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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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TRUMP-RUSSIA-MANAFORT — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House brushes aside the revelations, but some members of Congress are alarmed. By Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day. SENT: 1,900 words. UPCOMING: 2,000 words by 3 p.m., photos, video, audio. Abridged version of 850 words has been sent. With: TRUMP-RUSSIA-MANAFORT-FINDINGS. SENT: 640 words; TRUMP-RUSSIA-MANAFORT-PROFILE. UPCPOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo.

ILLINOIS BUDGET-PRISON TOWERS — The Associated Press has learned that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards with security cameras at more than two dozen lower-security Illinois prisons, an effort to cut overtime costs for a cash-strapped state that has gone two years without a budget. By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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BRITAIN-PARLIAMENT INCIDENT — Britain’s seat of power goes into lockdown following deadly back-to-back attacks outside Parliament, where a knife-wielding assailant fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot to death and a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. Authorities describe the attack as a “terrorist incident.” By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m. With: BRITAIN-PARLIAMENT INCIDENT-PAST ATTACKS; BRITAIN-PARLIAMENT INCIDENT-THE LATEST.

TRUMP PAYBACK — The hard-line House Republicans considering voting against the GOP health care bill are risking the wrath of President Donald Trump, who has a long memory and a penchant for settling scores against his business and political foes. By Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos. With CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Trump pressures a dozen recalcitrant Republicans to back the health care bill ahead of Thursday’s showdown vote. SENT: 780 words.

ON THE MONEY-HEALTH OVERHAUL-EARLY RETIREMENT — Workers dreaming of early retirement are getting the jitters now that the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act looks like it could be a lot more expensive for them. The uncertainty has caused some in their 50s and early 60s to put plans on hold. By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-FACEBOOK-WITNESSES — Allegations that a 15-year-old Chicago girl was sexually assaulted while dozens watched the attack on Facebook raise questions about the bystanders’ obligations. In most of the country, there’s no legal duty for witnesses to intervene, and failure to report an attack is generally not against the law — except in a few states such as Texas. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. With SEXUAL ASSAULT-FACEBOOK-WITNESSING CRIMES —The mother of the girl whose apparent sexual assault was streamed live on Facebook says her daughter has received online threats since the attack. SENT: 700 words.

GUATEMALA-THE FIRE — The fire that killed 40 girls at the Virgen de la Asunción Safe Home started when ringleaders took a match to a foam mattress to protest the abuse they had suffered there. Their hell at the government-run shelter began long before according to documented accounts of rapes, beatings and other abuse. By Alberto Arce and Sonia Perez D. SENT: 1,550 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,050 words is also available.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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DINOS ON MOVE — T. Rex and his buddies are on the move. A new study proposes a massive reorganization and rethinking about dinosaurs —how they evolved and who’s related to whom. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos for release at 2 p.m.

RICHARD SIMMONS — Missed, not missing: Simmons’ withdrawal sparks fascination. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

COLIN KAEPERNICK-DONATIONS — Kaepernick donates $50K to Meals on Wheels after Trump swipe. SENT: 140 words, photo.

POLL-OLD AGE OPTIMISM — A new survey finds greater worry about the typical concerns of aging among younger people than older people. SENT: 500 words.

OBIT-CHUCK BARRIS — Game show impresario Chuck Barris dies. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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FIGHTING ISLAMIC STATE — The U.S. tells coalition partners its top Middle East priority is smashing the Islamic State group, but offers few specifics on how President Donald Trump will change strategy. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Gorsuch’s second day of confirmation hearings features point exchanges with Democrats. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-SPECIAL EDUCATION — A unanimous Supreme Court bolsters the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards, striking down a lower standard endorsed by Gorsuch. SENT: 720 words, photo

TRUMP-BLACK LAWMAKERS — Congressional Black Caucus to push Trump on Justice Department monitoring of police departments. SENT: 470 words. UPCOMING: 600 words after 3 p.m. meeting.

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NATIONAL

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MENINGITIS OUTBREAK — The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy has been convicted of racketeering over a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. SENT: 400 words, photo.

STREET FIGHT-FACEBOOK VIDEO — A New Jersey teenager who posted a video of a street fight interrupted by a peacemaking New Jersey man said that he is thankful for the intervention. SENT: 325 words.

CONCEALED HANDGUNS-ARKANSAS — Arkansas’ governor signs a sweeping gun rights measure into law that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CLIMATE CHANGE-DISCRIMINATION — A Republican lawmaker in Maine says the state should protect people from being discriminated against based on their beliefs about climate change. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GULF-US CARRIER — ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH — American sailors watch as the first Revolutionary Guard vessels appear on the horizon of the Strait of Hormuz, beginning a daylong face-off that has become familiar to both sides. But these routine encounters may soon become even more perilous. American commanders describe the Guard as increasingly behaving unprofessionally. President Donald Trump has warned that Iranian forces will be blown out of the water if they challenge U.S. naval vessels. SENT: 940 words, photos.

SYRIA — The Pentagon says U.S. aircraft have ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on a strategic town belonging to the extremist group outside its de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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SHRINKING SEA ICE — The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for wintertime low sea ice levels in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world. By Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photos.

GOOGLE MAPS-LOCATION SHARING — Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family via the app — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing.

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BUSINESS

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SEARS-THE END — Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to keep its doors open. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CHiPs vs. CHIPS — Hardcore “CHiPs” fans hate it and the real California Highway Patrol seems not quite sure what to make of it. But Larry Wilcox, who rode his motorcycle to everlasting fame in the old “CHiPs” TV series, says that for now he’ll give the benefit of the doubt to “CHIPS,” the forthcoming film based loosely on the show that made him and Erik Estrada two of the biggest stars of the 1970s and early ’80s. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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ARGENTINA-NEXT MESSI — Is the next Messi hiding at a youth soccer academy in Argentina? Club Social Parque has produced at least 40 world-class athletes. That’s more than perhaps any other academy. And it means scouts routinely visit the young players there to see if the next big star is emerging. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.

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HOW TO REACH US

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