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CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING — One of the safest cities in America is struggling to cope with the trauma of a mass shooting while authorities are trying to figure out what sent a Marine veteran on a bloody rampage in Southern California. Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at a vigil to remember the dozen people shot down by 28-year-old Ian Long one night earlier at the packed Borderline Bar & Grill. By Krysta Fauria and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,235 words, video, photos, audio. With CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-VICTIMS — “Hero” officer, big brother, art student, singer, security guard killed in bar attack. SENT: 1,860 words, video, photos; CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-GUNMAN — Neighbors of Ian David Long described the man who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar as distant in public but combative with his mother inside the suburban Los Angeles home the two shared. SENT: 685 words, photos; CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-VEGAS SURVIVORS — Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene. Kelly says he was dancing with friends at a bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night when bullets began flying. SENT: 825 words, photos. RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS-GLANCE (sent).
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller laid low for the last month, bringing no new charges in the month before the election. But he’s expected to resurface again in the coming weeks just as his probe into the Trump campaign falls under the supervision of a Justice Department official and Trump loyalist who’s been openly skeptical about Mueller’s authority. By Eric Tucker, Jonathan Lemire and Chad Day. SENT: 1,115 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-LOYALIST — Matthew Whitaker, the acting Attorney General, has supported limits on Mueller’s power. SENT: 740 words, photo; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-STONE — A federal appeals court weighs whether Mueller’s appointment was constitutional. SENT: 620 words, photo; JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-WHO’S IN CHARGE? — Who’s running things at Justice now. SENT: 645 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — A fast-moving wildfire ravaged a Northern California town Thursday. It sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke blanketed the daytime sky with darkness. Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said thousands of structures in the town of Paradise were destroyed, essentially decimating the community in a single day. By Don Thompson. SENT: 910 words, photos. With: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-THE LATEST.
ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — Razor-thin leads by Republican candidates in Florida’s bitter races for governor and the U.S. Senate are raising the specter of possible recounts, potentially prolonging two of the most closely watched contests of the nation’s midterm elections. Democratic opponents in each race say they are preparing for that possibility in the perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 895 words, photos, video.
TRUMP-MEDIA — A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, according to an independent expert. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the video, which shows Acosta asking a question to President Donald Trump as the intern tries to take his microphone away. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 875 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-MEDIA-THE LATEST.
IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS — The Trump administration is aiming to deny asylum to migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. New regulations will block migrants from claiming asylum if they do not come to an official border crossing. By Colleen Long. SENT: 920 words, photos. With TRUMP IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE — Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy. SENT: 570 words, photo.
MICHELLE OBAMA BOOK — Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.” In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, she also denounces Trump’s “birther” campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous. Obama also expresses disbelief over how so many women would choose a “misogynist” over Hillary Clinton. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 870 words, photo.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
AUSTRALIA-CONJOINED TWINS — Conjoined twins from Bhutan have been separated at an Australian hospital in a delicate operation that divided their shared liver and reconstructed their abdomens. SENT: 170 words, photos.
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE — A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline to allow more time to study the project’s potential environmental impact. SENT: 145 words.
THAILAND-SEXUAL ASSAULTS — Police in Thailand say they have arrested an HIV-infected soldier who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys. SENT: 295 words.
NEW YORK-E-CIGARETTES — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning on requiring strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales, in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers. SENT: 295 words, photo.
TOY HALL OF FAME — Magic 8 Ball, Uno, pinball inducted into Toy Hall of Fame. SENT: 430 words, photo.
ELECTION 2018-SENATE-ARIZONA — As the Arizona Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic terrain, a judge Friday will hear a lawsuit by the GOP seeking to limit the tally -- or expand it in the state’s conservative-leaning rural areas. By Bob Christie and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 695 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated following scheduled 2 p.m. court hearing.
HOUSE LEADERSHIP FIGHT — Conservatives are blaming the GOP establishment after Republicans lost their majority in this week’s midterm elections. And they are angling for changes. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy burned up the phone lines Thursday shoring up his support. He’s facing a challenge from Ohio Republican Jim Jordan. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her bid for the No. 3 GOP leadership spot. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 910 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-FARM BILL — Observers say prospects for Congress passing a new five-year farm bill before the end of the year have improved in the wake of the midterm elections because Republicans have lost their leverage for imposing stricter work requirements on food stamp recipients. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 665 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA —Republican Brian Kemp says he’s Georgia’s governor-elect and has resigned as secretary of state, but Democratic rival Stacey Abrams is refusing to concede. Kemp joined Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday to say they would begin transition work together though Abrams vows to fight on and wait for every vote to be counted. By Bill Barrow and Kate Brumback. SENT: 915 words, photos. With ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA-PROVISIONAL BALLOTS — Provisional ballots key to Georgia governor’s race. SENT: 820 words, photos. See more Election 2018 coverage below.
TRUMP’S TAXES — Getting President Donald Trump’s tax returns is high on the list of Democratic priorities now that they have won the House. By law, the leaders of tax-writing committees in the House and Senate can obtain tax returns and related information from the Internal Revenue Service. Yet there’s no guarantee that the Trump administration will provide the president’s returns. That sets up the possibility of a legal battle that could take years to resolve. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 1,265 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-CHINA — Even as the United States and China butt heads over trade, their top diplomats and defense chiefs will be meeting in Washington Friday looking to tamp down tensions on other issues that have put a chill on relations between the two world powers. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after news conference following the talks at around 12.30 p.m.
GUN POLITICS — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control — including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons — amid a rash of election-year mass shootings. SENT: 895 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG — Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital. SENT: 390 words, photo.
PELOSI-DIVERSITY OFFICE — Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wants to establish a House diversity office to recruit and hire employees to work in congressional offices. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 360 words, photo.
MIGRANT CARAVAN — Thousands of Central American migrants decided to depart Mexico City early Friday and head toward the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border. The decision made in a Mexico City stadium, where roughly 5,000 migrants have spent the past few days resting and debating to how to proceed with their journey, came shortly after caravan representatives met with officials from the local United Nations office and demanded buses to take them to the border. By Maria Verza and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 850 words, photos.
ISRAEL-EINSTEIN’S FEARS — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country’s future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter that goes up for auction next week. By Aron Heller. SENT: 735 words, photo.
PHILIPPINES-IMELDA MARCOS — A Philippine court has found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she’s likely to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress. The court sentenced the 89-year-old Marcos for violating an anti-corruption law when she funneled about $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s. Marcos did not attend the court hearing. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 570 words, photos.
ARGENTINA-NATIONAL PARK — Argentine lawmakers recently voted to create the “Ciervo de los Pantanos” (Deer of the Marshes) national park. Conservationists say the change in designation from a preserve will increase resources to protect more than 5,000 hectares from invasive real estate development and other threats, and that the park will become an open-air classroom for students in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 580 words, photos.
TROOPS ON BORDER-OPPOSITION — Residents of border communities along the Southwest are protesting the presence of the military at the border, saying it is a political move not based on an actual need. By Astrd Galvan. SENT: 595 words, photo.
MEDICARE-NEW BENEFITS — Seniors in many states will be able to get additional services like help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers next year through private “Medicare Advantage” insurance plans. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 910 words, photos.
BRITISH-AMERICAN MEMORIAL — A memorial honoring fallen soldiers from the U.S. and Britain is being dedicated this month, and the venue couldn’t be more ironic. It’s being placed at Boston’s historic Old North Church, where the American Revolution to overthrow English rule basically began. U.S. and British military brass will unveil a bronze wreath and plaque saluting troops from both countries who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Old North Church is where two lanterns warned in 1775 the British were coming. By William J. Kole. SENT: 615 words, photos.
NERDWALLET-VETERANS-STUDENT RIGHTS — Veterans and active-duty service members who have student loans can access repayment benefits that may help them avoid default. These benefits include repayment options, loan forgiveness opportunities and a lower interest rate. By Anna Helhoski. UPCOMING: 750 words by 11 a.m., photo.
CHINA-STOCK MARKET BLUES — China’s government is trying to dispel stock market gloom and talk up prices with promises of tax cuts and a media campaign led by its economic czar. The market benchmark plummeted 30 percent before a slight rebound but remains the world’s worst performer this year. That is a blow to communist leaders who are trying to shore up economic growth and fight a tariff war with the U.S. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,285 words, photos.
FASHION-VICTORIA’S SECRET SHOW — The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has given model Adriana Lima an emotional send-off for her 18th and final trip down the runway at the annual extravaganza. Lima wore long white feather “angel wings” and bowed her head in thanks during the show’s taping Thursday in downtown Manhattan. The show will be broadcast Dec. 2 on ABC and in 190 countries around the world. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 445 words, photos.
JAPAN-NAOMI OSAKA — Naomi Osaka is headed for big money with both Japanese and global appeal. Among companies vying to cash in on her stardom is Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co. Its 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out after it got a lot of exposure on her wrist at the U.S. Open, where she beat Serena Williams. As the only Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title, Osaka is uniquely positioned to gain endorsements like Williams, the highest-paid female athlete. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 870 words, photos.
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