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RWANDA-GENOCIDE-RECONCILIATION _ Twenty-five years after Rwanda’s genocide the country has six “reconciliation villages” where survivors and those convicted in the killing spree live side by side. Convicted killers released from prison re-integrate into society by publicly apologizing for their crimes. Survivors profess forgiveness. The villages are showpieces of President Paul Kagame’s policy of ethnic reconciliation. However, some critics say the communities are forced and the reconciliation is artificial. By Ignatius Ssuuna. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
TRUMP _ Jewish voters in the U.S. have traditionally sided heavily with Democrats, but Republicans are hoping to narrow the gap next year, in part as President Donald Trump cites actions that he says show he’s more pro-Israel. Trump tries to make the case during a speech at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, which supported his 2016 campaign and is preparing to spend millions on his 2020 effort. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 130 words, photos. Developing from speech after 2 p.m. EDT.
TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ President Donald Trump is growing increasingly exasperated by his inability to do more to halt the swelling numbers of migrants entering the United States. Experts say his own policies have caused so much chaos along the border that they may be encouraging illegal crossings. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 960 words, photos. WITH: IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES _ US wants up to 2 years to identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their parents at the border early in the Trump administration. SENT: 600 words.
OBIT-ERNEST ‘FRITZ’ HOLLINGS _ Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 97. Hollings, whose long and colorful political career included an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, retired from the Senate in 2005, one of the last of the larger-than-life Democrats who once dominated politics in the South. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. WITH: ERNEST HOLLINGS-BIO BOX _ Ernest “Fritz” Hollings’ life at a glance. SENT: 160 words. WITH: OBIT-ERNEST ‘FRITZ’ HOLLINGS-REACTION _ Reaction to Hollings’ death. 990 words.
ISRAELI ELECTION-AMERICAN JEWS _ Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot for Israel’s election, but he’s a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of the balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times previously but now faces corruption charges. Netanyahu has aligned closely with Trump _ a troubling tactic for the majority of American Jewish voters who lean Democratic. By David Crary. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.
MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-RESCUE FARM _ A farmer who wanted to see how his neighbors had weathered a deadly cyclone turned his farmhouse into a makeshift, but effective center for emergency relief efforts. Helicopters land in the farmhouse’s driveway. Aid workers in matching T-shirts sleep in tents in the front yard and on the roof. And hundreds of local subsistence farmers are getting help. By Cara Anna. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
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PEOPLE-KIM KARDASHIAN WEST _ Kim Kardashian West is ‘high key freaking out’ about the arrival of her fourth child, the second by surrogate, plans CBD-themed baby shower. SENT: 200 words, photo.
VETERAN BURIED _ A Vietnam War veteran from North Carolina who died on Christmas Eve with no family nearby has finally been laid to rest with military honors. SENT: 430 words, photos.
CATHOLIC HEART RELIC _ The 150-year-old heart of a French priest is on a U.S. tour _ a Roman Catholic relic with New York City as its latest stop. SENT: 150 words.
FIRE DESTROYS INN _ A fire destroys a historic Ohio inn that served as a stop on the Underground Railroad used by slaves to escape to Canada. SENT: 150 words.
BOSNIA-IRON MAIDEN _ Bosnia’s capital city has made Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen to show appreciation for a concert he performed while Sarajevo was under siege during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. SENT: 220 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTERS _ Persistent and stubborn, some Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t letting go of the slights from the 2016 presidential primary fight against Hillary Clinton. The frustration is notable now that Sanders, a 2020 front-runner, is himself playing down concerns about party bias and highlighting his success in bringing Democrats around on liberal policies they once resisted. By Alexandra Jaffe, Hunter Woodall and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 780 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP _ On a busy day of 2020 campaigning, it’s Bernie Sanders versus Beto O’Rourke in dueling events in Iowa. SENT: 240 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.
FACT CHECK-WEEK _ President Trump beat a retreat on two fronts this past week, the border and health care, and offered tortured explanations both times. He also got his family history wrong in a speech that drew a link between wind power and cancer that has not been proven. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 2,310 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd
ALABAMA SENATE _ Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is joining the Republican race to win back the Senate seat from Democrat Doug Jones in 2020, according to a person familiar with his decision. SENT: 130 words. Developing.
SENATORS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION-PLEA _ A former congressional staffer has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses that stem from illegally posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. SENT: 500 words.
MORMON CONFERENCE _ A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members Saturday during a church conference to root their families in the teachings of Christ to prepare their children for a world with “rampant immorality and addictive pornography.” Ulisses Soares, a member of a top governing panel called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, cited church President Russell M. Nelson’s recent remarks about immorality in a speech saying members should welcome back family members and friends who have strayed from the right path and never reject them. SENT: 670 words, photos.
LIBYA _ Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter said they seized control of the main airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli, two days after Hifter ordered his forces to seize the seat of Libya’s U.N.-backed government. SENT: 375 words, photo.
FRANCE-G-7 _ Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven nations revealed stark divergences in views on the Middle East on Saturday as they wrapped up a meeting in France that opened with the goal of finding common ground on contentious global challenges but was shaken by the absence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. SENT: 670 words, photos.
BREXIT-WHAT NEXT _ Crunch time is coming for British politicians and European leaders, who are scrambling to find a way to way to make the Brexit process work. A look at possible scenarios. SENT: 800 words, photos.
VENEZUELA _ Rival political factions are taking the streets across Venezuela in a mounting struggle for control of the crisis-wracked nation. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.
BRUNEI-SHARIA LAWS _ Dozens of people protest in London against new Islamic laws in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, while the University of Oxford said it will reconsider an honorary degree it awarded the sultan of Brunei. SENT: 350 words, photos.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS _ Clashes between hundreds of protesting migrants and police continue for a third day outside an overcrowded migrant camp, with migrants throwing rocks at police and the latter responding with tear gas and stun grenades. SENT: 420 words, photos.
BKC--FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA _ Virginia, the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four, faces Auburn in a contrast of styles in the national semifinals. The Cavaliers slow the pace and suffocate opponents with their defense. The Tigers go at it fast and furious. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 6:09 p.m.
BKC--FINAL FOUR-MICHIGAN ST-TEXAS TECH _ In a battle of top defenses, Cassius Winston leads Michigan State into a Final Four matchup against Jarrett Culver and Texas Tech. The Spartans, under coach Tom Izzo, can play a rough brand of ball. The Red Raiders have the best defense in a generation. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:49 p.m.
BKW---NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW _ Notre Dame is one win from a second straight national championship. Standing in the way on Sunday is Baylor, which is going for its first title since 2012. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
HKO--BUS CRASH-ANNIVERSARY _ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauds the “courage and professionalism” of first responders and the resilience of the community a year after the fatal bus crash of a junior hockey team. A memorial service is to be held at the team arena. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m. EDT
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