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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE-WHISTLEBLOWER _ President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter says. Democrats condemn what they see as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive whistleblower complaint against Trump. By Jonathan Lemire, Michael Balsamo and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,330 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE-WHISTLEBLOWER-Q&A _ The standoff between Congress and the Trump administration hinges on a 20-year-old law; TRUMP-UKRAINE-TIMELINE _ A brief timeline of relevant facts and events; TRUMP-UKRAINE-DEMOCRATS _ Biden says “there is truly no bottom to President Trump's willingness to abuse his power” (all sent).

    ELECTION 2020-IOWA _ Nineteen candidates are appearing at the Polk County Democratic Party Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend, an opportunity to show their organizational strength just four months out from the caucuses. Saturday’s steak fry is part parade, part organizing show of force _ and quintessentially Iowa. By Alexandra Jaffe and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 700 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-WARREN _ Elizabeth Warren is now a prime target for rivals (sent).

    UNITED STATES-PERSIAN GULF _ The Pentagon will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

    TRUDEAU-BROWNFACE FALLOUT _ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that he let down his supporters _ and all Canadians of color _ by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface. Yet the scandal's fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh and still-divisive racial history of the neighboring United States. By Rob Gillies and David Crary. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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    CHARLIE ROSE-LAWSUIT _ A former makeup artist at Charlie Rose's PBS show has filed a harassment lawsuit, saying he created a toxic work environment for women. SENT: 230 words, photo.

    USC PRESIDENT _ Veteran academic leader Carol L. Folt has been installed as the 12th president of the University of Southern California, taking the reins of an institution snared in scandals involving allegations of sexual misconduct, drug use and bribery. SENT: 320 words, photos.

    THREE MILE ISLAND _ The money-losing Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, has been shut down by its energy giant owner. SENT: 240 words, photos.

    NAVY VIDEOS-FLYING OBJECTS _ The U.S. Navy confirms the authenticity of three videos taken from its planes that show unidentified objects flying through the air. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    SUV IN MALL _ Police arrest a man who drove an SUV through the corridors of a suburban Chicago mall before crashing into a store. SENT: 350 words, video.

    CHEERLEADERS-TRUMP BANNER _ Officials in a North Carolina school district have canceled a football game at the high school where cheerleaders were placed on probation for displaying a banner supporting President Trump. SENT: 150 words.

    GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECK _ A diver and maritime history buff finds two schooners that collided and sank into the cold depths of northern Lake Michigan more than 140 years ago. SENT: 490 words, photos.

    MARINES-HUMAN SMUGGLING _ Nine Marines at California's Camp Pendleton base have been charged with human smuggling. SENT: 120 words.

    AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT-JULIE ANDREWS _ The American Film Institute is honoring Julie Andrews with its Life Achievement Award. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    RED PANDA _ Milwaukee County Zoo debuts second red panda cub, Kiki, born in June. SENT: 150 words, photos, video.

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    FACEBOOK-ZUCKERBERG-CONGRESS _ The head of the House Intelligence Committee says he has been assured by the CEO of Facebook that the company is working on ways to prevent foreign actors from disrupting next year's elections. SENT: 680 words, photos. With ELECTION SECURITY-WINDOWS 7 _ Microsoft says it'll offer free security updates through the 2020 election for certified voting systems running on soon-to-be-outdated Windows 7 software. SENT: 630 words.

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    TOUR BUS CRASH-BRYCE CANYON _ A tour bus crashes on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah, killing four people from China and injuring dozens more. Five passengers remained in critical condition, and the death toll could rise, authorities say. SENT: 490 words, photos. With TOUR BUS CRASH-BRYCE CANYON-THE LATEST.

    TROPICAL WEATHER-GULF-FLOOD CONTROL _ Tropical Storm Imelda has presented another test of catastrophic weather for an already storm-scarred stretch of Gulf Coast, and like past ones, the response hasn't escaped second-guessing. Waters receded, but not before the storm dumped more than 40 inches of rain on parts of Texas and Louisiana border and left at least four people dead. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 760 words, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-GULF _ Houston area sees relief, rescues after Imelda leaves 4 dead; TROPICAL WEATHER _ Hurricane Lorena skirts east coast of Mexico's Baja; FLOODING AND SEAFOOD _ Gulf Coast seafood biz slammed by freshwater from floods (all sent).

    STORM AREA 51 EVENTS _ Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials say. SENT: 640 words, photos, video.

    IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES _ A federal judge says he was struggling with a request to more narrowly define what behavior justifies separating children from their parents at the border after complaints that the Trump administration has abused discretionary powers to split families under limited circumstances, like criminal history or questions about whether the adult is really the parent. SENT: 470 words, photo.

    RUSSIAN DOPING-SAMPLES _ The Russian anti-doping agency could face suspension again based on information indicating data from the Moscow drug-testing lab had been manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 530 words, photo.

    ALABAMA GOVERNOR _ Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey underwent a scheduled outpatient procedure as she gets set for specialized radiation treatment for cancer, her office says. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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    INDIA-KASHMIR PRISONERS _ Families from the Himalayan region of Kashmir have traveled nearly 600 miles in sweltering heat to meet relatives being held in an Indian jail in the city of Agra. At least 4,000 people have been arrested in Indian-held Kashmir since the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a security clampdown and scrapped the region's semi-autonomy on Aug. 5 SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

    SOUTH KOREA-SWINE FEVER _ South Korea says tests on dead pigs from two farms near its border with North Korea came back negative for African swine fever, at least temporarily easing fears over the spread of the illness that has ravaged pig herds across Asia. SENT: 330 words, photos.

    YEMEN _ Yemen's Houthi rebels say they are halting drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, one week after they claimed responsibility for a strike that crippled a key oil facility in the kingdom. SENT: 220 words.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    CLIMATE CHANGE-THUNBERG _ Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg says she's overwhelmed by the success of climate protests. But the 16-year-old who sparked the global movement says she was underwhelmed by the United States government's approach to climate change. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS/ TECH

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    WALMART-VAPING _ Walmart is getting out of the vaping business. The nation's largest retailer says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs in the U.S. when it sells out its current inventory. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 620 words, photo.

    FACEBOOK-APP SUSPENSIONS _ Facebook says it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. By Technology Writers Barbara Ortutay and Frank Bajak. SENT: 580 words, photo.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    MILAN FASHION WEEK-WATCH _ Jennifer Lopez won Milan Fashion Week, wowing the crowd at Versace when she emerged wearing a version of the jungle dress that nearly broke the internet almost 20 years ago. By Fashion Writer Colleen Barry. SENT: 960 words, photos.

    EMMYS-FUNNY WOMEN _ Even before the Emmy for best comedy series is announced Sunday, the winners are obvious. An unprecedented number of female-created and produced shows are nominated, the result of a growing demand for TV content that’s given women the opportunity to prove their comedy chops and erode industry bias. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-GEORGIA PREVIEW _ Two years ago, Georgia signaled its re-emergence as a national power with a victory at Notre Dame. Now, it's the rematch with the No. 7 Fighting Irish playing between the hedges for the first time against the No. 3 Bulldogs. By Sports Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    PATRIOTS-BROWN _Antonio Brown was released by the New England Patriots after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct - the third team in seven months to tire of the off-field behavior that has overshadowed his accomplishments as one of the NFL's most prolific receivers for a decade. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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