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    TOP STORIES

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    UNITED STATES-IRAN-SPARRING _ Iran doesn't seem to want to tangle with a stronger U.S. military, but instead is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war while also heightening the risk of missteps that could lead to armed conflict. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 970 words, photos.

    With PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials say. SENT: 990 words, photos; PERSIAN GULF TENSIONS-BRITAIN-IRAN _ Iran's tanker seizure seems closely linked to British action against Iranian supertanker on July 4. SENT: 650 words, photos; PERSIAN GULF-SHIPPING _ Seizure of oil tanker could raise insurance rates for shipping companies and eventually reduce tanker traffic. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    HOT WEATHER _ Americans from Texas to Maine sweat out a steamy weekend as a heat wave cancels events from festivals to horse races and pushes New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

    IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM WAITLIST _ President Donald Trump's administration forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexican cities before they can start the asylum process, a policy referred to as "metering." As a result, thousands of people along the Mexican border don't get an interview with an asylum officer for months and face danger even after fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 950 words, photo.

    MOON LANDING-ANNIVERSARY _ A moonstruck nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of humanity's first footsteps on another world, gathering in record heat at races and other festivities to commemorate Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's "giant leap." By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With RUSSIA-SPACE _ A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has blasted off for a fast-track trip to the International Space Station. SENT: 150 words, photos.

    OPIOID CRISIS-FLORIDA PILL MILLS _ Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

    FOREVER CHEMICALS-CONSUMERS _ The government is trying to sort out how to handle health risks from a group of widely used nonstick and stain-resistant compounds. But scientists say there are many steps people can take to minimize their exposure to the manmade industrial compounds known as PFAS. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 875 words, photos.

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    OBIT-CESAR PELLI _ Architect Cesar Pelli, known for designing some of the world's tallest and most iconic buildings, dies at age 92. SENT: 550 words, photos.

    SWEDEN-RAPPER _ Trump's offer to vouch for bail for jailed rapper A$AP Rocky rings hollow in Sweden, a country with no bail. SENT: 420 words, photos.

    VATICAN-MISSING GIRL _ A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who disappeared in 1983 says a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones. SENT: 520 words, photos.

    CROCODILE NEST-FLORIDA _ American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot _ the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant. SENT: 390 words. Photos by Wilfredo Lee.

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    WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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    SUPREME COURT-CLERKS _ A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan, a patent law professor, a blind woman and two Rhodes scholars are some of the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    CONGRESS-MUELLER TESTIMONY _ Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he's even saying it at all. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

    FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Rhetoric from Trump and campaigning Democrats on an incendiary week of vilification. SENT: 2,350 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

    ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS _ Many of the Democratic presidential candidates consigned to the race's lower tier so far are wondering whether they'll make it to the first contest of 2020, the Iowa caucuses in early February. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    TRUMP'S LANGUAGE-IMPACT _ In many of America's workplaces and institutions, the language used by President Donald Trump in his suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to countries "from which they came" would be unacceptable and possibly illegal. By David Crary and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,350 words, photos. Eds: This story has been sent as the Sunday Spotlight.

    MEDIA-ESPN _ ESPN is reminding employees of the network's policy to avoid politics on the air. A talk show host delivered an anti-Trump monologue and questioned ESPN's readiness to confront a charged political climate. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    GIANT TELESCOPE-HAWAIIAN ACTIVISM _ Protesters fighting the construction of a giant telescope on a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred say the standoff is about more than the project. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    BRITISH AIRWAYS-FLIGHTS CANCELED _ British Airways says it is canceling flights to Cairo for a week for unspecified security reasons. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

    SOUTH SUDAN-PREPARING FOR EBOLA _ With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency, neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. SENT: 825 words, photos.

    SOUTH ASIA FLOODS _ The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has climbed past 160 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in three countries, officials said Saturday. SENT: 475 words, photos.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    COMIC CON-MARVEL _ Multiple items planned from Day 3 of Comic-Con, including a Marvel Studios panel that could reveal details on the next phase of the franchise after the cataclysmic events of "Avengers: Endgame." After closing out phase three with “Avengers: Endgame” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Marvel studios is expected to finally officially announce its next chapter, which may include “Black Widow,” “Shang-Chi” and “The Eternals.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10:30 p.m.

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    SPORTS

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    GLF-BRITISH OPEN _ Shane Lowry races out to a 4-shot lead in British Open at Royal Portrush for another shot at his first major. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

    BOX--THURMAN-PACQUIAO _ Manny Pacquiao accepts a daunting challenge against unbeaten welterweight champion Keith Thurman. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Main event starts around midnight.

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