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RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR — After being encircled by Ukrainian forces, Russia pulled troops out from an eastern Ukrainian city that it had been using as a front-line hub. It was the latest victory for the Ukrainian counteroffensive that has humiliated and angered the Kremlin. Russia’s withdrawal from Lyman complicates its internationally vilified declaration just a day earlier that it had annexed four regions of Ukraine — an area that includes Lyman. By Jon Gambrell and Adam Schreck. SENT: 820 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Rescuers searched for survivors among the ruins of Florida’s flooded homes from Hurricane Ian while authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage from its strike there as the remnants of one of the strongest and costliest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. continued to push north. The powerful storm terrorized millions of people in the U.S. and Cuba for most of the week, killing at least 31 people, 27 of them in Florida. By Meg Kinnard and Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 750 words, photos, video, audio.

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA-PRISONER SWAP — In a rare softening of hostile relations, Venezuela has freed seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the United States releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on drug smuggling conspiracy convictions, the White House said Saturday. By Eric Tucker and Joshua Goodman. SENT: 970 words, photos.

SUPREME-COURT-NEW-TERM — With public confidence diminished and justices sparring openly over the institution’s legitimacy, the Supreme Court on Monday will begin a new term that could push American law to the right on issues of race, voting and the environment. The court is diving back in with an aggressive agenda that seems likely to split its six conservative justices from its three liberals, who now include new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight. WITH: COURT-NEW TERM-GLANCE — Supreme Court’s top cases for new term, new Justice Jackson. SENT: 975 words, photos.

CAPITOL-RIOT-OATH-KEEPERS — The defense team in the Capitol riot trial of the Oath Keepers leader is relying on an unusual strategy with Donald Trump at the center. Lawyers for Stewart Rhodes are poised to argue that jurors cannot find him guilty of seditious conspiracy because all the actions he took before the siege on Jan. 6, 2021, were in preparation for orders he anticipated from the then-president — orders that never came. Opening statements in the trial are set for Monday. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

BRAZIL-CORRUPTION CRUSADER — When federal judge Sergio Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s general election Sunday, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. By Daniel Politi and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

JIMMY CARTER — Another year, another milestone for Jimmy Carter, who has lived longer than any other president in American history. Carter turned 98 on Saturday in Plains, the tiny Georgia town where he and his wife, 95-year-old Rosalynn, were born. “He is at peace and happy with where he has been and where he’s going,” a grandson says. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.




TROPICAL WEATHER-BARRIER ISLANDS — Experts say that Hurricane Ian is shining a spotlight once again on the vulnerability of the nation’s barrier islands and the increasing cost of people living on them. Florida’s Sanibel Island was hard hit by the storm. Homes were destroyed. Two people have been confirmed dead. And Sanibel’s lone bridge to the mainland collapsed. SENT: 805 words, photos.

TROPICAL-WEATHER-RIVER-FLOODS — As Hurricane Ian ravaged coastal towns in southwest Florida, residents in this quiet suburb thought they would be safe, having no beach and living outside areas under evacuation orders. But then the water kept flowing in. Since Ian’s passage, water levels have gone up significantly, turning roads into canals, reaching mailboxes, flooding SUVs and trucks, blocking the main access to a an interstate highway and leaving families trapped in their waterlogged homes. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL-WEATHER-WEDDING — Hurricane Ian almost derailed plans for one couple to wed in South Carolina. SENT: 540 words, photos.



RUSSIA-UKRAINE-NUCLEAR-PLANT — Ukraine’s nuclear power provider says Russian forces blindfolded and detained the head of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant hours after Moscow illegally annexed a swath of Ukrainian territory. In a possible attempt to secure Moscow’s hold on the newly annexed territory, Russian forces seized the director-general of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Ihor Murashov, around 4 p.m. Friday. SENT: 480 words, photos.

EUROPE-PIPELINES — The Danish Energy Agency says one of two ruptured natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea appears to have stopped leaking natural gas. SENT: 465 words, photos.

RUSSIA-FLEEING MOBILIZATION — Fewer Russians have crossed into neighbouring countries in recent days, according to local authorities, despite persisting anxiety over the partial mobilization the Kremlin launched less than two weeks ago to bolster its forces fighting in Ukraine. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UN-HUMAN-RIGHTS-CHINA-RUSSIA — Western countries are leading a rare two-pronged push at the U.N.’s main human rights body to better scrutinize the human rights records of two big world powers: China, over allegations of abuses during an anti-extremism campaign in western Xinjiang, and Russia, over its government’s crackdown on dissent and protest against the war in Ukraine. SENT: 940 words, photos.

EUROPE-ENERGY — The president of the European Union’s executive arm has traveled to Bulgaria to emphasize the EU’s determination to stop relying on Russian energy imports. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attended the opening of a natural gas link between the country and Greece. SENT: 550 words, photos.

LATVIA-ELECTION — Neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine helped shape the general election held in Latvia, where divisions among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority are likely to influence the makeup of parliament and war-induced energy concerns will preoccupy the next government. SENT: 610 words, photos.




BROWNS-GARRETT OUT — Browns All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett will not play in Sunday’s game at Atlanta after he suffered multiple injuries when he crashed his car while speeding earlier in the week. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MOOSE FREED — A moose is back on the loose in Connecticut after some quick-acting rescuers helped to free it from a fence. The Connecticut State Environmental Police received a call at around midnight about a moose stuck in Barkhamsted, northwest of Hartford. SENT: 160 words.

TESLA-ROBOT — An early prototype of Tesla Inc.’s proposed Optimus humanoid robot slowly and awkwardly walked onto a stage, turned, and waved to a cheering crowd at the company’s artificial intelligence event Friday. But the basic tasks by the robot with exposed wires and electronics were far from CEO Elon Musk’s vision of a human-like robot that can change the world. SENT: 840 words, photo.

OBIT-ANTONIO INOKI — A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. SENT: 560 words, photos.

TROPICAL-WEATHER-MEXICO — Tropical Storm Orlene is expected to grow into a hurricane Saturday as its heads for an expected landfall on Mexico’s northwestern Pacific coast. SENT: 150 words, photo.

POLAND-PREGNANCY-REGISTER — A new regulation coming into force in Poland that requires pregnancy information to be uploaded to the national digital system has women’s organizations concerned that it will be another way for the conservative government to control women’s lives. SENT: 215 words.

OBIT-MAX-BAER — Max Baer, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has died at age 74 only months before he was set to retire. SENT: 400 words, photos.



ELECTION 2022-BIDEN-FUNDRAISERS — Democratic Party fundraisers are one of the most visible ways President Joe Biden has been used this election year at a time when his approval ratings are concerning and many candidates aren’t eager to have him campaign with them. SENT: 1,335 words, photos.

MILITARY-RECRUITING STRUGGLES — The Army has fallen about 15,000 soldiers, or one-quarter, short of its recruitment goal, despite a frantic effort to make up the widely expected gap in a year when all the military branches struggled to find young people willing and fit to enlist. SENT: 940 words, photos.

ELECTION 2022-MICHIGAN-ABORTION — Women across Michigan’s suburbs are reaching out to friends, family and acquaintances to talk about preserving the right to abortion. Their efforts could have a big impact on abortion rights and the political candidates – mostly Democrats – who support them. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

ELECTION 2022-MAINE-GOVERNOR — When then-Gov. Paul LePage endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2016, LePage credited himself as a prototype for the insurgent candidate. Now, with LePage running for a third term after a brief retirement to Florida, he rarely talks about Trump in public. SENT: 1,065 words, photos.

BIDEN — President Biden speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner in Washington. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Biden scheduled to speak after 9 p.m.

ELECTION 2022-GEORGIA-VOTING LAWSUIT — Republicans are using the defeat of a voting suit brought by a group founded by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams to attack her legitimacy as a voting rights advocate. But Abrams is far from backing down from her position, saying she won a number of victories that have made elections fairer. SENT: 820 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-IRANIAN AMERICAN RELEASED — The United Nations says an 85-year-old Iranian-American who formerly worked for the U.N. children’s agency and was detained in Iran in 2016 has been permitted to leave the country for medical treatment abroad. SENT: 200 words.



LAS-VEGAS-SHOOTING-ANNIVERSARY — Saturday marks five years since a gunman rained bullets into an outdoor country music festival crowd on the Las Vegas Strip. The grim drumbeat of mass shootings has only continued in the years since. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

REL–HISTORIC PRAYER DUEL-MIRACLE TOWN — This week, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Zion, Illinois, opened its doors to the city’s first mosque. Members view this as a significant event because of their faith’s century-old connection to Zion’s founder, faith healer John Alexander Dowie. The Ahmadis view Zion as the site of a holy miracle where their founder defended Islam and defeated Dowie in a prayer duel. SENT: 2,130 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,179 words is also available.

JOGGER-ABDUCTED — Memphis’ long-held problems with testing rape kits quickly have come under renewed scrutiny with Cleotha Henderson’s arrest last month in the killing of Eliza Fletcher, a mother and kindergarten teacher who was abducted while jogging. Authorities say a rape kit submitted in September 2021 for the sexual assault of a different woman sat untested for nearly a year. It wasn’t until Sept. 5 — three days after Fletcher’s abduction — that DNA from the 2021 assault matched Henderson’s in a national database. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

OLE MISS-INTEGRATION ANNIVERSARY — The University of Mississippi is paying tribute to James Meredith 60 years after integration. White protesters erupted into deadly violence in 1962 as he became the first Black student to enroll in what was then a bastion of Deep South segregation. The 89-year-old Meredith was honored Saturday at an Ole Miss football game SENT: 640 words, photos.

MORMONS-CONFERENCE — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told members of the faith on Saturday that abuse was “a grievous sin” that shouldn’t be tolerated. His remarks were the first from a senior church leader on abuse since The Associated Press published an investigation into how the church handles reports of sexual abuse. SENT: 375 words, photos.

FATAL SHOOTING-HOMECOMING — Police say a teenager was killed and another was wounded in a shooting at a high school homecoming football game in Oklahoma Friday night. SENT: 140 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA — Hundreds of hot air balloons lifted off Saturday, marking the start of an annual fiesta that has drawn pilots and spectators from across the globe to New Mexico’s high desert for 50 years now. SENT: 640 words, photos.



BRAZIL-AMAZON — September was the worst month in a decade for fire in the Brazil’s Amazon region. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has given free rein to deforesters, and with presidential elections beginning Sunday, some speculate that they are working overtime to cut and burn the forest before the party is over. Bolsonaro denies that deforestation has risen during his presidency, but data from his own government tell a different story. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ITALY-POLITICS — Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni, who is poised to become Italy’s next premier, vowed to put national interests first in tackling soaring energy costs as she made her first public outing since her Brothers of Italy party won the most votes in the country’s national election. SENT: 660 words, photos.

FIFA-IRAN-PROTEST — Political issues are swirling around the Iran men’s soccer team amid turmoil on the streets at home just weeks before the World Cup where it will play the United States, Wales and England. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BURKINA-FASO-CRISIS — Protesters in Burkina Faso’s capital have attacked the French Embassy after the military junta in charge accused France of sheltering the ousted interim president, which France denies. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED-NATIONS-CONGO — The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, which was the target of deadly protests during the summer, said the United Nations is “ready and willing” to work closely with the government to step up the pace of withdrawal of the U.N. force that has over 14,000 troops and police. SENT: 460 words.

IRAN — An attack by armed separatists on a police station in a southeastern city killed 19 people, including four members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported. SENT: 610 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — A group of Afghan women protested a suicide bombing that killed or wounded dozens of students in a Shiite education center in the capital Kabul a day earlier, demanding better security from the Taliban-run government. The demonstration was quickly broken up by Taliban police. SENT: 415 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank after a group of youths smashed a hole through the Israeli separation barrier and began throwing objects at police. SENT: 530 words, photos.

LEBANON — The U.S. has delivered a maritime border demarcation proposal to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, as negotiations with Israel progress. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CHINA-NATIONAL-DAY-PHOTO-GALLERY — Spectators watched a masked, 96-member honor guard raise a Chinese flag on Tiananmen Square as the ruling Communist Party marked its 73rd anniversary in power. SENT: 170 words.




MED-EXPERIMENTAL-DRUGS-ALS — The U.S. government will soon spend $25 million to help patients access experimental drugs for the incurable illness known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The new strategy blurs the line between research and treatment. While it offers a critical new treatment option for ALS patients, it also raises the possibility that federal dollars could be tapped for unproven treatments of other diseases in the future. SENT: 1,075 words, photos.

UGANDA-EBOLA-OUTBREAK — In a remote Ugandan community facing its first Ebola outbreak, testing trouble has added to the score of challenges authorities face. Health workers and others who spoke to The Associated Press described the early response as slow and chaotic after the Sept. 20 confirmation of an outbreak with a sample from a man who had been treated for illnesses including malaria. Six others had already died from what local authorities described as a strange illness. SENT: 985 words, photos.



INDIA-5G — Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services in India, calling it a “step towards the new era.” The launch in select cities will cover the entire country over the next couple of years, a government statement says. SENT: 220 words, photos.



FRANCE-PARIS-FASHION-WEEK — A giant crystal rock glowing upon the sand-colored carpet evoked a glamorous alien planet for Hermes’ champagne-sipping VIP guests at Saturday’s show at Paris Fashion Week. Earthen hues like browns, reds and yellows were used to to create designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s utilitarian, low key yet luxuriant universe for spring. SENT: 605 words, photos.



BBN-METS-BRAVES — Mets ace Max Scherzer takes the mound opposite Braves righty Kyle Wright, the major leagues’ only 20-game winner, as New York and Atlanta play the second game of a three-game series that could go a long way to deciding the NL East. UPCOMING. 850 words with photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m.

DOLPHINS-TAGOVAILOA — The NFL Players Association has fired the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after he stumbled off the field against Buffalo last Sunday, a person familiar with the decision said. SENT: 460 words, photos.




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