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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

September 2, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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BOAT COLLISION-CALIFORNIA — Two recreational boats have collided head-on in a stretch of the Colorado River marking the California border with Arizona that was crowded with people enjoying the Labor Day weekend, sinking one boat and leaving 13 people injured. Authorities say another two people are missing and “presumed submerged.” SENT. 300 words. Will be Updated once search for missing resumes Sunday morning.

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TOP STORIES

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MCCAIN — John McCain is being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared purpose. The private ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, was as carefully planned as the rest of McCain’s farewell tour that began in Arizona after he passed away Aug. 25. By Laurie Kellman. With AP Photos. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: MCCAIN NOTEBOOK — Memories mixed with humor, grief and lessons on civility marked Sen. John McCain’s memorial service Saturday at spectacular Washington National Cathedral, the last event in Washington of the five-day farewell tour. By Laurie Kellman. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6:30 p.m. TRUMP-MCCAIN — For President Donald Trump, it was just like any other Saturday. As political dignitaries gathered at Washington National Cathedral to memorialize Sen. John McCain, the president tweeted familiar grievances and headed to the golf course. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 420 words, AP Photo.

TWO FUNERALS-TWO AMERICAS — The joy and sorrow at the two memorials for Aretha Franklin and the late Sen. John McCain reflect the two different and distinct cultures inhabited by McCain and Franklin coming together on the same day to mark the passing of an age in two distinct but uniquely American ways. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon.

CONGO-EBOLA SURVIVORS — The 15-year-old Congolese girl was found unconscious on the bathroom floor. Blood was everywhere. She became one of the first people to receive an experimental Ebola treatment and has survived. Now the challenge for her and others is returning to nervous communities where they could be shunned. UPCOMING: 770 words, photos by 5 a.m. Sunday. This story will move as the Monday Spotlight.

ELECTION SECURITY-CYBER THREATS — Newly reported attempts at infiltration and social media manipulation are a reminder of Russia’s continued interest in meddling in U.S. politics. There is no clear evidence, experts said, of efforts by the Kremlin designed to disrupt elections in November. But it wouldn’t take much to cause turmoil. Targeting of the U.S. political system has come on three fronts — efforts to get inside political campaigns and institutions; probes of electoral systems; and fake ads and accounts on social media. By Adam Geller and Frank Bajak. SENT: 2,300 words, photos, 900-word abridged version.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-ESTATE — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won’t have it so simple. Despite living to 76 and having cancer before her death, The Queen of Soul left no will. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 880 words, photos.

TEN--US OPEN — What a shot! Roger Federer hits a ‘special’ and ‘unreal’ winner around the net post during his straight-set victory over Nick Kyrgios at the U.S. Open. By AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER — The widow of a slain Maryland newspaper reporter has spread his ashes at Washington Nationals Park. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MEXICO-STOLEN HEARSE — Police in central Mexico they’ve caught a man who made off with a hearse — complete with a corpse inside. SENT: 120 words.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL-ARIANA GRANDE — The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral apologizes to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name. SENT: 340 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRADE-US-CANADA — President Donald Trump warns Canada that it “will be out” of a revised North American trade agreement unless it’s “fair” to the United States, and he threatens to scrap the current deal should Congress “interfere” with the negotiations. But it’s not clear whether his administration has the authority to strike a deal with just Mexico, as it announced last week, and exclude Canada. By Luis Alonso Lugo, Paul Wiseman and Rob Gillies. SENT: 780 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PAPADOPOULOS — Lawyers for former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos say Donald Trump ‘nodded with approval’ when Papadopoulos suggested he could facilitate a meeting between the Republican candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin. SENT: 740 words, photo.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump is playing loose with the facts in his exuberance to push through a trade agreement with Mexico — comments in a week of outright fiction that also touched on Google, Barack Obama and poll ratings. By Hope Yen and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,480 words, photo. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

KOBACH-GRAND JURY — Kansas Supreme Court says a grand jury must be convened to investigate whether Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach intentionally failed to register voters in 2016. SENT: 310 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-SOTOMAYOR — A book by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor prompted a diabetic grandmother to encourage her to use a newer technology to manage her diabetes, the justice tells The Associated Press as she described the sensor implanted in her stomach. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 400 words, AP Photos.

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NATIONAL

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WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS-STUDY — Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. Eighteen firefighters who parachute from airplanes are wearing advanced motion monitors this summer to track how they hold up. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 850 words, photos.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED — Family members of a pregnant Colorado woman and her two young daughters gathered at their funeral service in Pinehurst, North Carolina, more than two weeks after their bodies were discovered at an oil worksite. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: Developing, photos planned.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — A string of powerful blasts from the direction of a military airport in Damascus light up the skies and shook the capital city, residents and state TV report. SENT: 310 words.

GERMANY-FAR RIGHT — Far-right groups hold a protest march over a recent killing of a German national by two migrant men in the eastern city of Chemnitz that sparked rioting earlier this week. Their opponents hold counter-rallies. SENT: 860 words, photos.

FRANCE-HOT GRAPES — In France’s Champagne region, pickers are scrambling to bring in yet another early harvest as the effects of climate change are becoming the new normal. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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WIGSTOCK — Actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, chef David Burtka, are staging what they call New York’s “last summer blowout” — a 50-act, drag-queen spectacle on a glitzy Manhattan pier. It’s the revival of a 1980s festival called “Wigstock,” which started when some unruly queens spilled out of an East Village club to improvise for an audience of homeless people in a rat-infested park. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 6 p.m. with reporting from the show.

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