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BANGLADESH-ATTACK — Bangladeshi forces storm an upscale Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage, killing at least six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives to end of the 10-hour standoff. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: BANGLADESH-ATTACK-THE LATEST.

CAMPAIGN 2016-BILL CLINTON – His popularity is off the charts, he’s a fundraising powerhouse and his administration is hailed by many as a time of prosperity. But while Bill Clinton is often an asset to his wife’s second White House bid, he can at times be a liability — as evidenced by the flare-up over his recent airplane chat with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. By Catherine Lucey. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1 p.m. EDT, photos. This story will move as the Sunday Spotlight.

BRITAIN-EU-EUROPE FUTURE — Europe is in turmoil. Britain deals the European Union a heavy blow and people power leaves the EU reeling, in need of a period of reflection about what the European enterprise should become. Terror strikes in a major capital. It rings true today, but in fact that was the EU in June 2005, demonstrating that though much has changed in the past decade-plus, much remains the same. By Lorne Cook. UPCOMING: 600 words.

ATLANTIC CITY CASINO STRIKE — As a strike at the Trump Taj Mahal enters its second day, a top manager for billionaire Carl Icahn says Atlantic City’s main casino workers’ union appears “hell-bent” on trying to shut down the casino. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 630 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA — A law limiting protections for LGBT people emerges largely unchanged after North Carolina lawmakers revisited it during their yearly legislative session. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 520 words.

KEILLOR’S FINAL SHOW — Some 18,000 fans at the Hollywood Bowl are transported to Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, as writer and humorist Garrison Keillor hosts his final episode of the old-style variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” after 42 years on public radio. By Mike Cidoni Lennox. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 4 a.m.




MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT — No jackpot winner has been drawn in the Mega Millions lottery drawing estimated at $415 million. Tuesday night’s jackpot will be worth an estimated $449 million. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CHINA-APPLE SUED — Apple sued in China over showing of war film from the 1990s. SENT: 430 words.

GUN CONTROL-CALIFORNIA — California’s gun laws will get more stringent next year as governor sign onto much of the gun-control agenda advocated by legislative Democrats. SENT: 690 words, photos.




OBAMA-BRITAIN — Obama is backtracking from his threat to send Britain to the “back of the queue” for a U.S. trade deal, as he tries to contain the fallout of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union. The attempt to show support for a struggling ally casts Obama in the role of forceful free-trade advocate at a time when all of the major presidential candidates running to replace him are vocally opposed. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 870 words, photo.

CLINTON EMAILS — For Hillary Clinton, who has struggled to overcome questions about her honesty during the campaign, public unease about the meeting between Lynch and the former president could further undermine her ability to convince voters to place their trust in her. By Ken Thomas and Eric Tucker. SENT: 830 words, photos.

HOUSE 2016-CAJUN JOHN WAYNE — A former Louisiana sheriff’s deputy who gained praise and criticism for his over-the-top videos aimed at Cajun country criminals on the run is gearing up for a congressional run. Republican Clay Higgins is pointing to his national internet stardom as an advantage and citing his tough-on-crime stand. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 740 words, photos.




TOBACCO TAX HOLDOUTS — An entire generation has come of age since the last time Missouri raised its cigarette tax, from 13 cents a pack to 17 cents. That was 1993, and even then, Missouri’s tax was barely half the national average. But petitions could put higher cigarette taxes on the ballot this year in Missouri and two other holdout states. By David A. Lieb. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 9 a.m. WITH: TOBACCO TAX HOLDOUTS-TAX RATES — Tax Rates, state-by-state table of cigarette taxes per pack; TOBACCO TAX HOLDOUTS-SMOKING RATES — State-by-state table showing adult smoking rates (both upcoming).

FOUR CHILDREN KILLED — Mother of four young children who were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in Tennessee is being held for questioning, but authorities have not charged her with a crime. SENT: 620 words, photo.




PUERTO RICO-BONDS Q&A — Questions and answers about Puerto Rico’s borrowings and finances as the island prepares for a new federal oversight board following a historic default on its debt. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 a.m.

SERBIA-SHOOTING — A gunman kills five people and injures at least 20 others when he opens fire with an automatic weapon in a cafe in northern Serbia, police say. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.




SELF-DRIVING CAR-DEATH — The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver’s history of speeding further complicates the question. By Joan Lowy and John Seewer. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.




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