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July 6, 2018

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

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IMMIGRATION-SERVICE DISCHARGES — The U.S. Army has moved in recent weeks to discharge dozens of immigrant recruits and reservists who enlisted through a program that promised them a path to citizenship. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS — The United States hiked tariffs on Chinese imports Friday and Beijing said it would be forced to make a “counterattack” in a dispute between the world’s two biggest economies that President Donald Trump says he is prepared to escalate. SENT: 420 words, photo. Developing.

PRUITT — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. By Michael Biesecker, Zeke Miller and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

JAPAN-DOOMSDAY CULT-EXECUTION — Doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara and six of his followers were executed Friday for their roles in a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subways and other crimes, Japan’s Justice Ministry said. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 530 words, photos.

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT —President Donald Trump said Thursday he has narrowed down — to two or three — the list of contenders he’s considering to fill the vacancy for the Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1210 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP —In a campaign stop that was both political and personal, President Donald Trump targeted Democrat Jon Tester on Thursday in a bid to get more Republicans elected to the Senate but also to punish the lawmaker he blames for derailing his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. By Catherine Lucey and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1020 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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THAILAND-CAVE SEARCH — A former Thai navy SEAL working as part of the effort to rescue a soccer team trapped in a cave died from lack of oxygen. By Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 500 words, photo, video.

THAILAND-BOAT ACCIDENTS — Thai divers scoured the wreckage of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off the resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 10 with about 45 others missing on Friday, officials said. SENT: 480 words, photos.

BRITAIN-POISONING PROBE — In the quiet town of Amesbury, a stone’s throw from the mysterious Stonehenge monument, the new reality is sinking in: Novichok, again. Four months had passed since the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter, and the collective nightmare seemed to be fading. No longer were forensics experts in oversize haz-mat suits combing the area for an invisible killer. Then a British couple with no obvious connection to Russia or to espionage fell desperately ill and the government said Novichok was to blame. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — Some of the men who claim they were molested by a now-dead team doctor decades ago at Ohio State University say he wasn’t stopped by administrators even after students complained. SENT: 1250 words, video.

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-MOMENT OF SILENCE — Newsrooms across the U.S. have observed a moment of silence for the five employees of a Maryland newspaper who were killed a week ago in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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WIMBLEDON __ In a Wimbledon women’s field that keeps losing seeded players, the Williams sisters try to move into the fourth round when they play Friday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Play starts at 6:30 a.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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