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| October 16, 2020 4:30 AM

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-CDC SIDELINED — The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence. By Jason Dearen, Mike Stobbe and Richard Lardner. SENT: 1,780 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,010 words is also available.

DEA-DISCRIMINATION-CLAIMS — An Associated Press investigation found the Drug Enforcement Administration has received a string of recent discrimination complaints at its Quantico, Virginia, training academy, including allegations a white firearms instructor took to a loudspeaker to taunt Black trainees with “monkey noises.” Other trainees say they were held to a higher standard than whites. The complaints come as the DEA has struggled to bring diversity to its ranks. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.




ELECTION 2020 — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden square off, in a way, in dueling televised town halls that showcase striking differences in temperament, views on racial justice and approaches to the pandemic that has reshaped the nation. By Jonathan Lemire, Will Weissert and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-FACT CHECK — Questionable claims on the economy, election fraud, crime.

SUPREME COURT-TRUMP — Controversial Trump administration policies on the census, asylum seekers and the border wall, held illegal by lower courts, are on the Supreme Court’s agenda. The most pressing case is the administration’s appeal to be allowed to exclude people living in the U.S. illegally from the nationwide census. By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko. SENT: 550 words.

ELECTION 2020-EARLY VOTE — A record-setting amount of early voting has changed the 2020 election. More than 17 million people have voted so far, which is about 12% of all votes cast in 2016. Experts predict there may be higher turnout in this election than in any presidential contest since 1908. By Nicholas Riccardi and Angeliki Kastanis. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

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VIRUS-OUTBREAK — Italy has two weeks to stop the rising rate of transmission of coronavirus or it risks “following in the footsteps” of European neighbors where exponential spreads have ushered back harsh restrictions, a virologist on the front lines says. Italian health officials have declared that the resurgence of COVID-19 has reached an “acute phase.” By Colleen Barry. SENT: 420 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-BRITAIN-NORTH-VS-SOUTH — Liverpool, the English port city that gave the world the Beatles, weathered decades of industrial decline before becoming a celebrated symbol of urban renewal. Now, the coronavirus is putting the city’s hard-won revival in jeopardy and raising tensions between the north of England and the wealthier south. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 1,180 words, photos. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-BRITAIN — U.K. government under pressure for COVID-19 strategy.

MICHIGAN-GOVERNOR-KIDNAPPING-PLOT — Five of the men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will return to federal court as a hearing on whether there is enough evidence to charge them continues. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing at 10 a.m.




VIRUS-OUTBREAK-HAWAII-TRAVEL-TESTING — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test. SENT: 990 words, photos, videos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ASIA — Australia’s largest city Sydney lifts quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand while the second largest city, Melbourne, marks the 100th day of one of the world’s longest pandemic lockdowns. SENT: 910 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-LIVES-LOST-INMATE — Lives Lost: A woman of uncommon kindness, unshackled again. By National Writer Matt Sedensky. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CHINA-VACCINES — China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad. SENT: 830 words, photos.

SWITZERLAND VIRUS OUTBREAK — Europe is at a “turning point” in the fight against the coronavirus, the head of Switzerland’s biggest hospital complex said, acknowledging growing public fatigue over anti-COVID measures but insisting people must buckle down as Switzerland grapples with record daily case counts. SENT: 380 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-EU-SUMMIT — Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin says she had left the summit of heads of states and governments in Belgium on its final day “as a precautionary measure” after learning that a Finnish lawmaker she recently attended a meeting with tested positive for the coronavirus. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-TRUMP-CHRISTIE — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he was wrong not to wear mask in White House. SENT: 270 words, photos.

POLICE-SHOOTING-WISCONSIN — Illinois defends plan to send teen to Wisconsin in two deaths. SENT: 220 words, photos.

CHINA-US-CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES — China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US . SENT: 420 words, photos.

STOLEN-LEMUR — Lemur located after break-in at San Francisco Zoo. SENT: 180 words, photos.

PUERTO RICO-US-FATAL FALL — Grandfather pleads guilty in Puerto Rico cruise ship death. SENT: 340 words.

TARZAN-ACTOR-SON-KILLED — “Tarzan” actor challenges DA report in son’s shooting death. SENT: 280 words.

ELECTION-2020-TRUMP-SUPER-PAC — GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, wife finance anti-Biden group. SENT: 860 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-SUNY-ONEONTA — After COVID-19 outbreak, SUNY Oneonta president departs. SENT: 180 words.

CANADA-COLD-CASE-KILLING — Canadian police identify man who killed girl 36 years ago. SENT: 250 words.

BRITISH-AIRWAYS-HACK — UK fines British Airways for failures in 2018 data hack. SENT: 180 words, photo.

CHINA-US-CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES — China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US . SENT; 420 words, photos.




TRUMP-PRESCRIPTION DISCOUNT CARDS — Trump’s plan to mail millions of seniors a $200 prescription savings card hits legal and budget roadblocks, making it unlikely the government can carry it out before Election Day. SENT: 740 words, photo.

ELECTION-2020-BLACK-VOTERS — A group of U.S. Black scholars, activists and writers has launched a new project to combat misleading information online around voting, reparations and immigration. SENT: 310 words, photos.

ELECTION-2020-DUELING-TOWN-HALLS — Instead of the expected debate between Trump and Biden, television viewers were left with what an ABC anchor called “split-screen America.” By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 510 words, photos.




THAILAND-PROTESTS — Thailand’s prime minister rejects calls for his resignation as his government steps up efforts to stop student-led protesters from rallying in the capital for a second day in defiance of a strict state of emergency. SENT: 890 words, photos.

INDIA-AIR POLLUTION — The Indian capital’s air quality levels plunged to “very poor” and a smoggy haze settled over the city, days after the state government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. SENT: 420 words, photos.

MEXICO-GENERAL-ARRESTED — Former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources say. SENT: 570 words, photos.

BREXIT — Britain’s foreign minister says that there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union but insisted the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal. SENT: 550 words, photos.

KYRGYZSTAN-PROTESTS — Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister becomes the acting head of state in the wake of the president’s resignation amid turmoil sparked by a disputed parliamentary election. SENT: 420 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-ELECTION REFERENDUMS — New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an upcoming election: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia. SENT: 490 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-POLITICS — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrives at police headquarters to be questioned over the dissemination of a purported list of lawmakers supporting his bid to oust the government. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SOUTH-AFRICA-FARM-MURDER — A tense standoff between white farmers and Black activists gripped the South African town of Senekal, as two men accused of killing a white farm manager were to appear in court. SENT: 390 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES — Thousands of people in Northern California remain without power after a utility cut off service to prevent powerful winds from damaging equipment and sparking wildfires amid a fall heat wave. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PORTLAND-PROTESTS-LAWSUIT — Two U.S. cities have sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests. SENT: 630 words, photos.




SOCIAL MEDIA-LIMITING BIDEN STORY — When Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of an unverified political story published by the conservative-leaning New York Post, it led to predictable cries of censorship from the right. But it also illustrated the slippery hold even the largest tech companies have on the flow of information, particularly in the midst of a raucous presidential election campaign. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 660 words, photo. With YOUTUBE-QANON — YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook with QAnon crackdown.

FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Global shares were mixed as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 440 words, photos.

CRUISE-NO-HUMANS — General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit says it will pull the human backup drivers from its vehicles in San Francisco by the end of the year. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 350 words, photo.




BEIJING-2022-UIGHURS — A coalition of human-rights groups has met with the International Olympic Committee over calls to pull the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing. By Sports Writer Stephen Wade. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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