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    OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS _ Jury selection set to begin in landmark federal opioid trial. SENT: 360 words, photos.

    COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ Business owner to be sentenced in college admissions scandal. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Sentencing at 2:30 p.m.

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    SCHOOLS-TOXIC LEGACY _ Tens of thousands of schools may be contaminated with PCBs, toxic chemicals banned 40 years ago over concerns they could cause cancer and other illnesses. Yet the EPA and Congress have failed to determine the scope of the problem or come up with a comprehensive plan or funding to help schools assess and mitigate the potential risks. As a result, schools simply don't test for fear they will be forced to spend money they don't have, and parents are left in the dark. By Tammy Webber and Martha Irvine. SENT: 2,710 words, photos, video. With abridged.

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    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-ANALYSIS _ Elizabeth Warren finds herself defending the broad ambition she has laid out to remake the American economy and rebalance the nation’s wealth. More moderate candidates in the latest Democratic presidential debate, including Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, cast Warren as both unrealistic and vague. How Warren handles that criticism will be a central test of whether she can maintain her standing. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-DEBATE _ Debate rivals assail Warren as she joins Democrats' top rank; ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-TAKEAWAYS _ Warren under fire, 70s club ignores age issue; ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-FACT CHECK _ Some shaky claims on guns, jobs and health care. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT _ The impeachment inquiry is revealing vivid new details about the high-level unease over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, and those of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. The testimony from witnesses, mainly officials from the State Department and other foreign policy posts, is largely corroborating the account of the government whistleblower whose complaint first sparked the impeachment inquiry. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-UKRAINE-SONDLAND _ Sondland prepared to deny he was warned about Ukraine work; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-GIULIANI FIXERS _ Ex-Rep. Sessions subpoenaed in Giuliani grand jury probe. For full coverage: https://apnews.com/Trumpimpeachmentinquiry

    SYRIA _ Russia says it is working to prevent a conflict between advancing Turkish and Syrian government forces, as Turkey's president defies growing pressure and sanctions from Western allies for a cease-fire in northern Syria. By Elena Becatoros. SENT: 720 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-SYRIA-BACK CHANNELS _ Fearing U.S. abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open; SYRIA-THE LATEST.

    TURKEY-SYRIA-PATRIOTISM _ Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighboring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high _ as has bewilderment and anger at the overwhelmingly negative international reaction to Ankara’s actions. By Elena Becatoros. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    COVERAGE FOR ALL _ A new study finds there’s more than one way to get to Democrats’ long-sought goal of coverage for all. The report from two nonpartisan think tanks finds that building on Barack Obama’s health law can deliver near-universal coverage. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 760 words, photo.

    FACIAL RECOGNITION-HUAWEI _ A video surveillance system with facial recognition by Huawei is being rolled out across hundreds of cities around the world, particularly in poorer countries with weak track records of human rights or data protection over which the Chinese government has increased its influence through large business deals. With the U.S. claiming that Chinese state authorities can get backdoor access to Huawei data, the aggressive rollout is raising concerns about the privacy of millions of people in countries with little power to stand up to China. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, graphic. With CHINA-HUAWEI _ Huawei reports sales gain despite U.S. sanctions.

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    PAKISTAN-ROYAL-COUPLE _ Prince William, Kate visit Pakistan's climate-change hit north. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    VATICAN-NUTRITION _ Pope on World Food Day laments paradox of hunger, obesity. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    GREECE-MIGRANT SURGE-PHOTO GALLERY _ Migrant surge overwhelms Greek islands. SENT: 310 words. With 23 photos.

    UEFA-RACISM-LAZIO _ UEFA punishes Lazio for fans' racism at Europa League game. SENT: 150 words, photo.

    NETHERLANDS-FARMERS PROTEST _ Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds. SENT: 140 words.

    BULGARIA-RACISM FALLOUT _ Bulgaria detains four soccer fans following racist acts. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    CHILD SEX ASSAULT-SNAPCHAT _ Florida man arrested in sex assault of girl met on Snapchat. SENT: 140 words.

    MISSING BOY-MINNESOTA _ Minnesota boy, 6, missing after getting off bus found safe. SENT: 170 words.

    VIETNAM-ABOMINABLE BANNED _ Vietnam bans animated “Abominable” over South China Sea map. SENT: 460 words, photo.

    ALABAMA KIDNAPPING _ Two questioned in Alabama girl's abduction charged in other cases. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    GOVERNOR-RACIAL SLUR _ Some decry Gov. Cuomo for using racial slur during interview. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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    BREXIT _ European Union and British negotiators fail to reach a breakthrough in Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of a crucial EU summit. SENT: 600 words, photos. With BREXIT-THE LATEST.

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Calling her "the mother of the mafia police," yelling pro-democracy lawmakers twice force Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to stop delivering a speech laying out her policy objectives and then clamor for her resignation in chaotic scenes that caused her to walk out of the legislature. SENT: 790 words, photos. With HONG KONG-PROTESTS-THE LATEST; HONG KONG-PROTESTS-US _ Hong Kong, China warn of harm to U.S. interests in House vote.

    SPAIN-CATALONIA _ Spain is on edge after two straight days of violent clashes in northeastern Catalonia between police and protesters who are angered by the Supreme Court's sentencing of nine separatist Catalan leaders to prison. SENT: 640 words, photos. With SPAIN-CATALONIA-THE LATEST.

    NKOREA-US-NUCLEAR DIPLOMACY _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vows to surmount U.S.-led sanctions on his country in state media reports alongside evocative propaganda images of him riding a white horse seen as foretelling significant decisions as his own deadline for U.S. movement on nuclear talks is nearing. SENT: 700 words, photos. With JAPAN-NORTH-KOREA _ Japan searching for North Korean boat crew who fell into sea.

    SOUTH SUDAN-FRAGILE PEACE _ Tensions high as South Sudan faces deadline for rival leaders to form unity government. SENT: 770 words, photos.

    ARGENTINA-ELECTION-FARMERS _ Argentine farmers fear a return of interventionist policies and taxes if a populist ticket returns to power in national elections later this month. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

    JAPAN-TYPHOON _ Japan's government says that the death toll from a weekend typhoon that caused widespread flooding climbs to 63, with another 11 presumed dead. SENT: 350 words, photos.

    KOREAS-SWINE FEVER _ South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. SENT: 960 words, photos.

    IRAN-AN AFGHAN COFFEE DREAM _ With each serving of French press coffee poured delicately into a cup with steamed milk, 21-year-old Afghan refugee Fatemeh Jafari lives out a dream in her basement coffee shop in Tehran that is out of reach for millions like her in Iran. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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    ELECTION 2020-MIDEAST _ Warren's call for the United States to "get out" of the Middle East, if implemented, would end a generations-long U.S. military presence in the volatile region. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 500 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISING _ Sanders and Warren don't just lead the Democratic presidential primary in fundraising, they've stockpiled millions more than their rivals. SENT: 750 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-SANDERS ENDORSEMENT _ Ocasio-Cortez, Omar endorse Sanders for president.

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    TRIBAL POWER-OKLAHOMA _ An agreement between Oklahoma and the Native American tribes to expand gambling 15 years ago has given rise to the tribe’s growing political influence, and now they are locked in a showdown with Oklahoma's new Republican governor over the gambling compacts. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

    VACCINES-MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS _ Parents say that New York's crackdown on medical exemptions for student vaccines is unfairly keeping children out of school. SENT: 970 words, photos.

    OIL STORAGE FIRE _ Authorities are looking into the cause of a fire at a Northern California fuel storage facility that trapped thousands of people in their homes to avoid potentially dangerous air. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    VACATIONING FAMILY DETAINED-BORDER _ Seven members of an extended British family who made an unauthorized crossing into the United States from Canada are being held in federal custody at a Pennsylvania detention center nearly two weeks after their arrest, their lawyer says, as U.S. border officials defend their handling of the case by disclosing that two of the adults had previously been denied entry to the country. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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    MUSIC-DOVE-AWARDS _ Grammy-winning singer Lauren Daigle reigns at the 50th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards, winning artist of the year, song of the year and pop/contemporary album of the year. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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    NLCS _ Washington is heading to the World Series for the first time in 86 years after the wild-card Nationals used a seven-run first inning and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 and sweep the NL Championship Series. By Sports Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. With ALCS _ Cole pitches Astros past Yankees 4-1 for 2-1 lead in ALCS.

    TIM DAHLBERG-LEBRON JAMES _ A messy response from LeBron James to the mess the NBA faces in China. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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