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TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-BARR (sent, developing)
MEXICO-DETERIORATING DRUG WAR (sent)
PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS (sent, developing)
MEDICARE FOR ALL-SOCIAL INSURANCE (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
UFC FIGHTER-MISSING STEPDAUGHTER _ Police want the public’s help in identifying a man seen inside the Alabama convenience store where the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris was last spotted. SENT: 135 words.
DOG ATTACK-TRAPPED IN TREE _ Illinois authorities say a man was seriously injured when he spent a night trapped in a tree he’d scaled to escape an attacking dog. SENT: 140 words.
JUVENILE MURDER SUSPECT-ESCAPE _ North Carolina family turns in escaped boy, 13, suspected in double murder. SENT: 130 words.
FORCED LABOR-CONVICTION _ A white South Carolina man convicted of forcing a black man with intellectual disabilities to work at a restaurant for up to 18 hours a day without pay sentenced to 10 years in prison. SENT: 135 words.
TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-BARR _ President Donald Trump denies he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a phone call in which he pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrats. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, 300 words by noon, photo, audio.
IVANKA TRUMP _ Ivanka Trump says families, communities and countries flourish when women are invested in and included in the economy. SENT: 130 words, photo.
ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE _ Vice President Mike Pence is standing in for President Donald Trump to get his boss’ name on the Republican primary ballot in New Hampshire. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. filing, 300 words by 2 p.m., photos.
ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-IMMIGRATION _ Bernie Sanders is adding his support to a call by some of his fellow presidential hopefuls for decriminalizing illegal border crossings, a proposal that’s further exposing deep ideological divides in the Democratic primary and may prove politically treacherous for the party in the general election. SENT: 790 words, photo.
MEDICARE FOR ALL-SOCIAL INSURANCE _ Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for “Medicare for All” without raising taxes on the middle class departs from how the U.S. has financed bedrock social insurance programs _ a feature that might impact its political acceptance now and in the future. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3:30 p.m., photos.
UNITED STATES-GERMANY _ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet with American troops in southern Germany, starting a trip based around the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in an area where he served as an Army officer during the Cold War. SENT: 540 words, photo.
SECRET SERVICE-SCHOOL ATTACKS _ U.S. Secret Service reports on results of a study of deadly school attacks. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. news conference, 730 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-OVAL _ The room features a couple of couches, an extremely old desk and a pair of classic wing chairs by the fireplace. But the location conveys power and instantly elevates the stature of any guest. Through weeks of impeachment hearings and investigation, the Oval Office has emerged as such a sought-after destination that Ukraine’s new president was hell-bent on getting there and the White House unafraid to dangle it as leverage. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-GABBARD-THIRD PARTY_ Tulsi Gabbard’s fellow Democrats are nervous that she will mount a third-party bid for president. Despite repeatedly denying she’s planning an independent bid, Democrats are worried she will run and help President Donald Trump win reelection. SENT: 940 words, photo.
ELECTION 2019-WOMEN _ Female candidates have again made gains across the country in what’s a troubling signal for President Donald Trump ahead of his reelection bid. Most of the women who won office Tuesday were Democrats, and many were women of color who have aimed their energy at Trump since he defeated Hillary Clinton. SENT: 1230 words, photos.
PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran alleged that the U.N. inspector it blocked from a nuclear site last week tested positive for suspected traces of explosive nitrates. The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, did not immediately comment. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MEXICO-DETERIORATING DRUG WAR _ There was a time when the violence of Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war shocked Americans, but barely touched them. This time around _ like everything else about the country’s renewed cartel conflict _it’s worse. The slaughter of three U.S. women and six of their children, some infants, in the northern state of Sonora punctures the old belief that the drug cartels would avoid killing foreigners, women or children. But it wasn’t the first, or the only, such case. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 850 words, photos. With MEXICO-BORDER KILLINGS _ Mexico farm town prepares funerals after nine Americans slain.
BERLIN WALL FALL-30 YEARS-HISTORY DIDN’T END _ With Soviet power, and its stranglehold over the eastern European bloc crumbling in 1989, some months before the fall of the Berlin Wall political scientist Francis Fukuyama declared “The End of History.” But the defeat of Communism didn’t necessarily usher in a triumph for western capitalist-driven liberalism. By Tamer Fakahany. SENT: 1,520 words, photos.
SYRIA-ITALY-IS-ORPHAN _ An Albanian boy who was taken to Syria by his mother when she joined the Islamic State group has been freed from a crowded detention camp in northeastern Syria and is on track to return home with his father in Italy, health officials say. SENT: 730 words.
CHICAGO POLICE-SUPERINTENDENT _ Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will announce on Thursday that he will retire after more than three years as the city’s top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city’s history and amid public outcry over the release of a video showing an officer shooting a black teen 16 times. SENT: 925 words, photo.
CHINA-US DRUG TRIAL _ A Chinese court sentences nine fentanyl traffickers in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
SEABIRD-SANCTUARY-PLASTIC-DEATH _ Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there’s a different scene: plastic, pollution and death. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.
CHINA-US-TRADE _ Beijing and Washington have agreed to reduce some punitive tariffs on each other’s goods as talks on ending their trade war progress, a Chinese spokesman said Thursday, removing a possible stumbling block to a settlement. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 440 words, photos.
BOOKS-WINFREY _ Oprah Winfrey has chosen Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive, Again,” the follow-up to Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Olive Kitteridge,” as her next book club read. By AP National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 350 words, photos.
BKN–BUCKS-CLIPPERS _ The numbers are adding up quickly for Giannis Antetokounmpo. The reigning NBA MVP had 38 points and 16 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 129-124 on Wednesday night for their fourth victory in a row. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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