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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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UNITED STATES-IRAN — The United States is considering easing prohibitions on U.S. dollars in transactions with Iran, drawing complaints from lawmakers who say it goes beyond the sanctions relief in the nuclear deal. By Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words with new approach by 3 p.m., photos.

THE KENYA-KENTUCKY CONNECTION — A probe by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF into Kenya’s offshore running industry is zeroing in on a Russian agent with a string of doping positives and associations in her Kentucky camp. By Sports Writers John Leicester and Eddie Pells. SENT: 2,430 words, photos. A 1,020-word abridged version also moved. With video KENYA DOPING (CR HFR).

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TOP STORIES

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GOP 2016-TRUMP — Donald Trump’s bungled response to a question about abortion and his campaign’s frantic effort to take back his answer underscore the risks of his lack of rigorous preparation. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With GOP-2016-TRUMP-ABORTION — Trump’s abortion comments drew swift, unified condemnation from the anti-abortion movement. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos;

NUCLEAR SUMMIT — North Korea, cybersecurity and maritime tensions are top issues as President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Asian leaders at a nuclear security summit. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos. With NUCLEAR SUMMIT-THE LATEST — Turkish security officials try to remove journalist from Erdogan’s appearance (sent; updated throughout the day).

BRUSSELS ATTACKS-FAR RIGHT — The Brussels attacks are given a boost to the far right in Belgium and beyond, and their anti-Islam language is finding a special resonance after another bloodbath by Islamic State extremists. By Raf Casert. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4:30 p.m., photos. With BELGIUM-ATTACKS — Belgian authorities OK transfer to France of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in principle (sent; developing); BELGIUM-ATTACKS-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day).

SYRIA-RESCUING ANTIQUITIES — With their history threatened by Islamic State militants, Syrians have succeeded in a sweeping evacuation of museums across the country in recent years, hiding hundreds of thousands of artifacts, often at the risk of their own lives. By Maeva Bambuck. SENT: 1,310 words, photos. With video SYR ANTIQUITIES (CR); SYRIA — Syrian activists: Airstrikes hit east of Damascus, kill 23 (sent).

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina’s governor meets with gay rights advocates bearing a letter signed by more than 100 corporate executives urging the repeal of a state law that excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections. By Emery P. Dalesio. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

US WOMEN-EQUAL PAY — Five players from the World Cup-winning US women’s national team have accused the US Soccer Federation of wage discrimination in an action filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. By Sports Writer Anne Peterson. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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BRITAIN-OBIT-ZAHA HADID — Innovative Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid dies at 65. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BRITAIN-OBIT-RONNIE CORBETT — Ronnie Corbett, half of comedy’s ‘Two Ronnies,’ dies at 85. SENT: 560 words, photo.

TESLA-LOWER PRICED CAR — Affordable Model 3 is Tesla’s biggest test yet. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SEVERE WEATHER — After 7 hurt in Oklahoma tornado, stormy weather slams South. SENT: 520 words, photos, video.

SMITHSONIAN-BILL COSBY — The Smithsonian now plans to acknowledge the sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby at its new African-American history museum on the National Mall. SENT: 140 words.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Wisconsin could be a potential lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump. He’s been having one of the worst stretches of his campaign and now faces a primary where voters are skeptical of him. By Scott Bauer and Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With GOP 2016-KASICH — John Kasich is soldiering on, trying to convince hundreds of delegates to swing his way at a contested summer convention. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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MINIMUM WAGE-CALIFORNIA — California state lawmakers are poised to enact the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage, with gradual increases to $15 by 2022. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from legislative hearings starting at noon, photos. With MINIMUM WAGE-WHAT WE KNOW. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-NEWS GUIDE — A prosecutor’s decision not to charge two Minneapolis police officers in the shooting death of a 24-year-old black man isn’t the last word in the case: The officers still face a federal civil rights investigation, the victim’s family is weighing a lawsuit once that’s complete, and some prominent activists are talking of seeking elected office to effect change they say is too slow to come. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

KILLED BY POLICE-WITNESS — A Tennessee woman says her fiance was shot twice in the back by police as he was surrendering a rifle to her during a confrontation with officers — and then again in the chest as he lay dying — contradicting the assertion by police that he was killed as the two struggled over the weapon. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDIA-OVERPASS COLLAPSE — A long section of an overpass under construction collapses in a crowded Kolkata neighborhood and sends tons of concrete and steel slamming onto midday traffic, killing at least 21 people and leaving scores of others injured, police say. SENT: 470 words, photos. With video INDIA COLLAPSE (CR).

EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Turkey’s prime minister says migrant deal with European Union going into effect on Monday. SENT: 200 words, photos. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day); EUROPE-MIGRANT RESCUE-PHOTO GALLERY — European navy ship rescues migrants off Libya (sent).

WAR CRIMES-SERBIA — In a rare courtroom victory for a Serb defendant, a U.N. war crimes tribunal acquits ultranationalist politician Vojislav Seselj of atrocities in the Balkans and pronounces him a free man. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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BEYOND VR-AUGMENTED REALITY — Augmented reality startups and technology trendsetters want to show that virtual reality is merely a ‘stepping stone’ to breakthroughs that touch more people. By Technology Writer Mike Liedtke. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

MEDICARE-HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT — Medicare launches an ambitious experiment changing how it pays for hip and knee replacements to raise quality and lower costs. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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AP PLAYER/COACH AWARDS — The AP’s player and coach of the year in college basketball is announced. By Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell. UPCOMING: Developing from announcement expected at 2:15 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-INFRACTIONS — Nothing is altogether clear in college sports. For proof, check out the Final Four: Syracuse plays North Carolina despite allegations that leaders in both programs were asleep for years when it came to following the NCAA’s impenetrable rulebook. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m., photos.

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