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CONGRESS-BUDGET — Democrats have moved their election-year economic package toward Senate approval, debating a measure that is less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic goals but touches on deep-seated party dreams of slowing global warming planet, lowering pharmaceutical costs and taxing huge corporations. By Alan Fram. SUBMISSION: 940 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINS — An Israeli airstrike has killed a senior commander of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, militants say, the second of its leaders to be killed amid an escalating cross-border conflict. By Fares Akram. SUBMISSION: 800 words, photos.
NEWTOWN NEWS-NEWS-MISINFORMATION – Alex Jones is facing a heavy price for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre – $49.3 million in damages, and counting, for claiming the nation’s deadliest mass shooting was a hoax – a punishing new war against harmful misinformation. By Michael R. Sisak. SUBMIT: 760 words, photos, videos.
RUSSIA-UKRAINE-ANIMALS — A 50-year-old Ukrainian woman has found a new purpose in life: To save wild animals and pets from the front lines of the war in Ukraine. Working with an animal protection group, Natalia Popova has saved more than 300 animals. 200 of them were evacuated abroad. Many were wild animals kept as pets in private homes before their owners fled Russian shelling and missiles. By Hanna Arhirova. SUBMISSION: 560 words, photos.
ANNE-HECHE-CRASH — Actress Anne Heche was in the hospital after an accident in which her car crashed into a house and burst into flames, a spokeswoman said. SUBMISSION: 460 words, photo.
MUSK-TWITTER — Elon Musk said his planned $44 billion acquisition of Twitter should go ahead if the company can confirm some details about how it measures whether user accounts are “spam bots” or real people. SUBMISSION: 350 words, photo.
MARINE CORPS GENERAL — The first African-American four-star general in Marine Corps history, Gen. Michael E. Langley, credited his father with telling him to “aim high” and predicted his promotion would have an impact on younger people. SUBMISSION: 280 words, photo.
POLICE-CHIEF-RACIST-JOKE — A racist text message sent by a police officer prompted officials in a small Alabama town to disband their police department and fire the police chief and assistant chief. SUBMISSION: 250 words.
KENTUCKY-FLOODING-POLITICS — While Kentucky Gov. Andy Bessey comforted families displaced by historic flooding in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, Republicans at the state’s top political event on the other side of the state campaigned to oust him from office in 2023. SUBMISSION: 850 words, photos.
Death Valley National Park in the next week, officials said. SUBMISSION: 700 words, photos.
TRIPLE MURDER-SUICIDE-OKLAHOMA — An Oklahoma City man fatally shot his three young children before shooting and killing himself, police say. SUBMISSION: 150 words.
FREDDIE-GRAY-OFFICER-PROOOMED — One of the six officers who faced charges in the 2015 fatal arrest of Freddie Gray has been promoted from lieutenant to captain. SUBMISSION: 340 words, photos.
CTA-TREINS-VIOLENT-CRIME — Chicago police and transit officials on Saturday promised extra security on the city’s trains to stem a spike in violent crime after a passenger was shot to death overnight. SUBMISSION: 360 words, photo.
0BIT-ELIASON — Marcus Eliason, an international journalist whose sharp reporting, sparkling prose and deft editing graced Associated Press news for nearly half a century, has died. He was 75. SUBMISSION: 1,080 words, photo.
ALBUQUERQUE-MUSLIM-MURDER — Police say the shooting death of a Muslim man Friday night in Albuquerque may be linked to the ambush deaths of three Muslim men over the past nine months in New Mexico’s largest city. SUBMISSION: 280 words.
COLOMBIA-PRESIDENT — Colombia’s first leftist president will be sworn in, pledging to fight inequality and heralding a turning point in the history of a country haunted by a long war between the government and rebel groups. SUBMISSION: 570 words, photos.
CUBA-OIL-FIRE — A fire sparked by lightning at an oil storage facility is raging out of control in the Cuban city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames have injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. Cuban authorities said an unidentified body was found late Saturday. SUBMISSION: 480 words, photos.
SKIING IN AFRICA — While millions across Europe are sweating it out in a summer of record-breaking heat, other people are skiing in Africa. This is not another sign of climate change, but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho. Lesotho is a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. It is the only country on Earth where every centimeter of its territory is more than 3,280 feet above sea level. This gives Lesotho snow and led to the creation of Afriski in the Maluti Mountains, which is Africa’s only operating ski resort south of the equator. SUBMISSION: 450 words, photos.
PAKISTAN-LAWMAKER TARGETED — Gunmen shot and killed four people, including two policemen, in northwestern Pakistan in an attack targeting a provincial lawmaker from former prime minister Imran Khan’s political party, police said. SUBMISSION: 170 words.
FBN–HALL OF FAME-INDUCTIONS — Tony Boselli becomes the first Jacksonville Jaguars player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with seven members of the Class of 2022, including Richard Seymour, LeRoy Butler and coach Dick Vermeil. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SUBMISSION: 750 words, photos.
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