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    NEW & DEVELOPING

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    EMMY AWARDS _ Red carpet underway; show begins at 8 p.m., will be updated throughout.

    Adds: GM STRIKE, TOUR BUS CRASH-BRYCE CANYON, ITALY-RACISM-DALBERT.

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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE-WHISTLEBLOWER _ President Donald Trump says he expressed concern about corruption in Ukraine during a summer conversation with the country's new leader, and is claiming without evidence that Democratic rival Joe Biden could have contributed to that problem. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 870 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP _ President attends Texas rally with India’s leader, joins Australia’s prime minister at business event in Ohio. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran's president called on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic's military arsenal. By Nasser Karimi. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    UN-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-TROUBLED WORLD _ Tackling the escalating climate crisis will take the spotlight as world leaders gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations against a backdrop of rising tensions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan and increasing inequality, intolerance and hatred. Growing fear of possible military action _ especially in response to the recent attacks on Saudi oil installations that are key to world energy supplies _ has put a heightened edge to this year’s gathering at the General Assembly. SENT: 980 words, photos.

    UN-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-FEELING THE HEAT _ Saying humanity is waging war with the planet, the head of the United Nations isn't planning to let just any world leader speak about climate change at Monday's special "action summit." Only those with new, specific and bold plans can command the podium and the ever-warming world's attention, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 740 words, photos. WITH: UN-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-BRITAIN _ Boris Johnson heads to UN, urging world to see beyond Brexit. SENT: 740 words, photos.

    CONFISCATING GUNS _ Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's recent vow to take away people's AR-15 and AK-47 rifles raised one big question: How is it possible to round up the millions of such guns that exist in the United States? Many gun owners are also unwilling to turn over the weapons, and if the government offered to buy them all back at face value, the price tag could easily run into the billions of dollars. Even some gun-control advocates aren't so sure that confiscating firearms will work. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.

    SYRIA-RETURN TO RAQQA _ Hundreds of Syrian families linked to the Islamic State group are being allowed to return home to the city of Raqqa. It is an experiment in reconciliation, trying to get women and children out of the radicalized atmosphere in a displaced camp dominated by IS. But Raqqa residents deeply distrust the returnees. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,460 words, photos. This is the Monday Spotlight.

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    PITTSBURGH DEATHS _ Three people killed, four others were hospitalized in what police say appeared to be a mass drug overdose. SENT: 220 words, photos.

    STORM AREA 51 EVENTS_ Festivals are over and Earthlings are heading home from the Nevada desert, where people from around the globe took selfies - but didn't actually "storm" - a remote U.S. military base long the focus of UFO and space alien lore. SENT: 140 words, photos, videos.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _ 11th named storm of hurricane season develops in Atlantic. SENT: 130 words.

    MISSING MARINE _ A U.S. Marine believed to have left Arizona for California's Camp Pendleton never arrived, but was found days later at a Texas rest area, unharmed. SENT: 310 words, photo.

    PAKISTAN-BUS CRASH _ Pakistan bus crash kills 26; brakes fail on mountain road. SENT: 180 words, photo.

    FILM-BOX OFFICE _ 'Downton Abbey' overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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    ELECTION 2020-IOWA _ Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing a rising challenge in leadoff-voting Iowa as a new poll shows Elizabeth Warren drawing even. Some hopefuls in the large field are struggling to gain momentum in the early caucus state and are retooling their approaches. SENT: 890 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-SANDERS _ Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is on tap to address the largest annual gathering of the Comanche Nation in the state where one of his main rivals, Elizabeth Warren, was born. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated; Sanders expected to speak after 8 p.m.

    RETRO TRUMP _ President Donald Trump's vision of America's tomorrows looks much like its yesterdays. He loves "beautiful" coal. "Beautiful" warships. And "those four beautiful words: MADE IN THE USA!" He speaks of the country's might as measured by its steel mills, farms and cars rolling off Detroit assembly lines. He's not merely summoning happy memories. His nostalgia shapes policy and lives, too. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    LEAVING CONGRESS _ Rep. Paul Cook is retiring from Congress after four terms. The moderate Republican from California is 76 and says his knees hurt. But he also says he's discouraged by extremists from both parties who won't compromise and by Washington's bitter tone. That makes him a case study in how old-school lawmakers like him feel alienated in an increasingly fractious capital. SENT: 960 words, photos, graphic.

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    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Protesters in Hong Kong trampled a Chinese flag, vandalized two subway stations and set at least two street fires as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again. SENT: 590 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-THOMAS COOK _ More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook are on edge, wondering if they will be able to get home, as one of the world's oldest and biggest travel companies teetered on the edge of collapse. SENT: 600 words, photo.

    ISRAEL-ELECTIONS _ Arab lawmakers in Israel endorse Benny Gantz for prime minister, giving him an edge over incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. SENT: 810 words, photo.

    AFGHANISTAN-POLICE STEPPING UP _ AP Interview: Afghan interior minister says police are the force being hardest hit by insurgents, and are getting an overhaul. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    EGYPT _ Egypt's media authority warned journalists that it was monitoring coverage to ensure they abide by "professional codes" amid a rare burst of protests against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The warning came hours after the latest small protest was dispersed by police in clouds of tear gas. SENT: 810 words, photos.

    SUDAN _ Sudan's newly appointed prime minister launched an independent investigation into a deadly crackdown on protesters in June, which killed dozens of people and threatened to crush the country's pro-democracy uprising. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    TANZANIA-EBOLA _ The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. SENT: 410 words, photo.

    EUROPE-MIGRANTS _ A nonprofit-run ship carrying 182 migrants rescued on the Mediterranean Sea sailed back and forth between Italy and Malta while awaiting permission to dock at a European port, with its passengers growing increasingly worried about where they would wind up. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    TUNISIA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION _ Jailed Tunisian media magnate Nabil Karoui says he's "reasonably optimistic" about winning Tunisia's presidential runoff, where he is facing independent law professor Kais Saied. They beat out two dozen other candidates in the first-round of voting on Sept. 15. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT _ Last September, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own apartment. That much is settled. But nearly every other aspect Amber Guyger's murder trial for the killing of Botham Jean remains cloaked in controversy as opening statements in the case are set to start Monday. SENT: 890 words, photo.

    FAILING FACE TRANSPLANT _ A woman who was severely burned in a domestic violence attack in Vermont is hoping for a second face transplant after doctors recently discovered tissue damage that likely will lead to the loss of her donor face. SENT: 550 words.

    STATE OF EMERGENCY-FIRST RESPONDERS _ With natural disasters increasing in frequency and intensity, first responders are finding it more difficult to reach and rescue the thousands of victims of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Throughout the country, many emergency units have fewer people to navigate disaster response, meaning they have to do more with less. SENT: 2,260 words, photos. Eds: “State of Emergency,” an investigation into disaster response and recovery, is the 2019 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation's top journalism students and graduates. Pieces of the project are available for use by AP members. Find all stories, photos and video at the project website: https://stateofemergency.news21.com as well as some individual stories in AP Newsroom.

    GM STRIKE _ A strike against General Motors by 49,000 auto workers appears headed to an eighth day. SENT: 300 words, photo.

    TOUR BUS CRASH-BRYCE CANYON _ Authorities identify the four Chinese tourists killed in a bus crash in southern Utah, and the tour group dispatches employees from China to help those injured. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    EMMY AWARDS _ Records could be broken at this weekend's Emmy Awards by 'Game of Thrones' and 'Veep' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. Red carpet underway. Show begins at 8 p.m.

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    SPORTS

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    ANTONIO BROWN-RETIRES? _ Antonio Brown says he is finished with the NFL. In a Twitter rant on the morning his most recent team was getting ready to play without him, the former New England Patriots receiver says, “Will not be playing in the NFL anymore.” He went on to take shots at other people in football who have been accused of sexual misconduct. SENT: 510 words, photos.

    ITALY-RACISM-DALBERT _ FIFA president Gianni Infantino labels the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums "very serious" following the latest incident of offensive chants. SENT: 580 words.

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