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    ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG, listed on the 2 p.m. Digest, will not move this cycle.

    Adds HUGE COCAINE SEIZURE, CONGRESS-BUDGET BATTLE, CONGRESS-BOEING PLANE, BRANDED WOMEN, BLACK HOMEOWNER-POLICE, MEXICO-TRADE AGREEMENT, SALA-ARREST, NFL AT 100-EXPANSION.

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    AP POLL-ELECTION INTERFERENCE _ Whether it’s tampering with election results, or influencing political candidates and American voters, the public sees reason to be concerned about foreign interference. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds a majority of Americans at least somewhat concerned that the country’s voting systems are vulnerable to hackers of any kind. By Eric Tucker and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 980 words, photo

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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-COAL POWER PLANTS _ Despite scientists' increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration orders a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicts will revitalize America's sagging coal industry.” By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN NONPROFIT _ Joe Biden’s defining venture since leaving the Obama White House is the Biden Cancer Initiative, a nonprofit aimed at speeding a cancer cure. His effort has involved scores of health care industry companies and other groups with business before the government, which could raise questions about the industry’s potential influence if he wins the presidency. By Stephen Braun. SENT: 1,760 words, photos. An abridged version is also available. With ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ Biden is under fire for saying the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-REPARATIONS _ The debate over reparations catapults from the campaign trail to Congress as lawmakers hear impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

    UN-SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED _ A U.N. report into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi says there is "credible evidence" to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and suggests sanctions on his personal assets. The scathing probe is likely to further harden opinion against the crown prince in Washington and other Western capitals, where critics say an operation of this magnitude would have required the powerful prince's knowledge. By Jamey Keaten and Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

    NETHERLANDS-UKRAINE-PLANE _ International prosecutors announce murder charges against four men _ three of them Russians with military or intelligence backgrounds _ in the missile attack that blew a Malaysia Airlines jet out of the sky over Ukraine five years ago, killing all 298 people aboard. The case, built with the help of wiretaps, radar images and social media posts, marks the most significant step yet toward tying the tragedy to Moscow, which has backed the pro-Russian separatists fighting to seize control of eastern Ukraine. By Mike Corder. SENT: 970 words, photos.

    HUGE COCAINE SEIZURE _ This week's staggering cocaine bust in Philadelphia is another sign that traffickers are turning to East Coast seaports as a result of increased law enforcement pressure along the country's southwest border. It was at least the third major drug bust in Philadelphia and New York since February _ and part of a giant game of whack-a-mole. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 470 words, photos.

    CHINA KIM SUMMIT-WHAT TO WATCH FOR _ From nukes to huge food aid shipments to a shared skepticism about the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have a long list of topics to discuss when Xi heads north Thursday. Here's a look at things to watch for during the two-day visit, the first by a Chinese president to Pyongyang in 14 years. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

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    CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION _ A federal judge says he's inclined to reexamine whether a proposed 2020 census citizenship question violates the rights of minorities after reviewing newly discovered documents. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    SENIOR GAMES-103 YEAR OLD _ At 103, Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins cements her title as the oldest woman to compete on an American track after finishing the 50- and 100-meter dashes at the National Senior Games in New Mexico. SENT: 420 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-DOXING _ A second former aide to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing federal charges that stem from the illegal online posting of personal information of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

    CYBER EXTORTION-FLORIDA CITY _ A Florida city agrees to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. SENT: 600 words.

    TRUMP-LAFFER _ President Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to supply-side economist Arthur Laffer. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

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    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks refuses to answer questions related to her time in the White House in an interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats' chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Trump as part of their investigation into obstruction of justice. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

    MEXICO-TRADE AGREEMENT _ Mexico's Senate votes to ratify a new free trade agreement with the United States and Canada, making it the first of the three countries to gain legislative approval. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

    CONGRESS-BUDGET BATTLE _ Trump administration bargainers say Democratic spending demands remain too high as talks with congressional leaders aimed at averting deep cuts in defense and domestic programs seem no closer to resolution. SENT: 690 words, photo.

    CONGRESS-BORDER CRISIS _ A modified version of President Trump's $4 billion-plus request to care for tens of thousands of migrant refuges massing at the southern border wins approval from a key Senate panel. SENT: 370 words, photo.

    TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS _ President Trump’s nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations defends her record on climate change at her Senate confirmation hearing. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 780 words, photo.

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    DEATH BEHIND BARS-THE NUMBERS _ The U.S. government has failed to release data on deaths in police custody, more than four years after Congress required the Justice Department to assemble the information. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. With DEATH BEHIND BARS-VIGNETTES (sent). Eds: Stories also moved in previous cycle.

    BRANDED WOMEN _ The former leader of a purported self-help group is convicted of preying on his female devotees and turning them into what prosecutors called his sex slaves. SENT: 740 words, photo.

    LOCAL NEWS-LEAP OF FAITH _ As many local news outlets struggle to survive, the owners of a small New England newspaper chain are trying to show that investing in the newsroom will translate into paying readers. SENT: 2,790 words, photos. Abridged version is also available.

    BLACK HOMEOWNER-POLICE _ A black man who was detained by police while moving into his home says that Kansas authorities investigated his racial bias complaint and closed the case with no further action. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ The mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines previously seen in Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert says. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    VENEZUELA REFUGEES _ Their country is not at war but rising numbers of Venezuelans are asking for refugee protection. They contend the country's humanitarian and economic crisis denies them fundamental rights. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With KENYA-LGBT REFUGEES _ LGBT refugees allege harassment in Kenya, a rare safe haven but where gay sex remains illegal. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    MEXICO-IMMGRATION-SHELTERS _ With nearly 700 migrants packed into a space intended for 250, the nonprofit Good Shepherd shelter near the Mexico-Guatemala border can sometimes only offer beans, rice and a roof. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    SALA-ARREST _ Police investigating the death of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala in a plane crash arrest a man on suspicion of manslaughter. SENT: 320 words.

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    FEDERAL RESERVE _ The Federal Reserve leaves its key interest rate unchanged but signals that it's prepared to start cutting rates if needed to protect the U.S. economy from trade conflicts and other threats. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 970 words, photo.

    CONGRESS-BOEING PLANE _ Airline union leaders and a famed former airline pilot say that Boeing made mistakes while developing the 737 Max, and the biggest was not telling anybody about new flight-control software so that pilots could train for it. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    MELTING HIMALAYAS _ Using Cold War spy satellites and other data, scientists find that the rate of melting of ice in the Himalayas has doubled since 2000. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    DYING BEES _ Annual survey of US beekeepers shows worst winter yet for bees with nearly 38% not surviving the season. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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    NFL AT 100-EXPANSION _ The NFL went from piggybacking on baseball to surpassing America's pastime in popularity. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. Eds: Latest in a series highlighting the NFL’s 100th season.

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    ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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    FILM-TOY STORY 4 _ Today's movie industry has a hard time living with a Hollywood ending. "Toy Story 3" so perfectly brought to a close the Pixar trilogy that most _ including the film's stars _ figured that was it. But like most things in today's movie business, nothing is ever gone for good. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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