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

Adds new line for PRISONS-POSTCARDS ONLY to Top Stories; elevates GERMANY-TRAIN ATTACK to a full line; adds PEOPLE-SHANNEN DOHERTY to Talkers.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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SPACE STATION — SpaceX Dragon capsule delivers supplies to International Space Station. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, photos.

OBAMA-GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT — Obama to address White House summit on global development. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Obama comments set for 3:35 p.m., photos.

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ONLY ON AP

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CLONING GIANT TREES — A team of arborists is cloning some of the world’s tallest and oldest trees, believing that sequoias have some of the heartiest genetics and that propagating them will help reverse climate change, at least in a small way. By Scott Smith. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION — The art of the coronation has taken something of a beating at the Republican National Convention — but Donald Trump now has the crown. By Kathleen Hennessey and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 870 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US RNC AP Analysis (CR) — Trump officially nominated for president. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-DUMP TRUMP — Anti-Trump movement dies a slow death; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-TRUMP’S KIDS — Trump children soften his image; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-2020 — Delegates are talking about Ted Cruz. Also see GOP 2016-PENCE-INDIANA RECORD below.

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Days after a failed coup attempt in Turkey, the country’s jets carry out cross-border strikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, killing some 20 alleged militants, state media report. By Suzan Fraser and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 570 words, photos. With TURKEY-WIKILEAKS — Access to WikiLeaks blocked in Turkey as it releases emails; TURKEY-MILITARY COUP-THE LATEST.

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE — Defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 nations gather in Washington to plan the next steps in the fight against the Islamic State. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after beginning of meeting at 8:45 a.m. With EXTREMISM REPORT — EU police agency warns of extremist threats to Europe.

EXTREMISM-MENTAL HEALTH — After family members of the driver who slammed a truck into a holiday crowd in the French city of Nice said he suffered from depression, questions have been raised again about the links between mental illness, extreme ideology and mass violence. By Medical Writer Maria Cheng. SENT: 810 words, photo. With FRANCE-TRUCK ATTACK — France: All 84 killed in Nice truck attack are identified.

IRAQ-BOMBING INFERNO — When the blast went off outside two Baghdad malls, fire swiftly ripped through the buildings, trapping shoppers and cafe-goers inside, forcing some to leap to safety, while others burned to death seeking refuge in storerooms. Baghdad’s worst suicide bombing early this month was made deadlier because the buildings had no fire exits or safety measures, hiking public anger at inefficient emergency services and corruption. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 960 words, photos, with a 360-degree panorama of the burned out malls.

PRISONS-POSTCARDS ONLY — Maryland would be the first state to ban letters to prisoners, allowing only postcards for incoming messages. The state wants to make the change to stop the flow of suboxone, a highly addictive opioid substance that someone can consume from treated paper, behind bars. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 700 words.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-LADY GAGA — Lady Gaga and her fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney, are “taking a break.” SENT: 140 words, photo.

PEOPLE-TOM SIZEMORE — “Black Hawk Down” actor Tom Sizemore arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. SENT: 540 words, photos.

SEXUAL-ASSAULT-SNAPCHAT-CONVICTION — Massachusetts pair convicted in sexual assault recorded on Snapchat. SENT: 140 words.

DORY-BREEDING-PROJECT — Florida project breeds “Finding Dory” fish in captivity. SENT: 140. UPCOMING: photo possible.

PEOPLE-SHANNEN DOHERTY — Shannen Doherty shaves head amid cancer battle. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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DEM 2016-VILSACK-PROFILE — Tom Vilsack’s journey has taken him from an orphanage to a Cabinet position — and now he’s being considered as running mate to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GOP 2016-PENCE-INDIANA RECORD — A look at some of the claims about Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s record as Indiana governor. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOOTINGS-VETERANS’ REACTION — Attacks on police by former military men touch a nerve among the military community that traditionally has a close bond with law enforcement officers. SENT: 780 words, photos. POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE — Friends recall slain officers as residents gather to mourn.

OFFICER SHOT-KANSAS — A Kansas City, Kansas, police officer is shot and killed while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting, police say. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. news conference.

POLICE SHOOTING-DALLAS-COLLEGE — Officials display the damage at a college where a bomb delivered by a police robot killed a sniper, ending a deadly ambush on Dallas police. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.

CHICAGO VIOLENCE-CHILDREN SHOT — With a spike in killings and shootings this year in Chicago, statistics show more bullets are hitting children as they do normal kid things like play with sparklers, draw on the sidewalk or hold a mother’s hand. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CAMPUS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — Expulsion of two college athletes on sexual misconduct grounds highlights legal quirk: a formal accusation by the alleged victim isn’t necessary to mete out punishment. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GERMANY-TRAIN ATTACK — A 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker who went on a rampage on a Bavarian train with an ax and a knife appears to have acted alone, goaded by online Islamic extremist propaganda, Germany’s top security official says. SENT: 380 words, photos.

BRITAIN-EU — Prime Minister Theresa May is making her first overseas trip as Britain’s leader to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key figure in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. SENT: 340 words, photo.

CHINA-LIBERAL MAGAZINE — The closure after 25 years of China’s best-known liberal journal, run and supported by powerful reform-minded Communist Party cadres and intellectuals, reflects how far the Xi Jinping administration’s crackdown on even mild dissent reaches. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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MACY’S-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOOL — Macy’s is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they’re in — like where a particular brand is located or what’s in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 530 words, photo.

PUERTO RICO-TELESCOPE TROUBLES — Dwindling financial support is dimming the outlook for the Arecibo Observatory, once the world’s largest radio telescope searching for gravitational waves, listening for extraterrestrial signals and tracking asteroids possibly on a collision course with Earth. SENT: 730 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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SAVINGS-EMPTY-NESTERS — Parents whose children have moved out should have more money to invest — but many are missing the opportunity to start saving for retirement. SENT: 810 words, graphic.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-GARRY MARSHALL — Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and the box-office successes “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride,” has died. He was 81. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. With OBIT-GARRY MARSHALL-REAX — Reaction to Marshall’s death.

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