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    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Europe’s longtime political center appears to shrink as exit polls and early results from the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades show both the anti-immigrant far right and the pro-environment Greens gaining ground. By Mike Corder and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-BRITAIN _ UK Conservatives fear wipeout in Brexit-dominated EU poll. SENT: 520 words, photos; EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-COUNTRIES TO WATCH (sent).

    TRUMP-JAPAN _It was a day of sumo-sized diplomacy. Plenty of world leaders have tried to butter up President Donald Trump with flattery and favors. Japan's Shinzo Abe raised the bar for all of them. Next: the hard work and formal business of talking trade and North Korea. By Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP-JAPAN-SUMO GLANCE and (both sent). Monday events begin at 8 p.m.

    ABORTION-WHAT’S CHANGED _ There’s one common goal for the abortion bans enacted in several states this year: to trigger reversal of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a nationwide right to abortion. Were that to happen, decisions on abortion policy would revert to the states, and many would impose bans. What would not happen is a full-fledged turning back of the clock to 1973. Women now have far more options to avoid unwanted pregnancies in the first place, and safer, easier options for abortion. By David Crary and Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 1,580 words, photos. This is the Monday Spotlight.

    SEVERE WEATHER _ A tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second twister raked a suburb of Tulsa more than 100 miles away, authorities said. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

    ELECTION 2020-IMPEACHMENT _ Democratic leaders in Congress have argued that impeaching President Donald Trump is a political mistake as the 2020 election nears. Most of the candidates running to succeed him seem to agree, for now. By Elana Schor and Juana Summers. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    OBIT-STARR _ Bart Starr, the gentlemanly quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi's powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s whose sneak won the famed "Ice Bowl" in 1967, has died. He was 85. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,420 words, photos.




    STAN LEE-ELDER ABUSE _ A former business manager of the late comic book legend Stan Lee makes first court appearance in Arizona, after arrest for fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse. SENT: 270 words, photos.

    FRAMINGHAM STATE-JOHN LEWIS _ U.S. Rep. John Lewis urges graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts to “get in trouble” and to build “bridges, not walls.” SENT: 250 words, photos.

    OBIT-MURRAY GELL-MAN _ Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, dies at age 89. SENT: 330 words, photo.

    HONG KONG-TIANANMEN _ Thousands in Hong Kong commemorate 1989 Tiananmen protests. SENT: 340 words, photos.

    FATAL SHARK ATTACK _ Victim killed by shark in Hawaii was California man, 65. SENT: 140 words.

    1882 RIFLE-NATIONAL PARK _ A 137-year-old Winchester rifle found in Nevada has new home. SENT: 410 words, photos.

    KING LEAR-BLAST FURNACE BACKDROP _ A Pittsburgh theater company is bringing Shakespeare to the site of a once mighty steel company's blast furnace. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    HURD-PELOSI VIDEO _ A Republican congressman and former CIA officer says America isn't prepared for disinformation campaigns that use altered video to spread false information across social media. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    AMUSEMENT PARK ACCIDENT _ Authorities say three members of a family were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride at a Southern California amusement park. SENT: 140 words.




    TRUMP-NORTH KOREA _Seemingly contradicting his national security adviser, Trump says North Korea's recent missile tests aren’t a concern for him. The comments in Japan are sure to unnerve leaders of the U.S. ally directly threatened by short-range weapons from its Asian neighbor. SENT: 760 words, photos.

    DYSFUNCTIONAL WISCONSIN _ Wisconsin's new Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the Legislature are having such a hard time getting along that even the signing of a seemingly innocuous, unanimously approved bill morphed into a partisan fight. It's only been months since Tony Evers took over as governor, yet there have already been lawsuits, claims of sexism and accusations from Republican leaders that Evers is "out of touch." SENT: 860 words.




    PERU-EARTHQUAKE _ A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas but causing only one reported death. SENT: 340 words, photos.

    THAILAND-OBIT-PREM TINSULANONDA _ Prem Tinsulanonda, who as an army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace was one of Thailand's most influential political figures over four decades, has died at age 98. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

    GERMANY-ANTI-SEMITISM _ Israel's president said he is shocked by a German official's comment that he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions at home. SENT: 370 words, photo.

    IRAQ-IRANIAN PILGRIMS _ Shop owners in Baghdad's Shiite holy neighborhood of Kadhimiya are feeling the pain of U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have seen their sales drop over the past year as Iranians lose their purchasing power since President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers. SENT: 710 words, photos.

    IRAQ-FRANCE-US _ A Baghdad court sentenced three French citizens to death for being members of the Islamic State group, an Iraqi judicial official said. They were the first French IS members to receive death sentences in Iraq, where they were transferred for trial from neighboring Syria. SENT: 790 words, photos.

    IRELAND-DIVORCE _ Irish voters have overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to liberalize the country's constitution to make it easier for couples to divorce. SENT: 200 words, photo.




    HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROSECUTIONS _ Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven't come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. SENT: 960 words, photos.

    FLOOD BUYOUTS-HFR _ Federal and local governments have poured more than $5 billion into buying tens of thousands of private properties over the past few decades to try to diminish the long-term costs of repeated floods. UPCOMING: Hold for release until 12:01 a.m. Monday.

    VAPING-SCHOOLS _ Officials at schools around the United States have begun rethinking their approach to teen vaping as statistics show a rise in suspensions and other disciplinary responses to students caught using e-cigarettes. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

    OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA _ One of the drugmakers named in Oklahoma's lawsuit over the opioid crisis has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay the state $85 million. SENT: 120 words. Developing.

    VIRGINIA-SHOOTING _ Authorities say 10 people have been shot, one fatally, when gun violence erupted at a holiday weekend party in Virginia. SENT: 130 words.

    DORM CHEF _ Jonah Reider became an object of media fascination when he opened a sophisticated supper club in his Columbia University dorm that briefly became one of New York City's most coveted reservations. Three years after graduation, the "dorm chef" is still cooking up culinary buzz. SENT: 980 words, photos.




    FILM-BOX OFFICE _ Moviegoers voted with their dollars and chose the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend. The Walt Disney Co.'s live-action remake of "Aladdin" crushed the competition at the box office, which included two new original R-rated films that opened as counterprogramming to the family pic: The critically acclaimed teen comedy "Booksmart" and the horror "Brightburn." SENT: 910 words, photos.




    INDY 500 _ Simon Pagenaud wins his first Indianapolis 500, making an audacious pass of Alexander Rossi before taking the white flag and holding off the hard-charging driver from Andretti Autosport. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    FRENCH OPEN _ Roger Federer wins easily in return to refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier for his first French Open match since 2015. By AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 870 words, photos. WITH: FRENCH OPEN-GLANCE (sent, developing).




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