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TROPICAL WEATHER — A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churns toward the U.S., threatening a direct hit near the end of the week somewhere along a broad swath of the Southeast. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 520 words, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST (sent).

CBS-MOOVES —Six women are making new sexual misconduct allegations against CBS chief Leslie Moonves, whose reign as one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood appeared to be nearing an end. By David Bauder. SENT: 650 words, photo.

NORTH KOREA-ANNIVERSARY — North Korea stages a huge military parade to mark its 70th anniversary as a nation but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly half of the parade to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 710 words, video, photos. With NKOREA-ANNIVERSARY-THE LATEST; NKOREA-ANNIVERSARY-PHOTO GALLERY — North Korea marks anniversary with huge parade (Both sent).

SWEDEN-ELECTION — Sweden’s ruling party was headed for its worst showing in decades as voters flocked to an anti-immigrant party with white supremacist roots that was poised to become the third-biggest force in parliament. By Pietro Decristofaro and Jari Tanner. SENT: 430 words, photos.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE-Q&A – Two weeks after Pope Francis’ papacy was thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered-up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Francis has refused to respond, his accuser has changed his story and a host of new characters have entered the fray. Cardinals, bishops, priests and ordinary faithful, meanwhile, are demanding answers, given that the Vatican knew about it as early as 2000. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

LIVING DONORS-BARRIERS — Living organ donors make up a small fraction of kidney and liver transplants. Economic barriers are one hurdle, if donors can’t get paid time off to recuperate. And while some doctors say living donors could open transplants to patients who’d otherwise never qualify, there’s an ethical debate about how high the chances of success must be to justify the risk to an otherwise healthy donor. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 920 words, photo.

BLACK CHURCHES-SEXISM — It was an inference laid out before a global audience at the funeral for Aretha Franklin, an American icon and pillar for women’s rights: There are some things that black women can’t and should not do. As a few sentences in part of the eulogy for Franklin, the statement by a black pastor in a black church has focused attention on sexism, inequalities and obstacles to leadership that many black women face in their own houses of worship. By Corey Williams. 900 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.




TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL-A STAR IS BORN — ‘A Star Is Born’ mania sweeps over the Toronto international Film Festival, as Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FILM-THE PREDATOR-OLIVIA MUNN — Actress Olivia Munn has found little support from her “Predator” co-stars and director after a Los Angeles Times report revealed that Twentieth Century Fox had removed a scene that featured a man who is a registered sex offender. SENT: 180 words, photo.

HOMECOMING QUEEN KICKER — One Mississippi Gulf Coast senior is the homecoming queen and the game-winning placekicker. SENT: 200 words, photo.

RASCALS-CORNISH — A publicist says Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals is recovering and in good spirits after collapsing on stage at a Montana concert. SENT: 150 words, photos.




PENCE — Vice President Mike Pence says he’s “100 percent confident” that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership, and he would agree in “a heartbeat” to take a lie detector himself. SENT: 560 words, photos. With PENCE-THE LATEST (sent).

MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR — Even with signs of a surge in liberal Democratic enthusiasm, Jay Gonzalez likely faces a steep climb in his bid to unseat Massachusetts’ popular Republican governor, Charlie Baker. SENT: 770 words, photos.

RUSSIA-COVERT AGENT — Federal prosecutors are backtracking on their allegation that a Russian woman accused of working as a secret agent offered to trade sex for access, according to a Justice Department court filing. SENT: 900 words, photos.




VENEZUELA-US MILITARY INTERVENTION — Trump administration says its preference for the peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela remains “unchanged.” SENT: 130 words.

MADAGASCAR-FAN DIES — One person died and at least 37 were injured in a crush before an African Cup of Nations qualifying soccer game in Madagascar involving Sadio Mane’s Senegal team. SENT: 290 words.

TURKEY DERELICT ORPHANAGE-PHOTO GALLERY — Each morning, Erol Baytas checks for further damage on the imposing but derelict timber building on an island off Istanbul that for decades housed orphans from the minority Greek community. The caretaker fears the 120-year-old building, classified as an endangered monument by a cultural heritage organization, may not last much longer. SENT: 700 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PENSION PROTESTS — Opponents of a Russian government move to increase the age for collecting state retirement pensions hold protests throughout the country; scores of arrests reported. SENT: 460 words, photos.

KOSOVO-SERBIA-TENSIONS — Kosovo Albanians block roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia’s president in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes. SENT: 320 words, photo.

SOUTH SUDAN-PLANE CRASH — A local official says 20 people are dead after their overloaded aircraft crashed into a lake in South Sudan. SENT: 140 words.




FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL-TOWER OF VOICES — A new memorial at the site of the Flight 93 crash on 9/11 is dedicated, featuring a wind chime for each victim. SENT: 780 words, photos.

MISS AMERICA — The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year’s Miss America competition that could keep viewers tuning in. The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City. This year marks the first time the broadcast will not include a swimsuit competition. SENT: 610 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from around 9 p.m. until winner is announced around 11 p.m.

DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT — The lawyer for the family of a 26-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment for hers is calling for her to be charged. SENT: 680 words, video, photos.

THE NEW CONVENIENCE STORE — A new crop of niche convenience stores aimed at millennials who can afford to pay more are featuring gluten-free and organic food as their staple products. SENT: 850 words, photos.

NUCLEAR BUNKER-FATAL FIRE — A wealthy stock trader awaits a murder trial one year after a deadly fire exposed his bizarre campaign to build a nuclear bunker beneath his home in a suburb of Washington, D.C. SENT: 890 words, photos.




CHINA-TRADE — China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion in August as exports surged despite American tariff hikes, potentially adding fuel to President Donald Trump’s battle with Beijing over industrial policy. SENT: 560 words.




NY FASHION WEEK-ESCADA — How does Escada do New York Fashion Week for the first time? With the spirited horse that started it all 40 years ago, lots of updated power looks and a vintage golden heart made new again. SENT: 360 words, photos.

TV-CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS — Tiffany Haddish led an African-American sweep of Emmy Awards for TV series guest actors, a milestone in the entertainment industry’s effort to reflect a diverse society. SENT: 630 words, photos.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — The horror movie “The Nun” has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the “Conjuring” franchise and another win for Warner Bros. SENT: 700 words, photos.




FBN-NATIONAL ANTHEM — A once largely overlooked pregame ritual will receive plenty of attention on the NFL’s opening Sunday, as players take to the sideline for the national anthem. By National Writer Eddie Pells. AP Photos. SENT: 480 words by 5 p.m. With BC-FBN–WEEK 1-THE LATEST.

TEN–US OPEN — Novak Djokovic bids for his 14th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open final against Juan Martin del Potro, who is playing for a major championship for the first time since won his only one at Flushing Meadows nine years ago. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. With TEN–US OPEN GLANCE, sidebars on merits.

TEN–ON TENNIS-SERENA FALLOUT — The latest unusual big-match episode involving Serena Williams at the U.S. Open raises all sorts of questions for tennis. Should coaching be allowed? Are women treated differently than men? And at the root of everything might very well be this: Is it time for the sport to have a single governing body that oversees all such issues? By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. With TEN–US OPEN-SERENA’S FINE — Serena Williams has been fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during the U.S. Open final (sent).

FBC–T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide made its 106th overall appearance at the top of the AP rankings, which started in 1936, passing Ohio State for the most by any school. SENT: 500 words.




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