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CONGRESSMAN-STOCK INDICTMENT (sent, developing)
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT (sent, developing)
DONALD TRUMP JR (upcoming)
CHINA TARIFFS-STATES (sent)
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent, developing)
IRAN SANCTIONS-CYBER THREAT (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
SOCIAL MEDIA-ALEX JONES — Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars. SENT: 300 words, photo.
OBIT-BETT — Former world hurdles champion Bett killed in car crash at 28. SENT: 500 words, photo.
XXXTENTACION SLAIN — Final suspect arrested in slaying of rapper XXXTentacion. SENT: 160 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-DROUGHT — Australia’s most populous state entirely in drought. SENT: 130 words, photo.
AUSTRALIA-PEOPLE-PINK — Pink cancels fourth Sydney show, vows to be on stage this weekend. SENT: 280 words, photo.
POLICE-OFFICERS-SHOT — Police: Gunman ambushes two New Jersey officers sitting in vehicle. SENT: 260 words, photos, video.
BOOKS-CLINTON SALES — ‘The President is Missing,’ a thriller co-written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, is now a million seller. SENT: 130 words.
MORE ON PRIMARIES
PRIMARY RDP — Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump’s clout and cost both parties millions of dollars are too close to call. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless. In battleground Ohio, the president took credit for Republican Troy Balderson’s performance, calling it “a great victory,” even though the contest could be headed to a recount. In deep-red Kansas ′ Republican gubernatorial primary, the candidate Trump backed on the eve of the election, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is neck and neck with current Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer. SENT: 1120 words. UPCOMING: Updates possible. With PRIMARY-THINGS TO KNOW — Primary night takeaways: Democratic optimism, women advance, anti-tax law playbook seems to work. SENT: 720 words, photo.
MICHIGAN PRIMARY-MUSLIM — Former Michigan legislator Rashida Tlaib wins Democratic nomination to run unopposed for US House seat, setting her up to become first Muslim woman elected to Congress. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
PALESTINIANS-CONGRESSIONAL HOPEFUL — The Michigan primary victory of Rashida Tlaib, who is expected to become the first Muslim woman and Palestinian-American to serve in the U.S. Congress, has triggered an outpouring of joy in her ancestral village. Residents of Beit Our al-Foqa, where Tlaib’s mother was born, greeted the news with a mixture of pride and hope that she will take on a U.S. administration widely seen as hostile to the Palestinian cause. By Mohammed Daraghmeh. About 900 words, with AP Photo, Video.
KANSAS PRIMARY-GAY NATIVE NOMINEE — Sharice Davids has shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from Kansas as the state’s first Native American and gay nominee for Congress. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CONGRESSMAN-STOCK INDICTMENT — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state has been indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort’s protege returns to the witness stand for more questioning from a Manafort lawyer who accuses the government’s star witness of being immersed in “so many lies” that he can’t remember them all. Rick Gates has been questioned about his own crimes, an extramarital affair and a guilty plea with prosecutors that may spare him severe punishment. Manafort is accused of overseeing an elaborate offshore tax-evasion and bank fraud scheme. SENT: 1000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 9:30 a.m., developments throughout the day, 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
DONALD TRUMP JR — President Donald Trump has grown increasingly worried that his eldest son may be next in the special counsel’s crosshairs. But Donald Trump Jr. has not let the legal scrutiny slow him down, embracing his role as his father’s emissary, beloved on the right as the swaggering embodiment of the Make America Great Again agenda. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 4 p.m., photos.
IRAN SANCTIONS-CYBER THREAT — The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks that cybersecurity and intelligence experts say Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump. SENT: 1000 words, photo.
SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH REGULATIONS — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has expressed concern about federal agencies running amok. But his view that they should adhere strictly to laws passed by Congress worries liberals. Kavanaugh has rejected a wide variety of federal regulations during his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. SENT: 1150 words, photo.
IRAN SANCTIONS-CYBER THREAT — The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 1,040 words, photo. With IRAN — Iranian lawmakers oust minister in victory for hard-liners; ITALY-IRAN-SANCTIONS — Italy premier: I asked Trump for info on Iran nuclear status.
VENEZUELA-MADURO — President Nicolas Maduro accuses two opposition legislators of having roles in the drone attack that Venezuelan officials have called an assassination attempt on the leader, and his allies are moving against the accused. SENT: 560 words, photos.
INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Aid begins reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after an earthquake killed at least 131 people as rescuers intensify efforts to find those buried in the rubble. SENT: 540 words, photos. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-PHOTO GALLERY; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-LIFE ON HOLD — For Indonesia’s quake survivors, life grinds to a halt as empty villages turn to “ghost towns” and displaced residents wonder how they’ll rebuild (sent).
ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS —Zimbabwean senior opposition official Tendai Biti was briefly arrested while trying to cross into Zambia, lawyers said Wednesday, as concerns rose over a government crackdown after last week’s disputed presidential election. SENT: 530 words, photo.
CONGO-ELECTIONS — Congo’s president is not running again in December’s long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in power. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BANGLADESH-PHOTOGRAPHER’S ARREST — A well-known photographer and activist in Bangladesh who accused police of torturing him after his arrest last weekend has been returned to police custody following a medical examination that declared him physically fine. SENT: 350 words, photos.
ISRAEL-DRUZE PROTEST — Israel’s Druze minority — Arabic speakers who serve in the country’s military —are protesting the contentious “Nation-State” law, saying it downgrades them to second class citizens. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-CORRUPTION — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pleads not guilty to three new money-laundering charges related to the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund that led to his stunning electoral defeat three months ago. SENT: 320 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-CORRUPTION-THE LATEST.
ITALY-ASYLUM SEEKER-PHOTO GALLERY — A Nigerian asylum-seeker in Italy spends his time begging or learning Italian as he waits for a decision on his application, while anti-migrant tensions rise under Italy’s new populist government. SENT: 440 words. With 13 photos by Luca Bruno, highlighted by XLB101.
CHINA TARIFFS-STATES — State and local officials in Arkansas are scrambling to preserve development deals with Chinese companies amid Trump’s escalating trade battle. The stakes are especially high for one rural town, which is pinning its future hopes on a Chinese company’s plan to build a paper mill. But the company has delayed its plans, citing the uncertainty caused by the Trump administration’s trade policies. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With CHINA-TRADE — China’s exports to the United States rose by double digits in July, shrugging off President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes in a fight over technology policy. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 570 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — California fire officials say they expect to gain control of the biggest blaze in state history in September. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday the blaze burning near Clear Lake in Northern California has destroyed 116 homes since it started on July 27. The agency also says two firefighters were injured but provided no details. SENT: 490 words, photos, videos.
HOSPITAL GUNFIRE — Police are responding to a report of gunfire at a hospital in New York City’s northern suburbs. SENT: 130 words, photos.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER — Pressure to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn’t start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens Aug. 12, 2017. At least 30 Confederate monuments were uprooted in the past year. Many more Confederate monuments remain standing, in part because seven Southern states have laws protecting them. UPCOMING: 950 words. AP Photo. AP Video.
COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — The father of a missing boy is due in court as authorities work to identify a child’s remains uncovered in an isolated desert compound raided by officers who found 11 children and four other adults living in filthy conditions. SENT: 910 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.
MAKING ROBOTS SOCIAL — Personal home robots that can socialize with people are finally getting ready to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to be their friends? By Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos, video at 10 a.m.
HOOKING KIDS ON TECH — Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. By Lindsey Tanner and Matt O’Brien. SENT: 910 words, photo.
SKOREA-SAMSUNG-INVESTMENT — Samsung Electronics plans to spend a whopping $22 billion over the next three years on artificial intelligence, auto components and other future businesses as the company maps out its strategy under the restored leadership of Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong after he was freed from prison. By Technology Writer Youkyung Lee. SENT: 680 words, photo.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL-WHAT’S NEW — Retailers raise game on back-to-school supplies from reusable smart notebooks to scented pencils. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.
FILM-CRAZY RICH ASIANS — A major Hollywood studio hadn’t made a film about Asian Americans since 1993′s “The Joy Luck Club,” but that changes on Aug. 15 when Warner Bros. releases “Crazy Rich Asians,” an adaption of Kevin Kwan’s best-seller. The filmmakers and cast talk about getting the film to the screen, and what success might look like. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos
FILM-SPIKE LEE — A few years ago, Spike Lee was hunting for money on Kickstarter to fund his movie projects. Now, he’s releasing “BlacKkKlansman,” one of the year’s most fiery and fiercely anti-Trump films, one that has already won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. “They thought I was washed up!” Lee exclaims in a typically boisterous interview. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
MISS AMERICA-CARLSON — Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host now in charge of the Miss America Organization, says the organization needs to heal a rift that has seen 20 state groups call for her and other top leaders to resign. An AP Interview. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 840 words, photos.
CLOSE TO THE SUN — A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will hurtle through the sizzling solar atmosphere and come within just 3.8 million miles of the sun’s surface. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 900 words, photo.
PREGNANCY-INDUCING LABOR, HFR — Move over, Mother Nature. Low-risk, first-time moms were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own — the opposite of what’s long been thought, a big study found. Their babies fared better, too. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video for release at 5 p.m. Eastern.
ATHLETE HEARTS, HFR — What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A study of more than 11,000 teen soccer players in England shows there’s no easy answer: Screening missed some problems that led to later deaths — yet allowed other youths to get treated and back on the field. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo for release at 5 p.m.
ATH--OBIT-BETT — Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan who won the 2015 world title in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash Wednesday in the country’s famed high-altitude training region, police and his coach said. By Mutwiri Mutuota and Gerald Imray. SENT: 710 words, photos.
HKO--GRETZKY-KUNLUN RED STAR — Wayne Gretzky has been named a global ambassador for Beijing’s Kunlun Red Star as the Chinese capital seeks to boost the profile of hockey domestically ahead of hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022. SENT: 280 words.
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