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    PUERTO RICO-GOVERNOR _ Puerto Rico's embattled governor says he will not seek re-election but will not resign as the island's leader, though he will step down as head of his pro-statehood party. Ricardo Rosselló makes the announcement via a brief Facebook video as hundreds of viewers post angry messages. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

    CONGRESS-MUELLER TESTIMONY _ The House Judiciary Committee chairman says that this week's hearing with Robert Mueller will air "very substantial evidence" of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledge sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they see as a "one-sided" Russia investigation. By Hope Yen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ The release of an audio recording sheds new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The audio released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global shows that a British frigate was too far away from the targeted tanker to keep it from being diverted into an Iranian port despite U.K. efforts to keep it from being boarded. By Gregory Katz and Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    RECALL ELECTIONS-GOP WEAPON _ Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results. By James Anderson. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION-HOTELS _ There's a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. Sent as the Monday Spotlight.

    HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS _ Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, part of a class of six that also includes Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Harold Baines and the late Roy Halladay. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 750 words by 8 p.m., photos.




    OBIT-PAUL KRASSNER _ Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, has died, his daughter says. SENT: 830 words, photos.

    MENTAL HEALTH DAY _ Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days. SENT: 920 words, photo.

    MILITARY-HYPERFIT WOMEN _ US military launches study of 'hyperfit' women who have passed some of the most arduous physical and mental courses. SENT: 890 words, photos.

    SHARK-CLOSE ENCOUNTER _ Great white shark leaps from water to snatch fish off line. SENT: 130 words.

    PEOPLE-JESSE JAMES-DOG _ Reality TV star Jesse James is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of one of his beloved dogs. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    PAGEANT CONTESTANT-MICHIGAN _ The Miss World America organization strips its Michigan winner of her title, which she says was because of tweets she made about Muslims and blacks. SENT: 160 words.

    HEMINGWAY LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST _ Tennessee banker wins annual Hemingway Look-Alike contest. SENT: 240 words, photos.




    ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-ORIGIN STORY _ Bernie Sanders has embarked on his second presidential campaign by sharing stories of tough times as a boy in Brooklyn, though he largely avoids mention of the specific circumstances that framed his decision to leave New York behind. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 1,890 words, photos, 920-word abridged version.

    TRUMP-DEMOCRATS _ A top White House adviser claims there’s a "huge difference" between Donald Trump's criticisms of America during the 2016 presidential campaign and the critiques by four Democratic congresswomen of color with whom Trump is feuding over the direction of the country. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    TRUMP-FAMILY PLANNING _ The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 390 words.




    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _Hong Kong's protest movement takes a violent turn as police launch tear gas at protesters after a massive march continues late into the evening, and subway riders are attacked by masked assailants who apparently were targeting pro-democracy demonstrators. By Alice Fung and Yanan Wang. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

    PAKISTAN _ A female suicide bomber strikes outside a hospital in Pakistan as wounded are brought in from a shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and wounded another 30. SENT: 310 words, photos.

    JAPAN-ELECTION _ Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition secures a majority in Japan's upper house of parliament in elections but will not reach the super-majority needed to propose constitutional revisions, according to vote counts by public television and other media. SENT: 610 words, photos.

    BREXIT _ British Treasury chief Philip Hammond says that he will quit if - as widely expected - Boris Johnson becomes prime minister this week on a promise to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal. SENT: 530 words, photo. With BRITAN-CONSERVATIVES-WHAT NEXT _ Britain is getting a new prime minister; buckle up for a rocky ride. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

    UKRAINE-ELECTION _The party of Ukraine's president is heading to win the biggest share of votes in the country's snap parliamentary election, according to an exit poll. SENT: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.




    HOT WEATHER _ The East Coast sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    SCALLOP BOOM _ America's harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand and the value of the fishery has surged in recent years. SENT: 470 words, photos.

    MOON LANDING-GOING BACK _ Fifty years after humanity's first lunar footsteps, the White House wants U.S. astronauts back on the moon pronto - by 2024, a scant five years from now. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video.




    FILM-BOX OFFICE _ If there was any doubt that the 2019 box office belonged to the Walt Disney Co., this weekend put an end to it. Not only did its photorealistic remake of "The Lion King" devour opening weekend records for the month of July and PG-rated films, but "Avengers: Endgame" also crept past "Avatar" to become the highest-grossing film of all time. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 740 words, photos.




    GLF-BRITISH OPEN _ The long-awaited return of the British Open to Northern Ireland ended with Shane Lowry keeping the silver claret jug on the Emerald Isle. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.




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