The crime entry changes, which will be part of the next stylebook, include:
homicide, murder, manslaughter
Homicide is a legal term for slaying or killing. Murder is malicious, premeditated homicide. Generally, manslaughter is homicide without malice or premeditation.
Do not write that a victim was murdered until someone has been convicted in court. Instead, write that a victim was killed or slain.
Gun is an acceptable term for any firearm. Beyond this basic distinction, the AP elaborated greatly on the various types of weapons and ammunition.Other changes, were summarized in a memo as:
The weapons section combines assault rifle, assault weapon into one entry. While similar in design and appearance, these military-style guns have different firing capabilities, as underlined in several examples. Added detail in the magazine and clip entries show why these ammunition storage devices are not synonymous. The weapons section also includes new entries on bolt-action and lever-action rifles and details on the difference between pistol and revolver.”
The updated AP Stylebook is scheduled to publish May 29. You can preorder it now.