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July 9, 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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ONLY ON AP

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IMMIGRATION-AFTER THE RAID — Many miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities are separating families in raids that target immigrants at home and at work, conducted in the name of public safety. Most of these raids go unnoticed outside of the communities affected, but they are integral to the Trump administration’s broader crackdown on immigration that is leading to more arrests, particularly of migrants with no criminal records. This is the story of one such operation, and the lingering effects it had not just on families but on the community they had come to call home. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 3,000 words, video, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options “you can’t go wrong.” Thought to be choosing among four conservative federal judges, Trump has the potential to significantly shift the court’s direction. By Catherine Lucey and Mark Sherman. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Announcement expected at 9 p.m., 940 words by 10 p.m., photos.

THAILAND CAVE RESCUE — The politicians and generals overseeing a desperate operation to rescue young soccer players from a flooded cave labyrinth in Thailand’s sweltering far north are only half joking when they quip that success is in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun. They celebrated a second day of stunning success after divers guide four more of the boys through tight passages and dank flooded caverns to safety — with five more to go. By Stepen Wright and Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN — Harvey Weinstein is arraigned on newly filed charges accusing him of sexually assaulting a woman in 2006. Manhattan prosecutors have now accused him of forcing himself on three women. He has said any sexual contact with women was consensual. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 480 words; will be updated from planned 9:30 a.m. court appearance.

BREXIT — The British foreign secretary quits, accusing the prime minister of flying “white flags” of surrender in Brexit negotiations with the European Union. His departure, along with that of another top minister, threatens Theresa May’s fragile minority government. By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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STARBUCKS-STRAWS — Starbucks will rid its stores of plastic straws at locations around the world, citing threat to oceans, environment. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ-SENTENCED TO DEATH — Iraq’s courts are issuing death sentences at a dizzying rate against accused members of the Islamic State group, after swift trials with little evidence presented. Often the key to conviction is testimony by informants, raising the potential for innocents to be sent to the gallows on the word of someone with a personal grudge. By Hamza Hendawi, Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Maya Alleruzzo. SENT: 2,000 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has rejected calls to resign, calling sexual misconduct claims ‘vicious and false’. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHINA-US-BEIJING’S TRADE OPTIONS — China’s options to retaliate in its spiraling dispute with Washington go beyond matching U.S. tariff hikes to targeting American companies and government debt. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-TAB HUNTER — Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with films such as “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees!” and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86. By Shawn Marsh. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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