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RACING FOR A REMEDY-PROFILE OF A KILLER — The coronavirus has rescripted daily life. And fighting it takes knowing the enemy, the essential first step in what could be an extended quest for normalcy. Countless hours of treatment and research, trial and error now make it possible to take much closer measure of the new coronavirus. But to take advantage of that intelligence, we must confront our persistent vulnerability. By Adam Geller and Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 2,845 words, photos. A 1,370-word abridged version is also available.




VIRUS-OUTBREAK-GLOBAL — Virus restrictions once lifted are being reimposed, shutting businesses and curbing people’s social lives as communities try to curb a disease resurgence before it spins out of control. The United States is the worst-hit country, with 3.4 million cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. More than 13.3 million people have been infected worldwide, and 578,000 have died. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 910 words, photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up the environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure. Critics are describing the move as a dismantling of a 50-year-old environmental protection law. Trump will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday to announce the federal rule as he seeks to make it easier to meet some of the country’s infrastructure needs. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trump scheduled to speak at 3:10 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-CLIMATE — Joe Biden unveils a plan aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry, with a proposal to achieve entirely carbon pollution-free power by 2035. By Alexandra Jaffe and Will Weissert. SENT: 945 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-MAP — Biden targets Texas, normally a GOP stronghold, with a modest advertising investment. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-ALABAMA-SESSIONS— Even in defeat, Jeff Sessions reassures Alabama voters that the vision of President Donald Trump -- the president he served and who campaigned against his return to the U.S. Senate -- is right for America. By Bill Barrow and Kim Chandler. SENT: 755 words, photos.

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GEORGE FLOYD-INVESTIGATION — Video from the body cameras of two officers charged in George Floyd’s death is being made available for public viewing by appointment on Wednesday, but a judge has so far declined to allow news organizations to publish the footage for wider distribution. By Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti. SENT: 675 words, photos.




NAYA RIVERA-DEATH — An autopsy has confirmed that “Glee” star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning. SENT: 530 words, photo.

PEOPLE-NICK CANNON — ViacomCBS says it’s cutting ties with Nick Cannon because of what the media giant called his ’hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories. SENT: 340 words, photos.

VANITY FAIR COVER — For the first time in the history of “Vanity Fair,” the magazine’s cover art was taken by a Black photographer. The cover features a powerful image of Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis and was taken by photographer Dario Calmese. SENT: 260 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of a “possible infection” and will stay in the hospital for a few days, the Supreme Court says. SENT: 250 words, photo.

FOIE GRAS BAN — Foie gras is back on the menu in California after a judge ruled the rich dish can’t be prevented from being brought in from out of state. SENT: 365 wods, photos.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-VACCINE RACE — Early stage testing shows the first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems the way scientists had hoped. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 720 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONGRESS — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week. McConnell suggests the measure will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. The cost of the emerging Republican package could reach $1 trillion. SENT: 950 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-LIVES LOST-BRITISH REFEREE — The best referees are largely invisible, keeping order unobtrusively and letting the players decide the game. They are more often recognized in their absence. Hundreds of football players in London are learning that after COVID-19 took the life of Jermaine Wright, a 46-year-old referee and driving force in their league for more than 20 years. Wright worked as a pharmacist for the National Health Service, but spent most of his spare time helping build a community on the Hackney Marshes. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 810 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NYC RESTAURANT WAITERS — It’s been the story for many a starry-eyed creative type looking for a big break — wait tables to pay the bills, while auditioning, performing, writing, whatever it takes. But with the coronavirus putting thousands and thousands of food servers out of work in recent months, there’s concern about what that’s going to mean for the city’s creative class if the jobs are no longer readily available. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SRI LANKA-PATIENT 206 — For months he’s been anonymous, but now Prasad Dinesh, linked by Sri Lankan authorities to nearly half of the country’s more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, is trying to clear his name, and shed some of the stigma of a heroin addiction at the root of his ordeal. By Bharatha Mallawarachi and Emily Schmall. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS — The Trump administration rescinds a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. By Education Writer Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MONTANA NURSING HOMES — A Montana long-term care facility that didn’t carry out free coronavirus testing on its residents reels from an outbreak that has infected nearly everyone who lives there. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2020-TRUMP — President Donald Trump transformed an event that was supposed to highlight his China policy into an impromptu campaign rally. On Tuesday in the Rose Garden, Trump delivered an expansive and often rambling broadside against Democratic rival Joe Biden on trade, policing and his son’s business practices, among other topics. Trump spent more than an hour framing the November election as the starkest choice in the nation’s history. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 875 words, photos, video.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-TRUMP — President Donald Trump bristled at a reporter’s question about police killing African Americans and defended the right to display the Confederate flag as he continued to play into racial divisions in a pair of interviews. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 615 words, photo.

ELECTION-2020-TEXAS — MJ Hegar won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in a primary runoff that was postponed months over fears of the coronavirus, only to be held as the outbreak is worse than ever. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 970 words, photos.




FEDERAL EXECUTIONS-PURKEY — A Kansas man who raped and killed a 16-year-old girl and fatally beat an 80-year-old woman is scheduled to be among the first three inmates executed as the federal government resumes the practice after 17 years. Sixty-eight-year-old Wesley Ira Purkey is set to die by lethal injection on Wednesday at an Indiana prison. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 655 words, photos.

CLERGY ABUSE-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — A group of news organizations including The Associated Press are headed to court seeking to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises. The news outlets argued interest in the 2015 case has been heightened by revelations this year that Saints executives engaged in a behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to help the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese contain the fallout from a clergy abuse crisis. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 445 words, photo.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-PORTLAND — Nearly two months of nightly protests that have devolved into violent clashes with police have prompted soul-searching in Portland, Oregon, a city that prides itself on its progressive reputation but is increasingly polarized over how to handle the unrest. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 925 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA SYNAGOGUE-RABBI FRAUD — The longtime leader of a Southern California synagogue who was wounded in a deadly attack at the house of worship he founded has pleaded guilty to participating in a multimillion-dollar fraud that disguised charitable contributions for personal gain. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 725 words, photos.

NAVY SHIP FIRE — The Navy says a fire raging aboard a docked U.S. warship has moved away from fuel tanks, easing the threat of an explosion or a million-gallon oil spill in the San Diego harbor, but it’s too early to say whether the vessel can be saved. SENT: 535 words, photos.




LEBANON-LOOKING EAST — Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon’s cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring relief. But help from Beijing risks alienating the United States, which has suggested such a move could come at the cost of Lebanese-U.S. ties. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,055 words, photos.

HONG KONG-PRIMARIES — Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong’s unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory’s new security law. By Zen Soo. SENT: 575 words, photos.

MEXICO-PRESIDENT-VIOLENCE — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is traveling to three of Mexico’s most violent states this week to counter what many call a “hands-off” strategy toward drug cartels that has exacerbated tensions with state governors. A surge in cartel killings in Guanajuato, Colima and Jalisco - all states governed by opposition parties - is threatening to become a political quagmire of finger-pointing for López Obrador ahead of 2021 midterm elections. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 885 words, photos.

CZECH-OBIT-JAKES — Milous Jakes, the Communist Party leader in Czechoslovakia at the time of 1989′s Velvet Revolution, has died. He was 97. . He had been general secretary of the party for only two years before the Velvet Revolution led by the late writer, Vaclav Havel, ended 40 years of communist rule. SENT: 135 words.




JAPAN-NISSAN — Nissan is rolling out an electric crossover vehicle, the Japanese automaker’s first major all-new model since getting embroiled in the scandal surrounding its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. Worries about global warming and the environment have made electric vehicles increasingly attractive. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 660 words, photos.




DANCING WITH THE STARS — Tyra Banks will be showing off her moves as solo host of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC says that Banks will replace longtime host Tom Bergeron and take on the role of executive producer for the celebrity dance contest. Banks started out as a supermodel and co-created “America’s Next Top Model.” By Lynn Elber. SENT: 325 words, photo.




WASHINGTON-WHAT’S NEXT — After dumping the Redskins name, the next step of picking a new name could determine Washington’s popularity for decades. Red Tails, Red Wolves and Hogs are among the betting favorites. The organization hopes to have a new moniker by the start of the 2020 season. SENT: 855 words, photos.


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