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September 7, 2018

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-2019 PREMIUMS — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year’s midterm elections. By Meghan Hoyer and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.




TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES — One after another, President Donald Trump’s top lieutenants step forward to deny writing an incendiary New York Times opinion piece that was purportedly submitted by a member of an administration “resistance” movement straining to thwart Trump’s most dangerous impulses. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES-FORENSICS — Science may help finger identify anonymous columnist; TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES-NOT ME — Trump officials cry ‘Not me!’ as he fumes over NYT column; TRUMP-TREASON-FACT CHECK — Is Trump’s disloyal official a traitor? (All sent.)

IRAN-SYRIA SUMMIT — The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet in Tehran to discuss the war in Syria, with all eyes on a possible military offensive to retake the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. By Jon Gambrell and Nasser karimi. SENT: 800 words, photo. With IRAN-SYRIA SUMMIT-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump will not answer federal investigators’ questions, in writing or in person, about whether he tried to block the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, one of the president’s attorneys tells The Associated Press. Rudy Giuliani says questions about obstruction of justice are a “no-go.” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 940 words, photos.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Senate Democrats worked into the night in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh appeared to be on a path to confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. By Mark Sherman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. With SENATE-SUPREME COURT-TAKEAWAYS — Kavanaugh didn’t say or do anything during his confirmation hearings that would seem to stand in his way (sent).

MIDTERMS-BLACK WOMEN — Black women come together to strategize about the upcoming elections, and their impact is evident. As of this week, 39 black women are nominees for the U.S. House in the November midterms, including 22 women who aren’t incumbents. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

OBIT-BURT REYNOLDS-A LIFE — The late Burt Reynolds is being honored with tributes from fellow actors and Hollywood monuments. The actor, who died Thursday at 82, is being remembered for his candor and his impact on his fellow actors. Reynolds enjoyed a prolific career with a mix of critically acclaimed roles in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights” and commercial hits such as “The Cannonball Run.” By John Rogers. SENT: 1,470 words, photos.




BRITAIN-US-FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION — Authorities in the U.S. and Britain are stepping up cooperation to tackle female genital mutilation. SENT: 490 words.

NEW ZEALAND-AUSTRALIA-NORTH KOREA — Australia and New Zealand are sending 3 maritime patrol planes to Japan as part of the effort to enforce U.N. sanctions against North Korea. SENT: 190 words.

IRAQ — Iraq says security forces have launched a search operation to determine the source of three mortar shells that landed inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone. SENT: 120 words.

CHINA-RUSSIA — China’s President Xi Jinping meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in a sign of strengthening ties between the Asian giants. SENT: 270 words, photo.

BRITAIN-BRITISH AIRWAYS HACK — British Airways is promising to compensate customers after reporting a major hack of its website that compromised confidential credit card information. SENT: 420 words, photo.

JAPAN-FRANCE-CROWN PRINCE — Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito is traveling to France to mark 160 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. SENT: 350 words, photo.




TRUMP — President Donald Trump is praising Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the “anger and the meanness on the other side,” blasting Democrats’ behavior toward his nominee as “sick.” SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — The newly appointed U.S. special envoy for North Korea will make his first diplomatic trip abroad next week in the Trump administration’s latest effort to press for progress in uncertain denuclearization talks. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 630 words, photo.

CONNECTICUT HOUSE-HAYES — A onetime teen mother who rose from poverty to the height of the teaching profession, Jahana Hayes is now close to becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. Hayes launched her campaign for a U.S. House seat representing northwestern Connecticut four months ago with no funding or campaign infrastructure. The 2016 National Teacher of the Year defeated a veteran politician in the Democratic primary last month. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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KOREAS-TRUMP VS WOODWARD — To South Koreans, Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump presidency paints a bizarre but familiar picture of an unconventional U.S. leader who thinks little of a decades-long alliance that South Koreans describe as a “bond of blood.” SENT: 960 words, photo.

BRAZIL-CANDIDATE STABBED — The wounding of a leading Brazilian presidential candidate has the potential to reshape the election contest after dramatically exposing the deep polarization in Latin America’s largest nation. SENT: 780 words, photos.

JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE — The toll from an earthquake that rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido rose to 18, and in one small town two dozen people remained unaccounted for after an entire mountainside collapsed on their homes. SENT: 580 words, video, photos. With JAPAN-QUAKE-WEAK LINK — Japan’s power supply system weak link in times of disaster (sent).

KOREAS-NUCLEAR — South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he’s pushing for “irrevocable progress” on efforts to rid North Korea of its nukes by the end of this year as he prepares for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. SENT: 440 words, photos.

NAURU-REFUGEES — More than 600 refugees, including about 120 children, have been stuck on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru for nearly five years. Some have turned to self-immolation and hunger strike in a bid to escape. Australia has kept the boat refugees far from its shores to deter more of them from trying to make the voyage, but critics say it violates human rights. SENT: 1,000 word, photos.

RUSSIA-PENSIONS — Russia’s pension reform which has sent President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings into a tailspin is going to hit hard some of the president’s core supporters. The planned hike in the retirement age yanks away the safety net for Russians in their 50s who typically struggle to hold down a job, let alone find a new one. SENT: 1,065 words, photos.

NKOREA-MILITARY PARADE4-GOOSE-STEPPERS — Goose-stepping soldiers are the most spectacular part of North Korea’s massive military parades. Although the training for the parades was harsh, ex-participants who now live in rival South Korea say participating in the extravaganzas was a huge privilege that guaranteed speedy promotion and higher social standing. A parade is planned Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

SYRIA-BACK TO SCHOOL — There are fewer areas in active combat in Syria now, and as a result more children are going back to school this year, the government says, putting the number at 4 million. Keen to project an image of normalcy, the government said it has rehabilitated over 400 schools over the last two months alone and called on students to return to wearing school uniforms, shed in years of conflict. SENT: 1,150 words, photo.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Authorities are still mulling whether to reopen a major highway that’s been closed for two days by a raging Northern California wildfire. Officials must first determine if it’s safe to resume travel on a 45-mile stretch of Interstate 5 below the Oregon state line. SENT: 750 words, video, photos.

CLERGY ABUSE-NEW YORK — New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of clergy sex abuse allegations as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow. SENT: 880 words, photos.

TEACHER STRIKES-BLUE STATES — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GYPSY HILL KILLINGS — A career criminal who authorities believe is the Gypsy Hill Killer faces trial in Northern California for the murders of two young women four decades ago. SENT: 620 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

CINCINNATI SHOOTING — Police say they’re trying to learn why a gunman carrying a large amount of ammunition began shooting in a downtown Cincinnati high-rise building, killing three people and wounding two others before four officers all opened fire on him. SENT: 370 words, video, photos.




FALCONS-EAGLES — Matt Ryan to Julio Jones failed in Philly again. Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offense and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the NFL season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 890 words, photos.

KAEPERNICK-NIKE AD — As Colin Kaepernick watched from the apparel giant’s headquarters in Oregon, Nike aired its highly anticipated ad featuring the quarterback known for his social protests during the NFL season opener. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SOC--EGYPT-SALAH’S GAMBLE — Thanks to his star power and a government keen to keep its most valuable international asset happy, Mohamed Salah has won his latest tussle with Egypt’s soccer federation after his demands for better security and improved discipline at the Pharaohs’ camps have been met. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




NY FASHION WEEK-JEREMY SCOTT — Designer Jeremy Scott was a man with a message on at his star-studded runway show, and that message was directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Nation Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 400 words, photos.




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