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NICARAGUA-ARRESTED AND TORTURED — More than 2,000 people have been arrested in Nicaragua in nearly four months of unrest and official crackdown. At least 400 people are believed to still be held in prisons and police stations across the country, and some consider them to be political prisoners, a human rights group said. Others are held for days or weeks incommunicado, brutally interrogated and threatened with terrorism charges before being released as President Daniel Ortega’s government seeks to extinguish the resistance. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.
US COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — Human remains found at a ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert are those of a severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism, the child’s grandfather confirms. Siraj Wahhaj, of New York City, says the allegations child abuse against his son and two daughters are out of character from what he had known of them. He said he hasn’t had direct contact with them for nine months. By Stephen R. Groves and Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,030 words, video, photos.
KANSAS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance, describing it as a “symbolic” step in response to a public demand from Colyer. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 920 words, photos. With KANSAS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR-THE LATEST.
CANADA-SAUDI ARABIA — An effort by Saudi Arabia to punish Canada over human rights advocacy has resulted in a collective shrug. Many Canadians say they are less concerned about the potential economic effects than they are worried about the Saudi students and doctors who must return home. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Aircraft turned hillsides red with retardant as homeowners wet their houses with garden hoses in a battle to contain an arson wildfire, which prompted evacuation orders for more than 20,000 people south of Los Angeles. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as a four-day-old fire carved its way along ridges and hillsides of the Cleveland National Forest. By Ringo H.W. Chiu and Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 900 words, video, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.
INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-AFTERSHOCK TRAUMA — A wave of aftershocks on Indonesia’s Lombok island is fueling a sense that the crisis from a powerful earthquake last weekend is far from over — and that the worst may be yet to come. Officials have recorded a staggering 450 aftershocks since Sunday’s magnitude 7.0 quake killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000. Before that, another strong earthquake on July 29 killed 16. “It never stops,” said Jami-ah, who was injured by a strong aftershock. “I’m afraid the next earthquake will kill me.” By Todd Pitman and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 630 words, photos. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — On Indonesia’s earthquake-devastated Lombok island, people are reeling as they mourn more than 300 dead and sleep in makeshift shelters, but foremost in the minds of some is rebuilding the collapsed mosques that were the heart of their communities. SENT: 380 words, photos.
MONUMENTS’ MOTHERS — Their numbers may be dwindling, but the United Daughters of the Confederacy still have some fight in them. The 124-year-old group that helped erect Confederate monuments across the country is now going to court to keep them from being pulled down. In cases against local governments in Louisiana and Texas, UDC chapters claim to even own the public lands beneath their memorials. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,870 words, video, photos.
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ELVIS WEEK — An exhibit centered on the career of Lisa Marie Presley and a launch party marking the release of an album of gospel songs by her late father Elvis Presley are among the highlights of this year’s Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee. SENT: 290 words, photos.
POLICE CHIEF-COCAINE — Authorities say a suspended police chief in New Jersey has been buying cocaine online. SENT: 120 words.
TRUMP-PRISON REFORM — President Donald Trump is discussing prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club. SENT: 120 words, photos.
EUROPE-RYANAIR STRIKE — Ryanair pilots in several European countries are staging a strike that has prompted the budget carrier to cancel 400 flights. SENT: 120 words, photos.
SPECIAL SESSION-STAND YOUR GROUND — Democratic legislators in Florida fail in an attempt to force the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the state’s contentious “stand your ground law.”
BABY IN WATER — The man who police say fled to Thailand after carrying his dead 7-month-old baby around in a backpack and tossing his body into a river near the Brooklyn Bridge has been returned to New York City. SENT: 130 words, photos.
WASHINGTON & POLITICS
EPA PESTICIDE — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — After three days of dramatic and sometimes salacious testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as they sought to show he obtained millions of dollars in bank loans under false pretenses. SENT: 820 words, photos.
CONGRESS CORPORATE BOARDS — The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they’re responsible for overseeing. SENT: 890 words, photos.
IOWA-AVENATTI — Michael Avenatti’s crusade for the porn actress taking on the president has already catapulted him to cable news stardom and endeared him to many frustrated liberals. Now the self-styled “dragon slayer” is taking his message to Iowa Democrats. SENT: 920 words, photos.
INDIANA SENATE-CHINESE OUTSOURCING — The off-road accessory was shipped in a box emblazoned with the logo of an auto parts brand owned by Mike Braun, a multimillionaire businessman who often rails against foreign outsourcing in his bid to become Indiana’s next senator. SENT: 910 words.
2018-MIDTERMS BREAKING THE WAVES — For all the talk of a blue wave sweeping Democrats back into the House majority this fall, their efforts could be thwarted in one of the nation’s bluest states. SENT: 870 words, photos.
INDIA-CITIZENS OR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS? — Thousands of people left off a draft list of Indian citizens are preparing to file appeals across the northeastern state of Assam, wading into a process that many fear could lead to detention or expulsion. A draft list of citizens in Assam, released in July, put nearly 4 million people on edge to prove their Indian nationality. Across the border from Bangladesh, Assam has a population of 33 million, a third of them Muslim. Many say the state is overrun with illegal migrants. By Rishi Lekhi. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.
YEMEN — Yemen’s Shiite rebels backed a U.N. call for a probe into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children, in an attack that drew wide international criticism. SENT: 570 words, photos.
RUSSIA-US-SANCTIONS — Russia’s prime minister sternly warns the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified “other” means. SENT: 410 words, photo.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Gaza’s militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appear to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides. SENT: 470 words, photos.
ASIAN GAMES KOREAS — With the Koreas, there’s no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.
LEBANON-ELECTRICITY — A goodwill gesture to power-starved Lebanon from an energy company in Turkey has backfired, igniting mudslinging and corruption allegations. This summer, the Karadeniz Energy Group lent Lebanon a floating power station to generate electricity at below-market rates to help ease the strain on the country’s woefully undermaintained power sector. Instead, the barge’s arrival opened a pandora’s box of partisan mudslinging in a country hobbled by political sectarianism and dysfunction. SENT: 720 words, photos.
INDONESIA-POLITICS — The battle lines for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election were drawn Friday as the incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo formally registered as a candidate after choosing a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate. SENT: 720 words, photos.
CHINA-MOSQUE DEMOLITION — Thousands of Muslims gathered at a mosque in northwestern China to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government’s efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country. SENT: 670 words, photos.
BASKETBALL COACH-FATAL PUNCH — A rising college basketball coaching star accused of throwing a punch that killed a New York City tourist who had apparently mistaken him for an Uber driver pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. SENT: 440 words, photo.
VENEZUELA-CITGO — A Canadian gold mining company won the right to go after Venezuela’s prized U.S.-based oil refineries and collect $1.4 billion it lost in a decade-old take-over by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez. SENT: 490 words, photos.
ENDANGERED ORCA - Teams of whale experts raced out to sea to help an ailing young killer whale, but they don’t plan to intervene to help a mother orca in the same critically endangered pod that has been pushing the body of her dead calf for more than two weeks. SENT: 590 words, photo.
FILM-CASEY AFFLECK — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier harassment allegations. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 860 words, photos. With Q&A-CASEY AFFLECK — Casey Affleck on new film, his Oscars absence and #MeToo (sent).
FBN--ANTHEM DEMONSTRATIONS — Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December. SENT: 910 words, photos.
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