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    TOP STORIES

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    UNITED STATES-SYRIA _ President Trump punches back at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. By Robert Burns and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. With UNITED STATES-TURKEY-NUKES _ Should the United States remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base? SENT: 840 words, photo.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT _ The shifting White House explanation for President Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine draws alarm from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brings a new test of their alliance. By Lisa Mascaro, Andrew Taylor and Mary Clare Jalonick. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-SCHIFF _ Adam Schiff, the House intelligence committee chairman, is defining the rules of impeachment; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-REPUBLICAN _ Asked whether he thinks Trump's conduct is impeachable, Republican Rep. Francis Rooney replies, "I'm still thinking about it" (both sent).

    ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-IMPEACHMENT _ The Democratic presidential candidates are not talking much about impeachment. It’s not that the investigation into President Donald Trump’s request for foreign help in his reelection effort is an afterthought. It’s that the impeachment inquiry is so ingrained in the 2020 campaign that there’s little point in bringing it up. By Thomas Beaumont and Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 940 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS _ Bernie Sanders isn’t going anywhere. Less than three weeks after suffering a heart attack, the Democratic presidential contender is beginning what he’s calling a “vigorous” return to the campaign trail with a rally expected to draw thousands of supporters in New York City on Saturday afternoon. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 430 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words after 1 p.m. rally.

    POLICE-SHOOTING-IN-HOME-SHARPTON _ The Rev. Al Sharpton has become a constant of the Black Lives Matter era with his presence in the pulpit after police shootings of African Americans. The scene will unfold again, as he delivers remarks at a service for Atatiana Jefferson, who was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed by a white Fort Worth, Texas, police officer. By National Writer Errin Haines. SENT: 1,170 words, photo.

    IMMIGRATION-MEXICAN FAMILIES _ Mexicans are increasingly the face of asylum in the United States, replacing Central Americans who dominated last year's caravan and a surge of families that brought border arrests to a 13-year high in May. It is unclear precisely what is driving the change, perhaps a mix of U.S. policies and violence in Mexico. By Cedar Attansio and Astrid Galvan. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

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    HONG KONG-PROTESTS-EXTRADITION _ Hong Kong's leader says the murder suspect whose case inadvertently helped ignite the semiautonomous Chinese city's protest movement wants to surrender to authorities in Taiwan. SENT: 260 words, photo.

    TRUMP HOG-TIED BILLBOARD _ Clothing co. gets attention with billboard of hog-tied Trump. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.

    FACEBOOK-NEWS CORP _ Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp for headlines. SENT: 110 words.

    POLICE SHOOTING IN HOME-TEXAS-FUNERAL _ Judge halts funeral plans for woman shot at home by officer. SENT: 140 words, photo.

    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.

    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.

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    TRUMP-EXECUTIVE ORDERS _ It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as “power grabs” and a “basic disaster.” He’s switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same span. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 840 words, photos. With TRUMP-INFLATION FACTOR _ Trump's penchant for overselling his accomplishments has been on vivid display (sent).

    UNITED STATES-HUAWEI _ A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei says the company is prepared to be "open and transparent" as it looks to persuade the U.S. government that it can be trusted and that national security concerns about its technology are unfounded. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

    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-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.

    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.

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    SOUTH KOREA-US AMBASSADOR _ South Korean police said Saturday they beefed up security at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul after a group of anti-American students used ladders to break into the compound. They were protesting demands by the Trump administration that South Korea pay more to help cover the costs of keeping U.S. troops in the country. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    INDONESIA-WIDODO’S CHALLENGES _ Indonesian President Joko Widodo will be sworn in for a final five-year term with a mixed record of reformist agenda and unwilling to press for accountability that threatens powerful institutions. He has been widely praised for efforts to improve Indonesia's infrastructure and reduce poverty, which afflicts close to a 10th of the nearly 270 million people. SENT: 750 words, photos.

    UNITED NATIONS-CASH CRISIS _ The United States says it has paid the United Nations $180 million toward its annual dues and expects to make another payment of $96 million within the next few weeks, which should help ease the U.N.'s worst cash crisis in nearly a decade. SENT: 540 words.

    CHILE-SUBWAY PROTEST _ Subway service in Chile's capital is suspended, trapping hundreds of thousands of commuters on their way home from work, after high school students flooded subway stations, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing stations as part of protests against a fare hike. SENT: 480 words,photos.

    JAPAN-US-MIDDLE-EAST _ Japan's government says it has decided not to join a U.S. coalition to protect commercial vessels in the Middle East but is preparing to send its own force to ensure the safe shipment of oil to Japan. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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    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.

    TRUMP-LAWYER-INVESTIGATION _ President Donald Trump's imprisoned former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is again turning to Congress as part of a renewed bid to reduce his prison sentence. Cohen's lawyers sent a letter to the Democratic heads of three congressional committees last month urging them to ask U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III to cut the length of his three-year prison term, and allow Cohen to serve his time at his New York City apartment. SENT: 580 words, photos.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _ Tropical Storm Nestor bears down on the northern Gulf Coast with high winds, surging seas and heavy rains, threatening to hit an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. SENT: 670 words, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST.

    OBIT-MILLIKEN _ William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, dies at age 97, a family spokesman says. SENT: 770 words, photos.

    NEW MEXICO COMPOUND _ A federal judge orders a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squalid New Mexico compound. SENT: 730 words, photos.

    FELONS VOTING _ A federal judge issues a ruling temporarily blocking a Republican-backed Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling could pave the way for thousands of felons who were denied the right to vote to regain the ability to cast ballots unless the state gets a higher court to intervene or if Hinkle later upholds the constitutionality of the state law. SENT: 700 words, photo.

    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.

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    BOEING-FAA _ A former senior Boeing test pilot told a co-worker that he unknowingly misled safety regulators about problems with a flight-control system that would later be implicated in two deadly crashes of the company's 737 Max. The pilot, Mark Forkner, told another Boeing employee in 2016 that the flight system, called MCAS, was "egregious" and "running rampant" while he tested it in a flight simulator. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 830 words, photos.

    GLOBAL FINANCE _ Global finance leaders agree that growth has slowed but they remain hopeful for a modest rebound next year as long as trade and geopolitical tensions do not worsen. The officials met ahead of discussions Saturday with the policy-setting panels of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. By Martin Crutsinger and Bani Sapra. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos after 12:45 p.m. news conference.

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    BOOKS-NAOMI WOLF _ Naomi Wolf and her U.S. publisher have split up amid a dispute over her latest book, "Outrages." Wolf and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced separately they had "mutually and amicably agreed to part company" and that Houghton would not be releasing "Outrages." By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 240 words.

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    BBA-ALCS _ DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks stunned Justin Verlander with first-inning home runs, James Paxton made the lead stand up and the New York Yankees beat Houston 4-1, cutting the Astros' lead in the AL Championship Series to 3-2. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

    FBC--T25-OHIO ST-NORTHWESTERN _ Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 121 yards and No. 4 Ohio State pounded Northwestern 52-3. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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