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    IMMIGRATION-MEXICO VIOLENCE, listed on the 2 p.m. digest, will not move this cycle




    AP POLL-MOON LANDING _ A new poll shows Americans prefer a space program focusing on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research into the cosmos and robots over humans for future exploration. And they favor Mars over a return to the moon. By Marcia Dunn and Emily Swanson. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video, graphic.

    BOY SCOUTS-SEX ABUSE _ The Boy Scouts are seeking to bolster their sex-abuse-prevention efforts with a new awareness program featuring cartoon-style videos. The videos will be provided to more than 1.2 million Cub Scouts across the U.S. The aim is to teach children how to recognize abusive behavior and what to do if confronted by it. The initiative comes as the Boy Scouts face a potentially huge wave of abuse-related lawsuits. Given the financial threat, the Boy Scouts have not ruled out seeking bankruptcy protection. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 900 words, photos.




    UNITED STATES-IRAN _ President Donald Trump declared that "Iran made a very big mistake" by shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions that have led to rising fears of open military conflict. Asked about a U.S. response, the president said pointedly, "You'll soon find out." By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, videos.

    IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN DETAINED _ A legal team that recently interviewed over 60 children at a Border Patrol station in Texas says a traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation. By Cedar Attanasio, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 540 words, photo.

    POT IN SEWAGE _ The proof is in the pee. A new federally funded study found, not surprisingly, that marijuana use in Washington state is up since pot became legal in 2014. The hard _ or not-so-hard _ evidence was in sewage samples. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-ALABAMA SENATE _Alabama Republican Roy Moore announced that he is running for U.S. Senate again in 2020 after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual misconduct accusations. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-DAVID ORTIZ-THE PLOT _The plot that resulted in baseball superstar David Ortiz getting shot in the back began unraveling within an hour, mostly because the hired killers made so many mistakes. That's according to authorities in the Dominican Republic, who say the assailants targeted Ortiz by accident. The conspirators were apparently trying to kill a man sitting with Ortiz at an outdoor cafe. SENT: 940 words, photos.

    BKN-NBA-DRAFT _ Zion Williamson is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft after a sensational season at Duke. The New Orleans Pelicans have the pick, followed by Memphis and New York. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Draft starts about 7:30 p.m.




    ILLINOIS-LINCOLN ARTIFACT _ Bible underscores Lincoln's belief he was called to end slavery. SENT: 740 words, photos.

    FRANCE-LAGERFELD MEMORIAL _ Stars put on tribute for late Karl Lagerfeld in Paris. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    ZOO LION KILLS PEACOCK _ A peacock at an upstate New York zoo was killed by a lion after it flew over a fence into the African lion enclosure. SENT: 150 words, photo.

    BABIES-BODIES _ A Massachusetts woman who lived in a home where authorities found the remains of three dead babies has been cleared of second-degree murder. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    TRUMP-MEDAL OF FREEDOM _ President Donald Trump says he's awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to racing's Roger Penske. SENT: 330 words, photo.

    PACIFIER PILFERING POOCH _ Veterinarian finds 19 baby pacifiers in a bulldog’s stomach. SENT: 140 words, photo.




    ELECTION 2020-BOOKER _ When Joe Biden brought the weighty issue of discrimination to the forefront of the Democratic presidential primary, Cory Booker pushed back _ to great effect. By Elana Schor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo by 7 p.m.

    SUPREME COURT-CROSS CASE _A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 820 words, photo.

    TRUMP-MEDIA _ With his re-election campaign officially launched, President Trump is interacting with media organizations that reach beyond his base. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ The House Judiciary Committee releases a transcript of its interview with former top White House adviser Hope Hicks, noting he was blocked from answering questions 155 times. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-SAUDI ARMS _ The Senate votes to block the Trump administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Trump's steadfast alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. Trump has promised to veto the legislation. By Susannah George. SENT: 570 words, photo.

    UNITED STATES-CANADA _President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau try to demonstrate a united front in the uphill effort to get a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement over the finish line. SENT: 660 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-IMPEACHMENT-DEMOCRATS _ Four Democrats join a slowly growing group calling for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, including a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a Democrat who flipped a Republican district. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 600 words.




    GEORGIA-PROTEST _ Police have fired a volley of tear gas at a massive throng of protesters outside the Georgian national parliament, who are trying to storm the building and are demanding the government's resignation. SENT: 230 words, photos.

    NORTH KOREA-CHINA _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, says his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

    BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES _ Britain's next prime minister will be a man in his 50s who went to Oxford University _ either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, the two finalists selected in a race to lead the governing Conservative Party. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    SWINE FEVER _ Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, with Vietnam culling 2.6 million pigs and China reporting it has killed more than a million in an unprecedentedly huge epidemic some fear is out of control. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    SRI LANKA-BLASTS PROBE _ Sri Lanka's attorney general has directed the acting police chief to initiate a criminal investigation against nine senior police officers for their "lapses" to prevent and minimize the Easter Day suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. SENT: 470 words, photo.




    NAVY SEAL-MURDER CASE _ A Navy SEAL called by prosecutors to testify at the murder trial of a decorated comrade dropped a bombshell when he acknowledged killing the victim in what he described as an act of mercy for the wounded captive Islamic State fighter. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    SEVERE WEATHER _Potent thunderstorms have been blamed for one death and left more than 200,000 people without power across the southern United States - and fierce winds were expected to wallop parts of several states as new storms form, forecasters said. SENT: 480 words, photos, videos.

    CRANE COLLAPSE-TEXAS _ Eric Ridenhour and his fiancee Kiersten Smith were enjoying a lazy Sunday in their apartment when a crane crashed into their downtown Dallas complex. Ridenhour says, "I had zero vision but I could feel the air in front of me when I was yelling her name and it was just texture. ... It was like you could grab the air." Ridenhour offered harrowing details of the accident in an AP interview. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR-SERIAL KILLER BOAST _A man on trial for killing a visiting scholar from China searched the internet for basic instructions to committing murder before the woman vanished, which one expert on serial killers says may be a sign that his boast to have killed 12 other people is false. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 910 words, photos.

    SACRAMENTO-OFFICER SHOT _A rookie Sacramento police officer was shot during a domestic violence call and lay wounded for about 45 minutes as the gunman kept officers at bay with bursts of fire, authorities saiD. She was finally rescued with an armored vehicle but died at a hospital. SENT: 490 words, photos, videos.




    FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Wall Street capped a broad rally for stocks by driving the S&P 500 index to an all-time high. The milestone, which eclipsed the benchmark index's last record close on April 30, underscores a swift rebound for the market in June that has erased the losses from a 6.6% dive in May. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 990 words, photos.

    SLACK-LISTING _Slack's newly public shares aren't slacking off. The work messaging service grew 49% in value after its stock started trading Thursday under the ticker "WORK." SENT: 880 words, photos.

    WALMART-SETTLEMENT _Walmart agreed to pay $282 million to settle federal allegations of overseas corruption, including funneling more than $500,000 to an intermediary in Brazil who was known as a "sorceress" for her uncanny ability to make construction permit problems disappear. SENT: 560 words.




    SCI-LOST WALLET HONESTY _ People are more likely to return a lost wallet if it contains money _ and the more cash, the better. That’s the surprising conclusion from researchers who planted more than 17,000 “lost wallets” across 355 cities in 40 countries, and kept track of how often somebody contacted the supposed owners. By Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 720 words, photos.




    TV-JEOPARDY CHAMP _A case can be made that "Jeopardy!" savant James Holzhauer is one of the year's biggest TV stars, although a short-lived one. An estimated 14.5 million people watched him on June 3, when the professional gambler from Las Vegas lost for first time after 32 consecutive wins and $2,464,216 in prize money, the Nielsen company said. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 450 words, photo.




    WWCUP-US-SWEDEN_ The defending champion U.S. national team faced its toughest test of the Women's World Cup and remained dominant, beating Sweden 2-0 to serve up a measure of revenge against the team that stunned the confident Americans in the last Olympics. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 220 words, photos.




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