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July 9, 2018

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IRAQ-SENTENCED TO DEATH — Iraq’s courts are issuing death sentences at a dizzying rate against accused members of the Islamic State group, after swift trials with little evidence presented. Often the key to conviction is testimony by informants, raising the potential for innocents to be sent to the gallows on the word of someone with a personal grudge. By Hamza Hendawi, Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Maya Alleruzzo. SENT: 2,000 words, photos, video. Abridged version has also moved. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Iraq Convicts (CR) — IS group convicts await death sentence.

IMMIGRATION-AFTER THE RAID — Many miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities are separating families in raids that target immigrants at home and at work, conducted in the name of public safety. Most of these raids go unnoticed outside of the communities affected, but they are integral to the Trump administration’s broader crackdown on immigration that is leading to more arrests, particularly of migrants with no criminal records. This is the story of one such operation, and the lingering effects it had not just on families but on the community they had come to call home. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 3,000 words, video, photos. Moved in advance. Abridged version also available. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: US KY Immigration Raid (CR) — How immigration raid left behind a crisis.

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TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options “you can’t go wrong.” By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from Trump’s announcement, expected 9 p.m.

THAILAND CAVE RESCUE — Expert divers rescue four of 12 boys from a flooded cave in northern Thailand where they were trapped with their soccer coach for more than two weeks, as a dangerous and complicated operation unfolds amid heavy rain and the threat of rising water underground. By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 850 words, video, photos, audio. UPCOMING: Developing.

JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Rescuers search for dozens still missing in southwestern Japan after heavy rains that left residents returning to their homes shocked and unsure where to start the recovery and cleanup. At least 100 people died or are presumed dead. By Haruka Nuga and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 570 words, photos, video. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Japan Rain (CR) — Raw: Rain storms kill 100.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN — Harvey Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, is due in court for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. SENT: 460 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from Monday court appearance.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BREXIT — Britain’s most senior official in charge of negotiating the country’s exit from the European Union resigns, accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of undermining Brexit with her plan to keep close trade ties with the bloc. SENT: 630 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — The American Civil Liberties Union says it appears the Trump administration will miss Tuesday’s deadline to reunite young children with their parents in more than half of the cases. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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TRUMP-EUROPE — President Trump’s weeklong trip to Europe will test already strained bonds with some of the United States’ closest allies, then put him face to face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Also moved in previous cycle.

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SPORTS

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WIMBLEDON — Roger Federer, Rafafel Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are all in action — as is every other player still in the singles draws at Wimbledon, where all round-of-16 matches are on Monday’s schedule to begin Week 2. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Play begins 6:30 a.m.

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