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IMMIGRATION-SERVICE DISCHARGES — The U.S. Army has moved in recent weeks to discharge dozens of immigrant recruits and reservists who enlisted through a program that promised them a path to citizenship. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.
TRUMP-THE CABINET — In President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, opportunities to reshape government and advance a conservative agenda come with everyday doses of presidential adulation, humiliation, perks and pestering. By Jonathan Lemire, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 2,900 words, photos, video. An abridged version also is available.
US-CHINA-TARIFFS — The United States hiked tariffs on Chinese imports Friday and Beijing said it would be forced to make a “counterattack” in a dispute between the world’s two biggest economies that President Donald Trump says he is prepared to escalate. SENT: 420 words, photo. Developing. With US-CHINA TARIFFS-THE CASUALTIES — American farmers are already being hurt by falling prices for the soybeans they send to China. Higher prices are likely for many products in the U.S. that use Chinese parts, from home aquariums and fans to bath tubs and vacuum sealer products. As the United States and China prepare to impose tariffs beginning Friday on an initial $34 billion of each other’s goods — with potentially many more to be taxed later — the pain will be felt by consumers and businesses on both sides; US-CHINA TARIFFS-Q&A; US-TRADE WAR WORRIES — China says it’s girded for a trade war with the U.S. and can give as good as it gets, but behind the official bravado lies a deep unease over trade friction with Washington (all sent.)
PRUITT — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. By Michael Biesecker, Zeke Miller and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. With TRUMP-EPA-WHEELER — The new leader of the EPA is a former coal industry lobbyist; EPA-PRUITT-ENVIRONMENTAL LEGACY — EPA rollbacks already touching Americans’ lives. (both sent.)
JAPAN-DOOMSDAY CULT-EXECUTION — Doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara and six of his followers were executed Friday for their roles in a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subways and other crimes, Japan’s Justice Ministry said. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 530 words, photos. With JAPAN-DOOMSDAY CULT-ASAHARA — Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery (sent).
TRUMP-SUPREME COURT —President Donald Trump said Thursday he has narrowed down — to two or three — the list of contenders he’s considering to fill the vacancy for the Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1210 words. With US SUPREME COURT DEMOCRATS— Democrats gear up for the budding battle over the Supreme Court. (sent.)
IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES-WHERE IT’S AT — The deadline is rapidly approaching for the Trump administration to reunite families separated at the border after a court mandate. By Collen Long. SENT: 1050 words, photo. With CALIFORNIA IMMIGRATION-LAWSUIT — A U.S. judge in Sacramento has rejected a request by the Trump administration to block two California laws that protect immigrants in the country illegally (sent.)
POMPEO-NORTH KOREA —Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang on Friday, saying he expects North Korea to be ready to “fill in some details” of the commitments on denuclearization made by Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump last month. By Andrew Harnik. Sent: 700 words, photos. With NKOREA-US-KEY DEMANDS — What US and North Korea want from each other as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Pyongyang for nuclear talks; POMPEO-NORTH KOREA-HUMAN RIGHTS — North Korea denounces US over human rights criticism. (Both sent.)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
GERMANY-ANNE FRANK-US IMMIGRATION — Anne Frank’s family tried to escape to US, hit roadblocks. SENT: 130 words.
HOW WE’RE SHUNNED —Americans playfully ponder pro-Trump scholar’s ‘shunning.’ SENT: 630 words, photo.
CARJACKING SUSPECT SHOT — Dallas police: Woman shoots man trying to take SUV with kids. SENT: 250 words.
STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARRESTS — An unrepentant protester who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a “dangerous stunt” pleaded not guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct. SENT: 345 words, photos.
FILM-SCARLETT JOHANSSON-TRANSGENDER MAN DRAMA — Scarlett Johansson’s plans to portray a transgender man have sparked a backlash from many who object to cisgender actors playing trans roles. SENT: 420 words, photo.
TRUMP —In a campaign stop that was both political and personal, President Donald Trump targeted Democrat Jon Tester on Thursday in a bid to get more Republicans elected to the Senate but also to punish the lawmaker he blames for derailing his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. By Catherine Lucey and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1020 words, photos, video.
THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — A former Thai navy SEAL working as part of the effort to rescue a soccer team trapped in a cave died from lack of oxygen. By Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 500 words, photo, video. With THAILAND-CAVE-SEARCH-THE LATEST
THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENTS — Thai divers scoured the wreckage of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off the resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 10 with about 45 others missing on Friday, officials said. SENT: 480 words, photos.
IRAQ-YAZIDI-GIRL — Farida Khalaf has returned to her home village in northern Iraq, four years after being captured and sold into slavery by the Islamic State group. In a 2016 book titled “The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story,” she described rape, torture and beatings at the hands of the extremists, and her escape after four months of captivity. On Tuesday, when she entered the schoolhouse where she had been separated from her family, she fell to her knees and sobbed uncontrollably. SENT: 680 words, photo.
BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE — In the quiet town of Amesbury, a stone’s throw from the mysterious Stonehenge monument, the new reality is sinking in: Novichok, again. Four months had passed since the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter, and the collective nightmare seemed to be fading. No longer were forensics experts in oversize haz-mat suits combing the area for an invisible killer. Then a British couple with no obvious connection to Russia or to espionage fell desperately ill and the government said Novichok was to blame. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
BANGLADESH-TANNERIES — Bangladesh tanneries prepping leather for shoes, belts, wallets and purses are dumping toxic chemicals into a river at a new industrial complex more than a year after the government shut them down for poisoning a different river and using child labor. Sent:
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — Some of the men who claim they were molested by a now-dead team doctor decades ago at Ohio State University say he wasn’t stopped by administrators even after students complained. SENT: 1250 words, video.
SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-MOMENT OF SILENCE — Newsrooms across the U.S. have observed a moment of silence for the five employees of a Maryland newspaper who were killed a week ago in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST — An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges in a deadly car attack on a crowd of protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year. SENT: 550 words, photos.
WESTERN WILDFIRES — An erratic wildfire charging through dry land near the Colorado ski town of Aspen has destroyed three homes and forced people to flee in the middle of the night. SENT: 750 words, photos. With SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-HEAT WAVE — A heat wave is expected to send temperatures soaring to record levels in Southern California. The hot, dry weather will boost the risk of wildfires. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HEAT WAVE-THINGS TO KNOW — If you’ve been hot lately, you’re not alone. The past week has brought record heat across the U.S. and around the world. That’s not just in daily highs, but also in lack of cooling overnight. Parts of the U.S. should get relief over the next few days. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 500 words, photos. With CANADA-HEAT WAVE — 33 people die of heat in Quebec (sent).
WCUP-URUGUAY-FRANCE — France and Uruguay play for a place in the World Cup semifinals. Both have reached the semifinals five times. It’s match that will pit France’s searing speed against Uruguay’s solid defense. The winner will face either Belgium or Brazil. By Stephen Wade. Game starts at 10 a.m. With WCUP-BRAZIL-BELGIUM — World Cup favorite Brazil and Belgium play for a spot in the semifinals. Game starts at 2 p.m.
SOC--WCUP-SOUTHGATE’S VEST — England manager Gareth Southgate has become the World’s Cup style icon, singlehandedly re-popularizing vests as he tries to win his nation’s first title since 1966. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
Also see separate World Cup digest.
WIMBLEDON __ In a Wimbledon women’s field that keeps losing seeded players, the Williams sisters try to move into the fourth round when they play Friday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Play starts at 6:30 a.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
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