BC-AP News Digest 3:10 am
Sep. 03, 2018
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MCCAIN —MCCAIN — Sen. John McCain's widow and other family members joined friends and admirers to say a final goodbye at his burial in the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery. After a memorial service, they followed a horse-drawn caisson carrying the casket of the longtime senator to the cemetery. By Susan Walsh. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.
BRAZIL-RIO MUSEUM FIRE — A huge fire engulfed Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters tried to save historical relics from the blaze. The esteemed museum, which houses artefacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil, was closed to the public at the time of the fire Sunday evening. There were no reports of injuries. By Peter Prengaman. SENT: 545 words, photos.
MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS — A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military's abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had been reporting on the brutal crackdown on the Rohingya when they were arrested and charged with to violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. They had pleaded not guilty, contending that they were framed by police. By Victoria Milko and Aung Naing Soe. SENT: 860 words, photos. WITH: MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS-THE LATEST.
TRUMP-CLIMATE PLAN-GROUND ZERO — President Donald Trump picked West Virginia as the place to announce he'd roll back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But Trump didn't mention one thing: The northern two-thirds of West Virginia, along with the neighboring part of Pennsylvania, would be hit hardest. The Environmental Protection Agency predicts that 350 to 1,500 more people in the U.S. will die each year under Trump's plan. And in West Virginia, it's shaping up to be at least a couple dozen additional deaths a year. By Ellen Knickmeyer and John Raby. UPCOMING: 1,205 words, photo by 11 a.m. This story is this week's Tuesday Spotlight.
TRUMP-TRADE — President Donald Trump is making trade policy the connective tissue that ties together his "America First" foreign policy and his political strategy for the 2020 presidential election. Trump's 2016 triumph was paved in part by his support among blue-collar voters in Midwestern manufacturing states. His aggressive trade tactics are aimed at reversing what he has long viewed as unfair trade deals while maintaining support among working-class voters hurt by the loss of manufacturing jobs. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 830 words, photo.
CHINA-METOO — A woman's challenges in trying to report sexual assault allegations show the determination of a new generation trying to push China into its own #MeToo movement. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
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CALIFORNIA RACETRACK SHOOTING — A man who was told no more tickets were available for an Ice Cube concert at a racetrack was shot by a sheriff's deputy after he fired his gun into a crowd. SENT: 280 words.
EGYPT-ANTIQUITIES — Egypt says archeologists have unearthed one of the oldest villages ever found in the Nile Delta, with remains dating back to before the pharaohs. SENT: 120 words, photo.
ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL-WILLIAMS EULOGY — A fiery, old-school pastor who is under fire for his sermon at Aretha Franklin's funeral stands by his words and says he hopes critics can understand his perspective. SENT: 770 words, photos.
JD-CHINESE BILLIONAIRE ARRESTED — The Chinese billionaire who founded the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com has been arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, was arrested Friday and released Saturday pending possible criminal charges. Police declined to provide any details and JD.com says Liu was falsely accused. SENT: 360 words, photos.
GERMANY-U2 — U2 lead singer Bono is reassuring fans that he'll have his voice back for the rest of the group's European tour after ending a concert in Germany on Saturday night. SENT: 250 words, photo.
TRUMP-2018 MIDTERMS — President Donald Trump's eagerness to campaign for candidates — and protect his political flank — has led Republican officials and his political team to devise a strategy for managing his time and keeping him in places where he can be helpful in the November election. They're also determined to try to manage his unpredictability. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
CONGRESS-UNFINISHED BUSINESS — Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November elections. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.
SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-GOP LAWYER — Bill Burck is a Republican insider pushed into the limelight by the Russia investigation of Robert Mueller and the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Where Democrats see a lawyer beset by conflicts of interests, friends and allies say Burck is a straight shooter determined to provide the best legal representation possible. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 990 words, photos.
TEXAS SENATE-O'ROURKE'S RISE — If Senate seats were decided by viral videos and fawning national media profiles, Beto O'Rourke would win in a landslide. But he faces an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,085 words, photos.
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BOATS COLLIDE-CALIFORNIA — The search continues for four people who went missing after two boats crashed and sunk on the Colorado River, ejecting more than a dozen people who were on board. Nine people were injured, two critically. SENT: 300 words. Developing.
CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING-SHELTER — The need for long-term and specialized care to treat child sex-trafficking victims is increasing as the focus across the U.S. shifts from punishment to treatment. A residential facility in Texas opened recently amid a makeshift response nationwide to a growing population of child sex-trafficking victims. By Jamie Stengle and Emily Schmall. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 1 p.m.
PRIEST ABUSE-NEBRASKA — For more than a decade, a conservative Catholic diocese in Nebraska was the only church in the U.S. that refused to participate in annual reviews of sexual misconduct that were a key reform enacted in the wake of the 2002 Boston clergy abuse scandal. Critics say the Diocese of Lincoln is now paying the price for its unwillingness to change and lack of transparency. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.
NAURU-PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM — The fate of more than 600 refugees on Nauru is casting a shadow over a regional conference in the tiny Pacific nation. While the U.S. has taken some of the refugees, many have no hope of being accepted there or in the original destination, Australia. The countries attending the forum plan to discuss security, climate change and relations with China. But Nauru is eager to limit discussion of the refugees. By Nick Perry. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
UNITED NATIONS-DEADLY CROSSINGS — The U.N. refugee agency says people smugglers are taking greater risks to ferry their human cargo toward Europe as Libya's coast guard intercepts more and more boats carrying migrants, increasing the likelihood that those on board may die during the Mediterranean journeys. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 680 words, photos.
NKOREA-PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION — In perhaps his biggest gamble yet, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has turned his focus to economic development and the diplomacy required to pay for it. But hopes for a better future are mixed with worries over possible downsides, including political and social volatility. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PHILIPPINES-PRESIDENT-VISIT — Rodrigo Duterte received a warm welcome on his arrival for the first-ever visit by a Philippine president to Israel since the countries established diplomatic relations in 1957. SENT: 465 words, photo. With: ISRAEL-NETANYAHU'S FRIENDS —The first visit of a Philippine president to Israel is sure to be touted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as another success in his campaign to enhance Israel's relations across the globe. But critics say Netanyahu is giving a pass to authoritarian leaders, some seeming to voice anti-Semitic leanings. By Aron Heller. SENT: 985 words, photos.
VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — The Vatican is starting to push back against Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, author of the bombshell accusation of a sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis, with a statement from its ex-spokesman about a 2015 meeting Vigano organized. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 660 words, photos.
US OPEN — Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for a 10th consecutive appearance by picking her level up after a lull and using 18 aces to beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Williams didn't play at Flushing Meadows last year because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
MR SMITH'S WASHINGTON — Alex Smith is everything Kirk Cousins couldn't be enough of for the Washington Redskins. He's an established, veteran NFL quarterback who signed on long term and is already being called by teammates the kind of leader they needed. Smith's arrival made things feel "different" for the Redskins, and now it's up to him to make that translate to the field. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m.
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