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RUSSIA SANCTIONS — U.K. asks for more U.S. sanctions on Russia after poisoning case. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. speech.




MICROSOFT-RUSSIAN HACKING — Microsoft says it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company says that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake domains were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate. By Technology Writer Matt O'Brien. SENT: 520 words, photo.

TRUMP-CLIMATE PLAN — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. announcement.

AFGHANISTAN —The Taliban fired a pair of rockets toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police say. No injuries were reported in the attack. By Amir Shah. SENT: 560 words, photos. Also see HAJJ-EID below.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED — Even as authorities filed formal charges showing they think he's lying, new court records outline the shaky defense strategy of a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and submerging their daughters' bodies in oil tanks: He says she killed the kids, distraught that he planned to leave her, and that he in turn strangled her in a rage. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.

IMMIGRATION-EL SALVADOR-WE ALL GO — In a quiet, cobblestoned town near the Pacific coast of El Salvador, residents are unfazed by the fact that the Trump administration is seeking to lock up families indefinitely and ending temporary protected status for people from their country. They're still going north. By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CONFEDERATE-MONUMENTS-NORTH-CAROLINA — A Confederate statue in the heart of North Carolina's flagship university was toppled during a rally by hundreds of protesters who decried the memorial known as "Silent Sam" as a symbol of racist heritage. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 570 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US NC Confederate Monument (CR) — Confederate statue toppled on college campus.




MTV-VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS-MADONNA — Madonna's rambling Aretha Franklin tribute earns backlash. SENT: 410 words, photos.

EGYPT-A-VEILED-QUESTION — Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt. SENT: 830 words, photos.

SURFING-OFFICIAL SPORT — Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport. SENT: 690 words, photos.

ASIA ARGENTO SETTLEMENT — Los Angeles authorities looking into Asia Argento allegation. SENT: 390 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-CYCLING MINISTER — Forty-two weeks pregnant, New Zealand minister cycles to hospital. SENT: 310 words, photos.




TAIWAN-EL-SALVADOR — Taiwan breaks off diplomatic ties with El Salvador as the Central American country defects to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage. SENT: 610 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-NO VOTES — Frustrated by corruption scandals and uninspired by the candidates, a large chunk of the Brazilian electorate is expected to sit out October's election. SENT: 980 words, photos. With BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-CANDIDATES GLANCE.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Indonesia's disaster agency says earthquakes that killed more than 500 people on the island of Lombok in the past month and caused half a billion dollars in damage don't rise to the level of a national emergency. SENT: 360 words, photos.

HAJJ-EID — Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia. SENT: 130 words, photos.




TRUMP-PROJECTIONS — Robin Bell views his projections onto the walls of Washington's Trump International Hotel as a way to help people grieve, vent at a time of political stress. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

ALASKA-PRIMARY — Primaries for governor and U.S. House top the ticket in Alaska as voters will choose a Republican nominee to advance to what is expected to be a hard-fought battle for governor this fall. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls open at noon, close at 1 a.m. With WYOMING PRIMARY — Crowded Wyoming Republican governor's race heads to vote. UPCOMING: Polls open at 9 a.m., close at 9 p.m.

TRUMP-BRENNAN — With tweets and taunts, Trump is attempting to turn one of his most outspoken critics into the public face of the Russia probe that he has long worked to discredit. SENT: 970 words, photo.

KAVANAUGH-SENATE — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to meet with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who's seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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3D GUNS-LAWSUIT — Lawyers representing 11 states and the District of Columbia are seeking an injunction that will force the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms. SENT: 550 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from noon hearing.

BULLETPROOF VESTS-GRIEVANCE — Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show. SENT: 620 words, photo.

EDUCATION-POLL — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, a survey finds. SENT: 650 words, photo.

FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL — A fourth preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin for former members of a Penn State fraternity facing hazing and other charges in connection with the death of a pledge last year. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 8:30 a.m. hearing.




FASHION-SMALL MANUFACTURERS — Small clothes manufacturers are using technology and skill to bring down costs and targeting well-heeled customers who are willing to pay a little more for clothes that aren't churned out by the thousands half a world away. SENT: 1,110 words, photo.

ANIMAL CRACKERS-UNCAGED — The parent company of Nabisco redesigns the packaging of its Barnum's Animals crackers after relenting to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 480 words, photos.




MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS — With most of music industry's top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos. With MTV-VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS-IMMIGRANT PROTEST — Logic stages immigrant protest at VMAs with parents, kids; MTV-VIDEO-MUSIC-AWARDS-LIST.




T25-AP TOP 25-HEAT CHECK — AP's college football writer takes a look at the preseason AP Top 25, using the poll's history to try identifying overrated, underrated and unpredictable teams. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

COWBOYS-VOICE OF BOOM — Kris Richard brings fiery style, Seattle success to Cowboys as new secondary coach, passing game coordinator. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 940 words, photos.




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