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July 21, 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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MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT — An Indiana woman whose nine family members were killed when a Missouri duck boat sank says the last thing she heard before a huge wave swept over them was her sister-in-law yelling, “Grab the baby!” Tia Coleman was among the survivors of the tourist boat accident that killed 17 people, including nine of Coleman’s relatives. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New 900-word version by 5 p.m. With MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-SAFETY — Could the tragedy have been averted? A similar sinking in Arkansas killed 13 people nearly two decades ago and raised alarms. By John Hanna and Gene Johnson. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-LAWYER — Donald Trump says he finds it “inconceivable” that a lawyer would tape a client, as he weighs in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with Trump. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 560 words, photo.

ITALY-FIAT CHRYSLER — Fiat Chrysler Automobile announces that CEO Sergio Marchionne’s health had suddenly deteriorated following surgery and that its board of directors had chosen Jeep executive Mike Manley to replace him. Marchionne, a 66-year-old Italian-Canadian, joined Fiat in 2004 and led the Turin-based company’s merger with bankrupt U.S. carmaker Chrysler. Manley, 54, had been heading the Jeep brand since June 2009 and the Ram brand from October 2015. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 550 words, photos.

TRUMP ALONE — Even for a president who increasingly dismisses the constraints and guidance of aides, that me-against-the-world position proved untenable for Donald Trump after his summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 920 words, photo.

2018 MIDTERMS-DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM — Socialists used to operate on the fringes of the liberal movement, but as Donald Trump’s presidency stretches into its second year, “democratic socialism” has become a significant force and Democrats are debating whether moving too far left will turn off voters. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

ERITREA-DIASPORA’S DILEMMA — The sudden thaw between longtime enemies Eritrea and Ethiopia is opening up a world of possibilities for the neighboring countries’ residents: new economic and diplomatic ties, telephone and transport links and the end to one of Africa’s most bitter feuds. By Caron Creighton. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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REPUBLICANS-TRUMP-RUSSIA — There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin. SENT: 750 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — A federal judge applauded Trump administration efforts to meet a deadline to reunite more than 2,500 children with their families after they were separated at the border. Justice Department attorneys say in federal court in San Diego that 450 children 5 and older had been reunified, up from 364 a day earlier. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers said Saturday they had accepted a cease-fire ending a massive Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead, once again pulling the sides back from the brink of a full-fledged war. SENT: 470 words, photos.

FRANCE-MACRON-AIDE — French investigators raid the house of one of French President Emmanuel Macron’s former top security aides, a man who was caught on camera beating a young protester in May. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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GLF--BRITISH OPEN — Tiger Woods shoots a 5-under 66 in the third round of the British Open and is in contention to win his first major in more than 10 years. He began the day six shots off the lead. The last of his 14 majors came at the U.S. Open in 2008. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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