A supporters of opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla shatters a window during clashes with military police near presidential house in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Following a disputed election marred by irregularities, incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared the victor and will be inaugurated on Jan. 27. The opposition does not recognize Hernandez's victory and is protesting against the result. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

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January 13, 2018 - 7:00 am

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump offers a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe. SENT: 1,204 words. With Trump-Racism; Trump-Immigration-World Reaction (both sent).

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION FOES — The movement to limit the number of migrants into the U.S. and end a system that favors family members has long been criticized as a poorly veiled attempt to produce a whiter America, a charge that has new weight in the wake of President Trump's comments that the U.S. needs fewer immigrants from Africa and more from places like Norway. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 800 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA STORMS —Frustrations and dark discoveries mounted for a California town ravaged by a deadly and destructive mudslide. Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off for repairs. By Michael R. Blood and Krysta Fauria. SENT: 720 words, video, photos, audio. With CALIFORNIA STORMS-VIGNETTES; CALIFORNIA-STORMS-BUSINESS. (both sent).

HAITI-EARTHQUAKE CAMP — Eight years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake upended life in Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people by some estimates and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. For many of those left homeless, life hasn't yet returned to normal. By Chery Dieu-Nalio. SENT: 550 words, photos.




TRUMP-AFRICA — African ambassadors to UN blast Trump remark as 'outrageous, racist' and demand apology. SENT: 130 words.

NIGER-ISLAMIC STATE — An Islamic State group Sahara offshoot is claiming it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops. SENT: 110 words.

INDIA-MISSING HELICOPTER — A helicopter carrying employees of an Indian oil company to an off-shore rig in the Arabian Sea crashes, killing four people and leaving another three missing, the navy said. SENT: 150 words.

IRAN-US — Iran says it won't accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after President Donald Trump vowed to pull out of the accord in a few months if European allies did not fix its "terrible flaws." SENT: 315 words.

CZECH BUS CRASH — Authorities say three people have died after a bus collided with a car near the Czech capital. SENT: 90 words, photo.

CHINA-SEA COLLISION — Chinese state media say rescuers have recovered the bodies of two crew members of an Iranian oil tanker that's been burning after it collided with a freighter last week in the East China Sea. SENT: 260 words, photos.

HONDURAS-VIOLENCE — Protests against the re-election of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez have turned violent as a march devolved into tear gas and property damage. SENT: 120 words, photos.

INDIA-BOAT ACCIDENT — Police say they have found two bodies and searching for six school children reported missing after their boat sank in the Arabian Sea off India's western Maharashtra state. SENT: 100 words.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-NEWS GUIDE — If there was hope in the White House that Donald Trump might be moving past the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, 2018 is beginning with no signs of abatement. In fact, the new year set off a flurry of developments in the probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and Congress, ranging from the trivial to the ominous. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With TRUMP-ONE YEAR-RUSSIA PROBE (sent).

ARIZONA SENATE-MCSALLY — Martha McSally is betting big that she needs President Trump's most passionate supporters on her side if she's to protect Arizona's Senate seat from slipping into Democrats' hands. SENT: 820 words, photos.

TRUMP-PHYSICAL —President Donald Trump's White House physician declares him in "excellent health" after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit. SENT: 850 words, photos.




OBIT-EDGAR RAY KILLEN — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced. SENT: 980 words, photos.

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT — The 20-year-old Florida man who claimed the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot choose to get $282 million at once instead of more in annual installments. "I'm only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity," Shane Missler, of Port Richey, said in a statement. SENT: 310 words, photo.

OBIT-JOHN TUNNEY — John V. Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film "The Candidate," has died. He was 83. SENT: 440 words, photos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-WARRANTS — FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents. SENT: 750 words, photos.

PROSPECT PARK RAPE — A New York City police official apologizes to a rape victim he helped discredit almost 24 years ago. Deputy Commissioner John Miller said in a statement sent to the woman's lawyer that he was wrong to tell reporters that police doubted the woman's account of being raped in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. SENT: 540 words.




NORWAY-TRUMP — Norwegians generally live longer than Americans. There's a generous safety net of health care and pensions. And although it's pricey, the country last year was named the happiest on Earth. President Donald Trump says the United States should take in more Norwegians, but is it any wonder that more Americans are going the other way? SENT: 700 words, photo.

SOUTH AFRICA-RULING PARTY — The new leader of South Africa's ruling party vowed Saturday to crack down on the corruption that has weakened the African National Congress in a new push to end inequities that haunt the nation more than 20 years after the end of white minority rule. SENT: 480 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSIONS — South Korea says North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. SENT: 200 words photo.

CZECH-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION — The Czechs are casting ballots for a second day in their presidential election. President Milos Zeman, 73, is seeking re-election and is considered the favorite to win the first-round vote. SENT: 120 words, photos.




FALCONS-EAGLES — Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming. A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Falcons against the Eagles in a divisional playoff on Saturday. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia's William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc. Rob Maaddi. SENT: 820 words, photos. With TITANS-PATRIOTS (sent).




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