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    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ Robert Mueller bluntly dismisses President Donald Trump's claims of total exoneration in the federal probe of Russia's 2016 election interference, telling Congress he explicitly did not clear the president of obstructing his investigation. The former special counsel also rejects Trump's assertions that the probe was a "witch hunt" and hoax. By Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,280 words, video, audio, graphic, interactive on what’s known about Mueller’s investigation. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FACT CHECK _ Trump falsely claims exoneration. SENT: 870 words, photos, videos; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TAKEAWAYS _ Mueller refuses to play the part _ not for Republicans and not for Democrats. SENT: 790 words, photos, videos.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-ANALYSIS _Robert Mueller’s testimony sends the clearest signal yet that impeachment may be slipping out of reach for Democrats and the ultimate verdict on President Donald Trump will be rendered by voters in the 2020 election. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES _ Boris Johnson took over as Britain's prime minister, vowing to break the impasse that defeated his predecessor by leading the country out of the European Union and silencing "the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters" who believe it can't be done. By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. SENT: 1,160 words, photos. With BRITAIN-THERESA MAY _ Theresa May has plenty of options now that she's no longer a resident of 10 Downing Street. SENT: 500 words, photos; BRITAIN-HANDOVER _ Facts about UK's handover of power. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    NORTH KOREA-LAUNCH _ South Korea says North Korea has launched two identified projectiles into the sea off its east coast. The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectile launch came from an area near the eastern city of Wonsan. SENT: 50 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

    OPIOID CRISIS _In 2012, as the death toll from the nation's opioid crisis mounted, drug companies shipped out enough of the powerful and addictive painkillers for every man, woman and child in the U.S. to have nearly a 20-day supply. By Geoff Mulvihill and Riin Aljas. SENT: 880 words, photo.

    FACEBOOK-FTC _ Did Facebook get a slap on the wrist? The Federal Trade Commission's record $5 billion fine and new oversight of Facebook is a serious attempt to rein in the world's largest social media network after years of privacy mishaps. But it doesn't go as far as the company's biggest critics would have liked. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With FACEBOOK-RESULTS _Privacy case settled, Facebook discloses FTC antitrust probe. SENT: 340 words, photo.

    MEEK MILL _A Pennsylvania appeals court on overturned rapper Meek Mill's conviction in a drug and gun case that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform. SENT: 640 words, photo.




    PEOPLE-ANNE HATHAWAY _ Oscar winner Anne Hathaway is pregnant with baby No. 2. SENT: 120 words, photos.

    PERU-PRISON SYMPHONY _ Beethoven behind bars: Peru rehabilitates inmates with music. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    MANNEQUIN HEIST _ Chicago police say thieves smashed a display window of a high-end department store and stole three mannequins dressed from head to feet in designer clothes. SENT: 120 words.

    SCHOOLS-RELIGIOUS MOTTO-SOUTH DAKOTA _ 'In God We Trust' displayed at South Dakota public schools. SENT: 460 words, photos.

    MASS DNA TESTS _ An operator of hospitals and doctors' clinics in Florida is partnering with a private genomics company to offer DNA tests to 10,000 Floridians. SENT: 460 words, photos.

    TOW TRUCK REPO-FAMILY INSIDE _ Virginia police file multiple charges against a tow truck driver after he tried to tow a car with a family inside, then punched the car owner. SENT: 120 words.




    TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-SATER _ Newly unsealed court records confirm that Felix Sater, a former business associate of President Donald Trump, was an invaluable FBI source who used his ties to the criminal underworld to rat out New York's organized crime families and gather intelligence on Al Qaida and arms dealers in Afghanistan. SENT: 960 words.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-SCENE _ Robert Mueller’s long-awaited testimony was just what he’d promised, relentlessly focused on the report he issued in March. Yet it was hardly the commanding performance many expected. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 950 words, photo, video.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TRUMP _ Believing a two-year shadow over the White House at last has been lifted, President Trump and his allies seize on Robert Mueller's testimony as a clear-cut victory, mocking the former special counsel's findings and performance. By Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville. SENT: 10 words, photos, video.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FBI JOB _ President Trump and Robert Mueller differ over whether Mueller sought the job of FBI director a day before he was named special counsel. Both sides agree Mueller was invited to the White House. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MEDIA _Mueller hearing makes for less than compelling TV drama. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.




    IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM _ A federal judge says the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out. SENT: 610 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ Joe Biden rarely lets a public event pass by without reminding voters of his past work alongside President Barack Obama. But the former vice president insists anew that he’s not running for Obama’s third term. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    FAA ADMINISTRATOR _ The Senate confirms former Air Force pilot and Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration, overcoming Democratic claims he mistreated a whistleblower during his tenure at Delta. SENT: 550 words.

    PENTAGON-IRAN _The U.S. military intends to protect American commercial ships against Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz but will not provide naval escorts in every case, the newly installed defense secretary says. SENT: 680 words, photo, video.




    VENEZUELA _ Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro blamed the United States for a second massive blackout this year that cast most of the South American nation in darkness in a desperate attempt to overthrow him. SENT: 360 words, photo.

    CONGO-EBOLA-VACCINE _A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday overturned rapper Meek Mill's conviction in a drug and gun case that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video. With CONGO-EBOLA-PHOTO-ESSAY.

    SOMALIA-BOMBING _ A suicide bomber walked into the office of Mogadishu's mayor and detonated explosives strapped to his waist, killing six people and badly wounding the mayor minutes after a visit from the new United Nations envoy, Somali officials said. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    EUROPE-HEAT WAVE _ Europeans cooled off in public fountains as a new heat wave spread across parts of the continent and is already breaking records. Belgium registered its highest-ever temperature while the Netherlands saw its hottest day in 75 years. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.




    PUERTO RICO-GOVERNOR _More than 100 protesters gathered around the Puerto Rico governor's mansion in a renewed push to oust Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, while his spokesman stressed that he has not resigned but said little else about whether he planned to stay in office or leave. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

    RED SUMMER-CHICAGO _ On a hot July day in 1919, a black 17-year-old swimming in Lake Michigan drifted in a dangerous direction _ toward the white section of a Chicago beach. White beachgoers, angry at Eugene Williams' intrusion, hurled rocks at him. One struck him in the head, and he drowned. And so began a week of riots that would kill 38 people _ 23 of them black, 15 of them white _ and leave more than 500 people injured, according to the Chicago Historical Society. By Noreen Nasir. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/RedSummer

    SAN FRANCISCO-HOMELESS CAMPAIGN _ Homelessness and a housing crunch have come to define San Francisco as much as the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz. Now a new public engagement campaign is urging residents to put aside their political differences and support finding homes for more than 1,000 homeless people. SENT: 610 words, photos.

    INJURED VETERANS-FERTILITY HELP _ A federal program to help injured veterans and their spouses conceive children through in vitro fertilization is being hobbled by anti-abortion forces that oppose how the process can lead to embryos being destroyed. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

    COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ A California entrepreneur pleaded guilty to paying $250,000 to get his son into to the University of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit. Jeffrey Bizzack was the 51st person to be charged in a sweeping scheme that involved rigging test scores and bribing coaches to get students into elite schools. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    WESTERN WILDFIRES _The largest wildfire at the nation's primary nuclear research facility in recent history had been burning close to buildings containing nuclear fuel and other radioactive material but a change in wind direction was pushing the flames into open range at the sprawling site in Idaho, officials said. SENT: 470 words, photos.




    BREAST IMPLANTS-SAFETY RECALL _Breast implant maker Allergan Inc. issued a worldwide recall Wednesday for certain textured models after regulators alerted the company to a heightened cancer risk with the devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it called for the removal after new information showed Allergan's Biocell breast implants with a textured surface were tied to the vast majority of cases of a rare form of lymphoma. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 730 words, photo.




    OBIT-RUTGER HAUER _ Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, who specialized in thoughtful, menacing roles, including a memorable turn as a murderous android in "Blade Runner" opposite Harrison Ford, has died. He was 75. SENT: 560 words, photos.




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