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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? SENT: 2,070 words, photos.

SINKHOLE SURGE — Sinkholes are not a new phenomenon in the United States, especially in a half-dozen states where the geology makes them more likely. But a recent spate of huge, sudden-appearing caverns is prompting alarm because they’re happening in places where they shouldn’t, and now seem to be proliferating nationwide. By Roger Schneider. SENT: 810 words, photos.




TRUMP-RUSSIA-CONGRESS — President Barack Obama personally warned Donald Trump not to hire Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, former Obama officials say. Flynn is expected to be the centerpiece of highly anticipated Senate testimony from former acting attorney general Sally Yates. By Eric Tucker and Eileen Sullivan. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing, 900 words by 5 p.m. WITH TRUMP-RUSSIA NEWS GUIDE — A look at the players and latest actions surrounding the investigations into Russia’s election activities. UPCOMING: 700 words, block text, by 5 p.m., photo.

FRANCE-PRESIDENT — Not yet president, but looking more presidential by the hour. Freshly elected, Emmanuel Macron embarked in earnest Monday on his transition to power in France. Looking determined and statesmanlike, he commemorated Germany’s defeat in World War II at a solemn ceremony with outgoing President Francois Hollande. Behind the scenes, Macron’s start-up political movement worked on trying to secure the parliamentary majority he will need to govern effectively. By Sylvie Corbet and John Leicester. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach by 4 p.m. 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-ELECTION-MARKETS — With Macron win confirmed, European market rally hits pause.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-IMMIGRANTS —The largest U.S. domestic violence hotline reports a sharp increase in calls from abuse victims struggling with immigration-related issues, including those worried that reporting the abuse might lead to their deportation. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 710 words, photo.

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.

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. SENT: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.




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

–BRITAIN-BANKSY BREXIT — Chipping away at EU: Banksy’s take on Brexit seen in Dover. SENT: 140 words, photos.

–PEOPLE-MARTHA STEWART— Martha Stewart flashes middle finger toward Trump portrait. SENT: 140 words, photos.

–SNOOKI-COMMENCEMENT SPENDING — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation inspired by former “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi that limits how much state universities can pay speakers. SENT: 400 words, photo.




PALESTINIANS-HAMAS —The new leader of Hamas, Gaza native Ismail Haniyeh, makes his first post-election appearance, highlighting the shift of power in the Islamic militant group from the diaspora to Hamas-ruled Gaza. By Fares Akram. About 920 words, photos, video.

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.

NKOREA-THE PLOT THICKENS? — 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. SENT: 990 worS, photos. WITH NKOREA-DETAINED FOREIGNERS-LIST.

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. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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.




CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Senate Republicans are likely to significantly reshape the House-passed health care bill as outside groups air ads to sway Congress. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photo.

TRUMP-HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES — Advocates of historically black colleges and universities push back against a White House statement suggesting that construction funding for their schools could be unconstitutional. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP TRAVEL COSTS-FACT CHECK — A look at Trump’s claim that staying at his New Jersey home causes less disruption than if he’d spent the weekend at Trump Tower and saves taxpayers money. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

TRUMP-JUDGES — President Donald Trump nominates a slate of judges he hopes will remake the federal judiciary. By Vivian Salama and Mark Sherman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photo. WITH TRUMP COURTS-GLANCE — Who they are. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m.

TRUMP-ETHICS —Revelations about senior White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family seeking Chinese investors in exchange for permanent U.S. residency put new attention on a federal immigration program with a long history of abuses and political scandals. By Jeff Horwitz and Alicia Caldwell. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.

SAT TEST PREP — The multimillion dollar test preparation industry is facing competition from free or low-cost alternatives. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.




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 is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developments from afternoon arraignment, 500 words by 5 p.m.

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 on Monday. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

ZINKE-NATIONAL MONUMENTS — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in Utah to inspect two disputed national monuments protecting millions of square miles of red rock country, part of President Donald Trump’s executive order to review what he calls a massive federal land grab by his predecessors. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words with a new approach by 6 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM — Supporters of after-school programs say the study help, social skill-building and supervision they provide is at stake if President Donald Trump’s administration cuts their main federal funding. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 900 words, photos.




MACU-FACE SCAN ATM — Taking security to a new level, Macau is stepping up security checks at ATMs in the Asian gambling hub by requiring facial scans and ID card verification for cash withdrawals using China’s main payment network. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 270 words, photos.




HKN-PLAYOFFS FLOPPING —With a single snap of his head, Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonino put a spotlight on hockey’s dirty little secret of embellishment. It’s not the same kind of flopping seen in the NBA and certainly not in soccer, where diving is used effectively at the highest levels, even if it is ridiculed and against the rules. In hockey, embellishment is often much more subtle and is yet a key part of the game despite the NHL’s efforts to crack down. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 725 words, photos by 6 p.m.




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