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DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY — The disappearance last year of Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, a 20-year-old member of the Blackfeet Nation, is one small chapter in the unsettling story of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. No one knows precisely how many there are, because some cases go unreported and others aren’t accurately documented. But one U.S. senator calls it an epidemic, and in the era of #MeToo, the problem is gaining political traction as an expanding activist movement focuses on a population of women facing some of the nation’s highest rates of murder, sexual violence and domestic abuse. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. SENT: 3,360 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 980 words has also been sent. With DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-REFORMING THE SYSTEM — Despite past reforms, Native women face high rates of crime; DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-LAWS — Feds, state lawmakers propose new ways to help Native women; DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-THE POSTERS — Haunting stories behind missing posters of Native women.
MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY — In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano loses a primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve Massachusetts in Congress. The 44-year-old’s upset over a 10-term incumbent congressman underscores the shift underway in a Democratic Party whose base is seeking younger, more diverse candidates who embrace progressive policies. By Bob Salsberg and Steve Leblanc. SENT: 750 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Massachusetts Primary (CR) — Stunning upset in Massachusetts primary. With MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-AYANNA PRESSLEY — Pressley’s upset another win for fresh Democratic voices; MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-SENATE — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to face GOP’s Geoff Diehl; MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Gov. Charlie Baker wins GOP vote, to face Gonzalez in fall.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT — In the second day of his confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh can expect to spend most of the time in the hot seat, sparring with Democratic senators over abortion, guns, executive power and other high-profile issues. By Mark Sherman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 790 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Hearings resume at 9:30 a.m. With SENATE-SUPREME COURT-DOCUMENTS-Q&A — Why all the fighting about Kavanaugh’s records?
TROPICAL WEATHER — Thousands of people are without power as Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border. The storm is forecast to quickly weaken as it moves inland across Mississippi, Louisiana and into Arkansas through Thursday. By Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST.
ELECTION-SECURITY-CYBER-THREATS — Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites. The sites mimicked a portal used by U.S. senators and their staffs, with easy-to-miss discrepancies. Emails to Senate users urged them to reset their passwords — an apparent attempt to steal them. By Frank Bajak and Adam Geller. SENT: 2,430 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,020 words has also been sent. Also see CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA below.
KOREAS-MOON’S-CHALLENGE — As North Korea prepares for a massive parade Sunday featuring thousands of goose-stepping soldiers and lots of scary-looking missiles, some potentially capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, worry is rising in South Korea that a tentative, hard-won detente is starting to slip away. An authoritarian nation obsessed with big milestones, North Korea will use the celebration for the 70th anniversary of its national founding to glorify Kim Jong Un as a leader who’s standing up for a powerful nation surrounded by enemies. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,230 words, photos. With KOREAS-NUCLEAR — Korean officials talk in North’s capital to set up summit; CHINA-NORTH KOREA-XI — China’s Xi to send top ally to North Korea anniversary.
TRUMP-WOODWARD BOOK — President Donald Trump and members of his administration are disputing quotations and anecdotes attributed to them in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward in which the president is disparaged as an “idiot” and his White House as “Crazytown.” By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,230 words, photos. Also see TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE below.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
CEMETERY-FUNERAL HOMES LAWSUIT — Lawyer: Funeral homes in Tennessee not liable for mishandled burials. SENT: 570 words, photo.
EYE DROP-POISONING — Police: South Carolina woman kills husband by putting eye drops in water. SENT: 130 words.
ASIA-STORM — People stranded at a flooded offshore airport overnight return by boat and bus to the Japanese mainland after a typhoon sweeps across part of Japan’s main island. SENT: 630 words, photos.
MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence calls on Myanmar to immediately release two journalists who were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on charges of possessing state secrets in connection with their reporting on massacres against Rohingya Muslims. SENT: 620 words, photos.
BRAZIL-RIO MUSEUM FIRE — Researchers held out hope that a famed skull and other valuable objects might somehow be recovered from the ashes of a massive blaze that tore through Brazil’s National Museum after firefighters found bone fragments from the collection. SENT: 570 words, photos.
JERUSALEM-VIRTUAL REALITY — A Jerusalem museum is breathing life into the ancient city with a new virtual reality tour that allows visitors to experience how archaeologists believe Jerusalem looked 2,000 years ago. SENT: 630 words, photo.
NAURU-PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM — Pacific leaders meeting in Nauru are expected to sign a security agreement that addresses climate change and crimes such as drug smuggling and illegal fishing that cross borders. SENT: 560 words, photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller is willing to accept written responses from Trump to questions about any potential coordination between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, a person familiar with the ongoing negotiations says. SENT: 450 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-SPECIAL ENVOYS — The Trump administration, which initially dialed back on appointments of high-level diplomats to focus on particular world trouble spots, is now embracing special envoys. SENT: 880 words, photo.
CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA — Facebook and Twitter executives plan to defend their companies in two congressional hearings, arguing they are aggressively trying to root out foreign actors who want to do the United States harm just weeks before the midterm elections. SENT: 920 words, photo.
UPHILL FIGHT IN TRUMP LAND — One of the largest U.S. congressional districts voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016, yet an Oregon Democrat campaigning against a Republican incumbent doesn’t see it as hostile territory. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
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CLERGY ABUSE-FATHER NED — A Roman Catholic bishop who apologized to his flock last month for the “misguided and inappropriate decisions of church leaders” is reckoning with his own role — revealed in federal court a decade ago — in the system that protected pedophile priests. SENT: 970 words, photo.
CHICAGO MAYOR-EMANUEL — Rahm Emanuel, whose tumultuous tenure as Chicago mayor included an infamous police shooting and a surge in violent crime, says in a surprise announcement that he would abandon his plan to seek a third term next year but gave no reason for the sudden change of heart. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. With CHICAGO MAYOR-EMANUEL-CHALLENGES — Emanuel leaves city with big challenges.
US-CHINA-TARIFFS-CHANGING-MINDS — China is trying to defuse a spiraling tariff war with Washington over technology policy by highlighting gains in other trade-related areas. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 800 words, photos.
US OPEN-MEN — Defending champion Rafael Nadal drops the first set of his U.S. Open quarterfinal 6-0 before coming back to edge Dominic Thiem in five sets. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 990 words, photos.
LEBRON JAMES-KAEPERNICK-FASHION — Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James says he “stands with Nike,” a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 610 words, photo.
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