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    SYRIA _Hundreds of Islamic State supporters escape from a holding camp in northern Syria amid heavy clashes between invading Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters, and President Trump orders all U.S. troops to withdraw from the north to avoid getting caught in the fighting. The twin developments reflect the rapidly growing chaos in Syria in the week since Trump ordered American forces in the region to step aside, leaving the U.S.-allied Kurds wide open to attack from Turkey. By Lefteris Pitarakis and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 810 words, photos.

    UNITED STATES-SYRIA _ Caught in a conflict between two American allies, President Donald Trump orders a withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria as violence escalates. The move appeared to be a prelude to a complete U.S. military departure from Syria after a Turkish invasion that has endangered American troops, exposed U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and left U.S. relations with Turkey in near ruins. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 920 words, photos. WITH: RUSSIA-NEW OPPORTUNITIES _ From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

    IMPEACHMENT-HUNTER BIDEN _ Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, win the White House in 2020. The decision follows scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies about Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine and China, lines of attack that have intensified against Joe Biden despite no proof of impropriety by either father or son. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 780 words, photo.

    POLICE SHOOTING IN HOME-TEXAS _ A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her own home in Texas didn't have time to perceive a threat before shooting her, an attorney for the woman's family said. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.

    CALIFORNIA POWER-INCOME DISPARITY _ When the nation's largest utility warned customers that it would cut power to nearly 2 million people across Northern California, many rushed out to buy portable generators, knowing the investment could help sustain them during blackouts. Others had the security of knowing they could rely on solar panels and batteries installed in their homes. But many families impacted by the blackouts are struggling from paycheck to paycheck and don't have the luxury of buying backup power. The blackouts are highlighting a divide in a region with growing income disparity where access to electricity is increasingly available to those who can afford to pay. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 770 words, photos. This is the Monday Spotlight.

    MED-DIETARY ADVICE CHALLENGED _ So is red meat good or bad for you? If the answer were only that simple. A team of international researchers recently rattled the nutrition world by saying there isn't enough evidence to tell people to cut back on red or processed meat. The papers offer a new approach to giving dietary advice _ and a rebuke to how it's currently done. By Food and Health Writer Candice Choi.

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    HOTEL COLLAPSE _ Missing worker search goes on in New Orleans hotel collapse. SENT: 490 words, photos.

    CHICAGO MARATHON _ Kenya's Brigid Kosgei wins the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to smash the women's world record in the event. SENT: 390 words, photos.

    DOLLY PARTON-OPRY _ Country superstar Dolly Parton is still working "9 to 5," and doing what she loves as she celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. SENT: 300 words, photos.

    GARBAGE PIGS _ A solution for food waste in Maine schools: Give it to the pigs. SENT: 510 words, photo.

    LONDON FILM FESTIVAL-SCORSESE _ Director Martin Scorsese says he's open-minded about the Netflix film “revolution.” SENT: 310 words, photos.

    KOSOVO-ELECTION WORKERS SICKENED _ Kosovo election officials hospitalized after opening ballot boxes from Serbia. SENT: 200 words.

    HARVEST FESTIVAL RIDE-CHILD DEATH _ Authorities say a 10-year-old girl has died after plunging from an amusement park ride at a harvest festival in New Jersey. SENT: 220 words.

    WRIGHT BROTHERS MONUMENT DAMAGED _ The National Park Service says a copper bust of aviation pioneer Orville Wright has been stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. SENT: 120 words.

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    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT _ A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring a fellow American envoy there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what he was told by President Donald Trump. By Lisa Mascaro and Eric Tucker. SENT: 770 words, photo.

    IMPEACHMENT-VOTER FATIGUE _ Polling finds that support for the House's impeachment inquiry has grown, but what those numbers don't show is the sense of fatigue among some Americans. It's a factor that could be significant as Democrats leading the inquiry debate how to proceed with an election year approaching. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 940 words, photos.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-CONGRESS _ Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators _ and they’re returning to work this coming week with mixed hopes of success. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 890 words, photos.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-WHAT’S NEXT _ Congress is ending a two-week break that wasn’t really a break as House Democrats pushed ahead with their impeachment investigation. More witnesses are on tap for closed-door testimony. SENT: 950 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR _ Republican leaders working to oust the Deep South's only Democratic governor are trying to put their intraparty backbiting behind them ahead of Louisiana's November runoff. The GOP hierarchy, both nationally and locally, is seeking to unify support behind businessman Eddie Rispone against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the Nov. 16 election. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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    ASIA-TYPHOON _ Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter. SENT: 830 words, photos. WITH: ASIA-TYPHOON-THE LATEST.

    ECUADOR _ Residents of Ecuador's capital ventured out into the streets despite a 24-hour military curfew, picking their way through piles of burnt tires, chunks of pavement and tree trunks smoldering after a day of violent protests across Quito. The government and indigenous protesters planned to begin negotiations aimed at defusing more than a week of demonstrations against a plan to remove fuel subsidies as part of an International Monetary Fund austerity package. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. WITH: ECUADOR-THE LATEST.

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Taking a page from ancient Chinese military philosophy, black-clad protesters in Hong Kong changed tactics and wreaked havoc by popping up in small groups in multiple locations across the city Sunday, pursued by but also often eluding police who made scores of muscular arrests. Violence spiraled as protests stretched into the night, with police struggling to restore order. SENT: 870 words, photos, videos.

    POLAND-ELECTION _ Poland's conservative ruling party Law and Justice wins the most votes in a general election in the deeply divided nation and appears, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in the parliament to govern for four more years. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Cabinet colleagues that it will require a "significant amount of work" to strike a Brexit deal with the European Union, amid signs of progress in last-minute talks but also deep-seated skepticism about the chances of an agreement. SENT: 470 words, photos.

    VATICAN-SAINTS _ With Prince Charles looking on, Pope Francis canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. SENT: 910 words, photos.

    TUNISIA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION _ Tunisian polling agencies are forecasting that conservative law professor Kais Saied has overwhelmingly won the North African country's presidential election. SENT: 750 words, photos; full results expected Monday.

    HUNGARY-LOCAL ELECTIONS _ With 74% of the ballots counted in the vote for Budapest mayor, Gergely Karacsony was leading Istvan Tarlos by 50.1% to 44.8% and local media reported that Tarlos had called to congratulate his rival. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    MOZAMBIQUE-ELECTIONS _ Mozambique's elections on Tuesday are almost certain to be won by the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi but it is unclear if the results will bring badly needed stability and economic growth. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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    SERIAL KILLER-DRAWINGS _ The FBI is hoping that portraits drawn by a California inmate will help law enforcement crack cold case homicides around the country. Samuel Little produced dozens of images of women he says he strangled over the course of more than three decades. In a highly unusual move, the FBI is publicizing them in hopes they'll spark recognition in friends or family members. SENT: 830 words, photos.

    CHICAGO SCHOOLS-STRIKE _ A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes and student services wins public support and can be a difference maker at the bargaining table. SENT: 980 words, photos.

    LGBT RIGHTS-RECKONING _ National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on what the Supreme Court decides about workplace discrimination law. SENT: 620 words, photos.

    GREEN BERETS _ Commanders are making big changes to the grueling course that soldiers must pass to join the elite Special Forces. The goal is to meet evolving national security threats and to shift from a culture that weeds out struggling soldiers to one that trains them to do better. The changes have caused resentment among some Special Forces who believe the brass wants to make it easier to pass the course as a way to boost lagging recruiting numbers and ensure that women will eventually qualify. SENT: 1,460 words, photos.

    APARTMENT SHOOTING-CHICAGO _ A fifth person dies from wounds suffered in a shooting at an apartment building on Chicago's Northwest Side. SENT: 140 words.

    FLORIDA MALL-LOCKDOWN _ Police say a person with a gunshot wound has been located but there's no active shooter at a Boca Raton mall that had been placed on a lockdown after reports of shots fired. SENT: 140 words.

    BROOKLYN SHOOTING _ Police are investigating whether a gambling dispute, robbery or something else led to the shooting deaths of four people at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn that was just blocks from a police precinct. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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    TEC-INSIDER Q&A-ALEX STAMOS _ Cybersecurity pioneer and former Facebook security chief sketches chilling scenario for 2020 elections, laments arrival of 'disinformation as a service.' SENT: 610 words, photo.

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    FILM-BOX OFFICE _The first weekend was no fluke: "Joker" is a hit. The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated "The Addams Family" and the Will Smith action pic "Gemini Man." By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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    T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL _ LSU moves up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 29th time and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before the rivals meet in Tuscaloosa. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    GYMNASTICS WORLDS _ Everyone counts Simone Biles' medals except Simone Biles. Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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