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SCHOOLHOUSE SEX ASSAULT-HAZING — Perhaps nowhere is student-on-student sexual assault as dismissed or as camouflaged as in boys’ sports. Mischaracterized as hazing, these sexual assaults are embedded in team culture and persist for years, as victims one season turn into aggressors the next. Coaches often know what is happening but fail to halt it or, worse, try to cover it up. By Reese Dunklin. SENT: 2,850 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,140 has also been sent. With SCHOOLHOUSE SEX ASSAULT-ONE SCHOOL’S STORY — Clash over middle-school sex assaults: Did they happen?

CHINA-DARING ESCAPE — The wife of a human rights lawyer held in China for inciting subversion tells The Associated Press of how she and her two daughters — one a U.S. citizen — fled the country to Thailand only to be nearly deported back to China. By Gerry Shih. SENT: 1,860 words, photos. An abridged version of 850 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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FRANCE-PRESIDENT — French President-elect Emmanuel Macron lays the groundwork for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War II commemoration. By Sylvie Corbet and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 690 words, photos. With FRANCE-EUROPE-ANALYSIS — Macron election gives a gasping EU a breath of fresh air; FRANCE-PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGES — In a divided France, challenges await Macron; FRANCE-ELECTION-LE-PEN-WHAT-NEXT? — Unbowed Le Pen looks ahead to parliamentary elections; FRANCE-PRESIDENT-THE LATEST; FRANCE-ELECTION-MARKETS — With Macron win confirmed, European market rally hits pause.

TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS — President Donald Trump is hoping that a federal appeals court will approve his revised travel ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries. Attorneys for the Justice Department will defend Trump’s immigration executive order before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

TRUMP-RUSSIA-CONGRESS — An Obama administration official who warned the Trump White House about contacts between one of its key advisers and Russia is set to speak publicly for the first time about the concerns she raised. By Eric Tucker and Eileen Sullivan. SENT: 830 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

SYRIA — Syria’s foreign minister dismisses the idea of foreign forces patrolling four safe zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would only settle for Russian “military police” who are already on the ground in the so-called de-escalation zones. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8 a.m., photos. With SYRIA-THE LATEST.

NKOREA-THE PLOT THICKENS?-ANALYSIS — While the South is preparing for its election, some major and mysterious intrigue has been brewing over the past week in North Korea, including the arrest of two American university instructors and claims of a CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un with some sort of biological or chemical agent. Whether the arrests and the alleged plot have any relation isn’t clear, but Pyongyang appears to be on high alert over something. And it’s threatening — loudly — to strike back. By Eric Talmadge. UPCOMING: 850 words by 7:30 a.m., photos. With NKOREA-DETAINED FOREIGNERS-LIST.

DISNEY-PANDORA WORLD OF AVATAR — At Disney World’s new Pandora-World of Avatar land, the setting is the star of the action. Disney designers are quick to say the new 12-acre land inspired by the movie “Avatar” isn’t a movie set. But the setting itself — with plants that glow and animal sounds — is almost like a character visitors can relate to. And an immersive ride called Flight of Passage plunges riders into a cinematic experience. By Michael Schneider. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-NICKI MINAJ — Nicki Minaj pays college costs for Twitter fans. SENT: 120 words, photo.

CHILD DEATH-PLASTIC BOX — Trial to begin in death of Phoenix girl who was padlocked inside box. SENT: 560 words.

MET OPERA HOUSE-50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA — Hvorostovsky makes surprise appearance at Met Opera gala. SENT: 640 words, photo.

MALAYSIA-PANGOLIN SCALES — Malaysia seizes African pangolin scales worth $2.1 million. SENT: 240 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-CHILD REFUGEES — 1 million children refugees from South Sudan’s civil war. SENT: 360 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS — Nigeria’s presidency releases the names of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists which parents anxiously scoured to see if their daughters were released three years after their capture. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghanistan’s air force pounds Islamic State targets in an eastern province where an Afghan and U.S. military raid last month killed the militant group’s top commander, the government says. SENT: 450 words, photo.

IRAQ-INTERIOR MINISTER — Former militia commander, prisoner of American forces in Iraq is now country’s new interior minister. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-ELECTIONS-NEWS GUIDE — The winner of South Korea’s first presidential by-election Tuesday will be immediately sworn in and tasked with healing a nation split deeply between left and right, and beset with a decaying job market and the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles. SENT: 780 words, photos. With SOUTH KOREAN ELECTION-REPORTER Q&A — Reporter Q&A: What to watch in South Korean presidential vote.

AFRICA-ELUSIVE WARLORD — Joseph Kony, Africa’s most notorious warlord for three decades, may never face justice as United States, others bring international manhunt to an end. UPCOMING: 850 words by 6 a.m., photos.

VENEZUELA-THIRD WAY — A former spy chief who long served Hugo Chavez is emerging as a prominent political player in turbulent Venezuela, a figure mistrusted by the opposition and feared by the government as he travels the country touting a possible presidential bid. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — While the White House says the Republican Party will be rewarded for doing “what’s right” by voting to overhaul a “failing and collapsing” health care system, Democrats are laying the groundwork to challenge the GOP for control of the House. SENT: 960 words, photo. With CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL-THE LATEST; OBAMA-PROFILE IN COURAGE — Obama urges Congress to show “courage” on health care. TOP VIDEO: — US MA Obama (CR) — Obama: We need courage to “seek common ground.”

DEMOCRATS-ANTI-ABORTION CANDIDATE — Democrats desperate for fresh faces cast 37-year-old Heath Mello as a pragmatic, next-generation leader who could win in the Nebraska heartland, but his anti-abortion stance has become a flashpoint for the national party. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ZINKE-NATIONAL MONUMENTS — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will get a bird’s-eye view of one of America’s newest national monuments as he flies over 1.3 million acres of southern Utah’s red rock plateaus, cliffs and canyons graced with sagebrush, juniper trees and ancient cliff dwellings. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SANCTUARY CITIES-TEXAS — Texas charges to the forefront of the national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signs a so-called “sanctuary cities” ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents. SENT: 640 words, photos.

LUXURY CONDO SHOOTING — A man accused of killing two engaged doctors inside the penthouse of a luxury Boston condominium building has a criminal history of robbing banks, say police, who did not provide a motive in the case but say the suspect most likely knew the victims. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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MTV MOVIE AND TV AWARDS — Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” are the night’s big winners with two trophies apiece as MTV parties with its Movie & TV Awards show. By Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Frazier Moore. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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2024 BIDS — Los Angeles and Paris, both already seen as winning options for the 2024 Games, await their Olympic inspectors this week. By Sports Writer Graham Dunbar. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CAVALIERS ADVANCE — In his playoff rematch with the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James proved even more lethal than last time — maybe more than ever. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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