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February 12, 2020 4:30 AM

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ELECTION 2020-VOTECAST — Bernie Sanders wins the young, the liberal and the disaffected in New Hampshire. Their votes were enough to deliver him a victory in the Democratic primary, even as a slim majority gravitated toward a trio of self-defined moderates — Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden. By Josh Boak and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 910 words, photos, graphics. With ELECTION 2020-VOTECAST-GLANCE.

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ELECTION 2020 — Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire’s presidential primary, edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. By Steve Peoples, Kathleen Ronayne and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 900 words, photos, videos. With ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE-TAKEAWAYS — Amy Klobuchar surprises with a third-place finish.

ELECTION SECURITY-NEVADA CAUCUS — Concerns have been growing that next week's Nevada caucuses could offer a repeat of the chaos that ensnared the Iowa vote, with Nevada facing many of the same organizational and technical challenges that crippled Iowa’s process. By Christina A. Cassidy and Michelle L. Price. SENT: 1,210 words, photo. Also see MORE ON 2020 ELECTION below.

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VATICAN-AMAZON — Pope Francis declines to approve the ordination of married men to address the priest shortage in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church and even involved retired Pope Benedict XVI. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

CHINA-OUTBREAK-POLITICS — China's ruling Communist Party needs to make a politically fraught decision: Admit a viral outbreak isn’t under control and cancel this year’s highest-profile official event. Or bring 3,000 legislators to Beijing next month and risk fueling public anger at the government's handling of the disease. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With CHINA-OUTBREAK — Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China; CHINA-OUTBREAK-ECONOMY Chinese president promises aid to industries hurt by virus; HONG KONG-PROTESTS FADE — Virus puts Hong Kong protests on ice. Will they return? JAPAN-CRUISE SHIP — Japan confirms 39 new virus cases, 174 total on cruise ship; CHINA-OUTBREAK-RUSSIA — Two Russians flee virus quarantine, in dismay at hospitals; CHINA-OUTBREAK-AT A GLANCE.

TRUMP-RUSSIA-STONE — The four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case after the Justice Department overrules them and says it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it is seeking for President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant. By Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video.

RELIGION-PROPAGANDA-RISING — Incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120% between 2018 and last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, making 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda material has more than doubled. By Elana Schor. SENT: 800 words, photos, graphic.

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ELECTION 2020-ANALYSIS — Sanders'margin of victory in New Hampshire was far smaller than in 2016, raising questions about his ability to broaden his coalition beyond his most loyal supporters. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — Joe Biden brings his wounded presidential campaign to South Carolina, staking his hopes for a comeback on the loyalty of African American voters in the state after a dismal finish in the New Hampshire primary magnified his disappointing finish in Iowa. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-KLOBUCHAR — It took a year of campaigning, countless stump speeches and an especially strong night on the debate stage for little-known Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to break into the top tier of the 2020 campaign in New Hampshire. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BLOOMBERG — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has been aggressively courting African American voters while his rivals have been battling it out in majority-white Iowa and New Hampshire. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

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OHIO-STATE-FOOTBALL-PLAYERS-CHARGED — Two Ohio State football players accused of rape, kidnapping. SENT: 300 words.

JAPAN-OLDEST MAN — Guinness: Japanese, who believes in smiling, is oldest man. SENT: 220 words, photos.

SCANDINAVIAN-AIRLINES-ONLINE-CRITICISM — Scandinavian Airlines pulls ad after online criticism. SENT: 290 words.

BRITAIN-TRUCK DEATHS — Suspect in migrant truck deaths can fight extradition to U.K. SENT: 250 words, photos.

RUSSIA-COURTROOM SUICIDE — Ex-official kills himself in Moscow courtroom after verdict. SENT:150 words.

GERMANY-OBIT-VILSMAIER — German filmmaker Vilsmaier, known for “Stalingrad”, dies. SENT: 240 words.

IRAN-SPACESUIT BLUNDER — Iranian minister apologizes over mock spacesuit post. SENT: 330 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-YANG — Andrew Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid. SENT: 790 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BENNET — Michael Bennet ends 2020 bid after poor showing in New Hampshire. SENT: 500 words, photos.

TERRORIST THREAT-SNAPCHAT RIFLE — Lawmakers defend Michigan student charged over gun photo. SENT: 630 words.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-VIRGINIA — Virginia lawmakers approve Confederate statue removal bills. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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CARP-INVASION — Wildlife officials in Kentucky open a new front in a 15-year battle to halt the advance of the Asian carp, which threaten to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video, graphic.

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TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-VINDMAN — Trump suggests that the Pentagon should review the conduct of a former White House national security aide who played a central role in the Democrats' impeachment case and potentially consider disciplinary action against him. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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AFGHANISTAN-US-TALIBAN — The Taliban issue an ultimatum to Washington after weeks of talks with a U.S. peace envoy, demanding a reply on their offer of a seven-day reduction of violence in Afghanistan, or they would walk away from the negotiating table, two Taliban officials say. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

AFRICA-US MILITARY — The U.S. military switches from trying to degrade Islamic extremist groups in West Africa’s sprawling Sahel region to merely trying to contain them as their deadly threat increases, a new U.S. government report says. SENT: 540 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-GUAIDO RETURNS — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is gearing up for the next stage of his campaign to oust President Nicolás Maduro following his return home from a tour abroad that included a meeting with his most important foreign ally —Donald Trump. SENT: 590 words, photos.

INDIA-DENIM-FACTORY-FIRE — Shouting and crying, workers in an Indian denim factory struggled to claw their way up a ladder to a door, their only exit as a deadly fire blazed through fabric and machinery, officials say. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-INDIGENOUS — The Australian government scraps a 12-year-old timetable for ending indigenous disadvantage, declaring that the policy had failed. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CARLOS GHOSN-NISSAN — Nissan files a civil suit seeking $91 million in damages from the Japanese automaker's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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FASHION-WEEK-VERA-WANG — For New York Fashion Week, Vera Wang wanted to do something totally different. SENT: 370 words, photos. With NY-FASHION-WEEK-PRABAL-GURUNG Prabal Gurung celebrates the churning creative energy of NYC; NY FASHION WEEK-NAEEM KHAN Naeem Khan's star-spangled collection pays homage to America.

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DOG SHOW — Primped and poised, Siba the standard poodle owned the ring, strutting off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. By Sports Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FROM ICELAND TO COLLEGE — Iceland's “basketball family" are chasing their dreams at U.S. colleges. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 940 words, photos.

BLUES-BOUWMEESTER COLLAPSES — St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is hospitalized and undergoing tests after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of the Blues game against the Ducks. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 630 words, photos.

ESPORTS-OVERWATCH-GOING GLOBAL — The Overwatch League takes another step in its ambitious vision when franchises in Dallas and New York hosted season-opening matches last weekend as the blossoming esports industry goes global. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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