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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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NKOREA-SHOOTING FOR THE MOON — In an exclusive interview with The AP, a senior official at North Korea’s version of NASA says the country plans to launch several satellites by 2020 and adds that he hopes to see the North Korean flag “planted on the moon” within the next 10 years. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS-POLICE — Two-thirds of young African-Americans and 4 in 10 Hispanics say they or someone they know has experienced violence or harassment at the hands of the police, according to a new GenForward poll. By Corey Williams and Emily Swanson. UPCOMING: 970 words by 3:15 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Republican party leaders scramble to persuade Donald Trump to abandon divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale. By Steve Peoples and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. With CAMPAIGN 2016-PENCE – Mike Pence tries to stay focused on winning over conservatives skeptical of Trump. SENT: 910 words, photos.

DIVIDED AMERICA-VIEW FROM ABROAD — The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government. But they’re also seen from afar as generous tippers, friendly, uncomplicated, rich and the standard bearers of freedom, equality, creativity and technological power. Here’s what The Associated Press found when it asked ordinary people about their views of America. By Vijay Joshi. SENT: 1,950 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-HURRICANE EARL — Hurricane Earl has slammed into the coast of the Caribbean nation of Belize with winds of 130 kph, bringing with it heavy rain. The government opens storm shelters and uses radio and television broadcasts to urge residents of low-lying areas to move to higher ground. SENT: 350 words, photos. WITH: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST.

POLICE OFFICER-TERRORISM — For years, authorities had concerns about Metro Transit police officer Nicholas Young: He traveled to Libya and boasted of joining rebel groups there, and he even described his collection of Nazi memorabilia to law enforcement, according to court documents. But until last month, authorities said, he hadn’t committed a crime. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 a.m.

SHOWCASING TECH AT THE OLYMPICS — As a global stage, the Olympics are a place to try out new technology. From Visa beta testing a payment ring with Olympic athletes to Getty smart cameras capturing the action in 360 degrees, here’s a roundup of new technology on display in Rio. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 700 words at 3 a.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRUMP-EASTWOOD —Eastwood doesn’t endorse Trump, but praises him as anti-PC. Sent: 240 words, photo.

GAZA WEDDINGS-PHOTO ESSAY — Weddings have emerged as a welcome celebration that slices through the often morose mood in the Gaza Strip. SENT: 18 photos with 350 words.

POKEMON GO — Wait over for Pokemon Go in Brazil ahead of Olympics. SENT: 100 words.

SCHOOL CLUBS-SATANIC TEMPLE —Schools receive request for after-school ‘Satan Club.’ SENT: 450 words.

SCARY LUCY — After ‘Scary Lucy,’ Ball’s hometown to unveil new statue. SENT: 140 words, photos.

GEMANY-WINE QUEEN — A 26-year-old Syrian student has become the first refugee to be crowned queen of one of Germany’s wine-making regions. SENT: 70 words, photos.

CUBA-ZIKA — Cuba says 2 people apparently contracted Zika inside country. SENT: 120 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-ZIKA-NEWS GUIDE — As the Zika virus escalates into a public health crisis, members of Congress are entrenched in familiar partisan positions. By Richard Lardner. UPCOMING 780 words BU 3:15 a.m., photos.

OBAMA — President Obama discusses the fight against the Islamic State group with military and national security advisers at the Pentagon. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2:30 p.m. meeting.

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NATIONAL

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MURDER FUGTIVE — A man wanted for murder for 40 years evaded capture by living as mundane a life as possible: He created an alias, got married and helped out at his wife’s wallpaper store in this quiet town. But authorities say the man is a cold-blooded killer who murdered a government official while attempting to carry out a hit on a Florida mayor. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 a.m., photo.

LEAKY FUEL TANKS — Twenty giant underground Navy fuel tanks sit on top of an important Honolulu aquifer. Some residents and utility officials say the World War II-era tanks must go, but the Navy views them as a vital strategic asset that would be difficult to replicate elsewhere. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 a.m., photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-LONDON KNIFE ATTACK — A woman has died and five others were injured in a knife attack in a central part of London, police says. A suspect was in custody. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM — Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have a new leader who is threatening to bomb churches and kill Christians while ending attacks on mosques and markets used by ordinary Muslims, according to an interview by the Islamic State group. SENT: 600 words, photos.

MEXICO-PARARODEO — Salvador Espinoza normally spends his days in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. When he mounts his horse and tightens his back bracet, he is transformed into a charro, competing in Mexico’s traditional sport of charreria. SENT: 650 words, photos.

JORDAN-WATCHING SYRIA — From a small office in Jordan’s capital, two dozen Syrians and Americans monitor the civil war next door by talking with activists and civilians on both sides of the conflict. Although the U.S.-funded nonprofit Syria Direct covers the conflict from a distance, it also has a goal beyond reporting: influencing decision-makers. SENT: 750 words by 3:30 a.m.

BAHRAIN-DISRUPTED INTERNET — The nightly disruption of internet access in a Bahraini neighborhood home to a prominent Shiite cleric targeted in a government crackdown appears to be deliberate, an advocacy group says. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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OLYMPICS

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BKO-OLYMPIC SNEAKERS —While the men’s basketball team’s first order of business is to win the gold medal at the Rio Games there will be some other basketball business taking place on the court. Shoe business, and it can get lucrative as Michael Jordan showed. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and others on the US team could capitalize on similar endorsement opportunities. UPCOMING: 866 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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HALL OF FAME-PACE — Orlando Pace accomplished what he set out to do, becoming one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL. At 6-foot-7, he had the wingspan to ward off pass rushers, at 325 pounds he had the bulk for the power game, plus he was amazingly light on his feet. There is one small regret for the new Pro Football Hall of Famer: He never made it to the end zone. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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