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    IMMIGRATION-BYRON’S JOURNEY _More than a year after the Trump administration stopped separating migrant children from their parents at the border, just a few of those kids remain in limbo in the United States, far from their families. Byron Xol is living with loving sponsors in a suburban home in Texas, more than 1,000 miles away from his family in Guatemala. His father, deported when he tried to enter the country, is seeking in court to gain asylum and regain his son. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 2,720 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words is also available.




    TRUMP-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP _ President Donald Trump abandons his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Instead, Trump says he’s ordering every federal department and agency to provide the Commerce Department with all records it requests pertaining to the number of citizens and noncitizens in the country. By Jill Colvin and Mark Sherman. SENT: 900 words, photos, video, audio.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses. By Kevin McGill and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 800 words, photos, videos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-WATER WOES _ When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. SENT: 830 words, photos, video; TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST (sent)

    PELOSI-DEMOCRATS _ The debate between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other House Democrats over migrant children in detention at the border was wrenching enough. Then it became about race. The escalating rhetoric has stunned longer-serving lawmakers, upended the week’s agenda and pushed House Democrats way off message. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.

    IMMIGRATION-ENFORCEMENT OPERATION _ The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation this weekend targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it's the best use of resources given the crisis at the border. By Colleen Long and Sophia Tareen. SENT: 930 words, photos, video. WITH: ELECTION 2020-IMMIGRATION _ Elizabeth Warren unveils a far-reaching immigration agenda that envisions a significant leftward shift in U.S. policy. SENT: 660 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. event in Milwaukee.

    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ The British navy said it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense standoff stemming from the U.K.'s role in seizing an Iranian supertanker a week earlier. Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied any incident had occurred. By Aya Batrawy and Amir Vahdat. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN _Financier Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers, seeking bail for their client, said that he had long lived with the fear that federal prosecutors might pursue sexual abuse charges against him again - and yet had never sought to flee the country. Epstein faces charges that he engaged in sex trafficking with dozens of underage girls. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 820 words, photo. WITH: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN-THINGS TO KNOW, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN-THE LATEST (both sent)

    MOON LANDING-HOAX THEORIES _ Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, some people insist it never happened and was all a big hoax by the U.S. government, but the claims are easily debunked. SENT: 660 words, photos.




    TWITTER -DOWN _ 'Miss us?' Twitter hit with hour-long outage. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    ALL-STAR GAME RATINGS _ Baseball's All-Star Game had a record low television rating. SENT: 150 words, photos.

    KITTEN RESCUE-KENTUCKY _ 9-week-old kitten well after rescue from car's subframe. SENT: 140 words, photo.

    FINLAND-HEAVY METAL KNITTING _ Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship. SENT: 550 words, photos.

    ODD--RATTLESNAKE-URANIUM-TRAFFIC STOP _ Oklahoma police say they found a rattlesnake, radioactive powdered uranium and an open bottle of whiskey during a traffic stop. SENT: 140 words, photo.

    NORTH MACEDONIA-CHIMPANZEE _ Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje's zoo, returns home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression. SENT: 425 words, photos.




    TRUMP-SOCIAL MEDIA _President Trump says big tech companies must not be allowed to censor the voices of the American people on social media. Trump says he's directing his administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech rights. By Marcy Gordon and Kevin Freking. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

    TRUMP-FOURTH OF JULY _ President Trump's July Fourth extravaganza cost an estimated $5.4 million, according to rough figures. SENT: 380 words, photos.

    MEDICARE DRUG COSTS _ After two setbacks in a week for his drive to curb drug costs, President Donald Trump is putting new emphasis on getting a broader deal with Congress that would provide relief for people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. SENT: 570 words. SENT: 910 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG _ Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a message for white liberals who decry racism: "Good intentions are not going to be enough." The South Bend, Indiana, mayor is combating perceptions he's out of touch with black people and will struggle to win their votes. SENT: 840 words, photo, video, audio.

    CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE _ The House Judiciary Committee votes to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. SENT: 830 words, photo.

    FLIGHT SEARCH-CUSTOMS _ U.S. Customs and Border Protection is clarifying that airline passengers aren’t required to submit to identification checks when getting off planes if there’s no law enforcement-related reason. SENT: 640 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-FOREIGN POLICY _ Joe Biden promises his White House will end "forever wars" and reassert American leadership to combat authoritarianism and global instability, which he says are proliferating under President Trump. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

    PENTAGON-LEADERSHIP _ Army Gen. Mark Milley, the nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staf, tells senators that pulling American troops prematurely from Afghanistan would be a "strategic mistake.” By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns. SENT: 690 words, photos




    HOSPITAL DEATHS-DOCTOR _ The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died fired 23 more employees and said it is changing leadership, a sign that professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far beyond the intensive care doctor accused of ordering the drugs. SENT: 550 words, photo.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN _ A judge gave Harvey Weinstein the green light to shake up his defense team yet again - this time a mere two months before the disgraced movie mogul whose case inspired the #MeToo movement is due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges. SENT: 770 words, photos, videos.

    HURRICANES-MOBILE HOMES _ Two mobile home residents in North Carolina were hit with eviction notices Thursday, shortly after complaining to The Associated Press about spikes in their monthly lot rental. SENT: 640 words, photos.

    BLOOD EVIDENCE _ Forensic scientist Henry Lee, who became famous for his testimony in the O.J. Simpson trial and his work on other high-profile murder cases, defended his reputation after lawyers this week again questioned the accuracy of blood-evidence testimony he gave decades ago. SENT: 710 words, photos.

    DESEGREGATION AFTER BUSING _ The small town of Cleveland, Mississippi, serves as a reminder that fierce debates over the integration of black and white students are not a thing of the past. Two rival high schools in Cleveland, one historically black and the other historically white, had to be merged just two years ago after a judge determined that all-black student bodies in the 3,400-student district were illegal vestiges of segregation. It is one of scores of school districts around the U.S. still facing federal desegregation mandates, and the decision followed a fight over the town's segregated schools that dates back to 1965. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.




    SUDAN _ Sudan's ruling military council said it foiled an attempted military coup, just days after the military and a pro-democracy coalition agreed on a joint sovereign council to rule the country during a transition period until elections are organized. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    AIR CANADA-DIVERTED _ Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, leaving about 35 people with minor injuries and forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. SENT: 380 words, photos, video.

    VATICAN-MISSING GIRL _ The tombs of two 19th-century German princesses were pried open at a tiny Holy See cemetery and turned out to be completely empty, dashing any expectations they held the remains of a teenager who vanished in 1983 after leaving her family's Vatican City apartment. SENT: 550 words, photos.

    FRANCE-END OF LIFE _ A French man who was in a vegetative state for 11 years while his wife and parents disagreed over his continued medical care died Thursday, and a prosecutor quickly ordered an autopsy and an investigation. Vincent Lambert, 42, died in a hospital east of Paris nine days after doctors stopped providing artificial feeding and hydration and following years of contrary court rulings over whether medical interventions should prolong his life. SENT: 725 words, photos.

    BREXIT _ Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has warned that the pound's value would fall to that of the dollar if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal _ a stark prediction that will fuel worries about the economic pressures facing the country. SENT: 880 words, photo.

    BANGLADESH-CLIMATE CHANGE _ Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over risks of monsoon floods threatening the lives of Rohingya refugees in sprawling camps in Bangladesh. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    GREECE-STORM _ Authorities declare state of emergency in northern Greece after a violent storm tears through holiday resorts, killing six tourists. SENT: 460 words, photos.




    DOCTORS-LONG HOURS _ When reforms shortened working hours for U.S. doctors-in-training, some worried: Was that enough time to learn the art of medicine? Would future patients suffer? Now a study has answers, finding no difference in hospital deaths, readmissions or costs when comparing results from doctors trained before and after caps limiting duties to 80 hours per week took effect. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 520 words, photo.




    FINANCIAL MARKETS _A turbulent day on Wall Street ended in the record books Thursday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 27,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 index hit another all-time high. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

    FEDERAL RESERVE-TOO LOW INFLATION _ In a shift from just a few months ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is worried that too-low inflation could persist for a while - and undercut the U.S. economy. Powell's concern is a key reason why the Fed will likely cut short-term interest rates late this month for the first time in a decade: A rate cut - and especially if it's followed by others - could help lift inflation closer to the Fed's target level. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: About 980 words, photos. WITH: FED-POWELL-CONGRESS _Powell sends further signals of future rate cuts. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 660 words, photo.

    FRANCE-TECH TAX _ France adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday, despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports. SENT: 610 words, photo.




    EMMY NOMINATIONS_ When a long-running, much-admired television series ends, Emmy voters can bring the show and its stars back for a final bow - or give them the bum's rush. "Game of Thrones," ''Veep" and "The Big Bang Theory," three major series that wrapped last season, will find out with Tuesday's nominations if they get another shot at Emmy gold or have been overshadowed by shiny new rivals such as "Pose" and "Fleabag." By TV Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 960 words, photos.




    TEN--WIMBLEDON _Serena Williams closed in on an eighth Wimbledon championship and 24th Grand Slam title overall by overwhelming Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. Williams reached her 11th final at the All England Club and will meet Simona Halep for the title. Halep got to her first final at Wimbledon by beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 880 words, photos.




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