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GOP 2016-DEBATE-FACT CHECK — Trump objects to an expletive uttered by former Mexican President Vicente Fox. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN-MESSI SHIRT — The father of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from Lionel Messi says they are eager to travel to Spain to meet the soccer great. SENT: 120 words, photos.
UTERUS TRANSPLANT —Surgeons in Cleveland say they have performed the nation’s first uterus transplant, a new frontier that aims to give women who lack wombs a chance at pregnancy. SENT: 450 words, photos.
BILL COSBY-LAWSUIT — Bill Cosby has dropped a defamation lawsuit against supermodel Beverly Johnson, who accused the comedian of drugging her in the 1980s, but says he plans to re-file it. SENT: 170 words, photo.
CHINA-RAT ON PLANE — A rat found scuttling around the cabin forced a Chinese airliner to return to an airport shortly after takeoff on Friday morning. SENT: 160 words.
EARNS-WEIGHT WATCHERS — The weight loss company, fighting the popularity of free weight-loss apps and Fitbit, is losing money despite the new support of superstar Oprah Winfrey. SENT: 410 words.
HAWAII-BIG WAVE SURFING —Surfers are flocking to Oahu’s North Shore for once-in-a-lifetime 60 foot swells as they take part in an invitation-only big wave competition. Seven photos, text.
US TX SPIN ROOM — Republican front runner Donald Trump entered the spin room after he faced off against challengers Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in a raucous GOP debate. With text, photos, videos.
US KS SHOOTING — Victims’ friends and family rush to the site of a plant in south-Central Kansas after a series of shootings that killed four, including the gunman. With text, photos, video
COMING LATER TODAY
OSCARS-WORTH — The actual worth of the 13½-inch golden boy known as Oscar is about $500, but it can be worth many millions in the careers of its lucky recipients. It’s not a bad ego booster, either. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: About 600 words, photos.
COLOMBIA-MASS GRAVE In a deserted cemetery in this former rebel fiefdom, forensic anthropologists in white hazmat suits are digging up the remains of hundreds of victims of Colombia’s half-century conflict in what authorities say could be the world’s largest mass grave. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video.
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