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August 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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” multiple people familiar with the encounter tell The Associated Press. The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, described his breakfast with Christopher Steele to lawmakers in a private interview this week. The exchange of potentially explosive information took place between two men the president has relentlessly sought to discredit. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 950 words. WITH: LOBBYIST CHARGED — A business associate of a key figure in the investigation into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent (sent).

AP ESSAY-END OF A CHAPTER — Aretha Franklin and John McCain exit the stage together in an American moment not unlike the period when each emerged. Fifty years after the cataclysmic year of 1968, today we are in a similar period of upheaval and polarization — a time when American society’s foundational pillars are being questioned and people of all political persuasions are deeply angry and uncertain about the nation’s path. By Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,005 words, photos.

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McCAIN — John McCain is remembered as “one of the bravest souls” the country has ever produced, a patriot who served the nation and a lawmaker with an “iron will” as he lay in state under the Capitol dome. Americans line up for blocks outside the Capitol to say goodbye to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator. By Laurie Kellman and Matthew Daly. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos. WITH: McCAIN-SENATE LIONS — John McCain is being remembered as a last lion of the Senate, with few others matching his stature. But the next generation of mavericks might come from the ranks of Senate women. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,075 words, photos.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL — Aretha Franklin’s funeral begins with prayers and songs, as pink Cadillacs fill the street outside a Detroit church where the guests include former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATED FAMILIES — The Trump administration is under increasing pressure to speed up the reunification of families it separated at the Mexican border in the wake of allegations three children were sexually assaulted while in U.S. custody. By Julie Watson and Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SCHOOL SAFETY — A federal panel convened after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will issue a series of best practices to make schools safer, including recommendations on arming teachers, a senior Education Department official told The Associated Press. Age restrictions on gun purchases also are being considered. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 950 words, photo.

TARIFFS-PORTS — Around the country, port officials worry that tariffs in a rising trade war will reduce their traffic and have ripple effects on related businesses. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that up to 20 percent of incoming traffic at some ports could be caught in the crossfire if all proposed tariffs are implemented. More than 250 seaports, airports and ground terminals in 48 states could be hit. By David Koenig. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

TEN--US OPEN-WILLIAMS SISTERS — Serena and Venus Williams meet in the third round of the U.S. Open, the sisters’ earliest Grand Slam matchup in 20 years. Serena leads the head-to-head series 17-12, 10-5 at Grand Slam tournaments. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match starts 7 p.m.

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MUSIC-EMINEM — Eminem picks a busy day to surprise the world his new album — “Kamikaze” was released only hours before the funerals of Aretha Franklin and the Washington tribute to the late Sen. John McCain. SENT: 130 words, photo.

US HIGH SCHOOL-DIXIE — The fight over Confederate symbolism has landed in an Alabama town where education leaders have banned the high school marching band from playing “Dixie” as the fight song. SENT: 870 words, photos.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL-ARIANA GRANDE — Ariana Grande belted an Aretha Franklin standard at the Queen of Soul’s homegoing in a black dress so short it got the social media choir going. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BILLBOARD-KIDNEY PLEA — A cancer survivor who lost both kidneys to the disease is using a Times Square billboard to plead for a new one. SENT: 130 words.

MAGA HAT-ARREST — A grand jury in Texas indicts a 30-year-old man on a felony theft charge after he was accused of throwing a drink at a supporter of President Donald Trump before walking off with the teenager’s “Make America Great Again” hat at a fast food restaurant. SENT: 120 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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O’ROURKE’S RISE — If Senate seats were decided by viral videos and fawning national media profiles, Beto O’Rourke would win in a landslide. So far, the Texas Democrat has capitalized on the hype machine, but he still faces an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m. 

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-QUESTIONS ABOUT TRUMP — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is likely to face questions at next week’s confirmation hearing about the man who nominated him: President Donald Trump. By Jessica Gresko. UPCOMING: 950 words by 3 p.m., photos. WITH: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE PREP — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only one engaging in practice sessions ahead of next week’s grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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STEALTH DESTROYER — Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works replaces one of the massive turbines on the future USS Michael Monsoor, and the stealthy destroyer is scheduled to depart for San Diego in November. SENT: 340 words, photo.

MARIJUANA-OREGON HARVEST — New policy in Oregon requires marijuana growers to notify officials when they harvest their weed, in move to appease federal authorities. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BOSTON GLOBE-THREATS-ARREST — A Los Angeles man who authorities said kept a small arsenal in his home was charged with making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe for what he allegedly called “treasonous” attacks on President Trump. SENT: 700 words.

GRAND CANYON-FLOODING — Weeks after water rushed through a gorge off the Grand Canyon, sending tourists fleeing to higher ground, the Arizona tribe that calls the area home is ready to welcome visitors back to its reservation known for towering blue-green waterfalls. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GUATEMALA-CORRUPTION — Guatemala’s military has surrounded the headquarters of a U.N.-sponsored commission investigating corruption in the country. SENT: 80 words. Developing.

GULF REGIONAL THREATS-ANALYSIS — A false claim by Yemen’s Houthi rebels of an attack on the world’s busiest airport for international travel this week may have been quickly disproven, but it shows the growing threat to Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 860 words, photos.

BREXIT — The European Union promises Britain an unparalleled trade partnership if Brexit is concluded on amicable terms. SENT: 110 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SYRIA — Syrian opposition fighters blow up bridges linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive against their last stronghold in the country, activists and a war monitor say. SENT: 400 words, photo.

EUROPE-ECONOMY — Unemployment across 19-country eurozone falls to its lowest level since the most acute phase of the global financial crisis a decade ago. SENT: 660 words.

UKRAINE-SEPARATIST LEADER KILLED — A blast in a war-themed cafe in eastern Ukraine kills the most prominent leader of the separatist rebels who have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014. Alexander Zakharchenko’s death underlines the dismal prospects for resolving the conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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BUSINESS/FINANCE

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METHANE-COLORADO — The Trump administration rolls back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support. SENT: 770 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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NBC-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — Ronan Farrow’s former producer at NBC News says his old network breached its journalistic duty by failing to stick with the story of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. By AP Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CATTLE EMISSIONS-SEAWEED — Researchers at the University of California, Davis are studying whether feeding seaweed to dairy cows will reduce their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas released by livestock. Early results look promising, and a longer study is planned this fall. By Terence Chea. SENT: 315 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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BBO--TRADE DEADLINE RDP — Andrew McCutchen joins the Yankees in a trade with the Giants, and more players might be on the move on the final day for trade waiver deals. Washington closer Ryan Madson seems headed to the Dodgers, and Toronto could be shopping Josh Donaldson, Curtis Granderson or Justin Smoak. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m. Deadline at midnight.

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