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August 8, 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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PRIMARY RDP — Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump’s clout and cost both parties millions of dollars are too close to call. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless. By Steve Peoples and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The questioning of Paul Manafort’s protege during the political consultant’s financial fraud trial turns confrontational and personal, focusing on Rick Gates’ own crimes as well as an extramarital affair and a plea agreement. By Eric Tucker, Matthew Barakat and Chad Day. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.

IRAN SANCTIONS-CYBER THREAT — The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Aid begins reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful earthquake that killed at least 131 people, while rescuers double down on efforts to find the dead, pulling another body from the rubble. SENT: 230 words, photos, videos. By Andi Jatmiko. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

VENEZUELA-MADURO — President Nicolas Maduro accuses two opposition legislators of having roles in the drone attack that Venezuelan officials have called an assassination attempt on the leader, and his allies are moving against the accused. By Scott Smith. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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CHINA TARIFFS-STATES — State and local officials in Arkansas are scrambling to preserve development deals with Chinese companies amid Trump’s escalating trade battle. The stakes are especially high for one rural town, which is pinning its future hopes on a Chinese company’s plan to build a paper mill. But the company has delayed its plans, citing the uncertainty caused by the Trump administration’s trade policies. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

HOOKING KIDS ON TECH — Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. By Lindsey Tanner and Matt O’Brien. SENT: 910 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED — The father of a missing boy is due in court as authorities work to identify a child’s remains uncovered in an isolated desert compound raided by officers who found 11 children and four other adults living in filthy conditions. SENT: 910 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. SENT: 490 words, photos, videos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MISS AMERICA-CARLSON — Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host now in charge of the Miss America Organization, says the organization needs to heal a rift that has seen 20 state groups call for her and other top leaders to resign. An AP Interview. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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COWBOYS-PLAYER TO COACH — Kellen Moore makes the quick transition from quarterback to coach for the Dallas Cowboys. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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