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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-DIY-FOREIGN POLICY _ Donald Trump has said he doesn’t mind if the U.S. is on its own in the world. Now, it seems he doesn’t mind running American foreign policy on his own as well. With the ouster of John Bolton as his national security adviser, the president has again pushed away an experienced hand in international affairs and a counterweight to his DIY approach to Iran, North Korea, China and more. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-BOLTON _ Trump says he's looking at five individuals to become his fourth national security adviser. SENT: 590 words, photos, video.

    OPIOID CRISIS-PURDUE _ OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reaches a tentative deal with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. But criticism by several state attorneys general clouds prospects for an end to litigation against the company and the family that owns it. By Geoff Mulvihill and Dave Collins. SENT: 600 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-OPIOID CRISIS-PURDUE _ What’s ahead after the Purdue tentative settlement. UPCOMING: 830 words by 7 p.m., photo.

    SEPT 11-ANNIVERSARY _ People who were too young on 9/11 to even remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, pay tribute with wreath-layings and the solemn roll call of the dead as America marks the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on U.S. soil. "As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here," Margie Miller, who lost her husband, Joel, says as she attends the ground zero anniversary ceremony, as she has every year. "I want people to remember." By Karen Matthews and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 840 words, photos, videos.

    BORDER WALL _ On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew puts up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce _ for good _ the flow of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos.

    TRUMP-VAPING _ President Trump says his administration will move to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement could completely remake the multibillion-dollar vaping industry. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video. With VAPING-TRUMP HOTEL _ America’s vaping industry has taken its fight to fend off federal regulation of its products directly to Trump’s doorstep. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., photos.

    WATER WORLD? _ In a tantalizing first, scientists discover water at a planet outside our solar system that has temperatures suitable for life. Two research groups say the water vapor was found in the atmosphere of this so-called Super Earth 110 light-years away in the constellation Leo. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 740 words, photo.

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    TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO-ARREST _ A Chinese businesswoman is convicted of trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents. SENT: 480 words, photo.

    ITALY-WHITE RHINOS _ An international consortium of scientists and conservationists announce they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino. SENT: 350 words, photos.

    SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CARS _ San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days while they undergo repairs. SENT: 290 words, photos.

    TRUMP COURSE-DAMAGE _ A man charged with breaking into singer Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion is accused of causing more than $20,000 damage to President Trump's New Jersey golf course. SENT: 150 words, photos.

    MUSIC-RAPSODY _ There’s an unexpected entry in the competition for the crown of greatest rapper: witty, sharp-tongued Rapsody. SENT: 1,140 words, video, photos.

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    SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY-TRUMP _ Like his two most immediate predecessors, President Trump marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in a speech at the Pentagon _ and like them, he is still unable to end America’s longest war, in Afghanistan. SENT: 780 words, photos, videos.

    SEPT 11-ANNIVERSARY-AL-QAIDA _ Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri calls on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. SENT: 490 words, photo.

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    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE _ The top Democratic presidential contenders will finally be on one debate stage Thursday in Houston as Joe Biden tries to solidify his lead over Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-TEXAS _ Democrats are out to show the rest of the country they can finally win again in Texas. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

    TRUMP-HURRICANE DORIAN _ President Trump denies instructing an aide to urge a federal agency to repudiate weather forecasters who contradicted his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    SPECIAL ELECTION-NORTH CAROLINA-ANALYSIS _ The North Carolina special election results show just how dramatically 2020 could veer out of reach for either President Trump or his Democratic challenger. UPCOMING: 900 words by 7 p.m., photos.

    ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE _ Democrat Beto O’Rourke is looking to revive low polling and fundraising numbers with a free-wheeling, go-anywhere presidential campaign style that he used to nearly upset Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas last year. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

    CONGRESS-GUNS _ Senators pushing to require background checks for private gun sales make a fresh pitch to President Trump amid continued gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

    CONGRESS-OFFSHORE DRILLING _ The House approves legislation that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida’s west coast. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m., photo.

    IMMIGRATION-MEDICAL TREATMENT _ Federal immigration officials are being questioned by House lawmakers over the Trump administration's decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m., photos.

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    BREXIT _ A Scottish court deals another blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans, ruling that his decision to suspend Parliament less than two months before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union was illegal. SENT: 925 words, photos.

    BAHAMAS-HURRICANE AFTERMATH _ An estimated 2,500 people are listed as missing in the Bahamas in Hurricane Dorian's aftermath, the government says. But it cautions that the names have yet to be checked against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters. SENT: 240 words, photos.

    ZIMBABWE-MUGABE _ Zimbabwe’s founding leader Robert Mugabe makes his final journey back to the country, his body flown into the capital amid the contradictions of his long, controversial rule. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    FRANCE-EPSTEIN _ French police appeal for victims and witnesses to come forward to aid their probe into Jeffrey Epstein and anyone else involved in the disgraced financier's alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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    OBIT-T BOONE PICKENS _ T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, has died at age 91. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With OKLAHOMA STATE-PICKENS, OBIT-T BOONE PICKENS-REACTION-GLANCE (both sent).

    GIG ECONOMY _ California lawmakers send the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft where people pick up jobs on their own schedule. SENT: 770 words, photos.

    TALLAHASSEE STABBINGS _ A man gets into an argument with his co-workers and stabs five people at a construction-supply business, authorities say. SENT: 310 words, photo.

    TOY HALL OF FAME-FINALISTS _ The smartphone is being considered for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame in recognition of its impact on how people play and interact. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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    BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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    BEYOND CHINA-TRUMP’S OTHER TRADE FIGHTS _ President Trump has risked turmoil in the financial markets and damage to the U.S. economy in waging his trade war with China. But Trump hasn’t exactly gone easy on America’s friends either. An AP News Analysis. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

    HONG KONG-LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE _ The Hong Kong stock exchange wants to buy its London counterpart to create a $70 billion company, a bold move that faces big hurdles. SENT: 810 words, photo.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    GENE EDITING-HIV _ Scientists report the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient's HIV infection by providing blood cells altered to resist the AIDS virus. By Chief Medical Correspondent Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 630 words, photo.

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    ANTONIO BROWN-LAWSUIT _ Patriots receiver Antonio Brown practices with the team for the first time, a day after his former trainer filed a lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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    TV-INSIDE BILL’S BRAIN _ There are things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: dogs. He likes Coke. But just a few minutes into a new TV series, Gates reveals a fascinating insight. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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