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August 5, 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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TOP STORIES

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A strong earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 39 people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen. By Ros Idin and Ali Kotarumalos. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump acknowledges that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and his son was to collect information about his political opponent, casting new light on a moment central to the special counsel’s Russia probe. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 950 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-MADURO — Authorities detained six people suspected of using explosives-laden drones in a failed bid to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, officials said, in what one witness described as a terrifying attack that shook her apartment building. By Scott Smith and Christine Armario. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

US SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ENVIRONMENT — President Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court has a record of calling for environmental regulations to be struck down. An Associated Press review of Judge Brett Kavanugh’s opinions, other writings and speeches shows he has a narrow view of what environmental protections the federal government can implement. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

TRUMP-DEMOCRATIC JOB GROWTH — The United States is on pace to add about 2.6 million jobs this year under President Donald Trump’s watch. Yet the bulk of the hiring has occurred in bastions of Democratic voters rather than in the Republican counties that put Trump in the White House. By Josh Boak. SENT: 1,650 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

SPAIN-DIGGING UP FRANCO — Even in his grave, the 20th-century dictator who ruled Spain with an iron fist keeps dividing the country. Spain’s new center-left government says removing the embalmed body of Gen. Francisco Franco from a glorifying mausoleum will be the first among many symbolic moves aimed at coming to terms with the country’s troubled history. By Aritz Parra. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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US HEALTH OVERHAUL-TRUMP OPTIONS — President Donald Trump says insurers are “going wild” about his new health care options and “millions and millions” of people will be signing up. Actually, industry groups have said they’re concerned. And for consumers there are new risks that may be hard to spot when they start looking for plans this fall. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SWITZERLAND-PLANE CRASH — A vintage propeller plane plunged near-vertically into a Swiss mountain, killing all 20 people on board as they returned from a two-day trip to southern Switzerland, investigators said. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TEXAS-GUN LAWS — Republican leaders in gun-friendly Texas are stamping down the prospects of ‘red flag’ laws that would let enforcement seize some firearms from people who are deemed dangerous to themselves or others. Gun control advocates hoped for an opening after mass shootings at a Texas church and high school within 6 months of each other, but Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have scuttled those efforts with recent comments that they never advocated or supported such measures. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 970 words, photos.

US COLORADO SHOOTING-PSYCHIATRIST — A psychiatrist who spent hours talking with mass murderer James Holmes says that what led Holmes to open fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater was a one-of-a-kind vortex of his mental illness, his personality and his circumstances — and some other, unknown currents that will probably never be uncovered. “A big part of it is, it’s hidden in Holmes’ mind, and he can’t see it either,” William H. Reid said in an interview with The Associated Press about his new book, “A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Theater Shootings.” SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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