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KASHMIR-EXPLOSION _ Security officials say at least 10 soldiers have been killed and 20 others wounded by a large explosion that struck a paramilitary convoy on a key highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir. SENT: 120 words.
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MEXICO-FENTANYL-PILLS _ Illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest has become a profitable new business for drug gangs, helping push the synthetic opioid to the top spot for fatal U.S. overdoses. By Anita Snow. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.
DRUNKEN DRIVER-PARDON _ In his final days in office, Gov. Rick Snyder wiped out the felony drunken-driving conviction of a man who pleaded for a pardon so he could seek a promotion as the next president of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. SENT: 950 words, photo.
TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _ Congress is set to resolve its border security brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion. Lawmakers are preparing to pass a compromise providing just a sliver of the billions Trump has demanded for a wall with Mexico. It would also avert a rekindled government shutdown this weekend and finance dozens of federal agencies for the rest of the fiscal year. By Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor and Jill Colvin. SENT: 810 words, video, photos, audio. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day; evening vote expected. With TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-HIGHLIGHTS _ Details of the bill (sent).
TRUMP-EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS-FACT CHECK _ President Trump would be taking an extraordinary step by declaring a national emergency to steer money to his promised border wall. He’s making it sound quite ordinary. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 400 words, photos.
SCHOOL-SHOOTING-FLORIDA MARKING THE DAY _ The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims’ parents and surviving students into political activists and ended the local sheriff’s career _ at least for now. But Thursday’s anniversary will primarily be about remembering the 14 students and three staff members who died in the third high-profile mass shooting in Florida since 2016. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 840 words. With SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-LIFE IN SCHOOL _ Parkland massacre reshapes K-12 in Florida (sent).
EUROPE-AIRBUS _ European plane maker Airbus says it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world’s biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry’s most ambitious and most troubled endeavors. By Angela Charlton and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 805 words, photos. With EUROPE-AIRBUS-THE LATEST; EMIRATES-ETIHAD _ Etihad restructures plane purchases amid fiscal turbulence (sent).
RUSSIA-AFGHAN LEGACY _ The Soviet Union’s withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in 1989 was once hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire. That view has changed over the years. Now, as Russia prepares to mark Friday’s 30th anniversary of the withdrawal, many see the Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavor. Just like the ongoing Russian campaign in Syria, the Afghan war is widely perceived as a legitimate action against U.S.-backed militants. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.
IRAQ-MILITIA MUSEUM _ A few steps from the cultural heart of Baghdad and its famous book market lies a war museum glorifying the sacrifices of thousands of mainly Shiite militiamen who died fighting the Islamic State group. The museum is meant to honor the fallen but it also underscores the Iran-backed Shiite militias’ growing clout in the country. Their political and military might soared after they helped the government defeat IS and they’re now accused of building a parallel state within Iraq. By Zeina Karam and Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 980 words, photos.
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CHINA-US-TRADE TALKS _ U.S. and Chinese negotiators have opened talks on a vexing trade war as Beijing reported its exports rebounded in January despite tariff hikes by President Donald Trump. SENT: 130 words, photos.
BRITAIN-ISLAMIC STATE _ A pregnant British teenager who ran away from Britain to join Islamic State extremists in Syria four years ago has said she wants to come back to London, but her path home is not clear. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BRITAIN-PRINCE PHILIP _ Prince Philip won’t face charges in connection with a car collision that left two women injured, British prosecutors say. SENT: 280 words, photo.
CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD _ The wife of a white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald says her husband has been assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison. SENT: 160 words, photo.
KATRINA-SHOOTING _ A white man who fired a shotgun at three black men in a race-based attack amid the devastation of Hurricane Katrina is set for sentencing in a federal courtroom in New Orleans. SENT: 300 words.
MEASLES OUTBREAK _ Health officials in southern Washington state say they have confirmed 53 cases of measles. SENT: 130 words.
ZIMBABWE-MISSING MINERS _ Media in Zimbabwe say several dozen artisanal miners are missing after rains flooded mines while they were underground. SENT: 120 words.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA MISSING CARS _ About 270 cars have disappeared since Papua New Guinea hosted the APEC summit in November. SENT: 130 words.
FOREVER CHEMICALS _ The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid complaints from members of Congress and environmentalists that it’s not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. By Ellen Knickmeyer and John Flesher. SENT: 540 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after 9 a.m. announcement.
ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-BALANCING ACT _ The nearly half-dozen Democratic senators also seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination are facing a juggling act, crisscrossing the country while keeping an eye on their constituents and making it to votes in Washington. SENT: 890 words, photo. With ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-DATA _ Democrats enlist Howard Dean to lead a new voter data operation. SENT: 840 words, photo.
NIGERIA-ELECTION-BOOMING _ A booming new generation is emerging in Nigeria, with many members voting in their first election on Saturday after being raised during two decades of civilian rule. People 35 and under are now a majority of eligible voters in Africa’s most populous nation, part of a demographic that will double the continent’s population by 2050. But they chafe under leaders two, three, even four times their age. Saturday’s top candidates are “older than Nigeria itself,” one first-time voter says. SENT: 910 words, photos.
NKOREA-ENERGY OPTIONS _ Power-strapped North Korea is exploring two ambitious alternative energy sources _ tidal power and coal-based synthetic fuels _ that could greatly improve living standards and reduce its reliance on oil imports and vulnerability to sanctions. SENT: 870 words, photos.
MIDEAST MEETING _ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a security conference in Warsaw that Iran is the top threat in the Middle East and confronting the country is key to reaching peace in the entire region. SENT: 830 words, photos.
MEXICO-EL CHAPO’S TERRITORY _ U.S. officials are hailing the conviction of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as a victory for the Mexican people, but in the drug lord’s home state of Sinaloa, cradle to his powerful cartel, many residents say they don’t expect violence and trafficking to abate. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CHINA-SWEDEN _ Sweden’s ambassador to China is under internal investigation, the embassy says, after she set up meetings between the daughter of a detained Swedish publisher and two businessmen that appeared to have gone awry. SENT: 750 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-MEDIA _ The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was freed on bail after her arrest in a libel case. SENT: 550 words, photos.
BOLIVIA-SISTINE CHAPEL OF THE ANDES _ A buttress supporting an adobe wall has collapsed and grass overgrows the patio of a four-century-old church whose murals depicting biblical scenes and location atop a Bolivian plateau have earned it the name the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes.” Neglect and rains are threatening the church in Curahuara de Carangas, an Aymara town that has seen many of its residents migrate, disrupting its communal system for maintaining the church. Government and church officials are meeting to save the church. SENT: 740 words, photos.
SYRIA _ U.S.-backed Syrian forces were clearing two villages in eastern Syria on Thursday of remaining Islamic State militants who are hiding among the local population, and detaining others attempting to flee with the civilians, the U.S.-led coalition said. SENT: 550 words.
BREXIT _ Britain’s prime minister is facing defeat on her European Union divorce plan amid outrage from hard-line members of her own party who fear she is pressing in the wrong direction in her efforts to solve the impasse on the deal. SENT: 340 words, photos.
OBAMA LIBRARY-LAWSUIT-Q&A _ Odds still favor the eventual construction of Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential museum and library in a park along Chicago’s lakeshore. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 990 words, photo.
DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE-INCENTIVES Q&A _ Denver teachers went on strike to improve their pay, but the fight wasn’t that simple. Emboldened by teacher activism nationwide and struggling to live in a rapidly growing city, Denver educators are challenging one of the nation’s oldest incentive pay systems, which is endorsed by the teachers union and education reform advocates and funded by a voter-passed property tax increase in 2005. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.
WESTERN STORMS _ Heavy rain again raised the risk of mudslides in Southern California burn areas where evacuations were ordered during a powerful storm that flooded roads, toppled trees and cut power further north. SENT: 790 words, photos.
CHINA-US-TRADE TALKS _ U.S. and Chinese negotiators opened talks Thursday on a sprawling trade dispute as Beijing reported its January exports rebounded despite President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 730 words, photos. With CHINA-TRADE _ China’s January exports rebound, imports decline SENT: 490 words, photos.
GOOGLE-US INVESTMENT _ Google plans to invest more than $13 billion this year on new and expanded data centers and offices across the United States. By Technology Writer Rachel Lerman. SENT: 300 words, photo.
CALIFORNIA-DATA DIVIDEND _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state’s consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SUPERBUG SELF-CLEANSE _ A new study finds a way for people to cut their risk of developing a dangerous superbug infection after leaving the hospital. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 620 words, photo.
FBN--RAVENS-BRONCOS TRADE _ The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, the AP is told. Flacco, the MVP of the 2013 Super Bowl following a miraculous win at top-seeded Denver, became expendable in Baltimore with the emergence of rookie Lamar Jackson, the former Louisville star who led the Ravens into the playoffs after Flacco got hurt. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 880 words, photos.
BKN--ALL-STAR GAME DWYANE AND DIRK _ Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki accepted honorary All-Star roles to help the NBA celebrate two long and decorated careers. It should also be a chance for the two-time Finals foes to go out on amicable terms after a shared history that Nowitzki acknowledged was “frosty” at times. Wade has already said this is his final season, and all signs point to Nowitzki hanging up his sneakers after setting a league record by spending all 21 of his seasons with the same franchise. By Schuyler Dixon. Upcoming: 750 words, photos by 10 a.m.
OSCARS-STATEMENT ON CHANGES _ Film academy issues statement amid backlash to Oscars broadcast changes. SENT: 130 words.
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