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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT (sent, developing)
TROPICAL WEATHER (sent, developing)
YEMEN-POCKET OF FAMINE (sent)
IRAN-FOREIGNER ARRESTS-INTERVIEW (sent)
ASIA-TYPHOON (sent, developing)
PRESIDENTS-POLITICS OF DISASTER (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
CHAIR UMPIRE — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final tells The Associated Press he is “just focusing on this tie and working again.” SENT: 160 words, photos.
HENRI BENDEL-CLOSING — Henri Bendel, 123-year-old luxury retailer, closes the doors. SENT: 130 words, photos.
ART TEACHER’S DRESS-SUSTAINABILITY — A New Jersey art teacher has pledged to wear the same outfit for 100 days to teach students about sustainability. SENT: 110 words.
SICK ENDANGERED ORCA — Efforts to find an ailing orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales off Washington state have come up empty, and a scientist who tracks them has declared her dead. SENT: 570 words, photo.
BRITAIN-RARE CRIME — The peace and tranquility on the island of Gigha off the western coast of Scotland has been shattered by a burglary said by locals to be the first serious crime in about 20 years. SENT: 105 words.
IG NOBELS — Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels, the annual prize for bizarre scientific accomplishment. SENT: 675 words, photos.
CLEAN WATER-BREWERIES — Craft brewery operators whose most important ingredient comes from the nation’s lakes and rivers are becoming a strong voice for clean water.
TROPICAL WEATHER — Hurricane Florence was making landfall in North Carolina early Friday with a life-threatening storm surge that pushed water inland for miles and screaming winds that destroyed buildings in its path. Seventy people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,010 words, video, photos, audio. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING; TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURGE — AP Explains: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill. SENT: 930 words, photos, video; TROPICAL WEATHER-SHIFTING SANDS — After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea. SENT: 955 words, photos; TROPICAL WEATHER-WAITING FOR FLORENCE-PHOTO GALLERY (sent). Eds: Separate storm advisory has also moved.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort signals he intends to plead guilty ahead of a second trial as prosecutors filed new charging documents against the former Trump campaign chairman. It’s unclear whether he plans to cooperate with the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. SENT: 590 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. hearing, 890 words by 4 p.m., photos.
PRESIDENTS-POLITICS OF DISASTER — The politics of natural disasters can be messy. Even before President Donald Trump tossed paper towels to storm-stricken Puerto Ricans and denied Hurricane Maria’s official death toll, his predecessors struggled to steer the nation through life-and-death emergencies. A look at how presidents have grappled with the politics of crises. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m., photos.
SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she has notified federal investigators about information she received — and won’t disclose publicly — concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. SENT: 1000 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developments possible.
ELECTION 2018-PRIMARY SEASON TAKEAWAYS — The stage is set for a November brawl that could loosen President Donald Trump’s grip on Washington. Elections in New York Thursday marked the end of a long, dramatic and sometimes tumultuous primary season that reshaped both parties going into the midterm elections. Some takeaways. SENT: 1220 words, photo.
YEMEN-POCKET OF FAMINE — Yemenis in an isolated pocket in the north have been reduced to eating boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation, with no aid reaching many families who need it most. The situation in Aslam district is a sign of the holes in an international aid system that is already overwhelmed. Yet outside aid the only thing standing between Yemen’s people and massive death from starvation amid the country’s 3-year civil war. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 1,525 words, photos, video.
IRAN-FOREIGNER ARRESTS-INTERVIEW — A top adviser to Iran’s president on human rights said that the government “failed” to help a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned over spying allegations that she personally invited to the country for a conference. Shahindokht Molaverdi acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press the limits a civilian government faces when challenging the judiciary. She cited the case of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born internet freedom advocate who had been living in the U.S. and is now serving 10 years in prison. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.
ASIA-TYPHOON — Typhoon Mangkhut has retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation is underway. More than 4 million people are at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center categorizes as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 735 words, photos.
NKOREA-US-TRUMP-KIM PART TWO? — Could a Trump-Kim summit happen, as some in Seoul have pushed for, on the sidelines of a U.N. gathering of world leaders in New York later this month? By Foster Klug. SENT: 1,225 words, photos. With: KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — The rival Koreas have opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 640 words, photos.
SYRIA — Turkey’s foreign minister says his country is still working for a peaceful solution for Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would hold talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday. Turkish officials say the two leaders would meet in the Russian city of Sochi. SENT: 140 words, photo.
MOZAMBIQUE-CHILD MARRIAGE — Young girls take turns to read aloud under a tree in rural Mozambique, part of a project by Gorongosa National Park to educate them and keep them out of child marriage. The club meetings operate in 50 schools on the edge of the park, whose managers believe helping communities is key to conservation. Many girls in the southern African nation are particularly vulnerable, marrying and giving birth in their teens. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 435 words, photos.
UKRAINE-HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE — Steven Reece, an ordained Southern Baptist minister who lives near Atlanta, has devoted his life to cleaning Jewish cemeteries in Poland and Ukraine and placing wooden markers at mass grave sites. The minister hopes to alleviate some of the bitterness and misunderstanding that still festers between Christians and Jews decades after the Holocaust. By Vanessa Gera and Dmitry Vlasov. SENT: 820 words, photos.
RUSSIA-REBELLIOUS YOUTH — Street protests in Russia were once led by 50- and 60-year-olds, and young Russians were long considered some of President Vladimir Putin’s most loyal supporters. But Russia’s increasingly repressive laws and show trials of protesters have dissuaded middle-aged Russians from protesting against the Kremlin on the streets. Instead, their children have taken the lead, taking anti-government protests further, ignoring official bans and unafraid of police brutality. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
DENMARK-JOURNALIST-KILLED — The last session of Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen’s appeal against his life sentence for the murder of Swedish reporter Kim Wall has been abandoned after a juror collapsed during closing remarks. By Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 295 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-ANWAR — Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim says it’s time for him to make a return as a lawmaker but will fully support the government led by his former foe-turned-ally Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar and Mahathir put aside their 20-year-old political feud to help their alliance win a historic national vote in May. Anwar told The Associated Press on Friday he will give “full support” to Mahathir but that it’s also “important for me to start connecting” with lawmakers and focus on reforms. By Syawalludin Zain. SENT: 500 words, photos.
TROPICAL STORM-HAWAII — Heavy rains prompted a warning to 10,000 Honolulu residents that they might need to evacuate their homes as water levels in a dam rose to dangerous levels. But officials say the dam isn’t in immediate danger of collapsing. By Caleb Jones and Audrey McAvy. SENT: 550 words, photos, video, audio.
GAS EXPLOSIONS — A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.
RELOCATING MOUNTAIN GOATS — Helicopters and trucks are relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park in an effort officials said will protect natural resources, reduce visitor safety issues and boost native goat populations elsewhere in Washington state. By Phuong Le. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.
DATA PRIVACY-BROWSER PROTECTIONS — Worried about Facebook and Google tracking your online surfing for ad targeting? The makers of two web browsers are trying to help fight back. Apple’s Safari, in particular, makes an aggressive attack on tracking – though it won’t always help when using apps or a more widely used browser from none other than Google. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. With DATA PRIVACY-BROWSER PROTECTIONS-HOW IT WORKS
END OF BEETLE — Volkswagen says it will stop making its iconic Beetle in July of next year. Volkswagen of America on Thursday announced the end of production of the third-generation Beetle by introducing two final special editions. The Beetle was developed in Germany in 1938 and came to the U.S. 11 years later. It sold for about 30 years before U.S. sales ceased. The company revived it in 1998 and revamped it for the 2012 model year in an effort to help it attract more male buyers. SENT: 315 words, photos.
PEOPLE-RIHANNA — Rihanna held her fourth annual Diamond Ball in New York on Thursday to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, which promotes education and arts globally and assists emergency response programs. Childish Gambino performed and Tiffany Haddish bid $75,000 on earrings. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 480 words, photos.
MUSIC-RINGO STARR — It’s the season for Beatles in New York City: Within a week of Paul McCartney playing a surprise show at Grand Central Station, Ringo Starr followed a more old-fashioned path Thursday night. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 360 words, photos.
THE ALLIANCE — There’s a lifeline out there for the guys who couldn’t quite make it in the NFL this month. The Alliance of American Football. Call it spring football or a developmental league or whatever. To those players who were cut when NFL rosters were set — and even for those who actually get to spend a bit of time in the league this season — it’s a second chance. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 915 words.
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