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SRI-LANKA-CHURCH-BLASTS _ As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived. Sri Lanka's president gave the military a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects — powers that were used during the 26-year civil war but withdrawn when it ended in 2009. The death toll from Sunday's attacks rose to 310. By Krishan Francis and Emily Schmall. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, videos. With SRI LANKA-SUICIDE BOMBINGS _ The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 930 words, photos; SRI LANKA-CHURCH BLASTS-CATHOLIC TOWN _ Catholic town at center of attacks; SRI LANKA-CHURCH BLASTS-VICTIMS (all sent).

IMPEACHMENT POLITICS _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges divided fellow Democrats to focus on fact-finding rather than leaping to talk of impeachment to hold President Donald Trump accountable for the "highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior" described in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Trump says he isn't worried, "not even a little bit.” By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,125 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FACT CHECK _ Trump falsely suggests the people “closest” to him weren’t called to testify before Mueller and his team. SENT: 410 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-CANDIDATE FORUM _ California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment on Monday as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency. By Steve Peoples and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SYRIA-IS WOMEN _ Some women who travelled across the world to join the Islamic State group's "caliphate" are pleading to return home, expressing regret and saying they were deceived by the militants' propaganda. Their pleas point to the thorny issues of what to do with the tens of thousands of former IS members left after the fall of the militants. Governments have been reluctant to allow their nationals back. By Maya Alleruzzo, Philip Issa and Andrea Rosa. SENT: 1,835 words, photos. Abridged version of 1,115 words also available.

SUPREME COURT-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP _ The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. The question could affect how many seats states have in the House of Representatives and their share of federal dollars over the next 10 years. Three federal courts have blocked the Commerce Department from adding the citizenship question. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 490 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after arguments conclude late morning.

MIGRANT CARAVAN _ Central American migrants hoping to reach the U.S. now carry the added anxiety of the pursued after Mexican authorities detained hundreds in a surprise raid on a caravan in Mexico's south. While their compatriots were been taken into custody Monday, hundreds of other migrants scrambled into the brush to elude authorities. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 790 words, photos.




NEW WORDS-MERRIAM-WEBSTER _ Merriam-Webster has added hundreds of new words to its dictionary, reflecting increased usage in popular culture. It added words like swole, bug-out bag and omnicide to the roughly half a million words already listed. SENT: 555 words.

TEXAS FATAL PLANE CRASH _ A man regularly volunteered to fly sick people in remote parts of the country to hospitals in Houston and Dallas was at the controls of a twin-engine airplane that crashed Monday, killing all six aboard. SENT: 665 words, photos, video.

GIMELSTOB-ASSAULT CHARGE _ Tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017. SENT: 135 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA-HAIRSTYLES-DISCRIMINATION _ California could become one of the first states to ban racial discrimination because of hairstyle. SENT: 440 words.

NEW YORK CITY-GREEN NEW DEAL _ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers as part of his climate change effort to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30%. SENT: 195 words.




ELECTION 2020-BIDEN ACCUSER _ A Nevada Democrat who accused Joe Biden of touching her without permission is lashing out at the former vice president for joking about the matter as he considers a 2020 presidential bid. SENT: 330 words, photo.

CONGRESS-TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS _ President Trump and his business organization sue the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records. The complaint becomes the latest front in the intensifying battle between the president and the Democrats who control the House of Representatives. By Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 740 words, photo.

TRUMP-FEDERAL RESERVE-CAIN _ President Donald Trump's efforts to reshape the Federal Reserve have stumbled, with one of his potential nominees for the Fed's board, Herman Caine, withdrawing from consideration and another, Stephen Moore, being enveloped by fresh doubts. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 960 words, photo.

MEDICARE-SOCIAL SECURITY _ The financial condition of the government's bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 710 words, photo.




MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS _ Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo earlier this month shared with their colleagues the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, one of journalism's highest honors. By Aung Naing Soe. SENT: 920 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-EARTHQUAKE _ A new powerful earthquake has hit the central Philippines, a day after 6.1 quake hit the country's north and killed at least 11 people. By Bullit Marquez. SENT: 670 words, photos.

ARGENTINA-EXILES _ Argentines are seeking shelter in Europe amid their homeland's economic crunch. The exodus recalls previous flights from the South American country, when hundreds of thousands emigrated to the old continent to escape hyperinflation in the early 1990s and an economic meltdown in 2001-2002. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

ALGERIA-ALGERIAN YOUTH _ They're on the peaceful frontline of the protest movement that toppled Algeria's longtime ruler, facing down water cannons with attitude, memes _ and fearless calls for shampoo. Two-thirds of Algeria's population has no recollection of any leader other than former-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been driven out of the post he'd held since 1999 following nationwide protests since mid-February. By Thomas Adamson and Nadine Achou-Lesage.

NKOREA-RUSSIA-WHAT KIM WANTS _ As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heads into his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he has a long wish list and a strong desire to mark a win after his failed Trump summit _ but will Putin oblige? By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. WITH: NORTH KOREA-RUSSIA-MEETING _ North Korea confirms leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin in a summit that comes at a crucial moment for tenuous diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal. By Foster Klug. SENT: 500 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE-POLICE SHOOTINGS _ Round two is under way in California's fight over how best to limit fatal shootings by police through nation-leading reforms. State legislators on Tuesday are debating a measure that proponents say would set a national precedent by creating statewide guidelines on when officers can use lethal force and requiring that every officer be trained in ways to avoid opening fire. By Don Thompson. SENT: 545 words. UPCOMING: Will be updates from hearing, timing uncertain.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT-PROSECUTOR _ Chicago's top prosecutor drew heavy criticism after she recused herself from the case against Jussie Smollett and then complained in text messages to a subordinate that her office had overcharged the "Empire" actor. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.




IRAN SANCTIONS-IMPACT _ The Trump administration's decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil is raising concerns about global crude supply and sending oil prices to their highest levels since October. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 455 words, photo.

TESLA-FULL SELF-DRIVING _ Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network robotic taxis that will compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. By Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,235 words, photos. WITH: Autonomous Vehicles-Not Ready Yet _ 5 reasons why self-driving vehicles aren't coming to your city anytime soon. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 970 words, photos.




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