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ONLY ON AP

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YEMEN-POCKET OF FAMINE — Yemenis in an isolated pocket in the north have been reduced to eating boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation, with no aid reaching many families who need it most. The situation in Aslam district is a sign of the holes in an international aid system that is already overwhelmed. Yet outside aid the only thing standing between Yemen’s people and massive death from starvation amid the country’s 3-year civil war. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 1,525 words, photos, video.

IRAN-FOREIGNER ARRESTS-INTERVIEW — A top adviser to Iran’s president on human rights said that the government “failed” to help a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned over spying allegations that she personally invited to the country for a conference. Shahindokht Molaverdi acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press the limits a civilian government faces when challenging the judiciary. She cited the case of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born internet freedom advocate who had been living in the U.S. and is now serving 10 years in prison. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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MOZAMBIQUE-CHILD MARRIAGE, ART TEACHER’S DRESS-SUSTAINABILITY, THE ALLIANCE, UKRAINE-HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE, RUSSIA-REBELLIOUS YOUTH, BRITAIN-RARE CRIME, SYRIA, CHAIR UMPIRE, DENMARK-JOURNALIST-KILLED, PEOPLE-RIHANNA

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Hurricane Florence was making landfall in North Carolina early Friday with a life-threatening storm surge that pushed water inland for miles and screaming winds that destroyed buildings in its path. Seventy people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,010 words, video, photos, audio. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING; TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURGE — AP Explains: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill. SENT: 930 words, photos, video; TROPICAL WEATHER-SHIFTING SANDS — After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea. SENT: 955 words, photos; TROPICAL WEATHER-WAITING FOR FLORENCE-PHOTO GALLERY (sent). Eds: Separate storm advisory has also moved.

ASIA-TYPHOON — Typhoon Mangkhut has retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation is underway. More than 4 million people are at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center categorizes as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 735 words, photos.

TRUMP-PUERTO RICO — President Donald Trump is disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him “look as bad as possible.” By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,185 words, audio, photos, video. With TRUMP-FACTS — Trump stirs up a hurricane story. SENT: 960 words, photos; TRUMP-PUERTO RICO-FACT CHECK —Trump stirs up a hurricane story (sent); TRUMP-CONSPIRACY THEORIES — Puerto Rico death toll isn’t Trump’s only conspiracy theory (sent); TRUMP-FACTS-GOP SQUIRMS — Republicans dodge, weave around Trump’s hurricane tweets (sent); TRUMP-PUERTO RICO-FLORIDA — President Donald Trump may have upended an effort by Florida’s top Republicans to make inroads to the battleground state’s growing Puerto Rican population (sent).

NKOREA-US-TRUMP-KIM PART TWO? — Could a Trump-Kim summit happen, as some in Seoul have pushed for, on the sidelines of a U.N. gathering of world leaders in New York later this month? By Foster Klug. SENT: 1,225 words, photos. With: KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — The rival Koreas have opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR —Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cruised to an easy victory over primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party’s nomination for a third term. Cuomo always led in the polls and heavily outspent his rival, a longtime activist and former “Sex and the City” star who had counted on a surge in liberal support. By David Klepper. SENT: 955 words, photos. With: ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-ATTORNEY GENERAL — New York City Public Advocate Letitia James won a four-way Democratic primary for attorney general in New York on Thursday in a race that was a competition over who could best use the office to antagonize President Donald Trump. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 900 words, photos; With ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-THE LATEST.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CHAIR UMPIRE — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final tells The Associated Press he is “just focusing on this tie and working again.” SENT: 160 words, photos.

ART TEACHER’S DRESS-SUSTAINABILITY — A New Jersey art teacher has pledged to wear the same outfit for 100 days to teach students about sustainability. SENT: 110 words.

SICK ENDANGERED ORCA — Efforts to find an ailing orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales off Washington state have come up empty, and a scientist who tracks them has declared her dead. SENT: 570 words, photo.

BRITAIN-RARE CRIME — The peace and tranquility on the island of Gigha off the western coast of Scotland has been shattered by a burglary said by locals to be the first serious crime in about 20 years. SENT: 105 words.

IG NOBELS — Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels, the annual prize for bizarre scientific accomplishment. SENT: 675 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she has notified federal investigators about information she received — and won’t disclose publicly — concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Two people tell the AP on condition of anonymity that it refers to an incident that occurred while Kavanaugh was high-school age. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

CONGRESS-SPENDING — Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress overwhelmingly approves a compromise spending bill and pledges agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-CUBA — Cuba says the United States is continuing to withhold important information that could help in the investigation into mysterious incidents that have injured some two dozen Havana-based American diplomats, including some with brain damage, since late 2016. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 720 words, photos.

DEVOS-FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ move to delay Obama-era protections for students defrauded by for-profit colleges is dealt a setback when a federal judge finds her actions “arbitrary and capricious.” By Maria Danilova. SENT: 705 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-OHIO-OBAMA — Former President Barack Obama says he has a simple message headed into the fall midterm elections: Vote. Obama told a crowd of thousands at a school auditorium in Cleveland on Thursday that the consequences of sitting on the sidelines during November’s midterm elections “are far more dangerous” than in the past. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL STORM-HAWAII — Heavy rains prompted a warning to 10,000 Honolulu residents that they might need to evacuate their homes as water levels in a dam rose to dangerous levels. But officials say the dam isn’t in immediate danger of collapsing. By Caleb Jones and Audrey McAvy. SENT: 550 words, photos, video, audio.

GAS EXPLOSIONS — A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

RELOCATING MOUNTAIN GOATS — Helicopters and trucks are relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park in an effort officials said will protect natural resources, reduce visitor safety issues and boost native goat populations elsewhere in Washington state. By Phuong Le. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — Turkey’s foreign minister says his country is still working for a peaceful solution for Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would hold talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday. Turkish officials say the two leaders would meet in the Russian city of Sochi. SENT: 140 words, photo.

MOZAMBIQUE-CHILD MARRIAGE — Young girls take turns to read aloud under a tree in rural Mozambique, part of a project by Gorongosa National Park to educate them and keep them out of child marriage. The club meetings operate in 50 schools on the edge of the park, whose managers believe helping communities is key to conservation. Many girls in the southern African nation are particularly vulnerable, marrying and giving birth in their teens. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 435 words, photos.

UKRAINE-HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE — Steven Reece, an ordained Southern Baptist minister who lives near Atlanta, has devoted his life to cleaning Jewish cemeteries in Poland and Ukraine and placing wooden markers at mass grave sites. The minister hopes to alleviate some of the bitterness and misunderstanding that still festers between Christians and Jews decades after the Holocaust. By Vanessa Gera and Dmitry Vlasov. SENT: 820 words, photos.

RUSSIA-REBELLIOUS YOUTH — Street protests in Russia were once led by 50- and 60-year-olds, and young Russians were long considered some of President Vladimir Putin’s most loyal supporters. But Russia’s increasingly repressive laws and show trials of protesters have dissuaded middle-aged Russians from protesting against the Kremlin on the streets. Instead, their children have taken the lead, taking anti-government protests further, ignoring official bans and unafraid of police brutality. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

DENMARK-JOURNALIST-KILLED — The last session of Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen’s appeal against his life sentence for the murder of Swedish reporter Kim Wall has been abandoned after a juror collapsed during closing remarks. By Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 295 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-ANWAR — Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim says it’s time for him to make a return as a lawmaker but will fully support the government led by his former foe-turned-ally Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar and Mahathir put aside their 20-year-old political feud to help their alliance win a historic national vote in May. Anwar told The Associated Press on Friday he will give “full support” to Mahathir but that it’s also “important for me to start connecting” with lawmakers and focus on reforms. By Syawalludin Zain. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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END OF BEETLE — Volkswagen says it will stop making its iconic Beetle in July of next year. Volkswagen of America on Thursday announced the end of production of the third-generation Beetle by introducing two final special editions. The Beetle was developed in Germany in 1938 and came to the U.S. 11 years later. It sold for about 30 years before U.S. sales ceased. The company revived it in 1998 and revamped it for the 2012 model year in an effort to help it attract more male buyers. SENT: 315 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-RIHANNA — Rihanna’s Diamond Ball shined in its fourth year and continued to make a name as one of the industry’s white-hot and must-attend parties — all while raising money for charity. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 510 words, photos.

MUSIC-RINGO STARR — It’s the season for Beatles in New York City. Within a week of Paul McCartney playing a surprise show at Grand Central Station, Ringo Starr followed a more old-fashioned path Thursday night. The 78-year-old drummer and singer headlined a two-hour show at Radio City Music Hall, with thousands spending much of the performance standing and singing along. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 375 words, photos.

TV-Q&A-EMMY HOSTS — Michael Che and Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live” talk about their upcoming roles as hosts of Monday’s Emmy Awards. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 685 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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THE ALLIANCE — There’s a lifeline out there for the guys who couldn’t quite make it in the NFL this month. The Alliance of American Football. Call it spring football or a developmental league or whatever. To those players who were cut when NFL rosters were set — and even for those who actually get to spend a bit of time in the league this season — it’s a second chance. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 915 words.

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