BC-What We’re Talking About 4:30,ADVISORY

A selection of AP offerings that are especially shareable, consumer-friendly, or likely to generate talk or buzz. Please see the News Digest and News Coverage Advisory 10:15 for top stories and other highlights. All times EDT.


OBAMA – Obama says tackling opioid abuse is as important as combatting threat of terrorism. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OBIT-PATTY DUKE – Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as a teen for “The Miracle Worker” and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life, has died at the age of 69. SENT: 820 words, photos.

WEST AFRICA-EBOLA – World Health Organization says Ebola no longer qualifies as an international health emergency. SENT: 300 words.

NFL-RETRACTION – The NFL has demanded The New York Times retract a story that called the league’s concussion research flawed and likened the NFL’s handling of head trauma to the tobacco industry’s response to the dangers of cigarettes. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PEOPLE-BILL COSBY – Judge: Janice Dickinson’s lawsuit vs. Bill Cosby can proceed. SENT: 530 words, photos.

SMITHSONIAN-BILL COSBY – Smithsonian to include 2 Cosby items in new history museum. SENT: 640 words, photos.

NUCLEAR PLANT SHUTDOWN – Washington state’s only nuclear power plant has been shut down after operators received an indication that a system used to cool equipment wasn’t working. SENT: 340 words.

MAN IN TREE-SEATTLE – The 25-hour saga of a man who refused to come down from a giant sequoia tree in downtown Seattle was “an incalculable waste of time and services,” authorities said. SENT: 340 words, photos.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT – The Washington Monument has closed after yet another elevator malfunction. SENT: 130 words.

PELE-SAMSUNG LAWSUIT – Brazilian soccer legend Pele is suing Samsung in Chicago federal court, claiming the electronics company improperly used his identity in The New York Times. SENT: 240 words, photo.

SOUTH AFRICA-LION ESCAPE – South African lion is a fugitive again after escaping for a second time from a national park, though this time he is wearing a satellite tracking collar. SENT: 290 words.

PEOPLE-ELTON JOHN – A decorated Los Angeles police captain has sued Elton John, claiming he was repeatedly groped by the singer while he was working off-duty on the Grammy winner’s security detail. SENT: 320 words, photo.




COMIC BODY ART – Canadian artist transforms into comic characters online. SENT: 7 photos, 390 words.




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