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    Adds ELECTION 2020-SANDERS, CONGRESS-GAETZ, FACEBOOK-ZUCKERBERG-CONGRESS, ECUADOR-POLITICAL CRISIS.

    NLDS-CARDINALS-BRAVES _ Game starts 5:02 p.m.

    NLDS-NATIONALS-DODGERS _ Game starts 8:30 p.m.

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    THE RECKONING-THE PRIEST AND THE GIRL _ In 1989, a 16-year-old Kenyan girl gave birth to a light-skinned boy _ the child, his family says, of a priest. The priest was transferred, and a Kenyan man’s name was listed as the boy’s father on the birth certificate. The Vatican is now investigating, but the family says for three decades the story was covered up _ a testament to the extraordinary ways in which church officials have dealt with accusations that priests in the developing world have had sex with girls and young women. By Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza. SENT: 2,520 words, photos. Abridged version also available. TOP VIDEO: Kenya Priest (CR) _ Church accused of covering up priest's paternity. Series story hub: https://apnews.com/TheReckoning

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    SYRIA _ Turkey launches airstrikes, fires artillery and begins a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the start of the campaign, which followed an abrupt decision Sunday by U.S. President Donald Trump that American troops would step aside to allow for the operation. By Lefteris Pitarakis and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,340 words, photos, video. With UNITED STATES-SYRIA-TRUMP _ Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Kurd-held areas in Syria leads to a rare, near immediate result. SENT: 1,000 words, photos; UNITED STATES-SYRIA-ISLAMIC STATE _ US moves Islamic State prisoners as Turkey attacks Syria. SENT: 400 words, photo.

    TRUMP-SYRIA-SURPRISE _ For once, Republicans and Democrats in Congress were in the same place: out of the loop. When it came to President Trump’s abrupt announcement that U.S. forces would no longer protect Syrian Kurds from a Turkish invasion, his supporters knew as little as his critics. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 800 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-SYRIA-SANCTIONS BILL _ Emerging bipartisan Senate bill would punish Turkey for invasion. SENT: 330 words, photos, video; TRUMP-MR KURD _ A year ago, Kurdish journalist Rahim Rashidi stood up at a press conference and listened to Trump praise his people. Now he feels betrayed. SENT: 400 words, photo.

    GERMANY-SHOOTING _ A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tries to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shoots two people to death outside the building in an attack that he livestreamed on a popular gaming site. The attacker shot at the door of the synagogue in the eastern city of Halle but did not get in as 70 to 80 people inside were observing the holy day. By Geir Moulson and Jens Meyer. SENT: 1,200 words, video, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-WHAT IS TWITCH? _ Shooter livestreamed attack on site best known for letting people watch others play video games. SENT: 570 words.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-DEMOCRATS _ The White House letter vowing to defy what it calls the "illegitimate" impeachment inquiry has put President Trump on a more certain path to actual charges. His refusal to honor subpoenas or allow testimony will likely play into formal accusations against him. By Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Daly and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ Joe Biden says for the first time that Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office. SENT: 1,000 words, photos; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-POLITICS _ While Trump plays impeachment defense in Washington, Republicans are taking the fight to Democrats in the states. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., photos, video; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-WHAT’S NEXT _ Summary of the latest developments. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 p.m., photo.

    CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-POWER SHUTOFF _ Bottled water and batteries fly off the shelves at California stores as millions of customers prepare to live without electricity for days in the face of what Pacific Gas & Electric calls an unprecedented wildfire danger. The utility announces that it is shutting off power to 800,000 customers in 34 California counties to reduce the chance of fierce winds knocking down or toppling trees into power lines during a siege of hot, dry, gusty weather. By Olga R. Rodriguez and Janie Har. SENT: 1,260 words, photos, video. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-POWER SHUTOFF-Q&A (sent).

    NOBEL-CHEMISTRY _ If you're reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank this year's three winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. But the batteries developed by the British, American and Japanese winners are far more revolutionary than just for on-the-go computing and calling. By David Keyton and Jamey Keaten. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

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    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT LAUER _ A woman who worked with NBC at the Sochi Olympics claims she was raped by former anchor Matt Lauer, an encounter the former "Today" show host says was consensual. SENT: 150 words, photo.

    DEFENSE-INTELLIGENCE-LEAK-INVESTIGATION _ A Defense Intelligence Agency official is arrested and charged with leaking classified intelligence information to two journalists, including a reporter he was dating. SENT: 580 words, photos.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-UKRAINE AMBASSADOR _ The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine has emerged as a key figure in the House inquiry over whether President Trump abused his powers to push a foreign government for political favors. SENT: 1,030 words, photo.

    BRITAIN-US DIPLOMAT'S WIFE _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asks President Trump to intervene in the case of an American diplomat's wife who left the U.K. after being involved in a fatal road crash. SENT: 150 words, photos.

    MELANIA TRUMP _ Melania Trump praises removal of e-cigarettes from stores. SENT: words by 7 p.m., photos, video.

    KURT COBAIN-AUCTION _ The green cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana's MTV "Unplugged" performance and one of the late rocker's guitars are headed to auction. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS _ Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he "misspoke" when he told reporters he may slow his frenetic campaigning pace after a recent heart attack. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8 p.m. With ELECTION 2020-WARREN-FUNDRAISING _ Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren says she will keep shunning large-dollar fundraisers if she is the nominee. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-MINNESOTA _ President Trump is trading Twitter insults with Minneapolis’ mayor over who should pay more than $500,000 in security costs for Thursday’s rally. SENT: 930 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-GAETZ _ Long before Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was calling the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee "Captain Kangaroo," he built a reputation as an agitator who wasn't shy about calling out other lawmakers. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-ALABAMA SENATE _ Often referred to as the Senate’s most endangered Democrat, Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama is gearing up for the fight of his political life as he aims for another Deep South victory in 2020. The impeachment probe only complicates things. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. For more coverage of the 2020 U.S. Elections, see the featured topic page on APNewsroom .

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT _ State prosecutors in New York City ask a judge to reject claims by the defense team for twice-convicted Paul Manafort that their mortgage fraud case is double jeopardy. SENT: 350 words.

    FACEBOOK-ZUCKERBERG-CONGRESS _ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress this month as the tech giant is under pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its massive market power and record of privacy breaches. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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    HURRICANE MICHAEL-RECOVERY _ A year after Hurricane Michael devastated Bay County, the community on the Florida Panhandle is in crisis: Thousands are still homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, and mental health services are overwhelmed with backlogs. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT_ Testimony in Amber Guyger’s murder trial about deleted texts and turning off squad car cameras following the now-former Dallas police officer's killing of her neighbor, Botham Jean, continue to fuel community skepticism. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6:30 p.m., photos.

    FEMA FLOOD BUYOUTS _ A study finds that FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood. SENT: 800 words, photo.

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    HAITI-POLITICAL CRISIS _ As the public appearances of President Jovenel Moïse fade with Haiti's deepening political turmoil, dozens of people from political parties old and new vie to become the country's next leader as they seize on widespread discontent. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    BREXIT _ Despite having only days to bridge divisions over Brexit, the European Union maintains a semblance of hope that the acrimonious fight over Britain's departure from the bloc can somehow still be settled amicably. SENT: 760 words, photos.

    ECUADOR-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Thousands of protesters stage anti-government rallies, seeking to intensify pressure on Ecuador's president after a week of unrest sparked by fuel price hikes. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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    CHINA TRADE-TALKS RESUME _ President Trump and China's Xi Jinping have plenty of reasons to call off their trade war. Yet the 13th round of U.S.-China trade negotiations, set to begin Thursday, is unlikely to prove any more successful than the previous 12. By Economics Writer Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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    MEDICARE RULES _ President Trump’s administration is proposing to overhaul decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating care for patients. SENT: 580 words, photo.

    CONGO MEASLES OUTBREAK _ More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children's agency says. SENT: 275 words.

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    CHINA NBA RELATIONSHIP-WHAT NEXT _ When major corporations have angered Chinese authorities in recent years, the playbook calls for one thing: An apology. The NBA _ with billions at stake _ has resisted that for now, though some experts wonder if such a move is inevitable. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    NLDS-CARDINALS-BRAVES _ Atlanta will send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty in a rematch of their Game 2 pitching duel. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 5:02 p.m. With NLDS-NATIONALS-DODGERS _ Facing elimination, Stephen Strasburg starts for the Washington Nationals against Walker Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the division series. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins 8:30 p.m.

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    MEDIA-FOX-TRUMP _ Critics of President Trump who wonder about the tenacity of his loyal supporters need only spend three hours with Fox News Channel’s headliners. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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