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G20-TRUMP — The United States and China reach a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agree to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods, while the Chinese agree to buy agricultural, energy, industrial and other products from the United States to reduce America’s huge trade deficit, the White House says. By Paul Wiseman, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: G20-TRUMP’S DANCE — President Trump engaged in a will-he, won’t-he dance with two fellow leaders who are something of international outcasts. SENT: 665 words, photos; G20-PUTIN SNUBBED — Russian President Vladimir Putin gets his chance to talk with U.S. President Trump after all — but their brief exchange over Ukraine didn’t accomplish much. SENT: 880 words, photos..
GEORGE HW BUSH — Congressional leaders announce that former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday at 94, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda beginning Monday, as a chorus of leaders crossing political and international boundaries praise his statesmanship, his devotion to public service and his kindness. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.
OBIT-GEORGE HW BUSH-A LIFE — He was the man who sought a “kinder, and gentler nation,” and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single term. Blue-blooded and genteel, he was elected in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 2,450 words, photos, videos.; WITH: GEORGE HW BUSH-BIO BOX — Short biography of Bush. SENT: 165 words.
TRUMP-BUSH — Donald Trump, the disruptive, anti-establishment president who spent years deriding much of what George H.W. Bush stood for, sets aside differences in politics and temperament to honor the iconic American and former president a day after his death. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 635 words, photos. Developing.
MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN — The city government of Tijuana, Mexico, announces it has closed down a migrant shelter at a sports complex close to the U.S. border that once held about 6,000 Central Americans who hope to get into the U.S. SENT: 340 words, photos.
FRANCE-GAS PRICE PROTESTS — A French protest against rising taxes and the high cost of living turned into a riot in Paris as police fired tear gas and water cannon in street battles with activists wearing the fluorescent yellow vests of a new movement. Police said at least 80 people, including 16 police officers, were injured in violent protests in the French capital, and 140 others were arrested. Thousands of police were deployed in Paris to try to contain the protests. By Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 550 words, photos.
GENE-EDITED BABIES-FUTURE — Early last year, a little-known Chinese researcher turned up at an elite meeting in Berkeley, California, where scientists and ethicists were discussing a development that had shaken the field to its core — an emerging tool for “editing” genes, the strings of DNA that form the recipe book of life. The young scientist, He Jiankui, saw the power of this tool, called CRISPR, to transform not only genes, but also his own career. Last week shocked scientists watched as He hijacked an international conference they helped organize with an astonishing claim: He had brought forth the world’s first gene-edited babies, despite clear consensus that nothing like this should be attempted at this point. Nobody stopped him. How can that be? By Marilynn Marchione and Christina Larson. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by 10 a.m. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.
MORE ON FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE HW BUSH
GEORGE HW BUSH-REMEMBERING BUSH — George Bush was a man with a matchless resume — combat pilot, diplomat, vice president, then president of the United States — but great communicator was not on the list. That was Ronald Reagan. “Fluency in English is not something I’m often accused of,” he once said, demonstrating the point. Nor was he given to the grand designs he once dismissed as “the vision thing.” He was a pragmatist, no showman. That was a style that worked for a term but not when he sought a second, losing, he thought, because he wasn’t “a good enough communicator.” By Special Correspondent Walter Mears. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. WITH: RUSSIA-BUSH-GORBACHEV — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev expresses “deep condolences” to the family of former President George H.W. Bush. SENT: 680 words, photos.
BUSH-GOLF — Former President George H.W. Bush was cheering at the Presidents Cup and on the phone raising money for junior golf. He spent plenty of time on the course, though not for long — he played fast. Bush had a lifelong passion for the game and is one of two U.S. presidents in the World Golf Hall of Fame. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 780 words, photos.
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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
PEOPLE-NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON — Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says he will cooperate fully with an “impartial investigation” into allegations of misconduct that have been leveled against him. SENT: 130 words, photo.
MICHELLE OBAMA SURPRISE — Thirty New York City girls receive a lunchtime surprise: a vegetable bowl with toasted farro shared with a Michelle Obama. SENT: 320 words, photo.
KID ROCK-PARADE — A man who helped stop a Waffle House shooter steps into the role as grand marshal for the Nashville Christmas Parade to replace Kid Rock, who got the boot for profane comments. SENT: 370 words, photos.
PEOPLE-CHOPRA-JONAS — Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra post photos of their wedding celebration amid reports that the couple had wed after a four-month courtship. SENT: 110 words, photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-LIES — A pattern of deception aimed at the FBI and Congress by advisers to President Donald Trump has raised new questions about Trump’s connections to Russia. The deception unraveled bit by bit in criminal cases from special counsel Robert Mueller, aimed at covering up Russia-related contacts during the 2016 campaign and transition, has unraveled bit by bit in criminal cases from special counsel Robert Mueller. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 990 words, photo. WITH: MATTIS-RUSSIA — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis takes aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of trying to “muck around” in the U.S. midterm elections, of duplicity in arms control and of acting irresponsibly in last weekend’s naval confrontation with Ukraine. SENT: 500 words, photo.
FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Trump floats the idea this past week of using tariffs to make America rich, as if these taxes are a pipeline of cash from Asia, which they’re not. A look at these and other recent statements and how they compare with the facts. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 2,900 words, photo.
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS — Weeks after an election that boosted its membership, the Democratic Governors Association selected Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as its new chairwoman. She was elected by her peers during the group’s annual meeting in New Orleans, taking over for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was elected vice-chair, putting him in line to lead the group in 2020, the next presidential election year. SENT: 450 words.
ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA SUPERVISOR — An attorney for an embattled Florida elections supervisor says her client is going to fight Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to suspend the Broward County official. SENT: 130 words, photos.
EARTHQUAKE-ALASKA — There was no widespread damage or collapsed buildings after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rattled Alaska’s largest city. There’s a good reason for that. Building codes put into place after the devastating 1964 Alaska earthquake, the second most powerful on record, led to stricter requirements that helped structures withstand the shifting earth Friday. Gov. Bill Walker said sometimes people, including himself, grouse about the strict building codes, but he said he was “really glad” those were in place as he only had minor water damage at his home. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
ESCAPED FUGITIVE MANHUNT — New York police continue to search for a suspect who escaped from a cruiser while handcuffed. SENT: 130 words, photo.
NAVAL COMMANDER-DEATH — The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. Fifth Fleet has been found dead in his residence in Bahrain. No foul play suspected. SENT: 120 words.
MEXICO-NEW PRESIDENT — Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took the oath of office as Mexico’s first leftist president in over 70 years, marking a turning point in one of the world’s most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization. Lopez Obrador pledged “a peaceful and orderly transition, but one that is deep and radical.” SENT: 880 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-JERUSALEM JOCKEYING — President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has set off an increasingly visible battle in the city’s eastern sector — with an emboldened Israel seeking to cement its control over the contested area and Palestinians pushing back to maintain their limited foothold. SENT: 1,065 words, photos.
BREXIT — The latest minister to quit British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government because of Brexit said Saturday that the prime minister’s divorce agreement with the European Union would leave Britain outnumbered and outmaneuvered in future negotiations. Ex-Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah likened the deal to playing soccer against opponents who “are the referee and they make the rules as well.” SENT: 627 words, photos.
MARS-WHAT’S NEXT — As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. NASA’s InSight spacecraft touched down on the sweeping, red equatorial plains Monday, less than 400 miles (640 kilometers) from Curiosity, the only other working robot on Mars. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CLIMATE-QUIRKY IMPACTS — Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan shellfish were struck by an outbreak of warm water bacteria. That’s global warming in action. Climate change is more than heat waves, hurricanes, floods, droughts, sea level rise, melting ice and ever-increasing temperatures. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP — Jalen Hurts comes off the bench to pass for one touchdown and run for another to rally No. 1 Alabama to a 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia for Southeastern Conference title. By AP Sports Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
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