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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

July 31, 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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HIGHLIGHTING:

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT (sent, developing)

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION (sent, developing)

RUSSIA-KHODORKOVSKY’S DOSSIER (sent)

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent, developing)

ANNENBERG INCLUSION STUDY (sent)

OFFENSIVE TWEETS (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ALAN ALDA-PARKINSON’S DISEASE — ‘M.A.S.H.’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SHARK STOLEN — Police: Stolen shark back at San Antonio aquarium; one charged. SENT: 120 words, video.

POLICE DEPARTMENT RESIGNS — Town’s entire police force quits, citing equipment, safety. SENT: 130 words.

PEOPLE-ALEX TREBEK — Alex Trebek says can see life after ‘Jeopardy.’ SENT: 140 words, photo.

INDONESIA-DOG MEAT-RABIES — Dog meat campaign say tests find rabies at Indonesia markets. SENT: 140 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Jury selection begins in the trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, on tax evasion and bank fraud charges in Virginia. SENT: 571 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. court hearing, 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION — The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and its struggle to reunite them, a fraught effort that’s drawn election-year criticism from both parties. But the hearing may also have another focus: reports of sexual and other abuse of immigrants at government detention facilities. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing, 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the Koch brothers, tweeting that the billionaire industrialists are a “total joke in real Republican circles” and that he is “a puppet for no one.” SENT: 490 words. UPCOMING: Developing from Trump events, including evening remarks in Tampa on career/technical ed, 690 words by 5 p.m., photo.

TRUMP-3D GUNS — President Donald Trump says he’s consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. Eight states have filed suit over the Trump administration’s decision to permit the company to publish the blueprints. They contend the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. SENT: 130 words.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S., according to a published report. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photo. WITH KOREAS-TENSIONS

PUTIN-CONGRESS — Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at Trump’s approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA-PROBE-FACT-CHECK.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-KHODORKOVSKY’S DOSSIER — Over the past three months, a handful of highly placed Russians have discovered their secrets seeping onto the web. The man behind the disclosures tells the AP that more are coming. By Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS —Zimbabweans await the first results from an election that they hope will lift the country out of economic and political stagnation after decades under former leader Robert Mugabe. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: Preliminary official results expected by 9 a.m. With ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS-THE LATEST.

IRAN-US — Iranian officials react skeptically to Trump’s comments that he’s willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart, saying instead that if the U.S. president wants talks, he needs to rejoin the international nuclear deal he unilaterally pulled out of earlier this year. By Amir Vahdat. SENT: 850 words, photo. With TRUMP-IRAN — Threats aside, Trump says he’s willing to meet with Iranians. SENT: 700 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-VAN-EXPLOSION — A bomb-laden van driven by a suspected Abu Sayyaf militant goes off in a powerful blast that killed 11 people, including a soldier, five militiamen and the driver, in a brazen attack that reignited terrorism fears in the southern Philippines. SENT: 540 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — A roadside bombing hits a passenger bus in western Afghanistan, killing at least 11 people, as militants launch a coordinated attack on a city in the country’s east, setting off gunbattles with Afghan troops, officials say. SENT: 570 words, phtotos.

JAPAN DEADLY MONTH — More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan’s deadliest months in recent years. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Twin wildfires tearing through vineyards and brushy hills threatens some 10,000 homes in Northern California — yet another front in the seemingly endless summer of wildfires that have ravaged some of the most scenic areas of the state. By Marcio Jose Sanchez and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 710 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Wildfires 2 (CR) — Firefighters light backfires to slow blazes. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

RENAMING FANEUIL HALL — Black Bostonians are threatening to boycott Faneuil Hall, one of the city’s most important landmarks, because its 18th-century namesake was a slave owner. Activists are pressuring Mayor Marty Walsh to get behind a campaign to rename the downtown building where the American Revolution was hatched. SENT: 680 words, photo.

CONNECTICUT-REPUBLICANS — It used to be that Connecticut’s Gold Coast — the famously wealthy communities near the New York border, including Greenwich — was where campaigners mined the state’s few Republican votes. In the Trump era, that’s changing. By Susan Haigh. SENT:: 960 words, photos.

PIG FARM-UNDERCOVER VIDEO — Recently released undercover video showing pigs being kicked, hit and punched at a Kentucky supplier for the world’s largest meat producer draw prompt condemnation from animal rights groups and the agricultural industry alike. However, the images sandwiched in between — adult pigs confined to metal cages barely bigger than their bodies and a piglet squealing while being castrated — show still widely accepted practices in the industry but were aimed at pressuring Brazilian-based JBS to abandon them. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 910 words, photo.

OPEN TO ALL — Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 950 words, photos.

FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL — A former Penn State fraternity member who pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2017 death of a pledge from New Jersey will become the first person sentenced in the scandal as more than 20 other former frat brothers await trial. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing, 550 words by 1 p.m., photos.

MICHAEL GRACZYK-RETIREMENT-PORTRAITS — A selection of the images and people found to be particularly memorable for retiring AP reporter Mike Graczyk in his years covering executions in Texas. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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HAWAII DOLPHIN HYBRID — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. SENT: 410 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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EUROPE-ECONOMY — Europe’s economic upswing slows further in the second quarter amid concerns over global trade disputes that have seen the world’s major powers impose new tariffs on each other. By Business Writer David McHugh. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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ANNENBERG INCLUSION STUDY — Despite enthusiastic discourse around diversity in film, a report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative says when it comes to the numbers, little has changed. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OCEAN TRASH ART — Huge sculptures of sea-life are on display at New Orleans’ aquarium and zoo, all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore on the Pacific Coast. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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LIFESTYLE

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GARDENING-MONARCHS AND MILKWEED —For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. Now some farmers in Quebec and Vermont are planting it. They’re looking to help the sinking population of monarch butterflies and to serve a new market for the milkweed fiber. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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OFFENSIVE TWEETS — The Twitterscape is often the site for competition among sports fans. But in the case of a trio of threads exposing racist, misogynist and homophobic past posts from baseball players, the motivations are less malicious. According to two people whose Twitter posts went viral over the weekend, their aim was not to destroy the athletes’ careers, but to give fans a fuller picture of who they’re cheering for, and to expose the sport’s “toxic” culture. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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