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August 6, 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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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A powerful earthquake strikes the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities say that rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb. By Ros Idin and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 780 words, photos, graphic.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his “right-hand man” — the person defense attorneys blame for any crimes. Rick Gates, who also served in a senior role in President Donald Trump’s campaign, has been a key cooperator for special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after he cut a plea deal earlier this year. During that process, Gates admitted to two felony charges, but when he testifies it will be the first time he’ll detail those crimes face-to-face with his former boss and mentor. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 760 words, photo.

VENEZUELA-MADURO — Venezuelan investigators hunting for assailants behind a failed attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro with explosives-laden drones raid hotels and seize vehicles while grilling six suspects for details of the plot. By Scott Smith and Christine Armario. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-SENATORS — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative appellate judge is breezing past swirling questions over his views on executive power and his approach to gay marriage, abortion and other legal issues. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-CHARLOTTE-RAE — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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EQUESTRIAN-SEX ABUSE — An equestrian judge got kicked out in the middle of a horse show after officials discovered a 5-year-old assault case against him that had been long closed. The case didn’t involve the sport or minors, but organizers say they would err on the side of caution. The case offers an eye-opening window into the far-reaching, sometimes unintended consequences, of the U.S. Olympic sports movement’s mission to combat sex-abuse. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 10 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Trump appears to have changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel’s investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

2020-IOWA — The Iowa State Fair opens this week with none of the political celebrity typical of the late-summer festival in the leadoff presidential caucus state. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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PORTLAND PROTESTS — Portland police are accused of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city’s new police chief to order a review of officers’ use of force. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-SLIDING YUAN — China tightens controls on trading in its yuan to discourage speculators after a decline against the dollar amid a tariff dispute with Washington fueled fears of a damaging outflow of capital from the world’s second-largest economy. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 580 words, photo.

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