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August 30, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-SHRINKING PRESIDENCY - As remembrance services for Sen. John McCain move to Washington, President Donald Trump will be glaringly missing. His inability to seize the ceremonial, symbolic power of the presidency threatens to change the office itself and remake Americans’ expectations of their commander in chief. By Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m.

McCAIN SERVICES - People wave American flags and campaign-style signs along the side of the road as a motorcade carrying Sen. John McCain’s body travels from the state Capitol to a church for a second day of memorial services for the maverick politician, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Memorial service ongoing; motorcade arrives 3 p.m. at Air National Guard Base at Sky Harbor International Airport for short private ceremony. Plane bearing McCain’s body departs for Joint Base Andrews at 3:30 p.m.

AP EXPLAINS-SYRIA-IDLIB - In a corner of northwestern Syria packed with nearly 3 million people, a final bloody showdown looms between the government and its opponents. Idlib is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war. It is also potentially the most dangerous. By Philip Issa. SENT: 860 words, photos. With SYRIA - Fearing a military offensive, the U.N. envoy for Syria proposes that civilians holed up in the rebel-held region of Idlib could evacuate to government-held areas - a move that would in essence send many back into parts of Syria they once fled in its 7-1/2-year-old war (sent).

TRUMP-LEGAL TEAM- The departure of top White House lawyer Don McGahn is elevating concerns about the heft of President Donald Trump’s legal team as he faces threats from the ongoing Mueller probe and a potential Democratic takeover in Congress. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 940 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m.

MOROCCO-TORTURED TEEN - The mother of a 17-year-old Moroccan girl who told police she was gang-raped, forcibly tattooed and held against her will for two months recalls how her daughter was dumped at the family’s home by two men, the scars of horror stamped on her body, “her honor lost.” The case in a nation where violence against women is widespread but largely ignored has sparked a public outcry, with people taking to social media to demand justice in tweets invoking the teenager’s name: “We are all Khalidja.” By Amira El Masaiti. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-BLACK CULTURE - This week’s national mourning for the Queen of Soul is also a celebration of the black culture and institutions Aretha Franklin represented and so loved. The many aspects of black culture Franklin embodied have been on full display this week in her hometown, from the black museum that hosted her public viewing for thousands of her fellow Detroiters, to the gospel tradition that launched her singular musical gifts and the black community she gave respect and joy to for more than half a century. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-FEDERAL WORKERS - President Donald Trump has told Congress he is canceling a pay raise that most civilian federal employees were due to receive in January, citing budgetary constraints. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

HARVARD-RACE IN ADMISSIONS - In its latest salvo aimed at ending the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration is accusing Harvard University of “engaging in outright racial balancing,” siding with Asian-American students who alleged the Ivy League school discriminated against them. By Maria Danilova, Collin Binkley and Eric Tucker. SENT: 615 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m. Photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD - Attorneys prosecuting a Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager say a recent media interview violates a court order not to discuss the case. Jason Van Dyke’s comments to the Chicago Tribune set off a new legal fight days before jury selection is to begin in one of the nation’s most infamous police shootings caught on video. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words; UPCOMING: 850 words with photos by 3 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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HONDURAS-DEPORTED TO DANGER-PHOTO GALLERY - No going home for many Hondurans deported back to violent neighborhoods. SENT: 580 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-CHELSEA MANNING - Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, her tour organizer says. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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NEWBORN OPIOIDS-OUTCOMES — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, a study finds. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TEN--US OPEN — Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs. Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the U.S. Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years. SENT: 873 words, photos.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION-WHAT TO SAY — Serena Williams has become the latest high-profile mom to disclose her struggles with postpartum depression. The 23-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram recently to share her feelings of inadequacy as a mother. What to say — and what NOT to say — to women suffering postpartum depression can be tricky for friends, colleagues and loved ones who have never experienced it. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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