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July 8, 2018

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IMMIGRATION-AFTER THE RAID — Many miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities are separating families in raids that target immigrants at home and at work, conducted in the name of public safety. Most of these raids go unnoticed outside of the communities affected, but they are integral to the Trump administration’s broader crackdown on immigration that is leading to more arrests, particularly of migrants with no criminal records. This is the story of one such operation, and the lingering effects it had not just on families but on the community they had come to call home. By Nomaan Merchant. 2,950 words moved in advance for use beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday. With photos, video and an abridged version of 790 words.

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THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — Expert divers rescue four of 12 boys from a flooded cave in northern Thailand where they were trapped with their soccer coach for more than two weeks, as a dangerous and complicated plan unfolded amid heavy rain and the threat of rising water underground. By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 990 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 800 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-THE SUPREME SHOW — After more than a week of pitched speculation, Trump will go on prime-time television to reveal his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 875 words, photo.

POMPEO NORTH KOREA — Undeterred by a blistering rebuke of his efforts to forge a denuclearization deal with North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday appealed for North Korea’s leadership to follow Vietnam’s path in overcoming past hostilities with the United States. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 975 words, photos, video.

IMMIGRATION-ZERO TOLERANCE — California, which has long resisted mass hearings for illegal border crossers, has given in to the large, group trials. Critics call it assembly-line justice, but it illustrates the strain the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy has put on federal courts on the border. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ITALY POLITICS — He skipped a Cabinet meeting to attend a horse race and took a dip in a Tuscan villa’s pool while on the job. He leads the junior partner in the new populist government, but he acts like he’s the one running Italy. Barely a month in office, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the anti-migrant, euro-skeptic League party, has been regularly outshining his coalition rival and fellow deputy premier. SENT: 850 words, photos.

TURKEY-SYRIAN GIRL’S NEW LEGS — The 8-year-old Syrian girl, quietly crying in an Istanbul clinic, was overwhelmed by the pain and hope of a new set of prosthetic legs she had just received and taken aback by the cameras pointed at her by journalists in attendance. Maya Meri has been in the spotlight since images of her plight hit social media last month. She was filmed moving around a displaced persons camp in war-torn Idlib province in northwest Syria walking with a rudimentary contraption her father made with tuna cans, plastic tubes and fabric as substitute legs. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

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TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Trump administration says it’s freezing payments under an “Obamacare” program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses. SENT: 840 words, photo.

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JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Heavy rainfall hammers southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands, as the government puts the death toll at 48 with 28 others presumed dead. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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BBO--ALL-STAR ROSTERS — Major League Baseball unveils the starters, reserves and pitching staffs for the All-Star Game on July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to start for the NL despite a sluggish first half, and the AL looks set for one powerful outfield with Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts and Mike Trout in line to start. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Will be updated from 7 p.m. announcement.

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