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June 9, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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MARINES-TOO YOUNG? — The head of the Marine Corps says it’s time the U.S. military branch known for its fierce, young warriors becomes a little more mature. The Marine Corps is considering offering bonuses and other perks to try to entice older, more experienced Marines to re-enlist as it builds up its cyber operations to be able to defend the nation, especially against cyberattacks from Russia and China. The move marks a historical change that could significantly transform a force with more than 60 percent of troops 25 years or younger. By Julie Watson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-G-7 — President Donald Trump warns America’s allies that they would be “making a mistake” if they decide to retaliate against the new U.S. tariffs, and he suggests a global trading system free of all barriers and subsidies. Trump says the U.S. is done acting “like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing” and will stop trading with other countries unless they offer more favorable terms. By Catherine Lucey, Rob Gillies and Ken Thomas. SENT: 780 words, photos.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT — President Donald Trump says he has “a clear objective” for the nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and expects to know within moments of their meeting whether his counterpart is serious about the talks. Trump describes it as a “one-time shot” for Kim and says he’s on a “mission of peace.” By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 620 words. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TRUMP-KIM-SUMMIT-TALKING TO NORTH KOREANS — During a quarter-century of on-off nuclear talks with North Korea, U.S. officials have learned a thing or two about dealing with an inscrutable adversary and have tried many tactics to get their way: quiet persuasion, black humor and even walking out of the room. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

SOUTHERN BAPTISTS-METOO — The Southern Baptist Convention, largest Protestant denomination in the US, is facing what one leader calls a “horrifying #MeToo moment” as it prepares for its annual national meeting June 12-13 in Dallas. Church leaders acknowledge being shamed by a series of sexual misconduct cases; women are organizing a protest rally to demand that apologies are coupled with action. By David Crary. 800 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

BOURDAIN-IMMIGRANT WORKERS — Anthony Bourdain’s culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He also had an abiding affection for the immigrant workers who toiled in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry. SENT: 730 words, photos. With FRANCE-ANTHONY BOURDAIN — French prosecutors says no evidence of foul play or violence in Anthony Bourdain’s death (sent); BOURDAIN-OLIVE GARDEN REVIEWER — A North Dakota food critic is grateful for Bourdain’s defense of her after she was pilloried for a glowing review of an Olive Garden. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo.

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MORE ON TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT

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TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-SECRET BOMB PROGRAM — An unknown number of nuclear warheads. Stockpiles of plutonium and uranium to make such bombs. Missiles that can be probably topped with nukes. Related plants and scientists working there. These are key parts of the North’s covert weapons programs that are subject to U.S.-led calls for its “complete denuclearization.” A look at the North’s secrecy-clouded bomb program that has rattled the region for decades. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 990 words, photos.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-PEACE AT LAST? — A look at what a final peace to one of the 20th century’s bloodiest wars might mean, and whether it could happen Tuesday. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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2018 MIDTERMS-NORTH DAKOTA SENATE — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a first-term Democrat running for re-election in Donald Trump-friendly North Dakota, is walking a fine line between her president record and her party’s leanings, but she says the resistance movement against the White House is unproductive. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 980 words, photo.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump is using some goosey numbers to rationalize his aggressive rhetoric on trade, disregarding strong points in U.S. competitiveness to paint a dark portrait of a world taking advantage of his country. And he’s glossing over aspects of the economy that don’t support his faulty contention that it’s the best it’s ever been. By Calvin Woodward and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,890 words, photo. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL DIVERSITY PLAN-ASIANS — A plan to diversify New York City’s most elite public high schools is drawing fire from the minority group that has come to dominate the schools in recent years: Asian-Americans. SENT: 920 words, photos.

PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE — Amid the fun and celebration of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, organizers and participants want to keep a spotlight on something serious — that months after Hurricane Maria roared through and as the next hurricane season arrives, Puerto Rico is still struggling. By Deepti Hajela. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.

PORTLAND PROTESTS — Viral cell phone videos of bloody fist fights and skirmishes between members of right-wing groups and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters have focused national attention on this Pacific Northwest city more known for its liberal vibe. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VATICAN-POPE-OIL — Pope Francis tells world oil executives that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions,” and warns that satisfying the globe’s energy needs “must not destroy civilization.” SENT: 550 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — The Afghan Taliban announces a three-day cease-fire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier cease-fire announcement by the government. SENT: 530 words, photo.

BRITAIN-OBIT-TURGEL — Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist’s death and the camp’s liberation a month later, has died. She was 95. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-STAR WARS-TOXIC FANDOM — The dark side of “Star Wars” fandom recently reared its head when Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who plays Rose Tico in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” was run off Instagram by misogynistic and racist messages from fans who didn’t like her character in the movie. The episode was not an uncommon one. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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RAC--BELMONT STAKES — Justify tries to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will be on the rail against nine rivals in the Belmont Stakes, with trainer Bob Baffert looking for his second Triple Crown. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Post time 6:46 p.m.

TEN--FRENCH OPEN — Simona Halep kept telling everybody who would listen: She was a different player. She was stronger mentally. And now she finally has a Grand Slam title to go with her No. 1 ranking after coming back to beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the French Open final. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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