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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:45 p.m. EDT

August 12, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — More than 1,000 protesters are gathered in Freedom Plaza near the White House to rally against a white nationalist demonstration scheduled for later in the day. The demonstration is being held on the first anniversary of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent and led to the death of a counterprotester.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An insider threat is one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel. Investigators are piecing together how the airline ground agent at Sea-Tac International Airport stole an empty commercial airplane. He performed dangerous loops and other dangerous maneuvers before crashing into a remote island in Puget Sound.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman says she secretly recorded conversations she had in the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room. It was a highly unusual admission, which immediately drew fire from allies of the president. Parts of her conversation with Kelly were played on the air during her appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Embarking on a mission scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft is hurtling toward the sun to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any other object sent before. The Parker Solar Probe is set to fly through the wispy edges of the sun’s outer atmosphere in November. It is named for 91-year-old astrophysicist Eugene Parker, who watched the middle-of-the-night launch Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

HOUSTON (AP) — Donors pouring money into the November midterm elections are putting cash into races in places they never have before to help Democrats. The money in most races isn’t changing the conventional wisdom about their chances but is giving the campaigns of longshot Democrats viability. Democrats would retake House control if they gain 23 seats in November, which many analysts see as an achievable goal. Their chances of gaining a Senate majority are viewed as smaller.

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