The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 8.14.2015

Japan's prime minister addresses country's role in World War II; More on Hillary Clinton's email server; Biden weighs White House run; Mixed reports on Gore's interest in getting into the race; AARP launches ad agency; Coca-Cola's key executive appointment.

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1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged on Friday morning that his country caused "utmost grief" during World War II but stopped short of a full apology. He added that Japan should not have to keep issuing mea culpas for its role in the conflict.

2. Two email messages on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server contain discussions about drone operations, further calling into question her handling of sensitive national security documents, according to an Associated Press report. Clinton agreed to turn over the server to investigators this week. Former Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), still a kingmaker in the early caucus state, endorsed her on Thursday.

3. Vice President Joe Biden has reached out to key supporters while he weighs a third White House run, according to The New York Times. Al Gore was said to be pondering getting into the race by BuzzFeed on Thursday, though sources close to the former vice president shot down the report.

4. AARP has launched an advertising agency to target Baby Boomers, saying marketers are paying too much attention to Millennials and not enough to consumers over age 50. The firm is called Influent50. Early clients include AvisBudget and UnitedHealthcare.

5. Coca-Cola elevated James Quincey to president and COO on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal interprets the move as the company acknowledging CEO Muhtar Kent is stretched too thin managing the global soft-drink giant. The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 8.14.2015

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