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July 28, 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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VATICAN-SEX ABUSE-NUNS — An Associated Press examination finds that after decades of silence, a handful of nuns worldwide have come forward on an issue that the Catholic Church has yet to come to terms with: The sexual abuse of religious sisters by priests and bishops. By Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza. SENT: 2,000 words, photos. Abridged version has also moved.

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TOP STORIES

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — In the small California community of Keswick, only a handful of homes remain. The air was thick with the smell of smoke and chemicals, and the rubble of people’s lives still smoldered a day after the so-called Carr Fire moved through the area like a freight train. At least 500 structures were destroyed in Keswick, the historic Gold Rush town of Shasta and the city of Redding. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Lorin Eleni Gill. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — With pressure mounting, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former “fixer,” is taking a more aggressive and public turn in his attitude toward the White House. He had largely stayed out of the spotlight since April. That’s when prosecutors raided his office and seized records about his own and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. By Jonathan Lemire, Michael R. Sisak and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-TRADE POLITICS — President Donald Trump’s trade policies are turning long-established Republican orthodoxy on its head, marked by tariff fights and now $12 billion in farm aid that represents the type of government intervention GOP voters railed against a decade ago. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

US-NORTH KOREA-WAR REMAINS — President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for “fulfilling a promise” to return the remains of U.S. soldiers missing from the Korean War, as a U.S. military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases said to contain remains. By Lolita C. Baldor, Ahn Young-Joon and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LES MOONVES — CBS says it is investigating personal misconduct claims after the company’s chief executive, Les Moonves, was the subject of a New Yorker story detailing sexual misconduct allegations. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

ZIMBABWE-MASSACRE’S LASTING SCARS — More than 30 years after the Matabeleland massacres in which the army killed 10,000 to 20,000 Zimbabwean civilians, the trauma is still raw for survivors. Many say they cannot vote Monday for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was state security minister at the time. With the race too close to call, the people of Matabeleland could be decisive for the opposition. By Bram Janssen and Andrew Meldrum. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRUMP RALLY-LAWSUIT — A federal appeals court allowed supporters of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to proceed with a lawsuit alleging they were beaten after San Jose police steered them into a crowd of anti-Trump protesters. SENT: 240 words, photo.

INDIA-MONSOON — At least 37 people have been killed this week as monsoon rains triggered house collapses and flooded wide swaths of land in northern India, officials say. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-BENEFIT CONCERT — The city of Annapolis is holding a benefit concert featuring Maryland-bred rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom last month. SENT: 120 words, photo.

HISPANIC MAN BEATEN-OFFICERS ARRESTED — Two white New Orleans police officers have been fired after they were accused of beating a Hispanic man who they allegedly called a “fake American.” SENT: 130 words.

TV-BOBBY BROWN — Bobby Brown repeatedly denies that his marriage to Whitney Houston ever turned violent, a reversal of a past admission. SENT: 120 words, photos.

NOT REAL NEWS — A look at what didn’t happen this week. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FILM-STAR WARS — J.J. Abrams says he will use unreleased footage of Carrie Fisher in the next “Star Wars” film to give the latest trilogy a “satisfying conclusion.” SENT: 260 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-PUTIN — Is there another Trump-Putin meeting in the works? The White House says President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow — if he gets a formal invitation from Vladimir Putin. Russian President Putin said he’s game for a trip to Washington. But his answer came only after Trump retracted his invitation for a fall sit-down. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-ECONOMY-FACT CHECK — President Donald Trump falsely claimed he’s pulled off “an economic turnaround of historic proportions.” Speaking at the White House after the government reported that the economy grew at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter, Trump declared that the gains were sustainable and would only accelerate. Few economists outside the administration agree with this claim. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT — Video and audio recordings recovered from a fatal tourist boat accident in Missouri show that the lake went from calm to deadly dangerous in a matter of minutes. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS — A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for peace negotiations. SENT: 130 words.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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SOCIAL MEDIA-INVESTOR WRATH — Two of the biggest social media platforms lost nearly one-fifth of their market value after reporting disappointing user growth. Twitter’s stock plunged after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in the coming months. The 20.5 percent plunge came one day after Facebook lost 19 percent of its value in a single day. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SCIENCE SAYS-EXTREME WEATHER — All-time record heat marks set across the globe. Record-setting fires. Strange downpours. The extreme climate that scientists have warned us about is here. Again. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FLORIDA-RARE BUTTERFLIES — For the first time in almost a decade, a rare and endangered butterfly is flying in the main stretch of the Florida Keys, once again defying the hurricanes and habitat loss that had brought it to the brink of extinction. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ROYALS-BREWERS TRADE — The Milwaukee Brewers found the left-handed power hitter they sought, acquiring third baseman Mike Moustakas on Friday from the Kansas City Royals to complete a second significant trade in as many days as the club makes a push for its first playoff appearance since 2011. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 300 words.

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