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August 2, 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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POLITICAL DONOR-ALLIED WALLET — Records obtained by The Associated Press show that a prominent political donor has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore gambling operations get past the gates of the banking system. The company put millions of dollars behind Democrats — and then switched to Donald Trump. By Jake Pearson and Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 3,080 words, photos. An abridged of 1,040 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump bluntly declares that his attorney general should terminate “right now” the federal probe into the campaign that took him to the White House, a newly fervent attack on the special counsel investigation that could imperil his presidency. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-FACT CHECK.

UNITED STATES-KOREA WAR REMAINS — The U.S. military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing and identifying remains from the Korean War now that they are back on American soil. Vice President Mike Pence formally received the remains during an emotional and solemn ceremony in Hawaii after they arrived by military cargo jet from South Korea. By Audrey McAvoy and Kim Yong-Ho. SENT: 790 words, photos, videos.

FACEBOOK POLITICAL ADS-Q&A — Facebook is enforcing strict new requirements on digital political ads in an attempt to prevent foreign election interference. The process includes burdensome rules such as forcing some ad buyers to identify themselves by receiving mail at a known U.S. address. But there are ways to evade the system, and legitimate advertisers can face unintended consequences. By Technology Writers Barbara Ortutay and Mae Anderson. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. With FACEBOOK-ELECTIONS DISRUPTION-PROTEST — Facebook page’s removal angers Washington protest organizers.

ABORTION-ACCESS — Abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to make it easier for women to get abortions amid a new wave of state-level bans and restrictions expected to occur under a reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court. The efforts include boosting financial aid for women needing to travel long distances to get an abortion, and raising awareness about the option of do-it-yourself abortions. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 830 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Witnesses testify that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort personally directed millions of dollars in international wire transfers to pay for high-end suits and more than $3 million in improvements at his various houses. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. With TRUMP-CAPONE — Trump resurrects mobster Capone in tweet on former aide’s treatment.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Just a month into the budget year, fire-ravaged California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual firefighting budget, at least $125 million, officials say. SENT: 510 words, photos, videos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MEXICO-AIRLINER ACCIDENT — Just a day after a harrowing escape from a crashed and burning Aeromexico jetliner, many of its 103 passengers and crew went to work on resuming their travel, with some even boarding new flights from the same airport in western Mexico. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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PAPA JOHN’S-FOUNDER — The founder of Papa John’s says the pizza chain needs him back as its public face, and that it was a mistake for the company to scrub him from its marketing materials after he acknowledged using a racial slur last month. An AP Interview. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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OHIO ST-RECEIVERS COACH — Ohio State places Urban Meyer, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, on paid administrative leave while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against an assistant coach years before the staff member was fired last week. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 980 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-ERNEST HEMINGWAY — A World War II story by Ernest Hemingway, written in 1956, is being published for the first time. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 580 words, photo.

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