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July 5, 2018

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TRUMP RUSSIA OLIGARCH’S INFLUENCE — A sanctioned Russian oligarch who has been linked to Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has vast ties to the United States. By Garance Burke and Stephen Braun. SENT: 2,340 words, photos.

TRUMP — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is giving President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana by taking out a full-page ad in 14 newspapers thanking the president for signing 16 bills that the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. By Matt Volz. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: Trump rally in Great Falls, Montana, at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE —The burning question is now how it happened again? British police say two Britons who fell critically ill in the town of Amesbury were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, the same material used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter in a nearby area last spring. Was it residue from the same batch or were the two specifically targeted? By Gregory Katz and Danica Kirka. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 a.m., photos, video.

THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against time to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their soccer coach with minimum risk, officials say. A firefighter who has been working on draining the water says that levels in parts of a passage leading to a chamber where the boys and the coach were found earlier this week after missing for 10 days was still flooded all the way to the ceiling, making diving the only way out. By Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 790 words, photo, video, graphic.

GROUND GAME-ABORTION-IOWA — The vacancy on the Supreme Court pushes state-level abortion politics into the national spotlight. By Thomas Beaumont and Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. Note: The latest in a weekly series designed to highlight policies, personalities and races arising from politics around the country.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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CHINA-US-TECH RELIANCE — Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.’s brush with death after Washington barred it from buying U.S. components is a stark reminder that China’s industries still depend on American technology despite Beijing’s efforts to catch up. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — AP source: Vice President Mike Pence has met with some of the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy. SENT: 590 words, photos.

TRUMP — Trump praises the U.S. military for keeping America “safe, strong, proud, mighty and free” and uses the Independence Day holiday to thank them for being willing to put their lives on the line in defense of the nation. SENT: 360 words, photos, videos.

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SPORTS

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MIGRANT WORKERS — Migrant workers from Central Asia are the unsung heroes of Russia’s World Cup. They built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stalls and clean up after fan parties. Millions of such migrants perform menial Russian jobs for low pay in often precarious conditions, and face routine police harassment and ethnic profiling. They form a pillar of the economy and aid Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical strategy. By Angela Charlton. UPCOMING: 970 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video pursued for future publication.

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