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July 13, 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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PENCE-GAS STATION EMPIRE — The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. — the Indiana business once run by vice president Mike Pence’s family that primarily operated under the name Tobacco Road — was widely publicized. But the company’s environmental legacy at more than 85 contaminated sites across three states is far less known. Indiana alone has spent at least $21 million on the cleanup, or an average of about $518,000 per site, according an analysis of records by The Associated Press. And the work is nowhere near complete. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,700 words, photos, map.

VENEZUELA-CHILD EXODUS — As Venezuelans flee into Colombia to escape their country’s collapsing economy, a grim toll is becoming evident among the youngest arrivals: Children are sleeping on streets, suffering malnutrition and, in a few cases, abandoned. Police in the border city of Cucuta regularly turn at least one or two children a day over to Colombia’s child welfare agency, where many are then placed in foster homes. By Christine Armario. SENT: 1,670 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Twelve Russian intelligence officers are indicted on charges they took part in a sweeping and coordinated effort to hack into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including those of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The indictment — which comes days before President Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin — was the clearest allegation yet of Russian efforts to meddle in American politics. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump pulls off a diplomatic backflip, reversing himself on trade, Brexit and his critical assessment of British Prime Minister Theresa May. Just days after lobbing thunderous broadsides at his British hosts, Trump is on his best behavior as he capped his tumultuous two-day visit to the U.K. by sipping tea with the queen. By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,300 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 p.m., photos

BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE — British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England say they have found the source for the deadly substance: a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims. Further tests will be carried out to establish whether it is from the same batch that was used to poison Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

PAKISTAN-POLITICS — The deadliest attack in Pakistan’s troubled election campaign killed 70 people, including a candidate, in southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday ahead of the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his return to Pakistan. By Zaheer Babar and Abdul Sattar. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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PAPA JOHN’S-FOUNDER —Papa John’s, which has featured founder John Schnatter in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-CABINET TRAVEL — The government wasted at least $341,000 on travel by ousted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, including booking charter flights without considering cheaper scheduled airlines, an agency watchdog says. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SAFE INJECTION SITES — In a Brooklyn storefront, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb the nation’s deadliest drug overdose epidemic. They’ll be checked on, by intercom, about every three minutes while in the restroom at this needle exchange program, and staffers are ready to administer anti-overdose medication. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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OIL PRODUCTION-US — The U.S. has nosed ahead of Saudi Arabia and is on pace to surpass Russia to become the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time in more than four decades. By David Koenig. SENT: 670 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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EMMY NOMINATIONS-DIVERSITY — Sterling K. Brown and Donald Glover aren’t such Emmy outliers this year. More than a third of the 101 acting nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards went to ethnic minorities, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. That’s up from a quarter of the field last year, when Brown (“This Is Us”) and Glover (“Atlanta”) won top acting awards. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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WIMBLEDON — The five-set match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner has become the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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