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    TRUMP _ President Donald Trump heads into a summit with global economic powers confronting the consequences of his preference for going it alone in a polarized nation and an interconnected world. The Group of Seven nations are at one of the most unpredictable moments in Trump’s tenure, with his public comments and decision-making increasingly erratic and acerbic of late. By Zeke Miller, Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,200 words after 6 a.m. arrival in France. With TRUMP-ECONOMIC TEAM _ Trump's economic advisers face questions about whether they are up to the challenges of his trade war against China. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

    SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG _ The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining. Ginsburg, 86, underwent lung cancer surgery in December and has had two previous bouts with cancer. By Jessica Gresko and Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    G7 SUMMIT _ The world economy is getting shakier by the day, the Amazon has burned its way to the center of the climate change debate, and the leaders of the world's leading democracies will sit around a single table, theoretically charged with coming up with solutions for the biggest problems of the day. By Lori Hinnant and David McHugh. SENT: 670 words, photos. With G7 SUMMIT-THE LATEST.

    CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE- FOOTBALL RETURNS _ Thousands of people who lost their homes in a deadly Northern California wildfire have returned to the town for the local football team's first game since the blaze. Paradise High School defeated Williams High School 42-0 on Friday night. Senior running back Lukas Hartley says he threw up on the field as his emotions got the best of him. But he later ran over a defender to score a touchdown. He said the team felt like they had the town on its back. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

    HONG-KONG-PROTESTS _ Hong Kong protesters cut down a "smart lamppost" as they skirmished with police and officers fired tear gas at demonstrators, as chaotic scenes returned to the summer-long protests for the first time in more than a week. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 620 words, photos. With HONG KONG-PROTESTS-THE LATEST.

    FRANCE-US-WORLD WAR II _ U.S. World War II veterans are back in Paris to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the French capital from the Nazis. Now in their 90s, these men aren't afraid to cry about what they saw in wartime. And they want everyone to remember what happened back then, so that it doesn't happen again. The veterans recounted their experiences to The Associated Press in Paris. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 730 words, photos.




    FUGITIVE COUPLE-CHILD ABUSE _ St. Louis police and U.S. marshals have found and taken into custody two people wanted on child abuse and other charges after authorities in Oklahoma last month found one of their children dead and three others in critical condition. SENT: 320 words.

    TRUMP-TWITTER-LAWSUIT _ President Donald Trump hasn't given up his fight to block critics from his Twitter feed. SENT: 370 words, photo.

    TRUMP-CHOSEN ONE _ The "chosen one" says never mind. President Donald Trump raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he glanced heavenward and referred to himself as "the chosen one" to take on China. He took the comment back. SENT: 110 words, photos.

    KATHLEEN BLANCO FUNERAL _ Three days of public mourning for Louisiana's former governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, are ending with a funeral Mass and burial service for the devout Catholic. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    1619 COMMEMORATION-AFRICAN LANDING _ Gov. Ralph Northam and poet Nikki Giovanni will help to observe the arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    NOT REAL NEWS _ A look at what didn't happen this week. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

    MEASLES EXPOSURE-ARIZONA _ Public health officials say a teenager competing in the World Hip Hop Championship in Phoenix has measles and may have exposed others at the dance competition. SENT: 130 words.

    CHILE-DROUGHT _ Officials in Chile say the capital city and its outskirts are suffering from the worst drought in many years. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    PEOPLE-LARA SPENCER-PRINCE GEORGE _ "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer has apologized for on-air comments about 6-year-old Prince George taking ballet. SENT: 130 words.




    ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG-RELIGION _ Mayor Pete Buttigieg is making a faith-based appeal to Democratic voters. His regular references to his own Christian faith offer a counterweight that could be an influential asset in Iowa and beyond as Democrats parry the secular labels that Republicans have tried to apply to them. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 950 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-OBAMA _ At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Joe Biden pondered a most serious, and awkward, question: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated during his presidential campaign in 2008? Toward the end of an event in Hanover on Friday, Biden evoked two of his political heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated. Biden said: "Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee?" SENT: 230 words, photos.

    STEVE KING ABORTION _ Rep. Steve King said Friday he stands by his recent comments about rape and incest that sparked bipartisan criticism but acknowledged he could have made his point in a "softer way." SENT: 410 words, photos.

    UNITED STATES-GREENLAND _ The Trump administration is planning to open a U.S. consulate in Greenland for the first time in decades amid increased strategic and economic interest in the Danish territory. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 520 words, photo.




    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. SENT: 570 words, photo. With PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST.

    EMIRATES-INDIA _ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. SENT: 870 words, photos.

    MOZAMBIQUE-GORONGOSA-COFFEE-REFORESTATION _ On the slopes of Mount Gorongosa, more than 100 Mozambican farmers are producing coffee that earns them incomes while at the same time restores the rapidly eroding rainforest. With peace on the mountaintop there are plans to dramatically scale up coffee production, as part of Gorongosa National Park's innovative plan to boost the incomes of people living around the park as well as revitalizing the environment. SENT: 890 words, photos.

    IRAQ-EXPLOSION _ Iraqi security officials say a motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shiite mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34. SENT: 120 words.

    INDIA-OBIT-JAITLEY _ Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first-term Cabinet, dies in a New Delhi hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 66. SENT: 440 words, photos.




    PARKING DISPUTE SHOOTING _ A white Florida man who told detectives he had a "pet peeve" about illegal parking in handicapped spots is convicted of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. SENT: 770 words, photo.

    ALASKA WILDFIRES _ A wildfire burning north of Anchorage, Alaska, has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials say. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    BURRO KILLINGS _ Someone has been killing the wild burros of California's Mojave Desert, and the Bureau of Land Management is offering up to $10,000 to anyone who can help catch the culprit or culprits. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    OPIOID LAWSUIT-WEST VIRGINIA _ West Virginia's top prosecutor files lawsuits against the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs. SENT: 360 words.




    GATEHOUSE-GANNETT-THE FUTURE _ Just a week after announcing its $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett, GateHouse Media was again laying off journalists and other workers at its newspapers, possibly foreshadowing the future awaiting employees of what will become the largest U.S. newspaper company. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.




    WARM ALASKA-SALMON DEATHS _ Dead salmon are showing up in river systems throughout Alaska and the mortalities are probably connected to warm water or low river water levels, a state fish and game official says. SENT: 960 words.

    MEASLES-DISNEYLAND _ A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland and other Southern California tourist spots last week brought along more than just her luggage. She brought measles. Public health officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties issued a warning that people may have been exposed to the disease if they were at Disneyland or the Disney California Adventure Park on Aug. 12. SENT: 490 words, photo.




    TV-DISNEY PLUS _ Ewan McGregor is reprising his "Star Wars" role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series, one of the many splashy projects that Disney is banking on to make its new streaming platform competitive. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 530 words, photo.

    DISNEY LEGENDS _ Robert Downey Jr. says he had a wild Disneyland ride in his younger days. The "Iron Man" and "Avengers: Endgame" star, among those honored Friday as Disney Legends, said his first visit to the Southern California resort included a brief detention for "smoking pot in a gondola." By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 220 words, photos.

    PLACIDO DOMINGO-EUROPE _ Placido Domingo returns to the stage at the Salzburg Festival this weekend to perform for the first time since multiple women accused the opera legend of sexual harassment in allegations brought to light by The Associated Press. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.




    BKO--US-AUSTRALIA _ The U.S. men's basketball team has lost for the first time in nearly 13 years, falling to Australia 98-94 in a pre-World Cup exhibition game. Patty Mills scored 30 points for Australia, which rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half. SENT: 970 words, photos.




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