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July 8, 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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Adds: BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE, BRITAIN-MAN BOOKER PRIZE, OBIT-ROBERT RAY.

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ONLY ON AP

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IMMIGRATION-AFTER THE RAID — Many miles away 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. 2,950 words moved in advance for use beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday. With photos, video and an abridged version of 790 words.

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TOP STORIES

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THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — Expert divers rescue four of 12 boys from a flooded cave in northern Thailand where they were trapped with their soccer coach for more than two weeks, as a dangerous and complicated plan unfolds amid heavy rain and the threat of rising water underground. Eight boys and the coach remain inside the cave complex, and authorities hope to have them out in the coming days. By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-THE SUPREME SHOW — After more than a week of pitched speculation, Trump will go on prime-time television to reveal his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 875 words, photo. WITH: TRUMP-SUPREME COURT — President Donald Trump is nearing a decision on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after a weekend of deliberation at his New Jersey golf club. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m., photos.

POMPEO NORTH KOREA — Undeterred by a blistering rebuke of his efforts to forge a denuclearization deal with North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday appealed for North Korea’s leadership to follow Vietnam’s path in overcoming past hostilities with the United States. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 975 words, photos, video.

IMMIGRATION-ZERO TOLERANCE — California, which has long resisted mass hearings for illegal border crossers, has given in to the large, group trials. Critics call it assembly-line justice, but it illustrates the strain the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy has put on federal courts on the border. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 850 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

ITALY POLITICS — He skipped a Cabinet meeting to attend a horse race and took a dip in a Tuscan villa’s pool while on the job. He leads the junior partner in the new populist government, but he acts like he’s the one running Italy. Barely a month in office, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the anti-migrant, euro-skeptic League party, has been regularly outshining his coalition rival and fellow deputy premier. SENT: 850 words, photos. WITH: EUROPE-MIGRANTS — After closing Italy’s ports to aid groups that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, Salvini wants to extend the prohibition to foreign navy ships (sent).

TURKEY-SYRIAN GIRL’S NEW LEGS — The 8-year-old Syrian girl, quietly crying in an Istanbul clinic, was overwhelmed by the pain and hope of a new set of prosthetic legs she had just received and taken aback by the cameras pointed at her by journalists in attendance. Maya Meri has been in the spotlight since images of her plight hit social media last month. She was filmed moving around a displaced persons camp in war-torn Idlib province in northwest Syria walking with a rudimentary contraption her father made with tuna cans, plastic tubes and fabric as substitute legs. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-MAN BOOKER PRIZE — Michael Ondaatje’s “The English Patient” is named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize at an event celebrating five decades of the prestigious literary award. SENT: 400 words.

OVERDUE MOVIE RENTAL-FINE — A business has helped an Oklahoma man who had been facing a more than $200 fine and a warrant for his arrest for an overdue movie rental he had forgotten about after becoming homeless. SENT: 130 words.

OBIT-ROBERT RAY — Former longtime Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray, who helped thousands of Vietnam War refugees relocate to the state and defined Iowa’s GOP politics for years, dies at 89. SENT: 140 words.

BRITAIN-WORLD CUP REVELING — England fans celebrate team’s World Cup win over Sweden by jumping on furniture at an IKEA, among other rowdy acts. SENT: 140 words, photos.

DEAD BODY GUY — a man who gained fame from playing corpses in television shows and movies is getting ready to say his final “goodbye” and retire. SENT: 140 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER —Tropical storm Beryl disintegrates as it zips toward the eastern Caribbean, where forecasters still warned of heavy rains on islands struggling to recover from last year’s deadly hurricanes. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Trump administration says it’s freezing payments under an “Obamacare” program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses. SENT: 840 words, photo.

TRUMP-EUROPE — President Donald Trump’s week-long European trip will test the strained bonds with some of the United States’ closest allies before putting him face-to-face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

THE NEXT ELECTORAL UPSET? Some political observers are drawing parallels between longtime New York Democratic congressman Joe Crowley — white, male, middle-aged, and ultimately taken down by a young Latina challenger — and Mike Capuano. The veteran Massachusetts Democrat faces a spirited primary challenge from a younger, black Boston city councilor. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-HEAVY RAIN — Heavy rainfall hammers southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands, as the government puts the death toll at 48 with 28 others presumed dead. SENT: 460 words, photos.

BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE — A woman dies eight days after being poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in southwest England. Police think she touched a contaminated item that has not yet been found. SENT: 480 words, photos.

TURKEY-TRAIN ACCIDENT — At least 10 people are killed and more than 70 injured when multiple cars of a train derail in western Turkey. SENT: 190 words, photos. Developing.

HAITI-PROTESTS — Looters pillage burn and vandalize shops in Haiti’s capital following two days of violent protests over the government’s attempt to raise fuel prices. SENT: 300 words, photos.

THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENT — Thailand’s government pledges to ensure justice for Chinese victims of a tour boat that sank in a storm off the southern resort island of Phuket, killing 42 people and leaving another 14 missing. SENT: 760 words, photos.

FRANCE-FAR RIGHT — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen lashes out at a decision to withhold the payment of a public subsidy for her party, saying it amounted to “certain death” for the National Rally. SENT: 400 words.

IRAN-INSTAGRAM — Iran’s arrest of a teenager known for her dancing videos on Instagram and her televised confession raise new questions about crackdowns on expression in the Islamic Republic. SENT: 260 words.

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NATIONAL

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WESTERN WILDFIRES — Firefighters have been able to build containment around several destructive wildfires burning in California. SENT: 140 words, photos. Developing.

FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL — The sprawling criminal case against former members of a Penn State fraternity over the death of a pledge last year is about to pick up steam with yet another preliminary hearing on the horizon, as well as the first sentencing. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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ASIA TO APPALACHIA — A slice of Appalachia along the Ohio River still struggling with the loss of manufacturing jobs from decades ago is looking to Asia to revive the region’s fortunes as a partnership between two companies proposes to build a petrochemical plant in eastern Ohio. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-BOX OFFICE — Despite its heroes’ diminutive size, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBO--ALL-STAR ROSTERS — Major League Baseball unveils the starters, reserves and pitching staffs for the All-Star Game on July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to start for the NL despite a sluggish first half, and the AL looks set for one powerful outfield with Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts and Mike Trout in line to start. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, following 7 p.m. announcement.

SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-BELGIUM — Considering the attacking might of both sides, a goal-fest looks possible when France and Belgium meet Tuesday in the World Cup semifinals. SENT: 875 words, photos.

TEN--WIMBLEDON-MOMS ON TOUR — When Serena Williams steps out on Centre Court to play Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon’s fourth round on Monday, it will be a rare meeting of Mom vs. Mom. Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women’s tennis tour. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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