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    BORDER WALL _ Construction on a 2-mile portion of replacement fencing funded by President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration has begun in southern Arizona, one of several projects that will build hundreds of miles of new and replacement barriers.

    Adds JEFFREY EPSTEIN; CHILD SEX ABUSE-YESHIVA UNIVERSITY; FIGHTING ROBOCALLS; FOX NEWS-HISPANIC JOURNALISTS; MEXICO-VIGILANTES; TRUMP-G7;UNITED STATES-FOREIGN AID; IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY-JEWS; OPIOIDS-PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY; MASS SHOOTING-TEXAS; NORTH CAROLINA-DORM KILLING; SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN; OVERSTOCK-CEO RESIGNS; HEART POLYPILL,HFR.

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    AP POLL-TRUMP _ Americans’ view of President Donald Trump remains poor in the wake of a another national tragedy, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which reveals some support for the Republican president’s handling of the economy but consistently weak marks for his job performance overall. By Steve Peoples and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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    ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-ECONOMY _ As recession warning signs flash, Democratic presidential candidates are trying to strike a balance between leveling blame on Donald Trump and avoiding the appearance of cheering for a downturn that could hurt his reelection chances. By Julie Pace. SENT: 900 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

    ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-WOMEN _ President Donald Trump, mindful that he fares poorly with women voters, has female surrogates fanning out around the country in an effort to persuade them to change their minds. By Jill Colvin and Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 730 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing with evening events.

    WORLD ECONOMY-VITAL SIGNS _ As world financial leaders converge on Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the global economy is looking rickety. Europe and Japan are stagnating. Embroiled in a nasty trade dispute with the United States, China’s economy is decelerating, creating the potential for collateral damage in the developing countries that supply it with raw material. By Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

    JEFFREY EPSTEIN _ Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed up to 20 staff members at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, amid mounting evidence that guards failed to keep watch on the financier as he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls, a person familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press. By Tom Hays and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 500 words, photo.

    U.S. CYBER ATTACKS-CITIES _ A recent attack on more than 20 Texas cities was just the latest reminder of local governments’ appeal for ransomware hackers that demand thousands of dollars to restore access to captive government computers and public records. By Katherine Foody. SENT: 930 words, photos.

    RACE FOR THE ARCTIC _ The US, Russia, China and other countries are racing to gain a larger foothold in the Arctic for strategic defense and economic purposes including aims to exploit natural resources such as rare earth metals in Greenland and oil reserves as the planet warms and the ice melts. By David Rising and Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

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    CHILD SEX ABUSE-YESHIVA UNIVERSITY _ Thirty-eight former students of an orthodox Jewish school in Manhattan operated by Yeshiva University are suing over claims they were molested by two rabbis in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

    FIGHTING ROBOCALLS _ Major phone companies are promising the country's state attorneys general that they will do more against robocalls. SENT: 320 words, photo.

    FOX NEWS-HISPANIC JOURNALISTS _ The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is rescinding an invitation to Fox News to sponsor a conference and returning the organization’s money after complaining about a radio host. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

    KODAK BLACK _ Rapper Kodak Black has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges. SENT: 280 words, photo.

    TV-SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS _ Sarah Sanders heads to Fox News as a contributor. SENT: 100 words.

    APPLE CARD-SPECIAL CARE _ Leather wallets, loose change pose danger for new Apple Card. SENT: 200 words.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    BRAZIL-AMAZON FIRES _ Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. SENT: 740 words, photos.

    ITALY-POLITICS _ Italy's president says he's giving party leaders a few more days to nail down a deal for a new governing coalition or he'll have to call new elections. By Frances D’Emilio and Giada Zampano. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: ITALY-CATHOLIC SYMBOLS _ Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's brandishing of Catholic symbols has gone down as one of the most significant elements of his successful bid to topple Italy's government. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

    MEXICO-VIGILANTES _ Mexico's government appears to be split about whether it should talk to some armed vigilante groups, or treat them as criminals. SENT: 790 words, photos.

    BANGLADESH-ROHINGYA _ Officials say no Rohingya Muslims staying in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh have turned up for a planned repatriation to Myanmar because they want to be guaranteed safety and citizenship first. By Tofayel Ahmad and Julhas Alam. SENT: 500 words, photos. WITH: MYANMAR-SEXUAL VIOLENCE _ A U.N. report says sexual violence by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide. By Grant Peck. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    SKOREA-JAPAN-INTELLIGENCE SHARING _ South Korea has terminated an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, a surprise decision that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in Asia. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

    G7 SUMMIT-PROTESTS _ The G-7 summit has for the first time co-opted the message of its protesters: Capitalism has led to damaging inequalities and environmental degradation that has harmed the global economy and a handful of rich countries can't be the only ones making decisions for the world. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 570 words, photos.

    FRANCE-LIBERATION OF PARIS _ On Sunday, Paris will celebrate 75 years since its liberation, when French and American tanks rolled into the former jewel of European cities that had epitomized the sweet life. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson exuded confidence as he pressed French President Emmanuel Macron to accept his request to reopen Brexit negotiations, meeting in Paris on the second stop of his first European tour as U.K. leader. SENT: 700 words, photos. With BREXIT-THE LATEST; BREXIT-JOHNSON-FOOT DIPLOMACY _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson briefly puts foot on table in French presidential palace (both sent).

    POLAND-STORM DEATHS _ Lightning struck across the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland and neighboring Slovakia, killing five people and injuring over 100 others in an area popular with hikers and families. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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    TRUMP-G7 _ President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's most industrialized nations will open their annual G-7 summit in France over the weekend by discussing the global economy. SENT: 130 words, photo. Developing.

    UNITED STATES-FOREIGN AID _ Facing bipartisan opposition, President Trump scraps an effort to cut some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers had already approved. SENT: 280 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-CLIMATE _ Frustrating boisterous activists, Democratic Party leaders decline to call for a presidential primary debate focused on the climate crisis, but tinker ever-so-slightly with restrictions on what kind of single-issue events their White House hopefuls can attend. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 810 words, photo. With ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-CLIMATE _ Bernie Sanders outlines a $16.3 trillion climate plan that builds on the Green New Deal. SENT: 790 words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY-JEWS _ From fiery protests outside detention centers in Texas, New Jersey and Rhode Island to a sit-in that blockaded an Amazon store in New York, a fledgling coalition of liberal Jewish groups is increasingly making itself heard as it fights the Trump administration's immigration policies. SENT: 740 words, photos.

    ELECTION-2020-SENATE-COLORADO_ Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. SENT: 480 words, photos, video.

    ELECTION 2020-CALIFORNIA _ Bernie Sanders has promised to win the California presidential primary, but home-state Sen. Kamala Harris is defending her turf, putting the two on a collision course in a state both see as a critical steppingstone to the White House. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-CLIMATE _ Sanders outlines $16.3 trillion climate plan that builds on Green New Deal. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    OPIOIDS-PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY _ Federal health officials propose revamping stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation's opioid epidemic. SENT: 400 words, photo.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FOREIGN LOBBYING _ Rick Gates, a key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, takes the stand in the foreign lobbying trial of prominent Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who once served as White House counsel under President Barack Obama’s. SENT: 770 words. Will be updated.

    TRUMP-COUSY _ President Donald Trump awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to former NBA player and coach Bob Cousy, who won six league championships and the 1957 MVP title. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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    MASS SHOOTING-TEXAS _ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook to discuss ways of combatting extremism following the mass shooting in El Paso that left 22 people dead. SENT: 650 words, photos. Developing. With MASS SHOOTING-TEXAS-WALMART _ Walmart says it will reopen its El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting this month, but only after the entire interior of the store is rebuilt. SENT: 640 words, photos.

    KING SALMON BOOM _ California fishermen are reporting one of the best salmon fishing seasons in years, thanks to heavy rain and snow that ended the state's historic drought. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

    UNIVERSITY CAMPUS-KILLING _ Police say the suspect arrested in a stabbing death at California State University, Fullerton, was a co-worker of the victim. SENT: 340 words, photos.

    NORTH CAROLINA-DORM KILLING _ A three-judge panel rules a mentally ill man who was convicted of killing a North Carolina college student 40 years ago is innocent; prison officials preparing for his release. SENT: 650 words, photo.

    NAACP-INNOCENCE CLAIM _ A North Carolina man who maintained his innocence even as he served a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit was freed Thursday and said he got his strength in prison from God and his mother. SENT: 550 words, photos.

    PARKING DISPUTE SHOOTING _ The Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a handicapped parking space told detectives he fired because he had been pushed to the ground and he feared the man was about to "finish" what he started. SENT: 760 words, photo.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN _ Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a new indictment as prosecutors seek to have jurors hear from an actress who's accused him of a 1993 rape. SENT: 600 words, photo.

    AFRICAN LANDING-400TH ANNIVERSARY _ Four hundred years after American slavery and democratic self-rule were born almost simultaneously in what became the state of Virginia, ceremonies will mark the arrival of enslaved Africans in the mid-Atlantic colony and seek healing from the legacy of bondage that still haunts the nation. SENT: 770 words, photos.

    EXECUTION-SERIAL KILLER _ A serial killer dubbed the "I-95 killer" who preyed on older, gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast a quarter century ago is scheduled to be executed. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for 6 p.m.

    PRIEST ABUSE-MICHIGAN _ A priest is accused of wrapping a teen boy in plastic and masking tape and leaving him in a janitor's room at a Michigan church. SENT: 300 words.

    WOMAN KILLED-BABY TAKEN _ The North Dakota Supreme Court has thrown out the life sentence given to a man whose girlfriend cut the baby from the womb of an unsuspecting neighbor. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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    LIFESTYLES

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    CHICKEN SANDWICH WARS _ A nation already polarized finds itself divided once again, but this time, politics has nothing to do with it: The blame lies squarely on a fried piece of poultry. People are choosing sides and beefing over chicken, thanks to Popeyes’ release of its crispy chicken sandwich and the social media battle that has followed. By Katie Workman. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    HEART POLYPILL,HFR _ A large study finds that a cheap daily pill combining four generic drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. The results published Thursday suggest this polypill approach could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries. SENT: 550 words, photos, all hold for release until 6:30 p.m.

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    BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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    FINANCIAL MARKETS _A wobbly day on Wall Street left stock indexes mostly lower Thursday as investors turned cautious ahead of a widely anticipated speech by the Federal Reserve chairman. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

    OVERSTOCK-CEO RESIGNS _ The CEO of Overstock.com has resigned, saying he'd become "far too controversial" the lead the e-commerce company following comments he made about the "Deep State" and federal “Men in Black.” SENT: 230 words, photo.

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    NWSL-WORLD CUP BUMP _ Record-breaking attendance at National Women’s Soccer League matches is evidence of the World Cup bump. By Sports Writer Anne Peterson. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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