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

ADDS: EGYPT PLANE; GUNS-CONGRESS; GAY PRIDE-EXPLOSIVES ARREST; OAKLAND POLICE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT; VENEZUELA-PROTESTS; EINSTEIN’S WAVES.

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TOP STORIES

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ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER – The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater is recovered, ending a ghastly search at one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. SENT: 750 word, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. Highlighting video US FL ALLIGATOR 6 (CR). With ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER-THE LATEST.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-INSIDE THE CLUB – “Please, don’t let my hand go,” Eddie Justice begged Demetrice Naulings. Inside Pulse nightclub, dozens of people wailed and screamed in pain. Seemingly endless shots rang out. Some club-goers – stained with their own blood, or with the blood of others – hid under a bar, while others ran wildly in every direction. By Allen G. Breed, Jason Dearen and Tamara Lush. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA – Investigators are trying to piece together Omar Mateen’s movements and zeroing in on what his wife may have known about the nightclub massacre that left 49 victims dead. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. With NIGHTCLUB-SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SECURITY GUARDS – Gunman’s job raises questions about security guard screening; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SECURITY GUARDS-Q&A; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-PUERTO RICO; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SHOOTER PROFILE – Shooter claimed police academy rejection was over religion (all sent).

EGYPT PLANE – Egypt says that it spotted and obtained images from the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane flying from Paris to Cairo that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 people on board, according to a statement by the country’s investigation committee. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CAMPAIGN 2016 – Donald Trump’s accusation that President Obama is prioritizing America’s enemies over its own people moves him into uncharted territory for the nominee of a major political party. By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. With CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-NRA – Trump says he will meet with the National Rifle Association to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists from buying guns; CAMPAIGN 2016-FACT CHECK – Is Trump right that U.S. soldiers stole reconstruction cash in Iraq? (both sent).

ZIKA-BIRTH DEFECTS – Women infected with the Zika virus late in their pregnancies had babies with no apparent birth defects, according to a study that appears to confirm that the greatest risk to infants comes early in pregnancy. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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EURO 2016-FANS – Police use tear gas to disperse English soccer fans at the European Championships. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BABY BACTERIA – New studies suggest that antibiotics and birth by C-section can disrupt babies’ development of protective gut bacteria. SENT: 540 words.

WHO COFFEE – Coffee struck from list of possible cancer-causing agents. SENT: 530 words, photos.

PENGUINS PARADE – 400,000 fans greet Pittsburgh Penguins at Stanley Cup parade. SENT: 570 words, photo.

UNITED NATIONS-PEOPLE-HATHAWAY – Actress Anne Hathaway named goodwill ambassador for UN Women. SENT: 280 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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GUNS-CONGRESS – A Democratic senator launches a filibuster to force a vote on gun control legislation. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With TRAIL TRANSLATOR-SECOND AMENDMENT – Gun rights mean different things to different parties (sent).

NATO-AFGHANISTAN – The United States is reconsidering the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, a top official tells NATO. It’s fresh indication that American involvement is not waning. SENT: 710 words, photo.

MEDICARE-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS — Calling rising drug costs “unsustainable,” an advisory agency recommends changes to Medicare’s popular outpatient prescription program that would protect seniors from extremely high costs, but also mean some will pay more. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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OAKLAND POLICE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT – The mayor of Oakland, California, removes the interim police chief after appointing him less than a week ago amid a widening sex scandal involving several officers. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

GAY PRIDE-EXPLOSIVES ARREST – An Indiana man who said he was headed to a gay pride event in California had a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, plus 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode, authorities say. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With GAY PRIDE-EXPLOSIVES ARREST-THE LATEST.

CALIFORNIA SERIAL KILLER – Authorities announce a $50,000 reward as they renew their search for an elusive serial killer they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. Highlighting video US CA GOLDEN STATE KILLER (CR).

VERMONT LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES – A former legislative assistant to a Vermont state senator testifies at his sexual assault trial that he forced her into oral sex and intercourse at his home. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Developing from trial. With VERMONT-LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES-THE LATEST.

FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE WATCHDOG – The U.S. Department of Education is taking the first step to close the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges. SENT: 610 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA-PROTESTS – A fourth person dies as a result of spontaneous food riots rocking Venezuela as security forces increased their presence in a coastal city hit by looting. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With VENEZUELA-GRAVE ROBBERY – Grave robbers in Venezuela target ex-president’s tomb (sent).

SOUTH AFRICA-SOWETO UPRISING – South Africa is marking 40 years since black students were shot dead during protests against the harsh separation of races known as apartheid. But while the June 16 uprising changed the country, a deep and uncomfortable separation remains. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE – The Federal Reserve signals that it foresees an exceedingly slow pace of interest rate hikes — and is in no hurry to resume them. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 870 words, photo. Highlighting video US YELLEN (CR).

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TEXTING – More and more, people who want to get in touch with small businesses are using texts or online chats rather than emails or phone calls. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE-TECHNOLOGY

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EINSTEIN’S WAVES – Astronomers say they’ve heard the echoes of two more crashing black holes — a discovery that hints that the unseen violence of the universe may be pretty common. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HOWE-FUNERAL – Hundreds of people, including Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Gary Bettman, bid farewell to Gordie Howe at a packed, two-hour funeral service in Detroit. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-KALEO – While Bjork may be Iceland’s best-known musical export, a four-part rock band is making waves in the U.S. with its bluesy rock sound. SENT: 460 words, photo, video.

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HOW TO REACH US

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