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June 13, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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FISHY BUSINESS — In a global seafood industry riddled with labor abuse and fraud, national distributor Sea To Table offered conscientious consumers fish that was fresh, local and always caught in the U.S. However, an AP investigation found that even this company was connected to some of the same practices it vowed to fight, with preliminary DNA tests suggesting a sample of fish came from the other side of the world. By Martha Mendoza, Robin McDowell and Margie Mason. SENT: 3,107 words. With photos, video and an abridged version of 900 words.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump stretches credulity by declaring there is “no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” after his summit with leader Kim Jong Un that reduced tensions but produced no guarantees on how or when Pyongyang would disarm. Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo cautions that the U.S. would resume “war games” with close ally South Korea if the North stops negotiating in good faith. By Matthew Pennington and Josh Lederman. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: 990 words by 4 p.m., photos.

2018 MIDTERMS-TRUMP LOYALTY — Don’t cross President Donald Trump. That’s the lesson Republicans are learning after Trump critic and GOP Rep. Mark Sanford lost his primary election in South Carolina hours after Trump tweeted he was “very unhelpful.” By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer is searching for a new legal team to represent him in an FBI investigation of his business dealings. A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Michael Cohen’s current legal team plans to stop handling the case. It wasn’t clear what prompted the change or who would take over. By Tom Hays. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

AT&T-TIME WARNER-FUTURE MEDIA DEALS — Now that a federal judge has approved AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, other companies are likely to rush to consolidate. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

YEMEN — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government launches a fierce assault on the crucial port city of Hodeida, the biggest offensive of the years-long war in the Arab world’s poorest nation for the main entry point for food in a country already teetering on the brink of famine. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

WCUP-2026 HOST — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opts for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. By Rob Harris and Graham Dunbar. SENT: 830 words, photos.

MELTING ANTARCTICA — Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tons of ice since 1992, which melted into enough water to cover the entire state of Texas with almost 13 feet of water. And the melt is worsening, says an international study. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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MORE ON TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT

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TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-HUMAN RIGHTS — It was just months ago when Trump used his first State of the Union address to condemn the cruelty of North Korea’s government, but after his summit with Kim, he seemed to play down the severity of rights violations. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESSMAN SHOT-BASEBALL GAME — In the year since House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were wounded during a shooting rampage at a congressional baseball practice, mass shootings have occurred at a Las Vegas music festival and schools in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas. Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a doctor who helped saved Scalise’s life, has watched with the acute awareness of a mass shooting survivor, but his views on gun control have not changed. “If not for a gun” — used by two Capitol police officers, “you might have seen 20 dead people.”

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION — President Trump backs compromise immigration legislation that House Republican leaders are trying to craft in hopes of ending the party’s standoff over the issue, Speaker Paul Ryan tells GOP lawmakers Wednesday. Details of the measure remained in negotiation between conservatives and moderates, and whatever emerges faces an uphill climb. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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WESTERN WILDFIRES — Authorities say a fast-moving brush fire has destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab and that more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming have evacuated because of other wildfires. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid economic growth and rising inflation. SENT: 700 words.

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SPORTS

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WCUP-SPAIN-LOPETEGUI FIRED —With only two days to go before Spain’s opening match at the World Cup, Julen Lopetegui was fired as national team coach because he accepted a job to lead Real Madrid next season. The move sends a shock to a team that is among the favorites in Russia, two days before Spain plays fellow powerhouse Portugal — and Real Madrid’s all-world forward Cristiano Ronaldo — in both teams’ opener. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MEDIA-SUICIDES — The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are causing some journalists to re-evaluate how suicide is reported, in an attempt to be mindful of the danger of copycats. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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