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    NEW/DEVELOPING

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    R KELLY-INDICTMENT _ Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice. SENT: 360 words, photo.

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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP _ President Trump abandons his bid to inject a citizenship question into next year's census, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. By Jill Colvin, Mark Sherman and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses. By Kevin McGill and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 800 words, photos, videos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-NEW ORLEANS LEVEES _ New Orleans' levees face a hard test as storm bears down; TROPICAL WEATHER-WATER WOES _ When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river (all sent).

    TRUMP _ President Donald Trump visits Wisconsin, one of two Midwest stops as he warms up his re-election engine. Wisconsin has emerged as a vital testing ground for the president’s hopes to take credit for the strong economy and push for his trade policy. By Jonathan Lemire and Todd Richmond. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 990 after 1:15 p.m. event.

    PENTAGON-LEADERSHIP _ When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense secretary even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 990 words, photo. With CONGRESS-DEFENSE _ House Democrats moves to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy with a $725 billion measure that pares back the Trump administration’s request and its authority to make war against Iran. SENT: 490 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words after House vote, time uncertain.

    CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION _ Four freshman Democrats who reported squalid conditions at migrant detention stations at the southern border take the spotlight at a House committee hearing. SENT: 760 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words after 10 a.m. hearing. With PELOSI-DEMOCRATS _ Race becomes a new flashpoint in the debate between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other House Democrats over migrant children in detention.

    INDIA-MOON MISSION _ India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world's spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the moon, this one aimed at landing a rover near the unexplored south pole. By Ashok Sharma With INDIA-MOON MISSION-TIMELINE _ Ahead of second moon shot, a timeline of India's space program (sent).

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    WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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    RYPIEN ARREST _ Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien has acknowledged to a Washington state police officer that he struck his wife. SENT: 520 words, photos.

    COAST GUARD-DRUG HAUL _ The U.S. Coast Guard has offloaded tons of cocaine and marijuana seized from boats and even a semi-submarine in the Pacific. SENT: 130 words, photo, video.

    DISNEY ACTOR DEATH _ Disney Channel cancels the red-carpet premiere of its movie "Descendants 3" after the death of 20-year-old star Cameron Boyce. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    RESCUED CHICKS _ Sixteen baby herons and egrets rescued after their tree collapsed in Oakland, hurling them from their nests to the pavement. SENT: 80 words, photos.

    ALL-STAR GAME RATINGS _ Baseball's All-Star Game had record low 5.0 television rating and was seen by 8.14 million viewers, down from 5.2 rating and 8.69 million viewers last year. SENT: 200 words, photos.

    KITTEN RESCUE-KENTUCKY _ A 9-week-old kitten is alive and well after travelling over 30 miles stuck in the subframe of a car. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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    UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN _ The U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban says America is not “cutting and running” from its longest war and says women will continue to have seats at peace negotiations to end the fighting. SENT: 740 words, photo.

    PENTAGON-LEADERSHIP _ When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense secretary even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 990 words, photo. With CONGRESS-DEFENSE _ House Democrats moves to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy with a $725 billion measure that pares back the Trump administration’s request and its authority to make war against Iran. SENT: 490 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words after House vote, time uncertain.

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    NATIONAL

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    MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWERS-UTAH _ Dozens of applicants are vying for one of a handful of coveted spots as state-licensed medical marijuana growers in conservative Utah. State officials expect to award up to 10 licenses later this month. Among the 81 applicants are larger operations already growing hemp in the state, and a handful of out-of-state growers. SENT: 710 words, photos.

    LA POLICE CHIEF _ Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore says he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

    HURRICANES-MOBILE HOMES _ Two mobile home residents in North Carolina were hit with eviction notices Thursday, shortly after complaining to The Associated Press about spikes in their monthly lot rental. SENT: 640 words, photos.

    STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS _ One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. By Education Writer Collin Binkley. SENT: 610 words, photo.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    PUERTO RICO-BELEAGUERED GOVERNOR _ Puerto Rico's governor apologized for profanity-laced comments he made in a private chat to describe a former New York City female government official and a federal control board overseeing the island's finances. SENT: 560 words, photos.

    BRAZIL-GREENWALD-PRESS FREEDOM _ Press freedom in Brazil is being tested after Glenn Greenwald and his colleagues at The Intercept published a series of explosive reports critical of a prominent member President Jair Bolsonaro's far-right government. Ruling party politicians are calling for the journalists' arrests as well as for Greenwald's deportation, leaving many worried about the fate of journalism in Brazil. By Anna Jean Kaiser. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

    FINLAND-HEAVY METAL KNITTING _ Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. SENT: 530 words, photos.

    SUDAN _ Sudan's ruling military council said it foiled an attempted military coup, just days after the military and a pro-democracy coalition agreed on a joint sovereign council to rule the country during a transition period until elections are organized. SENT: 420 words, photos.

    AIR CANADA-DIVERTED _ Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    MARIJUANA-RESEARCH SUPPLY _ The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS/TECH

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    FINANCIAL MARKETS _Shares in Asia are mostly higher after a turbulent day on Wall Street ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 520 words, photos.

    TWITTER -DOWN _ "Miss us?" Twitter tweeted from its official account as the Great Twitter Outage wound down. We did, apparently. For nearly an hour Thursday, the service we use to keep up with everything and nothing appeared inaccessible for people around the world, regardless of celebrity status or follower count. We reloaded and reloaded. Some turned to Instagram, Facebook and even LinkedIn to express outrage over the outage. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    FEDERAL RESERVE-TOO LOW INFLATION _ In a shift from just a few months ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is worried that too-low inflation could persist for a while - and undercut the U.S. economy. Powell's concern is a key reason why the Fed will likely cut short-term interest rates late this month for the first time in a decade: A rate cut - and especially if it's followed by others - could help lift inflation closer to the Fed's target level. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: About 950 words.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    EMMY NOMINATIONS_ When a long-running, much-admired television series ends, Emmy voters can bring the show and its stars back for a final bow - or give them the bum's rush. "Game of Thrones," ''Veep" and "The Big Bang Theory," three major series that wrapped last season, will find out with Tuesday's nominations if they get another shot at Emmy gold or have been overshadowed by shiny new rivals such as "Pose" and "Fleabag." By TV Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 910 words, photos.

    OBIT-JERRY LAWSON _ Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    ROCKETS-THUNDER TRADE _ Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point guards. The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photo.

    TEN--WIMBLEDON _Serena Williams closed in on an eighth Wimbledon championship and 24th Grand Slam title overall by overwhelming Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. Williams reached her 11th final at the All England Club and will meet Simona Halep for the title. Halep got to her first final at Wimbledon by beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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