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August 29, 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




PRIMARY RDP — A liberal Florida Democrat pulls off an upset victory in the state’s primary for governor while President Donald Trump’s favored candidate cruises to victory for the GOP, setting up a fierce fall showdown in the nation’s largest political battleground. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who would be the state’s first black governor, and Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, both defeated more moderate opponents aligned with their parties’ establishment. By Julie Pace and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video. With PRIMARY TAKEAWAYS — Establishment fails, diversity grows and Sheriff Joe says goodbye. See MORE ON PRIMARIES below.

TRUMP-GOOGLE — Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him “so that almost all stories & news is BAD” — and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is “taking a look” at whether Google should face federal regulation. By Darlene Superville and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,040 words, photo, video. With CHINA-GOOGLE-CENSORED SEARCH — Rights groups urge no censored Google search app for China.

MCCAIN-SERVICES — Family, friends and constituents will gather at Arizona’s Capitol to pay their respects to Sen. John McCain, the first of two days of services here before he departs the state he has represented since the 1980s. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; Motorcade scheduled to arrive at 12:45 p.m.; public viewing begins at 5 p.m. With MCCAIN — Graham says McCain was a man of honor, imperfection. For AP’s comprehensive coverage on McCain: https://www.apnews.com/tag/JohnMcCain

TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL — Jurors are now deciding the fate of a former Texas police officer who was convicted of murder for fatally shooting a black, unarmed teenager last year in suburban Dallas. Jordan Edwards was killed when Roy Oliver, a police officer in Balch Springs at the time, fired into a car full of black teenagers as it drove away from a house party. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from sentencing phase. With TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL-OTHER CASES — Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings.

MEDIA-TRUMP LIES — The Washington Post fact-checker’s first-ever declaration that a Trump statement was a lie brings into focus the media’s reluctance to use the word. Critics say the media is too timid, yet some journalists worry about overstepping bounds. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 940 words, photo.

MARIJUANA-STONER STEREOTYPES — With the nation’s multibillion-dollar marijuana market beginning to flower, the commercial cannabis industry is pushing hard to dispel the idea everyone who tokes up these days is a stumbling slacker living on their parents’ couch. The upscale pot shop MedMen, for example, has launched a $2 million anti-stoner campaign featuring average folks who get lit. By John Rogers and Krysta Fauria. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Pot Stereotypes (CR) — Pot industry tries to shake “stoner” stereotype.




UNITED NATIONS-MYANMAR-ROHINGYA-BLANCHETT — Cate Blanchett: Nothing prepared me for Rohingya suffering. SENT: 490 words, photos.

SHARK-ATTACK-VICTIM — Shark attack victim says he punched shark in gills to escape. SENT: 660 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE — Magnitude 4.4 earthquake shakes Southern California. SENT: 270 words.

TRASH CAN BANDITS — Police: Pair stole trash cans around Santa Fe. SENT: 140 words.

LANDMARKS-CANCER — Buildings, landmarks to be illuminated for cancer efforts. SENT: 110 words.




FLORIDA PRIMARY — Florida’s governor’ race will largely be a referendum on Trump as his hand-picked Republican nominee faces off against his political opposite, a young, black mayor who stunned a crowded Democratic field by reaching out to the far left of the party in a campaign that relied on true believers rather than big money and television ads. SENT: 950 words, photos. With FLORIDA PRIMARY-SENATE — Florida Gov. Scott, U.S. Sen. Nelson head into pricey showdown; FLORIDA PRIMARY-HOUSE — Ex-Cabinet secretary Shalala wins Democratic House primary.

ARIZONA SENATE — The Senate race in Arizona is shaping up to be a contest between two candidates who have pivoted beyond their bases. SENT: 950 words, photos. With ARIZONA-PRIMARY-CONGRESS —Arizona features two open House seats eyed by Democrats; ARIZONA PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Ducey, Garcia to face off for Arizona governor in November; ARIZONA PRIMARY-VOTING PROBLEMS — Delays in opening polling locations disrupts Arizona primary.

OKLAHOMA PRIMARY RUNOFF-GOVERNOR — A Tulsa mortgage company owner wins the GOP nomination in the race to become Oklahoma’s next governor, setting up a November contest in which education will undoubtedly be a top issue. SENT: 670 words, photos. With OKLAHOMA PRIMARY RUNOFF-HOUSE — Tulsa restaurateur wins GOP nod in Oklahoma House race.

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TUNA REBOUND — An iconic species of tuna appears to be slowly recovering in the Atlantic Ocean, prompting fishermen to seek bigger commercial catch quotas and environmentalists to call for a more conservative approach. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN DETAINED — Judges at hearings in state district court are considering crucial decisions about child neglect and abuse charges against five defendants arrested at a remote compound in northern New Mexico where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old boy was retrieved. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SOLDIER-TERRORISM CHARGES — A soldier based in Hawaii who is accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and fixating on videos of beheadings and suicide bombings plans to plead guilty to attempting to support the terrorist group. SENT: 510 words. UPCOMING: Hearing at 2:30 p.m.

REIMAGINING HISTORY — Living history museums like Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts are reimagining how they depict Colonial-era life to address how women and people of color were treated. SENT: 540 words, photos.




VENEZUELA-POLITICAL ASYLUM — Venezuelans, whose country has grown increasingly authoritarian and lawless amid an economic collapse, now make up the largest group by nationality of people seeking asylum in the United States. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

NICARAGUA-UNREST — A new United Nations report on four months of unrest in Nicaragua describes a comprehensive government repression effort extending from the streets to courtrooms. SENT: 740 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-BOMBING — A bomber who killed two people and wounded 35 at a town festival in the southern Philippines offered fruit to people in hopes of evading suspicion when he abandoned the bag that also contained the bomb, a Philippine military commander says. SENT: 320 words.




TRUMP-POLL-FACT CHECK — Trump is exaggerating the numbers when citing his overall job approval ratings. By Hope Yen. SENT: 400 words, photo.




ARETHA FRANKLIN-SORORITY — What began as a thin line swelled into a sea of sisterhood as hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta streamed into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, a member of the sorority. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 570 words, photo.




ACC-TV NETWORK — The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. An AP Interview. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.




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