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August 6, 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




BOSTON POLICE COMMISSIONER — Boston’s first black police commissioner to be sworn in. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from noon ceremony.




YEMEN-DEALING WITH AL-QAIDA — Even as it claims military victories over al-Qaida in Yemen, the U.S.-backed coalition has allowed the militants to pull out of towns, cities and strongholds they controlled without a fight, The Associated Press has found. The accords risk strengthening the militant group, allowing militants to take weapons and money with them, incorporating some of its fighters into militias backed by the United Arab Emirates and in some cases even paying departing fighters large amounts of cash. By Maggie Michael, Trish Wilson and Lee Keath. SENT: 3,170 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,080 words has also been sent. TOP VIDEO: — YEM AQAP (CR) — Coalition, al-Qaida strike secret deals in Yemen. With YEMEN-AL-QAIDA-DEALS — Details of deals between US-backed coalition, Yemen al-Qaida; YEMEN-AL-QAIDA-GLANCE — A look at al-Qaida’s most lethal branch, Yemen’s AQAP.




INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A powerful earthquake strikes the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities say that rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb. By Ros Idin and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 780 words, photos, graphic. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his “right-hand man” — the person defense attorneys blame for any crimes. Rick Gates, who also served in a senior role in President Donald Trump’s campaign, has been a key cooperator for special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after he cut a plea deal earlier this year. During that process, Gates admitted to two felony charges, but when he testifies it will be the first time he’ll detail those crimes face-to-face with his former boss and mentor. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 760 words, photo. Also see TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE below.

VENEZUELA-MADURO — Venezuelan investigators hunting for assailants behind a failed attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro with explosives-laden drones raid hotels and seize vehicles while grilling six suspects for details of the plot. By Scott Smith and Christine Armario. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-SENATORS — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative appellate judge is breezing past swirling questions over his views on executive power and his approach to gay marriage, abortion and other legal issues. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ENVIRONMENT — Kavanaugh’s record on EPA rules worries environmental groups.

EQUESTRIAN-SEX ABUSE — An equestrian judge got kicked out in the middle of a horse show after officials discovered a 5-year-old assault case against him that had been long closed. The case didn’t involve the sport or minors, but organizers say they would err on the side of caution. The case offers an eye-opening window into the far-reaching, sometimes unintended consequences, of the U.S. Olympic sports movement’s mission to combat sex-abuse. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 10 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

OBIT-CHARLOTTE-RAE — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 880 words, photo.




DEMI LOVATO — Pop star Demi Lovato vows to keep fighting addiction. SENT: 140 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-PRIME MINISTER — New Zealand’s Ardern returns to work after parental leave. SENT: 240 words, photo.

SMALL PLANE CRASH — Five killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot. SENT: 250 words, photos.

MELANIA-TRUMP — Melania Trump shows independence at key moments. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

TROPICAL-WEATHER — Two tropical storms form off Mexico’s southwestern Coast. SENT: 310 words.

SCARED TO DEATH — Man accused of scaring Maine woman to death to stand trial. SENT: 120 words.

BABY IN WATER — Police: Baby’s body pulled from water near Brooklyn Bridge. SENT: 230 words, photos.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Trump appears to have changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel’s investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

UNITED-STATES-IRAN — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran will be rigorously enforced and remain in place until the Iranian government radically changes course. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 310 words, photo.

2020-IOWA — The Iowa State Fair opens this week with none of the political celebrity typical of the late-summer festival in the leadoff presidential caucus state. SENT: 900 words, photo.

ALASKA PRIMARY-HOUSE-RUSSIAN IMMIGRANT — A Russian immigrant, nudged into politics after Trump’s election, is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Alaska. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FACT-CHECK-WEEK — Trump is imagining steel mill openings that aren’t happening and in denial about Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,290 words, photos.




SAUDI-ARABIA-CANADA — Saudi Arabia orders the Canadian ambassador to leave the ultraconservative kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrest of women’s rights activists. SENT: 550 words, photos.

JAPAN-HIROSHIMA — Hiroshima marks the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city with a somber ceremony to remember those killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. SENT: 480 words, photos. With JAPAN-HIROSHIMA-VIRTUAL-REALITY — Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing.




PORTLAND PROTESTS — Portland police are accused of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city’s new police chief to order a review of officers’ use of force. SENT: 690 words, photos.

I LOVE NY SIGN STANDOFF — New York state and the federal government are locked in a multimillion-dollar standoff over 500-plus “I Love NY” highway signs. SENT: 660 words, photos.




CHINA-SLIDING YUAN — China tightens controls on trading in its yuan to discourage speculators after a decline against the dollar amid a tariff dispute with Washington fueled fears of a damaging outflow of capital from the world’s second-largest economy. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 580 words, photo.




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