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    ELECTION 2020-KENNEDY-MARKEY _ U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is set to announce a Democratic primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts in 2020. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

    Adds CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA, CONGRESS-INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR, BUDGET BATTLE, PLANE SABOTAGE, JEFFREY EPSTEIN-LAWSUITS.

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    ZIMBABWE-COMING BACK _ After 16 years in journalistic exile, Associated Press writer Andrew Meldrum returns to Zimbabwe, the country where he worked as a reporter for 23 years until being expelled by former President Robert Mugabe's government. This time he was covering the ex-leader's funeral and legacy of abuse and corruption during a decades-long rule that left the country in ruins, as well as the fraught tug-of-war over where, when and how the late Mugabe would be buried. By Andrew Meldrum. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis display missile and drone wreckage and cite other evidence they say shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored by Iran." Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, warns the U.S. it will retaliate immediately if it is targeted. By Jon Gambrell, Aya Batrawy and Fay Abuelgasim. SENT: 900 words, photos. With PERSIAN GULF-SAUDI VULNERABILITY _ Saudis couldn't stop oil attack, even with top US defenses. SENT: 1,100 words, photos; PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-WEAPONS _ Analysts: Weapons in Saudi attack similar to Iranian-manufactured ones. SENT: 630 words, photos; UNITED STATES-IRAN _ President Trump says he thinks Iranian president, foreign minister should be granted U.S. visas to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly. SENT: 280 words, photos; OIL PRICES _ Oil price drops for second consecutive day. SENT: 600 words, photo.

    TRUMP-FUEL ECONOMY _ President Trump announces that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics say will result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. By Michael Biesecker and Adam Beam. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

    ISRAEL-ELECTIONS _ With near-final results from Israel's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is well short of the parliamentary majority he had sought _ not only to continue in power but also to fend off a looming corruption indictment. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. With ISRAEL-ELECTIONS-ARAB GAINS _ A strong showing by Israel's Arab parties could place the marginalized community closer to the center of power than ever. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    ABORTION REPORT _ The number and rate of abortions across the United States plunge to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That's down from 926,000 tallied in the group's previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million counted for 2011. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    OUTSOURCING MIGRANTS-LIVING IN LIMBO _ A Mexican shelter three miles from the border has become an international community, home to 130 migrants from 11 countries. At El Buen Pastor, they wait _ for days, weeks and months _ for the opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S. They endure stifling summer heat, dust storms and crushing boredom. By Cedar Attanasio and Tim Sullivan. SENT: 4,100 words, photos. Abridged version also available.

    FEDERAL RESERVE _ A sharply divided Federal Reserve cuts its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year but declines to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The divisions on the policy committee underscore the challenges confronting Chairman Jerome Powell in guiding the Fed at time of high uncertainty in the U.S. economy. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _ Powerful winds from Hurricane Humberto begin hitting Bermuda as the government urges people to stay off the streets during the British territory's close brush with the powerful Category 3 storm. Meantime, another growing storm threatens tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific. SENT: 620 words, video, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-GULF _ Imelda deluges parts of southeast Texas with more than 12 inches of rain. SENT: 570 words, video, photos.

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    NOT REAL NEWS-TRUMP-OMAR VIDEO _ President Trump uses Twitter to share an edited video that falsely accuses Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota of dancing and partying last week on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. SENT: 470 words, photo.

    CALIFORNIA-GIG ECONOMY _ California's governor signs sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. SENT: 690 words, photos.

    WASHINGTON MONUMENT _ After a three-year closure the iconic Washington Monument is reopening to the public. The 555-foot stone obelisk closed in September 2016 to replace the elevator and upgrade security systems. SENT: 260 words, photos, video.

    WWII BRONZE STAR _ The Army awards the Bronze Star to 96-year-old Clarence Smoyer, 75 years after the World War II battle that made him a hero. SENT: 270 words, photos.

    PEOPLE-BRITNEY SPEARS _ A hearing on the court conservatorship that controls the money and affairs of Britney Spears is closed to the public and media after a judge determines the hearing would include medical and other details about the singer’s children. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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    TRUMP-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER _ President Trump names Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser, the fourth person in two years to hold the job. SENT: 880 words, photos.

    TRUMP _ President Trump's primary mission during his two-day visit to California was to raise millions from wealthy Republicans. But he has also made a point of deriding the state's handling of its homeless crisis, and he has issued a long-expected challenge to its authority to reduce car emissions. SENT: 990 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA HOMELESSNESS-TRUMP _ Federal housing head visits LA, addresses homelessness. SENT: 620 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA _ Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter tell Congress they've gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of mass shootings fueled by hate. SENT: 720 words, photo.

    CONGRESS-INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR _ The acting director of national intelligence balks at demands from the House intelligence committee to turn over a secret whistleblower complaint or appear at a hearing this week, escalating a weeklong standoff. SENT: 390 words, photo.

    BUDGET BATTLE _ Senate Democrats block debate on an almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber's leaders over translating this summer's hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-SENATE-GEORGIA _ A Senate retirement has set off a frenzy in Georgia politics, where two U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs in 2020. Democrats are hungry for a big win and nearly every major political player in the state is thinking about his or her next move. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. For more political coverage, see the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

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    PLANE SABOTAGE _ A federal judge cites new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner. SENT: 670 words, photo.

    JEFFREY EPSTEIN-LAWSUITS _ A woman whose claims of sexual abuse against Jeffrey Epstein were outlined in a federal indictment sues his estate, saying the wealthy financier took advantage of her family's poor financial position to abuse her from age 14 to 17. SENT: 500 words.

    WOMEN KILLED-DETROIT _ A prosecutor announces murder charges against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women whose deaths Detroit police have characterized as the work of a serial killer. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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    BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is accused by European Union officials of failing to negotiate seriously and branded the "father of lies" by a lawyer in the U.K. Supreme Court, as his plan to leave the EU in just over six weeks faces hurdles on both sides of the Channel. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    AP POLL-CLIMATE OPTIMISM _ Most Americans are at least somewhat confident that the world will step up in its fight against global warming _ but there are limits to their optimism, an AP-NORC poll shows. By Seth Borenstein and Emily Swanson. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    HEART POLYPILL _ A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 530 words, photos.

    NASA-MOON SHOT _ A top NASA manager is casting doubt on the space agency's ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 590 words, photo.

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    UAW STRIKE-DISTRUST _ The strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is playing out amid a federal corruption investigation of top UAW officials that has created distrust of the union leadership among the rank and file. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

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    FILM-AD ASTRA _ Brad Pitt and James Gray are taking a big gamble with their ambitious space epic, “Ad Astra,” a rare, big-budget original film that both fear is going extinct. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    DOLPHINS VS MARLINS _ The Dolphins look like the worst team in the NFL, and might even be the worst team in Miami. On the other hand, a comparison with the Marlins is one matchup the Dolphins might win. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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