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September 1, 2018

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — A former British spy told a senior Justice Department lawyer two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel.” The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged. Ohr described the events to lawmakers this week in a private interview, according to multiple people who were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the session. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 950 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Papadopoulos says Trump ‘nodded with approval’ at suggestion of Putin meeting (sent).

MCCAIN — John McCain is getting a presidential farewell, but not from the actual sitting president. At McCain’s request, former Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, are speaking about the six-term senator at Washington National Cathedral. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 686 words, photos, video.

ARETHA FRANKLIN — As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved, several speakers used the moment to continue to demand respect for black America. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 560 words, video, photos. With ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL-ARIANA GRANDE — Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage (sent).

SCHOOL SAFETY — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has “no intention of taking any action” regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 930 words, photo.

PALESTINIANS-GAZA MEDICS — Treating the wounded has become dangerous for Gaza’s emergency workers. Three medics have been killed by Israeli gunfire, while dozens more have been wounded. National pride, religious devotion and professional ambition drive the medics to risk their lives each week. By Fares Akram. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.




NETHERLANDS-STABBING — The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands says that two people stabbed in an attack at the Dutch capital’s main railway station are both American citizens. SENT: 120 words, photos.

VATICAN-ENVIRONMENT — Pope Francis wants concrete action to combat the “emergency” of plastics littering seas and oceans. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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.” SENT: 130 words, photo.

GERMANY-FIRE — Eight people are injured in a blaze at a refinery in Bavaria, while another 1,800 people living close by were temporarily evacuated. SENT: 120 words.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-ELECTION — The Florida county where 17 people were slain in a high school shooting rampage will hold an election recount to determine whether a school board member staved off a challenge from a victim’s father. SENT: 120 words.

AUSTIN BOMBINGS — The first publicly released video of Texas police closing in on the suspect in a series of fatal Austin package bombings shows officers approaching his SUV before the vehicle explodes. SENT: 130 words, video.

DEADLY FREEWAY CRASH — The California Highway Patrol says four people have died after a car overturned on a Southern California freeway.SENT: 90 words.




TRUMP-CRUZ — President Donald Trump says he’ll ride to the rescue of one-time bitter rival Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, the strongest indication yet that the Texas conservative firebrand is getting nervous about his challenger, a liberal darling with a growing national profile. SENT: 940 words, photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump says the prospect of North Carolina drawing new congressional districts just weeks before the November midterm elections is “unfair.” SENT: 480 words, video, photos.

TRADE-US-CANADA — Talks to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc broke up Friday and will resume next week with the two longtime allies divided over such issues as Canada’s dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-QUESTIONS ABOUT TRUMP — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may be the person sitting in front of senators at next week’s confirmation hearings, but many of the questions he gets are likely to be focused on another man: President Donald Trump. SENT: 950 words, photo. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE PREP — Senators prepare for marathon confirmation hearing; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH DOCUMENTS — Trump administration withholds 100,000 Kavanaugh pages (Both sent).

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITIES — The California Legislature votes to allow power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year’s deadly wildfires amid fears that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., would otherwise face financial ruin. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 500 words, photos.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT-PEPPER SPRAY — A can of pepper spray went off inside a plane headed from Oakland, California, to Maui, requiring emergency help for several people aboard, Hawaiian Airlines says. SENT: 400 words, photos.




INDONESIA-OLYMPICS — Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in a surprise announcement Saturday that highlights the rising ambition of the giant but long underperforming Southeast Asian nation. SENT: 440 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ELECTIONS — Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been barred from Brazil’s October presidential election by the country’s electoral court despite easily leading in the polls — a ruling that adds uncertainty to the race to lead Latin America’s largest nation, leaving no clear favorites. SENT: 510 words, photos.

UGANDA-POLITICAL VIOLENCE — A Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker flew out of the country for medical treatment after alleged torture while in detention, his lawyer said, a day after security forces blocked him from boarding a flight to the U.S. and set off a new round of protests. SENT: 490 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN — Pakistan temporarily closes its consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad because of “intervention” by the provincial governor and a lack of security, but an Afghan official says there was simply a misunderstanding and the matter would be resolved. SENT: 190 words.




FUNERALS-SPLIT SCREEN — Two beloved Americans, two services: one screen wasn’t always enough for television news networks following services for Sen. John McCain and Aretha Franklin. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC each tried to keep viewers caught up on people paying respect to McCain as his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol, and the lengthy remembrance for the Queen of Soul in Detroit. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 430 words, photos.




US OPEN-WILLIAMS SISTERS — Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatched player on the other side. So what if it happened to be her big sister? Serena equaled her most-lopsided victory against her sister Venus with a 6-1, 6-2 rout in the third round of the U.S. Open. By Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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