BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Sep. 01, 2018
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McCAIN — Donald Trump's name was unspoken, but a memorial service to the late Sen. John McCain turned into a clear rebuke of the president's divisive politics. McCain family members, former presidents and political dignitaries used their tributes to call for a return to a more civil and bipartisan debate. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m.
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.
SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-PROFILE — Judge Brett Kavanaugh's life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 850 words, photos. A longer version of 1,790 words also is available.
PALESTINIANS-GAZA MEDICS — Each Friday, Gaza medic Asmaa Qudih goes through a tense ritual: She performs a prayer, kisses her mother's hand and packs a bag with medical supplies as she heads off to work at the weekly mass protests along the Israeli border. Treating the wounded has become a dangerous mission for Gaza's emergency workers. Three have been killed by Israeli gunfire, while dozens more, including Qudih, have been wounded. By Fares Akram. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. This story is this week's Sunday Spotlight.
FLORIDA GOVERNOR-GILLUM — Andrew Gillum, who engineered a surprising upset victory in Florida's Democratic primary this week, is picking up endorsements, money and plenty of national attention. But as the Tallahassee mayor mounts his bid to become Florida's first black governor, his Republican opponents are trying to use a slow-moving corruption investigation into Tallahassee city government to portray Gillum as untrustworthy. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 900 words, photos.
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.
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.
CONGRESS-DEMOCRATS-PELOSI - Paul Davis kicked off a promising Democratic campaign to flip a GOP-leaning Kansas congressional district with a pledge to oppose Nancy Pelosi's return as House speaker. It did not change the GOP's strategy for keeping the seat by branding him as a "Pelosi liberal." Democratic candidates across the U.S. are facing similar attacks. SENT: 910 words, photos.
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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.
NETHERLANDS-STABBING - A 19-year-old Afghan citizen accused of stabbing two American tourists at the Dutch capital's main railway station had a "terrorist motive," Amsterdam authorities say. The victims have serious but not life-threatening injuries. SENT: 120 words, photos. Developing.
TEN--US OPEN - Roger Federer plays in the third round at the U.S. Open against Nick Kyrgios, whose previous match caused a stir because of an umpire's intervention over his listless play. On the women's side, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys and Maria Sharapova are on the schedule. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. Updated with night session.