BC-AP Top Stories Digest
BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Aug. 27, 2018
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org
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FEDEX CUP — The Associated Press has learned the PGA Tour is putting the final touches on a revamped FedEx Cup for next year. The biggest change is at the Tour Championship. The No. 1 player in the FedEx Cup will open the Tour Championship at 10-under par, and the starting scores to par will be staggered for the rest of the 30-man field. The winner will be the FedEx Cup champion, and the bonus is expected to be more than the current $10 million prize. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MALL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Marquis Williams and Taylor Poindexter at first thought they heard a balloon popping. When the loud bangs kept coming, the Chicago couple and fellow video gamers attending a weekend tournament in North Florida recognized them as gunfire and began scrambling for an exit. As he fled, Williams says, he could see the back of the gunman's head as the attacker appeared to be walking backward as he fired. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.
MCCAIN — Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River. A private burial service next Sunday will conclude nearly a week of events honoring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, longtime senator and presidential contender. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.
VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis declines to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican's retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, but rehabilitated him anyway. Francis says the 11-page text by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, which reads in part like a homophobic attack on Francis and his allies, "speaks for itself" and that he wouldn't comment on it. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
ASIAN-AMERICANS-AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION — Race-based affirmative action in education has polarized Asian-Americans for decades, with critics feeling demonized and advocates chagrined by the attention to what they call minority within minority views. But critics now sense an opening for change, led by a White House hostile to the idea of considering race in admissions. By Janie Har. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
MARIJUANA-PREGNANCY — Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. Experts say the ingredient, THC, has chemical properties that could allow it to disrupt brain development and potentially cause harm, although solid evidence of that is lacking. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 800 words, photo.
US-CHINA-TARIFFS-REPLACING AMERICA — Chinese leaders have responded to their tariff battle with Washington by pressing companies to find other customers and suppliers. Beijing has hammered American farmers by canceling orders for soybeans. But Chinese companies face trouble on two fronts: replacing the vast U.S. market for their products and finding alternative suppliers of technology they've long imported from America. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENTS — Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs and keep harassing more women. SENT: 930 words, photos.
TURKEY RUSSIA — Turkish-Russian relations are warming up, prompting worries in the West of a rift in the NATO alliance as Turkish and U.S. officials spar over a detained American pastor. UPCOMING: 890 words by 4 a.m., photos.
OBIT-NEIL SIMON-A LIFE — Neil Simon remembered for gentle humor, plays focused on middle-class life. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.