Q. Is it incorrect grammar to use perfect tenses with %uFFFDafter%uFFFD? For example, He has/had been recovering at home after competing in the tournament. from Virginia, XX on Fri, Jul 03, 2015
A. Use simple past tense with after.
Q. Would you abbreviate a state name in a direct quote, as in regular text? For example: "I was born in Baltimore, Md." Or does it seem more natural that a speaker would actually say, "I was born in Baltimore, Maryland"? from Rehoboth Beach, Del. on Fri, Jul 03, 2015
A. AP no longer uses state abbreviations within news stories, just in story datelines, so spell out Maryland in the direct quote.