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ISLAMIC STATE-SCORCHED EARTH — Two months after the liberation of Ramadi, the city remains too devastated and full of explosive booby traps for former residents to return. The destruction reflects a troubling new tactic by the Islamic State group: to render the cities it can’t hold unlivable. By Susannah George, Maya Alleruzzo and Desmond Butler. SENT: 2,000 words, photos, interactive. Abridged version also moving. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Iraq Ramadi Damage, Iraq Ramadi Damage 2.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump is taking his first quick steps toward raising the massive amounts of money needed to broaden his primary insurgency into a full-fledged general election campaign and unite the fractured Republican Party. By Jonathan Lemire and Julie Bykowicz. SENT: 850 words, photos. WITH: GOP 2016-SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES — Groups opposing abortion and same-sex marriage say they’ll bide their time and warily assess Trump. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.

GOP 2016-CRUZ-WHAT NOW— Ted Cruz is likely to be a leading GOP voice for the foreseeable future. Less clear is whether Cruz harnesses that clout to boost Trump’s White House bid. SENT: 850 words, photos.

KENYA-COLLAPSED BUILDING — Rescuers find a pregnant woman and three other survivors in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago in the Kenyan capital, raising hopes that more people might still be alive in a disaster that left 36 dead and dozens missing. By Tom Odula. SENT: 300 words, photos. SENT: 150 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.

CANADA-WILDFIRE — A raging wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta has moved south, forcing three more communities to evacuate and an emergency operations center to move again — taking it far from the devastated oil sands city of Fort McMurray. SENT: 590 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

NKOREA-CONGRESS — North Korea shows off a spruced-up capital to droves of international journalists and visitors who have been brought in for some major political theater — the country’s first ruling party congress in 36 years, with Kim Jong Un himself taking center stage. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 700 words by 8 a.m., photos.

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina’s prized public universities risk losing more than $1.4 billion a year in federal funds if Republican state lawmakers don’t reverse a new law limiting the rights of LGBT people by Monday, and the president of the 17-campus system says talented students, faculty and donors are already going elsewhere. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words with new approach by 4 p.m.

ELECTRONIC CIDGARETTES-FDA — The federal government announces sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 4 p.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MANZIEL-INDICMENT — Manziel ordered to stay away from accuser in violence case. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME — ‘Space Invaders’ among 6 inducted to video game hall of fame. SENT: 550 words, photo.

SWEDEN-NEO-NAZIS-PROTESTER — Black woman who defied Swedish neo-Nazis inspired by Mandela. SENT: 450 words with TOP PHOTO: LON115.

MERCURY TRANSIT — Mercury a black speck as it makes rare transit of sun Monday. SENT: 300 words, photo.

HOMELESS SHELTER-TOURISTS — Cruise ship passengers use Alaska homeless shelter to grab coffee, few make donations. SENT: 300 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SENATE 2016 WOMEN — 2016 may be a new Year of the Woman. Democrats aim to have female Senate candidates on the ballot in nine states in November, likely sharing the ticket with the first major-party female presidential nominee in history in Hillary Clinton. SENT: 943 words, photos. WITH: SENATE 2016 WOMEN-GLANCE.

COAL VS RENWABLES — Renewable energy is the biggest growth area in electricity generation, and many GOP lawmakers fighting to protect coal as a power source represent states that are among the biggest beneficiaries of the trend toward wind and solar power. SENT: 950 words, photos, graphic.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-MILITARY — The number of reported sexual assaults among military personnel is largely the same as last year. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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NAVAJO GIRL KILLED — The kidnapping and killing of an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation has tribal members questioning law enforcement’s response and whether she could’ve been saved if the tribe had easier access to the Amber Alert system that alerts the public to child abductions. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m., photos.

CHICAGO POLICE — Cook County’s embattled state’s attorney asks a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after shooting a black teenager 16 times. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., video.

PLASTIC BAGS — Merchants in New York who now hand out billions of free, disposable plastic bags each year to shoppers would have to start charging 5 cents for each bag under a bill set for a city council vote. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon vote, 600 words by 5 p.m.

PREP SCHOOL ABUSE-REUNION — Alumni weekend at St. George’s School will be different this year. It’ll involve discussions about what has unfolded at the elite Rhode Island boarding school since December, when school officials acknowledged dozens of students were sexually abused in the past. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev leads a triumphant concert in the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north leaves dozens dead. The performance in the same ancient amphitheater where Islamic State militants carried out killings is intended to send a message that Russia’s presence in Syria is bringing hope and stability. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

TURKEY-POLITICS — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his resignation, paving the way for the country’s president to pursue a tighter grip on power. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ISRAEL-HOLOCAUST — A top Israeli general sets off a firestorm by likening the atmosphere in Israel to that of Nazi-era Germany during a speech marking the country’s Holocaust memorial day. The comments enrage Israeli nationalists and expose the widening rift between the country’s security chiefs and hard-line politicians. SENT: 650 words, photos UPCOMING: 700 words with new approach by 3 p.m.

ISLAMIC STATE-DOCUMENTARY — A young Muslim journalist has infiltrated a French Islamic State cell, using a hidden camera to take an extraordinary inside look at the group, which called itself the “Soldiers of the Caliphate.” SENT: 830 words photos.

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BUSINESS

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BANK RULES-RIGHT TO SUE — If government regulators get their way, it’s going to become a lot easier to sue your bank. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed to ban arbitration clauses, which would affect the entire financial industry and the hundreds of millions of bank accounts, credit cards and other financial services Americans use. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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THEATER-ACTOR PLAYWRIGHTS — The playwright as actor has become a theme on New York stages this season, including the hit hip-hop flavored show about Alexander Hamilton, a show set in Oz with puppets and a madcap adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility.” By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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