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    TRUMP _ President Donald Trump heads into a summit with global economic powers confronting the consequences of his preference for going it alone in a polarized nation and an interconnected world. The Group of Seven nations are at one of the most unpredictable moments in Trump’s tenure, with his public comments and decision-making increasingly erratic and acerbic of late. By Zeke Miller, Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,200 words after 6 a.m. arrival in France. With TRUMP-ECONOMIC TEAM _ Trump's economic advisers face questions about whether they are up to the challenges of his trade war against China. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

    SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG _ The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining. Ginsburg, 86, underwent lung cancer surgery in December and has had two previous bouts with cancer. By Jessica Gresko and Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    CHINA-US-TRADE _ President Donald Trump angrily escalated his trade fight with China, raising retaliatory tariffs and ordering American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed Jerome Powell, the man he appointed as chairman of the Federal Reserve, for the state of the domestic economy, wondering who was a "bigger enemy" of the U.S. _ Powell or Chinese President Xi Jinping. By Paul Wiseman, Jill Colvin and Joe McDonald. SENT: 200 words, photos. SENT: 1,410 words photos. With CHINA-US-TRADE-THE LATEST.

    CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE- FOOTBALL RETURNS _ A high school in a Northern California town that was mostly destroyed by a wildfire has won its first football game since the blaze. The Paradise High School Bobcats defeated Williams High School 42-0. It was the first game for the school since a wildfire destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings and killed 86 people in November 2018. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

    HONG-KONG-PROTESTS _ Chinese police say they released an employee at the British Consulate in Hong Kong as the city's pro-democracy protesters took to the streets again, this time to call for the removal of "smart lampposts" that raised fears of stepped-up surveillance. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 500 words, photos. WITH: HONG KONG-PROTESTS-THE LATEST.




    FUGITIVE COUPLE-CHILD ABUSE _ St. Louis police and U.S. marshals have found and taken into custody two people wanted on child abuse and other charges after authorities in Oklahoma last month found one of their children dead and three others in critical condition. SENT: 320 words.

    TRUMP-TWITTER-LAWSUIT _ President Donald Trump hasn't given up his fight to block critics from his Twitter feed. SENT: 370 words, photo.

    TRUMP-CHOSEN ONE _ The "chosen one" says never mind. President Donald Trump raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he glanced heavenward and referred to himself as "the chosen one" to take on China. He took the comment back. SENT: 110 words, photos.

    NOT REAL NEWS _ A look at what didn't happen this week. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

    MEASLES EXPOSURE-ARIZONA _ Public health officials say a teenager competing in the World Hip Hop Championship in Phoenix has measles and may have exposed others at the dance competition. SENT: 130 words.

    CHILE-DROUGHT _ Officials in Chile say the capital city and its outskirts are suffering from the worst drought in many years. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    PEOPLE-LARA SPENCER-PRINCE GEORGE _ "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer has apologized for on-air comments about 6-year-old Prince George taking ballet. SENT: 130 words.




    ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG-RELIGION _ Mayor Pete Buttigieg is making a faith-based appeal to Democratic voters. His regular references to his own Christian faith offer a counterweight that could be an influential asset in Iowa and beyond as Democrats parry the secular labels that Republicans have tried to apply to them. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 950 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-OBAMA _ At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Joe Biden pondered a most serious, and awkward, question: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated during his presidential campaign in 2008? Toward the end of an event in Hanover on Friday, Biden evoked two of his political heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated. Biden said: "Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee?" SENT: 230 words, photos.

    STEVE KING ABORTION _ Rep. Steve King said Friday he stands by his recent comments about rape and incest that sparked bipartisan criticism but acknowledged he could have made his point in a "softer way." SENT: 410 words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION COURTS _ U.S. government announce changes to the agency that runs the country's immigration courts, giving its director authority to weigh in and make appellate rulings on cases. SENT: 440 words, photo.

    UNITED STATES-GREENLAND _ The Trump administration is planning to open a U.S. consulate in Greenland for the first time in decades amid increased strategic and economic interest in the Danish territory. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 520 words, photo.




    FRANCE-US-WORLD WAR II _ U.S. World War II veterans are back in Paris to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the French capital from the Nazis. Now in their 90s, these men aren't afraid to cry about what they saw in wartime. And they want everyone to remember what happened back then, so that it doesn't happen again. The veterans recounted their experiences to The Associated Press in Paris. SENT: 730 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. SENT: 480 words, photo.

    PERU-EX-PRESIDENT _ Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo has been kept in solitary confinement and only allowed to go outdoors once in the month he has been in U.S. custody while fighting extradition to his native country in a corruption case, his defense attorney says. SENT: 730 words, photo.




    PARKING DISPUTE SHOOTING _ A white Florida man who told detectives he had a "pet peeve" about illegal parking in handicapped spots is convicted of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. SENT: 770 words, photo.

    JUSSIE SMOLLETT _ A judge appointed a special prosecutor to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he staged to get attention. SENT: 770 words, photo, video.

    HOUSTON-FATAL DRUG RAID _ A former Houston police officer is charged with murder in connection with the deadly January drug raid of a home that killed a couple who lived there and injured five officers, prosecutors announce. SENT: 790 words, photos.

    ALASKA WILDFIRES _ A wildfire burning north of Anchorage, Alaska, has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials say. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    BURRO KILLINGS _ Someone has been killing the wild burros of California's Mojave Desert, and the Bureau of Land Management is offering up to $10,000 to anyone who can help catch the culprit or culprits. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    OPIOID LAWSUIT-WEST VIRGINIA _ West Virginia's top prosecutor files lawsuits against the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs. SENT: 360 words.




    GATEHOUSE-GANNETT-THE FUTURE _ Just a week after announcing its $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett, GateHouse Media was again laying off journalists and other workers at its newspapers, possibly foreshadowing the future awaiting employees of what will become the largest U.S. newspaper company. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.




    WARM ALASKA-SALMON DEATHS _ Dead salmon are showing up in river systems throughout Alaska and the mortalities are probably connected to warm water or low river water levels, a state fish and game official says. SENT: 960 words.

    MEASLES-DISNEYLAND _ A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood tourist hot spots and the beach this month has measles and may have exposed others, public health agencies announce. SENT: 390 words, photo.




    TV-DISNEY PLUS _ Ewan McGregor is reprising his "Star Wars" role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series, one of the many splashy projects that Disney is banking on to make its new streaming platform competitive. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 530 words, photo.

    DISNEY LEGENDS _ Robert Downey Jr. says he had a wild Disneyland ride in his younger days. The "Iron Man" and "Avengers: Endgame" star, among those honored Friday as Disney Legends, said his first visit to the Southern California resort included a brief detention for "smoking pot in a gondola." By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 220 words, photos.

    PLACIDO DOMINGO-EUROPE _ Placido Domingo returns to the stage at the Salzburg Festival this weekend to perform for the first time since multiple women accused the opera legend of sexual harassment in allegations brought to light by The Associated Press. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




    TEN-US OPEN _ Top players look ahead to the U.S. Open, with play in the year’s last Grand Slam tournament beginning next week. SENT: 700 words, photos. WITH: TEN--US OPEN-GAUFF AND YOUNG AMERICANS _ The world will get another chance to see Coco Gauff on the Grand Slam stage at the U.S. Open, where she was granted a wild-card entry after making quite a splash at Wimbledon by qualifying and reaching Week 2 at age 15. The AP takes a look at some of the other young Americans the country's tennis fans hope will be in the sport’s upper echelon eventually. SENT: 900 words, photos.




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