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NEW/DEVELOPING

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WNBA-FINES — The WNBA withdraws its fines for teams that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before games. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

Adds GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING-SCENE, EXCESSIVE HEAT-PHILADELPHIA, CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES, RAPE VIDEO-UNCONSCIOUS VICTIM, COMIC-CON-WARNER BROS, CLAPTON’S GUITAR-AUCTION.

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ONLY ON AP

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AP POLL-GUNS — Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that it will happen anytime soon, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. By Lisa Marie Pane and Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 900 words, photos, graphic. With AP POLL-GUNS-THINGS TO KNOW; AP POLL-GUNS-METHOD (both sent).

IRAQ-FALLUJAH TRENCH — Iraq’s army is turning to a radical, almost medieval method to control Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State group last month. It is digging a trench that will almost entirely encircle the city, aimed at preventing it from falling back into the hands of militants. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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AFGHANISTAN — The Islamic State group claims responsibility for a suicide bombing targeting a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital that kills at least 80 people and wounds more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan. By Lynne O’Donnell. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos. With AFGHANISTAN-THE LATEST; ISLAMIC STATE ATTACKS-GLANCE (sent).

GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING — The gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall left nine people dead was a depression-plagued teenager who avidly read books and articles about mass killings and apparently tried to lure young victims to their deaths through a faked Facebook posting, authorities say. By Paul Wheatley, Frank Jordans and David Rising. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. With GERMANY MUNICH SHOOTING-THE LATEST; GERMANY MUNICH SHOOTING-ROLE MODELS — US researcher: Young shooters tend to research role models. SENT: 500 words, photo; GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING-SCENE — After Munich shooting, tearful witnesses linger at scene. SENT: 430 words, photos; GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING-TIMELINE (sent).

CAMPAIGN 2016— Hillary Clinton says new running mate Tim Kaine has a “backbone of steel” behind a friendly smile, as the Democratic ticket holds its public debut before a boisterous crowd in Miami just days before the party’s national convention. By Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer. SENT: 940 words, video, photos. With CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST; DEM 2016-DNC-EMAILS — Leaked emails detail acrimony between the Democratic National Committee, Sanders. SENT: 620 words, photos; DEM 2016-CONVENTION-RULES — Effort to abolish superdelegates fails at DNC rules meeting. SENT: 280 words, photo.

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — In a new tactic against suspected coup plotters, Turkey announces it has seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that it claims pose a threat to national security. By Christopher Torchia and Cinar Kiper. SENT: 500 words, photos. WITH GREECE-TURKEY-COUP — Eight Turks who fled to Greece are a diplomatic ‘hot potato.’ SENT: 940 words, photos.

BOY SCOUTS-GAYS — There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group’s leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Remarkably, nearly 12 months later, the Boy Scouts seem more robust than they have in years. By David Crary and Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,650 words, photos. An abridged version has also moved.

DNA STORAGE — Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic” — a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college. What if she could store it in DNA? Strauss and other researchers are working to make that sci-fi fantasy a reality. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 1,300 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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RAPE VIDEO-UNCONSCIOUS VICTIM — Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a bar. SENT: 420 words.

AUSTRALIA-BALLOON — Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after record-setting, 11-day around-the-world flight. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COMIC-CON-WARNER BROS — Warner Bros. unveils never-before-seen footage from superhero film “Justice League.” Surprisingly, it’s full of humor. SENT: 130 words.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA — First home delivery of medical marijuana made in Florida. SENT: 130 words.

CLAPTON’S GUITAR-AUCTION — A guitar owned by Eric Clapton sells at auction for $45,000, with proceeds going to pay the medical bills of a well-known Texas musician. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-ROAD TO 270 — Hillary Clinton is setting her sights beyond the city limits in Philadelphia, host of the Democratic National Convention. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes will probably hinge on Philadelphia’s suburbs, and no presidential candidate in 40 years has carried the state without winning the overall vote in the four-county arc just outside the City of Brotherly Love. SENT: 780 words, photos.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-WHITE SUPREMACISTS — They don’t like to be called white supremacists. The well-dressed men who gathered in Cleveland’s Ritz-Carlton bar after Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican nomination prefer the term “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists.” They’re also die-hard Trump supporters. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON VS KAINE — Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but the Virginia senator’s cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion. SENT: 890 words, photo. With DEM 2016-CLINTON-RUNNING MATE — How Clinton chose Kaine as her VP. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos; KAINE EFFECT-VIRGINIA — Kaine pick could upend Virginia politics. SENT: 430 words.

CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON’S CHALLENGE — Hillary Clinton has a problem: Many Democrats say they’re more motivated by a desire to keep Donald Trump out of the White House than by her vision for the country’s future or by her bid to become the first woman to serve as president. SENT: 820 words, photos.

DEM 2016-PENNSYLVANIA CORRUPTION — With the Democratic National Convention looming, Philadelphia is ready with freshly swept streets, pristine hotel rooms, lavish party invitations and extra police patrols. Tougher to clean up? The recent political corruption cases that have rocked Democrats in the city and state. SENT: 700 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

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NATIONAL

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EXCESSIVE HEAT-PHILADELPHIA — Higher-than-normal temperatures plaguing many parts of the U.S. are forecast to hit the Philadelphia area hard this week — just in time for the Democratic convention. SENT: 570 words.

POLICE FUNERALS-BATON ROUGE — Hundreds line up to pay their respects to the family of a Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy killed by a gunman six days ago. SENT: 440 words, photos. With POLICE FUNERALS-BATON ROUGE-THE LATEST.

POLICE SHOOTINGS-WHITE SYMPATHY — After standing silently on the sidelines, some whites who agree with demands by black civil rights activists say they’re being spurred to action. SENT: 770 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — High heat and wildfires continue to force the evacuations of hundreds of homes as red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger predicted gusty winds and scorching, dry air in Southern California. SENT: 430 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH — Three Baltimore police officers cleared of criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray now face internal administrative reviews. SENT: 260 words.

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-FLOODS — Torrential rains sweeping through China kill at least 154 people and leave 124 missing, officials say, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CYPRUS-MONUMENTS MEN — Teams of Greek and Turkish Cypriots are seeking to repair damage to religious sites and other historical landmarks abandoned following the island’s 1974 partition. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CAMEROON-ROCK CRUSHING — Elderly women risk lives crushing rock for money in Cameroon. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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IOC-RUSSIAN DOPING — With the image of the Olympics at stake, the IOC meets Sunday to consider whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

TOUR DE FRANCE — Chris Froome is all but assured his third Tour de France title in four years as he keeps his lead during the final climbing in the Alps. The race ends Sunday in Paris with a mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Elysees. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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