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Indian women participate in a tug-of-war during Suwori Tribal festival in Boko, west of Gauhati, India, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Traditional elephant fights, elephant races, horse races, tug of war and dances mark this festival which coincides with the Assamese Rongali Bihu, or the harvest festival of the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (AP PhotoAnupam Nath)


TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-LEGAL STRATEGY _ First they cooperated. Then they stonewalled. Their television interviews were scattershot and ridiculed, their client mercurial and unreliable. But President Donald Trump’s legal team, through a combination of bluster, legal precedent and shifting tactics, managed to protect him from a potentially perilous in-person interview during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. By Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight. For full coverage: https://apnews.com/TrumpInvestigations

FRANCE-PROTESTS _ French yellow vest protesters set fires along a march route through Paris to drive home their message to a government they see as out of touch with the problems of the poor: that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem France needs to solve. By Angela Charlton and Michel Euler. SENT: 900 words, photos. With FRANCE-PROTESTS-YELLOW VESTS _ France's yellow vests: Who they are, what they want, and why. SENT: 460 words, photo; FRANCE-PROTESTS-THE LATEST (sent)

DISUNITED METHODISTS _ There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. By David Crary. SENT: 930 words, photo.

NIRELAND-JOURNALIST KILLED _Police in Northern Ireland arrest two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a young journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry and warned of a "new breed" of terrorists threatening the peace. By Gregory Katz and Naomi Koppel. SENT: 680 words, photos.

MALI-MASSACRE SURVIVOR _ Ada Diallo was preparing for morning prayers when gunfire rang out in her village in central Mali. She fled to the home of a spiritual leader where some 50 women cowered in a single room, praying for their lives. They were caught in the deadliest attack yet of a new conflict in Mali, one driven by fear over alleged ties to extremist groups that have moved in from the north. By Baba Ahmed. SENT: 650 words, photos.

COLUMBINE-20 YEARS LATER-REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS _ A Colorado community marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School with community service projects and a ceremony remembering the 13 people killed by teenage gunmen. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. ceremony. With COLUMBINE-20 YEARS LATER-AP WAS THERE (sent).




SPAIN-NKOREA-EMBASSY ATTACK _ An ex-Marine suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group's February raid on North Korea's Embassy in Madrid has been arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities. SENT: 590 words, photo.

SOC-ENGLAND-RACISM _ Players boycotting social media over racism receive abuse. SENT: 280 words, photos.

BOY-DRAG QUEEN-PROPOSED LAW _ Boy's drag performance at Ohio bar prompts lawmaker's action. SENT: 150 words.

BRITAIN-CLIMATE PROTESTERS _ Climate protesters march in London again; arrests hit 710. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PORTUGAL-BUS CRASH _ German plane evacuates 15 injured in Madeira bus crash. SENT: 180 words.

KANSAS ZOO-TIGER ATTACK _ Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo. SENT: 140 words.

ANJELICA HUSTON-FUR BAN _ Actress Anjelica Huston supports banning fur sales in NYC. SENT: 130 words.




ELECTION 2020-CHURCHES _ The Democrats running for president are working to develop relationships with black churches in South Carolina, where success in the first Southern primary could come down to connecting with politically influential churchgoing African Americans. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 730 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-FOOD STAMP RECORDS _ Reporters at a South Dakota newspaper were digging for stories when they requested data about the government’s food assistance program. Government officials sent back some information but not all that was sought. More than eight years later, the newspaper’s quest has reached the Supreme Court. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 760 words, photo.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Special counsel Robert Mueller all but boldfaced this finding in his report on the Russia investigation: no exoneration for President Donald Trump on whether Trump criminally obstructed justice. But Trump and his aides are stating that Mueller's report did exonerate. No words from the report will throw them off their mischaracterization of it. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 1,740 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at https://apne.ws/2kbx8bd




EGYPT _Egyptians went to the polls for the first of three days of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role. By Samy Magdy. SENT: 930 words, photos. With EGYPT-REFERENDUM-TIMELINE (sent).

CONGO-EBOLA _ Militia members have attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official says. SENT: 620 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN _ A suicide blast rocks Afghanistan's capital during a gun battle with security forces, killing at least seven people a day after hopes for all-encompassing peace talks collapsed. SENT: 370 words, photos.

UKRAINE-ELECTION _ A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. SENT: 810 words, photos.

KOREAS-US-DIPLOMACY _ North Korea issues a relatively mild criticism of White House national security adviser John Bolton for calling on North Korea to show more evidence of its disarmament commitment before a possible third leaders' summit. SENT: 420 words, photo.

SYRIA _ Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters, activists and a war monitoring group says. SENT: 450 words, photos.

YEMEN _ Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen's southern Dhale province between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people. SENT: 120 words, photo.

SERBIA-MILOSEVIC’S WIDOW _ Several dozen supporters attended the funeral of Mirjana Markovic, the widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic who was dubbed the "Lady Macbeth" of the Balkans because of the huge influence she had on her husband. SENT: 380 words, photos.

IRAQ-REGIONAL PARLIAMENTS CONFERENCE _ A summit organized by Iraq brought together regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran as part of a broader effort by Iraqi leaders to fashion the country's image as a friend among neighbors. SENT: 310 words.

LIBYA _The U.N. health agency says at least 15 more people died in fighting over control of Libya's capital in the past two days, bringing the total to 220 dead including civilians. SENT: 140 words, photos.




ARKANSAS-EXECUTIONS _ A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates that goes to trial Tuesday is renewing a court fight over a sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death before a batch of the drug expired. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

CANCER CENTER-RESEARCH SECRETS-CHINA _ A prominent cancer center in Houston says it has ousted three scientists whom federal authorities suggested are involved in Chinese efforts to steal American research. SENT: 140 words.

WOMAN HACKED TO DEATH _ Police: Attacker kills 1 woman, injures 2nd in NYC apartment. SENT: 140 words.

CHANCELLOR’S HUSBAND _ A report shows that as many as 10 students and staff complained of being sexually harassed by the husband of a former University of Wisconsin-Whitewater chancellor. SENT: 420 words.

BOY SCOUTS-WILDFIRE RECOVERY _ The clock is ticking as the Philmont Scout Ranch scrambles to install new campsites ahead of a summer season that will see a record number of Boy Scouts from across the United States descend upon the mountain retreat. The historic ranch is rebuilding following a devastating wildfire that charred nearly 44 square miles last summer. SENT: 760 words, photos.




CYBERATTACK FIGHTER-DETAINED _A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information. SENT: 490 words, photo.

TESLA-BOARD _ Tesla plans to cut its board of directors from 11 to seven in a move the car maker says will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently. SENT: 130 words.




BASEBALL’S NEW PITCH _ Baseball is stuck in an ongoing debate regarding on-field decorum, and MLB’s marketing department is leaving no doubt where it stands. Since the group was restructured just over a year ago, MLB’s promotional efforts have taken up arms against the old school. While traditionalists want to punish unabashed revelry with fastballs to the backside, MLB senior vice president of marketing Barbara McHugh wants her team feting those bat flips. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 940 words, photos by 4 p.m.




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