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

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ONLY ON AP

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SURVEILLANCE FOR SALE — For pennies on the dollar, governments known to stifle dissent with imprisonment and beatings are buying off-the-shelf surveillance software that can monitor the phone conversations and track the movements of thousands of their citizens, an Associated Press investigation has found. For less than the price of a military helicopter, a country with little technical know-how can acquire powerful surveillance gear. By Frank Bajak and Jack Gillum. SENT: 2,410 words, photos. An abridged version of 860 words will be sent at 8 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump’s persistent criticism of a military family fits a familiar pattern: The Republican nominee can’t let go of a perceived slight, no matter the political risk. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-ELECTION — Trump says he fears that the general election “is going to be rigged.” Also see SENATE 2016-TRUMP, GOP 2016-TRUMP-CLINTON and GOP 2016-PENCE below.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-UKRAINE-FACT CHECK — Trump presents a confused picture of Ukraine — and in trying to claw back a string of inaccurate comments, he still can’t correct the record. By Bradley Klapper. SENT: 760 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-SINGAPORE — The prime minister of Singapore joins President Barack Obama at the White House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of U.S. diplomatic relations with the Southeast Asian city state. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words after 9 a.m. arrival.

INDIA-CIRCUMCISING GIRLS — When Bilqis, a 50-year-old doctor, talks about having circumcised her daughter, she goes back and forth on how she feels. The struggle within Bilqis and her small Shia Muslim community in India reflects a growing debate over the best way to address a custom that is proving stubbornly hard to eradicate. By Muneeza Naqvi. SENT: 1,640 words, photos. An abridged version of 920 words has also been sent.

SYRIA-CYBERSECURITY —The story of a Syrian dissident targeted by a cyberespionage operation last year raises the possibility Iran has gone beyond sending men and materiel to fight for President Bashar Assad. By Raphael Satter. SENT: 760 words, photos. With SYRIA — Syrian media say nine killed as rebels attack in divided Aleppo.

HOT AIR BALLOON-CRASH — If Alfred “Skip” Nichols, pilot of the hot air balloon that crashed over the weekend in Texas, had been a commercial airplane pilot, he probably would have been grounded long ago. By Will Weissert and Emily Schmal. SENT: 670 words, photos, videos. With HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS-PILOT TIMELINE; HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS-VICTIMS; HOT AIR BALLOONS-HOW TO CHOOSE — Tips on how to choose a hot air balloon company.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-CLINTON — Trump moves from “crooked Hillary” to “the devil’ on the stump. SENT: 120 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US PA Trump (CR) — Trump calls Hillary Clinton “the devil.”

GOP 2016-PENCE — Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence defends military mother’s right to criticize Trump. SENT: 230 words, photo. TOP VIDEO: — US NV Pence (CR) — Pence defends military mom booed at rally.

CHARLESTON SHOOTING — Attorneys for Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof file death penalty challenge. SENT: 140 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-KAYAKING — A group of extreme kayakers from Europe are attracted to Afghanistan’s extreme geography. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

PEOPLE-KESHA — Singer Kesha shifts focus in Dr. Luke fight to New York court case. SENT: 510 words, photo.

CUBA-CHILD RODEO-PHOTO GALLERY — Cuban cattle country keeps up rodeo traditions. SENT: 240 words. With 15 photos by Ramon Espinosa, highlighted by XRE315.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Turkey’s justice minister sends a document to the United States seeking the arrest of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and whom Ankara accuses of instigating an attempted coup on July 15. SENT: 300 words.

BANGLADESH-A FATHER’S SHOCK — Towhid Rouf is having trouble believing that a skinny, bearded man — killed with eight other suspected Islamist militants in a Bangladesh police raid — could possibly be his smart, well-behaved son. SENT: 730 words, photo.

VENEZUELA-RECALL CAMPAIGN — Electoral authorities certify that opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have gathered enough signatures to permit them to conduct a second petition drive aimed at removing the socialist leader from office. SENT: 270 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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SENATE 2016-TRUMP — The uproar over Trump’s criticism of a bereaved Army family puts vulnerable GOP senators in a tight spot. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. SENT: 800 words, photos. With CAMPAIGN 2016-GOP FRACTURE — Strategist’s bolt from GOP a sign of Trump’s impact of party.

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NATIONAL

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ZIKA-FLORIDA — In a highly unusual travel warning, health officials advise pregnant women to avoid a part of Miami where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

MOUNTAIN BIKES IN WILDERNESS — More than 100 million acres of America’s most rugged landscapes designated as wilderness are off-limits to mountain bikers, but two Utah senators introduce legislation that would allow bikers to join hikers and horse riders in the scenic areas. SENT: 680 words, photos.

BARRICADE-POLICE SHOOTING —A woman who pointed a gun at police serving arrest warrants at her apartment was shot and killed by officers in a shooting that also left a 5-year-old boy wounded, Baltimore County police say. SENT: 370 words, photo.

CLINTON FRIEND-FUNERAL — Mark Weiner, a major Democratic donor and fundraiser, is eulogized by former President Bill Clinton a funeral in Providence. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from noon funeral, then 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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UNPROVEN FLOSS — Despite years of study, the use of dental floss — one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health — is not backed up by scientific proof. After The Associated Press asked for scientific evidence that floss works, the federal government dropped its longtime guidance. By National Writer Jeff Donn. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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PAID FAMILY LEAVE-WINNERS AND LOSERS — Despite the absence of a federal law mandating it, paid family leave benefits are rising in some business sectors and regions thanks to company policy and state laws. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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OLYMPICS

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KENYAN BORN-ARMY STRONG — Sgt. Hillary Bor is one of four runners of Kenyan descent who’ve taken a unique path to the Rio Games by enlisting in the U.S. Army, earning American citizenship and training with the military branch’s World Class Athlete Program. By Sports Writer Pat Graham. SENT: 950 words, photo, video.

ROW-WHAT COX SAYS — If done right in rowing, the coxswain’s commands help rowers push past the pain barrier and keep pulling those oars when every muscle fiber tells them to stop. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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JAPAN-GODZILLA — Godzilla is back in its homeland of Japan after a 12-year absence, and The Associated Press notes four ways “Shin Godzilla,” or “New Godzilla,” breaks from its past, and other ways it is reassuringly familiar. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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