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August 19, 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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TRUMP-GUZZLE AGAIN? — The Trump administration says the domestic oil boom means there’s no longer an economic imperative to conserve oil, challenging the longstanding government support for ever-thriftier gas vehicles — and the electric car, too. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — In a series of angry tweets, President Donald Trump blasts a New York Times story reporting that White House lawyer Don McGahn has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team investigating Russian election meddling and potential collusion with Trump’s Republican campaign. isn’t “a John Dean type ‘RAT,’” making reference to the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon. SENT: 630 words, photos.

WOMEN RUNNING IN 2018 — More women than ever before have won their primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — setting a U.S. record and paving the way for November battles that could significantly change the public debate on many issues. By Christina A. Cassidy and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

SCIENCE SAYS-WILDFIRE FUEL — A look at past wildfire seasons shows how weather extremes are becoming more common because of climate change supercharging wildfires. Most fires are sparked by people, but hotter, drier weather corresponds to more intense fires and more acres burned. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 900 words, photo. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

CHURCH-SEX ABUSE-PARISHIONERS — Across the U.S., Catholics once faithful in their financial support to their churches are soul-searching for ways to respond to the constant sex-abuse scandals that have tarnished the institution in which they believe. By Ivan Moreno and Jeff Karoub. UPCOMING: 960 words by 3 p.m., photos.

KOREAS-FAMILY REUNIONS — Hundreds of Koreans will participate, starting Monday, in a week of reunions with relatives many haven’t seen since the 1950-53 Korean War cemented the division of the peninsula into the North and South. Many of the elderly relatives at the reunions, which will be held at the North’s scenic Diamond Mountain resort, know that given the fickle nature of ties between the rival Koreas, it could be their last meeting before they die. By Kim Tong-hyung. 1,200 words, photos, video.

HAJJ — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba from first light in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gathering every year, a trip required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. By Omar Akour. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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FORMER CONGRESSMAN-CONTRACT — A former Texas congressman had tried steering a federal contract to the owner of a business who gave him a $160,000-a-year job after the congressman resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a newspaper investigation published Sunday. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Strong earthquakes jolt the Indonesian island of Lombok, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. SENT: 410 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESE-SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATION — Pittsburgh bishop under fire after grand jury report says the diocese “followed every single step” it should have regarding allegations of child sex abuse in the churches. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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TEN--CINCINNATI — It’s a Djokovic-vs.-Federer rematch. Novak Djokovic tries for his first Cincinnati title against old nemesis Roger Federer, who has won the tournament an unprecedented seven times. In the women’s bracket, No. 1 Simona Halep also tries for her first title, facing Kiki Bertens. Women’s final starts 2 p.m., followed by men’s final.

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