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BC-AP News Digest 2:15 pm

November 24, 2018

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LONE BUREAUCRAT — Mark Robbins gets to work at 8:15 each morning, then for the next eight hours or so, he reads through federal workplace disputes, analyzes the cases, marks them with notes and logs his legal opinions. He then passes them along to nobody. He’s the only member of a three-member board that legally can’t operate until the president and Congress give him at least one colleague. He’s been toiling alone for two years in a striking example of government dysfunction. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-PRINCE-INTERVIEW — A prominent Saudi royal says whether or not heads of state gathered in Argentina next week for the Group of 20 summit warmly engage with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he is someone “that they have to deal with.” Prince Turki al-Faisal tells The Associated Press the kingdom “will have to bear” that its reputation has been tarred by the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate last month. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 820 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-YOUTH DETENTION — Records obtained by The Associated Press highlight some of the problems that plague government facilities for immigrant youth at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration has been making moves in recent weeks that could send even more migrant children into detention. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.




FRANCE-GAS PRICE PROTESTS — French police fire tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris as thousands gather in the capital and beyond and stage road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes. By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

BREXIT — The European Union removes the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit after Spain said it had reached a deal Saturday with Britain over Gibraltar on the eve of an EU summit. By Raf Casert, Jill Lawless and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MARS-CHARM — In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight that aims to provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior. By studying the preserved heart of Mars, InSight can teach us how our solar system’s rocky planets formed 4.5 billion years ago and why they turned out so different. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 750 words, photos. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

ITALY-WHO GETS LEONARDO? — Leonardo da Vinci is often hailed as the most universal genius. Not for Italy’s nationalist government. It’s livid that the Louvre is counting on Italian museums to lend many of the native Italian native’s masterpieces for a blockbuster exhibit in Paris next year on the 500th anniversary of his death. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 750 words, photos.

VETERANS COMBATING WILDFIRES — After surviving firefights in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of a new elite crew are tasked with fighting fires in rugged country back in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently announced the certification of its first hotshot crew focused on recruiting military veterans. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 550 words, photos.

HOLIDAY-BLACK FRIDAY-SALES — How much money retailers made on Black Friday will begin to become clearer as shopping data firms release sales and traffic. By AP Business Writer Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.




FERRY INTO BUILDING — Ferry boat carrying 53 passengers crashes into a dock at San Francisco’s famed Ferry Building, injuring two people on board. SENT: 140 words, photo.

EGYPT-ANTIQUITIES — Egypt says archeologists have found a pharaonic tomb in Luxor housing the mummies of a priest and his wife from the 13th century B.C. SENT: 100 words.

BRITAIN-OBIT-NICOLAS ROEG — Nicolas Roeg, the prominent British director known for making provocative films and working with rock stars Mick Jagger, David Bowie over a six-decade career, dies at 90. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-DETROIT MANSION — A historic Detroit mansion owned by late singing legend Aretha Franklin sells for $300,000.

THE WIRE-ROBBERY SUSPECT — Police say a New York City bank robber makes his demands for cash by scribbling notes scribbled on DVD cases of HBO’s “The Wire.” SENT: 130 words.

CHASING THE GATOR-COOKBOOK — New Orleans chef Isaac Toups celebrates the Cajun cooking he grew up with in his first cookbook. SENT: 760 words, photos.




FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump questioned the reality of global warming because it was cold outside. Then came a federal report laying out the severe consequences of climate change and rebutting the notion that a frigid snap means it isn’t happening. Before and throughout his Thanksgiving vacation in Florida, Trump took no holiday from twisting facts across a broad front — on immigration, Saudi Arabia, the recent election, the courts and 9/11. SENT: 2,360 words, photo.

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GOVERNORS-NATURAL DISASTERS — Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s another topic that receives little attention on the campaign trail that could dominate their time in office — natural disasters. As the severity escalates, governors are finding they have to make disaster planning a higher priority or risk the consequences of inaction. SENT: 900 words, photos.




VATICAN-NUN ABUSE — The Catholic Church’s global organization of nuns has denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” surrounding sexual abuse and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors. SENT: 600 words, photo.

AFGHANISTAN-US — U.S. military says a service member has been killed in Afghanistan, while in a separate incident two Afghan soldiers die when their helicopter makes emergency landing. SENT: 330 words.

TAIWAN-ELECTIONS — “Today, democracy taught us a lesson:” Taiwan’s ruling party suffers major defeat in local elections seen as a referendum on the island’s independence-leaning president amid growing economic and political pressure from China. SENT: 800 words, photos.

INDIA-AMERICAN KILLED — Police say they have mapped the area of a remote Indian island where tribespeople were seen burying the body of an American adventurer and Christian missionary after allegedly killing him with arrows this month. SENT: 930 words, photos.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — South Korea says the United Nations Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption for surveys on North Korean railroad sections the Koreas want to connect with the South. SENT: 470 words, photos.




MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA — Police in Alabama hunt for a gunman whom they believe was responsible for shooting two teenagers at a shopping mall Thanksgiving night. SENT: 440 words, photos, video.

PRISON-OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS — Investigators haven’t been able to determine how an inmate and 23 staff members at a southern Ohio prison were exposed to and sickened by a mix of heroin and the potent painkiller fentanyl, the local prosecutor says. SENT: 300 words.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST — The man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year is headed to trial. Few in Charlottesville believe the case will do much to heal the community or the country’s racial divide. SENT: 770 words, photos.

MICHIGAN PIPELINE — Outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and state lawmakers are racing to lock into place a deal to put an oil pipeline in a tunnel beneath a waterway connecting two Great Lakes — before a new governor takes office and amid opposition from environmental groups. By David Eggert and John Flesher. SENT: 900 words, photos by noon.




NISSAN-RENAULT-GHOSN UP CLOSE — Carlos Ghosn is a trailblazer and a visionary in the auto industry, having turned around both Renault and Nissan and linked them in an alliance with the smaller Mitsubishi in a top-selling venture. But he also is a high-flyer prone to excesses that may have helped trigger his sudden downfall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

LORD & TAYLOR CLOSING — For generations, the Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue helped define Christmas in New York with the animated, theatrical holiday displays in its picture windows. This holiday season, the most notable decorations at the flagship store are signs saying “everything must go,” as it plans to close in January after one last blowout sale. SENT: 600 words, photos.




RADIO HYMNS-FORGOTTEN HISTORY — From a public hanging on Nashville’s Music Row to the time Jimi Hendrix walked the city’s streets, a band is documenting Nashville’s forgotten history in songs and videos. SENT: 650 words, photos.




FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-OHIO STATE — No. 4 Michigan meets No. 10 Ohio State with the Big Ten East and a trip to the conference championship game going to the winner. The Wolverines are trying to end a six-game losing streak against the Buckeyes and keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game underway.

FBC-T25--AUBURN-ALABAMA — No. 1 Alabama hosts Auburn in the Iron Bowl, trying to keep a perfect season going into the SEC championship game. The Tide wants to avenge a loss that kept it from a shot at the SEC title last season. Auburn can temper a disappointing season with a victory. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.




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