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September 2, 2018

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TRUMP-2018 MIDTERMS — President Donald Trump’s eagerness to campaign for candidates — and protect his political flank — has led Republican officials and his political team to devise a strategy for managing his time and keeping him in places where he can be helpful in the November election. They’re also determined to try to manage his unpredictability. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-GOP LAWYER — Bill Burck is a Republican insider pushed into the limelight by the Russia investigation of Robert Mueller and the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Where Democrats see a lawyer beset by conflicts of interests, friends and allies say Burck is a straight shooter determined to provide the best legal representation possible. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 990 words, photos.

McCAIN — John McCain’s final journey from his Arizona ranch is ending on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend. By Susan Walsh. SENT: 520 words, photos. Private ceremony expected after 2 p.m. EDT.

CONGO-EBOLA SURVIVORS — The 15-year-old Congolese girl was found unconscious on the bathroom floor. Blood was everywhere. She became one of the first people to receive an experimental Ebola treatment and has survived. Now the challenge for her and others is returning to nervous communities where they could be shunned. SENT: 770 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

PRIEST ABUSE-NEBRASKA — For more than a decade, a conservative Catholic diocese in Nebraska was the only church in the U.S. that refused to participate in annual reviews of sexual misconduct that were a key reform enacted in the wake of the 2002 Boston clergy abuse scandal. Critics say the Diocese of Lincoln is now paying the price for its unwillingness to change and lack of transparency. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

NKOREA-PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION — In perhaps his biggest gamble yet, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has turned his focus to economic development and the diplomacy required to pay for it. But hopes for a better future are mixed with worries over possible downsides, including political and social volatility. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.




EGYPT-ANTIQUITIES — Egypt says archeologists have unearthed one of the oldest villages ever found in the Nile Delta, with remains dating back to before the pharaohs. SENT: 120 words, photo.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL-WILLIAMS EULOGY — A fiery, old-school pastor who is under fire for his sermon at Aretha Franklin’s funeral stands by his words and says he hopes critics can understand his perspective. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2:30 p.m.

JD-CHINESE BILLIONAIRE ARRESTED — The Chinese billionaire who founded the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com has been arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, was arrested Friday and released Saturday pending possible criminal charges. Police declined to provide any details and JD.com says Liu was falsely accused. SENT: 360 words, photos.

ANCIENT ANIMAL DRINKWARE — Centuries before Julius Caesar sipped from a chalice or Alexander the Great raised a goblet to toast his troops, the ancients drank from festive cups made in the image of the beings they revered the most: animals. A new exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums that spans three millennia explores the primal connection between man, beast and libation. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GHOST SHOOTING-CONNECTICUT — A man who said he was a paranormal investigator faces several charges after firing shots in his house at what he told police may have been a ghost. SENT: 150 words.

BRITAIN-PAUL McCARTNEY — Former Beatle Paul McCartney has told a British newspaper he believes he once saw God during a psychedelic trip. SENT: 130 words, photo.

GERMANY-U2 — U2 cancels a concert in Berlin after singer Bono loses his voice during the performance. SENT: 130 words, photo.




CONGRESS-UNFINISHED BUSINESS — Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November elections. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

TEXAS SENATE-O’ROURKE’S RISE — If Senate seats were decided by viral videos and fawning national media profiles, Beto O’Rourke would win in a landslide. But he faces an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

HOUSE-ARKANSAS — A Democrat running for a congressional seat in red-state Arkansas is making a surprisingly competitive bid to unseat a Republican congressman by talking about his bout with cancer and the federal health care law. SENT: 950 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN — The Pentagon says it’s taken final steps to cancel $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan. SENT: 170 words.

ELIZABETH WARREN-POCAHONTAS — Boston Globe report finds that Harvard University’s decision to hire Elizabeth Warren as a law professor in the 1990s was not based on any assertion that she has Native American heritage. SENT: 350 words.

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BOATS COLLIDE-CALIFORNIA — Authorities say four people are missing after two boats crashed on the Colorado River, ejecting more than a dozen people who were on board. Ten people were injured, at least one critically. SENT: 270 words. Developing.

DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR-PROTESTS — It’s a program that began in 2015 and has spread across the nation: Small children and their parents gather to hear drag queens read children’s books. In some smaller communities, the programs have sparked protests from conservative and religious groups. SENT: 570 words, photos.

INUPIAQ LANGUAGE-FACEBOOK — An Inupiat Eskimo language option is now available on Facebook, thanks to Alaskans who made it a reality through the social media giant’s community translation tool. SENT: 890 words, photos.

MENTALLY CHALLENGED WOMAN-CONVICTION — Supporters of a mentally challenged woman convicted in two states in the 1994 kidnapping and killing of two elderly women say she was actually a victim of the men involved in the crime and are pushing for her release. SENT: 620 words, photo.

VATICAN-YOUTH — The archbishop of Philadelphia has asked Pope Francis to cancel a bishops’ conference focusing on youth in the wake of the child sex abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church. SENT: 260 words.




ISRAEL-NETANYAHU’S FRIENDS — Philippine leader’s visit to Israel showcases Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial embrace of tough-guy allies. SENT: 940 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PHILIPPINES-PRESIDENT-VISIT — Rodrigo Duterte, accused of committing human rights violations as part of his deadly crackdown on drugs, begins the first visit of a Philippine president to Israel (sent).

SOMALIA-BLAST — At least six people are killed, including two children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a district headquarters in Somalia’s capital. SENT: 320 words, photos.

YEMEN — An international rights group says an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition that killed dozens of people in Yemen last month is an apparent war crime. SENT: 760 words, photo.

UKRAINE-HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE — The Ukrainian city of Lviv, once a major center of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the annihilation of the city’s Jewish population by Nazi Germany and honors those working today to preserve what they can of that vanished world.

NETHERLANDS-STABBING — The U.S. State Department has offered help to investigators in the Netherlands who are treating the stabbings of two American tourists at Amsterdam’s main railway station as a possible extremist attack. SENT: 220 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PENSION PROTESTS — Russians hold rallies throughout the country to protest a government plan to raise the age for receiving state pensions. SENT: 480 words, photos.

SYRIA — At least two military personnel were killed and 11 wounded in overnight explosions caused by suspected Israeli strikes on a military airport on the edge of the Syrian capital, a war monitoring group says. SENT: 220 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN REFUGEES — Israel’s prime minister welcomes U.S. decision to end its funding for the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. SENT: 450 words.

GERMANY-FAR RIGHT — Germany’s foreign minister tells his fellow countrymen they’re too lazy when it comes to battling racism and fighting for democracy. SENT: 390 words, photos.




FILM-BOX OFFICE — “Crazy Rich Asians” isn’t slowing down at the box office even in its third weekend in theaters. Studios on Sunday say the romantic comedy has topped the domestic charts again. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GEOFFREY OWENS-SECOND JOB — Actors come to the defense of a former regular on “The Cosby Show” after photos of him working a regular job at a grocery store showed up on news sites. SENT: 130 words.




INSIDER Q&A-TROY ROBERTS — A manufacturer worries that his company could be collateral damage in Trump trade war. SENT: 450 words, photo.




TEN--US OPEN — Serena Williams takes on big-hitting Kaia Kanepi, who already eliminated No. 1 Simona Halep, in fourth-round action at the U.S. Open on Sunday. Also on the schedule: defending champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens. Play ongoing. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.




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