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ROHINGYA-BABIES OF RAPE — More than 10 months have passed since Myanmar’s security forces launched a sweeping campaign of rape and other brutalities against the Rohingya. Now, the babies conceived during those assaults have been born. For many of their mothers, those births have been tinged with fear — not only because the infants are reminders of the horrors they survived, but because their community often views rape as shameful, and bearing a baby conceived by Buddhists as sacrilege. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 2,500 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — MYN Rohingya Babies (CR) — Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge. An abridged version of 950 words has also been sent.
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: 2,735 words, photos. Abridged version of 880 words also available.
TRUMP — President Donald Trump holds a Montana rally for the Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester, whom he blames for derailing the nomination of his White House physician to lead Veterans Affairs. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. event in Great Falls, Montana, update by 8 p.m.
TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump’s top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump’s thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. By Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 775 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With: TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-CONTENDERS — A look at three federal judges leading the pack for the Supreme Court nomination, plus three more who haven’t been completely counted out just yet; TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST (both sent).
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. By Gregory Katz, Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless and. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4:30 p.m. With: AP EXPLAINS-DEADLY NOVICHOK — Novichok was the product of a highly secretive Soviet chemical weapons program. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 640 words, photos; BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE-THE LATEST.
THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against time to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their soccer coach with minimum risk, officials say. By Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 690 words, photo, video. With THAILAND-DEALING WITH DARKNESS — Trapped in Thai cave, youngsters must grapple with stress; THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH-THE LATEST.
STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARRESTS — A woman has been charged with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a “dangerous stunt.” Court papers also charged Therese Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave her perch by the bottom of the statue’s robes, about 100 feet above ground. Police were forced to scale the statue to pull her down. By Tom Hays. SENT: 345 words, photos.
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THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENTS — A boat carrying dozens of Chinese tourists overturned in rough seas off southern Thailand, with 49 passengers unaccounted for and 48 rescued. SENT: 240 words, photos.
FIFTY SHADES HIDDEN — A suburban Detroit library has decried an unidentified censor who concealed DVDs of movies from the racy “Fifty Shade” series. SENT: 125 words.
AUTISTIC MAN-FOREST SURVIVAL — Forest rangers say a man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills while he was lost in New York’s Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave. SENT: 325 words.
WWII VET-MONEY STOLEN — Bank of America has credited the account of a Texas resident who is believed to be the oldest man in the U.S. after his family reported that thieves had stolen his identity and drained the account. SENT: 245 words, photo.
POMPEO-NORTH KOREA — The State Department is pushing back against suggestions the Trump administration has softened its stance on North Korea as the top U.S. diplomat travels to Pyongyang for crucial nuclear talks. Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert tells journalists accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that U.S. policy hasn’t changed. She says the U.S. remains “committed to a denuclearized North Korea.” By Andrew Harnik. SENT: 390 words, photos, video.
TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — Stung by a public outcry, the Trump administration says it will meet a court deadline to reunite migrant children separated from their parents. But entire families may well end up in up in the custody of immigration authorities for extended periods. SENT: 135 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photo.
BURIAL GROUND UNDER PLAYGROUND — For generations, children would play kick-ball, hide-and-seek and jump rope on a stretch of concrete at a Philadelphia playground, unaware the remains of 5,000 black Philadelphians were buried 18 inches beneath their feet. Now, a portion of that playground will become a memorial to the dead. By Kristen de Groot. SENT: 800 words, photos.
JUVENILE OFFENDER AGE — Vermont is hoping to place fewer young adults in the adult criminal justice system using a first-in-the-nation law that will place some teenagers 18 and older in the juvenile justice system. A law took effect July 1 and allowing anyone 21 or younger charged with a nonviolent crime to be eligible for juvenile offender status. By David Jordan. SENT: 560 words.
ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOL — Many students enrolled in Ohio’s largest online charter school when it closed in January have since transferred to other schools, but state officials don’t know what happened with about 2,300 students, or 20 percent of the group. Ohio’s Department of Education is still working with school districts to try to sort out the status of those students. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 655 words.
LEGAL MARIJUANA-BLACK MARKET — Marijuana is legal in California, but the state’s thriving illegal cannabis market is undercutting those playing by the rules. The situation is especially evident in Los Angeles County, California’s biggest local legal pot market. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.
PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESES-SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATION — Pennsylvania’s attorney general says he supports a request by news organizations to release a report into child sexual abuse and attempts to cover it up in several Roman Catholic dioceses. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 610 words.
INDIA-CHILD-TRAFFICKING — Police in eastern India say they have arrested a nun and another worker at a shelter run by Mother Teresa’s charity for allegedly selling a baby. Three other complaints are being investigated and police have moved 12 pregnant women out of the charity’s shelter. A spokeswoman for the Missionaries of Charity says it stopped adoptions three years ago so there was no question of a child being sold. By Indrajit Singh. SENT: 390 words, photo.
GERMANY-MIGRANTS — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban traded barbs on the issue of migration, underlining the ongoing split within the European Union over how to deal with people seeking refuge or a better life on the continent. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 640 words, photos.
RUSSIA-US-MEDIA — A Moscow court has fined US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 100,000 rubles ($1,600) for failing to comply with Russia’s foreign agents law. RFE/RL and Voice of America were named foreign agents last year under a law allowing that designation for news media that receive foreign funding. SENT: 140 words.
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. By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 950 words by 3 p.m. With: US-CHINA-TARIFFS-THE LATEST — Running updates.
CHINA-US-TECH RELIANCE — Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.’s brush with death after Washington barred it from buying U.S. components is a stark reminder that China’s industries still depend on American technology despite Beijing’s efforts to catch up. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 990 words, photos. With: CHINA-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. By Christopher Bodeen and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,105 words, photos. Incorporates China-US-Trade.
DOG ORIGINS — A new study provides fresh evidence that the early dogs of North America all but disappeared after the arrival of Europeans. By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
TRUMP-FOX NEWS — President Donald Trump is finding a receptive audience for his campaign-style rallies on Fox News Channel, which airs them extensively while other networks don’t. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., 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. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 420 words, photo.
FRANCE-OBIT-LANZMANN — French director Claude Lanzmann, whose 9½-hour masterpiece “Shoah” bore unflinching witness to the Holocaust through the testimonies of Jewish victims, German executioners and Polish bystanders, has died at the age of 92. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 1,140 words, photo.
FRANCE-MBAPPE-HENRY — Kylian Mbappe and Thierry Henry seem linked. Henry is France’s leading scorer with 51 goals. The 19-year-old Mbappe is Les Bleus’ new sensation. They both played at the same academy and started at Monaco at the same position. Now Mbappe wants to replicate Henry’s 1998 World Cup title. By Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BRAZIL-MEAN MASCOT — It took an angry-looking bird to get Brazilians hooked on their World Cup mascot. By Sports Writer Tales Azzoni. SENT: 710 words, photos.
SWEDEN-BERG — Sweden striker Marcus Berg has scored everywhere he has played in his long career, just not at the World Cup. By Mike Corder. SENT: 575 words, photos.
Also see separate World Cup digest.
MIGRANT WORKERS — Behind the veneer of Russia’s smooth-running World Cup are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia. They built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stands, and clean up after fans. They are among millions of migrants who perform menial jobs across Russia, and face routine police harassment and ethnic profiling. Yet they form a pillar of the economy and aid Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical strategy — and without them, Russia might not have managed to host a World Cup at all. By Angela Charlton and James Ellingworth. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.
WIMBLEDON — Guido Pella of Argentina came from two sets down to stun third-seeded Marin Cilic at Wimbledon, beating last year’s finalist in the second round. Cilic’s early exit opens up Roger Federer’s path to the final even more, with No. 8 Kevin Anderson the highest-seeded player left in the Swiss star’s half of the draw. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 585 words, photos.
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