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July 11, 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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DEVELOPING

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WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND — Semifinal begins 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP UK — President Donald Trump is visiting America’s closest ally after two years spent antagonizing Britons with a series of perceived insults so intense that Parliament has debated banning him from the country. He will be greeted by huge protests. By Gregory Katz. UPCOMING: 850 words, timeline, photos.

US CHINA TARIFFS — China slams the latest U.S. tariff threat as a “totally unacceptable” escalation of their trade battle and vows to protect its “core interests.” The Commerce Ministry gives no details of possible retaliation but Beijing earlier threatened “comprehensive measures.” By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

THAILAND-CAVE — The soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand lost weight during their 18-day ordeal but had water while they were trapped and are in good health, a health official says. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 400 words, video, photos.

AFGHANISTAN ELUSIVE PEACE — Peace in Afghanistan has come to seem even more elusive, both for troops on the front lines of this war-battered country and for survivors of countless attacks, since the Taliban shrugged off the government’s latest offers of cease-fire and negotiations. By Rahim Faiez. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — Tired but ecstatic parents embrace their young children and try to figure out their next steps after a court order forced the Trump administration to reunite some immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Elliot Spagat and Mike Householder. SENT: 910 words, video, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP PARDONS-OREGON RANCHERS — Rugged individualists to some, dangerous arsonists to others, a father and son who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon are pardoned by President Trump. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Japan’s government says 176 people are confirmed dead after last week’s heavy rains in western Japan, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits a hard-hit city. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NEVADA EXECUTION — A twice-convicted killer scheduled to be executed in Nevada by an untried three-drug lethal injection is steadfast in his desire to be put to death, but a final-hour lawsuit by a drug company could halt the execution. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from noon court hearing, 11 p.m. scheduled execution.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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US ACID RAIN-TREE RECOVERY— The red spruce, a tree heavily damaged by acid rain in the Northeast, is rebounding 30 years later because of less pollution and a longer growing season caused by climate change, researchers say. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND — England looks to advance to the World Cup final for the first time since winning the championship in 1966 as it faces Croatia in the semifinals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins 2 p.m.

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