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    ELECTION SECURITY-OUTDATED SOFTWARE _ An Associated Press analysis finds that the vast majority of the nation’s 10,000 election jurisdictions are using Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines, tally votes and report counts. That’s significant because Windows 7 reaches its “end of life” on Jan. 14, meaning Microsoft stops providing technical support and producing “patches” to fix software vulnerabilities, which hackers can exploit. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.

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    TOP STORIES

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    TROPICAL WEATHER _ Carrying "off the chart" amounts of moisture, sprawling Hurricane Barry crawled slowly toward shore, knocking out power on the Gulf Coast and dumping heavy rains that could last for days in a test of flood-prevention efforts implemented after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 14 years ago. By Kevin McGill and Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 988 words, photos. Developing throughout the day. WITH: TROPICAL WEATHER-WATER WOES _ When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. SENT: 780 words, photos; TROPICAL WEATHER-PHOTOGRAPHER WEDDING _ As storm moved in, 1 couple moved up their wedding ceremony. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    TROPICAL WEATHER-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS _ Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf Coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage _ and whether it will be at least partially offset by benefits such as disruption of the notorious Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" _ is hard to predict, they say. By Environmental Writer John Flesher. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION DETENTION-ILLINOIS _ Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration’s immigration detention practices and politicians and activists are taking note. A first-of-its kind ban on privately run immigration detention has begun as President Donald Trump’s threat of mass deportations looms and his administration scrambles to find more jail space. Advocates hope the Illinois law will spark consideration of other options, like increased check-ins with immigration authorities. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight. WITH: IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTER-SHOOTING _ A man armed with a rifle throws incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state, then is found dead after four police officers arrive and open fire, authorities say. SENT: 530 words, photo.

    MOON LANDING-50 YEARS _ A half-century ago, in the middle of a mean year of war, famine, violence in the streets and the widening of the generation gap, men from planet Earth stepped onto another world for the first time, uniting people around the globe in a way not seen before or since. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. WITH: MOON LANDING-AP WAS THERE _ AP Was There: Apollo 11 astronauts walk on the moon. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

    FACEBOOK-OTHER INVESTIGATIONS _ Facebook may be close to putting a Federal Tradec Commission investigation behind it. But it faces a variety of other probes in Europe and the U.S., some of which could present it with bigger headaches. By AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 820 words, photo.

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    EGYPT-ANTIQUITIES _ Egypt is opening two of its earliest pyramids, located about 25 miles south of the capital Cairo, to visitors for the first time since 1965. SENT: 200 words, photos.

    ODD--RUSSIA-BLUE LAKE _ Residents of a Siberian city are taking selfies of themselves by a lake turned blue by toxic chemicals. SENT: 185 words, photos.

    THAILAND-BUFFALO RACE _ Farmers in Thailand are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing their buffaloes, whose usual duty is to plow the fields. SENT: 200 words, photos.

    RUSSIA-SPACE TELESCOPE _ Russia Launches Major New Space Telescope After Years of Delay. SENT: 150 words.

    MOXIE FESTIVAL _ Mainers are celebrating their state’s quirky official beverage this weekend. SENT: 100 words.

    DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER-WIFE-FUNERAL _ Friends and family of the late "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show co-star Beth Chapman are gathering in Colorado to remember her life. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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    MOON LANDING-ASTRONAUTS _ Mission commander Neil Armstrong was the flying ace, Buzz Aldrin the scholar. Michael Collins was a crack test pilot, too, but also a wordsmith who described the trio as "amiable strangers." Apollo 11's astronauts had six months to gel as a crew and prepare for humanity's greatest space feat. The three had never served together on the same spaceflight before, and the "almost frantic" preparation left little if any time for bonding, Collins said. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 825 words, photos.

    MOON LANDING-ONE SMALL STEP _ Neil Armstrong long maintained there was a lost word in his famous "one small step" quote. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    MOON LANDING-QUOTES _ 'One small step' and other notable quotes from Apollo 11 moon landing. SENT: 225 words, photo.

    MOON LANDING-MOONWALKERS _ Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin were first of 12 men to walk on moon during Apollo space program. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    MOON LANDING-ARMSTRONG'S HOMETOWN _ New statues of astronaut Neil Armstrong will be displayed and an education center dedicated in his name at his Ohio hometown. SENT: 200 words, photos.

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    TRUMP-REVERSALS-ANALYSIS _ President Donald Trump was defiant and declarative, with all the hammer-on-anvil subtlety that has charted a now-familiar pattern of his presidency: create a crisis, retreat, declare victory, move on. However he may phrase it, though, Trump walked away from his earlier vow to include a contentious question about citizenship on the 2020 census. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    ATTORNEY GENERAL-SENTENCING OVERHAUL _About 2,200 inmates are expected to be released from federal prisons across the U.S. next week as part of a sweeping criminal justice overhaul that was signed into law last year. Attorney General William Barr, who toured a prison in South Carolina this week, said the Justice Department and Bureau of Prisons are both “all in in terms of making it work.” By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

    FACT CHECK-WEEK _ President Donald Trump and his aides celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. The tendency to seek credit for things achieved by others or not achieved at all spread to other areas of federal policy. By Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen and Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,980 words, photo.

    TRUMP-BIRTH CONTROL _ A federal appeals court upholds a lower court order that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. SENT: 350 words.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    SYRIA-COSTLY CAMPAIGN _ Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Several thousand people marched in Hong Kong on Saturday against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Violent clashes broke out at the end of the march between police and a group of mostly young protesters who say they believe peaceful demonstrations have failed to bring about change. SENT: 530 words, photos.

    VATICAN-MISSING GIRL _ The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery: The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone manhole that will be formally opened next week. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 630 words, photos.

    NEW ZEALAND-GUY BUYBACK _ Dozens of Christchurch gun owners handed over their weapons in exchange for cash in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    CANADA-OBIT-NALAYEH _ Canadian-Somali journalist Hodan Nalayeh, who along with at least two dozen others was killed in an attack in the Somali city of Kismayo, is remembered for showcasing the hidden beauty of her homeland and its people. SENT: 750 words, photo.

    INDIA-FLOODS _ Rain-triggered floods and mudslides have left a trail of destruction across northeastern India, killing at least a dozen people and affecting over a million, officials said. SENT: 425 words, photos.

    SUDAN _ Thousands of Sudanese have flooded the streets of the capital of Khartoum and other cities to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a protest sit-in. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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    NATIONAL

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    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN-NEW MEXICO _ At the center of Jeffrey Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago _ complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby private airplane runway. SENT: 686 words, photos.

    ARIZONA DEPORTATION DOCUMENTARY _ The darkest, most violent chapter in the history of Bisbee was an open secret for decades in the funky old Arizona copper town 7 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. But few residents knew the details of how about 1,200 miners, most of them immigrants, were pulled violently from their homes a century ago by a private police force and put on cattle cars for their deportation to a desolate area of New Mexico. SENT: 725 words, photos.

    FOOTBALL PLAYERS SHOT _ Authorities have charged an 18-year-old man in an April shooting that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons. SENT: 320 words.

    MAN ATOP FORMER BLAST FURNACE _ A man surrenders to police after more than 21 hours atop a blast furnace that prompted evacuation of an arts and entertainment venue at the Pennsylvania site. SENT: 130 words.

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    HEALTH & SCIENCE

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    SEA TURTLES-NESTING _ Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast, with scientists crediting the egg-laying boom to conservation measures that began more than 30 years ago. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    WIMBLEDON _ Simona Halep was not focused on trying to prevent Serena Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title. All Halep cared about was winning Wimbledon for the first time. Pretty much perfect from start to finish, Halep beat Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion in the final at the All England Club. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich SENT: 550 words, photos. WITH: WIMBLEDON-SERENA _ Serena Williams' loss to Simona Halep at the All England Club was her third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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