AP Stylebook updates
The AP Stylebook has announced some big style changes:
U.S.: The abbreviation is acceptable as a noun or adjective for
United States. (Before, the noun had to be spelled out.)
fundraising, fundraiser One word in all cases.
best-seller Hyphenate in all uses.
National Guard Capitalize when referring to U.S. or state-level forces, or foreign forces when that is the formal name: the National Guard, the Guard, the Iowa National Guard, Iowa's National Guard, National Guard troops, the Iraqi National Guard. When referring to an individual in a National Guard unit, use National Guardsman: He is a National Guardsman. Lowercase guardsman when it stands alone. (Before, the foreign forces were lowercase.)
Fatah A secular political party and former guerrilla movement founded by Yasser Arafat that has dominated Palestinian politics since the 1960s.
Sears Holdings Corp. A 2005 merger of Kmart and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Based in Hoffman Estates, Ill.