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August 20, 2018

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TURKEY-UNITED STATES — Shots fired at gate of U.S. Embassy in Turkey, but no one hurt. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, video.

THAILAND-RUSSIA-SEX TRIAL — Escort says oligarch now has tapes on Russia interference. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Third day of deliberations set for Manafort fraud trial. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Jury expected to continue deliberations in morning.




TRUMP-GUZZLE AGAIN? — The Trump administration says the domestic oil boom means there’s no longer an economic imperative to conserve oil, challenging the longstanding government support for ever-thriftier gas vehicles — and the electric car, too. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 870 words, photos.




TRUMP — President Donald Trump insists that his White House counsel isn’t a “RAT” like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he is blasting the ongoing Russia investigation as “McCarthyism.” By Jill Colvin. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-GAY PRIESTS — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians inflames a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are demanding a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the Church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibate lives. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Dozens of elderly South Koreans cross the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven’t seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War. The weeklong event at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rival Koreas boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve a standoff over North Korea’s drive for a nuclear weapons program that can reliably target the continental United States. By Kim Tong-Hyung and Chang Yong Jun. SENT: 810 words, photos.

BANNON-MIDTERMS — Steve Bannon has a dire warning for Republicans — rally around Trump. During an interview with The Associated Press, the former chief strategist to Trump says he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today, thereby ceding their majority to Democrats he’s convinced will pursue impeachment. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

THE LONGEST BULL MARKET — Rising from the ashes of the financial crisis and fueled by low interest rates, the steady recovery of the U.S. economy and the rise of game-changing tech companies, the current bull market is set to become the longest ever on Wednesday. A look at how it achieved that honor, and where the market goes from here. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 6 a.m., photos, graphics.




GIULIANI-TRUTH — Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: “Truth isn’t truth.” SENT: 340 words, photos.

AVENATTI-2020 — Attorney Michael Avenatti visits New Hampshire as he considers 2020 bid. SENT: 540 words, photos, video.

ASIAN GAMES-JAPAN PLAYERS BANNED — Four Japanese players kicked out after “night out with women.” SENT: 200 words, photo.

FATAL SHOOTING-WALMART — Police: Dispute leads to fatal shooting at Georgia Walmart. SENT: 120 words.

INDYCAR-WICKENS-INJURED — IndyCar racer Wickens in hospital following violent Pocono crash. SENT: 700 words, photos.




AFGHANISTAN — The Taliban ambush a convoy of busses on a road in northern Afghanistan and take more than 100 people hostage, including women and children, in the latest brazen assault by insurgents, provincial officials say. SENT: 460 words, photo. UPCOMING: Graphic.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. SENT: 390 words, photo, graphic. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST.

VENEZUELA-ECONOMIC CRISIS — Venezuelan shopkeepers and consumers nervously await the launch of dramatic reforms announced by President Nicolas Maduro to rescue a downward-spiraling economy, including a new currency and a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. SENT: 820 words, photos.

IRAN-US-1953 COUP RETURNS — As the United States pushes Tehran by pulling out of nuclear deal, Iran recalls American-backed 1953 coup. SENT: 950 words, photos.

MEXICO-FIREWORKS TOWN — On the northern outskirts of Mexico’s capital, the city of Tultepec is famous as a cradle of fireworks production for the country and also infamous for repeated deadly explosions. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

HAJJ — Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims gather in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj. SENT: 450 words, photos.

INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — The Indian military opens an air base to commercial flights in the flood-savaged southern state of Kerala to help speed in relief and fly out residents. SENT: 330 words, photos.




TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCE — Former CIA Director John Brennan says that he is considering taking legal action to try to prevent Trump from stripping other current and former officials’ security clearances. SENT: 590 words, photo.

WOMEN RUNNING IN 2018 — One for the books: A record number of women have won major party primaries for 2018 elections. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

REPUBLICANS-LEFT-BEHIND — GOP leaders marginalized as Trump dominates party are struggling to find their place. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

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MINIMUM WAGE-NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina Republicans who’ve infuriated liberal activists on taxes, redistricting and social issues surprise critics by approving a $15-per-hour minimum wage for thousands of state employees. SENT: 880 words, photos.




NABE-SURVEY OF ECONOMISTS — U.S. business economists are concerned about the risks of some of Trump’s economic policies, saying they fear his tariffs and higher budget deficits could eventually slow the economy. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 510 words.




ASIA ARGENTO SETTLEMENT — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who says she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reports. SENT: 290 words, photo.

MISS AMERICA — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson strikes back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund’s allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her has led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year’s contestants. SENT: 650 words, photos.




SPORTS BETTING-COLLEGE INTEGRITY FEES — Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 1,210 words, photo.

OHIO STATE-MEYER-CONTRACTS — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant draws attention to his contractual obligation to report violations of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. SENT: 700 words, photos.




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