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BC-AP News Digest 3:10 am

August 10, 2018

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NICARAGUA-ARRESTED AND TORTURED — More than 2,000 people have been arrested in Nicaragua in nearly four months of unrest and official crackdown. At least 400 people are believed to still be held in prisons and police stations across the country, and some consider them to be political prisoners, a human rights group said. Others are held for days or weeks incommunicado, brutally interrogated and threatened with terrorism charges before being released as President Daniel Ortega’s government seeks to extinguish the resistance. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.




US COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — Human remains found at a ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert are those of a severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism, the child’s grandfather confirms. Siraj Wahhaj, of New York City, says the allegations child abuse against his son and two daughters are out of character from what he had known of them. He said he hasn’t had direct contact with them for nine months. By Stephen R. Groves and Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,030 words, video, photos.

KANSAS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance, describing it as a “symbolic” step in response to a public demand from Colyer. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 920 words, photos. With KANSAS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR-THE LATEST.

CANADA-SAUDI ARABIA — An effort by Saudi Arabia to punish Canada over human rights advocacy has resulted in a collective shrug. Many Canadians say they are less concerned about the potential economic effects than they are worried about the Saudi students and doctors who must return home. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 850 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Aircraft turned hillsides red with retardant as homeowners wet their houses with garden hoses in a battle to contain an arson wildfire, which prompted evacuation orders for more than 20,000 people south of Los Angeles. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as a four-day-old fire carved its way along ridges and hillsides of the Cleveland National Forest. By Ringo H.W. Chiu and Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 900 words, video, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

MONUMENTS’ MOTHERS — Their numbers may be dwindling, but the United Daughters of the Confederacy still have some fight in them. The 124-year-old group that helped erect Confederate monuments across the country is now going to court to keep them from being pulled down. In cases against local governments in Louisiana and Texas, UDC chapters claim to even own the public lands beneath their memorials. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,870 words, video, photos.




TRUMP-PRISON REFORM — President Donald Trump is discussing prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club. SENT: 120 words, photos.

SPECIAL SESSION-STAND YOUR GROUND — Democratic legislators in Florida fail in an attempt to force the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the state’s contentious “stand your ground law.”

CIRCULAR SAW KILLING: A roofer accused of killing a co-worker with a circular saw in western Wisconsin told authorities he was being teased and thought he was being drugged. SENT: 300 words, photo.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE — Authorities in the western state of Jalisco say that 20 bodies have been found in two clandestine graves in separate locations in the state. SENT: 320 words.

BABY IN WATER — The man who police say fled to Thailand after carrying his dead 7-month-old baby around in a backpack and tossing his body into a river near the Brooklyn Bridge has been returned to New York City. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TECH BILLIONAIRE-ARREST — Tech billionaire and advocate of crime victims Henry T. Nicholas III is facing drug counts in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police officer Larry Hadfield says Nicholas was arrested at a Las Vegas Strip casino-resort on suspicion of trafficking heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy. SENT: 120 words.




EPA PESTICIDE — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — After three days of dramatic and sometimes salacious testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as they sought to show he obtained millions of dollars in bank loans under false pretenses. SENT: 820 words, photos.

IOWA-AVENATTI — Michael Avenatti’s crusade for the porn actress taking on the president has already catapulted him to cable news stardom and endeared him to many frustrated liberals. Now the self-styled “dragon slayer” is taking his message to Iowa Democrats. SENT: 920 words, photos.

INDIANA SENATE-CHINESE OUTSOURCING — The off-road accessory was shipped in a box emblazoned with the logo of an auto parts brand owned by Mike Braun, a multimillionaire businessman who often rails against foreign outsourcing in his bid to become Indiana’s next senator. SENT: 910 words.

2018-MIDTERMS BREAKING THE WAVES — For all the talk of a blue wave sweeping Democrats back into the House majority this fall, their efforts could be thwarted in one of the nation’s bluest states. SENT: 870 words, photos.

CONGRESS CORPORATE BOARDS — The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they’re responsible for overseeing. SENT: 890 words, photos.




ASIAN GAMES KOREAS — With the Koreas, there’s no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

LEBANON-ELECTRICITY — A goodwill gesture to power-starved Lebanon from an energy company in Turkey has backfired, igniting mudslinging and corruption allegations. This summer, the Karadeniz Energy Group lent Lebanon a floating power station to generate electricity at below-market rates to help ease the strain on the country’s woefully undermaintained power sector. Instead, the barge’s arrival opened a pandora’s box of partisan mudslinging in a country hobbled by political sectarianism and dysfunction. SENT: 720 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — Taliban fighters tried to overrun a provincial capital in Afghanistan, hiding inside homes before slipping into city streets during the night to attack security forces and killing at least 14 policemen before being pushed back, officials say. SENT: 390 words, photos.

INDONESIA-POLITICS — The battle lines for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election were drawn as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo formally registered as a candidate after choosing a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate. SENT: 530 words, photos.

CHINA-MOSQUE DEMOLITION — Thousands of Muslims gathered at a mosque in northwestern China to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government’s efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country. Sent 460 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-PLASTIC BAG BAN — New Zealand announced it will ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. SENT: 410 words.




BASKETBALL COACH-FATAL PUNCH — A rising college basketball coaching star accused of throwing a punch that killed a New York City tourist who had apparently mistaken him for an Uber driver pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. SENT: 440 words, photo.




VENEZUELA-CITGO — A Canadian gold mining company won the right to go after Venezuela’s prized U.S.-based oil refineries and collect $1.4 billion it lost in a decade-old take-over by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez. SENT: 490 words, photos.

SKOREA-NORTH KOREAN COAL — South Korea says a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. By Business Writer Youkyung Lee. SENT: 220 words, photo.




ENDANGERED ORCA - Teams of whale experts raced out to sea to help an ailing young killer whale, but they don’t plan to intervene to help a mother orca in the same critically endangered pod that has been pushing the body of her dead calf for more than two weeks. SENT: 590 words, photo.

WILDLIFE AGENCY — The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 16-month tenure in which he proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of plant and animal species. SENT: 120 words.




FILM-CASEY AFFLECK — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier harassment allegations. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 860 words, photos. With Q&A-CASEY AFFLECK — Casey Affleck on new film, his Oscars absence and #MeToo (sent).

TV CRITICS-TAKEAWAYS — Broadcasters, cable channel and streaming platforms paraded their upcoming shows at the Television Critics Association’s summer meeting. The upshot: Reboots and revivals are still a trend, despite the implosion of “Roseanne,” and streamers and cable have the heft to bring stars including Julia Roberts and Amy Adams to the small screen. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.




FBN--ANTHEM DEMONSTRATIONS — Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December. SENT: 910 words, photos.




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