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Aug. 19, 2018
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TRUMP-GUZZLE AGAIN? — The Trump administration says the domestic oil boom means there's no longer an economic imperative to conserve oil, challenging the longstanding government support for ever-thriftier gas vehicles — and the electric car, too. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 870 words, photos.
TRUMP — In a series of angry tweets, President Donald Trump blasts a New York Times story reporting that White House lawyer Don McGahn has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team investigating Russian election meddling and potential collusion with Trump's Republican campaign. isn't "a John Dean type 'RAT,'" making reference to the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon. SENT: 630 words, photos.
WOMEN RUNNING IN 2018 — More women than ever before have won their primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — setting a U.S. record and paving the way for November battles that could significantly change the public debate on many issues. By Christina A. Cassidy and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.
SCIENCE SAYS-WILDFIRE FUEL — A look at past wildfire seasons shows how weather extremes are becoming more common because of climate change supercharging wildfires. Most fires are sparked by people, but hotter, drier weather corresponds to more intense fires and more acres burned. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 900 words, photo. This story is this week's Monday Spotlight.
CHURCH-SEX ABUSE-PARISHIONERS — Across the U.S., Catholics once faithful in their financial support to their churches are soul-searching for ways to respond to the constant sex-abuse scandals that have tarnished the institution in which they believe. By Ivan Moreno and Jeff Karoub. UPCOMING: 960 words by 3 p.m., photos.
KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Hundreds of Koreans will participate, starting Monday, in a week of reunions with relatives many haven't seen since the 1950-53 Korean War cemented the division of the peninsula into the North and South. Many of the elderly relatives at the reunions, which will be held at the North's scenic Diamond Mountain resort, know that given the fickle nature of ties between the rival Koreas, it could be their last meeting before they die. By Kim Tong-hyung. 1,200 words, photos, video.
HAJJ — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba from first light in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world's biggest gathering every year, a trip required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. By Omar Akour. SENT: 670 words, photos.
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ASIAN GAMES-FLAG — In an embarrassing technical blunder at the Asian Games, the flag hoist collapsed during the playing of the Chinese national anthem as Sun Yang stood atop the podium after winning the 200-meter freestyle final. SENT: 540 words, photos.
GERMANY-DROUGHT — A sustained drought in Germany has revealed the ruins of a village abandoned when a large reservoir was created more than 100 years ago. SENT: 130 words, photos.
POLICE CHIEF-COCAINE — A New Jersey police chief suspended after his arrest on charges of buying cocaine and having it shipped to his post office box has resigned. SENT: 140 words.
TRUMP SECURITY CLEARANCE — Former CIA Director John Brennan says he is considering taking legal action to try to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping other current and former officials' security clearances. By Jill Colvin and Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 500 words, photos.
FORMER CONGRESSMAN-CONTRACT — A former Texas congressman had tried steering a federal contract to the owner of a business who gave him a $160,000-a-year job after the congressman resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a newspaper investigation published Sunday. SENT: 560 words, photo.
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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Strong earthquakes jolt the Indonesian island of Lombok, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. SENT: 410 words, photo.
ISRAEL-US-JEWS — Israel's recent detention of Jewish-American critics entering the country is shining a spotlight on a growing gulf between the world's two largest Jewish communities. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India's Kerala state, officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched for people stranded in the worst-affected areas. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.
AFGHANISTAN - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani calls for a conditional cease-fire with Taliban insurgents for the duration of the Eid al-Adha holiday. The Taliban did not immediately respond. SENT: 330 words, photo.
FRANCE-BRIDGES - Days after Italy's bridge disaster, an audit commissioned by the French government says about 840 French bridges are suffering from serious damage and at risk of collapse in the coming several years. SENT: 270 words, photo.
PALESTINIANS-UNDELIVERED MAIL — Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel. SENT: 340 words, photos.
GREECE-RENEWABLE ISLAND — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. SENT: 730 words, photos.
CZECH-1968 PHOTOGRAPHER — Powerful images taken by photographer Josef Koudelka of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia still resonate 50 years later. SENT: 630 words, photos.
PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESE-SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATION — Pittsburgh bishop under fire after grand jury report says the diocese "followed every single step" it should have regarding allegations of child sex abuse in the churches. SENT: 300 words, photo.
TEXAS DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Houston doctor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a heavily sedated patient won't serve any prison time. SENT: 130 words.
TRANSGENDER BATHROOM-SCHOOL — A Kansas City-area school district that garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and in some existing locations. SENT: 340 words.
INSIDER Q&A-BOMBAS — David Heath co-founded online socks company Bombas not because of an overwhelming desire to make a comfortable sock, but after realizing that they were the No. 1 clothing item requested by homeless people. The company, which donates a pair of socks for every pair it sells, just generated its first profit in 2016 and hit nearly $50 million in sales last year. Now, it's mapping out an expansion plan beyond socks. By Anne D'Innocenzio. SENT: 600 words, photos. With INSIDER Q&A-PASS IT ON (sent).
ARETHA FRANKLIN-WASHINGTON LEGACY — Throughout Aretha Franklin's career, "The Queen of Soul" often returned to Washington, D.C. for performances that at times put her in line with key moments of U.S. History where she sang for diplomats, welcomed new presidents and made the first black president of the United States cry. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FILM-BOX OFFICE — Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance "Crazy Rich Asians" took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg's action-packed "Mile 22." SENT: 700 words, photos.
TEN--CINCINNATI — It's a Djokovic-vs.-Federer rematch. Novak Djokovic tries for his first Cincinnati title against old nemesis Roger Federer, who has won the tournament an unprecedented seven times. In the women's bracket, No. 1 Simona Halep also tries for her first title, facing Kiki Bertens. Women's final starts 2 p.m., followed by men's final.
BBN--METS-PHILLIES— Todd Frazier, Michael Conforto and Scott Kingery will be back in familiar territory when the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies play under the lights in the Little League Classic. All three played in the Little League World Series. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
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