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August 22, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Zimbabwe court to hear opposition’s election challenge. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 4 a.m. hearing.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-ANALYSIS — Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen’s extraordinary plea deal — which came less than an hour after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight financial crimes — ups the pressure on Republican Party in a midterm election year. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 810 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Trump Cohen Manafort Debrief (CR) — Cohen, Manafort signal serious moment for Trump. With TRUMP — His former associates in court, Trump focuses on “winning”; TRUMP-LEGAL EXPOSURE-Q&A — What Cohen’s plea and Manafort’s verdict mean for Trump. For AP’s comprehensive coverage of the Trump investigations: https://apnews.com/tag/TrumpInvestigations

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-INDIVIDUAL 1 — His name is Donald John Trump, but federal prosecutors have a simpler moniker for the 45th president: Individual 1. Dry legalese and generic aliases could do nothing to tone down the tale of the scheme to protect Trump outlined in court documents. The criminal campaign finance case against the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, reveals a complex, illegal operation to stifle sex stories and distribute hush money. The documents also lay out new details about the involvement of Trump’s real estate company. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION Q&A — Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme; TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-TIMELINE.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Former Trump campaign chairman Manafort had appeared jovial amid signs of the jury struggling to reach agreement on the charges in his financial fraud case. That changed when the guilty verdicts came back. By Matthew Barakat, Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 980 words, photos, videos. With TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-GLANCE — A look at the verdicts on 18 counts; TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-SCENE — Drama in a Virginia courtroom.

FACEBOOK-INVESTIGATION — Facebook identifies and bans hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare. The social network says that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political material. By Technology Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 840 words, photo.

MISSING-STUDENT-IOWA — The disappearance of a well-liked college student from America’s heartland had touched many people since she vanished one month ago while out for a run. But the stunning news that a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has allegedly confessed to kidnapping and murdering Mollie Tibbetts thrust the case into the middle of the contentious immigration debate and midterm elections. By Ryan Foley. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

HURRICANE LANE HAWAII — Hawaii residents rush to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper and other supplies as they face the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf as a strengthening hurricane continues to churn toward the state. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, videos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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JET-BLOWN TIRES — Rapper Post Malone’s jet blows two tires but lands safely. SENT: 700 words, photos.

PEOPLE-IDRIS ELBA — Idris Elba not shaken OR stirred by Bond questions. SENT: 150 words, photos.

BISCUIT ASSAULT — Tennessee man accused of hitting ex-girlfriend with biscuit. SENT: 140 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Hundreds of elderly Koreans tearfully say their final goodbyes at the end of the first round of rare reunions between relatives separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. SENT: 560 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-EARTHQUAKE — A powerful earthquake shakes Venezuela’s northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean but likely causes little damage besides knocking out power in some places and toppling supermarket shelves because of its depth, experts say. SENT: 550 words, photos.

EGYPT-SEXUAL HARASSMENT — A video posted online by an Egyptian woman who says a man stalked her at a bus stop has stirred online debate, with many — including women — taking the man’s side. SENT: 730 words, photos.

US-NORTH KOREA — The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says that he’s cautiously optimistic nuclear diplomacy will work out with North Korea, but that Seoul and Washington must continue to apply pressure so Pyongyang doesn’t back out. SENT: 680 words, photos.

BANGLADESH ROHINGYA EID — Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh are celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, praying for better lives and wondering if they’ll ever again celebrate at their homes in Myanmar. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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WYOMING PRIMARY —The only candidate with experience in elected office beats five challengers to claim the Republican nomination for Wyoming governor, a win that goes a long way toward winning top office in this deep-red state. SENT: 550 words, photos. With ALASKA-PRIMARY — Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy wins GOP primary for governor in Alaska.

DEMOCRATS-SUPERDELEGATES — The Democratic Party is on cusp of settling a long-running dispute over “superdelegates” and their influence in picking presidential nominees. SENT: 870 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN-CORRUPTION INDICTMENT — A Southern California U.S. House could become suddenly competitive after U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife are indicted on corruption charges. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SOLDIER-TERRORISM CHARGES — A Hawaii-based Army soldier accused of attempting to support the Islamic State group will plead guilty, his lawyers tell The Associated Press. An APNewsBreak. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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LONGEST BULL MARKET-MILLENNIALS — Young people who dared to dabble in the stock market for the first time after March 2009 have made a handsome return. By Business Writer Stan Choe. UPCOMING: 970 words by 10 a.m., photos, graphic.

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SPORTS

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OHIO STATE-MEYER — Ohio State trustees are meeting to discuss the future of football coach Urban Meyer. By Sports Writer Mitch Stacy. SENT: 160 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 9 a.m. meeting.

LITTLE LEAGUE-PRESSURE — Baseball looks like it comes easily to Hawaii Little Leaguer Aukai Kea. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: Game between Hawaii and New York’s Staten Island starts at 7:30 p.m.

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