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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 – Trump address is expected after 10 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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GOP 2016-CONVENTION – Donald Trump’s convention address was always going to be a high-pressure moment for a man still trying to convince many Americans he’s ready to be president. The stakes are even higher after Ted Cruz’s stunning refusal to endorse and Trump’s own shocker on his commitment to U.S. allies. By Julie Pace and Robert Furlow. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 850 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos, video. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-FACT CHECK; GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP – Trump’s wife returns to the convention. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m., photos.

GOP 2016-TRUMP-NATO – Donald Trump suggests he might abandon America’s NATO treaty commitments if president, a move that would upend decades of a U.S. foreign policy that has underpinned global stability since World War II. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos. With GOP 2016-TRUMP-NATO-QUOTES – UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-CRUZ – Ted Cruz defends his refusal to endorse Trump amid an extraordinary backlash from his fellow Texans. He won’t act like a “servile puppy,” Cruz vows, shattering GOP hopes for unity. By Erica Werner and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 740 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos, video. With GOP 2016-CONVENTION-LGBT – Pro-LGBT Republicans struggle to reconcile Trump’s more inclusive tone toward gays with a party saying something different. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TURKEY-COUP-ANALYSIS – The mass dismissals of teachers and closure of hundreds of schools allegedly linked to plotters of last week’s coup in Turkey suggest deep societal shifts designed to empower President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative Islamic base are afoot. By Chris Torchia. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos. With TURKEY-MILITARY COUP – Turkey’s parliament endorses sweeping new powers for Erdogan; TURKEY-MILITARY COUP-THE LATEST (sent).

POLICE SHOOTINGS-FEAR – Charles Kinsey held his hands in the air and shouted to police that the autistic patient sitting next to him wasn’t dangerous. A few seconds later, he was shot. The shooting illustrates the longstanding fear among black men that almost any encounter with police can go awry with potentially deadly consequences, even when a person follows every command. By Jesse J. Holland. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos. With POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA – Black therapist says police shot him with his hands raised; POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST (both sent).

RUSSIAN DOPING – With Russia’s track and field athletes having failed to overturn their Olympic ban, the IOC must now decide whether to oust the entire country from the Rio de Janeiro Games. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 3 p.m., photos. With RUSSIAN-DOPING-THE LATEST; BRAZIL-TERRORISM ARRESTS – Brazilian police arrest 10 people who allegedly discussed possible attacks during the Olympics (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT-POKEMON MOVIE – Legendary Entertainment plans to launch the first live-action Pokemon movie franchise. SENT: 110 words.

MCDONALD’S-POKEMON GO – McDonald’s joins “Pokemon Go” craze hoping to catch the wave. SENT: 110 words, photos.

OLDEST AMERICAN – 113-year-old New Jersey woman holds title of oldest American. SENT: 330 words, photo.

COUNTRY SINGER-SON MISSING – Country singer Craig Morgan calls son’s loss ‘hardest thing’. SENT: 130 words.

MUHAMMAD ALI-TRAINING CAMP – Muhammad Ali’s old training camp sold to son of NFL Hall of Fame coach John Madden. SENT: 140 words.

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NATIONAL

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ZIKA-FLORIDA – Florida health officials trap mosquitoes in an area of Miami-Dade County and are testing them for Zika to determine whether a woman with the virus could be the first person infected directly by a mosquito bite in the continental United States. SENT: 680 words, photos. With ZIKA-FLORIDA-THE LATEST.

VOTER ID – Federal courts hand setbacks to strict voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin, while a legal battle in North Carolina continues to rage over its election rules, and it appears the ID laws that looked like slam-dunks for conservatives may prove unenforceable during a make-or-break presidential election. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.

CHURCH ABUSE-MINNESOTA – Lawyers investigating a Minnesota archbishop in 2014 find credible allegations from nearly a dozen people that he engaged in sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and reprisals when his advances were rejected, according to a document made public this week. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

SEVERE WEATHER-MINNESOTA – The leader of a Boy Scouts adventure program says a boy and a woman camping with the group were killed and two other campers were injured when severe storms swept through a northern Minnesota forest. SENT: 330 words, UPCOMING: Developing; photos.

OBJECT THROWN-PATROL CAR – Two New York City police officers are hailed as heroes for their fast thinking after someone tossed a fake bomb into their patrol car, sparking an overnight stand-off. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ZIMBABWE-LOYALISTS CRITICIZE MUGABE – Veterans of Zimbabwe’s independence war make a significant break with President Robert Mugabe for the first time, calling him dictatorial, manipulative and egocentric. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.

FRANCE-POLITICAL BREAKDOWN – Unlike past violence in France, the Bastille Day attack on Nice doesn’t inspire political solidarity — instead it sharpens the anger of government critics, boosts the hard right and makes it even less plausible that Socialist President Francois Hollande will win re-election next year. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-NEXT SECRETARY-GENERAL – The U.N. Security Council holds its first informal poll on the dozen candidates competing to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general on Jan. 1, a secretive vote behind closed doors. SENT: 730 words.

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BUSINESS

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ULTRA-LOW-MORTGAGE RATES – Mortgage rates near record lows, opening door for big savings for homeowners. That’s if they can qualify. By Business Writers Alex Veiga and Josh Boak. SENT: 1,470 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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DARK MATTER – Scientists come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 510 words, photo.

TESLA-AUTOPILOT – A Tesla in Autopilot mode can drive itself but it’s not a “self-driving” vehicle, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned. UPCOMING: 930 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-DISNEY LATINA PRINCESS – The rarified sorority of Disney princesses has come a long way since 1937’s Snow White, gradually expanding to add Asian, African-American, Indian and Arabian tiara-wearers. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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