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








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: 910 words, photo.

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).




GOP 2016-TRUMP — Donald Trump’s abortion flub demonstrates the extent to which he has glossed over the rigorous policy preparation fundamental to most presidential campaigns. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 910 words, photos, video. With GOP 2016-TRUMP-ABORTION — Trump’s abortion comments draw swift, unified condemnation from the anti-abortion movement. SENT: 770 words, photos; CAMPAIGN 2016 — The Wisconsin primary emerges as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Trump. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

NUCLEAR SUMMIT — President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledge to cooperate to confront the North Korean nuclear threat while working to narrow persistent differences over cybersecurity, human rights and maritime conflicts. By Matthew Pennington and Josh Lederman. SENT: 810 words, photos. With TURKISH PRESIDENT — Security guards tussle with journalists covering Turkish president’s appearance in Washington. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

BRUSSELS ATTACKS-FAR RIGHT — The Brussels attacks have 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. SENT: UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. WITH: BELGIUM-ATTACKS — Belgian authorities OK transfer to France of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in principle; BELGIUM-ATTACKS-THE LATEST; BELGIUM ATTACKS-VICTIMS. (all sent.)

MINIMUM WAGE-CALIFORNIA — California lawmakers have approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: MINIMUM WAGE-THE LATEST; MINIMUM WAGE-WHAT WE KNOW (sent.)

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina’s governor meets with gay rights advocates delivering 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. SENT: 950 words, photos. WITH: LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA-NEWS GUIDE (sent).

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. WITH: WOMEN-EQUAL PAY THINGS TO KNOW.




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

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.

VIDEO: US CA Whale (CR) — Gray Whale Puts on Show at So. California Beach. SENT with 140 words, photos.




DEM 2016 — Hillary Clinton gives a spirited defense of her campaign proposals after being disrupted by Bernie Sanders supporters. SENT: 730 words, photo.

GOP 2016-KASICH — John Kasich is soldiering on, trying to convince hundreds of delegates to swing his way at a contested summer convention. SENT: 800 words, photos.




GREEN CITY’S BLUES — Fiercely proud of its reputation as one of the most environmentally minded cities in America, Portland is reeling from the discovery of poisonous heavy metal “hot spots” in the air and ground. SENT: 800 words, photos.

KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-NEWS GUIDE — A prosecutor’s decision not to charge two white 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, and Jamar Clark’s family members could sue. Meanwhile, at least one activist is seeking elected office. SENT: 700 words, photos.




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).

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).

UNITED NATIONS-SEXUAL ABUSE — More than 100 girls and women have come forward with new sexual abuse allegations against international peacekeepers in Central African Republic, the U.N. says, calling allegations that a French military commander forced three girls to have sex with a dog “shocking to the core.” SENT: 750 words, photos.

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.




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. SENT: 820 words, photos.




AP PLAYER/COACH AWARDS — The AP’s player and coach of the year in college basketball is announced. SENT: 250 words.

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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