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    ZIMBABWE-PASSPORT CRUNCH _ With Zimbabwe’s economy in shambles, many people are eager to leave the country. But the foreign currency shortage is so acute that the passport office can’t import paper and ink. People now sleep in line for any chance at being served _ and that’s just to submit an application. By Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 770 words, photos. This story is the Sunday Spotlight.




    HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW _ Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough. Activists said they were still planning a mass protest for Sunday, a week after hundreds of thousands marched to demand Lam drop the legislation, which many feared would undermine freedoms enjoyed by this former British colony but not elsewhere in China. By Elaine Kurtenbach and Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 950 words, photos. WITH: HONG KONG-CARRIE LAM _ Hong Kong's first female leader fights for political life. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-SOUTH CAROLINA _ Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum in South Carolina. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 570 words, photos.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Crew members from a Norwegian-owned oil tanker apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran as the other tanker targeted in the assault limped into anchorage off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. By Jon Gambrell and Fay Abuelgasim. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    MARSHALL UNIVERSITY-SEX ASSAULTS _ A former Marshall University student says she was forced to leave her dream college in West Virginia because the school allowed a fellow student she accused of rape to remain on campus. Alicia Gonzales told The Associated Press she felt betrayed after the college allowed Joseph Chase Hardin to remain a student there, even after he was convicted of battery. The school expelled Hardin recently _ after he was charged with sexually assaulting two other women. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: 740 words, photo.

    VENEZUELA-EU SANCTIONS _ Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's crisis, The Associated Press has learned. By Joshua Goodman and Aritz Parra. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    ITALY-OBIT-ZEFFIRELLI _ Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly known for his films, his name was also inextricably linked to the theater and opera. He produced classics for the world's most famous opera houses, from Milan's venerable La Scala to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and plays for London and Italian stages. SENT: 1,500 words, photos, 900-word abridged version.




    OJ SIMPSON-TWITTER _ O.J. Simpson opens a Twitter account and posts a video in which he says he has “a little getting even to do.” SENT: 390 words, photo.

    TARGET-CHECKOUT TROUBLE _ A glitch stalls checkout lines at its stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers the day before Father’s Day. SENT: 325 words, photos.

    NUDE PROTEST _ Several dozen people stripped naked and got their bodies painted in New York's Times Square as part of what was billed as a protest against "divisiveness." SENT: 100 words. Photos upcoming.

    DEAD WHALES _ Officials are asking Washington state waterfront landowners to volunteer their properties as the final resting places for dead gray whales. SENT: 360 words, photo.

    FATHER'S DAY-CENSUS _ Just in time for Father's Day, the U.S. Census Bureau has released a new report showing more than 60 percent of the 121 million men in the U.S. are fathers. SENT: 400 words, photo.

    FINLAND-HOBBY HORSING _ The 400 contestants at a sports arena in Finland show jumped, barrel raced and pranced in a dressage competition. Not with live horses by at "the biggest hobby horse event in the world." SENT: 400 words, photos.




    ELECTION 2020-BILL WELD _ For now, Bill Weld is the most prominent Republican in revolt. But even in New Hampshire, where there's a healthy contingent of Republicans uneasy with President Donald Trump, it's a tough sell for the former Massachusetts governor who's running against the incumbent. Weld's eccentricities have left Republicans and independents who are cold on Trump scratching their heads. By Hunter Woodall. SENT: 740 words, photo.

    TRUMP-BORDER CZAR _ Trump's pick for 'border czar' says he's not accepting the job _ at least 'as of right now.’ SENT: 130 words.

    FACT CHECK-WEEK _ In President Donald Trump's reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries "death to America," the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has been lifted off the backs of farmers, the remains of U.S. soldiers from North Korea are coming home and China is opening its wallet to the U.S. treasury for the first time in history. These statements range from flatly false to mostly so. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 3,610 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

    CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION _ Voting rights activists argue newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolster arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey. SENT: 815 words, photo.




    COSTCO SHOOTING _ An off-duty Los Angeles police officer discharged his firearm inside a Costco Wholesale in a shooting that left one dead. SENT: 460 words, photo.

    IMMIGRATION-PREMATURE BABY _ A U.S. border patrol facility in Texas is under new scrutiny after a teenage mother was found there with a premature baby. Immigrant advocates expected the facility in the border city of McAllen to allow doctors inside on Saturday to conduct health assessments. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    PLANE SKIDS ON RUNWAY-NEWARK _ Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark airport, sending it skidding across the runway before coming to a halt. SENT: 135 words, photo.

    ALABAMA-PLANNED PARENTHOOD _Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women's clinic that's under construction despite the state's passage of a near-total ban on abortions. Located beside an interstate highway in downtown Birmingham, the 10,000-square-foot structure is now nothing but a steel frame and roof. Workers under the constant watch of security guards appear to be installing electrical wiring, plus heating and cooling units. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 685 words, photos.

    OKLAHOMA TEACHERS-EDUCATION _ Teachers who staged successful walkouts to demand better pay and public school funding in several states last year are showing they're intent on staying politically engaged. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    MAN VS SOYBEANS _ Ohio farmer Jay Butterfield survived a harrowing afternoon recently after being buried up to his neck inside a soybean bin. The 70-year-old was trying to break up wet clumps of the crop inside a 30-foot- 30-foot- (9-meter) tall bin when he sank up to his knees. SENT: 815 words, photos.




    EBOLA OUTBREAK-STRUGGLING MEDICS _ The isolation ward for Ebola patients is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Gloves are given out sparingly to health workers. And when the second person in this Uganda border town died after the virus outbreak spread from neighboring Congo, the hospital for several hours couldn't find a vehicle to take away the body. By Rodney Muhumuza. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    ITALY-KNOX _ Taking the stage at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals process, depicting her as guilty even though she was eventually acquitted. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    TURKEY-JETLINER UPROAR _ An AP photographer says passengers on board a Turkish Airlines flight to Sudan had to subdue a man who started screaming soon after takeoff and began rushing toward the cockpit. SENT: 250 words, photos.

    FRANCE-NOTRE DAME-MASS _ The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15 fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. SENT: 340 words, photos.

    SOMALIA-BLAST _ A pair of explosions rocked Somalia's capital and left 11 people dead, the country’s police chief said, as the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. SENT: 425 words, photos.

    SUDAN _ The top U.S. diplomat to Africa said there must be an "independent and credible" investigation into the Sudanese military's violent dispersal of a protest camp in the capital earlier this month, and the ruling military council said it would announce the findings of its own investigation on Saturday. SENT: 850 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from announcement of investigation findings; timing unclear.

    SYRIA _ Syrian opposition activists say government airstrikes and intense shelling on rebel-held areas in northwest Syria have claimed the lives of dozens of people. SENT: 260 words, photos.




    PEOPLE-TAYLOR SWIFT _ Taylor Swift makes a surprise performance at an iconic gay bar a day after releasing a song supporting the LGBTQ community. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    NAPOLEON DYNAMITE-ANNIVERSARY _The cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite turns 15 years old this month, a milestone for a movie that became an early breakaway hit in today's era of pop-culture geek celebration. The movie that created the "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt and made Napoleon's disgusted exclamation of "gosh!" into a 2004 catchphrase is celebrating its anniversary this month. SENT: 800 words, photos.




    GLF--US OPEN _Gary Woodland has the 36-hole lead in the U.S. Open, the second time in his last four majors he's been ahead at the halfway point. It's really no lead at all. This U.S. Open is just getting started. Woodland was two shots ahead of Justin Rose going into the third round, with the leaders not teeing off until 5:45 p.m. EDT so the broadcast can be in prime time in the eastern United States. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 200 words, photos, developing. WITH: US-OPEN ACCIDENT_ Runaway golf cart hits 5 people near 16th hole at US Open. SENT: 200 words, photos.

    RAPTORS PRESIDENT-DEPUTY HIT _ Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff's deputy in the face while trying to join his team on the court to celebrate their first NBA championship. SENT: 750 words, photos.

    STANLEY CUP CELEBRATION _ After a half-century of disappointment, even Mother Nature didn't dare spoil the celebration of St. Louis' first-ever Stanley Cup championship. A morning downpour fizzled to a light rain by the time the parade began, and the sun popped out just as a rally was starting. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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