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    HIGHLIGHTING

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    TRUMP (developing)

    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE (sent, developing)

    MEXICO-US-MIGRANT BORDER DEATHS (sent)

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-NUCLEAR (sent)

    MOON LANDING-APOLLO ROCKS (sent)

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    WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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    ERIC TRUMP-SPITTING _ President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump says the U.S. Secret Service took an employee of a Chicago cocktail lounge into custody after she spit on him. SENT: 340 words, photo.

    FAKE INTERN _ A state audit says a county employee in Iowa who faked having an intern collected nearly $219,000 in improper payments. SENT: 150 words.

    FLAMINGO DEATH-CRASH _ A man accused of causing the death of Pinky, a beloved flamingo at Busch Gardens, was hit by a truck and died, two months before he was to go on trial. SENT: 150 words.

    SUBSTITUTE TEACHER-PORNOGRAPHY _ Texas school district fired a substitute teacher after receiving a tip that she made a pornographic video that included footage recorded in a classroom. SENT: 150 words.

    TOXIC BACTERIA-MISSISSIPPI _ An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters. SENT: 200 words, photo.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    MEXICO-US-MIGRANT BORDER DEATHS _ The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments. The searing photograph of the sad discovery of their bodies, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils faced by mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States. By Peter Orsi and Amy Guthrie. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. WITH: VATICAN-POPE _ Pope Francis expresses sadness over the fate of the father and young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross into the United States. SENT: 200 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-NUCLEAR _ As Iran prepares to surpass limits set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, each step it takes narrows the time the country's leaders would need to have enough highly enriched uranium for an atomic bomb _ if they chose to build one. The United Nations says Iran has so far respected the deal's terms. But Iran says it soon will have over 660 pounds of low-enriched uranium in its possession, which would mean it had broken out of the atomic accord. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    KOREAS-US-MOON _ North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president says, four months after a second meeting between the leaders in Hanoi collapsed without any agreement. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

    LEBANON-BANNING MUSLIMS _ Mohammed Awwad, a Lebanese Muslim, wanted to move to the once predominantly Christian town of Hadat near Beirut. But he was told only Christians can rent or buy property there. The town's Muslim ban, imposed years ago, has recently sparked a national outcry. The case reflects Lebanon's rapidly changing demographic makeup against the backdrop of deep-rooted sectarian divisions that once erupted into a 15-year civil war. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

    GAMBIA-EX-PRESIDENT-RAPE _ A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused the country's former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, made an announcement to journalists Tuesday and said she plans to testify later this year before Gambia's truth and reconciliation commission, which is investigating abuses committed under the Jammeh regime. SENT: 625 words.

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    TRUMP _ President Donald Trump embarks on his third overseas trip in a month facing a flurry of international crises, tense negotiations and a growing global to-do list. The escalating showdown between the U.S. and Iran, a trade war with China, and the threat of fresh election meddling by Russia are just some of the issues at stake as the president prepares to meet with at least eight world leaders on the margins of a summit of nations in Japan. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.

    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ Former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly July 17 before two House panels. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff say Mueller has agreed to talk about the report he issued in April about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. By Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. (Attorney General William Barr speaks to U.S. attorneys at 9 a.m.)

    CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION _ The Democratic-led House’s passage of a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package sets up a showdown with the Republican-led Senate, which may try instead to force Democrats to send President Donald Trump a different companion bill. Both chambers race to wrap up the must-do legislation to care for thousands of migrant families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Developing.

    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-WHAT TO WATCH _ Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters. The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates hoping to oust Trump in 2020. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 900 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-DEBATE _ 2020 Democrats converge in Miami for first night of debates. UPCOMING: Updates expected throughout the day; debate at 9 p.m.

    MIDEAST-US PEACE PLAN _ The Trump administration's $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians cannot succeed without addressing the political elements of a Middle East deal, international financial chiefs and global investors said Wednesday in comments that pushed back on the U.S. insistence that the two must be separated. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. With MIDEAST-US PEACE PLAN-THE LATEST.

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    NATIONAL

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    OREGON-WESTERN FLASHPOINT _ The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal, urban population centers and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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    HEALTH & SCIENCE

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    MOON LANDING-APOLLO ROCKS _ Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched. The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

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    BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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    PENTAGON-CLOUD _ Microsoft and Amazon are battling for what could be the tech industry’s biggest government prize ever: a $10 billion contract to supply the U.S. military with cloud computing services. The Pentagon could award the winner-take-all contract as early as this summer after eliminating Oracle and IBM from an earlier round of competition. Amazon was considered an early favorite when the opportunity was announced in 2017, but its candidacy has been marred by a legal dispute alleging conflicts of interest. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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    SPORTS

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    BBA--BLUE JAYS-YANKEES _ Aaron Judge and his teammates were joking about which one of them would hit the home run that gave the New York Yankees a major league-record 28 straight games with a long ball. The 6-foot-7 slugger, batting second in the lineup, predicted the mark might fall in the first inning. Judge was right, even though he never had a crack at it. The first chance went to leadoff man DJ LeMahieu - and nobody else got one. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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