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    WEAPONS AND WILDLIFE _ A handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now havens for wildlife. Six obsolete weapons complexes have been turned into refuges that shelter an astonishing array of animals and habitats. But the price tag is more than $57 billion, with higher costs ahead. And critics question whether the government has done enough to protect the public. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 1,390 words, photos, 890-word abridged version. WITH: WEAPONS AND WILDLIFE-GLANCE (sent).

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    AFGHANISTAN _ The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest. An Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the capital this year, with 63 killed and 182 wounded, while outraged Afghans questioned just how safe they will be under an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban. By Rahim Faiez and Cara Anna. SENT: 730 words, photos, video, graphic. WITH: AFGHANISTAN-ATTACKS-GLANCE; AFGHANISTAN-MAJOR PLAYERS _ Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future (both sent).

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. The assembly was peaceful, with no reports of violence, making for a rare calm weekend in a protest movement that has been marked by violent clashes with police. By Yanan Wang and Kelvin Chan. SENT: 500 words, photos. WITH: HONG KONG-PROTESTS-THE LATEST.

    OBIT-KATHLEEN BLANCO _ Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who led Louisiana through Hurricane Katrina as her state's first elected female governor, has died at 76. The cause was cancer. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-ORIGIN STORY _ One moment in 1972 transformed Joe Biden from a 30-year-old hotshot senator-elect into a politician whose career would forever be grounded in tragedy. As he undertakes a third run for the White House, his personal losses come up as points of connection to voters and as personal experience on health care policy. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 2,700 words, photos, 1,200-word abridged version.

    DIPLOMACY OF COERCION _ The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. By Diplomat Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 920 words, photo. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

    ELECTION 2020-SENATE-REPUBLICANS-GUNS _ Republicans looking at tough Senate races in 2020 are seeking out new ways to address voters’ anxieties about gun violence without alienating the party’s base, which sees gun restrictions as an infringement on the constitutional right to bear arms. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 990 words, photo.

    DENTISTS OR THERAPISTS _ Dozens of countries use dental therapists to bring basic dental care to remote areas, often tribal reservations. But in the U.S., dentists and their powerful lobby have battled legislatures for years on the drive to allow therapists to practice. The tide is starting to turn, though. By Marina Villenueve. SENT: 1,270 words, photo, 750-word abridged version.

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    INDYCAR-POCONO _ IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist is taken to a hospital after he was involved in a five-car wreck at the start of the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

    MARIJUANA SEIZED-JALAPENO PEPPERS _ Officials say they have seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port. SENT: 130 words.

    OBAMA JERSEY-AUCTION _ A basketball jersey believed to have been worn by former President Barack Obama while he was at a Honolulu prep school has sold at auction for $120,000. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    DUANE ALLMAN-GUITAR _ Fans of Duane Allman in Macon, Georgia, say they didn't expect the late musician's old guitar to sell for $1.25 million at a recent auction. SENT: 220 words, photo.

    INDIANA LAWMAKER-NOOSE _ An Indiana state lawmaker who posted nooses under a Facebook story about a black man pleading guilty is drawing criticism for using racist imagery. SENT: 150 words.

    RUSSIAN BOTTLED MESSAGE _ A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. SENT: 290 words.

    BRITAIN-POWER STATION DEMOLISHED _ A British power station once voted one of the country's ugliest sights has been mostly destroyed in a controlled demolition. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-CRIMINAL JUSTICE _ Bernie Sanders’ criminal justice overhaul aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons, legalize marijuana. SENT: 510 words, photo.

    TRUMP-ECONOMY _ President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is trying to play down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets, while the White House trade adviser asserts Americans aren’t affected by the administration's trade war with China even though tariffs have led to higher consumer prices for many items. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    PORTLAND RALLIES _ With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge, it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.

    JEFFREY EPSTEIN-MAXWELL _ The daughter of a British publishing magnate is one of the most prominent figures left from the orbit of Jeffrey Epstein after his suicide in jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charge. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

    IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN'S SHELTERS _ The nation's largest provider of shelters for immigrant children is looking to reopen two facilities that the state of Arizona forced it to shutter last year because of issues with employee background checks and allegations of abuse. SENT: 450 words, photo.

    MIRACLE HOUSE _ Amid push to canonize woman who claimed to receive miracles, people are visiting her Ohio home to see for themselves. SENT: 960 words, photos.

    ULTRA HIKER _ Philip Carcia experienced extreme highs and lows _ in both elevation and emotions _ on his way to setting a speed record for New Hampshire hiking. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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    FRANCE-POLICE SUICIDES _ Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher _ all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently. That makes 64 so far this year _ and the number just keeps on climbing. Deaths by suicide for French police now outnumber deaths in the line of duty. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-BREXIT _ Leaked British government documents have warned of disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31. SENT: 470 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Authorities in Gibraltar say they are rejecting the United States' renewed request that the British overseas territory not release an Iranian supertanker. SENT: 530 words, photos.

    IRAN-SATELLITE _ Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles. SENT: 620 words, photos.

    EUROPE-MIGRANTS _ Several migrants jumped into the sea in a thwarted bid to swim to an Italian island where their rescue boat isn't allowed to dock. SENT: 760 words, photos.

    KASHMIR _ Restrictions have continued in much of Indian-administered Kashmir, despite India's government saying it's gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that's been in place for nearly two weeks. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS

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    CHINA TRADE-VULNERABLE COMPANIES _ Investors concerned about the U.S.-China trade war are worrying about more than just those companies that do lots of business with China. A look at some of the most vulnerable industries. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

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    FILM-BOX OFFICE _ The raunchy coming-of-age tale about a trio of 12-year-olds "Good Boys" is the first R-rated comedy in the last three years to open No. 1 at the box office. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    BURNING MAN-PLAYA DUST _ Federal officials long have raised concerns about the air quality at the annual Burning Man celebration in the Nevada desert, but experts don't believe it poses any significant health risk. SENT: 630 words, photo.

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    FBN-BLEIER-RETURN TO VIETNAM _ Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn't have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier's visit to Vietnam is the subject of ESPN's "The Return", which debuts Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. A shorter version began airing Saturday on "SportsCenter" as part of its weekly SC Featured series. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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