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    POLL-AGE DISCRIMINATION AT WORK _ _ About half of Americans think there’s age discrimination in the workplace, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But there’s a split by age. The poll finds 60% of adults ages 60 and over say older workers in the U.S. are always or often discriminated against, while 43% of adults younger than 45 say the same. By Andrew Soergel. SENT: 1070 words, photos, graphic.

    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-GHOSTS OF FASCISM _ Fascist rule collapsed during World War II in Italy, but its ideology and symbols were never fully vanquished. This has perhaps never been as clear as in this European election campaign. Neo-fascists have been taking to the streets, while dictator Benito Mussolini's great grandson is running for a seat in the European Parliament representing the far-right Brothers of Italy. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. With EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-ITALY FASCISM-PHOTO GALLERY.

    ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years _ the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.




    TRUMP-DEMOCRATS _ She’s calling for a presidential “intervention.” He says she’s “crazy.” The enmity between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi devolves into questions about the fitness of the nation’s two top elected officials, with personal attacks flowing on both sides after a dramatic blow-up at the White House. By Laurie Kellman and Zeke Miller. SENT: 760 words, photos, video. WITH: TRUMP-NO TEMPER TANTRUM _ Trump insists he did not have a temper tantrum _ and to prove it, he calls on five members of his staff to bear witness to his “very calm” demeanor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video by 7 p.m.

    WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE _ The U.S. files new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of placing the United States at risk of serious harm by publishing thousands of secret and classified documents, including the names of confidential sources for American armed forces. The case presents immediate questions about media freedom, including whether the Justice Department is charging Assange for actions that journalists do as a matter of course. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 720 words, photos. WITH: WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE-Q&A _ Questions and answers about the Assange charges. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

    SEVERE WEATHER _ An outbreak of nasty storms spawns tornadoes that raze homes, flatten trees, toss cars across a dealership lot and injure dozens of people in Missouri's capital city, killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, videos.

    AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE _ John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by invading U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, gets out of prison after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. Lindh, 38, leaves a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, after getting time off for good behavior from the 20-year sentence he received upon pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION DROP OFFS _ The rise in the number of Central American asylum-seeking families released in the United States has sent cities scouring for space and grappling with the choice of whether to provide a night’s shelter and a few meals until they reach their final destinations across the country. SENT: 950 words, photos.

    TRUMP-PROTOCOL PITFALLS _ President Donald Trump’s next few weeks will serve as a master’s class in the finer points _ and potential pitfalls _ of protocol as he makes state visits to Japan and the United Kingdom, meeting with both Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Japan’s newly installed Emperor Naruhito. Plenty of world leaders get tripped up by the intricacies, and Trump himself has a spotty record in his diplomatic dealings on the world stage. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 890 words, photos.




    LAST SLAVE SHIP _ The wreck of Clotilda, the last U.S. slave ship, is found in coastal waters infested with alligators and poisonous snakes. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    THEME PARK ATTENDANCE _ Worldwide attendance at the 10 biggest operators of amusement parks increased 4% last year and crossed the threshold of a half-billion visitors for the first time. SENT: 150 words.

    WALLENDA-TIMES SQUARE _ For his next trick daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to cross New York's Times Square _ without his feet touching the ground. SENT: 200 words, photo.

    SNAKEBITE STRATEGY _ U.N. health agency issues first strategy to address snake bites. SENT: 140 words.




    UNITED STATES-IRAN _ The Pentagon presents proposals to the White House to send military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran amid heightened tensions in the region. President Trump says he is not convinced the troops are needed but will do whatever is necessary. By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. WITH: PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-ANALYSIS _ For years, Iran's supreme leader only criticized the West over Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Now, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is publicly chastising the country's elected president and his foreign minister as the accord unravels amid heightened tensions with the U.S. An AP news analysis by Jon Gambrell. SENT: 950 words, photos; PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks. SENT: 750 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-RETIREMENT SAVINGS _ The House approves a bill to promote retirement security by making it easier for small businesses and other companies to offer retirement plans. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 630 words, photo. With SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS _ Senior lawmakers of both parties proposes legislation to tackle surprise medical bills, prescription drug costs and uneven vaccination rates. SENT: 710 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-DISASTER AID _ The Senate passes a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insist on tossing out President Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    UNITED STATES-SAUDI ARABIA _ U.S. officials say the Trump administration is considering an emergency declaration that would allow it to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without the approval of Congress. Two officials say a decision on invoking a national security waiver in the Arms Control Act to could come as early as Friday. By Matthew Lee And Susannah George. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

    ELECTION 2020-DEVOS _ Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is becoming a lightning rod of criticism for Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail. Several candidates have taken jabs at DeVos at recent campaign events as they try to energize voters and curry favor with the nation’s two major teachers unions. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said this month that DeVos is the “worst secretary of education we’ve seen.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said DeVos “shouldn’t be in her job. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CALK _ A banker who prosecutors say tried to buy himself a senior post in the Trump administration by making risky loans to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to a financial institution bribery charge. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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    BOTSWANA-ELEPHANT HUNTING _ Botswana lifts its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting of the ban raised concerns about a possible increase in illegal poaching of elephants for their tusks to supply the ivory trade. By Cara Anna. SENT: 700 words, photo.

    CUBA-REVIVING THE RAILROAD _ Cuba's railway system is undergoing a major overhaul, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. Cuba's Ministry of Transportation took possession on Monday of 80 new Chinese-made passenger cars, part of a promised consignment of 250 rail cars and locomotives the island will receive by year's end. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her Brexit plan and her premiership. SENT: 875 words, photos.

    INDIA-ELECTIONS _ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party was headed to a landslide election victory in Thursday's vote count, while the leader of the main opposition party conceded a personal defeat that signaled the end of an era for modern India's main political dynasty. SENT: 1,275 words, photos.




    BLACK FEMALE CADETS _ The sea of cadets throwing their caps in air at West Point’s graduation Saturday will include a record-high 34 black women. The U.S. Military Academy is still very male and very white, and sexual harassment problems linger here. But the record is the latest sign of concerted efforts to diversify the tradition-bound academy. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    EXECUTION-SERIAL KILLER _ Lisa Noland was 17 when she said she wrote a suicide note, planning to end her life after years of being raped by her grandmother's boyfriend. A day later, she found herself fighting for her life while being raped by a man who is now set to be executed in Florida after a killing spree that left 10 women dead over an eight-month rampage in 1984. The man set to die at Florida State Prison is Bobby Joe Long. Noland was the victim he let go, someone who knew the mind of a rapist and played it while gathering _ and leaving _ evidence that would lead to his capture. Her abduction and rape strangely saved her own life. SENT: 725 words, photo.

    D-DAY VETERANS RETURN _ Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper's bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier's hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarters of a century, the old veterans remember that epic day on the beaches of Normandy. For historians, D-Day was a turning point in the war against Germany; for men who were among the 160,000 Allied fighters who mounted history's largest amphibious invasion, June 6, 1944, remains a kaleidoscope of memories, a signal moment of their youth. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 2,130 words, photos.

    REPORTER RAIDED _ A battle between the press and police is playing out in politically liberal San Francisco after police raided a freelance reporter's home and office seeking to uncover the source of a leaked police report into the unexpected death of the city's former elected public defender. A journalist who participated in unlawfully acquiring information could be successfully prosecuted for a crime, First Amendment expert David Snyder says, but contends a police report is "not a confidential, legally protected document" and its disclosure and publication is lawful. SENT: 775 words, photos.

    JUSSIE SMOLLETT _ A judge in Chicago orders the file in Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy. SENT: 320 words, photo.

    TRAVEL-BEST BEACHES _ In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu's Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.




    HURRICANE OUTLOOK _ The Atlantic hurricane season is off to yet another early start, but U.S. weather officials say it should be a near normal year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted nine to 15 named storms. It says four to eight of them will become hurricanes and two to four of those would become major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 500 words.

    DRONES-URBAN TESTING _ NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing those flying in urban settings for the first time beyond the remote operator's line of sight. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    CHIMPANZEES-TORTOISE EATERS _ Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of times in a group of chimpanzees at Loango National Park in Gabon bolsters the notion that humankind's distant cousins develop their own distinct cultures. SENT: 500 words, photos.




    FACEBOOK-FAKE ACCOUNTS _ Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become "active" users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a "steep increase" in the creation of abusive, fake accounts in the past six months. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 550 words, photo, graphic.

    US-CHINA-TRADE _ President Donald Trump is delivering another $16 billion in aid to farmers hurt by his trade policies, an effort to relieve the economic pain among his supporters in rural America. Financial markets fall on prospect of an extended U.S.-China trade war. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




    MARVEL-ASIAN SUPERHEROES _ Marvel Comics’ growing canon of Asian American and Asian superheroes, it’s time to assemble. The comic book publishing giant is giving major ink to the team known as the agents of Atlas. Established characters like Amadeus Cho and newbies like Wave, the first Filipina superhero, will be fighting alongside each other in a stand-alone, five-part comic book series. By Terry Tang SENT: 750 words, photos.




    HKN-FACES OF CONCUSSIONS _ Dan Carcillo isn’t fine and he knows it. Repeated blows to the head during his NHL career made him a different person at times during and certainly after he hung up his skates for good. Like a growing number of retired players, Carcillo doesn't think much of how the league has handled head injuries and Gary Bettman's steadfast refusal to acknowledge any link between blows to the head and mental health problems. Even with a recent court victory in hand, the NHL has not seen the controversial topic fade away even as it celebrates another Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. An abridged version of 950 words is also available.

    RAPTORS-BUCKS _ The Eastern Conference finals resume with Game 5 in Milwaukee with the Bucks and Raptors tied. The home team has won each game, with the Bucks taking the first two and the Raptors returning the favor in Toronto. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.




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