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    Adds FIRE-BLACK CHURCHES, COLLEGE-ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY, ASSISTED SUICIDE-MAINE, CONGRESS-SAUDI-ARMS, MUSLIM STUDENTS SLAIN, PHANTOM FACE, CATHOLIC BISHOPS

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    HKN-STANLEY CUP_ UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Faceoff 8:10 p.m.

    PHANTOM FACE _ UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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    MILITARY KIDS-SEX ASSAULT-REFORMS _ The Defense Department is rolling out big changes to how it responds when the children of service members sexually assault each other _ and the rollout has been uneven. Tens of thousands of military kids live on U.S. bases worldwide. An AP investigation shows broad failures to help sex assault victims or to hold juvenile offenders accountable. A new Pentagon-wide policy is not ready. So the Army published its own, which mandates both a criminal investigation and victim assistance. By Justin Pritchard and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

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    ELECTION 2020-PROSECUTING TRUMP _ President Donald Trump’s backers regularly called for his opponent’s imprisonment during his first campaign. Now top Democrats are starting to grapple with whether to “lock him up.” Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says that if she wins the White House, her Justice Department “would have no choice” but to pursue an obstruction of justice case against Trump after he leaves office. By Elana Schor. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has agreed to a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee. The panel subpoenaed Hicks last month as part of its investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and obstruction of justice. By Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE-TRUMP JR _ Donald Trump Jr. speaks to the Senate intelligence committee for around three hours, says he’s "glad this is finally over." SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

    CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION _ A House committee votes to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 925 words, photos.

    HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW _ Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the former British colony. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, videos. WITH: HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-KEY EVENTS _ Hong Kong people's efforts toward democratic reform since the territory's handover in 1997. SENT: 850 words, photos. WITH: HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-RESTAURATEUR _ Hong Kong restaurant owner strikes to support protests. SENT: 275 words, photos.

    D-DAY-ONCE MORE TO NORMANDY _ Wherever he goes, Ray Lambert wears his purple cap with the words "D-Day Survivor" embroidered in gold. And wherever he goes, he is celebrated. The handshakes and selfie requests begin the moment he arrives at the gate at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He is on his way to Normandy to mark the moment 75 years ago when he earned the right to wear that cap, to join what will likely be the last great reunion of heroes of the liberation of Europe. He is, at 98, a celebrity traveler. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. SENT: 2,330 words, photos, videos. An Abridged version of 900 words has also moved.

    OJ SIMPSON-25 YEARS-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE _ O.J. Simpson’s murder trial the following year transfixed the nation and raised troubling questions about the intersection of race, celebrity and criminal justice. What’s sometimes forgotten, a quarter-century later, is how it shifted the country’s view of domestic violence from a largely private matter to a public health concern. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 1230 words, photos.

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    DAVID ORTIZ _ Video shows sophisticated attack on ex-slugger David Ortiz. SENT: 540 words, photo.

    EBOLA OUTBREAK _ 5-year-old dies of Ebola as outbreak crosses Congo border into Uganda. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-ANNIVERSARY _ Three years after a gunman massacred 49 people and wounded many others at a gay nightclub in central Florida, the anniversary is being observed with official proclamations and somber memorial gatherings. SENT: 480 words, photo, video.

    MAN KICKED IN HEAD _ A former police sergeant in Georgia who was captured on video hitting a man during a traffic stop has been convicted of aggravated assault and battery. SENT: 530 words, photos.

    SPHINX ON THE MOVE _ Huge sphinx begins journey to new spot in Philly museum. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    PHANTOM FACE _ The Associated Press has identified a phantom LinkedIn profile that appears to use an artificially generated face, and experts say its activity is typical of espionage efforts on the professional networking site. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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    UNITED STATES-POLAND _ President Trump says he will send 1,000 more U.S. service members to Poland as part of his broadening security and economic alliance. SENT: 390 words, photos, video.

    MEDICARE-NURSING HOMES _ Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it's a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-OBAMA _ Joe Biden is aiming to recreate the coalition that twice put Barack Obama in the White House by frequently pointing to his friendship with the former president. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 930 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-HOWARD SCHULTZ _ Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he's taking a "detour" from a possible independent presidential bid. SENT: 120 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS _ Bernie Sanders mounts a strong defense of democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career, even as Republicans and some of his Democratic presidential opponents have seized on it to brand him as too radical. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    UNITED STATES-IRAN-SANCTIONS _ The Trump administration imposes sanctions on an Iraq-based affiliate of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, one more in a series of steps intended to pressure Tehran following President Donald Trump's decision last year to withdraw from the landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. SENT: 220 words.

    CONGRESS-SAUDI-ARMS _ Lawmakers grill a State Department official over President Trump's decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without congressional review. SENT: 640 words, photos, video.

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    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-CRIME _ San Francisco's district attorney is announcing what appears to be a first of its kind program using artificial intelligence to lessen bias in the criminal justice system. Starting next month, prosecutors will decide whether to charge a suspect based on "color blind" police reports in which names, race and other identifying details have been removed. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 580 words, photos.

    FIRE-BLACK CHURCHES _ The U.S. Justice Department says hate crime charges have been filed against a Louisiana man in connection with three fires that destroyed African American churches earlier this year. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 430 words, photo.

    OPIOID LAWSUITS-THE HOLDOUT _ Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten up prescribing practices and even demanded documents from the maker of OxyContin. He has said the overdose crisis is ravaging families. What Peterson has not done is pursued a lawsuit seeking to hold any opioid manufacturer, distributor or pharmaceutical company accountable. That leaves him standing alone among state attorneys general. By Grant Schulte and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

    HELICOPTER CRASH-SECURING MANHATTAN _ It was an accident -- not terrorism -- but this week's helicopter crash on the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper has raised serious security concerns because of the ease with which the chopper ventured into one of the nation's most tightly restricted airspaces. By Bernard Condon and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, graphic.

    DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE _ A former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University was found guilty of neglect of duty and misconduct in office but acquitted on a more serious criminal sexual conduct charge. William Strampel, the ex-dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was the first person charged after Michigan's attorney general launched an investigation 1½ years ago into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography. By David Eggert. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    SOUTHERN BAPTISTS _ Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle abuse cases. The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, said the SBC faced a "defining moment" that would shape the church for generations to come. By Jay Reeves And David Crary. SENT: 875 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates with statement from church leader by 7 p.m.

    CATHOLIC BISHOPS _ U.S. Catholic bishops have voted to create a new national sex-abuse hotline. The system would field allegations accusing bishops of committing abuse or covering it up. It's supposed to be operating within a year and would be run by an independent entity. By Regina Garcia Cano and David Crary. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    COLLEGE-ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ A former head sailing coach at Stanford will avoid prison after he admitted to accepting bribes in the college admissions cheating scheme. John Vandemoer is the first person to be sentenced in the case that exposed the lengths that some wealthy parents will go to get their children into the nation's top schools. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 770 words, photo.

    ASSISTED SUICIDE-MAINE _ Maine has become the eighth state to legalize medically assisted suicide. The proposal had failed once in a statewide referendum and at least seven previous times in the Legislature. Maine's bill would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill people a fatal dose of medication. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 530 words, photo.

    MUSLIM STUDENTS SLAIN _ One woman fainted, others wept openly and another swore at a North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to the slaying of three Muslim students. Emotions overflowed in the courtroom Wednesday after 50-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

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    RUSSIA-JOURNALIST _ Hundreds of people were detained as they marched in the Russian capital to protest what they called police fabrications in the wake of the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that later were dropped when the government admitted there was no evidence he committed a crime. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran to warn that an "accidental conflict" could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., a message that came hours after Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport, wounding 26 people. By Amir Vahdat, Aya Batrawy and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

    LEBANON-IRAN-US RESIDENT _ A Lebanese man and permanent U.S. resident who was released after spending years in an Iranian prison called on President Donald Trump and Western countries to "please get back your hostages from Iran," adding that he saw American detainees during his nearly four-year imprisonment. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

    PALESTINIANS-DYING ALONE _ The death of a 5-year-old Palestinian girl draws attention to Israel’s vastly complex system for issuing travel permits to Gaza medical patients and their families. The system has Israeli and Palestinian authorities blaming each other for its shortfalls, while inflicting a heavy toll on Gaza’s sick children and their parents. By Isabel Debre and Fares Akram. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

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    FACEBOOK-ZUCKERBERG FAKE VIDEO_ Two weeks after leaving a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi up on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine. A fake video is circulating showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It’s the latest flap over doctored videos as Facebook and other social media sites try to balance stopping the spread of misinformation and “fake news” on its platforms with issues of free speech and censorship. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 620 words, photo.

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    ANCIENT POT SMOKING _ Archaeologists find earliest direct evidence of the use of marijuana in burial rites in China about 2,500 years ago. SENT: 440 words, photo.

    GENETIC FRONTIERS-GENE TESTS FOR GERMS _ Thousands of people die each year when germs causing pneumonia, sepsis and other infections can't be found quickly enough to reveal the right treatment. Now scientists have developed high-tech genetic tests to solve these mystery illnesses. SENT: 925 words, photo.

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    HKN-STANLEY CUP_ The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, with the winner skating away with the most iconic trophy in North American sports. The Bruins last won it in 2011, while the Blues never have. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Faceoff 8:10 p.m.

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