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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

August 26, 2018

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OBIT-MCCAIN — Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year. He was 81. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 1900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: OBIT-MCCAIN-ABRIDGED — Abridged version of McCain obituary. SENT: 700 words, photos; MCCAIN-QUOTES — A look at some quotes from the former senator and U.S. presidential candidate. SENT: 300 words, photos; OBIT-MCCAIN-REACTION — Praise pours in across the political spectrum for John McCain. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

MCCAIN MOMENTS — John McCain lived most of his life in the public eye, surviving war, torture, scandal, political stardom and failure, the enmity of some colleagues and the election of President Donald Trump. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

SKOREA REUNIONS-BROTHERLY TALE — Ninety-three-year-old Ham Sung-chan’s eyes widen with excitement as he describes the shock and euphoria of reuniting with his baby brother, now 79, during three days of family reunions in North Korea. By Kim Tong-hyung. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by noon. This story will move as the Monday Spotlight.

IRELAND-POPE — Pope Francis arrives in Ireland to a lukewarm reception and scattered protests, with even his vow to rid the church of the “scourge” of sexual abuse and his outrage at the “repugnant crimes” dismissed as an insult by Ireland’s wounded abuse victims. By Nicole Winfield and Maria Grazia Murru. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

TRUMP-COHEN — For Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, it’s always been about money and loyalty. But the man who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump now is pledging loyalty to his own family and actively seeking to cooperate in the Russia investigation. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

TESLA-STAYING PUBLIC — First it was the shocking tweet that funding was secured and Tesla may go private. Then a statement that the money wasn’t locked down after all. Two weeks later it’s never mind, the whole deal is off. Welcome to the disarray of Elon Musk, the impulsive genius and architect of cutting-edge car, rocket and solar panel companies built nearly from scratch. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA — Seven people are arrested at a rally calling for a century-old Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina to be returned after it was yanked down five days ago. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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. SENT: 640 words, photos.

GUNFIRE-FOOTBALL GAME — A high school football game in northern Illinois was halted after an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles near the field sent hundreds of spectators running. SENT: 130 words, photos.




DEMOCRATS-SUPERDELEGATES — Overhauling how they pick a White House nominee, Democrats agree to curtail the role played by party insiders known as superdelegates, a major source of ill will in the 2016 race. It’s the latest test of party unity as Democrats try to turn their attention to the November elections and the 2020 presidential race. SENT: 740 words, photo. WITH: DEMOCRATS-2020 DEBATES — The Democratic Party is talking to TV networks about a series of presidential primary debates in 2019 (sent).

FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump denied that the crimes of his ex-lawyer were criminal, complained about a politician plagiarizing his slogan despite his history of doing the same and defied data in declaring the U.S. is No. 1 in environmental quality. A look at some of his rhetoric over the past week. By Hope Yen. SENT: 1,350 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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BULGARIA-BUS CRASH — Bulgarian authorities say a tourist bus flips on a highway near Sofia, the capital, killing at least 16 people and leaving 26 others injured. SENT: 140 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.




TROPICAL STORM LANE HAWAII — Weather officials drop all warnings after tropical storm Lane weakens and turns away from Hawaii after drenching the Big Island and Maui. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

MISSING STUDENT-IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL — A group of Iowa conservatives scrambles to add an attorney general candidate to the November ballot, an effort fueled by the arrest of a Mexican man in the slaying of missing college student Mollie Tibbetts. SENT: 430 words, photos.

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN-STALWARTS — As the Poor People’s Campaign launches a massive initiative to sign up people to support the movement and to vote, its leaders are working with the generation of civil rights activists who stood with the Rev. Martin Luther King and have continued his work. SENT: 890 words, photos. WITH: POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN-STALWARTS-LIST.




CRAZY RICH ASIANS-ASIAN PARENTS — When the film “Crazy Rich Asians” surpassed expectations and grabbed the top spot in its opening weekend, it also pulled off another surprising feat: It put Asians of a certain age in theater seats. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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