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July 21, 2018

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TRUMP-LAWYER — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney says. By Eric Tucker and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 880 words, photo, video, audio. With TRUMP-LAWYER-THE LATEST.

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT — More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn’t have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. With MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-PUTIN — The White House has rejected a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial summit with the Russian leader. By Zeke Miller and Ken Thomas. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With MIDTERMS-RUSSIA FALLOUT — Trump missteps fuel new energy in Democrats’ campaigns. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

TRUMP ALONE — Facing condemnation from allies and foes alike on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump was outnumbered even in the Oval Office. Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he’d made raising doubts about U.S. intelligence conclusions of Russian election interference as he stood alongside Vladimir Putin. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 950 words, photo.

2018 MIDTERMS-DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM — On the ground in dozens of states, there is new evidence that democratic socialism is becoming a significant force in Democratic politics. The movement, until recently, had operated largely on the fringes of liberalism’s farthest left flank. But as Donald Trump’s presidency stretches into its second year, the Democratic Socialists of America is boasting tens of thousands of new members and dozens of candidates on the ballot from Maine to Kansas to Hawaii. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,170 words.

ERITREA-DIASPORA’S DILEMMA — The sudden thaw between longtime enemies Eritrea and Ethiopia is opening up a world of possibilities for the neighboring countries’ residents: new economic and diplomatic ties, telephone and transport links and the end to one of Africa’s most bitter feuds. By Caron Creighton. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




MUSIC TAYLOR SWIFT — Taylor Swift brought her explosive Reputation Tour to the MetLife Stadium on Friday and will make history as the first female artist to play three consecutive shows at the venue when she performs Saturday and Sunday. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 140 words, photos.

OFFSET ARRESTED-MIGOS — Offset of the hip-hop group Migos is facing two felony gun charges after he and his bodyguard were pulled over outside of Atlanta. SENT: 140 words, photo.

CHILD SHOOTS CHILD — Authorities arrest the grandfather of a 2-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed by her 4-year-old cousin in Southern California. SENT: 150 words, photo.

HILLARY CLINTON-CENTRAL PARK — Hillary Clinton will be part of a star-studded lineup at a summer festival in New York’s Central Park. SENT: 120 words.

IRAN-BORDER GUARDS KILLED — Iranian media are reporting 10 border guards were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen near the Iraqi border. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-MACAU-RACE DOGS — Macau authorities take in more than 500 greyhounds abandoned upon the closure of Asia’s only legal dog-racing track. SENT: 260 words, photos.

BRITAIN-THATCHER-MCCARTNEY — Most hosts would be quite happy to have Paul McCartney come to a shindig, but that wasn’t the case with Denis Thatcher in 1988 when planning a gala reception at 10 Downing Street. SENT: 290 words.




TRUMP-WEEK OF WHIPLASH — This was the week when “would” turned into “wouldn’t” and “no” meant “yes,” as President Donald Trump and his top aides tried to walk back several of his comments on Russia and the Federal Reserve. SENT: 850 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-CHINA — China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world, a top CIA expert on Asia says. SENT: 620 words, photo.

CONGRESS-ZTE — Congress is abandoning an effort to clamp down on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE in a defense bill, essentially green-lighting the Trump administration’s deal to save a company that was accused of selling sensitive information to hostile regimes, aides say. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 590 words, photo.

MIDTERMS-SANDERS-OCASIO-CORTEZ — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. SENT: 910 words, photos.

RNC 2020-CHARLOTTE — Charlotte, the North Carolina city selected for the 2020 Republican national Convention, has a history of diversity and inclusiveness that has sometimes been difficult to achieve. The Democratic-leaning city was chosen over Las Vegas at the summer meeting of the GOP’s national committee. SENT: 610 words, photo.

KAVANAUGH-PAPERWORK —Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a long record of judicial and executive branch service to recommend him as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. And that’s part of the problem in getting him confirmed by the Senate. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 790 words, photo.




IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — A federal judge applauded Trump administration efforts to meet a deadline to reunite more than 2,500 children with their families after they were separated at the border. Justice Department attorneys say in federal court in San Diego that 450 children 5 and older had been reunified, up from 364 a day earlier. SENT: 300 words, photos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING — The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas relies on an obscure U.S. law never tested in court. SENT: 770 words, photos.




ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers said Saturday they had accepted a cease-fire ending a massive Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead, once again pulling the sides back from the brink of a full-fledged war. SENT: 470 words, photos.

CHINA-AFRICA-XI’S VISIT — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Africa on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties while his rival in a bitter trade war, the Trump administration, shows little interest in the world’s second most populous continent. SENT: 680 words, photo.

INDIA-MAN LYNCHED — A Muslim man was beaten to death by a mob in western India over allegations of smuggling cows, police say, despite calls by the country’s highest court for immediate steps to stop deadly mob violence across the country. SENT: 580 words, photo.

SOUTH AFRICA-CARBON NEUTRAL BREWERY — A South African brewery is said to be the first in Africa to go carbon-neutral as more businesses across the continent adjust to climate change, and as consumers become more careful about the products they buy. SENT: 560 words, photo.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




FILM REVIEW-TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES — When it comes to superhero movies, there’s a perception that you’ve got to choose between DC’s gritty, dour offerings or Marvel’s winking humor. But five cartoon wannabe heroes armed with fart jokes are trying to change that. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 760 words, photos.

FILM-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY — James Gunn is fired as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” because of old tweets that recently emerged where he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. SENT: 400 words, photo.




ANTHEM POLICY — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he hadn’t decided whether to actually discipline players who protest during the national anthem when he formally told the team that the demonstrations could be punishable. Ross said in a statement Friday that the one-sentence reference to “Proper Anthem Conduct” in the team’s official discipline policy was merely a placeholder, and including it under “conduct detrimental to the club” was clerical as the organization tried to comply with league rules. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BRITISH OPEN — Justin Rose starts his third round of the British Open much earlier than he would have liked. But at least he’s still playing. Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, Nos. 1 and 2 in the world, missed the cut. Rose is No. 3 and nearly joined them until he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole to make the cut on the number. He was nine shots behind Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, who shared the lead at Carnoustie on 6-under 136. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 120 words, photos. With BRITISH OPEN-THE LATEST.




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