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ELECTION-2020 – Bernie Sanders’ commanding Nevada caucus victory made him a top target for his Democratic rivals and a growing source of anxiety for establishment Democrats worried that the nomination of an avowed democratic socialist could cost the party in November. By Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Updates expected from evening events.

ELECTION-SECURITY-VOTING-MACHINES — Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. voters will cast ballots this year on devices that look and feel like the discredited paperless voting machines they once used, yet leave a paper record of the vote. Computer security experts are warning that these so-called ballot-marking devices pose too much of a risk. By Technology Writer Frank Bajak. SENT: 1,750 words, photos, graphic. A shorter version of 880 words also is available.

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TRUMP-INDIA — President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India will be a packed tour, anticipating the kind of welcome that has eluded him on many foreign trips. There will be a massive rally, a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal and kind words from an ideologically aligned leader who understands that showing Trump with adulation pays dividends. By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. Will be updated following Trump's overnight arrival.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK — South Korea’s president said Sunday that he was putting his country on its highest alert for infectious diseases, ordering officials to take “unprecedented, powerful” steps to fight a soaring viral outbreak, while a continent away in Italy, authorities battled to contain Europe's first major outbreak of the virus. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-EUROPE — Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering theaters, including Milan's legendary La Scala. By Luca Bruno and Frances D'Emilio. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

CENSUS-PERSON 1 — It's a question spouses, domestic partners and roommates are going to be forced to confront in the next few weeks as they fill out their 2020 Census forms: Who gets to be “Person 1?” At stake is primacy in the household: everyone else who lives in the home has to be identified on the form by how they are related to Person 1. It's a question that even the most egalitarian homes are going to have to figure out — though it's sure to spark some intriguing conversations. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 780 words, photos.




B. SMITH-OBIT — B. Smith, model turned lifestyle guru, dead at 70. SENT: 440 words, photo.

HURRICANES-MAPLE LEAFS — Zamboni driver, 42, gets win as emergency goalie for 'Canes. SENT: 1138 words, photos.

BRAZIL-TRANSGENDER CARNIVAL GODMOTHER —Not many things happen for the first time in Brazil's Carnival. But in the final minutes of Saturday, dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo's parade grounds as the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school. SENT: 980 words, photos.

SYRIA-ISRAEL — Syria's capital was rocked by multiple explosions late Sunday, and the country's air defenses fired back in the latest attack by Israel on targets in Syria. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY SHOOTINGS — Around 10,000 protesters marched through the central German town of Hanau on Sunday to mourn the nine people who were killed by an immigrant-hating gunman four days ago. SENT: 300 words.

IRAN-EARTHQUAKE — Turkey's interior minister says nine people were killed in Turkey in a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck western Iran. SENT: 415 words.

CALIFORNIA ROCKET DEATH — A colleague and a witness say a self-styled daredevil died Saturday after a rocket in which he launched himself crashed into the ground. SENT: 330 words, photos.




RUSSIA CHINA OUTBREAK — Russian authorities are going to significant lengths to keep the virus in China from surfacing in Moscow. Local officials ordered police raids of hotels, dormitories, apartment buildings and businesses to track down the shrinking number of Chinese nationals left in the capital. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

CHINA-VIRUS OUTBREAK — Warning that China’s virus epidemic is “still grim and complex,” President Xi Jinping called for more efforts to stop the outbreak, revive industry and prevent the disease from disrupting spring planting of crops. SENT: 660 words, photos.

TURKEY-IRAN-VIRUS-OUTBREAK — Turkey's health minister says the border with Iran will be closed due to the number of coronavirus cases in its eastern neighbor. SENT: 200 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CALIFORNIA CITY — A judge has put on hold a U.S. plan to quarantine up to 50 people infected with a new virus from China in a Southern California city. SENT: 500 words, photo.




UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN — President Donald Trump said he’s ready to sign a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan if a temporary truce holds in America's longest war. “Time to come home,” he said. SENT: 300 words, photo.

TRUMP-PROMISES — Vice President Mike Pence has a favorite line when he introduces President Donald Trump at rallies. He says "it's been three years of promises made and promises kept” under Trump. Is it true? The Associated Press reviewed what's happened with Trump's key campaign promises. The review finds he's followed through on promises to cut regulations and renegotiate trade deals, for example. In some areas, it's another story. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 710 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-RUSSIA — President Donald Trump said that he has never been briefed about Russian efforts to help Bernie Sanders win the Democratic presidential nomination and he accused the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of leaking election security information from a classified briefing. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-EMBASSY BOMBINGS — Bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 were the first major attacks on U.S. targets by al-Qaida. More than 200 people were killed and thousands were injured. On Monday in Washington, some of the survivors will come to the Supreme Court to hear arguments in a case that could affect the compensation they may receive for their injuries. Their lawsuit accuses Sudan of causing the bombings by aiding al-Qaida and leader Osama bin Laden, who lived in Sudan in the 1990s. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 670 words, photos.




BRITAIN-ASSANGE — The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents. SENT: 870 words, photos.

IRAN-ELECTION — Iran’s interior ministry said voter turnout in last week's parliamentary elections stood at 42.57%, the lowest ever since the country's 1979 revolution that ushered in a Shiite clerical government to power. SENT: 790 words, photos.

HAITI VIOLENCE — Off-duty police officers and their supporters exchanged fire for nearly two hours on Sunday with members of the newly reconstituted Haitian army in front of the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions. SENT: 240 words.

IRAQ-PROTESTS — One protester was shot dead and at least six wounded in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and security forces in central Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi officials said. SENT: 250 words.

GERMANY-HAMBURG-ELECTION — Exit polls in Germany show that the center-left Social Democrats have won the most votes in the Hamburg state election in a vote that was overshadowed by a racist massacre and political turmoil in Germany. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ISRAEL-POLITICS-WILD CARD — Israel finds itself in a familiar place after a tumultuous election campaign — with maverick politician Avigdor Lieberman still seemingly in control of the country’s fate. The run-up to Israel's third election in less than a year saw criminal charges filed against the prime minister, an American Mideast plan unveiled and various party mergers and machinations. Yet once again, opinion polls suggest that neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his chief challenger Benny Gantz will be able to form a coalition government without Lieberman. SENT: 1,021 words, photos.




VIRGINIA GUN LAWS-ADVOCATES — When Virginia lawmakers pass sweeping new gun control laws in coming days it'll mark the culmination of nearly 13 years of often thankless work for two parents whose children were shot in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. SENT: 770 words, photos.

PLANTATIONS-HIDDEN HISTORY — Antebellum Southern plantations were built on the backs of enslaved people, and many of those plantations hold places of honor on the National Register of Historic Places - but don’t look for many mentions of slavery in the government’s official record of places with historic significance. SENT: 1100 words, photos.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATION — The first woman who publicly accused convicted sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse says she is horrified and deeply disappointed with the University of Michigan for how it has handled allegations of abuse by a late doctor at the school. SENT: 700 words, photos. With: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-INVESTIGATION-PARALLELS — When the University of Michigan announced last week that allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct by a sports doctor were under investigation, the case immediately called to mind a similar probe at Ohio State. Sent: 830 words, photo.

SCHUMER-TSA-TIK TOK — The Senate’s top Democrat is raising questions about the Transportation Security Administration’s use of the China-owned video app TikTok, citing potential national security concerns and a ban by the Department of Homeland Security. Sen. Chuck Schumer raised the concerns in a letter Saturday to TSA Administrator David Pekoske. SENT: 310 words, photo.




MILAN FASHION-PRADA-SIMONS — Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons — two of the fashion world's biggest creative names — will collaborate on Prada collections from Spring/Summer 2021 going forward indefinitely, the designers announced Sunday at a news conference on the sidelines of Milan Fashion Week. SENT: 475 words.




BOX-GYPSY KING — The world has never seen a heavyweight champion quite like Tyson Fury, the British behemoth who gave Deontay Wilder a beatdown to win the heavyweight title and then celebrated by leading his fans in a chorus of “American Pie” from the ring at the MGM Grand hotel. He’s now on top of the boxing world after winning the biggest heavyweight title fight in nearly 20 years. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words.




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