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July 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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OFFENSIVE TWEETS — The Twitterscape is often the site for competition among sports fans. But in the case of a trio of threads exposing racist, misogynist and homophobic past posts from baseball players, the motivations are less malicious. According to two people whose Twitter posts went viral over the weekend, their aim was not to destroy the athletes’ careers, but to give fans a fuller picture of who they’re cheering for, and to expose the sport’s “toxic” culture. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Twin wildfires tearing through vineyards and brushy hills threatens some 10,000 homes in Northern California — yet another front in the seemingly endless summer of wildfires that have ravaged some of the most scenic areas of the state. By Marcio Jose Sanchez and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 710 words, photos, videos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Two questions loom large as Paul Manafort prepares to walk into a federal courtroom: Will Donald Trump’s former campaign manager spend what effectively could be the rest of his life in prison? Or will special counsel Robert Mueller be handed a defeat in his team’s first trial since his appointment more than a year ago? By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 570 words, photo. UPCOMING: Jury selection at 10 a.m., then 750 words.

TRUMP-IRAN — Trump says that he’d “certainly meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 650 words, photo.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION — Senators want answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their detained parents and its efforts to reunite them. By Alan Fram. SENT: 800 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing at 10 a.m., then 830 words.

PIG FARM-UNDERCOVER VIDEO — Recently released undercover video showing pigs being kicked, hit and punched at a Kentucky supplier for the world’s largest meat producer draw prompt condemnation from animal rights groups and the agricultural industry alike. However, the images sandwiched in between — adult pigs confined to metal cages barely bigger than their bodies and a piglet squealing while being castrated — show still widely accepted practices in the industry but were aimed at pressuring Brazilian-based JBS to abandon them. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 910 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-TENSIONS — Generals from the rival Koreas meet at their shared border for talks meant to ease a decades-long military standoff, the second such meeting since their leaders met for a landmark summit in April and pledged to reduce the danger of another war on the peninsula. SENT: 710 words, photos.

JAPAN DEADLY MONTH — More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan’s deadliest months in recent years. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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OPEN TO ALL — Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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OCEAN TRASH ART — Huge sculptures of sea-life are on display at New Orleans’ aquarium and zoo, all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore on the Pacific Coast. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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