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THE RECKONING-MCCARRICK'S LETTERS _ Correspondence penned by disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the young men he sexually abused show how a globe-trotting bishop made vulnerable men feel special _ and then took advantage of them. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,365 words, photos.
OHIO SHOOTING _ Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio's Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats. Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio needs to do more while balancing people's rights to own firearms. By John Seewer. SENT: 1,375 words, photos, videos. WITH: OHIO SHOOTING-GUNMAN _ The alleged gunman behind an Ohio mass shooting joked of wanting to hurt people, showed a fascination with tragedy and fought “uncontrollable urges,” his ex-girlfriend said Tuesday. UPCOMING 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.
MASS SHOOTING-TEXAS-WHY EL PASO _ Before it became the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, El Paso, Texas, suddenly emerged as a hot spot for illegal border crossings _ a surge that brought new attention to the border city. The suspect in the attack that killed 20 people railed against Latino asylum seekers and a “Hispanic invasion.” By Elliot Spagat and Cedar Attanasio. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
TRUMP-DISUNITY _ As President Donald Trump attempts to adopt the role of national unifier after yet another set of mass shootings, his efforts are complicated by his own record of incendiary rhetoric that helps stoke the kind of online ranting followed by one of the shooters. By Jill Colvin. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos. WITH: TRUMP-GUNS-FACT CHECK _ A look at the facts behind President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on guns. SENT: 850 words by 4 p.m., photo, video.
MASS SHOOTINGS-DEATH PENALTY _ President Trump is calling for new death penalty laws as part of his answer to recent mass killings, but experts question whether this would be a deterrent. More than half of the killers in mass shootings over the past decade have ended up dead at the scene of their crimes, according to an AP/USA Today analysis. By Colleen Long. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
OBIT-TONI MORRISON _ Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Morrison's family issued a statement through Knopf saying she died after a brief illness. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 2,150 words, photos. An abridged version of 925 words is also available. WITH: OBIT-TONI MORRISON-REACTION _ Barack Obama, Beyonce, Shonda Rhimes, others react to Toni Morrison's death. SENT: 625 words, photos.
KASHMIR _ Indian lawmakers passed a bill that strips the statehood from the Indian-administered portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir amid an indefinite security lockdown in the disputed Himalayan territory, actions that neighboring Pakistan warned could lead to war. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government submitted the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill for a vote by the lower house of Parliament a day after the surprise measure was introduced alongside a presidential order. SENT: 750 words, photos. WITH: INDIA-MAP REDRAWN-Q&A _ Experts question legality of methods used by India's Hindu-nationalist government to revoke the special constitutional status of Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state. SENT: 550 words.
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SARAH PALIN-NEW YORK TIMES _ A defamation lawsuit Sarah Palin brought against The New York Times was restored by a federal appeals court. SENT: 415 words, photo.
ODD--EXPLODING TOILET _ A Florida woman's septic tank was struck by lightning, causing her toilet to explode. SENT: 150 words.
911-PIZZA LESSON _ A Florida boy who called 911 to report he was hungry and wanted a pizza got a lesson in proper emergency call etiquette but also a pie. SENT: 150 words.
ODD--ANOTHER CHICAGO GATOR _ Chicago police find guns, drugs and yet another alligator during a raid on a home, weeks after the city was transfixed by a gator that was found swimming in one of its park lagoons. SENT: 200 words.
TATTOOED DEFENDANT _ A defense attorney for a man charged with murder says he wants jurors who won't judge his client on his face tattoos, which include devil horns and an inverted pentagram. SENT: 150 words, photo.
FURNITURE DELIVERY-THREAT _ Authorities say a 55-year-old Florida man pulled a gun on a late-arriving furniture delivery team, saying he's 'shot people for less'. SENT: 150 words.
MORE ON MASS SHOOTINGS
MASS SHOOTINGS _ Some Democrats in Texas said President Donald Trump should stay away and Ohio's Republican governor bucks his party to call for expanded gun laws as both states reel from deadly mass shootings. SENT: 550 words, photos. DEVELOPING.
MEDIA-MASS SHOOTING _ The reaction to a single headline about the twin mass shootings in The New York Times symbolized frustration with and within the media over coverage of a topic where the names of cities and people involved change but the response largely stays the same. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m. Photos.
MASS SHOOTINGS-CONGRESS _ A bipartisan "red flag" proposal is gaining momentum in Congress following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. The plan would create a federal grant program to help states take guns away from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others. A similar bill did not come up for a vote in the Senate last year, but both parties are hopeful that this time will be different. President Trump has signaled support. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 5 p.m.
SHOOTINGS-VICTIMS _ One man protected his wife and granddaughter before he was fatally shot; another was killed during an outing with his beloved son. Stories of bravery and loss are emerging from the shootings that took more than 30 lives in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. SENT: 2,230 words, photos.
SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENTS _ Schools around the country have been setting up teams to assess threats posed by students who display signs of violence like the former student who compiled a "hit list" years ago in high school and went on to kill nine people in a weekend shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Despite consensus on the approach's benefits, school officials say they are limited in what they can do by privacy concerns, a lack of resources and limits on what they can communicate once a student leaves school. By Carolyn Thompson and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.
CALIFORNIA PRIMARY-TAX RETURN _ The Trump campaign and Republican Party have sued California over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Two lawsuits file argue the law is unconstitutional. The suits argue the law violates the U.S. Constitution by creating an additional requirement to run for president. They say the law disenfranchises voters by denying them an opportunity to vote for their chosen candidate. SENT: 530 words, developing.
TRUMP-CHINA POLITICS _ Just last week, the solid economy appeared to be helping President Donald Trump’s reelection chances. But Trump wasn’t content to play it safe. He chose to magnify the trade war with China and almost instantly destabilized the economy in ways that possibly could hurt his 2020 prospects. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
ELECTION 2020-SUSAN COLLINS _ A few wealthy corporate financiers have given almost $800,000 to a super PAC supporting Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, emphasizing her moderate and bipartisan reputation. It’s the latest sign that she faces a stiff re-election fight in 2020. Democrats see her as one of the most vulnerable GOP incumbents. Activists have been raising money to oust her after Collins voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photo.
MANSON MURDERS-50 YEARS _ It's been 50 years this week since Charles Manson dispatched a band of disaffected young followers on a deadly weekend rampage that terrorized Los Angeles and stunned the nation. Stephen Kay was a 27-year-old prosecutor fresh out of law school when he joined the team that would send Manson and several murderous followers to prison for the rest of their lives. By Joh Rogers. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. With Manson Murders-50 Years-Key Figures. SENT: 1,790 words, photos; Manson Murders-50 Years-AP Was There-Tate Killings, SENT: 1,150 words, photos.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-DARTMOUTH _ Dartmouth College announced that it has settled a contentious federal lawsuit with nine women who sued the school over allegations that it ignored years of harassment and assault by former psychology department professors. In a statement, both sides say the settlement includes $14 million for students who can prove they suffered abuse and can meet other conditions defined in the class action lawsuit, as well as several initiatives by the college "to rectify current problems and prevent future issues." SENT: 630 words, photo.
CALIFORNIA FESTIVAL SHOOTING _ The FBI is opening a domestic terrorism investigation into the shooting that killed three people at a popular California food festival, a law enforcement official said. SENT: 425 words, photos, developing.
VENEZUELA-EXECUTIVE ORDER _ U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton presses his case for sweeping action against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist administration. Bolton’s comments came after the White House froze all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S., putting the country on a short list of U.S. adversaries that have been targeted by such aggressive financial measures. By Joshua Goodman and Deb Reichmann. SENT: 900 words, photos. Developing.
BREXIT-DEAL OR NO DEAL _ In Brussels and London, one question is growing louder: Can Boris Johnson be stopped? Britain's prime minister says the U.K. is leaving the European Union in less than 90 days, either with a divorce deal, or _ it seems increasingly likely _ without one. With Britain and the bloc each accusing the other of torpedoing an agreement, pro-EU British lawmakers are gearing up for a last-ditch effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit. But it's not clear whether Parliament can halt a prime minister who insists the U.K. will leave on Oct. 31 "come what may." SENT: 940 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS _ The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said. The U.S. side did not immediately provide details about the latest round of talks held in Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office. But Zalmay Khalilzad, the American envoy who has been leading the talks since they began late last year, tweeted that they had made "excellent progress." SENT: 550 words, photos.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE _ Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades. The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled from 2017 to last year, rising from 271,000 to 557,000. By AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 650 words, photo.
US-CHINA-GLOBAL ECONOMIC IMPACT _ Just what the fragile global economy didn’t need: A dangerous escalation in the Trump administration’s trade war with China that elevates the risk of an international recession. Beijing’s devaluation of its yuan and the U.S. labeling of China as a currency manipulator moves the fight into a more perilous phase where the prices of bonds and stocks could reel with destructive impact on markets and economies worldwide. The U.S.-China conflict could quickly go global. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, by 3 p.m.
FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Stocks edged higher on Wall Street, a day after their worst loss of the year, as China eased some of the pressure in its trade war with the U.S. by stabilizing its currency. Technology stocks led the gains in a reversal of Monday's slump, when they bore the brunt of the market sell-off that pushed U.S. indexes 3% lower. That plunge was triggered when China allowed its currency to depreciate against the dollar to its lowest level in 11 years. SENT: 500 words, photos.
R KELLY _ Federal sex charges recently brought against singer R. Kelly likely raises the pressure on him to seek a plea deal _ not only because they add to Illinois charges already filed _ but because of a stark fact: When federal prosecutors bring charges, they secure convictions close to 100% of the time. The 39 charges Kelly now faces carry combined maximum prison sentences of over 500 years, meaning the 52-year-old is staring at the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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