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    Adds: COLOMBIA-PRESIDENT INTERVIEW, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE-CIVILITY TALK, BATMAN SIGNAL, BONNIE AND CLYDE ITEMS-AUCTION, STOLEN QUARTERS-BABY STROLLER.

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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE-WHISTLEBLOWER-POLITICS _ The intelligence dust-up involving an anonymous whistleblower and President Donald Trump is confounding Democrats over what to do with a president who seemingly flouts legal norms. By Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE-WHISTLEBLOWER _ President Trump says he had “a perfectly fine and routine conversation” with new Ukraine leader this summer and “nothing was said that was in any way wrong.” SENT: 960 words, photos; TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE-WHISTLEBLOWER-Q&A _ President Donald Trump’s interest in getting dirt from abroad on prospective Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden has been hiding in plain sight for months. Some questions and answers about how that push might play into a whistleblower’s complaint from the intelligence community about the actions of a certain U.S. official, perhaps Trump himself. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

    DEAL-MAKER TRUMP-UNFINISHED BUSINESS _ President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians - not to mention a number of trade pacts. Some are inching forward. Some have stalled. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 960 words, photos.

    THWARTING MASS SHOOTINGS _ There's been a big increase in the number of tips to U.S. law enforcement about potential mass shootings following the three shootings in August that killed 34 people. That’s a challenge for police because mass shootings remain rare events and there's no one basic profile for the gunmen. By Lisa Marie Pane and Stefanie Dazio. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

    GM STRIKE-ELECTRIC VEHICLES _ General Motors' transition from gas-powered vehicles to an all-electric future is becoming an issue in contract talks aimed at ending a six-day-old strike by union workers that has paralyzed the company's factories. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,000 words. WITH: GENERAL MOTORS-UAW STRIKE-POLITICS _ The United Auto Workers strike against GM has put the GOP and its standard bearer, President Donald Trump, in a bind. Backing the union would undermine Trump’s message that labor does not advocate for its workers and it would give a powerful Democratic force a boost ahead of an election. By David Eggert and Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    SCREENING AIRLINE WORKERS _ One airline mechanic's arrest has renewed questions about measures to protect airliners from an "insider threat." Breaches including the mechanic charged with sabotaging a jetliner, a gun-running operation in Atlanta, and airplane theft in Seattle show the harm that can be done by a well-placed airline or airport employee. By David Koenig. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

    COLOMBIA-PRESIDENT INTERVIEW _ Colombia's president compares Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic and says Venezuela's embattled socialist leader would be making a “stupid” mistake were he to attack. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    SUPREME COURT-SNIPER SHOOTINGS-MALVO _ Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of an upcoming Supreme Court case that could end meaning less for him than for a dozen other inmates sentenced, like him, to life without parole for murders they committed as teens. At issue is whether Malvo should be resentenced in Virginia in light of Supreme Court rulings restricting life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed by juveniles. Regardless of the case's outcome, Malvo isn't leaving prison anytime soon. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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    BATMAN SIGNAL _ It's no joker. The night sky all over the world is lighting up with an illumination of the famed bat insignia to mark a special anniversary for Batman. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    BONNIE AND CLYDE ITEMS-AUCTION _ "Wanted" poster, watch, personal items related to 1930s Texas outlaw Clyde Barrow sell doe nearly $186,000 at a Boston auction. SENT: 130 words.

    STOLEN QUARTERS-BABY STROLLER _ Authorities say a woman stole $6,000 worth of quarters and her getaway car was a baby stroller. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    FRIENDS-YOUNG FANS _ 25 years later, a new generation gets immersed in 'Friends.' SENT: 1,100 words, photo, video.

    GERMANY-OKTOBERFEST _ The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest gets underway in the southern German city of Munich. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    NAKED MAN SHOT _ Trial to start for Georgia cop who shot naked, unarmed man. SENT: 800 words, photo.

    NETHERLANDS-MARKET GARDEN _ Hundreds of parachutists float out of clear blue skies in the eastern Netherlands to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a daring but ultimately unsuccessful World War II mission, Operation Market Garden. SENT: 560 words, photos.

    YOUTH-CLIMATE CONFERENCE _ Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action. SENT: 580 words, photos, video. Developing.

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    ELECTION 2020-IOWA _ With 10,000-plus steaks on the grill and even more people ready to rally, most of the Democratic presidential candidates descend on Des Moines trying to project a campaign show of organizational force four months before the caucuses kick off the 2020 election calendar. By Alexandra Jaffe and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 740 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-MASSACHUSETTS _ U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-BOOKER _ Lagging in polling and fundraising, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker's campaign says he may end his run unless donations from supporters increase quickly. SENT: 230 words, photos.

    SUPREME COURT JUSTICE-CIVILITY TALK _ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch says the conventional wisdom that the court is split along partisan lines based on the political views of the president that appointed each justice is false. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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    STATE OF EMERGENCY-WILDFIRE THREAT _ Wildfire-vulnerable communities throughout the United States are searching for ways to live with the growing threat. The solutions include everything from more prescribed burns to wildfire early-detection systems that use infrared and optical cameras to detect hotspots. By Anton L. Delgado and Dustin Patar. Eds: "State of Emergency," an investigation into disaster response and recovery, is the 2019 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation's top journalism students and graduates. SENT: 2,000 words.

    SOUTH CAROLINA-SHOOTING _ Deputies say South Carolina shooting leaves two dead, eight hurt. SENT: 250 words, photo.

    TROPICAL WEATHER-GULF _ The widespread damage brought to the Houston area by one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history came into broader view, as floodwaters receded to reveal the exhausting cleanup effort that lies ahead for many communities and homeowners. SENT: 360 words, photos. Developing. WITH: TROPICAL WEATHER _ Hurricane Lorena spared the resort-studded twin cities of Los Cabos a direct hit, instead heading up the east coast of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, prompting new warnings and watches in that coastal area. SENT: 550 words.

    STORM AREA 51 EVENTS_ An organizer of an event called "Area 51 Basecamp" had expected 5,000 people to show up; he got 500 on Friday. So he's canceling day two. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says his forces are ready for combat and “any scenario” as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and tensions with the U.S. soar. By Amir Vahdat. SENT: 500 words. WITH: UNITED STATES-PERSIAN GULF _ The Pentagon will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

    FRANCE-PROTESTS _ Clusters of anti-government activists in Paris repeatedly scuffled with police who responded with tear gas Saturday as supporters of France's yellow vest protests tried to revive the movement opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies SENT: 500 words, photos. WITH: CLIMATE-PROTESTS _ Thousands of environmental activists took to the streets of Paris to press President Emmanuel Macron, world leaders at the U.N. and multinational companies to reduce emissions faster. SENT: 100 words, photos. Developing.

    HONG KONG PROTESTS _ Protesters in Hong Kong threw gasoline bombs and police fired tear gas in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-OPPOSITION _ A vote to oust the deputy leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party was ditched after a big backlash to the proposal prompted Jeremy Corbyn, the party's leader, to intervene. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    EGYPT _ Rare anti-government protests break out in several Egyptian cities calling on the president to step down, but are quickly dispersed by riot police using batons and tear gas. Dozens are arrested. SENT: 620 words, photos.

    IRAQ-EXPLOSION _ Iraqi security forces boosted their presence and measures around the Shiite holy city of Karbala, a day after a deadly bombing hit a minibus packed with passengers outside the city. Iraq's prime minister said security forces have detained a man suspected of detonating the bomb. SENT: 300 words, photos.

    SYRIA _ Syrian authorities captured and dismantled a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state news agency SANA said. SENT: 400 words.

    EUROPE-MIGRANTS _ Albania's Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities. SENT: 100 words.

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    BUSINESS/ TECH

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    BRITAIN-THOMAS COOK _ The British government was urged to step in and prevent Thomas Cook, one of the world's oldest and largest travel companies, from going bust potentially within days, a development that could leave around 150,000 British holidaymakers struggling to get home. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    EMMYS-GETTING READY _ It's a bittersweet weekend for actors vying for Emmy Awards at Sunday's ceremony with the knowledge that their series have wrapped for good. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    SERBIA-MARINA ABRAMOVIC _ Performance artist Marina Abramovic is displaying her work in her native Belgrade for the first time in 44 years and says that returning home has been highly emotional. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-GEORGIA _ This is one they've been waiting for in Athens ever since it was announced five summers ago. No. 7 Notre Dame plays between the hedges for the first time, facing No. 3 Georgia in a game that could have ramifications all the way to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EDT.

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