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August 13, 2014

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ROBIN WILLIAMS

SAN RAFAEL, California — Authorities describe Robin Williams’ final moments, saying the actor and comedian hanged himself with a belt in his San Francisco Bay Area home. By Paul Elias. AP Photos.

With: ROBIN WILLIAMS-TROOPS; PEOPLE-ROBIN WILLIAMS-SHEPARD SMITH.

ROBIN WILLIAMS-WORDS

NEW YORK— Addiction seemed to stalk Robin Williams, tempting him when he was weak and taunting him when he least expected it. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy.

OBIT-LAUREN BACALL

NEW YORK — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen. A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall achieved immediate fame in 1944 with one scene in her first film, “To Have and Have Not.” Leaving Humphrey Bogart’s hotel room, Bacall — a lanky figure with flowing blond hair and a stunning face — murmured:“You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.“With that cool, sultry come-on, not only was a star born, but the beginning of a legend, her title burnished over the years with pivotal roles, signature New York wit, and a marriage to Bogart that accounted for one of the most famous Hollywood couples of all time. Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89 in New York, according to the managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: LAUREN BACALL-APPRECIATION; LAUREN BACALL-ROLES; LAUREN BACALL-QUOTES.

CONGRESS-IRAQ

WASHINGTON — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. By Bradley Klapper.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ-ADVISERS.

CAMP PENDLETON, California — Another 130 U.S. troops arrive in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety. By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor. AP Photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI

FERGUSON, Missouri — The police chief in a Missouri city where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager says he’s holding off on publicly identifying the officer because of death threats. By Alan Scher Zagier and David A. Lieb. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-CASES.

HILLARY CLINTON-OBAMA

EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts — After distancing herself from some of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calls her ex-boss to try to smooth things over and plans on “hugging it out” in person at an upcoming get-together. By Nedra Pickler. AP Photo.

HAITI-PRISON BREAK

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Police recaptured an alleged kidnapper who escaped custody during a mass breakout that authorities believe was staged for him at a prison outside the Haitian capital, officials say. By Evens Sanon. AP Photo.

NKOREA-AMERICAN DETAINED

CINCINNATI — The wife and three children of an American man charged with “anti-state” crimes in North Korea apologize to the communist country and plead for its government to show him mercy, saying in a statement they’re “desperate for his release and return home.” By Amanda Lee Myers. AP Photo.

GUANTANAMO-SEPT 11 TRIAL

A war-crimes judge at Guantanamo Bay is pondering the way forward for five detainees accused in the Sept. 11 attacks after ordering a separate trial for one of them.

IMMIGRANTS RELEASED

Government officials decided to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013 strictly for budget reasons and didn’t tell the Homeland Security secretary about the plan, according to an oversight report. By Alicia A. Caldwell.

MEXICO-MINING SPILL

MEXICO CITY — A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not immediately report a big acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people. By Mark Stevenson.

ABORTIONS ACROSS STATE LINES

EL PASO, Texas — Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn’t require leaving town.That could change if a federal judge upholds new Texas rules that would ban abortions at 18 clinics starting Sept. 1, including the only one that offers the procedure in El Paso. By Juan Carlos Llorca and Paul J. Weber. AP Photos.

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned Ohio inmate put to death during a prolonged execution experienced pain and suffering before he lost consciousness, an anesthesiologist working for the family of the inmate determined in a report. By Legal Affairs Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins. AP Photo.

VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA-BORDER

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan’s decision to close its border with Colombia at night to fight contraband is drawing complaints from both sides of the frontier.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE-FLAGS

NEW YORK — Two German artists have claimed responsibility for replacing American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with faded white versions last month in an urban mystery that exposed holes in security at one of the city’s most enduring landmarks.

TIMES SQUARE CHARACTERS-WARNING

NEW YORK — Bright red police leaflets warning Times Square tourists that photos with costumed characters are free, and tipping is optional, are taking a bite out of the bottom line for the cast of Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty. The blitz crackdown kicked in last weekend, with officers handing out fliers in five languages. City officials say they had to take action after physical attacks on some visitors, including children. The unruly behavior reached a peak last month when a Spider-Man punched a police officer for telling a woman the character could not force her to pay up. By Verena Dobnik. AP Potos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

BUDGET DEFICIT

WASHINGTON — The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photo.

JOB OPENINGS

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. AP Photo.

APPLE-DIVERSITY DATA

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley’s economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics. A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company’s technology jobs in the U.S. are filled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple’s technology workforce throughout the world. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. AP Photo.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

BOOKS-MURAKAMI

NEW YORK — Haruki Murakami’s new novel is yet another risky reunion with the past.“The past is my treasure chest, and once I open it, I have so many materials in there,” says the 65-year-old Japanese author, whose “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” was published this week in the United States. A perennial Nobel candidate whose current book quickly sold more than 1 million copies in Japan and hit Amazon.com’s top 5 before U.S. publication, Murakami has saved his fans time by completing a novel of around 400 pages — less than half the length of his previous work, “1Q84.” But readers will recognize the author’s themes of loneliness, disconnection and regret. By Hillel Italie. AP Photo.

THEATER-MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!

NEW YORK — Marvel Entertainment, which muscled into pop culture with comic books, TV cartoons and movies, is gambling on attracting new fans as it tackles 3-D — but forget the silly glasses. A new live arena show called “Marvel Universe Live!” — a first for the comic franchise — has begun an 85-city tour over the next two years, flooding stages with a dizzying array of actors and upping the technological ante for theatrical events. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.

TV-NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Actor Charles Esten has more at stake in the new season of the ABC drama “Nashville” than resolving the cliffhanger that left his character, singer-songwriter Deacon Claybourne, in the midst of a lyricist love triangle. During the season-three premiere, Esten, who sang in a band and stage productions long before becoming an actor, will perform a song he co-wrote with Grammy-nominated country singer Deana Carter, “I Know How to Love You Now.” By Kristin M. Hall. AP Photo. AP Video.

FASHION-NAIL TRENDS

NEW YORK — Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it’s all about nails. Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats and new offerings from fashion royalty have upped the ante on fingertips, said Kahlana Barfield, beauty director for InStyle magazine. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.

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