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

Adds: AP INTERVIEW-AGRICULTURE SECRETARY; MLB PLAYER ABUSE; OBIT-TONY ALAMO; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE; TRUMP-SCHOOL CHOICE; COMMUNITY COLLEGE LOCKDOWN; FEDERAL RESERVE; TV-KIMMEL-SOCIAL MEDIA.

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AP INTERVIEW-AGRICULTURE SECRETARY — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the administration will renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico to focus on what has worked and what hasn’t, and an eye on US agriculture. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TROUBLED CONTRACTOR — An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking — then terminated investigators who uncovered wrongdoing, an Associated Press investigation has found. By Desmond Butler and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 2,970 words, photos, video, graphics. A 1,080-word abridged version also moved.

TRUMP-INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS — Many U.S. colleges and universities are rolling out marketing efforts to combat fears of harassment and concerns that President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration reflects a nation that is becoming less welcoming to foreigners. Nearly half the nation’s 25 largest public universities saw their undergraduate applications from abroad fall or remain flat since last year, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With TRUMP-INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS-DATA — Table showing international applications to the nation’s top 25 universities (sent).

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS RDP — A Republican bill to repeal much of the health care law gets new life as two pivotal lawmakers reverse themselves and announce support after meeting with President Trump. Meanwhile, a $1 trillion-plus spending bill to keep the government running heads for House passage. By Erica Werner and Alan Fram. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. With CONGRESS-SPENDING BILL — House passes $1.1T government spending bill, sends to Senate; CONGRESS-SPENDING BILL-DETAILS — Highlights of bipartisan $1.1T government-wide spending bill; CONGRESS-DODD-FRANK — Dems shift financial debate to spotlight Trump’s empire (all sent).

COMEY-CONGRESS — The FBI chief insists to Congress he was consistent in disclosing information about Hillary Clinton’s email investigation before the election while keeping quiet about a probe into possible contacts between Russians and Donald Trump’s campaign. Jim Comey says he felt “mildly nauseous” to think his actions might have influenced the race. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. With COMEY-CONGRESS-THE LATEST.

UNITED STATES-PALESTINIANS — President Donald Trump vows to be the leader who finally delivers on a Middle East peace deal, telling the Palestinians’ leader that “we’re going to get this done.” By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

THREE POLICE SHOOTINGS-JUSTICE — Three killings of black people are bringing scrutiny to the Trump Justice Department and how it intends to handle racially charged police shootings. But each case is different. By Sadie Gurman and Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 850 words, photos. With POLICE ENCOUNTERS-DEATHS — A look at high-profile police shootings; POLICE SHOOTING-LOUISIANA — Attorney: Officer threatened black man before fatal shooting (both sent).

POLICE SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED — The Dallas suburb where a police officer shot and killed a 15-year-old boy has a population that’s just 20 percent white, but a police department that’s 80 percent white. Balch Springs now faces the same questions as Ferguson, Baltimore, and other cities where police shootings killed unarmed African-Americans. By Claudia Lauer, Nomaan Merchant and Jamie Stengle. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FRANCE ELECTION — In a heated, high-pressure primetime TV debate, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron warns of “civil war” if his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen is elected, saying that her hard-line plans to combat Islamic radicals would play into their hands. She paints him as subservient to Islamic extremism, saying: “They control you.” By John Leicester. SENT: 770 words, photos. With FRANCE-ELECTION-THE LATEST; FRANCE-ELECTION-MACRON VS LE PEN — Stark French choice: Fiery Le Pen or novice Macron; FRANCE ELECTION-BRIGITTE MACRON — Would-be French first lady an unusual presence in campaign (both sent).

MLB PLAYER ABUSE — Major League Baseball is reviewing its security protocols in all 30 stadiums after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones complained of fans shouting racial slurs in Boston and other black players reacted by saying it’s a common reality when playing in several cities. All MLB teams have their own ways for fans to alert security to issues inside ballparks, but individualized stadiums mean different protocols and practices in each city. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHER-FINAL PHOTO — Army photographer captures her own death in mortar explosion. SENT: 140 words, photos.

OBIT-TONY ALAMO — Disgraced preacher, child sex abuser Tony Alamo dies. SENT: 960 words.

BKN–LEBRON’S BEER FLAP — Brewhaha: LeBron upset with brewery over photo with beer. SENT: 230 words, photo.

AUTO AUCTION CRASH — SUV suddenly takes off, crashes during auto auction; 3 dead. SENT: 420 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, declines to testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6:30 p.m., photos.

TILLERSON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. won’t condition its relations on countries adopting U.S. values like human rights, translating President Donald Trump’s “America First” rhetoric into diplomatic policy. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-SCHOOL CHOICE — President Donald Trump asks Congress to work with him on extending school choice programs nationwide to benefit millions of students, including low-income African-American and Hispanic children, the clearest indication yet he intends to follow through on a campaign promise. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE-LOCKDOWN — Two people die in an apparent murder-suicide at a Texas community college, prompting an active-shooter alert that instructed students and employees to barricade themselves in rooms. SENT: 560 words, photos.

BORDER PATROL-RECRUITMENT — The U.S. Border Patrol is casting a wide net in the recruitment of new agents including turning up at country music festivals, sporting events and careers fairs to fill jobs at a time when Trump wants to hire even more. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

MEASLES-SOMALIS — A measles outbreak in Minnesota sickens more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state’s large Somali community, where many parents avoid the measles vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism — the latest example of a tight-knit or closed community in which the highly contagious disease has gained a foothold. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING — Less than a week after President Donald Trump took steps to put U.S. Arctic and Atlantic waters back in play for offshore drilling, 10 environmental and Alaska Native groups sue to maintain the ban on oil and gas exploration. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PUERTO RICO-DEBT — Puerto Rico’s governor turns to the courts to protect the U.S. territory from its crushing $73 billion debt in the largest effort ever made by a U.S. government to shield itself from creditors. SENT: 990 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Thousands of protesters are met with tear gas in Venezuela’s capital, just miles from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite the troubled nation’s constitution. SENT: 970 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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BUSINESS /ECONOMY

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FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve leaves its benchmark interest rate at a still-low level near 1 percent while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify higher rates later this year. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 900 words, photos.

EARNS-FACEBOOK — Facebook beats 1Q earnings and revenue expectations. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-KIMMEL-SOCIAL MEDIA — Jimmy Kimmel’s tearful account of his newborn son’s heart surgery reverberates across social media, turning a monologue seen by a relatively small late-night TV audience into something far more potent. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 670 words, photos.

TRUMP-ARTS IMPACT — Artists take to the stage to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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