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TOP STORIES

Protesters throw a burning object at advancing law enforcement officials on Centennial Olympic Park Drive at Olympic Park, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Atlanta, after curfew during a fifth day of protests over the death of George Floyd. (Curtis ComptonAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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AMERICA PROTESTS — Protests were largely peaceful and the nation’s streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off demonstrations that at times brought violence and destruction along with pleas to stop police brutality and injustice against African Americans. There were scattered reports of looting in New York City, and there have been over 9,000 arrests nationwide since the unrest began. But there was a marked quiet compared with the unrest of the past few nights, which included fires and shootings in some cities. By Zeke Miller and Tim Sullivan. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos. With AMERICA PROTESTS-THE LATEST.

THE AMERICAN STORY — The hard times that have befallen this nation in 2020 have revealed an increasingly evident truth: The storylines that have long held the nation together are coming apart. From the pandemic to unemployment to the upheaval after George Floyd’s death, American narratives have fractured into many little pieces. Scholars say people long silenced are demanding their stories be heard. They say the question is this: In a land where many people tell different versions of the American story, how does the country figure out which ones define it? By National Writer Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

Atlanta police prepare to enforce a 9:00 pm curfew with gas as demonstrators chant, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Atlanta. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

AMERICA PROTESTS-WORLDWIDE CHOKEHOLDS — Three days after George Floyd died with a Minneapolis police officer choking off his air, another black man writhed on the tarmac of a street in Paris as a police officer pressed a knee to his neck during an arrest. Immobilization techniques where officers apply pressure with their knees on prone suspects are used in policing around the world and have long drawn criticism. One reason why Floyd’s death is sparking anger and touching nerves globally is that such techniques have been blamed for asphyxiations and other deaths in police custody beyond American shores, often involving non-white suspects. By John Leicester. SENT: 910 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-MINNEAPOLIS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH — A week of civil unrest has led some Minneapolis residents near the epicenter of the violence to take steps to protect their homes and neighborhoods. They’ve stocked up on fire extinguishers and buckets and formed scores of loose neighborhood watch groups to share what they view as suspicious activity. For some, it’s all a sign of community pride and rational response when policing has broken down. But others see a more troubling undercurrent, particularly when the mobilization spreads to largely white neighborhoods that have seen little or no damage. By Kathleen Hennessey and Tim Sullivan. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Also see MORE ON AMERICA PROTESTS below.

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A protester throws a smoke device at police during a protest over the death of George Floyd who died while in police custody, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Atlanta. The protests were part of a demonstration against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

ELECTION 2020 — Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 750 words, photos. Also see ELECTION-2020-IOWA below.

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SUDAN-RAPES — Dozens of Sudanese women activists were raped a year ago, when security forces smashed apart a protest camp in the heart of Khartoum. Since then, they have been struggling with the trauma while steadily losing hope they will ever see justice, given the military’s continuing grip on power. A previous, military-backed investigation said no rapes took place in the mayhem on June 3, 2019, but activists have documented at least 60 and say it was a concerted move to crush the spirit of the protest moment. By Samy Magdy. SENT: 1,980 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words is available.

With the White House in the background, a line of police forms behind a fence in Lafayette Park as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP PhotoEvan Vucci)

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MORE ON AMERICA PROTESTS

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AMERICA PROTESTS-TRUMP — President Donald Trump appears to be privately backing off his threat to deploy troops to the states in order to quell protests over police brutality. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-RELIGION — Trump tries religious gestures to hike support amid protests.

In this photo taken with a drone, a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The crowd protesting police brutality chanted "Tear it down." (AP PhotoSteve Helber)

AMERICA PROTESTS-FEDERAL RESPONSE — Officials in the nation’s capital push back on an aggressive response by the federal government to demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. SENT: 990 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-ANTIFA CLAIMS — In the days since Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on small cities across America. SENT: 700 words, photo.

AMERICA PROTESTS-NYC — An 8 p.m. curfew didn’t stop thousands of defiant demonstrators from marching through the streets of New York City throughout the night, though some of the rampant destruction seen over the past few nights was quelled. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, videos.

With St. John's Church in the background, demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP PhotoEvan Vucci)

AMERICA PROTESTS-MEDIA-AP — New York City police officers surrounded, shoved and yelled expletives at two Associated Press journalists covering protests in the latest aggression against members of the media during a week of unrest around the country. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

AMERICA-PROTESTS-INDIANA-DEATH — To those who knew former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty, it was no surprise that he would participate in a protest over the death of George Floyd. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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Signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop Killing Black People" hang on an overpass on North Capitol Street in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, following days of continuing protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP PhotoAndrew Harnik)

THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

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VIRUS OUTBREAK–ONE GOOD THING–ART DEALER — If not for the pandemic, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum would have missed out on a classic Dutch 16th century painting it so badly craved. SENT: 630 words, photos.

People march and ride horses to protest the death of George Floyd in Houston on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip)

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-PARIS-CAFES-PHOTO-GALLERY — Croissants and hand gel as Paris cafes reawaken. SENT: 290 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ASIA — South Korea reports 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a weekslong resurgence of the virus as the government defends its decision to reopen schools despite health risks. SENT: 800 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-UN-DEBT RELIEF — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council calls for urgent action to help the growing number of countries already facing or at risk of “debt distress” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 530 words.

People march to protest the death of George Floyd in Houston on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip)

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A separate wire advisory has moved detailing the AP's complete coronavirus coverage.

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People march to protest the death of George Floyd in Houston on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip)

WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OFFICER SHOT-ALABAMA — Police officer fatally shot at Alabama motel; two in custody. SENT: 250 words.

AMERICA-PROTESTS-UNIVERSITY-ENROLLMENT — Two Missouri students who appear to mock George Floyd’s death withdraw. SENT: 290 words.

LaTonya Floyd, participates in a march to protest the death of her brother, George Floyd in Houston on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip)

TROPICAL WEATHER — Tropical Storm Cristobal forms, flood threat for Mexico. SENT: 480 words, photo.

RUTGERS-SOFTBALL-ABUSE-REPORT — Report: Rutgers softball needs change, but not discipline. SENT: 700 words, photo.

HELICOPTER-CRASH — Three killed when helicopter hits power line in California. SENT: 210 words.

LaTonya Floyd, center, in hat, participates in a march to protest the death of her brother, George Floyd in Houston on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip)

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION-2020-IOWA — Republicans in northwest Iowa oust Rep. Steve King in a primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades in Congress. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With ELECTION-2020-HOUSE-NEW-MEXICO Fernandez defeats Valerie Plame in New Mexico House primary.

LaTonya Floyd, third from left, participates in a march to protest the death of her brother, George Floyd in Houston on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip)

TRUMP-INSPECTORS GENERAL — Even for a president with a “you’re fired” catchphrase and penchant for norm-shattering conduct, Trump’s firing or demotions of inspectors general have been notably brazen for their appearance of retaliation and vindictiveness. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — Senate Republicans plan to press former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on his oversight of the Russia investigation in the first in a series of oversight hearings that coincide with accelerated election-year efforts to scrutinize the FBI probe. SENT: 490 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after 10 a.m. hearing.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-REPUBLICAN CONVENTION — Trump says he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus. SENT: 950 words, photos.

Demonstrators march to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP PhotoJacquelyn Martin)

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDIA-CYCLONE — India’s western coast and financial capital of Mumbai brace for the first cyclone in a century as cases of the coronavirus continued to surge. SENT: 390 words, photos.

Argentine socialist leader Celeste Fierro leads a march in central Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to protest against the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. A few hundred people defied the mandatory lockdown imposed since March 20th to march in solidarity with U.S. protests over the killing of Floyd. (AP PhotoVictor R. Caivano)

MEXICO-MAYAN TRAIN — As Mexico’s president inaugurates a leg of construction of the “Mayan train,” initial enthusiasm dissipates for a project that would run through five southern states carrying tourists from the resorts of Cancún and Playa del Carmen to the Mayan ruins at Palenque. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

BURKINA-FASO-HUNGER — Violence linked to Islamic extremists has spread to Burkina Faso’s western breadbasket region, pushing thousands of people toward hunger and threatening to cut off food aid for millions more. SENT: 830 words, photos.

HONG KONG-CHINA — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens as the city’s leader arrived in Beijing for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their futures. SENT: 450 words, photo.

Thousands of people gather at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP PhotoJim Mone)

UNITED NATIONS-KEY ELECTIONS — The president of the U.N. General Assembly announces that elections for new members of the U.N. Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and his successor as head of the 193-member world body will be held simultaneously on June 17. SENT: 510 words.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Asian shares rose after Wall Street extended its gains for a third straight day, driven by optimism over economies reopening from shutdowns to stem the coronavirus pandemic. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-TRUMP-RESIGNATIONS — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t budging over his refusal to take action on inflammatory posts by Trump that spread misinformation about voting by mail and, many say, encouraged violence against protesters. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 720 words, photo.

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