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TRUMP-ECONOMY _ The White House is insisting the "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are strong, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. By Zeke Miller and Josh Boak. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares mostly rise after Wall Street rally on Huawei.

HONG KONG-PROTESTS-THE FRONT LINE _ Protesters on the front lines in Hong Kong explain how largely peaceful marches against proposed changes to the city’s extradition law morphed into a summer of tear gas and rubber bullets. Their movement has reached a moment of reckoning after protesters occupying the airport held two mainland Chinese men captive last week. Showing the first crack in what has been astonishing unity, pro-democracy lawmakers and other protesters question whether the operation has gone too far. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 1,460 words, photos. An abridged version has also been sent. With HONG-KONG-PROTESTS _ Lam promises work to narrow Hong Kong rifts, no specifics.

AFGHANISTAN-SHATTERED HISTORY _ The Taliban fighters arrived with hammers and hatred. Fragments of what they left behind have been laid out on tables at the National Museum of Afghanistan, 18 years later: shattered pieces of ancient Buddha figurines smashed because they were judged to be against Islam. Now museum workers are trying to fit them together again as the Taliban and the U.S. near a deal on ending the war and launching intra-Afghan talks in which the extremist group could play a role in shaping the country's future. By Cara Anna. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ Joe Biden won’t be among the parade of White House hopefuls in California this week, skipping the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire instead. The former vice president will have the stage essentially to himself in the nation’s first primary state as his top rivals jockey for attention from hundreds of Democratic officials gathered in San Francisco. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 680 words, photo. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

WILDLIFE CROSSING-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA _ Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the shrinking genetic diversity of wild animals that must remain all but trapped by sprawling development or risk becoming roadkill. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

AFRICAN SWINE FEVER-VACCINE _ Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world's pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia's pig herds. Farmers have long contained its spread by quarantining and killing infected animals, but the disease's devastating march into East Asia is intensifying the search for another solution. By Sam McNeil and Candice Choi. SENT: 690 words, photos.




TRUMP-GREENLAND _ President tweets picture of Trump Tower looming over Greenland. SENT: 100 words, photo.

INDIA-MOON MISSION _ Indian spacecraft launched last month is now orbiting moon. SENT: 220 words, photos.

NAZI SALUTE VIDEO _ School condemns video of high schoolers in Southern California giving Nazi salute. SENT: 280 words.

DETROIT-FATAL DOG ATTACK _ Girl, 9, killed in attack by three dogs in Detroit. SENT: 150 words.

HOTEL PLUNGING DEATH _ Police: Fleeing man plunges to death leaping hotel balconies in Atlanta. SENT: 120 words.

LABOR DAY TRAVEL _ U.S. airlines expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend. SENT: 140 words.

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION DRUG-SMUGGLER _ California smuggler of erectile dysfunction drug gets prison. SENT: 140 words.

CHINA-LAOS-DEADLY ACCIDENT _ Thirteen Chinese killed as tour bus crashes in Laos. SENT: 140 words.




ELECTION 2020-MONEY _ Democrats are mounting a comeback in statehouses across the country, pouring millions of dollars into state-level races that the party has often ignored. Democrats are trying to gain ground in state legislatures ahead of a once-in-a-decade redistricting process that redraws congressional maps. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

TRUMP-PLANNED PARENTHOOD _ Planned Parenthood says it's pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. SENT: 860 words, photos.




AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED _ The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago. SENT: 1,010 words, photos. With AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL-CHARGED-KEY-WITNESSES _ Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest.

AP EXPLAINS-BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT CRISIS _ A look at Bosnia as the country faces a government crisis that reflects the country's ethnic divide stemming from its devastating 1992-95 war. SENT: 720 words, photo.




DEPARTMENT STORE RESALE _ Department stores that have watched some of their customers flock to secondhand stores are trying to bring them back by partnering with online resale sites. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 830 words, photos.




UNIVERSITY CAMPUS-KILLING _ Police hunt a black-clad attacker who stabbed to death a former California State University, Fullerton budget and finance director in the campus parking lot. SENT: 530 words, photos.




T25-REALITY CHECK _ Sorry to be a bummer at a time of the year usually reserved for hope and optimism, but there is a decent chance your favorite college team is going to be a big disappointment this season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With PICK SIX-NEW COORDINATORS _ New coordinators with chance to make big impact.

HOME RUN ROBBERY REWARDS _ Thieves: Baseball’s elite outfielders get praise _ and swag from pitchers for making spectacular plays to rob home runs. By Sports Writer Kristi Rieken. SENT: 1,420 words, photos.




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