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AP ESSAY-END OF A CHAPTER — Aretha Franklin and John McCain exit the stage together in an American moment not unlike the period when each emerged. Fifty years after the cataclysmic year of 1968, today we are in a similar period of upheaval and polarization — a time when American society’s foundational pillars are being questioned and people of all political persuasions are deeply angry and uncertain about the nation’s path. By Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,005 words, photos.
MCCAIN — It’s Washington’s turn to say goodbye to the late Sen. John McCain. The Arizona senator’s five-day funeral procession shifts to the nation’s capital, where he’ll lie in state under the Capitol rotunda on Friday. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to speak at a ceremony before members of the public will be allowed to file past. President Donald Trump, who mocked McCain for being captured in Vietnam, has been asked to stay away. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 710 words, photos, video. With: MCCAIN SERVICES — Sen. John McCain is eulogized as a “true American hero” — and a terrible driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle — at a crowded church service for the maverick politician that ends with the playing of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” By Melissa Daniels and Nick Riccardi. SENT: 790 words, photos. With MCCAIN SERVICES-THE LATEST.
ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL — Organizers of Aretha Franklin’s funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show. Yet there’s no denying the star power attending the Queen of Soul’s final send-off. The speakers at Friday’s invitation-only funeral at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson. Singers include Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 785 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated leading up to funeral which starts at 10:00 a.m.
TRUMP-LEGAL TEAM — The departure of top White House lawyer Don McGahn elevates concerns about the heft of President Trump’s legal team as he faces threats from the ongoing Mueller probe and a potential Democratic takeover in Congress. By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,260, photo.
NEW MEXICO BUS CRASH — At least seven people were killed and others were seriously injured in a head-on crash involving a commercial passenger bus and a semi-truck along Interstate 40 in New Mexico, near the Arizona border. By Susan Montoya Bryan and Alina Hartounian. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.
MCCAIN-SENATE LIONS — John McCain is being remembered as a last lion of the Senate, with few others matching his stature. But the next generation of mavericks might come from the ranks of Senate women. Senators like Republican Susan Collins of Maine, Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington are positioned to have enormous influence. They are showing flashes of McCain-like independence, especially as a legislative check on the White House. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,075 words, photos.
TRUMP —Casting the midterms as a referendum on his agenda, President Donald Trump urged Indiana Republicans on Thursday to unseat Sen. Joe Donnelly, saying the vulnerable Democrat is “not going to vote for us on anything.” Trump, who is kicking up his campaign travel as the midterm elections near, appeared in Evansville to boost support for wealthy Republican businessman Mike Braun. By Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 935 words, photos, video.
INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES-NETWORKING — Independent gubernatorial and U.S. Senate campaigns are working together, across state lines, to get their candidates elected in an era of hyper-partisanship. An unofficial group of campaign staff for about nine candidates holds a conference call every Monday to share ideas and experiences. They’ve taken steps like producing a video together to looking at joint fundraising opportunities. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
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METHANE-COLORADO — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome. But Colorado says its rules are working, and they have industry support. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 760 words, photos.
MARIJUANA-OREGON HARVEST — Oregon will require cultivators growing outdoor marijuana for general use to notify the state when they plan to harvest. The rule that takes effect Sept. 1 is intended to prevent marijuana from being diverted out-of-state to the black market after pressure from federal officials. Marijuana growers say the new rule is another bureaucratic hurdle and won’t solve diversion. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,020 wrods, photos.
GULF-REGIONAL THREATS-ANALYSIS — A false claim by Yemen’s Houthi rebels of an attack on the world’s busiest airport for international travel this week may have been quickly disproven by authorities in Dubai. That doesn’t mean, however, it can be taken too lightly. The insistence of the Houthis and hard-line media in Iran on trumpeting the falsehood serves as a warning to the city-state and other parts of the United Arab Emirates, now engaged in the yearslong Yemen war led by Saudi Arabia. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-FACT-CHECKING WHATSAPP — A consortium of news organizations in Brazil is working to debunk rumors and misinformation circulating on WhatsApp, a wildly popular messaging service that is difficult to police because users share messages privately. By Sarah DiLorenzo. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.
TARIFFS-PORTS — Around the country, port officials worry that tariffs in a rising trade war will reduce their traffic and have ripple effects on related businesses. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that up to 20 percent of incoming traffic at some ports could be caught in the crossfire if all proposed tariffs are implemented. More than 250 seaports, airports and ground terminals in 48 states could be hit. By David Koening. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.
CATTLE EMISSIONS-SEAWEED — Researchers at the University of California, Davis are studying whether feeding seaweed to dairy cows will reduce their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas released by livestock. Early results look promising, and a longer study is planned this fall. By Terence Chea. SENT: 315 words, photos, video.