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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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GOP 2016-CONVENTION – Convenes at 7:30 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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CHICAGO VIOLENCE-CHILDREN SHOT – The violence that has afflicted some Chicago neighborhoods reveals what some residents already knew: It’s a dangerous time for the city’s children as well. By Don Babwin. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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 – Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence seeks to reassure conservatives that Donald Trump shares their values as he addresses the GOP convention. Much attention will focus on Ted Cruz. By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 850 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos, video. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THINGS TO WATCH; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-FACT CHECK; GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION – A look at the 2016 Republican National Convention through a media lens; GOP 2016-CLEVELAND – Demonstrators holding banners with a red-brick design form a human wall to mock Donald Trump’s plan to seal off the Mexican border (all sent).

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP – A staff writer at Trump’s business says she’s to blame for the material taken from Michelle Obama that was part of Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican convention. By Stephen Ohlemacher and Jill Colvin. SENT: 510 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-HATING HILLARY – Liar. Lock her up. References to Lucifer. Republicans denounce Hillary Clinton in prime-time speeches and campaign buttons. But some in the GOP wonder if the vitriol goes too far. By Erica Werner and Josh Lederman. SENT: 790 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos. With DEM 2016-CLINTON-RUNNING MATE – Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential search starts to center on three main contenders (sent).

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP – In a sweeping crackdown on education, Turkey orders the closure of more than 600 private schools and other establishments following an attempted coup, spurring fears that the government’s move against perceived enemies is throwing key institutions in the NATO ally into disarray. By Suzan Fraser and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4:30 p.m., photos. With TURKEY-MILITARY COUP-THE LATEST; TURKEY-MILITARY COUP-TANK MAN – Turk defies tanks, and survives, in coup video footage (sent).

BATON ROUGE-MAYOR – As protesters took to the streets, the city’s first African-American mayor was conspicuously absent. But with the shooting deaths of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, Kip Holden becomes more visible, standing up for his officers and receiving condolences from mayors across the country, including the leader of Dallas. By Cain Burdeau. UPCOMING: 750 words with photos by 5 p.m.

TWITTER-LESLIE JONES HARASSMENT – Another prominent celebrity — “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones abandons Twitter because of the social media company’s inability to protect its users from online harassment. Twitter permanently suspended conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who orchestrated a torrent of racist and sexist comments aimed at Jones, but clearly has farther to go to get a handle on its Wild West reputation. By Barbara Ortutay. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ZIKA-FLORIDA – CDC, Florida probing possible Zika case from Miami mosquito. SENT: 400 words, photo.

POKEMON GO-FANDOM HISTORY – How millennial nostalgia is fueling the success of ‘Pokemon Go.’ SENT: 680 words, photos.

PLUTO STAMP – NASA celebrates stamp that has traveled 3.5 billion miles. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BUTTER SCULPTURE-STAR TREK – Iowa State Fair butter sculpture to feature “Star Trek.” SENT: 130 words.

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

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION-AVOIDING TRUMP – Twenty minutes from Trump’s convention, activists in the Koch brothers network knock on doors in an effort to save Republican control of the Senate. They want nothing to do with Trump. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photo. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-DIVERSITY – GOP efforts to highlight the party’s diversity undercut by overwhelmingly white convention crowd. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE – Defense Secretary Ash Carter urges a gathering of defense leaders from 30 nations to do more in the fight against Islamic State group, as they huddle to map out the next steps in the campaign. SENT: 680 words, photos.

MEXICO-CARTEL SENTENCING – Convicted Mexican drug trafficking cartel leader linked to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is sentenced. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. sentencing.

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NATIONAL

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GOP 2016-CLEVELAND-POLICE – As protesters fill the streets during the Republican convention, all eyes are on Cleveland’s police chief and his 1,500 officers, a department embroiled in controversy over its use of force, including the killing of a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

OFFICER SHOT-KANSAS – Authorities say the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer was not part of a planned ambush, but the work of someone trying to evade arrest. SENT: 690 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NAACP-POLICE SLAYINGS – Civil rights activists frustrated by police slayings of blacks across the nation are looking to flex their voting power to push for reforms. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GERMANY-TRAIN ATTACK – The 17-year-old Afghan migrant behind Monday night’s ax-and-knife rampage aboard a commuter train showed all the signs of quickly integrating and adapting to life in Germany before quickly radicalizing and turning against the country that took him in. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos.

EXTREMISM-MENTAL HEALTH – After family members of the driver who slammed a truck into a crowd in the French city of Nice said he suffered from depression, questions are 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 – French to extend state of emergency; Paris cancels events (sent).

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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SPACE SHUTTLE ANNIVERSARY – Five years after the space shuttle’s final voyage, NASA is still at least a year away from having its astronauts launch again from U.S. soil. The pilots who guided Atlantis to one last “wheels stop” are working on that future but on different teams. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m., photo.

DIGITAL LIFE-FITNESS TRACKERS – Before you invest in a fitness tracker, make sure your expectations align with its capabilities. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos. With DIGITAL LIFE-FITNESS TRACKERS-GLANCE – Choosing a fitness tracker when features all sound the same. UPCOMING: 1,140 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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BUSINESS

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UNITED STATES-MALAYSIA – The United States moves to recover more than $1 billion that federal officials say was stolen from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund and used for high-end real estate, fancy artwork and movie productions. SENT: 620 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-SUPERMARKET MARKETING – Up and down supermarket aisles, tranquil rows of perfectly placed products reflect calculated deliberations aimed at getting shoppers to spend more. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GOP-BANK LAW-Q&A – In a massive policy shift, the Republican Party platform calls for reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, a Depression-era law that regulated the U.S. banking industry until it was repealed in 1999. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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COMIC-CON-PREVIEW – The doors to San Diego Comic-Con are set to open Wednesday night with a preview of the pop-culture convention’s show floor. “The Walking Dead,” ”Game of Thrones,” ”Justice League” and “Star Trek” are among the entertainment properties expected to be hyped at the four-day extravaganza. By Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang and Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 290 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With COMIC-CON-STAR TREK PREMIERE – The cast of “Star Trek Beyond” is beaming into San Diego Comic-Con for the sci-fi sequel’s U.S. premiere (sent).

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SPORTS

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RUSSIAN DOPING – Russia’s top Olympic official expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro over allegations of state-sponsored doping. By Sports Writer James Ellingworth. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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