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WESTERN WILDFIRES — Nearly all of the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, authorities said, as crews continued to battle wildfires that have killed at least 33 victims from California to Washington state. The flames have destroyed neighborhoods, leaving a barren, gray landscape in their wake, driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and cast a shroud of smoke over the region.. By Lindsay Whitehurst and Andrew Selsky. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES-FLEEING-THE-FLAMES — As the flames closed in on tiny Berry Creek in the Sierra Nevada foothills early Wednesday, Misty Spires and her boyfriend hooked a fire hose to a hydrant in a desperate attempt to defend their homes and the town’s only laundromat. They gave up around 4 a.m. when propane tanks began exploding and they were dodging embers “as big as my feet,” she said. But traffic was snarled on the two-lane bridge leading out of town, forcing Spires and others to turn around and drive down a sandbar to escape the flames. By Daisy Nguyen and Adam Beam. SENT: 760 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-EARLY-WARNINGS — Public health officials were already warning Americans about the need to prepare for the coronavirus threat when, as it turns out, President Donald Trump was calling it “deadly stuff” in a private conversation in early February. Trump had a louder megaphone than his health experts, and in public he was playing down the threat, contributing to confusion for Americans. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 960 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE — A whistleblower’s allegation that he was pressured to suppress intelligence about Russian election interference is one in a series of similar accounts from former Trump administration officials. The issue underscores lingering sensitivity within the White House about the Kremlin’s role in 2016 and raises questions about the willingness to acknowledge the seriousness of the threat this year. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 950 words, photos.

REL–MAINLINE PROTESTANTS — The United States’ political leadership has historically been dominated by the mainline Protestant denominations — Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians and others. During this volatile election year, however, those denominations have been mostly out of the national spotlight. Instead there’s been a steady stream of news about certain evangelical leaders — notably their close alliance with President Donald Trump. By David Crary. SENT: 960 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK — With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door. By Casey Smith, Associated Press/Report for America. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SIX MONTHS IN — On Friday, March 13, 2020, a COVID curtain descended upon the United States. A season of pandemic was born. Half a year into it, Americans are accustomed in some ways, resistant in others, grieving at what is gone, wondering what will be. New conflicts and causes have risen. Anger and death are part of daily life. A sense of uncertainty reigns. And, as the most contentious of elections approaches, the very notion of what it means to be an American is perhaps the biggest contention point of all. By Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,210 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 is available.




VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ISRAEL — Israel will reinstate a strict countrywide lockdown this week amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases. SENT: 860 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-WILDFIRES SHELTERS — Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes as destructive wildfires roar across the West Coast, and many of them could end up in shelters, raising potential health risks during the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 930 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CENTRAL-AMERICAN-REFUGEES — After years of waiting in countries marred by violence, Central Americans who were finally cleared to reunite with their families in the U.S. are facing a major obstacle: the coronavirus pandemic. Only about 338 — or 12% — of 2,700 people approved to come to the U.S. through a small refugee program have arrived since a court settlement more than a year ago, according to the latest government data. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ETHIOPIA-TEST KITS — With increasing cases of COVID-19, Ethiopia has opened a facility to produce kits to test for the coronavirus and says its researchers are working to develop and test a vaccine. SENT: 400 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ASIA — India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million. The Health Ministry also reports 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 78,586. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S HAIR-AUCTION — Lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair sells for more than $81,000. SENT: 310 words, photo.

HARDING-DISINTERMENT-DISPUTE — The grandson of President Warren G. Harding wants president’s body exhumed. SENT: 670 words, photos.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — North America box office remains muted as ‘Tenet’ tops again. SENT: 300 words, photo.

ISRAEL-PEOPLE-BAR-REFAELI — Israeli court sentences model Bar Refaeli for tax evasion. SENT: 410 words, photos.

ODD–SAGGY PANTS BAN — Florida city repeals ban on saggy pants. SENT: 210 words, photo.




ELECTION 2020-TRUMP — President Donald Trump courts Latino voters as he makes a play for Nevada and plans an evening rally at a manufacturer outside Las Vegas before stopping in California on Monday for a briefing on the wildfires. By Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m. First event scheduled for 3:15 p.m. EDT; rally scheduled for 10 p.m. EDT.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-SANDERS — Bernie Sanders is warning that if onetime rival Joe Biden doesn’t do more to promote his policies and reach out to Latino voters, the Democratic presidential nominee is at risk of falling short to President Donald Trump this November. The self-described democratic socialist who left the primary race in the spring and has worked to shift Biden to the left on key issues has made the warnings in public and private in recent days. By Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BLOOMBERG — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing at least $100 million to help Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in the crucial battleground state of Florida. SENT: 530 words, photo.

AP EXPLAINS-ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-TAXES — President Donald Trump casts Joe Biden as a “tool” of “radical socialists” bent on taxing every American business and household into bankruptcy. Some progressives cast that very same man as a corporate crony who’ll never address systemic inequalities in U.S. society. In reality, Biden has taken a relative consistent approach over five decades in politics and during his latest White House bid. He backs an active federal government that he says should support but not constrict private enterprise, and he believes the highest federal tax burden for that model should fall on the wealthiest Americans. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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DEPUTIES-SHOT-CALIFORNIA — Authorities searched for a gunman who shot and wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were sitting in their squad car — an apparent ambush that drew an angry response from the president and sparked an anti-police protest outside the hospital where the deputies were being treated. SENT: 550 words, photo.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-GEORGIA ARREST — A sheriff’s office in Georgia says it has fired a deputy seen on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop. SENT: 280 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Residents of Bermuda were urged to prepare to protect life and property ahead of Hurricane Paulette, while Tropical Storm Sally threatened to intensify into a hurricane as it approached the U.S. Gulf Coast. SENT: 460 words, photo.




PHILIPPINES-US-MARINE KILLING — A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. SENT: 690 words, photos.

BREXIT — Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages the U.K.’s reputation. SENT: 680 words, photos. With BRITAIN-OUSTED-AMBASSADOR — Ex-diplomat Darroch astounded by UK plan to break Brexit law. SENT: 990 words, photo.

BELARUS PROTESTS — More than 100,000 demonstrators calling for the authoritarian president’s resignation marched in the Belarusian capital as the daily protests that have gripped the nation entered their sixth week. SENT: 480 words, photos.

TURKEY-GREECE — After weeks of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey have signaled a willingness to start talks aimed at resolving a long-standing sea dispute tied to potentially lucrative offshore gas deposits. SENT: 510 words, photos.

GREECE-MIGRANTS — Greece’s prime minister demanded that the European Union take a greater responsibility for managing migration into the bloc, as Greek authorities promised that 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left homeless after fire gutted an overcrowded camp would be moved shortly to a new tent city. SENT: 530 words, photos.

CHINA-US MILITARY — China’s Defense Ministry blasted a critical U.S. report on the country’s military ambitions, saying it is the U.S. instead that poses the biggest threat to the international order and world peace. SENT: 490 words, photo.

IRAQ — Iraq’s top Shiite cleric threw his support behind the prime minister’s announcement that parliamentary elections will be held ahead of schedule next year, saying the timing should not serve the interests of political groups. SENT: 380 words, photo.




JAPAN-NISSAN-TRIAL-Q&A — The criminal trial against Japanese automaker Nissan and its former executive Greg Kelly will open in Tokyo District Court on Tuesday. It’s the latest chapter in the unfolding scandal of Carlos Ghosn, a superstar at Nissan Motor Co. until he and Kelly were arrested in late 2018. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 510 words, photos.

EAST AFRICA-CONTROVERSIAL OIL PIPELINE — The leaders of Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement for the construction of what they say will be the world’s longest heated oil pipeline, linking Uganda’s planned oil fields in the country’s west to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga. SENT: 390 words.




SCI–BLACK SCIENTISTS FIELDWORK — Black scientists are increasingly sharing stories about discrimination they have faced while doing fieldwork. Overt harassment and subtle intimidation in the field compound the discrimination that Black scientists and scientists from other underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds already feel in academic settings. Those in the environmental sciences are increasingly raising issues of discrimination and marginalization in the wake of a national reckoning on race, including how a lack of diversity among scientists can lead to flawed or incomplete research. Many are hoping to attract more young people of color to the sciences by ensuring they are exposed to scientists from diverse backgrounds. By Science Writer Christina Larson. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. This is the Monday Spotlight.




TEN–US OPEN — Dominic Thiem faces Alexander Zverev in the U.S. Open men’s final. One of them will become a first-time Grand Slam champion. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Match starts at 4 p.m.




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