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August 28, 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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TRUMP-MCCAIN — Glowering in public and near-silent for two days, President Donald Trump relents under pressure by tersely recognizing Sen. John McCain’s “service to our country” and re-lowering the White House flag. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 980 words, photos, videos.

US-MEXICO-TRADE — Trump’s declaration of victory in reaching a preliminary deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement raises at least as many questions as it answered. Can Canada, the third member country in NAFTA and America’s No. 2 trading partner, be coaxed or coerced into a new pact? By Paul Wiseman, Luis Alonso Lugo and Rob Gillies. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

MALL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-SUSPECT — The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press. By Michael Biesecker and David McFadden. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

PRIMARY RDP — Voters in Arizona go to the polls to vote on who should compete for Jeff Flake’s seat at the same time that John McCain’s death has created another key vacancy in the state. By Julie Pace and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-COUNTERTERRORISM — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has frequently supported giving the government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans. Democrats plan to grill Kavanaugh about that and other matters during his confirmation hearings scheduled to begin next week. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 1,160 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-LONG RECOVERY — Nearly a year after wildfire tore through Northern California wine country in the most destructive set of blazes in state history, only eight of nearly 2,700 single-family homes lost in Santa Rosa — the hardest-hit city — have been rebuilt. Many homeowners have discovered they’re underinsured, which has delayed claims settlements and construction. By Lorin Eleni Gill. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BOLIVIA-CENTENARIAN — Listed at 117 years and just over 10 months, Julia Flores Colque is the oldest woman in the Andean nation, and she might be the oldest living person in the world. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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GETTING BY-HARDSHIP — Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. By Personal Finance Writer Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FURMAN QB-CLEMSON STUDENT —Quarterback Harris Roberts spends his class time at Clemson and his practice time at Furman. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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ARETHA FRANKLIN-PUBLIC VIEWING — Thousands are expected to pour into Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History this week to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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