GGood afternoon! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at imader@ap.org. Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at ffrisaro@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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JULY FOURTH

NEW YORK — With fireworks thundering across night skies and backyard barbecues, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country's 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday will also be marked with a sense of a United States divided for some — evidenced by competing televised events in the nation's capital. By Rebecca Gibian. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

XXXTENTACION SLAIN — Law enforcement authorities in South Florida want to talk to a 22-year-old man wanted as a "person of interest" in the shooting death of rising rap star XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-ta-see-YAWN).

ANIMALS KILLED-BARN FIRE — The owner of a South Florida ranch says some 300 exotic animals have died in a fire.

DEPUTY INJURED — A sheriff's deputy is in serious condition after a car struck him in central Florida.

BUS DRIVER CHARGED — A 57-year-old school bus driver is accused of inappropriately touching a kindergarten student.

BOGUS FISH FARM — Three would-be financial advisers are accused of swindling seven Florida residents out of nearly $500,000 for a bogus, cutting-edge fish farm.

FATAL SHOOTING-TODDLER — Two Florida teens have been convicted in a drive-by shooting that left a toddler dead.

IN SPORTS:

MINORITY COACHES

OXON HILL, Md, — Camera lighting made beads of sweat emerge from Tony Elliott's forehead as he fielded questions ranging from football philosophy to something he could share about his private life. The Clemson co-offensive coordinator paused, smiled and couldn't hide his joy about riding an all-terrain vehicle through the woods. The walls broke down as Elliott made a human connection with mock interviewer Jon Oliver in the best possible preparation he can get for a head coaching job. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 979 words with AP Photos.

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The AP, Miami

With fireworks thundering across night skies and backyard barbecues, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country's 242nd birthday.

But this quintessential American holiday will also be marked with a sense of a United States divided for some — evidenced by competing televised events in the nation's capital.