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July 24, 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-FOREIGN POLICY-ANALYSIS — As the presidential tweets ricochet from one world hot spot to another, a Trump Doctrine has emerged: Claim matchless strength, suffer no slight and counter-punch harder than you are hit — at least verbally. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,100 words, photo. TOP VIDEO: — US WH Trump Debrief (CR) — AP Explains: Trump’s security clearance threat. With UNITED STATES-IRAN — Trump administration ratchets up pressure campaign on Iran.

GREECE-FOREST FIRE — The death toll from twin wildfires that raged through Greek seaside areas is poised to increase to around 50 after rescue crews reported finding the bodies of more than 20 people huddled closely together near a beach northeast of Athens. By Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros. SENT: 690 words, photos, video. With GREECE-FOREST FIRE-THE LATEST.

CANADA TORONTO SHOOTING — Investigators are digging into the life of a 29-year-old man trying to explain what prompted him to fire a handgun into restaurants and cafes in a lively Toronto neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 others. By Rob Gillies and Tamara Lush. SENT: 980 words, photos, videos. With CANADA-TORONTO SHOOTING-HUSSAIN — Toronto shooter’s neighbors knew nothing of mental illness.

NKOREA-DISMANTLING ROCKET FACILITY — North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 610 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-NORTHERN BORDER — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada. While the number of arrests is tiny compared with the southern border, the human smuggling is just as sophisticated. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. For AP’s comprehensive immigration coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/Immigration

HAITI-DASHED HOPES — The cost of living seems like it is spiraling out of control to many Haitians, and that inflation was at the root of four days of deadly protests that temporarily shut down the capital and raised the specter of mass unrest in the hemisphere’s poorest country. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump heads to Tennessee to promote her “Be Best” campaign to help children. SENT: 610 words, photo.

TRUMP-PORN STAR-DIVORCE — Husband of adult film performer Stormy Daniels seeks divorce. SENT: 380 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GEORGIA RUNOFF-GOVERNOR — The bruising nine-week runoff battle between Republicans Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp is set to be decided as voters hit the polls in the race for Georgia’s next governor. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls open at 7 a.m., close at 7 p.m. With TRUMP-ENDORSEMENTS — Trump’s endorsements signal more involvement in GOP politics.

POMPEO AUSTRALIA MEETING — U.S. talks with North Korea and trade tensions with China are among the topics U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis are expected to discuss with their Australian counterparts at a two-day meeting in the San Francisco Bay Area. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:30 p.m. news conference.

TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCE — Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of six former top national security officials who have been critical of his administration, a move that opponents and experts say would be an unprecedented politicization of the clearance process. SENT: 970 words, photos.

KAVANAUGH-SENATE — The White House is turning up the pressure on Senate Democrats to meet with Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, though with little success. SENT: 710 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PAKISTAN-ELECTIONS — As Pakistan prepares to make history by electing a third straight civilian government, rights activists, analysts and candidates say the campaign has been among its dirtiest ever, imperiling the country’s wobbly transition to democratic rule. SENT: 780 words, photos.

THAILAND-CAVE — The young soccer teammates and their coach who were trapped in a Thai cave attend a Buddhist ceremony as they prepare to be ordained to become Buddhist novices and monks. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded, photos. With AUSTRALIA-THAILAND-CAVE — Nine Australians awarded bravery medals for Thai cave rescue.

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NATIONAL

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SUBWAY STABBINGS CALIFORNIA — The hunt for a man police say slashed to death an 18-year-old woman in an unprovoked attack in the San Francisco Bay Area ended where it began: in a train station. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

HAWAII VOLCANO BOAT INJURIES — A passenger on a tour boat that was struck by lava off Hawaii’s Big Island last week shielded his girlfriend and waited for death as searing debris came ripping through the catamaran’s roof. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FIRE LOOKOUTS — Fire-lookout towers on remote peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SOUTHWEST HEAT — California’s power grid operators call for cutbacks in electricity usage as parts of the U.S. Southwest brace for another day of scorching heat. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SAN FRANCISCO PLASTIC STRAW BAN — In a bid to further cut down on waste, eco-conscious San Francisco is expected to join Seattle in outlawing plastic straws used to suck down Mai Tais and slurp up bubble tea. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Board meeting begins at 5 p.m.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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AIDS DRUGS-PREVENTION — New research shows even greater promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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LOCHTE SUSPENDED-FUTURE — Ryan Lochte won’t be swimming in any major meets until at least July 2019, which means his future is a bit uncertain. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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