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MICHAEL COHEN-TELL ALL MEMOIR - Michael Cohen’s tell-all memoir makes the case that President Donald Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed his former fixer in federal prison. The new book, “Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” offers a blow-by-blow account of Trump’s alleged role in a hush money scandal that once overshadowed his presidency. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK - With the coronavirus spreading through colleges at alarming rates, universities are scrambling to find places to isolate the thousands of students who have caught COVID-19 or been exposed to it. Some schools are designating COVID-19 dorms, others are sending infected students home and some schools have decided to scrap or postpone in-person learning until they can figure out how to keep infection rates at acceptable levels. By Pat Eaton-Robb and Jeff Amy. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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LEBANON-ONE MONTH AFTER - A month after Beirut’s massive explosion, Lebanese families are still struggling with rebuilding. Many, already unable to make ends meet because of the country’s economic meltdown, now can’t bear costs of making tens of thousands of homes livable. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-ASIA - The premier of Australia’s Victoria state has announced a slight easing of restrictions in Melbourne but the country’s second-largest city will remain in lockdown until at least Oct. 26. State police charged a protester with assault after an officer suffered cuts to the head during an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne on Saturday. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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BRITAIN STABBINGS - British police say that multiple people have been injured in a series of stabbings in the central England city of Birmingham. SENT: 190 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-GOP STATEMENT - The Oregon Republican Party’s statement for the state voters’ pamphlet arrived 29 seconds too late and won’t appear in the guide mailed to voters for the November election, officials say. SENT: 370 words.

PAKISTAN-JOURNALIST KILLED - Police in southwest Pakistan say a man shot and killed his journalist wife in a remote town before fleeing, but the motive behind the killing is unclear. SENT: 190 words.

BANGLADESH-MOSQUE EXPLOSION - The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in a mosque outside Bangladesh’s capital has risen to 24 while authorities were examining how a leakage caused the accident during evening prayers. SENT: 170 words, photos.

CHINA-REUSABLE SPACECRAFT - China says its first reusable spacecraft has landed after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight. SENT: 220 words.

CHINA-FLYING TIGERS - A Chinese group plans to try to recover a fighter plane from the legendary Flying Tigers group of American pilots that crashed in a lake during World War II. SENT: 370 words, photos.

GEORGIA TROOPER-MURDER CHARGE - A Georgia judge has denied bond for a former Georgia State Patrol trooper accused of murder in the August death of a 60-year-old Black man who refused to stop for a broken tail light. SENT: 470 words, photos.

TRUMP-BOAT-RALLY-BOATS-SINK - A spokesperson for the Travis County sheriff’s office in Texas says “several” boats sank Saturday while taking part in a parade in support of President Trump. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Photos pursuing.

ELEPHANT DEATH-ZOO - The oldest African elephant in North America has died at the age of 56, officials at a Tennessee zoo said. 300 words, photo.




IMMIGRATION-DIVERSITY VISAS - A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas for immigrants from underrepresented countries, partially reversing a pandemic-related freeze on a wide range of immigrant and temporary visas. SENT: 460 words, photos.

FACT-CHECK-WEEK - President Donald Trump said he never called John McCain a loser - he did - and denigrated the record of the late Republican senator on veterans affairs despite routinely appropriating one of McCain’s crowning achievements on that front as his own. Trump distorted events in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the past week and his own hand in them. Democratic rival Joe Biden claimed to have been the first person to have called for the use of emergency production powers in the pandemic, when he was not. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 1,550 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at https://apnews.com/APFactCheck

TRUMP - President Trump plans to campaign in the battleground states of Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words, photo.




EUROPE-TOURISM'S LEAN SEASON - Europe’s leanest summer tourist season in history is drawing to a close, six months after the coronavirus hit the continent. COVID-19 might tighten its grip over the coming months, with losses piling up in the tens of billions of euros across the 27-nation European Union. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

JAPAN NISSAN-GREG KELLY TRIAL - His boss Carlos Ghosn escaped financial misconduct charges by fleeing the country, but another former Nissan executive is still awaiting trial in Japan: Greg Kelly. His trial in Tokyo District Court opens Sept. 15, nearly two years after his arrest, and the day he turns 64. SENT: 930 words, photos.

INDIA-CHINA-MILITARY STANDOFF - As a monthslong military standoff between India and China along their disputed mountain border protracts, experts warn that the nuclear-armed countries — which already have engaged in their bloodiest clash in decades — could unintentionally slide into war. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MALI-CRISIS - The Malian president ousted by a military coup in August has been evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment after hospitalization in Mali. The 75-year-old Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s health has been in question after since he was hospitalized following his detention for 10 days by the military junta now in power. SENT: 570 words, photo.

SRI LANKA-SHIP FIRE - A team of experts is joining efforts to salvage a large oil tanker that has been burning for the fourth day Sunday off Sri Lanka. Four tug boats, three Sri Lankan navy ships and six Indian ships have been battling the fire on the MT New Diamond. SENT: 390 words, photos.

NKOREA-TYPHOON DAMAGE-North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited typhoon-stricken areas in the northeast, fired a top official there and promised to send 12,000 workers from Pyongyang for recovery efforts. It’s the latest in a series of high-profile visits by Kim and his deputies to areas hit by natural disasters in recent weeks. SENT: 680 words, photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON - The second powerful typhoon to slam Japan in a week has unleashed fierce winds and rain on southern islands, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it edged northward into an area vulnerable to flooding and mudslides. SENT: 360 words, photos.




RACIAL INJUSTICE-POLICE SHOOTINGS-TALLAHASSEE - A grand jury in Florida has declined to issue indictments against Tallahassee police officers involved in the shooting deaths of three people in separate incidents that helped ignite Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the state’s capital city. SENT: 510 words.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - Three fast-spreading wildfires are sending people fleeing and trapping campers in one campground as a brutal heat wave pushed temperatures into triple digits across California. A wildfire that broke out near Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest Friday evening exploded to 56 square miles, jumped a river on Saturday and compromised the only road into the Mammoth Pool Campground. SENT: 740 words, photos.

PORTLAND-PROTESTS - Hundreds of people gathered for Black Lives Matter rallies and marches Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, as often violent nightly demonstrations that have happened for 100 days showed no signs of ceasing. Molotov cocktails were thrown in the street during a march, sparking a large fire and prompting police to declare a riot. SENT: 700 words, photos.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-POLICE SHOOTING - A grand jury in Florida has declined to issue indictments against Tallahassee police officers involved in the shooting deaths of three people in separate incidents that helped ignite Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the state’s capital city. SENT: 510 words.

ROCHESTER-POLICE DEATH - New York’s attorney general has moved to empanel a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being hooded and held down by Rochester police earlier this year. SENT: 670 words, photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-WISCONSIN-LAWYER - A lawyer representing a 17-year-old charged with shooting three people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has resigned from his position with a defense fund that has raked in more than $700,000 to defend his client and conservative causes. SENT: 320 words, photo.




CHINA-US TECHNOLOGY - China’s leading maker of semiconductors has denied it has any links to the military following reports Washington is considering stepping up its feud with Beijing over technology and security by imposing export controls that could disrupt manufacturing for a national industrial champion. SENT: 390 words, photo.




RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY -- Authentic led all the way to win a Kentucky Derby unlike any other. He kicked away from heavy favorite Tiz the Law in the stretch and gave Bob Baffert a record-tying sixth victory after the trainer’s other entry was a late scratch. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. WITH: KENTUCKY-DERBY-PROTESTS - This year’s Kentucky Derby is a surreal distillation of the crises facing the country in 2020: The virus pandemic and competing protests. SENT: 670 words, photos.

BKN-RAPTORS-CELTICS -- Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Lowry added 22 points and 11 boards and the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference semifinals at two games apiece, beating the Boston Celtics 100-93. SENT: 940 words, photos.

HKN--ISLANDERS-FLYERS - Thomas Greiss stopped 16 shots and the New York Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1993, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 in Game 7 of the second-round series Saturday night. SENT: 930 words, photos.

FBC--VIRUS OUTBREAK-GETTING TO KICKOFF - Houston Baptist has opened its three-game fall schedule after the FCS Southland Conference decided not to play league games. Even with expanded protocols and more costly virus testing, the Huskies moved forward with their remaining games. They lost 57-31 at North Texas in their opener. SENT: 840 words, photos.

TEN--US OPEN -- Serena Williams has avoided what would have been her earliest loss at the U.S. Open since her 1998 debut by coming back to beat Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Williams moves into the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. She will face 15th-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece next. SENT: 970 words, photos.




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