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    Adds: TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-GUILIANI; PERRY; POLICE SHOOTING IN HOME-COMMUNITY; GM STRIKE-AGREEMENT; TROPICAL WEATHER; MARS LANDER; NETHERLANDS-ISOLATED FAMILY; CLOSING RIKERS ISLAND

    Removes: UNITED STATES-TURKEY-NUKES, which will not move this cycle.

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    BILLIONAIRE GOVERNOR-SUBSIDIES _ A family business of West Virginia's billionaire governor has maxed out a taxpayer-funded subsidy program meant to help farmers through the U.S. trade war with China. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Justice Farms of North Carolina, which is owned by the family of Gov. Jim Justice, hit the program cap of $125,000 earlier this year and was the biggest recipient of soybean subsidies in West Virginia. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT _ The White House acknowledges that President Donald Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The admission from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney raises questions at the Justice Department and brings swift rebuke from Democrats, who cast his words as an admission of wrongdoing. By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 810 words, photos, video. TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-UKRAINE-SONDLAND _ The U.S. ambassador to the European Union says President Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy. Gordon Sondland says he was “disappointed” by the directive and disagreed with it. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-GUILIANI _ Two businessmen pleaded not guilty to conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions, as a prosecutor said evidence includes data from over 50 bank accounts and information gathered through 10 search warrants. SENT: 480 words, photos.

    UNITED STATES-SYRIA _ The U.S. and Turkey agree to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions. By Zeke Miller and Robert Burns. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video. More on Syria below.

    TRUMP-G-7 SUMMIT _ President Trump’s suggestion that his Miami golf resort host next year’s Group of Seven summit becomes a reality, sparking an outcry from critics who called it the most blatant example yet of him using the power of his office to help his business empire. By Bernard Condon and Kevin Freking. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

    BREXIT _British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament. By Raf Casert, Jill Lawless and Lori Hinnant. WITH: BREXIT-ON THE BORDER_ Northern Ireland border communities anxious amid Brexit deal. SENT: 890 words, photos. WITH: BREXIT-PARLIAMENT HURDLE _ Saturday drama: Brexit battle to be decided in UK Parliament. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    OBIT-CUMMINGS _ Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68. By Brian Witte and Regina Garcia Cano. SENT: 1,240 words, photos. WITH: CUMMINGS-BALTIMORE _He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America, but Elijah Cummings also provided a strong voice and calm presence for Baltimore. SENT: 760 words, photos, video. WITH: CUMMINGS OBIT-REPUBLICANS _ The outpouring of grief from GOP lawmakers at the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings highlights his rare ability to make friendships across the aisle in an era of increasing polarization. SENT: 700 words. WITH: OBIT-CUMMINGS-REACTION (sent); WITH: TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-CUMMINGS _ Carolyn Maloney will serve as acting chair of Cummings' House Oversight and Reform Committee (sent).

    RELIGION IN AMERICA _ The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. By David Crary. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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    SYRIA _The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria said they will abide by a cease-fire agreement announced in Turkey by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. But his comments suggested a smaller "safe zone" than Ankara has demanded, underscoring the ambiguities in the American-Turkish deal. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    TRUMP-MIDEAST-STEREOTYPES _ President Trump is surfacing cultural stereotypes as he depicts the Middle East as a blood-soaked sandbox where people “play” violently because that’s “what they do” in that part of the world. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 807 words, photos, video.

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    CLOSING RIKERS ISLAND _ New York City lawmakers have voted to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails by 2026. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _ Forecasters say a disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a tropical or subtropical storm that will hit the northern Gulf Coast. SENT: 280 words.

    MARS LANDER _ A Mars lander's drill is burrowing into the red planet again after hitting a snag seven months ago. SENT: 260 words.

    JODI ARIAS-APPEAL _ Jodi Arias seeks to overturn her murder conviction in the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend. SENT: 660 words, photos.

    COUNTRY SINGER-HOTEL EJECTION _ Country singer Gretchen Wilson removed from a New Mexico hotel after performing at a weekend music festival. SENT: 150 words.

    NETHERLANDS-ISOLATED FAMILY _ Dutch police arrested a second suspect in the case of a group of people found earlier this week living on a farm, where they had possibly been held against their will for some nine years. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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    FACEBOOK-ZUCKERBERG _ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stands up in Washington for a speech on free expression. And while reporters were able to attend, they weren't allowed to ask questions _ only Georgetown University students were given that chance, filtered by a moderator. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    PERRY _ Energy Secretary Rick Perry has notified President Trump that he intends to leave his job soon. Perry is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's dealings with Ukraine, which are currently the subject of an impeachment inquiry. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-THE PHOTO _ The official White House photograph shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi standing and pointing at the seated President Trump. Trump tweeted it as evidence of Pelosi's weakness. Pelosi raised it as a banner of strength. By Laurie Kellman And Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 790 words, photo, video.

    PELOSI-MEDICARE-DRUGS _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner, President Trump. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    TRUMP_ President Trump headlines a campaign rally in Dallas after holding a fundraiser in Fort Worth and touring a new Louis Vuitton Workshop. SENT: 170 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 8 p.m. rally, 780 words by 9 p.m., photos, video.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    DUBAI-EXPO 2020-THE BIG BET _ Dubai is betting billions of dollars that its Expo 2020 will draw 25 million visitors, encourage business and spur development of the city. However, this world’s fair comes as Dubai’s real estate market shows signs of faltering amid global economic woes. Fears of conflict across the Persian Gulf because of tensions between Iran and the U.S. are also clouding organizers’ sunny projections. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With abridged.

    GERMANY-NAZI TRIAL _ From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp's crematorium was a daily sight. More than seven decades later, Dey went on trial on 5,230 counts of accessory to murder in Hamburg state court. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

    PERU-VENEZUELA XENOPHOBIA _ As Venezuela's mass exodus persists, fears are rising that the initial warm welcome many migrants received has begun to wear thin in other South American countries. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

    KASHMIR-APPLE-ECONOMY _ Kashmir's apple orchards, a backbone of the economy that supports nearly half the people living there, are deserted with fruit rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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    BORDER PATROL-HOSPITALS _ Medical professionals and human rights advocates warn Border Patrol agents are growing their presence at hospitals and creating a chilling effect on immigrant populations around the country. SENT: 1,150 words, photo.

    POLICE SHOOTING IN HOME-COMMUNITY _ The killing of a black woman in her home by a white Fort Worth officer has shattered the trust police have been trying to build with communities of color. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

    OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS _ Lawyers in the first federal opioid trial resumed selecting a jury even as a push continued to settle the case before arguments begin. The second day of picking a jury began after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, for the second day in a row, denied a request from defendants to delay the trial because of reports of a settlement offer. SENT: 530 words, photo.

    CHICAGO SCHOOLS-STRIKE _ Chicago teachers went on strike, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation's third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students. SENT: 1080 words, photos, videos.

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    HEALTH & SCIENCE

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    SCI--ALL-FEMALE SPACEWALK _ The International Space Station's two women are prepping for the first all-female spacewalk. U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will step out Friday to replace a broken battery charger. It will be the first time in 54 years of spacewalking that all the male astronauts stay inside. SENT: 280 words, photo.

    JUUL-VAPING FLAVORS _ Juul Labs will stop selling fruit and dessert flavors for its electronic cigarettes. The voluntary step is the company's latest concession as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers. SENT: 800 words, photo.

    ENDANGERED WOLVES_ Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 590 words, photo.

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    BUSINESS

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    GM STRIKE-AGREEMENT _ Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for several more days until they vote on a tentative four-year contract agreement with the company. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    CUBA-OBIT-ALICIA ALONSO _ An official of the National Ballet of Cuba says the revered ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso has died at age 98. Miguel Cabrera says Alonso died at a hospital in Havana. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    BBA-ALCS _ The Astros lead the Yankees 2-1 entering Game 4 of their AL Championship Series. After a rainout Wednesday, Houston’s Zack Greinke will face New York’s Masahiro Tanaka in a rematch of the series opener, when Tanaka dominated, and the Yankees won 7-0. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. First pitch at 8:08 p.m.

    WORLD SERIES-NATIONALS-MARTINEZ _Nationals manager Dave Martinez finds a bumpy road leading to a beautiful place: the World Series. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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