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August 1, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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UNITED STATES-TURKEY-PASTOR — Trump imposes sanctions over Turkey’s detaining of minister. SENT: 130 words.

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ONLY ON AP

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RUSSIAN HACKERS — The leak of an alleged Russian hacker’s conversations with a security researcher shows how the glare of publicity is bringing the shadowy group indicted by the FBI into focus. The conversations show the hacker hustling for spy tools, hinting at how the hackers who broke into the Democratic National Convention developed their digital lock picks. By Raphael Satter and Matthew Bodner. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — In a direct attack on the investigation that threatens his presidency, President Donald Trump calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to terminate Robert Mueller’s election interference probe “right now.” Trump said Sessions “should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.” By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photo.

SANCTUARY CITIES — A U.S. appeals court says President Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation with immigration authorities is unconstitutional. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court went too far when it blocked the order nationwide. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.

MEXICO-AIRLINER ACCIDENT — DURANGO, Mexico — Passengers aboard a flight that crashed on takeoff in northern Mexico describe the terrifying sequence of events that began with a strong burst of wind and hail that pummeled the Aeromexico jetliner, then sent it smashing belly-down onto a field near the runway. Terrified passengers scrambled to flee the plane as flames erupted around them. All 103 on board survived. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

ZIMBABWE-ELECTIONS — Soldiers and police fire live rounds, water cannons and tear gas at protesters who threw rocks and burned cars in Zimbabwe’s capital, dashing hopes that this week’s presidential and parliamentary elections would set the country on a new course after decades of Robert Mugabe’s rule. At least three people are killed in the violence after an announcement that the ruling ZANU-PF party had won most of the seats in Parliament, enraging opposition supporters who believe they were cheated of victory. By Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 550 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach of 700 words, photos, video by 3 p.m.

UNITED STATES-KOREA WAR REMAINS — Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed U.S. war dead begin their journey home following a repatriation ceremony in South Korea. By Kim Yong-Ho, Hyung-Jin Kim and Robert Burns. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The judge in Paul Manafort’s trial warns prosecutors against using the word “oligarch” to describe wealthy Ukrainians, and admonishes the lawyers for focusing too much on the lavish lifestyle of the former Trump campaign chair. SENT: 970 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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DATING APP KILLING — A man suspected of killing a woman he met on a dating app in New York City says in a Los Angeles jail interview that voices in his head made him do it. SENT: 450 words, photos.

GRIEVING ENDANGERED ORCA — Whale researchers are keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old whale that has been carrying the corpse of her dead calf born a week ago. Whale and animals experts say it’s not uncommon that the whale is clinging to a dead calf but the duration has been unusual. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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BLUE DIAMONDS-ORIGIN — Blue diamonds — like the Smithsonian’s famous Hope diamond — are the rarest of all and how they formed more than a billion years ago is a bit of a mystery. Now scientists think they have an answer. By Science Writer Christina Larson. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.

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