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    TRUMP-CONWAY-HATCH ACT-Q&A _ UPCOMING: 340 words by 7 p.m.

    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE _ SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.


    NBA FINALS _ UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Starts at 9:10 p.m.




    TRUMP-PRESS SECRETARY _ White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the month. Sanders is one of President Donald Trump's closest and most trusted aides and one of the few remaining who worked on his campaign. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz came under a suspected attack, setting one of them ablaze in the latest mysterious assault targeting vessels in a region crucial to global energy supplies amid heightened tension between Iran and the U.S. Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,330 words, photos. WITH: PERSIAN GULF TENSIONS-TIMELINE _ Key events in the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran. SENT: 940 words, photos. WITH: PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-REACTION _ Governments and maritime agencies urge an abundance of caution for ships operating in the Persian Gulf region. SENT: 570 words, photos. WITH: AP EXPLAINS-GULF TENSIONS-OIL _ AP Explains: How attacks on tanker ships in the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East could rattle a vital global route for oil. SENT: 660 words, photos. WITH: UNITED STATES-IRAN _ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. believes that Iran is responsible for attacks that damaged two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf. Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington that the attacks on the ships are part of a "campaign" of "escalating tension" by Iran and a threat to international peace and security. SENT: 320 words, photos, video.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ President Trump's assertion that he would be open to accepting a foreign power's help in his 2020 campaign ricochets through Washington, with Democrats condemning it as a call for further election interference and Republicans struggling to defend his comments. By Jonathan Lemire and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ The House Intelligence panel subpoenas former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. SENT: 470 words, photos; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN _ Flynn hires a new lawyer, a former federal prosecutor who has repeatedly denigrated the Russia investigation. SENT: 470 words, photo.

    TRUMP-CONWAY _ A federal agency recommends that President Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway, for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. By Kevin Freking And Darlene Superville. SENT: 830 words, photos. With TRUMP-CONWAY-HATCH ACT-Q&A _ What’s allowed and not allowed under the Hatch Act. UPCOMING: 340 words by 7 p.m.

    HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW _ Hong Kong's legislature suspended meetings as leaders considered their next steps following violent clashes between police and protesters opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. Critics say the measure, now on hold, would undermine the city's cherished legal autonomy amid moves by Beijing to tighten its hold over the former British colony. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,075 words, photos. WITH: HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-POLICE TACTICS _ Hong Kong police have resorted to harsher-than-usual tactics to suppress protesters this week in the city's most violent turmoil in decades. SENT: 625 words, photos. WITH: HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-SURVEILLANCE FEARS _ Hong Kong protesters wary of Chinese surveillance technology. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE _ The Democratic National Committee announces the 20 presidential candidates who have qualified for the first debates later this month. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

    MONKEY RETIREMENT HOMES _ Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health. But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and are now living in retirement _ in larger enclosures that let them venture outside, eat lettuce and carrots, dip their fingers in colorful plastic pools, paint, and hang from pipes and tires _ in relative quiet. By Carrie Antlfinger. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.




    IMMIGRATION-PREMATURE BABY _ Advocates were shocked to find a teenage mom and her premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility in what they say was another example of the poor treatment immigrants receive. SENT: 775 words, photo.

    ODD--HAWAII-TRAVELING SNAKE _ Snake stows away in man's backpack in Florida and remains undetected until trip ends in Hawaii. SENT: 285 words.

    CUBA GOODING JR-GROPING ALLEGATION _ A lawyer for Cuba Gooding Jr. says the actor plans to turn himself in to NYC police amid allegations he groped a woman. SENT: 620 words, photo.

    RARE FLAG DISPLAY _ Dozens of rare 13-star American flags never before exhibited will be on display at the Museum of the American Revolution. SENT: 150 words, photos.

    ITALY-KNOX _ Amanda Knox arrives in Italy for the first time since she was acquitted by an appeals court in October 2011 in the murder of her roommate. On Saturday she’ll participate in a panel discussion on wrongful convictions. SENT: 475 words, photos.

    SOLDIER-GUNFIRE INTO HOME _ North Carolina authorities say an active-duty soldier wearing military-issued ballistic gear opened fire into a home and was then wounded by return gunfire and injured in a car accident. SENT: 250 words.

    BABY SHARK LIVE-TOUR _ "Baby Shark Live" is set to launch a 100-city tour in North America this fall. SENT: 120 words.

    MEXICO-FRIDA KAHLO _ Mexico's National Sound Library says it has discovered was could be the first known audio recording of Frida Kahlo's voice. SENT: 135 words.

    OBERLIN COLLEGE-RACIAL DISPUTE _ Owners of a market in a famously liberal town were awarded $44 million in damages this week in their lawsuit claiming Oberlin College hurt their business and libeled them in a case some observers said embodied racial hypersensitivity and political correctness run amok. SENT: 495 words.




    CONGRESS-DEEPFAKES _ “Deepfake” videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election, technology experts and lawmakers warn Congress. By Susannah George. SENT: 610 words, photos.

    ONLY ON AP COLLEGES-FOREIGN GIFTS _ The U.S. Education Department is opening investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as the Trump administration increases its scrutiny of international money flowing to American colleges. Letters sent to the schools Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press accuse them of failing to report gifts and contracts tied to their branch campuses in Qatar. By Education Writer Collin Binkley. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-BUDGET BATTLE _ Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House won't pass must-do legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs. SENT: 700 words, photo.

    CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN-CORRUPTION INDICTMENT _ The wife of indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds, including for an Italy trip that cost $10,000. By Julie Watson. SENT: 780 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-GENERATIONAL DIVIDE _ Some of the crowded Democratic presidential field’s youngest members have begun questioning whether the early front-runner, 76-year-old former Vice President Joe Biden, is too old to lead the party, and the country, after next year’s election _ highlighting a generational divide they hope can reshape the race. By Will Weissert. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    TRUMP-CRIMINAL JUSTICE _ Reality star and activist Kim Kardashian West joins President Trump at the White House to promote efforts to help those leaving prison return to the workforce. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER _ Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper is attacking Sen. Bernie Sanders' vision of an America remade under democratic socialism. SENT: 360 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER -CLIMATE _ A carbon tax is part of the climate plan that Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is backing. SENT: 120 words.

    HIDDEN FIGURES-STREET RENAMED _ The street outside of NASA's headquarters has been renamed "Hidden Figures Way" to honor the African American women who served as "human computers" in the effort to send humans to the moon. SENT 135 words, photo.




    NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques has pleaded not guilty to all the charges that have been filed against him. SENT: 130 words, updates coming.

    BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES _ The flamboyant, divisive Boris Johnson takes a commanding lead in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, winning by far the largest share of support in the first round of voting by Conservative Party lawmakers. Johnson, a former foreign secretary and leading Brexit campaigner, secured 114 of the 313 votes cast by Conservatives in the House of Commons, a ballot that reduced the field of candidates from 10 to seven. SENT: 765 words, photos.

    AFGHANISTAN _ Afghan officials say a suicide bomber attacked a police vehicle killing 3 police and 6 civilians. SENT: 335 words, photo.

    MEXICO-JOURNALIST FREED _ A kidnapped Mexican journalist has been rescued by security forces in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz hours after he was taken by armed men outside his home. SENT: 485 words, photos.

    IMMIGARATION-TRANSGENDER MIGRANTS _ About 300 migrants who identify as transgender have been booked into the custody of U.S. immigration authorities since Oct. 1, marking the highest number since officials began keeping track in 2015. SENT: 930 words, photos.




    FUGITIVE TASK FORCE-SHOOTING _ Police enforce a tense calm in a Memphis neighborhood where law enforcers dispersed an angry, rock-throwing crowd. Authorities say 25 officers were injured following the shooting death of a young black man by U.S. marshals on a fugitive task force. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

    CATHOLIC BISHOPS _ Under intense public pressure, U.S. Catholic bishops approved several new steps this week to deal more strongly with the clergy sex-abuse crisis. Skeptical activists and lay experts say the moves leave the bishops in charge of policing themselves and potentially keep law enforcement at arm's length. By David Crary and Regina Garcia Cano. SENT. 830 words, photos.

    WIRELESS NETWORK-FIRST RESPONDERS _ A major earthquake that rocked Alaska proved to be a trial run in the state's largest city for a new national wireless network dedicated to first responders. Anchorage’s police chief and other commanders had just signed on to test the FirstNet network on their personal cellphones when the quake struck last year. The chief says officials with FirstNet were the only ones who could communicate without problems. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

    STEPDAUGHTER HELD CAPTIVE _ A federal jury has convicted a 64-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. SENT: 300 words, photo. Developing.

    IOWA SHERIFF-ARREST BAN _ An unusual circumstance let a speeding drunk driver avoid a trip to jail after her recent arrest in this small eastern Iowa town: the sheriff isn't honoring arrests made in Durant. Saying he cannot rely on the truthfulness of officers in the farming community of 1,800 people about 165 miles east of Des Moines, Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington has declared that his jail will not book any suspects whom they arrest for the foreseeable future. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    PUBLIC DEFENDER CRISIS-OREGON _ Public defenders in Oregon are walking off the job to lobby for a bill that would provide $50 million to improve their pay and alleviate a severe shortage of staff that has public defense attorneys in Portland and other large cities representing hundreds of clients at a time. SENT: 970 words, photos.

    WET SOUTHWEST _ A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening to push rivers over their banks. Last winter brought above-average snowfall to much of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, so an abundance of snowmelt is rushing into the Colorado River, the Rio Grande and other waterways after a desperately dry 2018. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    DETECTIVE-ANTI-GAY SERMON _ A Tennessee district attorney is reviewing all pending cases investigated by a detective who has said the government should execute gay people. SENT: 135 words, photos.

    MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR-STRATEGY _ Admitting that a defendant is guilty from the outset of a trial is a rare strategy. Lawyers for a former University of Illinois doctoral student accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting scholar from China have taken this approach. A closer look at the strategy in Q and A format. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m. WITH: MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR _ Testimony in the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student accused of killing a visiting scholar from China revealed that the defendant bought Drano and garbage bags three days after the slaying. The detail came Thursday during the second day of the federal murder trial of Brendt Christensen in the June 2017 death of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang. SENT: 375 words, photos, videos.

    FIVE CHILDREN KILLED _ A jury in South Carolina has sentenced a father to death for killing his five children. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before choosing the death penalty over life without parole for Timothy Jones Jr. SENT: 860 words, photos.

    FLINT WATER _ Prosecutors stunningly dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water scandal and pledged to start the investigation from scratch. The defendants include Michigan’s former health director, Nick Lyon, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter. SENT: 780 words, photos.




    VACCINE EXEMPTIONS _ New York’s Democratic-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal a religious exemption to vaccine requirements in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will sign the measure. SENT: 625 words, photo.

    EBOLA-OUTBREAK _ Uganda's health ministry says a second person infected with the Ebola virus has died after a family exposed to the disease quietly crossed the border from Congo. SENT: 790 words, photos.




    PHANTOM FACE _ The imaginary "Katie Jones" seems plugged into the Washington's political scene, with a job at a top think tank and a who's-who network of capital connections. But this "Katie Jones" doesn't exist, and the persona is just part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on LinkedIn. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,175 words, photos.

    TYSON-ALTERNATIVE MEAT _ The fast-growing market for meat alternatives has a surprising new player: Tyson Foods. Tyson, one of the world's largest meat producers, will begin selling nuggets made from pea protein at grocery stores this summer. A blended burger made from beef and pea protein will follow this fall. Both will be sold under a new brand, Raised and Rooted, which will continue to develop plant-based and blended products for both groceries and restaurants. SENT: 770 words, photos.




    OBIT-LEW KLEIN _ Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer who helped create "American Bandstand" and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget, has died at 91. Klein died Wednesday, according to Temple University, where Klein taught and mentored students for more than six decades. SENT: 350 words, photo.




    NBA FINALS _ Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors try again to clinch the franchise's first title as they take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 back at Oracle Arena - hosting its final NBA game - against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Starts at 9:10 p.m.




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