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September 1, 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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — A former British spy told a senior Justice Department lawyer two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel.” The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged. Ohr described the events to lawmakers this week in a private interview, according to multiple people who were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the session. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 950 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Papadopoulos says Trump ‘nodded with approval’ at suggestion of Putin meeting (sent).

MCCAIN — John McCain is getting a presidential farewell, but not from the actual sitting president. At McCain’s request, former Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, are speaking about the six-term senator at Washington National Cathedral. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 686 words, photos, video.

ARETHA FRANKLIN — As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved, several speakers used the moment to continue to demand respect for black America. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 560 words, video, photos. With ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL-ARIANA GRANDE — Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage (sent).

SCHOOL SAFETY — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has “no intention of taking any action” regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 930 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-CRUZ — President Donald Trump says he’ll ride to the rescue of one-time bitter rival Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, the strongest indication yet that the Texas conservative firebrand is getting nervous about his challenger, a liberal darling with a growing national profile. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITIES — The California Legislature votes to allow power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year’s deadly wildfires amid fears that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., would otherwise face financial ruin. SENT: 640 words, photos.

SEX ABUSE-COACH FIRED — Not a month into her new job as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She’s calling for yet another shake-up in the federation’s leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-ELECTIONS — Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been barred from Brazil’s October presidential election by the country’s electoral court despite easily leading in the polls — a ruling that adds uncertainty to the race to lead Latin America’s largest nation, leaving no clear favorites. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SHARK STUDY — As another beach season draws to a close on Cape Cod, researchers are trying to figure out what’s driving the increase in shark sightings and encounters — including the state’s first attack on a human since 2012. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FUNERALS-SPLIT SCREEN — Two beloved Americans, two services: one screen wasn’t always enough for television news networks following services for Sen. John McCain and Aretha Franklin. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC each tried to keep viewers caught up on people paying respect to McCain as his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol, and the lengthy remembrance for the Queen of Soul in Detroit. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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US OPEN-WILLIAMS SISTERS — Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatched player on the other side. So what if it happened to be her big sister? Serena equaled her most-lopsided victory against her sister Venus with a 6-1, 6-2 rout in the third round of the U.S. Open. By Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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