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    Adds MOON LANDING-MEMORIES, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY, SEPT 11-VICTIMS FUND, UNITED STATES-TURKEY, MEXICO-CUTBACKS, FACEBOOK-DIGITAL CURRENCY.

    TRUMP _ Rally in Greenville, N.C., at 7 p.m.

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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-DEMOCRATS _ He’s “racist.” They’re “socialists.” With a tweet and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally wrought contours of the 2020 campaigns. Political triumphs are being proclaimed on all sides. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video, audio. With CONGRESS-TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT _ The House derails an effort by a maverick Texas Democrat to impeach Trump, a measure that’s opposed by party leaders. SENT: 850 words, photos; ELECTION 2020-TRUMP _ Trump is heading south to rally supporters in North Carolina. SENT: 120 words, photo; UPCOMING: 700 words after 7 p.m. rally.

    IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM _ A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. By Elliot Spagat and Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 860 words, photos. With REPORTER ARRESTED-IMMIGRATION _ Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centers. SENT: 690 words.

    EL CHAPO PROSECUTION _ The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble. A federal judge in Brooklyn hands down the sentence, five months after Guzman's conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case. By Tom Hays. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    OVERDOSE DEATHS _ U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posts the provisional numbers showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. Overdose deaths had been climbing each year since 1990, topping 70,000 in 2017. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 500 words, photo. With OPIOID CRISIS-DRUG COMPANIES _ Data shows flood of opioids across US, many of them generics. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

    CONGO-EBOLA _ The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency after the virus spread this week to a city of 2 million people. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone. By Maria Cheng and Jamey Keaten. SENT: 950 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-CONGO-EBOLA _ Why Ebola outbreak is now an international emergency. SENT: 630 words, photo.

    WEATHER-HEAT WAVE _ The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. More than 100 local heat records are expected to fall on Saturday, according to the weather service. By Corey Williams and Seth Borenstein. SENT: 960 words, photo.

    MOON LANDING-MEMORIES _ Fifty years ago, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon, the world was watching. Millions huddled in front of televisions at home and gathered in auditoriums and schoolrooms as the Apollo 11 astronauts ventured onto another world for the first time. Here are stories shared by several of those witnesses to history. By Jeremy Rehm. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With MOON LANDING-AP BOOK (sent).

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    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY _ Prosecutors drop a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in Massachusetts in 2016 after the accuser refused to testify. SENT: 800 words, photo.

    TRUMP-EPSTEIN _ Video footage unearthed by NBC News shows Donald Trump and wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein chatting at a party at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in 1992. SENT: 280 words.

    TRENDY APP-PRIVACY _ A popular app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves is under fire for privacy concerns. SENT: 580 words, photo.

    MEDIA-STIFLING CANDIDATES _ U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is dominating social media attention, dwarfing that of Democrats running for president. SENT: 280 words, photo.

    WORLD EMOJI DAY _ Apple and Google roll out dozens of new emojis that include cute critters but also expand human diversity. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS _ Bernie Sanders vigorously defends his signature "Medicare for All" proposal, and calls on all Democratic presidential candidates to refuse to accept contributions from the health care industry. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-FACT CHECK _ Sanders is all but guaranteeing significant savings from his proposal, but the claims he makes are questionable. SENT: 450 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom .

    NUCLEAR PLANTS-INSPECTIONS _ The nuclear-power industry's push for reduced government inspections is gaining traction under President Trump. SENT: 840 words, photo.

    CONGRESS-CENSUS-CONTEMPT _ Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says a planned vote by the Democratic-controlled House to hold him and Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress is nothing more than "political theater." SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Late afternoon vote expected, 700 words by 7 p.m.

    BUDGET BATTLE _ Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    SUPREME COURT-STEVENS BURIAL _ Plans haven’t been announced, but former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is expected to be the 13th former justice to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. SENT: 650 words, photo.

    TERROR WATCHLIST _ The House adopts a proposal from Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar to force President Trump's administration to disclose details about how it shares a watchlist of "known or suspected terrorists" with foreign countries. SENT: 670 words.

    SEPT 11-VICTIMS FUND _ Republican Sen. Rand Paul blocks the fast-track approval of a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, throwing the bill’s future into question. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION _ Federal prosecutors tell a judge in New York they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. SENT: 700 words, photo.

    POLICE CHOKEHOLD DEATH _ Eric Garner's mother urges the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer accused of using a chokehold in the death of her son, as she marks the five-year anniversary of her loss. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    UNITED STATES-TURKEY _ In a significant break with a longtime NATO ally, the Trump administration says Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-POLITICS _ Prime Minister Theresa May criticizes the increasing intolerance and absolutism of world politics, in a message many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain's leader _ and at President Trump. SENT: 490 words, photos. With BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES-FACT CHECK _ UK leadership contenders are making hard-to-keep promises on Brexit. SENT: 1,370 words, photos.

    MEXICO-CUTBACKS _ Seldom has a leftist been so austerity-minded as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. SENT: 380 words.

    ITALY-OBIT-CAMILLERI _ Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a small-town Sicilian police chief, is dead at 93. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    WINNERS PRIVILEGE _ A study finds that even when winners are shown how the cards are stacked in their favor, they think they've won a game of chance based on skill. It sheds light on privilege in society. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 480 words, photo.

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    BUSINESS/TECH

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    FACEBOOK-DIGITAL CURRENCY _ Facebook endures a second day of criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency as senior House Democrats ask Facebook to scale back the project. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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    ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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    R KELLY-WHAT'S DIFFERENT _Fighting federal child sex crime charges is proving to be a different experience for R. Kelly than when he successfully fought child pornography charges in state court. SENT: 940 words, photo.

    COMIC-CON _ The 50th installment of Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego, with the show room floor open to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates expected by 7 p.m., photos.

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    BRITISH OPEN _ As much as Rory McIlroy wants to treat this British Open like any other, he is not oblivious to his surroundings. It’s the first Open in his native Northern Ireland in 68 years, and most eyes will be on him. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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