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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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — School massacre commission in Florida to discuss campus safety. SENT: 830 words. UPCOMING: Meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.

IMMIGRATION-DACA — Judge who overturned other Obama program hears DACA case. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Hearing at 11 a.m.

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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. With PRIMARY-THINGS TO KNOW — Primary night takeaways: Democratic optimism, women advance. Also see WASHINGTON/POLITICS section below.

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. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. With MANAFORT TRIAL-PROTEGE VS MENTOR — Scenes from the courtroom.

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. Also see CHINA-TRADE below.

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.

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.

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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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MISSOURI-PRIMARY-ST-LOUIS-COUNTY-PROSECUTOR — Ferguson councilman ousts prosecutor McCulloch in primary. SENT: 510 words, photos.

XXXTENTACION SLAIN — Final suspect arrested in slaying of rapper XXXTentacion. SENT: 160 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-PEOPLE-PINK — Pink cancels fourth Sydney show, vows to be on stage this weekend. SENT: 250 words, photo.

LIGHTNING STRIKE — Two men struck by lightning while playing soccer in New York City. SENT: 80 words.

XAVIER-STUDENTS-KEVIN-HART — Comedian Kevin Hart awards scholarships to three Xavier students. SENT: 130 words, photo.

TV-NATHAN FILLION — Nathan Fillion ready for action in “The Rookie”, sort of. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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MICHIGAN PRIMARY-HOUSE — Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib wins the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. SENT: 630 words, photos. With MICHIGAN PRIMARY-SENATE — Trump-backed John James wins Michigan’s GOP Senate nod; MICHIGAN PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Whitmer, Schuette win Michigan governor nominations.

KANSAS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Immigration hardliner Kris Kobach and Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer are awaiting the outcome of their tight Republican primary race in a key test of whether Trump’s late endorsement would prove decisive for Kobach. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 820 words, photos.

MISSOURI PRIMARY-SENATE — Sen. Claire McCaskill coasts to the Democratic nomination in Republican-dominated Missouri, but GOP challenger Josh Hawley could prove to be one of her toughest opponents in a lengthy political career that also included stints as a state legislator and auditor. SENT: 650 words, photos. With MISSOURI-PRIMARY-RIGHT-TO-WORK — Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri.

WASHINGTON PRIMARY — Democrats are celebrating early returns in three congressional races in Washington state’s primary election, but Republicans say they are confident their party will hold on to all three seats in November. SENT: 830 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-REGULATIONS — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has expressed concern about federal agencies running amok, his rejection of environmental rules and other regulations reflecting a dim view of their aims. SENT: 1,150 words, photo. Note: One in a series of stories examining the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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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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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-DRUZE PROTEST — Israel’s Druze minority — Arabic speakers who serve in the country’s military —are protesting the contentious “Nation-State” law, saying it downgrades them to second class citizens. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-RECOVERING THE DEAD — After last weekend’s powerful earthquake, Indonesia struggles to recover the dead under piles of heavy debris and to evacuate the living from dangerously damaged areas. SENT: 840 words, photos. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Death toll rises to 131 in Indonesian quake.

MALAYSIA-CORRUPTION — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pleads not guilty to three new money-laundering charges related to the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund that led to his stunning electoral defeat three months ago. SENT: 320 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-CORRUPTION-THE LATEST.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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CHINA-TRADE — China’s export growth accelerated in July, showing little impact from a U.S. tariff hike in a spiraling dispute over technology. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 590 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares mixed on news of U.S. tariffs for Chinese exports.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-INVESTMENT — Samsung Electronics plans to spend $22 billion over the next three years on artificial intelligence, auto components and other future businesses as the company maps out its strategy under the restored leadership of Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong after he was freed from prison. By Technology Writer Youkyung Lee. SENT: 480 words, photo.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-WHAT’S NEW — Retailers raise game on back-to-school supplies from reusable smart notebooks to scented pencils. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CLOSE TO THE SUN — A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will hurtle through the sizzling solar atmosphere and come within just 3.8 million miles of the sun’s surface. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. UPCOMING: 900 words by 8 a.m., photo. TOP VIDEO: — US SCI NASA Sun (CR) — NASA embarks on a mission to “touch” the sun. UPCOMING: Launch window opens at 3:33 a.m.

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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.

LOSING ACES — The WNBA’S Las Vegas Aces lost two games in a single day — one on the court, another for refusing to take the court. By Sports Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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