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GREECE-GOLDEN DAWN — Greece: Extreme-right party leaders jailed for 13 years. SENT: 130 words, photos.




LOOKING-FOR-AMERICA-SUNDOWN-TOWNS — In an America struggling over questions of race, police brutality and justice, The Associated Press made its second stop in an Illinois town to look at an open secret of segregation that spilled across much of the nation. Tim Sullivan and Noreen Nasir. SENT: 2,360 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,070 words is available.




SUPREME COURT-BARRETT — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett returns for another day of questioning at her Senate confirmation hearings. She has been firm in her conservative convictions but light on specifics as senators try to pin her down on abortion, health care and disputes that might arise from the upcoming presidential election. By Lisa Mascaro, Mark Sherman and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 990 words after hearings resume at 9 a.m.

ELECTION 2020 — Three weeks before Election Day, President Donald Trump is playing Electoral College defense with a trip to Iowa, a state he won handily in 2016 but where Democrat Joe Biden is making a late push. Trump’s heavy travel this week, including his rally in Des Moines, reflects his uphill climb. By Will Weissert, Jonathan Lemire, Kevin Freking and Bill Barrow. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-HOUSE-TOUGH DISTRICTS — Democrats make a run at a Republican-held House district in rural Virginia that until this spring wasn’t considered competitive. It’s one of many GOP-held seats in play, opportunities fed by a Democratic money-raising advantage and the widespread unpopularity of Trump. By Alan Fram and Sarah Rankin. SENT: 990 words, photos.

ELECTION-2020-RACE-ON-THE-BALLOT — The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t named in any of the 120 statewide ballot measures up for a vote on Nov. 3. But this year’s nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice are major factors in the campaigns in several states for measures with distinctive racial themes. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN-LOOMING-ESCALATION — A Russian attempt to broker a cease-fire to end the worst outbreak of hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century has failed to get any traction, with rivals Azerbaijan and Armenia trading blame for new attacks. The escalation of fighting raises the specter of a wider conflict that could draw in Russia and Turkey and threaten Caspian Sea energy exports. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-DIVIDED-ISRAEL — Israel has had one of the largest income gaps and poverty rates among developed economies, even before the coronavirus pandemic. The country has a few high earners concentrated in the lucrative high-tech sector, while many Israelis barely get by as civil servants, in service industries or as small business owners. Those gaps have widened as the second nationwide virus lockdown was imposed last month. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-BRITAIN — Northern Ireland introduced the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom, closing schools, pubs and restaurants in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. SENT: 290 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS — Germany has agreed to provide more than a half billion dollars to aid Holocaust survivors struggling under the burdens of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government says. SENT: 560 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CAMEROON-BURIALS — Health officials in Cameroon say burial teams have been repeatedly confronted by bereaved family members during the COVID-19 pandemic. SENT: 560 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BELGIUM — Belgium’s intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, the country’s health authorities warn. SENT: 380 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-WORLD-BANK — The World Bank has approved $12 billion in financing to help developing countries buy and distribute coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments, aiming to support the vaccination of up to 1 billion people. SENT: 340 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ASIA — India has confirmed more than 63,000 new cases of the coronavirus, an increase of over 8,000 from the previous day but still far fewer than it was reporting a month ago, when the virus was at its peak in the country. SENT: 290 words, photos. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-AMERICAN-SAMOA-STRANDED — An estimated 600 residents of the U.S. territory of American Samoa were away when the governor closed its borders in March to keep the cluster of Pacific islands free from the coronavirus. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-LIVES LOST-INDIAN DOCTOR — An Indian doctor killed by the coronavirus embodied his family’s dreams. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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OBIT-CONCHATA FERRELL — “Two and a Half Men" star Conchata Ferrell dies at 77. SENT: 280 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-VACCINE-ADS — Facebook bans anti-vaccination ads but not antivax posts. SENT: 390 words, photo.

AEW-ANNIVERSARY — Hulk Who? AEW dishes out punishment as it hits one-year mark. SENT: 930 words, photo.

HFPA-GRANTS — Golden Globes group gives $5.1 million in grants. SENT: 470 words, photos.

DRIVING-WHILE-BLACK — “Driving While Black” shows history of US Black motorists. SENT: 200 words.

JAPAN-PANDEMIC-FILM — Japanese director known for single shots releases Zoom film. SENT: 730 words, photos.

JUDGE-POLICE-CONFRONTATION — Video shows shirtless New York judge shove police officer. SENT: 350 words, video.

MISSING-GIRL-REMAINS-FOUND — Former Idaho governor candidate indicted in 1984 killing. SENT: 730 words, photos.




BREXIT — On the eve of a European Union summit which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set as a deadline to get a post-Brexit trade agreement between both sides, talks remained in a deep rut over fundamental differences regarding anything from state aid to fisheries. SENT: 680 words, photos. With BRITAIN-ECONOMY U.K. urged to conclude trade deal with EU to limit Brexit cost.

VATICAN-SCANDAL — The Vatican’s swirling corruption investigation has taken a mysterious new twist with the arrest on an international warrant of a Sardinian woman said to be close to one of the Holy See’s most powerful cardinals before his downfall. SENT: 550 words, photos.

LEBANON-ISRAEL — Lebanon and Israel are to begin indirect talks over their disputed maritime border, with American officials mediating the talks that both sides insist are purely technical and not a sign of any normalization of ties. SENT: 780 words, photos.

NKOREA-KIM — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a typhoon-ravaged rural town and lambasts government agencies for “defeatism,” state media reports. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CHINA-XI — President Xi Jinping promises new steps to back development of China’s biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with Washington that has disrupted access to U.S. technology and is fueling ambitions to create Chinese providers. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 620 words, photo.

AFGHANISTAN — Two Afghan army helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers amid renewed fighting against Taliban militants in the southern Helmand province, killing nine Afghan service members. SENT: 570 words.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Dry, windy weather posed an extreme wildfire risk in Northern California, where massive blazes already have cost hundreds of homes and killed or injured dozens of people. SENT: 620 words, photo.

PORTLAND SUSPECT KILLED — Four officers fired over 30 rounds at Portland, Oregon, fugitive Michael Reinoehl after they cornered him in his car Sept. 3 outside a Washington apartment complex where he had been hiding out, a sheriff’s official says in an update on the investigation. SENT: 330 words.

NYPD-OFFICIAL-QUITS — A top commander seen as a rising star in the leadership ranks of the New York Police Department abruptly gives notice that he is retiring, less than a year after taking the job. SENT: 420 words.

ANCHORAGE MAYOR-RELATIONSHIP — The mayor of Alaska’s largest city submits his resignation, four days after an anchorwoman at a local television station threatened to report he had posted nude photos of himself on a website. SENT: 530 words, photos.




WALMART-BLACK FRIDAY — Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 480 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-HEALTH INSURERS — UnitedHealth Group beat forecasts for its earnings in the third quarter, and the U.S.’s largest health insurance provider finally hiked its 2020 outlook after holding off while trying to sort out COVID-19’s impact. By Health Writer Tom Murphy. SENT: 300 words.

FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Major global markets were mostly higher after worries over the pandemic snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 620 words, photos.




RUSSIA-SPACE STATION — A trio of space travelers launched successfully to the International Space Station, for the first time using a fast-track maneuver to reach the orbiting outpost in just three hours. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.




COACHING DIVERSITY-FELLOWSHIPS — The Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is now in its fourth decade of providing opportunities for minorities. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




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