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    BATTLE OF MIDWAY-SUNKEN WARSHIPS _ Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are homing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway between the United States and Japan, a research vessel is launching underwater robots miles into the abyss to look for warships from the famed Battle of Midway. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.




    UNITED STATES-SYRIA _ President Donald Trump punches back at criticism that his Syria policy damaged U.S. credibility, betrayed an ally and opened the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touts a cease-fire agreement with Turkey that seems at risk as Turkey and its Kurdish enemies insist on different interpretations. By Robert Burns and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. WITH: UNITED STATES-TURKEY-NUKES _ Frayed relations with Turkey over its invasion of Syria raise a sensitive question: Should the U.S. remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base? SENT: 810 words, photo; SYRIA _ The cease-fire in northern Syria gets off to a rocky start as Kurdish leaders accuse Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered deal with Ankara. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    MEXICO-VIOLENCE_ Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The gunbattle Thursday paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state, Culiacan, and left the streets littered with burning vehicles. Residents took cover indoors as automatic gunfire raged outside. By Andrés Villarreal and Peter Orsi. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ Following Joe Biden’s underwhelming debate performances, his lagging fundraising and withering attacks on his record, many establishment Democrats are increasingly anxious about his ability to win the presidential nomination. Their concern is heightened by the rise of Elizabeth Warren, a progressive long viewed by centrists as too liberal to win a general election. By Bill Barrow, Steve Peoples and Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-SCHIFF _ There’s no Archibald Cox or Ken Starr to be found in the Trump impeachment story. So it’s up to Rep. Adam Schiff to play the role of prosecutor and build the case. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro. UPCOMING: 900 words by 7 p.m., photos. WITH: TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT _ The shifting White House explanation for President Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine draws alarm from Republicans. SENT: 830 words, photos, video; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-HUNTER BIDEN _ Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told impeachment investigators he had concerns four years ago about Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden who was working with a Ukrainian gas company. UPCOMING: 440 words, photo by 8 p.m.

    BREXIT _ After defying expectations to win the backing of European Union leaders for his new Brexit deal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was battling to secure enough support to get the deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain - finally - to leave the bloc in two weeks' time. By Mike Corder and Jill Lawless. SENT: 950 words, photos. WITH: BREXIT-WHAT’S NEXT _ Yes or No? Vital vote on Brexit plan set for Saturday. SENT: 445 words, photos.

    ALL-FEMALE SPACEWALK _ The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the job with wrenches, screwdrivers and power-grip tools, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that men weren't part of the action. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.




    ZANTAC RECALL-SANOFI _ Drugmaker Sanofi is recalling its over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac in the U.S. and Canada because of possible contamination. SENT: 100 words.

    OBIT-BILL MACY _ Bill Macy, foil to Bea Arthur's feminist wife in '70s sitcom 'Maude,' dies at 97. SENT: 450 words, photo.

    BABY POWDER-RECALL _ Johnson & Johnson is recalling a single lot of its baby powder as a precaution after government testing found trace amounts of asbestos in one bottle. SENT: 140 words.

    BASE JUMPER-MISHAP _ A BASE jumper who leapt illegally from a northwestern Wisconsin cellphone tower ended up calling the police on himself after his parachute became caught on a guy wire, leaving him dangling perilously 50 feet from the ground. SENT: 120 words, photo.




    CLIMATE PROTESTS-FONDA _ Jane Fonda returns to civil disobedience after a nearly half-century break, inspired by the climate activism of Swedish teen-ager Greta Thunberg and hoping to encourage older people like her to protest as well. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 710 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG-FUNDRAISING _ Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is returning campaign contributions from a former Chicago attorney who led a vigorous effort to block the release of a video depicting the shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager whose death at the hands of police stirred months of protest and resulted in an officer's conviction. By Brian Slodysko and Errin Haines. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    TRUMP-INFLATION FACTOR _ It's never just a deal. It's always historic. President Trump’s penchant for overselling everything he does was on vivid display this week as he hailed his Syria cease-fire as great for civilization and claimed his trade agreement with China was much more than it was. By Jill Colvin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 7 p.m.

    UNITED STATES-HUAWEI _ A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei says the company wants to be open and transparent in persuading the U.S. government that national security concerns about its technology are unfounded. Paul Scanlan tells The Associated Press in an interview that the company is prepared to invite American officials to review Huawei products themselves to address any concerns. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

    TRUMP-G-7 _ Get on board, world. That’s the message from the White House as it starts shaping plans for next year’s Group of Seven summit in Florida. SENT: 670 words, photo.

    CUMMINGS-THE MENTOR _ Some faith leaders, activists and politicians in Baltimore have one thing in common: They were inspired by the mentorship of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. The late congressman over the years taught many men and women to put power and politics aside and focus on the people they serve. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    CLINTON-EMAILS _ The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action. SENT: 410 words, photo. WITH: ELECTION 2020-GABBARD-CLINTON _ After Hillary Clinton appeared to call Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard “the favorite of the Russians,” the Hawaii congresswoman answers that Clinton is “the queen of warmongers” and the “embodiment of corruption.” SENT: 280 words, photos.

    TRUMP-ENERGY SECRETARY _ President Trump says he is nominating a deputy to Energy Secretary Rick Perry to replace him in the top job at the Energy Department, who says he plans to leave by year’s end. SENT: 140 words, photos.




    AFGHANISTAN _ An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country's 18-year war. SENT: 560 words, photos.

    HONG KONG PROTESTS-TEAR GAS TOURISM _ The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong’s tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world’s great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city’s hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. SENT: 930 words, photos.

    SPAIN-CATALONIA _ Catalonia and its riot-swept regional capital, Barcelona, were paralyzed by a mix of strikes and marches as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth day of mass protests over the conviction of independence leaders. More than 200 people have been arrested and scores injured since separatist sentiment swelled on Monday, when the Supreme Court sentenced to lengthy prison terms nine separatist politicians and activists. SENT: 950 words, photos. WITH: SPAIN-CATALONIA-TIMELINE _ Timeline of Catalan separatism that has rocked Spain. SENT: 560 words, photos.

    CANADA ELECTION-TRUDEAU _ Once a rock star on the global stage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could lose office in national elections in Canada on Monday. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 930 words, photos.




    POLICE SHOOTING IN HOME-COOLING OFF PERIOD _ After a police officer fatally shoots someone, it can take days or even weeks before the public or his supervisors hear the officer's version of what happened. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

    HONDURAS-PRESIDENT'S BROTHER _ The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was convicted in a massive drug conspiracy case in New York City. Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernández is a former Honduran congressman. He was convicted of drug conspiracy, weapons charges and of lying to the Drug Enforcement Administration. SENT: 450 words.

    CHICAGO SCHOOLS-STRIKE POLITICS _ The Chicago teachers strike is a big test for new Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who was elected earlier this year with overwhelming support from across the city, but not from the teachers union, which backed her rival. The power struggle is also an opportunity for Lightfoot to show she's different from _ or better than _ her predecessor, Rahm Emanuel. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: CHICAGO SCHOOLS-STRIKE _ Striking Chicago teachers have returned to the picket lines for a second day. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING _ Leaders of the synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a symbol against hatred and “the center for Jewish life in the United States.” SENT: 890 words, photos.

    HOTEL COLLAPSE _ Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city's fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    ABORTION-LOUISIANA _ A federal appeals court on Friday rejected the state of Louisiana's request that it toss out a lawsuit challenging a broad array of Louisiana abortion regulations. SENT: 440 words, photos.




    GENERAL MOTORS-THEN AND NOW _ The new four-year deal between General Motors and 49,000 United Auto Workers will drive up the company's expenses with pay raises, bonuses and other increases. But analysts say GM is far better able to handle the costs now than it was a decade ago when the high cost of labor helped send it into bankruptcy protection. And GM did score some victories in the tentative agreement, mainly with added costs that it was able to avoid. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

    GLOBAL FINANCE _ The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank appeal to their 189 member countries to resolve widening disagreements on trade and other issues, warning that the divisions threaten to make the consequences of a global slowdown even worse. SENT: 620 words, photos.

    OBIT-MARK HURD _ Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd, who led two Silicon Valley giants, has died at 62. SENT: 360 words, photos.




    TV-WATCHMEN _ Damon Lindelof didn’t take lightly the challenge of adapting the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time. The “Lost” and “The Leftovers” co-creator was a fan of “Watchmen” ever since his father handed him the first issues in the mid-1980s. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




    BBA-ALCS _Justin Verlander starts for the Houston Astros, who have a 3-1 lead over the Yankees in the AL Championship Series and are one win from their second World Series in three seasons. James Paxton tries to extend New York's season and force the matchup back to Texas. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 7:08 p.m.

    FBC--T25-OHIO ST-NORTHWESTERN _ No. 3 Ohio State looks to improve to 7-0 when it meets struggling Northwestern. The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 296-53 _ an average of 40.5 points per game that is the biggest differential among FBS schools. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.




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