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    UNITED STATES-IRAN _ President Trump says a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship. The incident marks a new escalation of tensions less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike. By Darlene Superville and Robert Burns. SENT: 910 words, photos, video. With IRAN-FOREIGN MINISTER _ Iran FM not giving up hope tensions with US can be resolved. SENT: 610 words, photo.

    TRUMP-DEMOCRATS _ President Donald Trump chides campaign supporters who chanted “send her back” about a Somali-born congresswoman, chiming in only after a small but growing chorus of Republicans warn the episode could damage GOP efforts in the 2020 elections. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS _ Democrats are united in their condemnation of President Trump’s exploitation of race as a campaign anthem. They are far less united around the best way to counter it. By Steve Peoples and Errin Haines Whack. UPCOMING: 990 words, photos, video by 7 p.m.; TRUMP-LOVE OF COUNTRY _ As a 2016 presidential candidate, Donald Trump saw a country that had lost its greatness. Now he says critics hate the U.S. and should leave. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION _Court records show that President Donald Trump took part in a flurry of phone calls in the weeks before the 2016 election as his close aides and allies scrambled to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The documents detailing calls and text messages were made public as federal prosecutors closed their investigation into the payoff - and a similar payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal - with no plans to charge anyone in the scandal beyond Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 890 words, photos.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN _ A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the "heart of this decision." Epstein, with his hands folded before him, showed no reaction to the announcement by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. It means Epstein will remain behind bars while he fights charges that he exploited dozens of girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. By Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister. SENT: 630 words, photos.

    OPIOID CRISIS-ONE COUNTY _ The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural county deep in Appalachia. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone seems to have known someone who died from drug-related causes. Five children in one elementary school class were said to have lost a parent to an overdose death this past academic year. By Angie Wang and John Minchillo. SENT: 1,180 words, photos. WITH: OPIOID CRISIS-DISTRIBUTOR CHARGED _ Federal authorities say an Ohio-based wholesale drug distributor that's been linked before to the opioid drug crisis has been charged in a painkiller pill distribution conspiracy case. SENT: 750 words.

    CHURCHES-SANCTUARY _ So far this week, an anticipated nationwide sweep has not materialized at the expected magnitude. Yet the mere prospect of such action has prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations across the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services. By David Crary and Hannah Grabenstein. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

    TRUMP TRADE WARS-BUSINESSES ADAPT _ Some are moving factories out of China. Others are strategically redesigning products. Some are seeking loopholes in trade law or even mislabeling where their goods originate _ all with the goal of evading President Donald Trump's sweeping tariffs on goods from China. But most of the companies that stand to be hurt by Trump's tariffs are hunkering down and waiting _ waiting because they don't know when, whether or how his yearlong trade war with China will end or which other countries the president might target next. By Business Writers Paul Wiseman, Anne D'innocenzio and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,610 words, photos. An abridged version of 950 words is also available.




    PEOPLE-RAPPER YG _ Rapper YG's home searched after deputy-involved shooting. SENT: 340 words, photo.

    CHURCH SIGN _ A church sign in Virginia is drawing attention over a message that says: "America: Love it or Leave It." SENT: 400 words, photo, video.

    BRITAIN-AIR RAGE _ A passenger accused of misbehavior on a Jet2 flight receives a bill for $106,000. SENT: 225 words.

    MEXICO-CIRCLE K-SEXIST AD _ Circle K Mexico apologizes for an advertisement on "Secretary Day" that promoted a deal on chocolate, red wine and condoms. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    TOYS R US--COMEBACK _Toys R Us plans a small comeback with 2 stores this year. SENT: 610 words, photo.




    CONGRESS-MINIMUM WAGE _ House Democrats approve legislation to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, showcasing the progress and challenge of a signature issue for the party ahead of the 2020 election. But the measure has little chance in the Republican-controlled Senate. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    HOMELAND SECURITY-BORDER WOES _ A top Trump administration official tells Congress the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. By Colleen Long. SENT: 640 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-CELEBRITY FUNDRAISING _A-list celebrities seem to be opening their hearts _ or at least their wallets _ to Pete Buttigieg. The Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor has used breakout town hall performances, viral moments and his biography as a millennial, gay military veteran and a former Rhodes scholar to get the attention of the entertainment industry. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 710 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-DEBATES _ CNN is set to announce the lineup for the second Democratic primary debates. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 8 p.m. announcement, 500 words by 8 p.m., photos.

    ELECTION 2020-WARREN _ White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren proposes new regulations on the private equity industry, pitching constraints designed to end what she decries as “legalized looting” by investment firms that take over troubled companies. SENT: 630 words, photos.

    SEPT 11-VICTIMS FUND _ The Senate will vote next week on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. SENT: 430 words, photo.




    JAPAN-ANIMATION STUDIO FIRE _ A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate _ and futile _ attempt to escape. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.

    CONGO-EBOLA _ Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency, authorities said. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease that has killed more than 1,600 people in the past year, said the outbreak response coordinator at Congo's health ministry, Dr. Aruna Abedi. By Krista Larson and Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    MEXICO-IMMIGRATION-FEAR AT THE BORDER _ For the 1,800 or so asylum seekers and migrants currently stuck in Nuevo Laredo waiting for a chance at refuge in the United States, fear is palpable and stories of harrowing experiences are common. Months-long stays on the Mexican side of the frontier have become the rule for many under recent U.S. policies. Their situation is especially precarious in Tamaulipas, home to Nuevo Laredo, where organized crime is dominant and the U.S. government tells its own employees not to set foot. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

    BREXIT _ With Britain set to get a new pro-Brexit leader within days, lawmakers erected a roadblock in the path of any attempt by the incoming prime minister to take the country out of the European Union without a divorce deal. The move came as the U.K.'s official economic watchdog said a no-deal Brexit would trigger a recession, with the pound plummeting in value and the economy shrinking by 2% in a year. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    IRAN-CRAZY FOR BITCOIN _ Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country. In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry process of "mining" Bitcoin is abusing Iran's system of subsidized electricity; in the United States, some observers have warned that cryptocurrencies could be used to bypass the Trump administration's sanctions targeting Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. SENT: 890 words, photos.




    MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR _ A former University of Illinois doctoral student is facing life in prison for the rape and murder of a 26-year-old scholar from China whom he abducted from a bus stop near campus in 2017, after a federal jury said that they failed to agree on sentencing him to death. SENT: 790 words, photos.

    CLIMATE PLAN-NEW YORK _ Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for all the state's electricity to come from renewable, carbon-free sources such as solar, wind and hydropower. Transportation and building heating systems would also run on clean electricity rather than oil and gas. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

    EL CHAPO PROSECUTION _ Only hours after receiving a life sentence, convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was forced to make a sudden departure to the highest-security prison in the U.S. to serve the term, his lawyer said. SENT: 430 words, photo.

    PUERTO RICO-TRUMP _ Puerto Ricans are waging a far-flung effort to forge a sustainable protest movement to turn Gov. Ricardo Rosselló out of office. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

    WWII-PACIFIC REMAINS _ The U.S. military has brought back the remains of more than 20 servicemen killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. SENT: 140 words, photos, video.




    HOT JUNE _ The heat goes on: Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record as the climate keeps going to extremes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius), about 1.7 degrees (0.9 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 300 words, photos.

    VIRGIN GALACTIC _ Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson says his spaceship has just a few more test flights before he jumps on board for the first tourist trip. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 630 words, photos.




    NETFLIX-FUTURE OF STREAMING _ How much is too much for streaming video? A dramatic slowdown in worldwide growth at Netflix - including the first quarterly drop in its U.S. subscribers since 2011 - is raising questions about just how much are people willing to pay for streaming services. Especially with a host of new ones from Disney, Apple and others on their way. SENT: 650 words, photo.




    KENNEDY CENTER HONORS _ Actress Sally Field and foundational children’s show Sesame Street will top this year’s class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 630 words, photos.

    COMIC-CON-TERMINATOR-DARK FATE _Leave the kids at home, "Terminator: Dark Fate" is getting an R-rating. Director Tim Miller told the audience at San Diego Comic-Con that it wasn't always going to be the plan, but the fans demanded it. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 580 words, photos. With COMIC-CON-TOM CRUISE _ Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with 'Top Gun' sequel trailer. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    MUSIC-LABRINTH _ British singer-songwriter-producer Labrinth knew what he was in for when he learned he was about to work with Beyoncé: "She's a perfectionist and she's a Virgo, like my wife. Virgos are serious perfectionists." "I was like, `I know what I'm in for and I like that,'" he added. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 645 words, photos.




    GLF-BRITISH OPEN _An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




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