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August 9, 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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2018 MIDTERMS-TAXES — In primary season, Republican candidates turn from tax cuts to anxiety as a way of motivating voters. By Steve Peoples and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,220 words, photo. TOP VIDEO: — US OH Election Analysis (CR) — Former Ohio State professor explains close Ohio election.

RUSSIA SANCTIONS — The United States says it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year. By Susannah George and Matthew Lee. SENT: 780 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-DIRTY AIR — A dull haze and the faint smell of smoke has blanketed California’s capital region for days, causing local soccer clubs to cancel practice and summer camps to keep kids inside — even though the biggest wildfires are more than 150 miles away. Public health and air quality experts say the smoke drifting over Sacramento and other cities is lasting for a longer stretch than normal as some of the biggest wildfires in state history rage. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Thousands fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE — A statue honoring white Confederate soldiers has stood for more than a century in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-majority city with deep ties to African-American history and culture. The story of how such a monument could be erected and still remain in place a century later offers lessons in just how hard it can be to confront a shared history that still divides a nation. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,570 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 900 words has also been sent.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — A man who lives in the tiny New Mexico community where authorities found 11 hungry children and the body of a small boy at a compound recalls helping men at the site with electrical work. By Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

IMMIGRATION-SERVICE DISCHARGES — The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — With the death toll rising and strong aftershocks hitting the Indonesian island of Lombok, the Red Cross says it’s focusing its earthquake relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached. SENT: 140 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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SMALL DAIRIES FIGHT BACK — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CONGRESSMAN-STOCK INDICTMENT — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York is arrested on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology corporation to his son, helping family and friends dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when one of the company’s drugs failed in a medical trial. SENT: 980 words, photos, videos.

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SPORTS

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OFFENSIVE TWEETS-MLB’S CHALLENGE — Baseball’s attempts to promote diversity have been overshadowed recently after the discovery of some inflammatory old tweets from current players. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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