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ITALY-FLOOD — Italy's civil protection agency says at least five people have been killed when a rain-swollen river flooded a gorge in the southern region of Calabria. SENT: 130 words.




VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis vows that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and coverup from the Catholic Church, but he provides no indication that he himself will take action to sanction complicit bishops or to end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to fester under his watch. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,100 words, UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION — Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month. The people confirmed reports Cohen could be facing bank fraud and other charges in connection with his financial dealings with the taxi industry. Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis declined comment. By Tom Hays. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Dozens of elderly South Koreans cross the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War. The weeklong event at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rival Koreas boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve a standoff over North Korea's drive for a nuclear weapons program that can reliably target the continental United States. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 660 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — The history of Korean family reunions.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The quick response marked a rare if limited battlefield success for Afghan troops after weeks of insurgent attacks, but the militants escaped with 21 captives. By Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BEN CARSON-LEGACY — Ben Carson's story of climbing out of poverty to become a world-renowned surgeon was once ubiquitous in Baltimore. But his position in the Trump administration has added a complicated epilogue, leaving many who admired him unable to separate him from the politics of a president widely rejected by African-Americans in the city. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,530 words, photos, abridged of 950 words.

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL —Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat. The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.




GIULIANI-TRUTH — Trump's personal attorney says he wasn't trying to make an existential point about the meaning of veracity when he declared "truth isn't truth." SENT: 130 words, photos.

EUROPE-MEASLES — Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths. SENT: 350 words, photos.

ASIA ARGENTO SETTLEMENT — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who says she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reports. SENT: 290 words, photo.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS — The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards to be presented Monday night will feature Cardi B, the Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes and some kind of tribute to Aretha Franklin. SENT: 425 words. AP Photos. Video planned. Will be updated.

MUSIC-THE EAGLES — The Eagles' greatest hits album surpasses Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the best-selling album of all-time. SENT: 325 words, photo.

MISS AMERICA — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has struck back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund's allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her has led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year's contestants. SENT: 725 words, photos.




KAVANAUGH-DEMOCRATS — Where's the fury? Left-wing activists say Sen. Chuck Schumer is not being aggressive enough in rallying Democratic lawmakers to unify against Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. SENT: 990 words. AP Photos.

2018-GEORGIA GOVERNOR — Republicans are portraying Democrat Stacey Abrams as a radical in the Georgia governor's race but the reality is more complicated. By Bill Barrow. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-BRENNAN — President Donald Trump is making outspoken former CIA director John Brennan a face of the Mueller probe as he looks to discredit the Russia investigation. By Catherine Lucy. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Jury deliberations resume in financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump advocates positive cyber habits for children even as her husband assails critics, calling a former CIA director a "political hack." SENT: 780 words.

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TURKEY-UNITED STATES —Two suspects have been detained after shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey, an attack that comes during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. SENT: 600 words, photos.

INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — Thousands of people in flood-ravaged south India are wading through muck and mud to begin the immense task of cleaning their homes and businesses. SENT: 550 words, photos.

SPAIN-SUSPECT SHOT — A man pleaded to be let into a locked police station in Barcelona before dawn, then lunged with a knife at officers inside. Police shot him dead and the attack is being investigated for any links to terror, authorities said. SENT: 350 words, photos.

ITALY-BRIDGE COLLAPSE — Experts determined last February that corrosion of the metal cables encased in pressed concrete had reduced by 20 percent the strength of the highway bridge that collapsed last week. SENT: 700 words, photos.




SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-GAY PRIESTS — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians inflames a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are demanding a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the Church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibate lives. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

WESTERN SMOKE-UNHEALTHY AIR — Smoke from wildfires clogged the skies across the U.S. West, leading authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors and fouling visibility from Oregon to Colorado. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m.




LONGEST BULL MARKET — Rising from the ashes of the financial crisis and fueled by low interest rates, the steady recovery of the U.S. economy and the rise of game-changing tech companies, the current bull market is set to become the longest ever on Wednesday. A look at how it achieved that honor, and where the market goes from here. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, graphics.




TV-Q&A--JESSICA BIEL — As a kid, like a lot of us, Jessica Biel practiced giving an awards speech in front of a mirror for that fairytale moment when she won a top award. But unlike most of us, Biel's moment actually has a chance to come true — she's nominated for an Emmy for best lead actress in a limited series for her role in "The Sinner," the USA Network series that she not only stars in, she helped bring about as it's executive producer. UPCOMING by 2 p.m. About 850 words. By Brooke Lefferts. With photos, video.




SPORTS BETTING-COLLEGE INTEGRITY FEES — Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 1,210 words, photo.




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