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AWOL WEAPONS-RISKY SOLUTION – Determined to keep track of their weapons, some U.S. military units turned to technology that could allow enemies to detect troops on the battlefield, the Associated Press has found. Deployment to Army and Air Force bases continues even though the Defense Ministry itself describes the use of technology in firearms as a “significant” security risk . video. SUBMITTED: 2,080 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,100 words is also available. With AWOL-ARMES-RISKY-SOLUTION-TAKEAWAYS.
MIGRATION-THE ALBANIAN ROUTE – Migrants and refugees seeking to leave Greece are increasingly turning to a little-used migration route to Albania, as other routes through Bulgaria and Macedonia have become too dangerous or else monitored. About 50 people were camping near the Greek border with Albania during a PA visit, waiting to attempt their crossing alone or with the paid help of smugglers. By Costas Kantouris. COMING SOON: 820 words, photos before 4 a.m.
CONGRESS GOVERNMENT FUNDING – Congress is set to approve legislation that would keep the federal government in place until early December, preventing a partial government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins on Friday. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 740 words, photos. COMING SOON: 900 words after votes, timing uncertain.
CONGRESS DIVIDED DEMOCRATS – Congressional Democrats are fighting for trillions of dollars, and it doesn’t help that the progressives and centrists in the party say they don’t trust each other. They also throw out words like “stupid” and “madness” and they draw lines in the sand. By Alan Fram. SENT: 940 words, photos. See also the CONGRESS-BUDGET-HEALTH CARE PIE below.
VIRUS OUTBREAK – DOUBLE PANDEMIC – Primetta Giacopini was born in 1916, two years before the Spanish flu epidemic, the deadliest pandemic in history, which claimed the life of her mother. She went on to live a life of adventure that spanned two continents. She fell in love with a WWII fighter pilot, narrowly escaped Europe from fascist Benito Mussolini, crushed steel for the American war effort, and defended her disabled daughter in a less enlightened time. But at 105, just like his mother, the COVID-19 pandemic claimed his life. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 950 words, photos.
ECUADOR-VIOLENCE IN PRISON – Ecuadorian President declares state of emergency in prison system following battle between gang members in a coastal dungeon that killed at least 116 people and injured 80 in this that authorities consider to be the worst bloodbath ever seen in a prison in the country. Authorities said at least five of the dead were beheaded. By Gabriela Molina. SENT: 590 words, photos.
IRAN-SUPERMARKET SQUEEZE – As US sanctions strangle Iran’s economy, record inflation is pushing the country’s stunned shoppers to cut meat and dairy products from their diets and buy less every month. Those who previously carried bags of essentials to grocery stores are now struggling to collect meals. By Mohammad Nasiri. SENT: 690 words, photos.
LEAF-PEEPING-CLIMATE-CHANGE – Droughts that cause leaves to turn brown and wilt before they reach their full color. Heat waves causing leaves to fall even before autumn arrives. Extreme weather events like hurricanes which completely strip trees of their leaves. For a cheerful fall activity, leaf viewing faces serious threats from the age of climate change. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.
TRUMP HELP-BOOK – Take away from Trump’s aide’s tale of the chaotic White House. SENT: 1,230 words, photo.
HAWAII VOLCANO ERUPTION – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, lava fountains are forming in the park. SENT: 670 words, photos.
CAPITOL-BREACH-OLYMPIAN – Olympic swimmer who stormed Capitol pleads guilty to felony. SENT: 190 words, photos.
OUTBREAK-THEATER-ALADDIN VIRUS – Reopening of “Aladdin on Broadway interrupted by COVID-19 cases.” SENT: 170 words, photo.
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VIRUS-BOSNIA-VACCINATION OUTBREAK – Hospitals across Bosnia are filling again with breathless COVID-19 patients, and the death toll from the country’s pandemic is rising. SENT: 860 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK – VIRAL ISSUES – BOOSTER – People who have received a two-dose vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are considered fully vaccinated – even without a booster. By medical writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 290 words, graphic.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-AUSTRALIA – The Australian state of Victoria has reported a jump of more than 50% in daily COVID-19 cases, which authorities attribute largely to Australian rules football parties over the past weekend which have violates pandemic regulations. SENT: 550 words, photo.
SINGAPORE VIRUS OUTBREAK – As the island nation of Singapore pursues a ‘living with COVID’ strategy and a gradual easing of pandemic restrictions, daily cases are skyrocketing and residents increasingly anxious. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK-VIETNAM – Vietnam will lift the lockdown in its largest city, ending nearly three months of movement restrictions to curb a wave of coronavirus. SENT: 400 words, photos.
CONGRESS-BUDGET-HEALTHCARE PIE – Democrats worried about how they would split a shrinking pie amid signs that negotiations over President Joe Biden’s massive domestic policy bill could yield more small portion of health spending. SENT: 820 words, photo. With CONGRESS-BUDGET – Biden can’t budge his fellow Democrats with a big overhaul at stake.
CONGRESS-FACEBOOK – Political opponents in Congress are united against Facebook for privately compiling information that its Instagram photo-sharing service appeared to seriously harm some teens, especially girls, while publicly downplaying the negative impact of the popular platform. By business writer Marcy Gordon. SENT: 810 words, photo.
SHOOTING IN CALIFORNIA-SYNAGOGUE – Former nursing student to be sentenced for killing a woman and injuring three others, including a rabbi, when he broke into a San Diego-area synagogue on the last day of Passover in 2019 SENT: 430 words, photos.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS PROTEST – A conservative Roman Catholic group seeks a court order to hold a rally at a waterside lodge in Baltimore. SENT: 700 words, photo.
JAPAN-ECONOMY-KISHIDA – Fumio Kishida, the soon-to-be prime minister of Japan, says he believes raising incomes is the only way to boost growth in the world’s third-largest economy. By business writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 890 words, photos.
KOREA TENSIONS – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed willingness to re-establish blocked lines of communication with South Korea in the coming days while rejecting US offers of dialogue as “clever ways” to cover up his hostility against the North, state media reported. SENT: 890 words, photos.
LEBANON BACK TO SCHOOL – This fall, the academic year in Lebanon is marked by the same chaos that has gripped the country struggling with a historic financial and economic crisis. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
FRANCE-SARKOZY-TRIAL – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces jail time in a verdict to be delivered on campaign funding in his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid – a move that comes seven months after his conviction for corruption and influence peddling business. SENT: 390 words, photo.
CHINA MARTYR’S DAY CEREMONY – Chinese leader Xi Jinping paid tribute in a solemn commemoration to those who died in the struggle to establish the Communist Party regime, as he leads a nationwide campaign to strengthen patriotism and the authority of the single party. SENT: 370 words, photos.
KASHMIR-TUNNEL-PHOTO-GALLERY – India is building a strategic tunnel project in Kashmir. SENT: 340 words, photos.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
ECONOMY-GDP – The Commerce Department releases its third and final estimate of the performance of the US economy in the second quarter of 2021. By economics writer Martin Crutsinger. COMING SOON: 130 words after 8:30 a.m. release, then enlarged, photos.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS – The Ministry of Labor reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. By economics writer Paul Wiseman. COMING SOON: 130 words after 8:30 a.m. release, then enlarged, photos.
FINANCIAL MARKETS – Asian stocks were mostly higher after a mixed trading session on Wall Street. By business writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 610 words, photos.
NLRB-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-EXPLAINER – College athletes who earn millions for their schools have taken another step towards securing the rights accorded to workers in the private sector. By sports writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
TIM DAHLBERG-BRADY RETURNS – Tom Brady’s return to New England is sure to be a big party of love, at least until he lines up under center on Sunday night for Tampa Bay. By sports columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CULTURE & LEISURE
BRITNEY-SPEARS-EXPLAINER – Britney Spears has managed to oust her father from the guardianship who controls her life and money, and she will likely be free to make her own decisions in November. By entertainment writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. With PEOPLE-BRITNEY-SPEARS – The judge suspends Spears’ father from guardianship.
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