical panel that said a monument honoring African-Americans also should be added. SENT: 780 words, photos.

GUN CONTROL MARCH — Massachusetts students will march 50 miles to the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson to call for stricter gun control in the aftermath of U.S. school shootings. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos planned.




AUSTRALIA-POLITICS — Australia’s beleaguered prime minister warns he will quit Parliament on Friday if his disgruntled party continues to try to oust him, forcing a by-election that could cost the government its single-seat majority or pushing his successor into immediately calling general elections. SENT: 710 words, photos. With AP-EXPLAINS-AUSTRALIA-POLITICS — How Australians dump their prime ministers; AUSTRALIA-POLITICS-THE LATEST.

VENEZUELA-POWER CRISIS — In a city once called the Saudi Arabia of Venezuela for its vast oil wealth, residents of Maracaibo now line up to buy spoiled meat as refrigerators fail amid nine months of rolling power outages that recently got worse. SENT: 610 words, photos.

NKOREA-CONSTRUCTION CAMPAIGN — North Korea is speeding up the pace of a massive construction campaign ahead of its 70th anniversary in what leader Kim Jong Un has described as a symbolic battle against anyone who would oppose his country. SENT: 940 words, photos.




KANSAS-GOVERNOR-INDEPENDENT — Democrats who see hard-right Republican Kris Kobach’s potential election as Kansas governor as a catastrophe are directing some of their frustration at a Kansas City-area businessman whose independent candidacy complicates their efforts to stop Kobach. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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SCIENCE SAYS-HAWAII HURRICANES — Hawaii and the central Pacific don’t see many hurricanes, but unlike most of the globe this region is expected to get more as the world warms, scientists say. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 500 words, photo.




US-CHINA TARIFFS — The United States and China impose more tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 470 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stock markets mixed after U.S.-China tariff hikes.




OHIO STATE-MEYER — Ohio State suspended coach Urban Meyer for three games for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach, with investigators finding Meyer protected his protégé for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug problem and poor job performance. By Sports Writer Mitch Stacy. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

STANLEY CUP-HUMBOLDT — Capitals rookie Chandler Stephenson is taking the Stanley Cup to Humboldt to help the Canadian community heal after the deadly bus crash involving a junior hockey team. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 960 words, photos.




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