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    Adds: AFGHANISTAN-WEDDING HALL BLAST, GUN CONTROL RALLIES, ELECTION 2020-ABRAMS-VOTER PROTECTION, MOUNT WASHINGTON-BICYCLE RACE.

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    TOP STORIES

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    PORTLAND RALLIES _ Police seize metal poles, bear spray and other items as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarm downtown Portland, Oregon, as police set up concrete barriers and close streets and bridges in an effort to contain and separate the rival groups. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: AP EXPLAINS-PORTLAND RALLIES _ A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland (sent).

    AFGHANISTAN-WEDDING HALL BLAST _ An explosion rips through a wedding party in Afghanistan's capital, killing or wounding dozens of people, a government official says. Hundreds of people were believed to be inside the hall at the time of the blast. By Rahim Faiez. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    IMMIGRATION-PUBLIC BENEFITS _ Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health outcomes and rising costs they say will come from sweeping changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Some advocates say they’re already seeing the fallout even before the complex 800-plus page rule takes effect in October. By Sophia Tareen. SENT AS THE SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT: 1,200 words, photos.

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbor to demand the government heed their demands, while across the water a pro-government rally calls for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlight the political divide in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. By Yanan Wang and Kelvin Chan. SENT: 830 words, photos.

    SUDAN _ Sudan's pro-democracy movement and ruling military council have signed a final power-sharing agreement at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum, after weeks of tortuous negotiations. The deal signed Saturday paves the way for a transition to a civilian-led government following the military overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. By Samy Magdy. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    PELOSI-ABROAD _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is emerging as an alternative American ambassador abroad, an emissary for bedrock democratic values and the promise of stability that some see as diminishing in the Trump era. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

    ALASKA-RECORD WARMTH _ Alaska has been America’s canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska’s warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did children in the coastal town of Nome. Wildfire season started early and stayed late. By Dan Joling. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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    AIRPORT WORKER-NASTY NOTE _ An airport security worker in New York has been fired for handing a passenger a handwritten note that said, "You ugly!!!" SENT: 130 words.

    MOUNT WASHINGTON-BICYCLE RACE _ A Massachusetts man and a Pennsylvania woman win the grueling bicycle race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. SENT: 260 words.

    ALASKA-TOURISTS STRANDED _Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve; 300 stranded tourists safely return to park entrance. SENT: 280 words, photo.

    CROATIA-HIGHWAY LANDING _ A small plane has made an emergency landing on a main highway in Croatia, surprising drivers but causing no injuries. SENT: 220 words, photos.

    OBIT-FELICE GIMONDI _ Felice Gimondi, one of only seven cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, dies at 76. SENT: 220 words, photos.

    THAILAND-BABY DUGONG _ An 8-month-old dugong found lost near a beach dies of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. SENT: 290 words, photo.

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    WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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    ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-ORIGIN STORY, HFR _ As Joe Biden undertakes a third run for the White House, his personal losses come up as points of connection to voters and as personal experience on health care policy. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,600 words, photos and abridged version, all available for use beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

    ELECTION 2020-PROGRESSIVES-BLACK CHURCH _ Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren take their progressive message to a meeting of black church leaders in Atlanta that is attracting thousands of black millennials from across the country. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-NATIVE AMERICANS _ Democratic presidential candidates are coming to Iowa to do something that Native Americans say doesn’t happen enough: court their vote. SENT: 820 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-ABRAMS-VOTER PROTECTION _ Democrat Stacey Abrams launches a new multistate voter protection initiative in Georgia. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

    ELECTION 2020-BULLOCK-GUNS _ As a Democrat in strongly Republican Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock is the rare voice of caution warning Democrats about going too far on gun control. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    MASS SHOOTING-TEXAS-FUNERAL _ A crowd of strangers says goodbye to an El Paso, Texas, shooting victim after her longtime companion said he felt alone and invited the public to her funeral. A look at some of the people who came. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    SUBWAY STATION EVACUATED _ A man suspected of placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a New York City subway station on Friday, causing an evacuation and snarling the morning commute, has been apprehended, police said. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    GUN CONTROL RALLIES _ Gun control advocates rally around the country, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

    PHILADELPHIA GUNMAN STANDOFF _ The man accused of barricading himself inside a Philadelphia row house and shooting six police officers in an hourslong standoff has been charged with attempted murder. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    POLICING THE POLICE _ Phoenix officials are looking to make changes after a video showing officers pointing guns and cursing at a black family sparked national outrage this summer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ The shipping agent for an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says the vessel is ready to depart Gibraltar soon, as the U.S. made a last-minute effort to seize it again. SENT: 760 words, photo.

    SAUDI ARABIA-YEMEN _ Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attack a massive oil and gas field deep inside of Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert, causing what the kingdom described as a “limited fire.” SENT: 650 words, photos.

    KASHMIR _ Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir begin restoring landline phone services after a nearly two-week unprecedented security crackdown and news blackout following a decision to downgrade the majority-Muslim region's autonomy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

    ITALY-MIGRANTS _ Italy's hard-line interior minister has buckled under pressure and agreed to let 27 unaccompanied minors leave a migrant ship after two weeks at sea. SENT: 560 words, photos.

    SWITZERLAND-ENDANGERED SPECIES _ From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. SENT: 930 words, photo.

    NORTH KOREA-PROJECTILES-KIM _ North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. SENT: 630 words, photos.

    EUROPE-JUNCKER OPERATION _ EU Commission chief to have emergency gallbladder operation. SENT: 120 words.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    OBIT-RICHARD WILLIAMS _ Richard Williams, whose work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” helped blur boundaries between the animated world and our own, dies at 86. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    FBN-BLEIER-RETURN TO VIETNAM _ Rocky Bleier said he has talked about being injured in Vietnam so much that he didn't feel the need to return. What happened when he did is the subject of an ESPN documentary 10 years in the making. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

    GLF-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP _ Hideki Matsuyama has a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau in the BMW Championship. Tiger Woods is running out of time to advance in the FedEx Cup. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m., photos.

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