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AFGHANISTAN — A provincial government official says at least 25 people have been killed and 23 wounded in a suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan. SENT: 110 words.




2018 MIDTERMS-CYBERSECURITY — Intelligence officials warn that foreign adversaries continue to wage cyber warfare against the U.S. election systems. But with the midterm elections just three months away, political campaigns report that they're largely on their own in the increasingly challenging task of protecting sensitive information and countering false or misleading content on social media. By Steve Peoples and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH -ROE V WADE — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record suggests he would vote to support abortion restrictions if confirmed. But it's not clear if he would go as far as some abortion rights advocates fear and vote to overturn Roe v. Wade , the case establishing a woman's right to abortion. By Legal Affairs Writers Denise Lavoie and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally that the media is the "fake, fake disgusting news" and casting journalists as his true political opponent. By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 890 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is far from living up to its pledge to denuclearize and remains in violation of numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions. By AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 590 words, photo. With POMPEO — Pompeo presses Turkey on detained US pastor after sanctions (sent).

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Zimbabwe's capital was calm hours after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of the tight election, which began with Monday's peaceful vote but turned deadly when the military fired on protesters 48 hours later. Six people were killed in the melee when the army rolled in tanks to disperse rock-throwing demonstrators who denounced Mnangagwa and alleged vote-rigging. By Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 560 words, photos. With ZZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS-THE LATEST.

TRILLION DOLLAR APPLE — Apple is the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets. The milestone marks the latest triumph of a trend-setting company that two mavericks named Steve started in a Silicon Valley garage 42 years ago. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.




TRUMP-STEEL-FACT CHECK — Trump claims US Steel is opening plants that the company actually hasn't announced. SENT: 110 words, video, photo.

WWE WRESTLER-MAYOR — Glenn Jacobs, the WWE wrestler known as Kane, has won the bout for mayor in Tennessee's third largest county. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CHINA-MISSING PLANE — Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are refusing to accept the latest report on the plane's disappearance four years ago and are demanding the search be restarted. SENT: 410 words, photo.

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — A judge who sentenced disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison for molesting girls will hold a hearing on a request that she disqualify herself from his appeal of the sentence. SENT: 120 words, photos.

CHINA-MISSING PROFESSOR — The whereabouts of a Chinese professor known for his critical views of the government remained unknown two days after police interrupted his radio interview with U.S. government broadcaster Voice of America. SENT: 370 words.

EUROPE-WEATHER — Portugal's weather agency says eight places in the center, south and east of the country have broken their local temperature records amid a heatwave. SENT: 210 words, photos. With EUROPE-WEATHER-THE LATEST.




TENNESSEE PRIMARIES — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn are on a collision course to claim their own slices of history in a critical U.S. Senate race. SENT: 890 words, photos.

MANAFORT-TRIAL JUDGE — The judge in Paul Manafort's financial-fraud trial says it's no crime to be rich in America. Judge T.S. Ellis has gone after prosecutors several times this week for making much of Manafort's lavish lifestyle. The trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman started this week in Alexandria, Va. SENT: 860 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Manafort's bookkeeper testifies that he kept her in the dark about his foreign bank accounts but he otherwise approved "every penny" of the personal bills she paid for him (sent).

UNITED STATES-MIDEAST — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. SENT: 750 words, photo.

MILEAGE STANDARDS-FACT CHECK — The Trump administration is overstating claims of auto safety and reduced costs in justifying its proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel economy requirements that were aimed at making cars more fuel efficient. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 650 words, video, photo.




IMMIGRATION-SEX ABUSE CHARGES — Federal authorities allege that a former youth care worker at a Phoenix-area facility for immigrant youths sexually abused eight teenage boys, one of several cases brought to light in recent weeks as thousands of immigrant children remain detained around the country. SENT: 450 words. With IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — U.S. and ACLU divided on how to reunify separated families (sent).

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-LIFE AMID THE ASHES — More than 20,000 evacuees still have not been allowed to return to neighborhoods in burnt out Shasta County, home to the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history. For too many Californians, wildfire season has turned into a series of upheavals that starts with terror of approaching flames. That soon gives way to an anxious scramble for shelter, followed by tense days of waiting. SENT: 830 words, photos.

DATING APP KILLING — The release of a Connecticut man from jail shortly before police say he killed a New York City nurse and raped another woman in Los Angeles has outraged the nurse's family and frustrated prosecutors. Police are now investigating Danueal Drayton's claims that he has killed at least five women. SENT: 830 words, photos.

JFK MEMORABILIA — Some of the most iconic items associated with the late President John F. Kennedy are going on the auction block. Eldred's auction gallery in East Dennis, on Cape Cod, is taking bids on a rocking chair that JFK used in the Oval Office, a tie clip in the shape of the PT-109 torpedo boat Kennedy commanded during World War II, and pens he used to establish the Peace Corps and sign a landmark nuclear arms treaty. SENT: 460 words, photos.




UNITED NATIONS-HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF — The U.N. human rights chief defended his outspoken criticism of abuses in dozens of countries from Myanmar and Hungary to the United States, insisting that his office doesn't "bring shame on governments, they shame themselves." SENT: 970 words, photo.

CHINA-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-MONK — One of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks is facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct, in what is seen by some as an indication the #MeToo movement is gaining traction in the world's most populous nation. SENT: 620 words.

SOUTH CHINA SEA — Chinese and Southeast Asian naval forces staged their first computer-simulated drills so they can jointly respond to emergencies and build trust amid the long-seething disputes in the South China Sea. SENT: 490 words, photos.

THAILAND-US-ARTIFACTS — A private American collector has returned a dozen ancient artifacts to Thailand as the Southeast Asian country presses for other treasures that were taken abroad to be given back. SENT: 390 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-TRANSPORTATION CHAOS — Dhaka remained largely cut off from the rest of Bangladesh, with local and long-distance buses staying off the roads after five days of protests by young people demanding safer streets. 320 words.

NEW ZEALAND-SOLDIER RESCUED — An Australian soldier who dug a snow cave to survive below-freezing conditions for a week on a New Zealand mountain is rescued. SENT: 320 words.




ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT-LOOKAHEAD — With a robust economy at their backs, optimistic employers likely added jobs at a solid pace in July. Economists forecast that employers added 191,000 jobs last month, down from 213,000 in June but easily enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. By Economics Writer Christoper Rugaber. SENT: 550 words.




MUSIC-BEYONCE — Even severe weather couldn't stop Beyonce and Jay-Z from performing an explosive two-hour-plus concert for their feverish fans. After bad weather forced concertgoers at the MetLife Stadium inside for close to an hour, Beyonce and Jay-Z hit the stage at 11:08 p.m. and played into Friday morning, wrapping the energetic show at 1:29 a.m. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 370 words, photo.

TV CRITICS WATCH — A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.




HALL OF FAME GAME — The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL's preseason. There was a little spark of offense provided by Baltimore's first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson in the second half of a 17-16 victory. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 670 words, photos. With HALL OF FAME GAME-ANTHEM — No demonstrations during anthem at Hall of Fame game (sent).

DODGEBALL-UNORTHODOX PRO SPORTS — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It's a professional sport, just like many games that were popularize in parks, schoolyards and even novels. The World Dodgeball Association, founded in 2013, is holding its second World Cup — this weekend in New York. Thirteen countries, including the U.S., will be represented at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for the biennial tournament. By Sports Writer Terrin Waack. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.




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