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TOP STORIES:

TRIPLE CROWN JOCKEY

RUIDOSO, N.M. — It was a glorious homecoming for one of New Mexico's greatest athletes and ambassadors. Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith, who became the oldest jockey, at the age of 52, to win a Triple Crown last month aboard Justify, was at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino on July 8 to greet fans and help raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund. SENT: 830 words.

TRUMP-NUCLEAR WEAPONS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump seems of two minds on nuclear weapons. He muses about eliminating them but also has called for a U.S. buildup and bragged about his nuclear "button." How these seemingly competing instincts will play out in his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday could profoundly affect the direction of U.S. defense policy. Likely to come up at the summit in Helsinki are U.S. allegations that Russia is violating a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty. By Robert Burns. SENT: 920 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

IMMIGRATION-THE GOAL

WASHINGTON — The separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border caught the attention of the world and prompted mass outrage, but it only tells a small part of the story surrounding the Trump administration's immigration policy. In reality, the government is working to harden the system on multiple fronts to curb immigration, carving a path around various court rulings to do so. The administration is seeking to lock up families indefinitely, expand detention space and tighten asylum rules and apply more scrutiny to green card applications. By Colleen Long and Amy Taxin. SENT: 1,360 words, photos.

ELECTION SECURITY-STATES

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year's midterm elections with the same "scale or scope" as it targeted the 2016 presidential election. By Geoff Mulvhill. SENT: 860 words, photos.

ALSO:

— JUDICIAL OPENING-NO APPLICANTS: The state court system's first attempt to recruit potential replacements for a retiring District Court judge in northeastern New Mexico didn't work so it's trying again.

— MANHATTAN PROJECT-TOURS: U.S. nuclear security officials have partnered with the National Park Service to offer pilot tours of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in New Mexico.

— IMMIGRATION PROTEST-UTAH: Eight people were arrested during a protest held outside offices of a Utah-based private prison company that wants to open a fourth detention center for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

SPORTS:

BBO--MARINERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc (5-0, 3.39) will face Rockies RHP Jon Gray (7-7, 5.77). Gray, who was Colorado's opening day starter, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 30 after struggling but will be recalled for Saturday's start. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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