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SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG-FINAL DAYS — She was seeing family. She was exercising. She was listening to opera. She was doing the work of the court. She even officiated at a wedding. That’s how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent the weeks before her death Friday at 87. Those who had been in touch with Ginsburg or her staff recently said she seemed to be coping with treatment for cancer and also making plans for events months away. So the announcement of her death came as something of a surprise, even to some close friends. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-VACANCY -- Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to rush a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as pressure mounted on senators to support or oppose a quick vote to fill the seat. By Laurie Kellman, Lisa Mascaro and Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 830 words, photos. WITH: SUPREME COURT-VACANCY-AP EXPLAINS -- A look at the confirmation process and what we know and don’t know about what’s to come. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-GINSBURG-THE RAGE -- With a court seat open, yet another fiery fight is lit between partisans clashing over matters of racism, policing, masks, lockdowns, how to vote and for whom to vote, as one crisis after another pummels the country, bringing no unity and no common heroes, just another flashpoint. How many more of them can America take? By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 990 words, photos.

Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page in AP Newsroom.

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY-UN AT 75 — The United Nations was born out of the devastation of World War II to save succeeding generations from war. The 193-member global body officially commemorates its 75th anniversary on Monday at an inflection point in history. By Edith M. Lederer. SENT: 1,240 words, photos. DEVELOPING: Commemoration begins at 9 a.m. EDT.

SUPREME COURT-VACANCY-ABORTION -- It’s been a throwaway line in presidential campaigns for years: Roe v. Wade is on the ballot. This time it is very real. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BRITAIN - Britain’s top medical adviser says the country has, in a “very bad sense,” turned a corner on COVID-19 infection rates, with figures suggesting there will be an exponential growth in the disease unless action is taken. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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MORE ON THE SUPREME COURT

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SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG-WOMEN — Sure, there were the RBG bobbleheads, the Halloween getups, the lace collars, the refrigerator magnets. But the pop culture status that Ruth Bader Ginsburg found -- or rather, that found her -- in recent years was just a side show, albeit one that amused her, to the unique and profound impact she had on women’s lives, first as a tenacious litigator and then as a judge. Women of different ages and backgrounds reflected over the weekend on her significance to them. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-BARRETT -- A front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal appellate judge who has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. By Michael Tarm and Michael Biesecker. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

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VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ASIA — India has recorded nearly 87,000 new coronavirus infections as it edges closer to the United States in having the most cases in the world. The Health Ministry also reported 1,130 deaths. Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, all remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of its largest city. Auckland, where a recent outbreak now appears to be under control, will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. SENT: 430 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK—EUROPE— Political pressure grew Monday in Europe for governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the continent’s struggling economies. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Monday with the president of the Madrid region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, to coordinate a stronger response to the outbreaks as the country struggles to contain a second wave of the virus. SENT: 590 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE GOOD THING-INDIA STREET SCHOOL — An Indian couple are conducting free classes for underprivileged children on a sidewalk in New Delhi. As most schools in India remain shut since late March when the country imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, many switched to digital learning and taking classes online. But children from low-income families who attend public schools don’t have access to internet or means to afford digital learning tools. SENT: 600 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NYC SCHOOLS — For most schoolchildren in New York City, Monday will mean back to school, but not back to the classroom. Only pre-kindergarteners and some special education students are scheduled to end a six-month absence from school buildings because of the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 730 words, photos.

Find more coverage on the Virus Outbreak on the featured topic page in AP Newsroom.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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NEPAL-OBIT-VETERAN SHERPA — A veteran Sherpa climbing guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died at age 72. SENT: 250 words, photo.

INDIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE — A residential building that was due for repairs collapsed in central India, killing at least 10 people and trapping many others. Around 20-25 people are feared to be trapped under the rubble of the four-story building in Maharashtra state. SENT: 320 words.

AUSTRALIA-LOST WHALE — A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it apparently got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. SENT: 290 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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RICIN-WHITE HOUSE -- A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday. By Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Colleen Long. SENT: 230 words, photos. Court appearance expected Monday; timing uncertain.

ELECTION 2020-INDUSTRIAL NORTH -- Republicans worry that if President Donald Trump is losing badly in suburban areas in Ohio, it is a signal that his hold on other states in the industrial heartland that delivered him the presidency may be in peril. By Thomas Beaumont and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK -- Seeking to justify a possible confirmation vote before the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump asserted over the weekend that many high court nominations were made in an election year and “in all cases, they went forward.” That’s clearly not true. By Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Tom Krisher. SENT: 2,920 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Tropical Storm Beta was expected this week to bring heavy rainfall to parts of the upper Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana, adding to the stress and worry residents and officials have already dealt with during a busy hurricane season. SENT: 960 words, photos.

WESTERN WILDFIRES — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities. The blaze, known as the Bobcat Fire, is expected to grow as critical fire weather conditions continued due to gusty wind and low humidity. Additional evacuation warnings were issued. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NEBRASKA-PROTEST SHOOTING — An attorney for a white business owner who was charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man during civil unrest in Nebraska says the man has died by suicide. SENT: 370 words.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-CHARLOTTE RALLY — Members of Jacob Blake’s family attended a rally in Charlotte on Sunday and called for an end to a “vicious cycle of hate.” SENT: 290 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPE-BELARUS — European Union foreign ministers are weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with his exiled main opponent. SENT: 330 words, photos.

ISRAEL-AUSTRALIA — An Israeli court has approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six year battle over her deportation. SENT: 430 words.

INDIA-CHINA-MILITARY STANDOFF — Senior Indian and Chinese military commanders are holding talks to try to resolve a tense monthslong standoff along their disputed border in the mountainous Ladakh region. SENT: 520 words, photo.

SOLOMON ISLANDS-BOMB BLAST — Two men from Britain and Australia who were working in the Solomon Islands to locate bombs left behind from World War II have died after one of the bombs exploded. SENT: 300 words.

MIDEAST-US SPACE FORCE — Members of the newly formed U.S. Space Force are deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has some 20 airmen stationed at Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The new military branch, pushed by President Donald Trump, has provoked skepticism in Congress, satire on Netflix, and, with its uncannily similar logo, “Star Trek” jokes about future intergalactic battles. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-CHINA CORRESPONDENT — A former Australian correspondent in Beijing said Monday that he and his 14-year-old daughter were threatened with detention before they left China two years ago. Matthew Carney said he had not revealed the 2018 incident until now because he had wanted to avoid “negative consequences“ for Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s operations in China. SENT: 670 words.

JAPAN-US — Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held his first talks with U.S. President Donald Trump since he took office, a diplomatic phone call that was one of his first as the country’s leader and one that highlights the close tie between the two allies. SENT: 300 words, photos.

THAILAND PROTESTS — A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand has been removed less than 24 hours after it was installed by anti-government protesters at a historic royal field in the capital. . SENT: 470 words, photos.

BAHRAIN — Bahrain says it broke up a plot by militants backed by Iran earlier this year to launch attacks on diplomats and foreigners in the island nation home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. The announcement Monday came hours after Saudi state television and a Bahraini local newspaper implied the plot was new in their reporting. SENT: 780 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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EMMY-AWARDS — “Schitt’s Creek” has capped a huge night at the Emmy Awards — completing a historic sweep of the show’s comedy categories. The show won best comedy series and acting trophies for stars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy. It’s a feat that couldn’t quite be matched by drama series winner “Succession,” which won four trophies. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video. WITH: EMMYS-LIST; EMMYS-SOCIAL JUSTICE; EMMYS-ZENDAYA (all sent)

FILM-BOX OFFICE — About three quarters of the country’s movie theaters are open, but Americans are not going back to the movies in significant numbers in the COVID-19 era, even with new movies coming into the marketplace. SENT: 720 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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CYC-TOUR DE FRANCE — In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday. Pogacar became the second-youngest winner of the 117-year-old event that this year braved, and overcame, France’s worsening coronavirus epidemic. Turning him from promising prodigy into cycling superstar, Pogacar became the youngest winner since World War II and the first from Slovenia. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

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