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July 6, 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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IMMIGRATION-SERVICE DISCHARGES — The U.S. Army has moved in recent weeks to discharge dozens of immigrant recruits and reservists who enlisted through a program that promised them a path to citizenship. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS-IMPACT — The trade war that erupted Friday between the United States and China has suddenly elevated the risks to the global economy. Barring a cease-fire, the tariffs the Trump administration and Beijing have imposed on billions of dollars in each other’s goods could slow growth, weaken investment, unsettle markets and inflate the prices of goods ranging from Chinese construction equipment, airplane tires and machine parts to American pork, soybeans, excavators and chicken sandwiches. And the import taxes could soon escalate. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 990 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — The Trump administration asks a federal judge for more time to reunite families that were separated at the border under its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The request comes hours before the government updates the judge on its compliance with his order to quickly return children to their parents. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUPREME COURT-MAKING THE CASE — Age? Experience? Appeal to political base? A look at the competitive advantages and disadvantages of President Donald Trump’s top candidates for the Supreme Court. By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June by adding 213,000 jobs in a sign of confidence despite the start of a potentially punishing trade war with China. However, the unemployment rate rose to 4 percent from 3.8 percent, as more people began looking for jobs. By Josh Boak. SENT: 910 words, photos.

EPA-STATE OF PLAY — Andrew Wheeler, a two-decade Washington veteran, former coal lobbyist and newly named acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has said he wants to soothe an agency roiled by the ethics scandals of ousted administrator Scott Pruitt. By Ellen Knickmeyer. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — Syrian government forces retake a vital border crossing with Jordan and raise the national flag for the first time in years, restoring sovereignty over a key region and potentially reopening a gateway for Syrian exports to Arab countries. Weakened and abandoned by their U.S. allies amid a crushing government offensive, rebels in southern Syria find themselves compelled to accept yet another surrender deal that would see opposition fighters transported by buses to areas held by rebels in the country’s north. By Bassem Mroue and Omar Akour. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

THAILAND-FALLEN RESCUER — A former member of the Thai navy’s elite SEAL unit who volunteered to help his old comrades in their risky mission to evacuate a dozen boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave has become the first casualty of the massive rescue effort. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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WESTERN WILDFIRES — A fast-moving wildfire near the California-Oregon border has killed one person as hot weather and extreme winds fuel blazes throughout the West. In Colorado, the governor will visit areas where massive wildfires have burned down more than 100 homes. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words with a new approach by 6 p.m.

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS — An Indiana lawmaker at the center of groping allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill came forward Friday to accuse him publicly of groping her twice during a party earlier this year, ratcheting up pressure on the embattled Republican to resign. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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WORLD CUP

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WCUP-BRAZIL-BELGIUM — Brazil and Belgium meet in a World Cup quarterfinal packed with top-flight talent from Europe’s best leagues, a match that could produce a goal bonanza or be decided by Brazil’s stingy back line. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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