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    Adds ELECTION 2020-ABORTION, BUDGET BATTLE, AIR FORCE-SECRETARY, CALIFORNIA-HIGH SPEED RAIL.

    KENTUCKY GOVERNOR _ All polls close by 7 p.m.

    BUCKS-RAPTORS _ Game starts 8:30 p.m.

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    REMOVING REACTORS _ Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than usual _ eight years instead of 60, in some cases. Some regulators, activists and others question whether the rapid timetables are safe. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,290 words, photos, video.

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    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ More Democrats call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest act of defiance of Congress, blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying. A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed by former Counsel Don McGahn's empty chair in the Judiciary Committee hearing room, are pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders to act. By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR _ Justice Department offers to share Mueller documents to avoid House action against AG Barr. SENT: 400 words, photo.

    CONGRESS-IRAN _ Top Trump administration national security officials tamp down talk of war with Iran, telling Congress the U.S.’s recent actions toward Iran deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the White House approach in the Middle East. By Lisa Mascaro and Susannah George. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 7 p.m., photos. With PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-ABORTION _ Joe Biden wants Congress to enshrine abortion rights into federal law “should it becomes necessary,” his presidential campaign says. Biden outlines his position after inquiries by The Associated Press. Several of his 2020 Democratic rivals are highlighting the issue. By Bill Barrow and Elana Schor. UPCOMING: 990 words by 8 p.m., photos. With ABORTION-CLINICS _ At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty. SENT: 800 words, photos; ABORTION PROTESTS _ Activists hold protests around the US to oppose abortion bans. SENT: 750 words, photos; TRUMP-HEALTH CARE-RELIGIOUS BELIEFS _ States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions. SENT: 360 words.

    LIBYA-LIFE UNDER HIFTER _ After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again _ but security has come at a staggering cost. Uniformed police are out in force at major intersections, and cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night. But the city center lies in ruins, thousands of people remain displaced, and forces loyal to Khalifa Hifter, who now controls eastern Libya, have cracked down on dissent. By Rami Musa and Joseph Krauss. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. With LIBYA-LOBBYING _ Hifter hires Texas-based lobbying firm to help forge closer relations with U.S. SENT: 470 words, photo.

    EPA-CHILDREN’S HEALTH _ Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 900 words.

    MEXICO-DECOY PHONES _ Armed robberies have gotten so common aboard buses in Mexico City that commuters have come up with a clever if disheartening solution: Many are buying fake cellphones _ dead ringers for the originals _ to hand over to thieves instead of their real smartphones. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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    ARETHA FRANKLIN-WILL-Q&A _ Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin’s estate. SENT: 690 words, photos.

    COUGHLIN-ABUSE _ Skating champion John Coughlin, who took his own life in January, is accused of sexual abuse by a former partner. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    HUMAN COMPOST _ Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

    PRISONS-BOOK BAN _ Arizona bans prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men. SENT: 850 words, photo.

    DEFENDANT-900 POUNDS _ A Virginia man who weighs more than 900 pounds (410 kilograms) pleads guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case during a hearing held on a courthouse loading dock. SENT: 380 words.

    NIELSENS _ In its last blast, "The Big Bang Theory" topped the TV ratings by a light-year. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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    IMMIGRATION-CZAR _ Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, will take a post at the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on immigration. SENT: 360 words, photo.

    BUDGET BATTLE _ Leaders of both parties in Congress make better-than-expected progress on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit. SENT: 520 words, photos.

    KENTUCKY GOVERNOR _ Turnout is light as Kentucky residents vote in a primary that will deliver an initial verdict on the job performance of Gov. Matt Bevin, an ally of President Trump. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; polls close by 7 p.m. With PHILADELPHIA MAYOR _ Philadelphia mayor seeking 2nd term, touting soda tax benefits. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; polls close 8 p.m.

    AIR FORCE-SECRETARY _ President Trump nominates aerospace executive Barbara Barrett to be the next secretary of the Air Force. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.

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    NATIONAL

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    SEVERE WEATHER _ A tornado touches down near Tulsa International Airport, injuring at least one person and damaging about a dozen homes, amid storms in the Southern Plains that bring a deluge of rain and powerful winds. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    VIOLENT ARREST-VIDEO _ Three New Jersey police officers are placed on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate a violent arrest that was caught on video. SENT: 150 words.

    CALIFORNIA-HIGH SPEED RAIL _ California sues to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project, escalating the state's feud with the federal government. SENT: 500 words, photo.

    VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ Findings will be released Wednesday from an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam when he was a student decades ago. SENT: 670 words, photo.

    REPORTER RAIDED _ A San Francisco police attorney says that a reporter whose office and work equipment was seized in a police raid can collect his property although the legal issues surrounding the case aren’t yet resolved. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    WASHINGTON ARCHBISHOP _ The Rev. Wilton D. Gregory is installed as the seventh archbishop of Washington following a pair of high-profile sexual abuse cases that ensnared his two predecessors. SENT: 400 words.

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    BREXIT _ In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May offers U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country's membership in the European Union _ but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement. SENT: 770 words, photos.

    SYRIA-QUELLING DISSENT _ Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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    CHINA TRADE-HUAWEI _ The United States is delaying some restrictions on U.S. technology sales to Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei in what it calls an effort to ease the blow on Huawei smartphone owners and smaller U.S. telecoms providers that rely on its networking equipment. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-JAMIE OLIVER RESTAURANTS _ Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain files for bankruptcy protection, partly due to increased competition and escalating rents in local commercial districts. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    KIDS AND CHOLESTEROL _ Cholesterol levels in children and teens improve in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them have readings considered ideal. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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    FRANCE-CANNES-ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD _ Twenty-five years after premiering "Pulp Fiction" in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino brings his latest, "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" to the French Riviera festival. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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    BUCKS-RAPTORS _ Toronto tries to even the Eastern Conference finals in Game 4 against Milwaukee. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

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