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Adds top video for NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA; adds top photo for RIVIERA IMPLOSION

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CHINA-DISSIDENT LAWYER — One of China’s best-known dissident lawyers says his newly launched memoir is his latest act of resistance to show he has not been silenced by years of solitary confinement and torture, accounts of which have drawn international criticism of Beijing. By Isolda Morillo. SENT: 940 words, photos. With CHINA-DISSIDENT LAWYER Q&A.

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TOP STORIES

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NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA — As thousands in Orlando turn out to mourn 49 people killed inside a gay nightclub, federal investigators examine possible motives for the gunman who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. By Jason Dearen and Terrance Harris. SENT: 1,460 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US FL Mateen Reax (CR) — Bar patron suspects shooter was gay. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-PUERTO RICO — Puerto Rico prepares for wave of losses after club shooting; FLORIDA GUN LAWS — Want to buy an assault rifle in Florida? No problem; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-VICTIMS VIGNETTES; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-ORLANDO-SURVIVOR — Club shooting survivor feels guilt for getting out alive. TOP VIDEO: — US FL Orlando Survivor (CR) — Nightclub survivor feels guilt for being alive.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-‘HAPPIEST PLACE’ — Visitors to Walt Disney World come to experience what’s billed as the “Happiest Place on Earth.” And then, just a few miles away, there was another superlative: The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

OBAMA-DOMESTIC TERRORISM — Americans searching for answers after the Orlando shootings are finding no easy solutions from President Barack Obama, who is conceding that a deadly mix of extremism and easy gun access have made future tragedies almost a foregone conclusion. By Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. With AP EXPLAINER-TERROR WATCH LIST-GUNS — Some on terror list can buy guns, and Dems try to capitalize.

FRANCE-POLICEMAN KILLED — A Frenchman once convicted of recruiting jihadi fighters stabbed a police commander to death outside his suburban Paris home, recording the attack and posting it on Facebook Live, French officials say. The commander’s partner and the attacker were found dead inside the home after a three-hour standoff with police. By Lori Hinnant and Elaine Ganley. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, photos, video. With FRANCE-POLICEMAN KILLED-THE LATEST.

SINGAPORE-ORLANDO’S FALLOUT — The mass shooting in Orlando galvanizes the largely underground LGBT community in Singapore where homosexuality remains banned. An LGBT group plans to hold a candle-light vigil to express solidarity for the Orlando victims, and in the process shine the spotlight on their predicament. By Annabelle Liang. SENT: 970 words. UPCOMING: photos.

2016-ELECTION RDP — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders end the primary calendar with a face-to-face meeting that could set the tone for Democratic unity and next month’s party convention in Philadelphia. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day; polls in Washington, D.C., close at 8 p.m. With DC-PRIMARY — In D.C., last primary of 2016 could give one more win to Clinton.

PALESTINIANS-NEW CITY — After years of setbacks, Palestinians are starting to move into their first planned city being built in the West Bank — a move that isn’t just about real estate but also a symbol of their quest for statehood after nearly 50 years of Israeli military occupation. By Mohammed Daraghmeh. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SINGER SHOT-FLORIDA-NJ — Slain singer’s New Jersey hometown plans vigil in her honor. SENT: 260 words, photos.

BRITAIN-TUBE-ADVERTISING — London mayor takes aim at body-shaming advertising on Tube. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA-TRUMP BIRTHDAY — Hindu group celebrates Trump birthday with cake in New Delhi. SENT: 160 words, photos.

FLINT-WATER-BEYONCE — Beyonce helps raise over $82,000 for Flint residents. SENT: 140 words, photo.

TV-OBIT-ALF ACTOR — Michu Meszaros, diminutive performer who played “ALF,” dies. SENT: 130 words.

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NATIONAL

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GAY PRIDE-EXPLOSIVES ARREST — A man arrested in Southern California with three assault rifles who told police he was headed to a gay pride event had been ordered by a judge in his home state of Indiana to give up all his guns. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. court hearing, photos, video.

DOLPHIN SANCTUARY — Eight dolphins that have spent their lives swimming in tanks will be retired from the National Aquarium in Baltimore into a seaside sanctuary. An APNewsBreak. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 650 words.

RIVIERA IMPLOSION — The Riviera Hotel and Casino — the Las Vegas Strip’s first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City’s mobster past — officially exits the scene with a cinematic implosion, complete with fireworks. SENT: 610 words. TOP PHOTO: NVJL203, Monaco Tower at Riviera crumbles to ground. With RIVIERA IMPLOSION-THE LATEST.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PAKISTAN-TORMENTED TRANGENDERS — Abandoned by family, mocked by society, the life of a Pakistani transgender is lonely, even deadly, when doctors taunt, abuse and shuffle them from ward to ward, unable to decide are they male or female. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

PISTORIUS — His voice breaking with emotion, the father of Reeva Steenkamp testifies in a South African court that her fatal shooting by boyfriend Oscar Pistorius “devastated” his family and that today he thinks of her “all the time.” SENT: 680 words, photos.

VIETNAM-US-CONFRONTING HISTORY — The limits of forgiving and forgetting are being tested by the former U.S. senator picked to be board chairman of the new Fulbright University Vietnam: Bob Kerrey, who has described how his squad killed civilians including women and children during the Vietnam War. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CANADA-BEHEADINGS — After the beheading of a second Canadian hostage by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf extremists, Philippine troops press a major offensive in the south, but there is no sign of an end to a small but brutal insurgency that a new president will inherit in about two weeks. UPCOMING: 630 words by 8 a.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump and Clinton outline dramatically different proposals for combating terrorism and gun violence. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. With CAMPAIGN 2016-GUNS — A look at the candidates’ proposals; CAMPAIGN 2016-FACT CHECK — Trump speech needs some asterisks.

CONGRESS-DEFENSE BUDGET — The Senate is scheduled to vote on a $602 billion defense policy bill that the White House has said Obama will veto over numerous objections, including a prohibition on shuttering the prison at Guantanamo Bay. SENT: 740 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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INDIA-MONSOON-ROBOTS — In an effort to better understand and predict South Asia’s seasonal monsoon, British scientists are getting ready to release robots into the Bay of Bengal in a study of how ocean conditions might affect rainfall patterns. SENT: 350 words.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-ORLANDO-LATE-NIGHT HOSTS — As they return to the air after Saturday’s nightclub shooting, TV’s late-night hosts faced their toughest monologues since 9-11 — and for many of them, their toughest ever, since they’re relatively new to the talk-show game. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT — A federal court must determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from the song “Taurus” performed by the rock band Spirit. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing, timing uncertain.

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SPORTS

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NBA FINALS-LEBRON RESPONDS — Facing elimination and a torrent of criticism, LeBron James delivers a stunning performance to help the Cavaliers beat the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 900 words, photos. With NBA FINALS — James, Irving each score 41, Cavs stay alive in Finals.

HOWE-VISITATION — The family of hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe is opening the doors of Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, allowing adoring fans of their father to pay respects. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated following visitation beginning at 9 a.m.

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