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July 15, 2018

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KUSHNER COS-PUSHING RENTERS OUT — An Associated Press investigation into one of the Kushner Cos.′ largest residential buildings in New York reveals what some residents say was a campaign that used relentless construction to push tenants out of rent-stabilized apartments and bring luxury condo buyers in. Tenants complained of banging, drilling, dust and rats. In three years, more than 250 apartments were emptied or sold as the Kushner Cos. converted the building to luxury condos. Those sales so far total more than $155 million. By Bernard Condon and Garance Burke. SENT: 1,500 words, photos, video.




TRUMP — President Donald Trump is setting expectations low for his high-stakes summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, saying “nothing bad ... and maybe some good will come out” of Monday’s meeting in Finland. His national security adviser says administration officials aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.” By Jill Colvin. SENT: 890 words, photos.

TRUMP-SUMMIT FEVER — President Donald Trump loves the Big Meeting, believing he appears most presidential when interacting with other world leaders. Both Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin see benefit in playing up the suspense and drama around a meeting Monday that isn’t even their first. By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 980 words, photos. With TRUMP PUTIN PALACE — A glance at the palace where Trump and Putin are expected to meet.

RUSSIA-US-CAMPAIGN MEDDLING — As Donald Trump prepares to meet Vladimir Putin, the Russian troll factory accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential campaign is at it again, with a new site aimed at American audiences ahead of November’s midterm elections. But it appears amateurish and marginal — and aimed more at pleasing the Kremlin than swaying the U.S. vote. By Naira Davlashyan and Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA — Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 440 words. Photos. UPCOMING: Developing.




ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border, indicating it had accepted an Egypt-mediated cease-fire that ended a 24-hour round of fighting with Hamas militants that had threatened to devolve into all-out war. By Aron Heller. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BREXIT — In the midst of a messy political crisis at home over Britain’s impending exit from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May reveals that Donald Trump gave her this piece of advice: Sue the EU, don’t negotiate. A bemused May turned him down, but the exchange is the latest example of the awkward dance between the U.S. and Britain, with the two leaders attempting to put on a public show of friendliness despite clear strains over trade, the EU and their approaches to diplomacy. By Sylvia Hui. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CHINA TARIFFS-FARMING — Don Bloss knows farming has its ups and downs, but this time is different. As he drove his combine, cutting wheat amid the rolling fields of southeast Nebraska, Bloss said tariffs imposed by China and other countries in response to President Donald Trump’s tariffs have worsened an already bleak picture for area farmers. By David Pitt. SENT: 800 words, photos. Sunday. This story will move as this week’s Monday Spotlight.




NEW MEXICO BUS CRASH — A crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico early Sunday has killed three people and sent 22 to the hospital, authorities said. SENT: 180 words. Developing throughout the day.

AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRANTS IN MILITARY— Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged. A few said the Army informed them they’d been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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