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    VENEZUELA-US TALKS_ A senior Trump administration official says that close allies of the inner circle of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro want guarantees they won't face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove Maduro. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1240 words, photos.

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    AFGHANISTAN-ISLAMIC STATE THREAT_ A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. By The Associated Press. SENT: 1030 words, photos. With AFGHANISTAN _ Afghanistan's president is vowing to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate. SENT: 140 words.

    TRUMP-ECONOMY _ President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is trying to play down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets, while the White House trade adviser asserts Americans aren’t affected by the administration's trade war with China even though tariffs have led to higher consumer prices for many items. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    NABE-SURVEY OF ECONOMISTS_ A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Thirty-four percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. That's up from 25% in a survey taken in February. SENT: 500 words.

    TRUMP-ECONOMY _ President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is trying to play down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets, while the White House trade adviser asserts Americans aren’t affected by the administration's trade war with China even though tariffs have led to higher consumer prices for many items. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-JUSTIN AMASH _ Justin Amash left the Republican Party over his opposition to President Donald Trump and Democrats are celebrating. The Michigan congressman's departure means a three-way race in his politically shifting district, giving Democrats fresh hope for picking up his a seat. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1170 words, photos.

    HONG KONG-POLITICS AND POP_ Amid ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, at least eight Chinese K-pop stars along with one from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong are publicly stated their support for the one-China policy. That’s elicited both disappointment and understanding from fans in the latest example of how celebrities and companies feel the pressure to toe the line politically in the important Chinese market. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 1490 words, photos.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN-EARLY ACCUSER_ One of Jeffrey Epstein’s first known accusers says police didn’t take her complaint seriously in 1997 and blew the chance to bring the financier to justice long before he was charged with sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls and women. By Katie Campione and Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 1040 words, photo at 9:00 a.m.

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    WALMART-ARMED MEN-MISSOURI_ Two men with handguns in their waistbands alarmed shoppers when they entered a Kansas City-area Walmart, but police say they were just buying ammunition for target practice. SENT: 200 words.

    JEWISH CENTER-THREAT_ Police say a man accused of posting what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram has been arrested on charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing. SENT: 230 words.

    POLICE SHOOTING-WISCONSIN _ Police say an officer responding to a report of a burglary attempt in Caledonia, Wisconsin, was attacked by a man with an "edged weapon" and fired his gun, killing the man. SENT: 95 words.

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    ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-ORIGIN STORY_ Loss is central to Joe Biden's political persona, a history he has often shared - at some points reluctantly, at others readily and on at least a few occasions with inaccuracies in the account. Now in his third bid for the White House, the painful story of the deaths of his wife and 13-month-old daughter comes up as point of connection to voters and a personal experience on health care policy. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 2,700 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-CRIMINAL JUSTICE _ Bernie Sanders’ criminal justice overhaul aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons, legalize marijuana. SENT: 510 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-SENATE-REPUBLICAN-GUNS_With recent mass shootings weighing heavily on Arizona Republicans, GOP candidates looking ahead at tough races increasingly are eyeing new ways to address anxieties about gun violence without crossing those who see gun restrictions as an infringement on the constitutional right to bear arms. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    FLORIDA PALMS ENDANGERED_ Florida’s iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps within months with no chance for recovery once ill. Lethal bronzing is caused by a bacteria spread by a rice-sized insect. It has gone from a small infestation on Florida’s Gulf Coast to a statewide problem in a decade. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 1010 words, photos.

    OBIT-KATHLEEN BLANCO _Kathleen Blanco, the former Louisiana governor who still called her life ‘charmed’ despite her political downfall from Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent battle with cancer, has died at 76. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ An Iranian supertanker hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects to be tied to a sanctioned organization lifted its anchor and begun moving away from Gibraltar late on Sunday. 580 words.

    SOUTH KOREA-JAPAN-BAD RELATIONS_ South Korea and Japan have locked themselves in a dispute over history and trade that in a span of weeks saw their relations sink to a low unseen in decades. By Kim Tong-Hyung and Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 1260 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS

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    FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares are higher as investors continue to rejigger their read on President Donald Trump's trade war and growing worries about slowing economies around the world. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 410 words, photos.

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    BOOKS-HALPERIN _ A reported book deal for Mark Halperin, the "Game Change" co-author and political commentator who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is being greeted with widespread outrage. Politico announced Sunday that Halperin's "How To Beat Trump" was expected in November. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 670 words, photo.

    FILM-BOX OFFICE _The R-rated comedy, left for dead by some Hollywood studios, again reached No.1 at the box office over the weekend thanks to the raunchy coming-of-age tale "Good Boys," about a trio of 12-year-olds on a crude misadventure. SENT: 1080 words, photos.

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    GLF--TIGER’S SEASON _ For the fifth time in the last six years, August on the PGA Tour means no more Tiger Woods for the rest of the season. Only now he's healthy. He also is the Masters champion. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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