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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Nearly nonstop rain, surging sea water and howling winds from Florence already have proven deadly, and the threat from the monster storm is days from ending as floodwaters rise. Remnants of the once major hurricane — now a tropical storm — could dump more than 3 feet of rain well inland, swelling rivers. At least four people are dead, and authorities fear the toll could go higher. By Jeffrey Collins and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video, audio, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — A mother and baby killed when a tree smashed into their house are among several deaths caused by Hurricane Florence; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING (all sent).

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort stood resolute in his innocence as Trump associates folded one-by-one over the last year under the pressure of federal investigators. But that finally changed. The former Trump campaign chairman, who for months was determined to fight charge upon charge even as fellow onetime loyalists caved, reached an extraordinary plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. By Eric Tucker, Chad Day and Mike Balsamo. SENT: 1,080 words, video, photos, audio.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from when he was in high school, seeking to defuse a potential threat to his confirmation as a handful of key senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 950 words, photos, audio.

TRUMP-JOHN KERRY — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for “actively undermining” U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

KOREAS-SUMMIT-DIFFICULT THIRD ACT — Next week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold his third inter-Korean summit this year. And at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Moon will face his toughest challenge yet: delivering something substantive that goes beyond previous vague statements on denuclearization and helps get U.S.-North Korea talks back on track. Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have sputtered in recent weeks. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON — Philippine officials were assessing damage and checking on possible casualties as Typhoon Mangkhut pummeled the northern breadbasket with ferocious wind and rain that set off landslides, damaged an airport terminal and ripped off tin roofs. By Aaron Favila and Joeal Calupitan. SENT: 670 words, photos, video. With AP WAS THERE-TYPHOON HAIYAN — 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MISSING GIRL-ALASKA — Authorities in Alaska say a 10-year-old girl has been found dead, more than a week after she was reported missing in a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska’s northwestern coast. 320 words, photo. With MISSING GIRL-ALASKA-THE LATEST.

SPACE STATION — A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again. The countdown was halted in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words, photo.

MAC MILLER-ARIANA GRANDE — Ariana Grande posts a tribute to her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller a week after the hip-hop star’s death. SENT: 240 words, photos.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE — Police in the northern Mexico state of Sonora say six severed human heads have been found in a plastic cooler on a roadside. SENT: 100 words.

CATHOLIC PRIEST-SEXUAL ABUSE — The Diocese of Salt Lake City is sharing that more than a dozen Catholic priests have been the subject of sexual abuse allegations going back nearly 60 years. SENT: 350 words, photos. With CHURCH ABUSE-SAN DIEGO — The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego adds eight priests to the list of those believed to have molested children (sent).

COUGAR KILLED — Authorities say they are investigating whether an adult female cougar they killed at the site of a fatal attack on a human is the same animal that killed the 55-year-old hiker. SENT: 160 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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PRESIDENTS-POLITICS OF DIASTER — Feeling your pain: It’s not just Donald Trump. Previous presidents, too, have grappled with the politics of crises. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-BLACK FEMALE CANDIDATES — Black female candidates who prevailed in the primaries over established incumbents say it’s time for a conversation about how the party is structured. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. With ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS-BLACK CANDIDATES — History-making gubernatorial runs by black candidates are turning them into political stars nationwide (sent).

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Environmental regulators keep watch on more than three dozen toxic waste sites during hurricane. SENT: 640 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CLIMATE CHANGE — A warmer world worsens hurricanes, but what about Florence? By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TRAPPED — A combination of heavy rains from Florence and a high tide has caused massive flooding in a historic North Carolina city near the North Carolina coast. SENT: 780 words, video, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA INFRASTRUCTURE — Torrential rains from Hurricane Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND — A grieving New York mother recognized by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union in his campaign against deadly MS-13 gang violence was struck by an SUV and killed at her slain daughter’s memorial site after a heated confrontation with the driver. SENT: 890 words, photos. With GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND-THE LATEST.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT-WILDLIFE REFUGE — A unique wildlife refuge on the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado is opening its gates, after a confusing day when officials first said they would not open the refuge and then said they would. SENT: 630 words, photos.

HONOLULU DAM — The vast majority of Hawaii’s state-regulated dams are considered to have “high hazard potential,” according to a 2017 infrastructure report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA — The United States has called an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Monday in response to what it says are efforts by some countries “to undermine and obstruct” sanctions against North Korea. SENT: 690 words, photo.

VENEZUELA-OAS VISIT — The head of the Organization of American States has joined President Donald Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention in Venezuela to restore democracy and ease the country’s humanitarian crisis. SENT: 710 words, photos.

COSTA RICA UNREST — Costa Rica has been rocked by the kind of protests rarely seen in the country in comparison with its more tumultuous Central American neighbors. A strike called by public-sector labor unions entered its fifth day Friday with no apparent end in sight. Demonstrators are demanding President Carlos Alvarado scrap a proposal for new taxes and austerity, calling it a tax on the working class. Alvarado calls the strike “illegal” and says the reform is “the only way to avoid an imminent crisis.” SENT: 600 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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SERENA WILLIAMS — Tennis star Serena Williams talked about her fashion business, not tennis fouls during an appearance before a business convention in Las Vegas. SENT: 430 words, photos.

T25-TROPICAL STORM-CLEMSON — Clemson is moving forward with plans to host its scheduled football game while Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc on the Carolinas’ coast. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 950 words, photos.

GOLOVKIN-ALVAREZ — Canelo Alvarez has gone to bed the last few months thinking about how he’s going to knock out Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight title rematch. To wake up Sunday morning as the 160-pound champion, though, he’ll have to take some chances he didn’t in his first fight with Golovkin a year ago. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 720 words, photos. With GOLOVKIN-ALVAREZ GLANCE (sent).

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-EMMYS-MEMORIES — In 38 years of overseeing the Emmy Awards — more than half of its 70-year history — John Leverence has navigated the advent of cable and streaming, the doubling of awards and winners stabbed by their own trophy. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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