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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS — The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards to be presented Monday night will feature Cardi B, the Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes and some kind of tribute to Aretha Franklin. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by noon.

MUSIC-THE EAGLES — The Eagles' greatest hits album surpasses Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the best-selling album of all-time. SENT: 325 words, photo.

GIULIANI-TRUTH — Rudy Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: "Truth isn't truth." SENT: 340 words, photos.

ASIAN GAMES-JAPAN PLAYERS BANNED — Four Japanese players kicked out after "night out with women." SENT: 250 words, photo.




TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Jury deliberations are expected to resume in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BEN CARSON-LEGACY — Ben Carson's story of climbing out of poverty to become a world-renowned surgeon was once ubiquitous in Baltimore. But his position in the Trump administration has added a complicated epilogue, leaving many who admired him feeling betrayed, unable to separate him from the politics of a president widely rejected by African-Americans in the city. SENT: 1,530 words, abridged of 950 words, photos.

MELANIA TRUMP — First Lady Melania Trump addresses a federal conference on cyber bullying as part of her campaign to instill positive online social behavior among young people despite her husband's aggressive use of Twitter. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump assails special counsel probe, salutes federal agents who carry out his hardline immigration policies. SENT: 680 words. UPCOMING: New approach of 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

KAVANAUGH-DEMOCRATS — Left-wing activists say Sen. Chuck Schumer is not being aggressive enough in rallying Democratic lawmakers to unify against Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination and that's hampering efforts to galvanize voters. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.

2018-GEORGIA GOVERNOR — The Democratic nominee for Georgia governor stepped to the microphone in a north Georgia county where President Donald Trump got 70 percent of the vote, talked about helping small businesses, improving health care and exploiting energy markets. Much of her pitch could have come from any of the business-friendly Democrats or moderate Republicans who've occupied the Georgia governor's mansion for the last half century. Yet Stacey Abrams isn't one of those men. She's a black woman from Atlanta whom Republicans assail as an extremist. By Bill Barrow. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

BANNON-MIDTERMS — Steven Bannon tells AP that Republicans must rally around President Donald Trump and pitch the election as a vote to protect him from possible impeachment if the Democrats were to gain power. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TRUMP SECURITY CLEARANCE — Former CIA Director John Brennan says he's considering legal action to try to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping other current and former officials' security clearances. SENT: 590 words, photos.




VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Dozens of elderly South Koreans cross the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War. The weeklong event at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rival Koreas boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve a standoff over North Korea's drive for a nuclear weapons program that can reliably target the continental United States. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 660 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — The history of Korean family reunions.

TURKEY-UNITED STATES — Unknown attackers fire shots at a security booth outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey's capital, but U.S. officials say no one was hurt. Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over the case of an imprisoned American pastor, leading the U.S. to impose sanctions, and increased tariffs sent the Turkish lira tumbling last week. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IRELAND CHURCH SEX ABUSE — A group representing survivors of clerical abuse publishes a database of accused Irish priests and presses the Vatican for action, days before Pope Francis arrives in Ireland.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan forces launch a lightning operation in northern Kunduz province, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials say. SENT: 620 words, photo, graphic. With AFGHANISTAN-THE LATEST.

GREECE-BAILOUT-WHAT'S LEFT — For all the official pronouncements that Greece's eight-year crisis is ending together with its bailout program, few Greeks see cause for celebration. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With GREECE-BAILOUT-WHAT'S LEFT-THE LATEST.

VENEZUELA-ECONOMIC CRISIS — Venezuelan shopkeepers and consumers nervously await the launch of dramatic reforms announced by President Nicolas Maduro to rescue a downward-spiraling economy, including a new currency and a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. SENT: 820 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-FRAGILE PEACE — South Sudan's government claims a shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but skepticism soars. SENT: 830 words, photos.

THAILAND-RUSSIA-SEX TRIAL — A model and escort from Belarus who caused a sensation by claiming to have information linking Russian interference to the election of Trump says that she no longer has the evidence and will not talk about it. SENT: 600 words, photos.

INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING — Thousands of people in flood-ravaged south India wade through muck and mud to begin the immense task of cleaning their homes and businesses. SENT: 540 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. SENT: 390 words, photo, graphic. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST.

IRAN-US-1953 COUP RETURNS — As the United States pushes Tehran by pulling out of nuclear deal, Iran recalls American-backed 1953 coup. SENT: 950 words, photos.

MEXICO-FIREWORKS TOWN — On the northern outskirts of Mexico's capital, the city of Tultepec is famous as a cradle of fireworks production for the country and also infamous for repeated deadly explosions. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

HAJJ — Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims gather in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj. SENT: 530 words, photos.

MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS — A judge in Myanmar says he will issue a verdict next Monday in the trial of two Reuters journalists accused of possessing secret state information, a case that has become a key test of media freedom in the former military dictatorship.




SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-GAY PRIESTS — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians inflames a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are demanding a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the Church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibate lives. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

CITY GREEN-OVERDOSES — President Trump's drug czar nominee, Jim Carroll, travels to Connecticut on Monday to discuss drug addiction with state officials in response to more than 100 overdoses from synthetic marijuana in New Haven last week. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IMMIGRATION-MARRIED COUPLES — A federal judge in Boston is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the arrest of immigrants seeking legal residency through marriage. UPCOMING: 130 words by 10 a.m.; will be updated, photo planned.

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

MINIMUM WAGE-NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina Republicans who've infuriated liberal activists on taxes, redistricting and social issues surprise critics by approving a $15-per-hour minimum wage for thousands of state employees. SENT: 880 words, photos.




ASIA ARGENTO SETTLEMENT — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who says she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the Ne

w York Times reports. SENT: 290 words, photo.

MISS AMERICA — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson strikes back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund's allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her has led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year's contestants. SENT: 650 words, photos




LONGEST BULL MARKET — Rising from the ashes of the financial crisis and fueled by low interest rates, the steady recovery of the U.S. economy and the rise of game-changing tech companies, the current bull market is set to become the longest ever on Wednesday. A look at how it achieved that honor, and where the market goes from here. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, graphics.

GREECE BAILOUT-WHAT'S LEFT — For all the official pronouncements that Greece's eight-year crisis will be over as its third and last bailout program ends Monday, few Greeks see cause for celebration. The economy is once again growing modestly, state finances are improving, exports are up and unemployment is down from a ghastly 28 percent high. But one in five Greeks is still unemployed. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With GREECE BAILOUT-TIMELINE.

US-CHINA TARIFFS-PLEAS FROM US COMPANIES — Fishermen complain that their catch will be taxed upon return to the U.S. from processing in China. A Utah semiconductor company fears higher costs for materials it imports from China. Starting Monday, the Trump administration will receive a rush of pleas from companies that say they'd suffer if the administration proceeds with tariffs on an additional $200 billion in imported Chinese goods. They represent further examples of how the trade wars the Trump administration is engaged in pose threats to American individuals and companies. SENT: 990 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-ECONOMIC CRISIS — Venezuela begins to launch dramatic reforms announced by President Nicolas Maduro to rescue a downward-spiraling economy, including a new currency and a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SODASTREAM — Beverage giant PepsiCo purchases Israel's fizzy drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion, a boon for a company that has enjoyed a resurgence after being targeted by anti-Israel boycotters in the past. SENT: 310 words, photos.




SPORTS BETTING-COLLEGE INTEGRITY FEES — Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 1,210 words, photo.

OHIO STATE-MEYER-CONTRACTS — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant draws attention to his contractual obligation to report violations of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy. SENT: 700 words, photos.




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