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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-ECONOMY _ President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won't look so good come Election Day. By Josh Boak and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-BULLOCK-GUNS _ As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 900 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-NATIVE AMERICANS _ Democratic presidential candidates will descend on Iowa next week to do something that Native Americans say doesn’t happen enough: Court their vote. By Kali Robinson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    MASS SHOOTING-TEXAS-FUNERAL _ When 63-year-old Margie Reckard was killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month, Antonio Basco lost his entire world. So as the man who felt so alone planned her funeral, he invited the world to join him in remembering his companion of 22 years. Since then, condolences and orders for flowers have poured in. When her funeral is held in El Paso, an overflow crowd is expected. By Jamie Stengle and Russell Contreras. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN _ New York City's medical examiner ruled Jeffrey Epstein's death a suicide, confirming after nearly a week of speculation that the financier faced with sex trafficking charges hanged himself in his jail cell. By Michael Balsamo, Larry Neumeister and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 1,150 words, photo.

    OBIT-PETER FONDA _ Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79. By Lindsey Bahr and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

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    TRUMP-FAMILY PLANNING _ A US appeals court declines once again to immediately halt new Trump administration rules that bar taxpayer-funded clinics from referring patients for abortions. SENT: 130 words.

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong, with teachers rallying to support students and other protesters. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    NIGER AMBUSH-JOHNSON _ The family of a U.S. soldier killed during a 2017 ambush in the African nation of Niger has received his Silver Star Medal in South Florida. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE _ El Salvador's justice minister says the country's homicide rate has fallen to about 4.4 killings a day since June, about half of 2018 levels.

    SANTA MONICA GUNFIRE _ A man who robbed an armored car guard at a Southern California shopping plaza was captured after the guard fired gunshots that sent panicked shoppers fleeing, police say. SENT: 250 words, photo.

    PEOPLE-HEATHER LOCKLEAR _ Heather Locklear has pleaded no contest to charges that she fought with first responders who came to her Southern California home last year. SENT: 130 words.

    MEXICO-WOMEN'S PROTESTS _ Hundreds of women wielding pink spray paint and smoke have demonstrated in downtown Mexico City to protest against a string of alleged sexual attacks by police officers. SENT: 170 words, photos.

    ALASKA-TOURISTS STRANDED _ Three hundred tourists are stranded in a national park in Alaska after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to damage a road. SENT: 290 words, photo. With ALASKA-TOURISTS STRANDED-THE LATEST.

    EATALY-MARIO BATALI _ Chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid sexual misconduct allegations, no longer owns a stake in Eataly, the Italian marketplaces he once heavily promoted. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    RACEHORSE TRAINER-CHILD PORN _ A racehorse expert who helped train Triple Crown winner Secretariat is accused of abusing a teenager while producing child pornography. SENT: 270 words.

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    WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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    AP INTERVIEW-PELOSI _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S.-Israel relationship can withstand the "weakness" of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who shook diplomatic norms this week in barring two members of Congress from visiting the country. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 440 words, photos

    IVANKA TRUMP-WOMEN _ Ivanka Trump is adding a stop in Colombia to a previously announced trip to South America in September to focus on the economic empowerment of women in developing countries. SENT: 110 words.

    ELECTION 2020-KANSAS SENATE _ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said leaving the Trump Cabinet to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas is "off the table." Many Republicans in his home state aren't buying it. The former congressman is considered a shoo-in if he does get in, and there's concern the party could lose the seat if he doesn't run. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    PORTLAND RALLIES _ More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Federal Protective Service, were in Portland, Oregon, to help police there monitor a right-wing rally that's expected to draw demonstrators from around the U.S. SENT: 530 words, photos, video. With AP EXPLAINS-PORTLAND RALLIES _ A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland (sent).

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-PLACIDO DOMINGO _ The Los Angeles Opera has declined to release any details of its promised investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against opera legend Placido Domingo, the company's longtime general director, including whether it has already started. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    ROY MOORE-LAWSUIT _ A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. SENT: 270 words, photo.

    ENERGY GOAL-ORDER _ Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. SENT: 620 words, photo.

    CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITY _ A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. SENT: 380 words.

    NRA-SUBPOENAS _ Oliver North, a National Rifle Association leader-turned-critic, plans to meet with New York investigators next week, and the NRA wants to be there. SENT: 430 words, photo.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    NORTH KOREA PROJECTILES KIM _ North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. SENT: 630 words, photos.

    UNITED NATIONS-IRAN-HUMAN RIGHTS _ The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. SENT: 670 words.

    KASHMIR _ Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services after a nearly two-week unprecedented security crackdown and news blackout following a decision to downgrade the majority-Muslim region's autonomy. SENT: 440 words, photos.

    NEW ZEALAND-TOURIST KILLED _ New Zealand police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with murder, bringing relief to a community that was on edge after an Australian tourist was killed in a seemingly random attack on his van that sparked a large manhunt. SENT: 340 words, photos.

    THAILAND-BABY DUGONG _ An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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    BUSINESS

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    CUSTOMS-COMPUTER OUTAGE _ Travelers flying into the United States on Friday ran into long lines at major airports nationwide because of a temporary computer outage that affected the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 260 words, photos.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    OBIT-CHARLES SANTORE _ Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter says. SENT: 540 words, photo.

    FILM-AFTER THE WEDDING _ Making the film "After the Wedding" was a family affair for Julianne Moore. The movie was written and directed by her husband, Bart Freundlich. Their daughter Liv also worked as a production assistant. The film is a remake of director Susanne Bier's hit Dutch movie of the same name. Freundlich swapped the gender of the two leads to women and cast Moore and Michelle Williams. Billy Crudup plays a role that was portrayed by a woman in the original. SENT: 330 words, photo.

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    CAR--SPEEDWAY CENTENNIAL _ Orange County Fair Speedway is celebrating its centennial with a $100,000 purse going to the winner of Saturday night's feature. The track in southeastern New York is the oldest, continuously operated dirt track in the country. By Sports Writer John Kekis. SENT: 930 words, photo.

    GLF--BMW CHAMPIONSHIP _ Hideki Matsuyama has never missed the Tour Championship since his first full year on the PGA Tour. He played like he doesn't want the streak to end. Outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup for the first time at the BMW Championship, Matsuyama made five birdie putts from 15 feet or longer and broke the course record at Medinah with a 9-under 63 for a one-shot lead going into the weekend. By AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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