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    UNITED STATES-IRAN _ U.S. officials say the Pentagon will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more American troops to the Middle East to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

    LAST SLAVE SHIP _ Researchers have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the U.S., Alabama historical officials say. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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    MASS SHOOTING THREAT _ A Denver man's arrest for posting a Facebook threat to kill "as many girls as I see" fit a pattern of behavior for a troubled person with a history of terrorizing women he met over the internet. Christopher Cleary's plea deal with Utah prosecutors also appears to fit a pattern of lenient punishments _ a common outcome for cyberstalking and online harassment cases. By Michael Kunzelman, Maryclaire Dale and Colleen Slevin. SENT: 1,670 words, photos. Abridged version also available.

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    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ President Donald Trump abruptly stalks out of a meeting with congressional leaders with a flat declaration he will no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls it all "very, very, very strange" and says she is praying for Trump and the nation. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-Q&A _ More House Democrats say they want an impeachment inquiry, but most of them say they aren’t ready to seek Trump’s removal from office. Confused? You aren’t alone. SENT: 920 words, photo; CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR _ The House intelligence committee postpones efforts to enforce a subpoena against the Justice Department after officials agree to hand over a cache of documents. SENT: 300 words, photo.

    TRUMP-DEMOCRATS-3 MINUTES _ President Trump's angry walkout leaves behind a shattered bipartisan infrastructure effort and an escalation of tension between the president and congressional Democrats investigating him. By Kevin Freking and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

    TRUMP-TAXES _ New York lawmakers pass legislation that would allow President Trump’s state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democratic-led Senate and Assembly both approve the measures, sending them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat. By Chris Carola and David Klepper. SENT: 750 words, photos. With TRUMP-BANK SUBPOENAS _ A federal judge in New York refuses to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President Trump. SENT: 390 words, photo.

    AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE _ John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for Thursday, make clear that authorities remain concerned about the threat he could pose once free. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

    BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May digs in against a growing push by both rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out of the European Union appear headed for a dead end. May resists calls to rip up her tattered Brexit blueprint and end her embattled premiership after her attempt at compromise is rejected by both her own Conservative Party and opposition lawmakers. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    US-CHINA-TRADE _ With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade. Beijing is airing Korean War movies (antagonist: America) to arouse patriotic feelings in the Chinese public. In Washington, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is talking to Walmart and other companies about finding ways to ease the looming pain. By Business Writers Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. SENT: 930 words, photos. With TRADE WARS-RETAILERS _ Escalating trade war could mean higher prices on broad array of products. SENT: 830 words, photo.

    VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ The mystery of whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that nearly destroyed his career remains unsolved. A monthslong investigation ordered by Eastern Virginia Medical School fails to determine whether Northam is in the picture published in 1984 of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. By Ben Finley and Alan Suderman. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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    MICHAEL AVENATTI-CHARGES _ Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Trump, is charged with ripping her off. SENT: 860 words, photo.

    TRUMP-JULY FOURTH _ The president’s planned July Fourth extravaganza on the National Mall sounds like it could become a giant Trump rally on the taxpayers' dime, a Democratic senator cautions. SENT: 610 words, photo.

    JAPAN-ANTI-GROPING APP _ A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains. SENT: 290 words, photos.

    WANTED POSTER-FACEBOOK _ A Connecticut police department reaches a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that an expert calls unethical. SENT: 370 words.

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    TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION _ Michael Cohen’s numerous contacts with a Russia-linked company and a sudden flow of foreign money into a bank account he controlled prompted federal investigators to look into whether the funds might be part of a plan to lift sanctions on Russia, according to court documents. SENT: 860 words, photo.

    HOMELAND SECURITY _ A Democratic lawmaker blames the Trump administration’s border policies for the deaths of migrant children, prompting the acting Homeland Security secretary to say it was an “appalling accusation.” SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

    ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MATERNAL MORTALITY _ Two Democratic women running for president unveil plans to improve maternal health care. SENT: 460 words, photos.

    ELECTION SECURITY _ The hacking of U.S. election systems, including by foreign adversaries, is inevitable and the real question is how the country responds, Trump administration officials say. SENT: 440 words, photos. Find more political coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

    TRUMP-FIRST RESPONDERS _ Fourteen public safety officers, including eight who responded to a 2016 mass shooting in southern California, are awarded the nation's highest honor for bravery. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran's supreme leader publicly chastises the country's moderate president and foreign minister, saying he disagrees with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    INDONESIA-ELECTION PROTESTS _ Indonesian President Joko Widodo says authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-FIGHTING FAKE NEWS _ Disinformation has evolved beyond the playbook used by Russian trolls in the U.S. election, even as the European Union gears up for the world’s biggest transnational votes. SENT: 1,150 words, photo. With EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-WHAT'S AT STAKE _ Big question for EU vote: How well will the far-right do? SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

    ISRAEL-ANCIENT BEER _ Israeli researchers raise a glass to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels _some over 5,000 years old. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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    SEVERE WEATHER _ Waterlogged parts of the central U.S. brace for more rain, following days of severe storms that have battered Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and caused at least three deaths. SENT: 400 words, photos, videos.

    BORDER PATROL-FLU OUTBREAK _ U.S. authorities say 32 migrants test positive for influenza at a major processing center on the Mexican border that was temporarily closed to stop the outbreak. SENT: 380 words, photo.

    HAWAII CORRUPTION TRIAL _ A trial for what has been described as the biggest corruption case in Hawaii history begins for a former Honolulu police chief, his wife and current and former police officers accused of conspiring to frame the wife's uncle for a crime he did not commit. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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    BRITAIN-STEEL INDUSTRY _ British Steel Ltd has been ordered into liquidation as it struggles with industry-wide troubles and Brexit, threatening 5,000 workers and another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. SENT: 460 words, photo.

    LNG-US-SAUDI ARABIA _ Saudi Arabia's state owned oil company will begin buying liquid natural gas from a U.S. company under a 20 year agreement, reflecting the shifting dynamics in the world's energy markets. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    SEA DRAGONS _ A California aquarium has built one of the largest habitats for sea dragons outside Australia, where the native populations are threatened by pollution, warming oceans and poaching. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

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    LIONSGATE THEME PARK _ Some of Lionsgate's most popular film franchises from "Hunger Games" to "Twilight" will be brought to life when the studio opens what it calls the world's first vertical theme park in China this summer. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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    NASCAR-INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY _ NASCAR has bought International Speedway Corp., the owner of iconic tracks including Daytona and Talladega, in a $2 billion deal that could be the first move in streamlining the struggling stock car series. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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