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MTV-VMAS-NOMINATIONS — Beyonce and Adele are the top nominees at the MTV Video Music Awards, where their music videos will compete against Kanye West’s controversial “Famous” for video of the year. SENT: 370 words, photos.
DEM 2016-CELEBRTIES-PLEDGE — Julianne Moore, Bryan Cranston, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, and Macklemore are among more than 100 celebrities joining a campaign to urge Americans to deny Donald Trump the White House. SENT: 230 words, photos.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING-LIGHTNING – Video captures lightning bolt striking Empire State Building. SENT: 130 words. Video upcoming.
POWERBALL JACKPOT – Powerball jackpot $422 million after months without winner. SENT: 140 words.
BIEBER LOOKALIKE-DEATH – Autopsy finds man who spent $100K to look like Bieber died of accidental drug overdose. SENT: 110 words.
NYPD BEE SQUAD – The New York City Police Department establishes a small team that responds to emergency calls about swarms of bees. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ISRAEL-MUMMY ILLNESSES — Israel’s national museum is set to display a 2,200-year-old Egyptian mummy of a man who was afflicted with some modern-day illnesses such as osteoporosis and tooth decay, the museum said. . SENT: 400 words, photos.
SPANISH FORT — Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida. SENT: 360 words, photos, graphic.
OBIT-JAMES NEDERLANDER — James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died at 94. SENT: 750 words, photo.
FEDERER INJURED — Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this tennis season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, to protect his surgically repaired left knee, becoming the first superstar in men’s tennis to withdraw from the games. SENT: 600 words, photos.
CAT IN THE HAT FOR PRESIDENT — Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat. The Cat announced his candidacy Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Dr. Seuss. SENT: three photos, 130 words.
US DNC MICHELLE OBAMA 3 — Michelle Obama says Hillary Clinton is advancing the cause for women so “all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.With text, photos, videos.
UAE SOLAR PLANE — The Solar Impulse 2 plane has landed in Abu Dhabi more than a year after its initial take off, completing the first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun’s energy. With text.
COMING LATER TODAY
HOT CAR DEATHS – Already in 2016, nearly twice as many children have died in hot cars compared to this time last year, according to researchers who track hot car child deaths. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
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