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Aug. 25, 2018
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UNIVERSITY-EUGENICS FOUNDATION — Records reviewed by The Associated Press show the University of Arizona has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding over the past 16 years from a foundation infamous for promoting research linking race and intelligence. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
TRUMP —President Donald Trump has had to watch as a trio of men who are intimately familiar with his secrets and business dealings agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. One by one, the president's men are turning against him as the investigations that have dogged his White House plunge into the personal territory he once declared off-limits. By Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,070 words, video, photos. With TRUMP-THE LATEST; TRUMP-OHIO —Trump complains to Ohio GOP that Democrats are 'negative and nasty'; TRUMP-OHIO-THE LATEST (all sent).
MCCAIN —Arizona Sen. John McCain has discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, says his family. It's a likely indication that the war hero, presidential nominee and longtime leading lawmaker is nearing the end of his life. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 890 words, photos.
TROPICAL STORM LANE HAWAII — A powerful hurricane that threatened Hawaii for a week rapidly disintegrated to become a tropical storm south of Honolulu. But meteorologists warn heavy rains could still wallop the islands with flash flooding and punishing winds. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Audrey McAvoy. SENT: 1,010 words, video, photos. With TROPICAL STORM LANE HAWAII-THE LATEST.
UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA —President Donald Trump says he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a planned trip to North Korea, citing insufficient progress on denuclearization. Trump put some blame on Beijing, saying he does not believe China is helping "because of our much tougher Trading stance. "By Zeke Miller and Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. With KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — Seoul regrets delay in Pompeo trip, agrees on joint efforts (sent).
IRELAND-POPE — Pope Francis arrives in Ireland, ground zero of the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis, with the institution under fire across the globe for its systemic failures to protect children from priestly rapists or punish bishops who hid the crimes. By Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas. SENT: 930 words, photos. With IRELAND-POPE-THE LATEST.
AFGHANISTAN-RUSSIA TALKS — Vladimir Putin's Russia appears to have emerged as a player in Afghanistan after 17 years of Western involvement that has left the country no closer to peace than before. To some, Russia's offer to host talks next month might contain at least the seeds of a positive pivot if the Taliban are coaxed to the table at a time when they have been more aggressive on the battlefield than in recent years, causing much mayhem in Kabul and other cities. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS-BACKCHANNELS — Only a fraction of the elderly Koreans separated by the Korean War are able to attend the on-and-off reunions organized by their rival governments. So some South Koreans turn to unofficial networks of brokers, friends and others to correspond with their loved ones in the North. Such exchanges flourished during a previous era of detente, but the number has sharply decreased as many elderly refugees in South Korea died and North Korea has tightened control on its once porous border with China. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT 1,250 words, photos.
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RUSSIA-SYRIA — Russia's Defense Ministry says militants in a rebel-controlled province of Syria are preparing a chemical weapons attack. SENT: 120 words.
SCHOOL SHOOTING: A 16-year-old boy was killed and an 18-year-old critically wounded Friday when what police described as a "gun battle" between a pair of rival groups broke out near a Northern California High School. SENT: 230 words. With SCHOOL SHOOTING-THE LATEST.
CHINA-DEADLY FIRE —At least 19 people were killed in a fire at a resort hotel in China's northeastern city of Harbin, the local government says. SENT: 240 words, photos.
TRUMP-ANTHEM — President Donald Trump again criticized the NFL and its broadcast partners concerning the national anthem. SENT: 240 words, photo.
GERMANY-FOREST FIRE — German authorities say they're making progress fighting a major forest fire some 30 miles outside Berlin, but an area around two evacuated villages is still causing concern. SENT: 130 words, photos.
HOUSE RACE-SIGNATURES — A Virginia newspaper says signatures collected by a Republican congressional candidate for an independent candidate listed 59 allegedly fraudulent signatures and the names of four dead people. SENT: 140 words.
MAYOR'S SON-POLICE VIDEO — Police disciplinary records show two police officers received a brief unpaid suspension for leaking body camera footage showing the son of Denver's mayor cursing at another officer and threatening to get him fired during a traffic stop. SENT: 200 words.
UNITED STATES-PALESTINIANS —The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, the State Department says. SENT: 770 words, photo.
IMMIGRANT PROTECTION-RAUNER — Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure Friday that would encourage immigrants' cooperation with police investigations by offering protection from deportation, one of three immigrant-related bills the Republican nixed in a week of rising tensions over national policy because of the death of an Iowa college student, allegedly at the hands of an immigrant. By Political Writer John O'Connor. SENT: 590 words, photos.
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AUSTRALIA-PRIME MINISTER — Australia's latest leader, Scott Morrison, spoke with President Donald Trump, organized his Cabinet and met drought-affected farmers on Saturday as the backlash continued over yet another prime minister selected by an internal party vote. SENT: 760 words, photos.
BANGLADESH-ROHINGYA ANNIVERSARY — Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim refugees are marking the one-year anniversary of the attacks that sent them fleeing to safety in Bangladesh, praying they can return home and demanding justice for their dead relatives and neighbors. SENT: 610 words, photos.
CONGO-ELECTION-BEMBA — Congo's electoral commission has rejected former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, a top opposition contender, as a candidate in this year's presidential election because of a pending case at the International Criminal Court. SENT: 570 words.
YEMEN-AL-QAIDA — Yemeni officials and tribal leaders say a senior al-Qaida leader has been killed in fighting in the central province of Marib. SENT: 140 words.
PREP SCHOOL ABUSE — Eleven former staffers at a prominent New Hampshire prep school have been accused of fondling, forced kissing and other sexual misconduct with students over several decades, according to two reports. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HARVEY-FLOOD CONTROL-BOND ELECTION — Voters in Houston and its surrounding county will mark the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore by deciding whether to approve the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood-control projects that might mitigate the damage caused by future storms. SENT: 620 words, photos.
COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — Prosecutors on Friday charged the father and stepmother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found at a ramshackle compound in northern New Mexico with child abuse charges that can carry a penalty of life in prison. SENT: 580 words, photos.
FLORIDA TOWN-FAKE NAME CHANGE — Mayo, Florida is holding the mayo, at least for a few days. The mayor of this tiny town of less than 1,500 residents, located where Florida's Panhandle morphs into a peninsula, is announcing the city is switching its name to "Miracle Whip." But it's a joke. The name change started as a secret, tongue-in-cheek marketing proposal for the Kraft Heinz-owned mayonnaise-alternative. 640 words.
POLLING PLACES-PROPOSED CLOSURE — A small, majority-black south Georgia county's proposal to close most of its polling places drew heated national criticism — and saw a quick reversal — during an election year that features the state's first-ever black nominee for governor by a major political party. SENT: 690 words, photo.
TESLA-STAYING PUBLIC — Electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. will remain on the public stock exchanges after CEO Elon Musk said investors have convinced him the company shouldn't go private. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 500 words, photo.
MEDIA-FOX-CARLSON —Fox News host Tucker Carlson says he's shocked his segments this week on a South African land reform policy should be considered an appeal to white nationalists — let alone spark an international incident. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 880 words, photo.
WYNN-DEFAMATION LAWSUIT — A Nevada judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by casino mogul Steve Wynn against The Associated Press and an AP reporter based on a report about two women's accounts to police alleging sexual misconduct by Wynn. SENT: 370 words.
FBC-OHIO STATE-NO NCAA? — The question often comes up when a serious scandal hits college sports: Where is the NCAA? Why isn't the governing body of major college sports, you know, governing? Ohio State suspended Urban Meyer for three games for mishandling allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistants, but it is doubtful the school or coach will face NCAA penalties. That's because the NCAA is highly restricted in the issues it can punish, and schools don't want another layer of discipline. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ASIAN GAMES-ROUNDUP — A combined Koreas crew earned a historic bronze medal at the Asian Games on by finishing third in the final of the 200-meter traditional — or dragon — boat final behind China and games host Indonesia. It was the first time a combined team from North Korea and South Korea has won a medal at a major multi-sport international event. By Sports Writer John Pye. SENT: 500 words, photos.
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