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May 15, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Palestinians observe a general strike to mourn dozens killed by Israeli army fire in the single deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war, as organizers say the day would be set aside for funerals and that turnout for any new protests on the border with Israel would likely be low. By Fares Akram and Karin Laub. SENT: 600 words, photos, videos.

MUSLIMS-JEWS SOLIDARITY — As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. By Jeff Karoub and David Crary. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

PRIMARY RDP — Tuesday’s primary elections will begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania’s chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago. Pennsylvania primary voters will also decide the fate of Trump’s pick for U.S. Senate. Idaho voters are set to pick their Republican gubernatorial nominee, while heavily Republican Nebraska and Democratic-leaning Oregon are also holding primaries. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 870 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-SPORTS BETTING-LEGAL IMPACT — The Supreme Court’s decision striking down a federal law over sports betting could signal trouble for the Trump administration in its legal fight against so-called sanctuary states and cities. The justices backed a robust reading of the Constitution’s limit on the federal government’s power to force the states go along with Washington’s wishes. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.

SCHOOL SHOOTING FLORIDA-SHARING THEIR STORIES — The Parkland community has become best known through a handful of charismatic students who channeled their grief and outrage into a public activist movement that reignited a national debate on guns. But many more among the 3,000-plus high school students have been coming to terms with the trauma in quieter, lower-profile ways such writing poetry, reconstructing the crime scene, filming documentaries and balancing their memories with the need to move on. By Jennifer Kay, Adriana Gomez Licon and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1,320 words, photos, video.

HAWAII VOLCANO-INSURANCE — Hawaii’s Big Island residents who have recently lost homes to the lava-spewing Kilauea volcano are on an urgent quest for answers about insurance, desperate to learn whether their coverage will offer any help after molten rock wiped out most of what they owned. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-ANWAR — Malaysia’s historic change of government paves the way for an extraordinary comeback for jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim, who played a key role in helping to secure the election victory and has become a prime minister in waiting. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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AMAZON-SEATTLE TAX — Seattle’s largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-REVIEW-DEADPOOL-2 — “Deadpool 2” is a saucy, overstuffed and very entertaining sequel to the 2016 massive hit with Ryan Reynolds in the mask. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NEW COACHES — Hiring rookie coaches has worked out for a slew of NBA teams, and now Phoenix and Atlanta hope to follow suit. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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