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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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Adds BELGIUM-ANTI-TERROR RAIDS, PAKISTAN, EURO 2016-UEFA-CROATIA CHARGED, CHINA-VILLAGE PROTEST, ITALY-MYSTERY MODIGLIANI?.

OBAMA — Speech scheduled for 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED — The accused killer of British lawmaker Jo Cox gives his name as “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain” in his first court appearance. Thomas Mair, 52, makes his defiant statement in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London after being charged with the murder of the popular Labour Party lawmaker. By Shawn Pogatchnik and Greg Katz. SENT: 510 words, photos.

IRAQ — Iraqi government forces clear mines and explosives left behind by the Islamic State group in recently recaptured areas of Fallujah, as fighting continues in other parts of the city, an Iraqi military official says. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 560 words, photos.

BELGIUM-ANTI-TERROR RAIDS — Belgian authorities raid dozens of homes and arrest 12 suspects in a major anti-terror investigation which they say required “immediate intervention.” The operation comes as Belgium remains under a terror alert in the wake of the attacks in March on the Brussels subway and airport that left 32 people dead. SENT: 240 words.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Felipe Marrero wakes up in his hospital bed at night still thinking he smells gunpowder, nearly a week after the shooting rampage at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It’s just one of the ways the 30-year-old has suffered after being shot four times during the attack that left 49 people dead and more than 50 wounded. By Jason Dearan. SENT: 740 words, photos. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-OBAMA — President is asking parents to teach their children to love, not hate. SENT: 300 words, photo.

OAKLAND POLICE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — Oakland, Calif., loses its third police chief in eight days as it struggles with allegations that a number of officers had sex with a teenage prostitute and exchanged racist text messages. SENT: 410 words, photo.

ORTHODOX SYNOD — A historic attempt to bring together the leaders of the world’s Orthodox churches for the first time in more than a millennium stalls just ahead of the meeting’s opening after the powerful Russian church and three others pull out over disputes ranging from the seating plan to relations with the Vatican. By Patrick Quinn and Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBAMA — The first family continues its field trip with a visit to Yosemite Valley in California. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words after 2 p.m. speech.

SPACE STATION — A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in the sun-drenched steppes of Kazakhstan. SENT: 170 words, photo.

PAKISTAN — Police in Pakistan say they have arrested a mother who is accused of killing her pregnant daughter for marrying against the wishes of her family. SENT: 110 words.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK — Authorities say a mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son in Colorado. SENT: 140 words.

EURO 2016-THE LATEST — Turkey follows Croatia in being hit with a second round of disciplinary charges for fan misconduct at the European Championship. SENT: 480 words, photos.

SINGER SHOT-FLORIDA-FUNERAL — Thousands of friends and fans say farewell to “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie. SENT: 410 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-MEXICAN AS A SLUR — Donald Trump’s use of the word “Mexican” against a U.S.-born federal judge of Mexican descent highlights the history of the word as a slur used to dismiss U.S.-born Latinos. SENT: 880 words, photos. With GOP 2016-TRUMP’S PARTY — If Trump’s Republican Party were a family and its national convention a reunion, a therapist might say there are issues to resolve. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BANGLADESH-CRACKDOWN — Within six days of announcing a crackdown on Islamist militants, Bangladesh had filled its jailhouses with 11,600 new detainees in what seemed like an astonishing display of law enforcement might. The problem is, less than 2 percent of those picked up are suspected radicals, and not one is considered to be a high-level operative. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

MEXICO-JUSTICE REFORM — It would have seemed routine in many places: A defendant accused of illegally possessing a gun sat across a gleaming courtroom from the judge who accepted his guilty plea and would pronounce his sentence. For Mexico, though, it represents a remarkable change, part of sweeping judicial reforms nationwide. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CHINA-VILLAGE PROTEST — Scores of paramilitary police lock down a restive village in southern China to ward off fresh anti-corruption protests nearly five years after an uprising garnered international attention. SENT: 300 words, photos.

GREECE-MIGRANTS-UN — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens before heading off to the Greek island of Lesbos to view the refugee situation there. UPCOMING: 130 words by 11 a.m.; updates on merits.

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NATIONAL

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WESTERN WILDFIRES — Firefighters battling California wildfire struggle with strong overnight winds and brace for extreme heat wave this weekend. SENT: 620 words, video, photos, audio.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CHURCH RESPONSE — LGBT advocates are upset that many conservative religious leaders, while issuing statements of grief, won’t specifically note that gays and lesbians were victims of the Orlando shooting. SENT: 940 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-APPLE — A Chinese regulator orders Apple to stop selling two versions of its iPhone 6 in Beijing after finding they look too much like a competitor, but Apple says sales are going ahead while it appeals. SENT: 210 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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TRAUMA CARE — Up to 1 in 5 people may be dying unnecessarily from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 870 words, photo, graphic. Eds: Also moved in previous cycle.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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ITALY-MYSTERY MODIGLIANI? — It’s a story almost too fantastical to be true: A flea market dealer finds a painting near a subway trash bin, submits it to laboratory analysis and emerges convinced he has a Modigliani on his hands. Experts express skepticism. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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US OPEN-ON THE TEE — Dustin Johnson started out early and finished 36 holes as darkness enveloped Oakmont Country Club. He did it well enough to grab a share of the lead in the U.S. Open, a position not unfamiliar to him. Now those closest to Johnson will have to put in marathons of their own Saturday to stay in contention in a tournament turned upside down by storms. SENT: 630 words, photos.

RUSSIAN DOPING-RODCHENKOV — Russian authorities open a criminal case against the country’s former anti-doping laboratory director. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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HOW TO REACH US

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