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TRUMP-MILITARY — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden declares President Donald Trump “unfit” for the presidency, delivering an impassioned reaction to a report that Trump — who never served in uniform — allegedly mocked American war dead. Trump says the allegations published by The Atlantic are false. By Zeke Miller and Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK - U.S. unemployment dropped sharply in August from 10.2% to a still-high 8.4%, with about half the 22 million jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak recovered so far, the government said in one of the last major economic reports before Election Day. Employers added 1.4 million jobs last month, down from 1.7 million in July and the fewest since hiring resumed in May. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 890 words, photos. WITH: FINANCIAL-MARKETS - Wall Street stocks ended lower again, a day after the biggest sell-off since June. SENT: 860 words, photos.

PORTLAND-SUSPECT KILLED - Authorities say the suspect in last weekend’s slaying of the right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon and the victim had handguns. The new details about the confrontation amid dueling protests emerged in court documents that were part of the arrest warrant for Michael Forest Reinoehl. He was fatally shot late Thursday by federal agents in Washington state. SENT: 1.070 words, photos. WITH: PORTLAND-PROTESTS-SHOOTING-SUSPECT - Michael Forest Reinoehl, the man believed to have fatally shot a supporter of President Donald Trump following skirmishes between Black Lives Matter protesters and a pro-Trump caravan in Portland, Oregon, was a regular at the demonstrations that have roiled the Northwest city for months. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-MESSAGING - On the campaign trail with President Trump, the pandemic is largely over, the economy is roaring back, and murderous mobs are infiltrating America’s suburbs. With Joe Biden, the pandemic is raging, the economy isn’t working for the working-class, and systemic racism threatens Black lives across America. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-BIDEN - Biden confirms he’s been tested for COVID-19 and promises he will be tested regularly. SENT: 550 words, photos; ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN - Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence will both be in Wisconsin on Labor Day. SENT: 300 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-FAITH TESTED - The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have launched a campaign with the now-universal phrase of protest: “I can’t breathe.” SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-IMMIGRATION DETENTION HOTELS - A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop detaining unaccompanied immigrant children in hotels before expelling them without the chance to seek refuge in the United States, a policy the government has enacted during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled Friday that the use of hotels violates a two-decade-old settlement governing the treatment of immigrant children in custody. SENT: 640 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIA - India’s coronavirus cases have crossed 4 million, leading the world in new infections and deepening misery in the country’s vast hinterlands where surges have crippled the underfunded health care system. Initially, the virus ravaged India’s sprawling and densely populated cities. It has since stretched to almost every state, spreading through villages. With a population of nearly 1.4 billion people, India’s massive caseload isn’t surprising experts. SENT: 580 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ASIA - Police in Australia’s hardest-hit Victoria state made several arrests among a crowd of about 300 people protesting the lockdown in Melbourne, as the country’s death toll rose to 748. Victoria reported 11 more deaths and 76 new infections. The Melbourne restrictions, including a night curfew, were put in place in an attempt to reduce a huge spike in infections and deaths. SENT: 460 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPAIN-SEASIDE THERAPY - A hospital in Barcelona is seeing if short trips to the beach can help COVID-19 patients after long and traumatic stays in intensive care units. It’s part of a program to “humanize” ICUs. Since restarting it in June, doctors have noticed that even 10 minutes at the beach seems to improve a patient’s well-being. SENT: words, photos.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHINA - Two people who returned to their hometown after contracting the coronavirus in the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak in January have been sentenced to prison for failing to quarantine themselves or report the visit. SENT: 160 words.

TODDLER KILLED-LOUISIANA - Police in Louisiana say a toddler was fatally shot while riding in a vehicle along a Louisiana road. SENT: 190 words, photos.

BRITAIN EXTINCTION-REBELLION - Environmental activists have blockaded two British printing plants, disrupting the distribution of several national newspapers. SENT: 250 words, photos.

TRUMP ANTI-RACISM TRAINING - President Donald Trump has directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” SENT: 310 words, photos.

IRAN-SCHOOL YEAR - Iran has opened the new school year after nearly seven months of closure. In a video conference, President Hassan Rouhani says the education of 15 million students is as important as the health system. SENT: 180 words, photos.

TRUMP-LOU HOLTZ - President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to give the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to longtime football coach Lou Holtz. SENT: 140 words, photos.

PLANE CRASH-TEXAS - A Kentucky congressman says a teenager charged with fatally shooting two people during the unrest in Wisconsin showed “incredible restraint” and acted in self-defense. SENT: 200 words, photo.

BANGLADESH EXPLOSION - Officials say an underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers in Bangladesh, leaving at least 11 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns. SENT: 140 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KANYE WEST - Rapper and music producer Kanye West has filed to run for U.S. president on Kentucky’s ballot this fall. A tweet from Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams showed a photo of part of West’s application. SENT: 260 words, photos.

ASIA TYPHOON - A powerful typhoon, the second in a week, was barreling toward the Okinawa islands in southern Japan on Saturday, prompting warnings about torrential rainfall and fierce wind gusts. SENT: 310 words, photos.

NOT-REAL-NEWS - This week in Not Real News: Fake video of Joe Biden sleeping during interview, bogus claims that a virus vaccine alters DNA, and more. SENT: 2,200 words, photos.




ELECTION 2020-RUSSIA-RACE — The tensions in the United States over racism and policing are likely targets for efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Lawmakers and experts say there are signs that Russia is seeking to exploit the divide. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,030 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-PERMISSION STRUCTURE — It’s called a “permission structure.” President Donald Trump’s campaign is trying to construct an emotional and psychological gateway to help disenchanted voters feel comfortable voting for the president again despite their reservations about him personally. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 990 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-MESSAGING — On the campaign trail with President Trump, the pandemic is largely over, the economy is roaring back, and murderous mobs are infiltrating America’s suburbs. With Joe Biden, the pandemic is raging, the economy isn’t working for the working class, and systemic racism threatens Black lives across America. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.




INDIA-CHINA MILITARY STANDOFF - The defense ministers from India and China have met in the Russian capital as the two sides try to resolve rising tensions along their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region, where a June clash killed 20 Indian soldiers. Neither side gave details of the meeting Friday. SENT: 570 words, photos.




POLICE SHOOTING SETTLEMENT - The San Francisco Bay city of Vallejo area has agreed to pay $5.7 million to the family of a Black man who was shot and killed in 2018 by a police officer who stopped him because he was riding a bicycle without a headlamp. The San Francisco Chronicle reports 33-year-old Ronell Foster was pursued by Officer Ryan McMahon. SENT: 470 words, photos

RACIAL INJUSTICE-POLICE TACTICS BAN - A federal judge late Friday temporarily barred Detroit police from using tear gas, rubber bullets, batons, shields, chokeholds or sound cannons against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters after a group accused the city for excessive force. SENT: 350 words, photos.

MISSISSIPPI DEATH PENALTY CASE - A Mississippi man freed from prison last year after 22 years will not be tried a seventh time in a quadruple murder case. A judge dismissed the charges Friday after the state attorney general’s office said prosecutors no longer had any credible witnesses. SENT: 720 words, photo.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-KENTUCKY CONGRESSMAN - A Kentucky congressman says a teenager charged with fatally shooting two people during the unrest in Wisconsin showed “incredible restraint” and acted in self-defense. SENT: 510 words, photos.

GEORGE FLOYD-EXTREMISTS - Two men who prosecutors say are anti-government extremists who toted guns on the streets of Minneapolis during the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd have been charged with federal terrorism counts. SENT: 710 words, photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-SUPERMARKET - San Antonio police say an officer and a security guard fatally shot a Black shoplifting suspect after he stabbed the officer in the face. The shooting happened in the parking lot of a northwest San Antonio supermarket Friday afternoon. SENT: 300 words

RACIAL INJUSTICE-POLICE SHOOTING - A white Tulsa police officer has been indicted for shooting a Black man during a traffic stop in March. The Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury charged Aaron Russell, 29, with reckless conduct with a firearm in connection to the shooting of 35-year-old Michael Delaney. SENT: 400 words.

FELONS VOTING-NORTH CAROLINA - A North Carolina court has ruled that outstanding restitution, fees or other court-imposed monetary obligations can’t prevent convicted felons from voting if they’ve completed all other portions of their sentence. The three-judge panel of Wake County Superior Court issued the ruling on Friday. SENT: 670 words, photo.

2020-CENSUS - A day after the U.S. Census Bureau said that it has already taken steps to wind down operations for the 2020 census, a coalition of cities and civil rights groups is trying to stop the statistical agency in its tracks. SENT: 690 words, photos.

ROCHESTER-POLICE DEATH - Daniel Prude appeared to be spiraling into crisis in the hours before police handcuffed him on a city street in March, then pinned the naked man face down. He had been thrown off a train the day before for disruptive behavior. He had been sent to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

PROFESSOR-RACE - George Washington University is investigating the case of a history professor who allegedly admitted to fraudulently pretending to be a Black woman for her entire career. SENT: 390 words.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-LAWMAKER CHARGED - The police chief in Portsmouth, Virginia, is on paid leave nearly three weeks after her department charged a state senator and several others from the city’s Black community with conspiring to a damage a Confederate monument. SENT: 300 words.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-UTAH POLICE - Police groups in Utah have called for The Salt Lake Tribune to apologize after it published an editorial cartoon implying white supremacists have infiltrated law enforcement. Police supporters staged a protest outside. SENT: 620 words, photos.




HYUNDAI-KIA RECALLS - Hyundai has reversed itself on a recall to fix a defect that could cause engine fires. It is now telling owners of more than 200,000 vehicles to park them outdoors until repairs are made. SENT: 510 words, photos.

JAPAN-NISSAN - Nissan says it has developed a new way to produce high-tech auto parts that highlights the Japanese automaker’s engineering finesse, even as it faces a criminal trial in an ongoing scandal involving former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. SENT: 420 words, photos.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-VISUAL ARTISTS - Affected by the global pandemic, many visual artists are taking refuge in their work in search of sense and solace. Some have suffered the horror, the sickness and the loss firsthand. Others, are channeling their anguish and their fear, their feelings of loneliness. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.




RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY PREVIEW - Tiz the Law enters the Kentucky Derby as the first odds-on favorite since 1992. The out-of-sequence Triple Crown race was postponed four months because of the pandemic and will be run Saturday without its usual crowd of 150,000. SENT: 990 words, photos.

TEN--US OPEN - Two up-and-coming players, Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz, meet for a spot in the U.S. Open’s fourth round. Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic also play. SENT: 980 words, photos.

BKN-BUCKS-HEAT - Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat try to go up 3-0 on Milwaukee in an Eastern Conference semifinal. The Bucks, with the NBA’s best record during the season, have never won a series after losing the first two games (0-18). SENT: 950 words, photos.

GLF-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Dustin Johnson is the top seed and starts the Tour Championship at 10-under par and with a two-shot lead over Jon Rahm in the field of 30 players at East Lake. SENT: 900 words, photos.




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