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Actually, I'm now based in Washington state. Not sure how the Florida location came up on this website, but if I'm ever in your area, I'll let you know. Regarding your question, AP doesn't use italics in news stories, per the Stylebook entry. Check the foreign words entry in the online Stylebook for guidance on enclosing certain words in quotation marks. We also understand that other publications have differing positions on using italics in their texts.

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AP stories generally don't hyphenate loss prevention preceding another noun. New archives show one usage of loss prevention strategy in recent years, spelled without a hyphen.

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AP doesn't hyphenate middle school.

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That should be fine.

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AP doesn't use the registered symbol at all. It won't transmit through all computer systems.

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An AP usage of the name in a news story wouldn't use italics.

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Probably clearer to include fiscal in all those references.

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"I can do that with Google: An introduction to Gmail, Google Docs and Google Photos"


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Yes, AP stories from the region capitalize the Partition.

Question from Washington, DC on Aug 17, 2017

Is it tradecraft or trade craft? 

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It's tradecraft (n.) in the dictionary.

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It's free-standing (adj.) in Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition, the AP Stylebook's main reference.

Question from Charleston, SC on Aug 17, 2017

Should state names be spelled out in company boilerplates? 

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Yes, by AP Stylebook guidance in the state names entry.

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By the in, into entry, it's parking and walking into work to indicate motion.

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U.S. universities and colleges usually refer to study abroad programs offered in various countries under school sponsorship. If that context is clear, study in France conveys the idea.

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It's correct as 15 40-foot buses. You'll find a similar usage in the numerals entry, IN A SERIES: 12 10-room houses. 

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This will result in cost savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

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Generally, owner is considered an occupational description rather than a formal title and spelled lowercase. Also, any formal title or job description following a name is spelled lowercase. 

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Yes, it would be hyphenated by the Stylebook's -makers guidance. However, there seem to be exceptions in proper names and local uses: e.g., Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. An AP story from Montpelier some years ago used maple syrup makers as a generic term.

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The Stylebook's slash entry allows for exceptions. AP stories from California refer to that organization as Cal/OSHA, the state's workplace safety agency.

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For proper parallelism, the conjunctions neither ... nor show negation in both parts of the formulation. Don't substitute or in this usage.

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Using the dictionary spellings for both nouns, it's sunup to sundown.

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Try rephrasing to avoid ambiguity: Tips to save energy. Advice on saving energy.

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The comma isn't always used or needed. It's fine in this quote.

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For work site, the two-word spelling is used more frequently than the compound in AP stories. The other term is rarely seen.

Question from Sacramento Bee on Aug 15, 2017

Can we call a psychologist a doctor in a headline?

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AP would use psychologist in a headline. If relevant, the text of the news story would specify that the individual holds a doctorate in psychology.

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