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    TOP STORIES

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    G7 SUMMIT _Iran's top envoy paid an unannounced visit to the G-7 summit and headed straight toward the heart of the city where leaders of the world's major democracies have been debating how to handle the country's nuclear ambitions. France's surprise invitation of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was a high-stakes gamble for French President Emmanuel Macron, who is the host of the Group of Seven gathering in Biarritz. By Sylvie Corbet, Lori Hinnant and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,210 words, photos. WITH: G7 SUMMIT-THE LATEST; G7 SUMMIT BREXIT _ Johnson wins Trump's approval for tough approach to Brexit (sent).

    TRUMP_ President Donald Trump wraps up another Group of Seven summit by hosting the leaders of Egypt, Germany and India for talks before holding a closing news conference with the summit’s host, French President Emmanuel Macron. By Zeke Miller and Darlene Superville. Developing from 2:30 a.m. EDT meeting Egypt’s leader. Germany at 3:15 a.m. EDT, India at 6 a.m. EDT and news conference at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

    ELECTION 2020-WALSH _ Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, is challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, saying the incumbent is unfit for office and must be denied a second term. The longshot portrays himself as a legitimate alternative in party where he says many are opposed to Trump but are "scared to death" of saying so publicly. By Tom Davies. SENT: 690 words, photo.

    CHOOSING THE END_ When Robert Fuller found out he had throat cancer, he decided to finish out his life and then end it with fatal drugs. That's legal in Washington, one of nine states where "aid in dying" is allowed for those who are terminally ill. Fuller, who was 75, spent time with friends, traveled and ate favorite foods. Then, when the time came, he administered the drugs to himself, surrounded by friends. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 1680 words, photos. With BC-US--Choosing the End-ABRIDGED.

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    GAS EXPLOSION-MARYLAND _A powerful natural gas explosion has ripped away part of the facade and badly damaged a Maryland office complex and shopping center. Fire officials say no injuries were reported. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.

    AURORA GAMES _ The Aurora Games, an international multi-sport competition and entertainment festival with female competitors, are returning for two encore performances. SENT: 180 words.

    CHILDREN SHOT-ST LOUIS-REWARD _ St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says the city suffering a rash of child deaths by gunfire this summer will offer a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the killing of four children. SENT: 140 words.

    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-COAL _ Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it's possible to be a friend of coal miners and a believer in climate change and the need for cleaner energy sources to combat it. SENT: 130 words.

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    ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS _ Seeking to oust President Donald Trump, Democrats are bracing for the nastiest contest in the modern era and confronting a critical question: Just how low should they go to push back against the president? By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 980 words, photos.

    FACT CHECK-WEEK _ President Donald Trump is painting a false picture of a U.S. economy wholly unaffected by his trade war, dismissing the impact of tariffs on American consumers and insisting that economists don't believe his disputes with China could spur recession. By Hope Yen and Josh Boak. SENT: 3,270 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-KENTUCKY _Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders traveled to Mitch McConnell's home state on Sunday to brand the Senate Republican leader as an obstructionist for blocking Democratic efforts to reduce gun violence, bolster election security and raise the federal minimum wage. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 803 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    AFGHANISTAN-YOUNG WOMEN’S FEARS _ Young women in Afghanistan are the most vulnerable population, and perhaps the most defiant, as the United States and the Taliban near a deal on ending America's longest war. Worried about losing what they've gained over nearly two decades, they are demanding a voice in high-level talks to determine their country's future. By Cara Anna. SENT: 1080 words, photos.

    HONG KONG PROTESTS _ Lawmakers on each side of Hong Kong's political divide say the other side bears responsibility after violence during anti-government protests. Pro-government members of the Legislative Council condemned the violence by protesters who blocked streets, threw gasoline bombs and assaulted officers. SENT: 120 words, photos. With HONK KONG-PROTEST WATCH _ Tear gas, warning shot in response to attacks on police mark new escalation in Hong Kong's summer of protests. (sent)

    BRAZIL-AMAZON FIRES _Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, blacks and homosexuals, and even praised his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship. Yet nothing has rallied more anger at home and criticism from abroad than his response. By Luis Andres Henao and Marcelo De Souza. SENT: 980 words, photos.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _ Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines are under a tropical storm warning as the fourth tropical storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season gets closer to the Windward Islands. SENT: 130 words.

    SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH _ A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 690 words.

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    OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA _ An Oklahoma judge is expected to rule in the first state case to go to trial accusing an opioid drugmaker of being responsible for the devastating consequences of addiction to painkillers. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 370 words, photo. DEVELOPING: Hearing is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CDT.

    ABORTION-MISSOURI _ Critics of new abortion restrictions in Missouri are headed to court to try to block the law from taking effect on Wednesday. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood will argue Monday that the law should be temporarily blocked until the lawsuit is decided. The law bans abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy. By Summer Ballentine and Margaret Stafford. SENT: 390 words, photo. DEVELOPING: Hearing scheduled Monday.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN_ Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is due back in court to face a new indictment that prosecutors say would open the door for an actress to testify against him in his sexual assault case. Prosecutors say Weinstein will be arraigned Monday. SENT: 330 words, photo. DEVELOPING: Will be updated after hearing; photos, video expected.

    NURSING HOME DEATHS-FLORIDA _ Defense attorneys say arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after air conditioning power was lost amid sweltering heat after a 2017 hurricane. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 550 words.

    NEWSPAPER-NEW DAY _ The Vindicator delivered to subscribers in Youngstown, Ohio, on Sunday will have the newspaper’s familiar masthead, but it won’t be the publication that has delivered news for the past 150 years. The newspaper will be printed by the Tribune Chronicle in neighboring Trumbull County, which bought The Vindicator name, subscriber list and website from owners of the Youngstown publication. By Mark Gillespie. UPCOMING: 740 words, photos by 6 a.m.

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    BUSINESS

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    BANANAS AT RISK _ The banana industry is on high alert after a dreaded fungus was confirmed in Colombia. The finding is alarming because Latin America is a major exporter of bananas. For years, scientists have said the fungus that has already hit Asian countries would continue spreading and that the industry needs to find a new banana variety that's resistant to the disease. By Manuel Rueda and Candice Choi. SENT: 1020 words, photos.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    FILM-VENICE FILM FESTIVAL-PREVIEW _ It may be the oldest film festival in the world but at 76, the Venice International Film Festival is more relevant, and divisive, than ever. Kicking off Wednesday in the sleepy beach town of Lido, this year’s festival has already become a hotbed for discussion about the Oscar hopefuls launching there, its embrace of controversial filmmakers like Roman Polanski and Nate Parker in the #MeToo era and its lack of female directors. By film writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    MUSIC-MTV VMAS _ 2019 is the year of Missy Elliott: The rap icon became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year and she will also earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards. By Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 380 words, photo by 10 a.m.

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    SPORTS

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    BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE _Louisiana claimed its first Little League World Series title as Marshall Louque hit a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, while pitcher Egan Prather threw a two-hit shutout to lead a team from River Ridge past Curacao 8-0. Egan shut down a powerful Curacao lineup, throwing 88 pitches over six innings. By Tyler King. SENT: 730 words, photos.

    GLF--ON GOLF-RORY’S RICHES _ Rory McIlroy never felt more rich than when he knocked in a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the FedEx Cup. Only it had nothing to do with the money. It was never about $15 million. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    BKW--NCAA BIDS-LAS VEGAS _ Las Vegas is going to take a chance on hosting major college sporting events. The city is set to bid on nearly a half dozen different NCAA championship events, including women’s basketball. This is the first year that Las Vegas is eligible to bid after the governing body for college sports indefinitely suspended a ban last year that prevented events from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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