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




AP POLL-GUNS — Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that it will happen anytime soon, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. By Lisa Marie Pane and Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 900 words, photos, graphic. WITH: AP POLL-GUNS-THINGS TO KNOW; AP POLL-GUNS-METHOD (both sent).

IRAQ-FALLUJAH TRENCH — Iraq’s army is turning to a radical, almost medieval method to control Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State group last month. It is digging a trench that will almost entirely encircle the city, aimed at preventing it from falling back into the hands of militants. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.




AFGHANISTAN — The Islamic State group claims responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital that kills at least 80 people, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of IS’s growing strength and capability in Afghanistan. By Lynne O’Donnell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: AFGHANISTAN-THE LATEST; ISLAMIC STATE ATTACKS-GLANCE (sent).

GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING — The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding more than two dozen others before killing himself, was obsessed with mass shootings, authorities say. By Paul Wheatley, Frank Jordans and David Rising. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: GERMANY MUNICH SHOOTING-THE LATEST; GERMANY MUNICH SHOOTING-ROLE MODELS — U.S. psychologist who wrote a book about school shootings found in the Munich killer’s room says researching other perpetrators can be a warning sign of would-be gunmen. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.; GERMANY-MUNICH SHOOTING-TIMELINE (sent).

CAMPAIGN 2016— Hillary Clinton says new running mate Tim Kaine has a “backbone of steel” behind a friendly smile, as the Democratic ticket holds its public debut before a boisterous crowd in Miami just days before the party’s national convention. By Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. With CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST; DEM 2016-DNC-EMAILS — Leaked emails detail acrimony between the Democratic National Committee, Sanders. SENT: 620 words; DEM 2016-CONVENTION — Future of superdelegates focus of Democratic convention rules committee. UPCOMING: 400 words after 3 p.m.

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — In a new tactic against suspected coup plotters, Turkey announces it has seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that it claims pose a threat to national security. By Christopher Torchia and Cinar Kiper. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BOY SCOUTS-GAYS — There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group’s leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Remarkably, nearly 12 months later, the Boy Scouts seem more robust than they have in years. By David Crary and Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,650 words, photos. An abridged version has also moved.

DNA STORAGE — Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic” — a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college. What if she could store it in DNA? Strauss and other researchers are working to make that sci-fi fantasy a reality. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 1,300 words, photo.




AUSTRALIA-BALLOON — Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after record-setting, 11-day around-the-world flight. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COMIC-CON-DOUBLE DARE — For one night only, Marc Summers returns to the podium to host kids’ game show “Double Dare.” SENT: 300 words, photos.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA — First home delivery of medical marijuana made in Florida. SENT: 130 words.




CAMPAIGN 2016-ROAD TO 270 — Hillary Clinton is setting her sights beyond the city limits in Philadelphia, host of the Democratic National Convention. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes will probably hinge on Philadelphia’s suburbs, and no presidential candidate in 40 years has carried the state without winning the overall vote in the four-county arc just outside the City of Brotherly Love. SENT: 780 words, photos.

CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON VS KAINE — Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but the Virginia senator’s cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion. SENT: 890 words, photo. WITH: DEM 2016-CLINTON-RUNNING MATE — Clinton VP search began with big New York victory and special delivery in a plastic drug store bag. SENT: 910 words, photos; CAMPAIGN 2016-KAINE-PROFILE — Critics describe Clinton running mate Kaine as a snoozer of choice; backers say that caricature is far off base. SENT: 890 words, photos; KAINE EFFECT-VIRGINIA — Kaine’s selection could totally upend Virginia politics. SENT: 430 words.

CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON’S CHALLENGE — Hillary Clinton has a problem: Many Democrats say they’re more motivated by a desire to keep Donald Trump out of the White House than by her vision for the country’s future or by her bid to become the first woman to serve as president. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Lerer. SENT: 820 words, photos.

DEM 2016-PENNSYLVANIA CORRUPTION – With the Democratic National Convention looming, Philadelphia is ready with freshly swept streets, pristine hotel rooms, lavish party invitations and extra police patrols. Tougher to clean up? The recent political corruption cases that have rocked Democrats in the city and state. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 700 words, photos. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-WHITE SUPREMACISTS — They don’t like to be called white supremacists. The well-dressed men who gathered in Cleveland’s Ritz-Carlton bar after Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican nomination prefer the term “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists.” They’re also die-hard Trump supporters. By Steve Peoples. UPCOMING: 910 words by 3 p.m., photos.




CHINA-FLOODS — Torrential rains sweeping through China kill at least 154 people and leave 124 missing, officials say, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CAMEROON-ROCK CRUSHING — In a town menaced by food insecurity and Boko Haram suicide bombers, women as old as 85 are spending long, grueling days crushing rocks into gravel to earn a living. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SOUTH CHINA SEA-ANALYSIS — An international arbitration panel’s decision on the contested waters of the South China Sea so far is fueling regional tensions rather than tamping them down. In the ensuing 11 days, China has responded to the sweeping victory for the Philippines by flexing its military might. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

CYPRUS-MONUMENTS MEN — The formerly pigeon and snake-infested, centuries-old Ayios Panteleimonas monastery in Cyprus getting a European-Union funded renovation to save it from collapse. It’s the latest example of how rival Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots are working together to protect what they now see as their common heritage. SENT: 800 words, photos.




POLICE SHOOTINGS-WHITE SYMPATHY — After standing silently on the sidelines, some whites who agree with demands by black civil rights activists say they’re being spurred to action. SENT: 770 words, photos.

POLICE FUNERALS-BATON ROUGE — Crowds arrive for funeral of sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola, one of three law enforcement officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: POLICE FUNERALS-BATON ROUGE-THE LATEST.

BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH — Despite back-to-back acquittals for officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death, the physical protest movement that helped topple the careers of both the police commissioner and the mayor has dissipated, leaving activists exploring other avenues for change. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — High heat and wildfires continue to force the evacuations of hundreds of homes as red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger predicted gusty winds and scorching, dry air in Southern California. SENT: 430 words, photos. WITH: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.




OLY–IOC-RUSSIAN DOPING — With the image of the Olympics at stake, the IOC meets Sunday to consider whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

CYC–TOUR DE FRANCE — Chris Froome is all but assured his third Tour de France title in four years as he keeps his lead during the final climbing in the Alps. The race ends Sunday in Paris with a mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Elysees. SENT: 650 words, photos.




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