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    MILLENNIAL HOMEBUYING _ For millennials looking to buy their first home, the hunt feels like a race against the clock. In the seven years since the housing crash ended, home values in 78% of U.S. metro areas have climbed faster than incomes. That's according to an Associated Press analysis of real estate industry data provided by CoreLogic. By Josh Boak and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.




    TRUMP-JAPAN _ It’s friendship before business for President Donald Trump on his first full day in Japan: playing golf with the prime minister, awarding a trophy to a sumo champion and dining on the town _ a prelude to talks on trade, North Korea and other pressing issues. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 830 words, photos. Events scheduled to begin with golf outing after 8 p.m.

    ELECTION 2020-ABORTION _ Members of both parties say a flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states. By Alan Fram. SENT: 975 words, photos, videos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

    COLOMBIA-CIVILIAN KILLINGS _ New evidence has emerged linking the embattled head of Colombia's army to the alleged cover-up of civilian killings more than a decade ago. The documents, provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with an ongoing investigation into the extrajudicial killings, come as Gen. Nicacio Martínez Espinel faces mounting pressure to resign over orders he gave troops this year to step up attacks in what some fear could pave the way for a return of serious human rights violations. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

    NORTHWEST EXTREMISTS _ Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 930 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

    FRANCE-CANNES-AWARDS _ South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's raucous social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, wins the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or. SENT: 880 words, photos. Developing.

    SPELLING BEE _ For those who will compete in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, an unremarkable sound is the cause of their angst, their sleepless nights, their lifelong memories of failure. It's the most common sound in the English language, and it sounds like "uh" to the uninitiated. Spellers know it by its proper name: the schwa. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 975 words, photo.




    STAN LEE-ELDER ABUSE _ A former business manager of Stan Lee is arrested on elder abuse charges involving the late comic book legend. Keya Morgan faces accusations including theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. SENT: 270 words, photos.

    HAWAII-FOREST RESCUE _ A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago. SENT: 360 words.

    PENCE-WEST POINT _ Vice President Mike Pence has told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that they are "the best of the best." SENT: 375 words, photo.

    BAR SHOOTING-NEW JERSEY _ Authorities say a shooting at a New Jersey bar has left 10 wounded. SENT: 110 words, photo. Developing from 4 p.m. news conference.

    FRANCE-EXPLOSION _ French police are hunting for a suspect believed to have deposited a paper bag containing a device that exploded and wounded 13 people on a busy pedestrian street in the city of Lyon. SENT: 490 words, photos.

    SEVERE WEATHER _ Oklahoma officials are urging residents to prepare to evacuate some Tulsa neighborhoods that are near stressed, old levees along the Arkansas River. SENT: 810 words, photos.

    GERMANY-ANTI-SEMITISM _ The German government's top official against anti-Semitism says he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps everywhere in the country. SENT: 130 words.




    ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-WOOING HISPANICS _ Hispanics are expected to outpace blacks to become the electorate’s largest nationwide racial or ethnic minority group for the first time on Election Day 2020. But a preview of the voting bloc’s power may come during the Democratic primary. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

    CHINA-US-TIBET _ The U.S. ambassador to China urges Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region. SENT: 490 words, photos.

    FACT CHECK-WEEK _President Donald Trump's rhetoric this past week featured a selective accounting on the Russia investigation and an odd slam on former Vice President Joe Biden. SENT: 2,100 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

    LAWMAKER-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE _ A Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching his wife says the incident has been misrepresented, although he did not say how so. SENT: 130 words, photo.




    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Voters in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia are casting ballots in the European Parliament elections in which resurgent nationalists are challenging traditional parties that want closer ties among EU countries. SENT: 665 words, photos.

    POLAND-FACING CLERICAL ABUSE _ A documentary film with testimony by victims of clerical abuse in Poland is so harrowing that it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with the problem in one of Europe's most deeply Catholic societies. The outrage is creating a crisis for the powerful Polish church, but also poses a threat to Poland's right-wing government. Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski had earlier called talk about clerical abuse a “brutal attack” on the church but has since shifted his stance. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

    AFGHANISTAN _ Provincial officials say an Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children. SENT: 460 words, photos.

    ZIMBABWE-ALBINISM PAGEANT _ Ayanda Sibanda, a model with albinism, has invariably been called "yellow" or "white" by friends and even some relatives. But she hardly recalls anyone referring to her by her actual race: "I am black," said the 18-year old who was crowned Miss Albinism Zimbabwe. At the pageant, competitors and organizers spoke frankly about color and prejudice. SENT: 615 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-POLITICS-LEADERSHIP RACE _The race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May is heating up, the field of Conservative contenders is quickly growing and the focus is squarely on how to handle Brexit. SENT: 620 words, photos.

    VENEZUELA _ Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition retun to Norway for a mediation effort aimed at resolving the political crisis in the South American country, the Norwegian government says. SENT: 530 words, photos.

    SOUTH AFRICA-INAUGURATION _South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the country to pursue "an extraordinary feat of human endeavor" as he was sworn in for a five-year term with a delicate fight against government corruption ahead of him. SENT: 575 words, photos.

    INDIA-ELECTIONS _ Newly elected lawmakers from India's ruling alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party have chosen Narendra Modi as their leader, paving the way for his second five-year term as prime minister after a thunderous victory in national elections. SENT: 435 words, photos.




    WYOMING STATE HOSPITAL _ Two groups that advocate for patients say serious problems persist at Wyoming's largest mental health facility four years after employees left an incapacitated woman on a couch without food, water or bathroom use for over 24 hours. SENT: 910 words, photo.

    HUNTING GRIZZLIES _ Grizzly bears are expanding their range in the U.S. Northern Rockies, spreading from remote wilderness into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. SENT: 640 words, photo.

    FATAL LION ATTACK _ New details about the lion mauling death of a 22-year old who interned at the Conservator's Center in Burlington, North Carolina, have caused the victim's aunt to question the animal sanctuary's safety protocols. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

    ARKANSAS NEWSPAPER-iPAD _ The publisher of the largest newspaper in Arkansas has said the publication will no longer print or deliver daily editions by the end of the year and will instead distribute iPads for subscribers to access a daily digital replica. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will still print a Sunday edition but will urge subscribers to convert to the daily digital replica. SENT: 960 words, photo.

    SOLDIER’S REMAINS RETURNING _ The remains of a Montana man killed during World War II while working to evacuate soldiers from an island east of the Philippines are due to be buried Saturday with full military honors. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Developing from service, photos planned.

    TENNESSEE CHURCH SHOOTING _ Members of a Tennessee church that was attacked by a gunman have struggled to reconcile the 27-year-old defendant with his younger self, who used to be part of the church. SENT: 785 words, photos.

    REPORTER RAIDED _ San Francisco's police chief is apologizing for raiding a freelance journalist's home and office to find out who leaked a police report into the unexpected death of the city's former public defender. SENT: 430 words, photos.




    MILLERCOORS-ANHEUSER-BUSCH LAWSUIT _ A Wisconsin judge orders Anheuser-Busch to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors' light beers contain corn syrup, wading into a fight between two beer giants that are losing market share to small independent brewers. SENT: 440 words, photos.

    BAIT CRISIS _ Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers. SENT: 500 words, photo.




    ANDY WARHOL EXHIBIT _ A retrospective of Andy Warhol's work on display in San Francisco captures the artist's ability to use paintings, drawings, photographs and other mediums to create buzz-worthy personas the way people do now using social media. SENT: 640 words, photos.




    BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS _ Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors are home to face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6, needing one win to reach their first NBA Finals. Toronto has won three straight against the team Giannis Antetokounmpo carried to the league's best record this season. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.

    HKN--STANLEY CUP _ Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues have made it to the Stanley Cup Final, a sharp reminder of how a coach can evolve from his first job to his second. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

    TEN--FRENCH OPEN-WHAT TO WATCH _ Naomi Osaka might not be a huge fan of clay-court tennis, but she is on a major roll heading to the French Open as the winner of the past two Grand Slam tournaments. A look at that and other storylines sure to dominate the next 15 days. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    CAR--INDY 500-GOLDEN PENSKE _ Much has changed since Roger Penske came to Indy 50 years ago as a team owner. The track has undergone massive overhauls, technology has revolutionized the sport and an entire generation of fans has turned over. Penske is no longer young, either. He's 82. SENT: 950 words, photos. With CAR--INDY 500-JANET GUTHRIE, CAR--INDY 500-WEATHER.

    OLY--FRENCH CORRUPTION PROBE _ The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption investigation that keeps spreading. He is linked to payments that allegedly helped Qatar gain track and field’s world championships. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.




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