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August 31, 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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MCCAIN — John McCain is remembered as “one of the bravest souls” the country has ever produced, a patriot who served the nation and a lawmaker with an “iron will” as he lay in state under the Capitol dome. Americans line up for blocks outside the Capitol to say goodbye to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator. By Laurie Kellman and Matthew Daly. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL — Aretha Franklin’s funeral begins with prayers and songs, as pink Cadillacs fill the street outside a Detroit church where the guests include former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATED FAMILIES — The Trump administration is under increasing pressure to speed up the reunification of families it separated at the Mexican border in the wake of allegations three children were sexually assaulted while in U.S. custody. By Julie Watson and Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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O’ROURKE’S RISE — If Senate seats were decided by viral videos and fawning national media profiles, Beto O’Rourke would win in a landslide. So far, the Texas Democrat has capitalized on the hype machine, but he still faces an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-QUESTIONS ABOUT TRUMP — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is likely to face questions at next week’s confirmation hearing about the man who nominated him: President Donald Trump. By Jessica Gresko. UPCOMING: 950 words by 3 p.m., photos. WITH: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE PREP — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only one engaging in practice sessions ahead of next week’s grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GULF REGIONAL THREATS-ANALYSIS — A false claim by Yemen’s Houthi rebels of an attack on the world’s busiest airport for international travel this week may have been quickly disproven, but it shows the growing threat to Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SYRIA — Syrian opposition fighters blow up bridges linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive against their last stronghold in the country, activists and a war monitor say. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL SAFETY — A federal panel convened after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will issue a series of best practices to make schools safer, including recommendations on arming teachers, a senior Education Department official told The Associated Press. Age restrictions on gun purchases also are being considered. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 950 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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TEN--US OPEN-WILLIAMS SISTERS — Serena and Venus Williams meet in the third round of the U.S. Open, the sisters’ earliest Grand Slam matchup in 20 years. Serena leads the head-to-head series 17-12 and 10-5 at Grand Slam tournaments. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match starts 7 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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NBC-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — Ronan Farrow’s former producer at NBC News says his old network breached its journalistic duty by failing to stick with the story of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. By AP Media Writer David Bauder.

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