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TOP STORIES

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PRIMARY RDP — Holding hopes of a "blue wave" in November, Democrats fight to shape the political battlefield in primaries across eight states, none more important than California where Republicans avoid an embarrassing setback in the race for governor. By Steve Peoples and Michael Blood. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, videos.

CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Conservative businessman John Cox saves Republicans from an embarrassing shutout in the California governor's race, winning with the help of a tweet from President Donald Trump and setting up a hyper-partisan battle with first-place finisher Gavin Newsom, the Democratic lieutenant governor who calls Cox a foot soldier in Trump's war on the state. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 a.m., photos, videos.

NKOREA-KIM'S MILITARY WINDFALL? — While raising hopes for denuclearization and a peace treaty to finally end the Korean War, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's newly found focus on diplomacy comes with an ironic flipside: It could be a godsend for his generals. Kim's thinking on how his military fits in to his plans to foster detente on the Korean Peninsula and negotiate security guarantees from Washington may become clearer when he sits down with Trump next week in Singapore. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 870 words, photos.

GUATEMALA-VOLCANO — Frightened people living near the Volcano of Fire flee with their children and few possessions after fresh flows of super-heated debris are announced, taking no chances after authorities gave them little time to evacuate before a deadly eruption over the weekend. By Mark Stevenson and Sonia Perez D. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

FLOOD-PRONE BOOMTOWN — In Boston's booming Seaport District, General Electric is building its new world headquarters, Amazon is bringing in thousands of new workers, and Reebok's red delta symbol sits atop the new office it opened last year. But after bad flooding during a storm this past winter, critics wonder whether it was a bright idea to invest so much in a manmade peninsula that sits barely above sea level. As they gear up to host the International Mayors Climate Summit, municipal officials insist they're making the proper preparations. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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SENATE-2018-NEW-JERSEY — Democratic control of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's Senate seat in Democrat-leaning New Jersey could hinge on how well he can convince voters they need him to stand up to Trump, and on whether Republican challenger Bob Hugin can make a case the electorate should dump the incumbent over tossed-out corruption charges. SENT: 640 words, photos.

CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES — U.S. lawmakers push for tighter regulation or even closure of the more than 100 Chinese Confucius Institutes at campuses across America. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-KATE SPADE — Designer Kate Spade is remembered as vibrant, colorful and most of all, fun — just like her famous handbags. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

TV-FOX-SHEPARD SMITH — Even for Fox News' resident contrarian, it's been quite a week for Shepard Smith. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 760 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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FACEBOOK-PRIVACY-SCANDAL — Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with several Chinese handset manufacturers, including Huawei, a company flagged by U.S. intelligence officials as a national security threat, as it faces a fresh wave of allegations over its handling of private data. SENT: 330 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BELMONT-JOCKEY CONCUSSION PROTOCOL — A lack of concussion protocol for jockeys in most of the U.S. puts horse racing years behind other sports. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.