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

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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EGYPT-PLANE — Egyptian investigation committee says flight data recorder of doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month killing all 66 people on board has been recovered. SENT: 240 words, photo, graphic. UPCOMING: Developing.

Adds IRAQ, BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED, IAAF-RUSSIAN DOPING, OBAMA.

GERMANY-AUSCHWITZ TRIAL — Verdict expected at 8 a.m.

US OPEN-ON THE TEE — Play set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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IRAQ — Iraqi special forces enter the center of Fallujah city, taking over a government complex and a neighborhood that served as a base for the Islamic State group militants after intense fighting, a commander says. Aid groups estimate that 50,000 civilians remain trapped inside Fallujah, the last major city in western Iraq to be held by the extremist group. By Qassim Abdul Zahra. SENT: 360 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-PUERTO RICO — Ever since last week’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, people in Puerto Rico have been frantically calling relatives in central Florida, scrambling to book flights and making funeral arrangements. The massacre of 49 people early Sunday has been felt particularly hard in this U.S. island territory because so many victims were either born here or were just a generation removed. By Ben Fox and Danica Coto. SENT: 990 words, photos. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Orlando residents pause with the president and vice president to mourn victims of the horrific massacre. SENT: 650 words, video, photos.

BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED — Campaigning in Britain’s European Union membership referendum remains suspended as the country absorbs the slaying of lawmaker Jo Cox by a suspect a U.S. civil rights group says had far-right ties. There are worries that the political fury unleashed by the EU campaign is somehow connected to the killing. By Shawn Pogatchnik and Jill Lawless. SENT: 750 words, photos. With BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED-THE LATEST.

MIDEAST-HILLARY CLINTON-ANALYSIS — From her time as first lady to her globe-hopping travel as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has a long background in dealing with the Middle East. She’s formed first-name relationships with many regional figures, at times taken hawkish and interventionist stances and at times pushed pragmatism in the face of the limits of U.S. power. Here’s a look at Mideast issues she would face if she wins in November. An AP News Analysis. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

CHILDHOOD ALLIGATOR ATTACK — Jason Kershanick was just 9 when he saw a huge alligator leap out of a lake and kill his 4-year-old playmate in their Florida neighborhood. Now a 37-year-old paramedic firefighter, he remembers the gruesome attack “like it was yesterday.” By Michael Warren. SENT: 660 words, photos.

IAAF-RUSSIAN DOPING — Russia makes a last-minute plea for its track and field athletes to be allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, claiming it has cleaned house and met all the requirements for reinstatement. By Nesha Starcevic and Stephen Wilson. SENT: 780 words, photos. With IAAF-RUSSIAN DOPING-THE LATEST.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-MEAT LOAF — Rock singer Meat Loaf collapses on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Alberta. SENT: 330 words, photo. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT — CAN MeatLoaf Fans (CR): Fans describe singer’s collapse.

SINGER SHOT-FLORIDA-FUNERAL — Family and friends are gathering in New Jersey to remember “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Developing from viewing from 3-8 p.m., memorial service at 8 p.m.

EXTREME HEAT — It’s a dry heat, Phoenix residents like to say about Arizona’s hot weather. That bravado may vanish as the thermometer flirts with 120 degrees this weekend. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ABU DHABI-CAT ISLAND — The inhabitants of the desolate, man-made island off the coast of Abu Dhabi can’t be immediately seen among the breakwater rocks. But as you draw close, their meows give them away. A colony of stray cats has swelled on Lulu Island. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

ECUADOR-US — Clint Dempsey scores for the third straight game on a first-half header, leading the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ecuador. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEM 2016-SANDERS — Bernie Sanders urges his supporters to help defeat Donald Trump, and says he will work with Hillary Clinton to transform the Democratic Party and “create the America that we know we can become.” By Ken Thomas. SENT: 520 words, photos, video.

CAMPAIGN 2016-LAWSUITS — The presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both trying to prevent the public release of videos that are critical to legal cases involving the candidates. SENT: 910 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — Dozens of State Department employees endorse an internal document that advocates U.S. military action to pressure Syria’s government into accepting a cease-fire and engaging in peace talks. The position is at odds with U.S. policy. By Bradley Klapper. SENT: 940 words, photo.

OBAMA — After emotionally trying week, President Obama to celebrate raw beauty of America’s national parks. SENT: 670 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA UNDONE-EMPTY SCHOOLS — Maria Arias was excited to start her freshman year with 12 new notebooks. Nine months later, they remain mostly empty. The growing chaos in Venezuela is ripping apart the school system, threatening to create a lost generation. Students go through the day dizzy with hunger, face muggings in the hallways, and are losing 40 percent of class time this year as teachers skip work to wait in food lines. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, video. An abridged version will move at 9:01 a.m.

PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE JUSTICE — The poor were among the strongest backers of Rodrigo Duterte but they’re ironically the first to get a foretaste of the war on crime he has promised to unleash and that allowed him to triumph in the May 9 election by a huge margin. SENT: 900 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR — A Japanese opposition leader who was a senior official during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant crisis denies that he or the prime minister at the time pressured the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. not to use the term “meltdown.” SENT: 660 words, photos.

GERMANY-AUSCHWITZ TRIAL — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz faces a possible 15 years in prison if found guilty of more than 100,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he helped the Nazi death camp kill 1.1 million Jews and others. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from verdict at 8 a.m.

HONG KONG-MISSING BOOKSELLERS — A Hong Kong bookseller gives an explosive account of being seized at a border by Chinese authorities, blindfolded and spirited away to be confined in a room for five months of interrogation and surveillance. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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WESTERN WILDFIRES — Fueled by hot and dry weather, wildfires threatened homes in California and other Western states as crews struggled to corral flames that have scorched miles of brush and timber. SENT: 490 words, video, photos. With WESTERN WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH — Baltimore Judge Barry Williams will be sorting through plenty of contradictory and confusing testimony when he decides the case of a police officer charged with murder in the death of a prisoner whose neck was broken in a transport van. The case against Officer Caesar Goodson is a convoluted narrative, with the reliability of witnesses constantly under heavy fire. SENT: 680 words.

CHARLESTON SHOOTING-1 YEAR LATER — The shootings of nine church goers at Emanuel Church in Charleston by an avowed racist were so thoroughly abhorred by people of all races that they responded by bringing down Confederate flags and renaming streets and parks that had honored names like Lee and Jackson. But none of this happened in Charleston. By Jeffrey Collins and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos, glance. Eds: Story also moved Sunday.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT — Guitarist Jimmy Page testifies in a Los Angeles court that he couldn’t identify the musical elements of the sheet music for the Spirit song “Taurus” that he is accused of lifting for the intro to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” SENT: 630 words, photos.

MUSIC-PRINCE ESTATE — The entertainment assets of Prince’s estate will be managed by two key figures in his career. SENT: 220 words.

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SPORTS

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NBA FINALS-ULTIMATE GAME — It’s the two-time reigning MVP who is trying to finish off a record-setting season with a second straight title, against a two-time champion who is tantalizingly close to finally ending Cleveland’s 52-year title drought. Steph vs. LeBron. Warriors vs. Cavaliers. Game 7 awaits Sunday night to decide these NBA Finals. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos.

US OPEN-ON THE TEE — Might as well hit the “restart” button on this U.S. Open. Three swift-moving storms raked Oakmont Country Club and made a hash of Thursday’s first round, sending U.S. Golf Association officials scrambling to get the national championship back on pace. Play is scheduled to resume Friday at 7:30 a.m. as all but nine golfers completed the first round. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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