BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Aug. 20, 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
TRUMP — President Donald Trump insists that his White House counsel isn't a "RAT" like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he is blasting the ongoing Russia investigation as "McCarthyism." By Jill Colvin. SENT: 670 words, photos.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-GAY PRIESTS — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians inflames a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are demanding a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the Church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibate lives. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.
SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.
KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Dozens of elderly South Koreans cross the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War. The weeklong event at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rival Koreas boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve a standoff over North Korea's drive for a nuclear weapons program that can reliably target the continental United States. By Kim Tong-Hyung and Chang Yong Jun. SENT: 810 words, photos.
BANNON-MIDTERMS — Steve Bannon has a dire warning for Republicans — rally around Trump. During an interview with The Associated Press, the former chief strategist to Trump says he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today, thereby ceding their majority to Democrats he's convinced will pursue impeachment. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.
THE LONGEST BULL MARKET — Rising from the ashes of the financial crisis and fueled by low interest rates, the steady recovery of the U.S. economy and the rise of game-changing tech companies, the current bull market is set to become the longest ever on Wednesday. A look at how it achieved that honor, and where the market goes from here. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 6 a.m., photos, graphics.
NABE-SURVEY OF ECONOMISTS — U.S. business economists are concerned about the risks of some of Trump's economic policies, saying they fear his tariffs and higher budget deficits could eventually slow the economy. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 510 words.
TURKEY-UNITED STATES — Shots were fired at a security booth outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey's capital, but U.S. officials say no one was hurt. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, video.
MINIMUM WAGE-NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina Republicans who've infuriated liberal activists on taxes, redistricting and social issues surprise critics by approving a $15-per-hour minimum wage for thousands of state employees. SENT: 880 words, photos.
ASIA ARGENTO SETTLEMENT — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who says she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reports. SENT: 290 words, photo.
MISS AMERICA — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson strikes back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund's allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her has led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year's contestants. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SPORTS BETTING-COLLEGE INTEGRITY FEES — Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 1,210 words, photo.
OHIO STATE-MEYER-CONTRACTS — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant draws attention to his contractual obligation to report violations of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy. SENT: 700 words, photos.