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    SPIKED CBD _ A pioneer in marketing CBD as a health product has pleaded guilty to selling large quantities of synthetic marijuana which was secretly added to vapes, sickening dozens. Janell Thompson helped popularize CBD, the cannabis extract that isn’t supposed to get users high. Products from a California company she co-founded were in Oscar nominee gift bags in 2014. Federal prosecutors say that’s also around when Thompson started selling synthetic marijuana, known as spice or K2. By Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

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    SYRIA _ Kurdish fighters and civilians have evacuated from a Syrian border town besieged by Turkish-backed fighters, the first pullback under a three-day-old U.S.-brokered ceasefire. Kurdish officials have said that opens the way to a broader withdrawal of Kurdish-led forces from parts of the Turkish border. By Mehmet Guzel and Bassem Mroue. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    TRUMP-MULVANEY _Mick Mulvaney is getting second-guessed by his critics these days. First, the acting White House chief of staff acknowledged the U.S. held up aid to Ukraine in part to prod that country to investigate the 2016 elections. Then he defended Trump's decision, since reversed, to hold the G-7 summit at his own golf club. By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 950 words, photos.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-STATE DEPARTMENT _Over White House objections, a series of diplomats are appearing before impeachment investigators looking into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine and they're recounting stories of possible impropriety, and mistreatment by their superiors. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-WHAT’S NEXT_ Republicans to push for censure of Schiff in probe. SENT: 680 words.

    BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has formally asked for a delay that is being considered by European Union leaders. By Gregory Katz and Mike Corder. SENT: 930 words, photos. WITH: BREXIT-WHAT’S NEXT (sent).

    ANTI-SEMITIC ARRESTS _ A Jewish civil rights group says at least 12 white supremacists have been arrested on allegations of plotting, threatening or carrying out anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. since the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly one year ago. The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism also counted at least 50 incidents in which white supremacists allegedly vandalized or otherwise targeted Jewish institutions’ property since the Pittsburgh shooting that killed 11 worshippers. By Michel Kunzelman. SENT: 550 words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION-DNA DATABASE _ The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said. An APNewsBreak. By Colleen Long. With AP Photos. SENT: 1100 words.

    OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS_ First federal trial on U.S. opioid crisis is to focus on how powerful prescription painkillers were distributed. Opening statements on the case involving two Ohio counties are scheduled for Monday, though a last-minute settlement is possible. By Julie Carr Smyth and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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    INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS_ Indiana's attorney general faces a hearing over whether allegations that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar amounted to professional misconduct. Republican Curtis Hill disputes the claims. SENT: 140 words. DEVELOPING: Will be updated after 9 am hearing.

    AFGHAN-PELOSI_ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meets Afghan leaders, US troops in Afghanistan. SENT: 130 words.

    CHICAGO-SCHOOLS-STRIKE _ Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday night that classes and after school activities are canceled Monday as the strike enters its first full week. SENT: 140 words.

    STEELERS-CHICKILLO ARRESTED_ Pittsburgh Steelers backup linebacker Anthony Chickillo is facing multiple misdemeanor charges after being arrested on Sunday morning. SENT: 150 words.

    SEVERE WEATHER_ The National Weather Service says a possible tornado has moved through the Dallas area, causing some structural damage and downed power lines. SENT: 180 words.

    TROPICAL WEATHER-PACIFIC EMERGENCY_ Typhoon spurs federal emergency for Northern Mariana Islands. SENT: 120 words.

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    ELECTION SECURITY-PRIVACY _ If the FBI discovers that foreign hackers have infiltrated the networks of your county election office, you may not find out about it until after voting is over. And your governor and other state officials may be kept in the dark too. There’s no federal law compelling state and local governments to share information when an electoral system is hacked. By Colleen Long and Christina Cassidy. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

    TRUMP JR. _In 2016, Donald Trump Jr. was one of the most potent voices in his father's presidential campaign. An even more aggressive campaign schedule is in the works for him in 2020. Trump Jr. is already key in the re-election effort, especially in deeply Republican districts where he's formed close connections with conservatives. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,530 words, photos.

    FACT CHECK-WEEK _ As President Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a “great day for civilization.” It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican leaders, Democrats and much of the world found unconvincing. A look at his rhetoric on that and other topics over the past week as well as a sampling of statements from the latest Democratic presidential debate. By Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen and Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 2,450 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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    CANADA-ELECTION_ Canadians are electing a new Parliament on Monday after a tight election campaign that has raised the threat of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being knocked from power after one term. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 630 words, photos. DEVELOPING: Polls open at 7 am EDT and close at 10 pm.

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _Hong Kong officials apologized to leaders of a mosque after riot police sprayed the building's gate and some people nearby with a water cannon as they tried to contain pro-democracy demonstrations. SENT: 460 words, photos.

    CONGO-EBOLA DRIVER _ When Germain Kalubenge gets a request for a ride on his motorcycle it can be a matter of life or death. The 23-year-old is a survivor of the Ebola virus and often is the only driver his community trusts to help them if someone suspects they are infected. He is a welcome collaborator for health workers who have faced community resistance during the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Kalubenge said he is happy to help, even when some riders vomit on him during the journey. By Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro. UPCOMING: 680 words at 5:00 am, photos. This is the Tuesday spotlight.

    LEBANON _ Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages are gathering in major cities and towns nationwide. They're demanding an end to corruption and the rule of the country's political elite. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    BOLIVIA-ELECTIONS _Bolivian President Evo Morales has come out ahead in the first round of the presidential election, but he appears to have failed to get enough votes to avoid the first runoff in his nearly 14 years in power. The preliminary results released late Sunday have dealt a harsh blow to South America's longest serving leader in what has become the tightest political race of his life. By Paola Flores and Carlos Valdez. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    CHILE PROTESTS_ Protests in Chile have spilled over into a new day and raged into Sunday night despite the president cancelling a subway fare hike that prompted violent demonstrations. By Eve Vergara. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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    SMALL PLANE MISSING_ Operations had to be temporarily halted at a busy North Carolina airport after radar contact was lost with an approaching small plane, launching a search by fire and rescue units. Authorities at Raleigh-Durham International Airport website said air traffic controllers notified the airport that a small aircraft was lost on radar Sunday evening as it was approaching the airport. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 390 words.

    BATTLE OF MIDWAY-SUNKEN WARSHIPS_ Experts have identified a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the Pacific during the historic Battle of Midway. Vulcan Inc.'s director of undersea operations Rob Kraft and Naval History and Heritage Command historian Frank Thompson reviewed high frequency sonar images of the warship Sunday and say that it's dimensions and location mean it has to be the carrier Akagi. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    CRANE DEMOLITION _Controlled explosions have toppled two cranes that had loomed precariously for days over a partially collapsed hotel in New Orleans. City officials hailed Sunday's demolition as a success and said efforts now would focus on retrieving two bodies still inside the ruined building. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    ANTI-GOVERNMENT ASSAULTS_ A Congressional watchdog agency says federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period. By Matthew Brown. UPCOMING: 610 words.

    WHISTLEBLOWER REINSTATED-NEVADA GRAZING_ A longtime government range management specialist who claimed he was fired in retaliation for repeatedly reporting illegal livestock grazing on federal land in eastern Nevada has been reinstated as part of a settlement of his whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 540 words.

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    VEGAN MEXICAN FOOD_ No longer just a few items on a mainstream restaurant's menu, vegan Mexican food has become a widening industry on its own with Latinos taking control of the kitchen. In recent years, plant-based Mexican cuisine has been planting roots in areas with large Latino communities, and it doesn't seem to be slowing. By Terry Tang. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    VIRTUAL RESTAURANTS_ Thousands of restaurants are experimenting with virtual spin-offs as they try to capitalize on the rising popularity of online ordering. The trend speaks to the growing power of third-party apps, which have transformed the way many people find restaurants and raised expectations for speed and convenience. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,090 words.

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    COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME_ Best-selling country duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a star-filled ceremony. By Kristen M. Hall. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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    EAGLES-COWBOYS_ Ezekiel Elliott ran over safety Malcolm Jenkins on his way to 111 yards and a touchdown, Dak Prescott threw an easy scoring pass on a great fake to his star running back before a TD run and the Cowboys rolled to a 37-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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