• BC-AP Top Stories Digest

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    Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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    WEAPONS AND WILDLIFE _ A handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now havens for wildlife. Six obsolete weapons complexes have been turned into refuges that shelter an astonishing array of animals and habitats. But the price tag is more than $57 billion, with higher costs ahead. And critics question whether the government has done enough to protect the public. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 1,390 words, photos, 890-word abridged version. With WEAPONS AND WILDLIFE-GLANCE (sent).

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    TOP STORIES

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    AFGHANISTAN _ The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest. An Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the capital this year, with 63 killed and 182 wounded, while outraged Afghans questioned just how safe they will be under an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban. By Rahim Faiez and Cara Anna. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video, graphic.

    HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. The assembly was peaceful, with no reports of violence, making for a rare calm weekend in a protest movement that has been marked by violent clashes with police. By Yanan Wang and Kelvin Chan. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-ORIGIN STORY _ One moment in 1972 transformed Joe Biden from a 30-year-old hotshot senator-elect into a politician whose career would forever be grounded in tragedy. As he 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. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 2,800 words, photos, 1,200-word abridged version.

    DIPLOMACY OF COERCION _ The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. By Diplomat Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 920 words, photo. This story is this week's Monday Spotlight.

    ELECTION 2020-SENATE-REPUBLICANS-GUNS _ Republicans looking at tough Senate races in 2020 are seeking out new ways to address voters' anxieties about gun violence without alienating the party's base, which sees gun restrictions as an infringement on the constitutional right to bear arms. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 990 words, photo.

    DENTISTS OR THERAPISTS _ Dozens of countries use dental therapists to bring basic dental care to remote areas, often tribal reservations. But in the U.S., dentists and their powerful lobby have battled legislatures for years on the drive to allow therapists to practice. The tide is starting to turn, though. By Marina Villenueve. SENT: 1,270 words, photo, 750-word abridged version.

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    ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-CRIMINAL JUSTICE _ Bernie Sanders' criminal justice overhaul aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons, legalize marijuana. SENT: 510 words, photo.

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    NATIONAL

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    PORTLAND RALLIES _ With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge, it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.

    JEFFREY EPSTEIN-MAXWELL _ The daughter of a British publishing magnate is one of the most prominent figures left from the orbit of Jeffrey Epstein after his suicide in jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charge. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    FRANCE-POLICE SUICIDES _ Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher _ all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently. That makes 64 so far this year _ and the number just keeps on climbing. Deaths by suicide for French police now outnumber deaths in the line of duty. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS

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    CHINA TRADE-VULNERABLE COMPANIES _ Investors concerned about the U.S.-China trade war are worrying about more than just those companies that do lots of business with China. A look at some of the most vulnerable industries. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

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    SPORTS

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    FBN-BLEIER-RETURN TO VIETNAM _ Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn't have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier's visit to Vietnam is the subject of ESPN's "The Return", which debuts Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. A shorter version began airing Saturday on "SportsCenter" as part of its weekly SC Featured series. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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