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    NEW & DEVELOPING

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    GAME OF THRONES _ A story on the series finale will move around 2 a.m. Eastern, in order to avoid spoilers for West Coast viewers.

    Adds: IRAQ-ROCKET ATTACK, UNITED STATES-MIDEAST PEACE, MIGRANT INFLUX-FLORIDA, TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE, OPRAH-COMMENCEMENT-COLORADO, ISRAEL-PEOPLE-MADONNA.

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    TOP STORIES

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    ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-FARMERS _ As a candidate, Donald Trump won over rural America in part by pledging to put an end to trade practices that have hurt farmers for years. While his prolonged trade war with China has only made a miserable situation works, there's little indication Trump is paying a political price. Even without a deal, he's getting credit for trying for the farmers caught in the middle. By Sarah Burnett and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 1,470 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF TENSIONS-VIEW FROM IRAN _ Many Iranians point to the economy, not the possible outbreak of war, as Iran's major concern. They think Iran should try to talk to the U.S. to help its anemic economy, even as they see President Donald Trump as an erratic and untrustworthy adversary. By Mehdi Fattahi and Nasser Karimi. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF TENSIONS _ Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat says, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. By Aya Batrawy and Fay Abuelgasim. SENT: 810 words, photos. WITH: IRAQ-ROCKET ATTACK _ A rocket strikes the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, hitting less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman says. SENT: 510 words, photo; UNITED STATES-MIDEAST PEACE _ The U.S. will roll out the first phase of its Middle East peace plan next month at a conference in Bahrain on the economic benefits that could flow from an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the White House says. SENT: 240 words.

    ELECTION 2020-JIMMY CARTER _ Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

    MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE _ Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. WITH: MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE-STATES (sent). This is the Monday Spotlight.

    D-DAY-ECHOES OF GRIEF _ The decisive World War II invasion known as D-Day took a horrific toll on the small Virginia town of Bedford, which only had a population of about 4,000 at the time. Its D-Day losses were among the steepest, proportionally, of any community in America. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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    STUDENT DEBT PLEDGE _ A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist says he will provide grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College _ an estimated $40 million. SENT: 470 words, photo.

    OPRAH-COMMENCEMENT-COLORADO _ Oprah Winfrey tells college graduates in Colorado small steps lead to big accomplishments. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    ISRAEL-PEOPLE-MADONNA _ Eurovision Song Contest organizers say they were taken aback by the display of a Palestinian flag during Madonna's guest appearance, which defied contest rules. SENT: 170 words, photo.

    RUSSIA-US-COVERT AGENT _ Convicted Russian agent Butina appeals for money. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    TRAYVON MARTIN-MOM _ Trayvon Martin's mom announces run for office in Miami. SENT: 150 words.

    LUNCH LADY-JOB LOST _ Celeb chef José Andrés calls fired cafeteria worker a 'hero.’ SENT: 160 words.

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    WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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    TRUMP-ABORTION _ With Alabama's restrictive new abortion law stirring divisions on the right, President Donald Trump is imploring anti-abortion activists to stay united for the 2020 election. SENT: 800 words, photo.

    MIGRANT INFLUX-FLORIDA _ President Trump denies reports that hundreds of migrants would be flown from the Mexican border to Florida and other areas in the U.S. interior to lessen the workload at crowded Border Patrol facilities. SENT: 540 words.

    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ A key Democrat says that Republican Rep. Justin Amash's sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump's “impeachable conduct” in the Russia investigation isn't enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings. SENT: 520 words, photos.

    CHINA-NYC SUBWAY _ The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the federal government to step in and investigate whether a plan for new subway cars in New York City designed by a Chinese state-owned company could pose a threat to national security. SENT: 830 words, photo.

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    NATIONAL

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    RESIDENTIAL CARE _ Long-term care is a multibillion-dollar industry that has enabled some operators to become wealthy _ while exploiting their workers. Across the country, scores of caregivers earn a pittance to tend to the elderly in residential houses refurbished as care facilities, according to an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. SENT: 4,270 words, photos.

    FIGHTING ROSEMONT MINE _ Native American tribes and environmental groups are fighting plans for an open pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains of southeastern Arizona, arguing that it could irreparably harm ancestral Indian lands they consider sacred as well as air and water quality. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    LITTLE LEAGUE-HYPODERMIC NEEDLES _ A New Mexico Little League park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region's outgoing opioid epidemic. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    STEELMAKER’S HEADQUARTERS-IMPLOSION _ Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker's former world headquarters. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.

    CHURCH SHOOTING-NEW SANCTUARY _ A South Texas church where a gunman in 2017 opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants will unveil a new sanctuary and memorial room honoring the victims. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    SWITZERLAND-GUN REFERENDUM _ Swiss voters approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, Swiss media reported, citing official results. SENT: 460 words, photos.

    EGYPT _ A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. SENT: 290 words, photos.

    VENEZUELA-GASOLINE LINES _ U.S. oil sanctions on Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in mile-long lines for fuel in the South American nation's second-largest city, Maracaibo. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    INDIA-ELECTIONS _ Voting in India's mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies. SENT: 910 words, photos.

    AUSTRALIA-ELECTION _ A jubilant Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to get straight back to work after his conservative government's shock election victory that a bewildered nation is wondering how they didn't see coming. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-MACRON’S VISION _ French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior and this week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

    EUROPE-MIGRANTS _ The Italian interior ministry vowed to press ahead with a new decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants, even after U.N. human rights investigators said it violated international law. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    FRANCE-CANNES-THE CLIMB _ Some stars and directors come to the Cannes Film Festival by boat, others by private jet. Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin pretty much cycled their way into Cannes. Covino's "The Climb," in which he and Marvin star as lifelong friends, opens on a French mountain. One of the breakout films at Cannes this year, it uses long, fluid takes to capture comic moments in a male friendship that develops over many years and hundreds of miles on their bikes. SENT: 690 words, photos.

    FILM-BOX OFFICE _ The box office has a new king and his name is John Wick. The third installment of the hyper violent Keanu Reeves franchise has taken the top spot at the North American box office and ended the three-week reign of "Avengers: Endgame." SENT: 800 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP _ Brooks Koepka takes a seven-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship as he tries to join Tiger Woods as the only players to successfully defend his title in stroke play. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

    BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS-PREVIEW _ Draymond Green would rather do more playing than crying these days. Known at times in the past for his temper and tangles with officials, a more mature Green has the Warriors on the brink of their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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