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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-HURRICANE DORIAN _ Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump's statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama. They say NOAA's action risks the credibility of the nation's weather and science agency and may even risk lives. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 710 words, photos. WITH: TROPICAL WEATHER _ As the sky clears and floodwaters recede, residents of North Carolina's Outer Banks begin to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian, which is strengthening once more as it approaches Canada. By Ben Finley. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

    TROPICAL WEATHER-BAHAMAS _ The hurricane death toll is rising in the Bahamas, in what its leader calls “this hour of darkness.” Search and rescue teams were still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris after Hurricane Dorian struck the northern part of the archipelago last Sunday. At least 43 people died. By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Iran said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium “much more beyond” current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning that Europe has little time to offer it new terms. While insisting Iran doesn't seek a nuclear weapon, the comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran threatened pushing uranium enrichment far beyond levels ever reached in the country. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,075 words, photos. WITH: AP EXPLAINS-IRAN NUCLEAR _ Iran's nuclear program as atomic deal unravels. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    MASS SHOOTINGS-GUN ACCESS _ Most mass shooters in the U.S. acquired the weapons they used legally because there was nothing in their background to disqualify them, according to James Alan Fox, a criminologist with Northeastern University who has studied mass shootings for decades. But in several attacks in recent years gunmen acquired weapons as a result of mistakes, lack of follow through or gaps in federal and state law. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

    EUROPE-POPULISM AND PARLIAMENTS _ Who would have bet that two soaring stars of European politics would have gambled so badly on strategic power plays? Both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italian right-wing leader Matteo Salvini found themselves in political corners this week. They lost bets that their popularity would carry the day. Instead, it appears both miscalculated the role of institutions like Parliament in the age of populist politics and time-tested tactic of enemies ganging up together in countermoves. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 870 words, photos. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

    OPIOID CRISIS-PURDUE _ OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation's deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks say in a message to their counterparts across the country. By Geoff Mulvihill and Mark Gillispie. SENT: 390 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

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    RAIDERS-BROWN _ Antonio Brown signs with the New England Patriots hours after the Oakland Raiders cut him, going from the NFL's cellar to the defending Super Bowl champions despite wearing out his welcome with two teams in one offseason. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

    INDIA-MOON-MISSION _ India's space agency says it lost touch with its Vikram lunar lander as it made its final approach to moon's south pole to deploy a rover. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    MOUNTAIN LION KILLED _ A male mountain lion who successfully crossed a 10-lane freeway in Los Angeles two months ago gets struck and killed on the same section of the roadway. SENT: 400 words, photo.

    NORWAY-DOG-DEATHS _ Authorities in Norway say they haven't been able to detect the cause behind a mysterious disease that is estimated to have killed dozens of dogs. SENT: 250 words.

    DUKE-WILLIAMSON-AVENATTI _ Duke says investigation found no evidence former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits. SENT: 200 words, photo.

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    ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE _ Democratic presidential candidates urge voters in New Hampshire to not play it safe in the 2020 election, leveling an implicit critique of front-runner Joe Biden. The former vice president has centered his campaign on his years of experience in Washington and a perceived ability to steal the support of white, working-class voters away from President Donald Trump. His rivals tell voters to aim for more. By Hunter Woodall and Julie Pace. SENT: 410 words, photos. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-REPUBLICANS _Republican leaders in South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, while party officials in Nevada are deciding whether to follow suit as the GOP erects more hurdles for the longshots challenging President Trump. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 610 words, photos. Nevada decision not expected until evening EDT.

    FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Science took a beating in the political arena this past week as President Donald Trump sowed confusion about Hurricane Dorian's path and Democratic presidential candidates rang false alarms about the air we breathe. By Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen and Seth Borenstein. SENT: 2,430 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

    NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION _ In the North Carolina county where a congressional election was scrapped last year after suspected ballot tampering, voters say the county's history of underhanded politics makes them wonder whether fairness will continue beyond next week's special election. "In this county, I've always had doubts," said Jerry Jackson, a Bladen County native now retired after careers as a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and prison case manager. "No, I don't have full confidence in the government in Bladen County." SENT: 850 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-SENATE-KANSAS _ Western Kansas' congressman launched a Senate campaign on Saturday, pitching himself to fellow Republicans as a pragmatic conservative who can keep the seat in GOP hands by thwarting immigration hardliner Kris Kobach's bid for the party's nomination. Two-term Rep. Roger Marshall entered the race facing some skepticism from the right despite his anti-abortion and gun-rights views and a consistent record of voting with President Donald Trump. SENT: 800 words, photo.

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    RUSSIA-UKRAINE-PRISONERS _ Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine relations and end five years of fighting in Ukraine's east. The trade involved some of the highest-profile prisoners caught up in a bitter standoff between Ukraine and Russia. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    SYRIA-THE SAFE ZONE _ U.S. flags fluttered on the back of coalition armored vehicles as they whizzed past tiny hamlets in northeastern Syria. Once part of the sprawling territories controlled by the Islamic State group, the villages are under threat of an attack from Turkey which considers their liberators, the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish-led forces, terrorists. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

    AFRICA-POPE _ Pope Francis denounces the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation. SENT: 925 words, photos.

    KOREAS-TYPHOON _ One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit South Korea swept along the country's coast on Saturday, toppling trees, grounding planes and causing at least three deaths before moving on to North Korea. Typhoon Lingling knocked out power to more than 127,000 homes across South Korea. SENT: 740 words, photos.

    ZIMBABWE-MUGABE _ Days of official mourning have begun in Zimbabwe for Robert Mugabe, viewed by many as a national hero despite decades of rule that left the country struggling. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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    BOAT FIRE-CALIFORNIA-VICTIMS _ The pain of the ill-fated scuba diving tour was felt across the United States and far beyond. An exceptional group of people had boarded the Conception vessel for the three-day excursion in California's rugged Channel Islands before the boat erupted in fire on Labor Day and sank, killing 34 people. They included highly accomplished engineers, biologists, computer scientists, nurses, artists and photographers. Several had graduated from top universities with advanced degrees. All shared a love of nature and adventure. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    COPPER MINE CLEANUP _ More than two centuries after people began exploiting the resources buried in the hills of Vermont, a river of pollution that flowed from what was once one of the most important copper mines in the United States has been tamed, and life has returned to downstream waterways. SENT: 875 words, photos.

    JEFFREY EPSTEIN-MIT _ The director of a prestigious research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigns, and the school's president orders an independent investigation amid an uproar over the lab's ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    SYRACUSE-CENTRAL PARK FIVE _ A member of the Central Park Five who once dreamed of attending Syracuse University is making his long-awaited first visit to the campus. Kevin Richardson's college dreams ended in 1989 when he and four other teenagers were wrongly convicted of rape. Long since exonerated, he's still never set foot on the campus. SENT: 525 words, photo.

    TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO ARREST _ The upcoming trial of a Chinese national on federal charges that she trespassed at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and lied to the Secret Service is potentially a circus wrapped in mystery. SENT: 720 words, photo.

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    BUSINESS/TECH

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    US-UK TRADE DEAL-ANALYSIS _ Haggling over haggis? Negotiating a trade pact amid Brexit wreckage won't be a smooth ride for the U.S. and Britain. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL-JUST MERCY _ The starry based-on-a-true-story social-justice tale "Just Mercy" made a powerful impression in its world premiere Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, drawing an emotional response for the courtroom drama led by Michael B. Jordan's crusading attorney and Jamie Foxx's wrongly imprisoned Death Row inmate. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 470 words, photos, video.

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    TEN--US OPEN _ Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu builds a big lead and then holds on to upset Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the U.S. Open final for her first Grand Slam title. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    FBC--T25-LSU-TEXAS _ No. 6 LSU plays No. 9 Texas in one of the season's best nonconference matchups. LSU's Joe Burrow dazzled with five touchdown passes in the opener. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger could be facing his toughest defense all season. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

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