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GOP 2016-PENCE — Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence defends military mother’s right to criticize Trump. SENT: 230 words, photo.
BOOKS-WINFREY BOOK CLUB — Oprah Winfrey has a new book club pick, Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” a historical novel that imagines the network of safe houses and passages that helped slaves escape to free territory is an actual train. SENT: 100 words, photo.
ZIKA-FLORIDA-FRIEDEN — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says officials are finding it challenging to eradicate mosquitoes in a part of Miami where 14 people appear to have contracted the Zika virus. SENT: 150 words.
GOLF CART-GROUNDHOG KILLED — Authorities investigating reports that two police officers used a golf cart to purposely run down and kill a groundhog during a tournament hosted by an upstate New York police department’s union. SENT: 140 words.
JAPAN-GODZILLA — Godzilla is back in its homeland of Japan after a 12-year absence, still breathing fire and mercilessly stomping everything in its way. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CONTAMINATED CUPS-ARREST — A former Kentucky employee of a container company is accused of putting over 100 shards of glass into the sleeves of drinking cups that were to be distributed to multiple states. SENT: 163 words.
PITTSBURGH-TOILET STANDOFF — A man accused of threatening to flush a baby down a toilet surrenders to police following a standoff in Pittsburgh. SENT: 100 words.
WOOLLY MAMMOTHS — Scientists say that one of the last surviving populations of woolly mammoths was likely driven to extinction by lack of drinking water. SENT: 150 words.
US PA Trump (CR) — Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton “the devil.”
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