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

Editors: This version changes the key word of the Thailand time to THAILAND-REFERENDUM and removes THAILAND-ECONOMY, which will be sent in a later cycle.




AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS-DISENCHANTMENT — Young people across racial and ethnic groups are broadly in agreement that they don’t feel particularly well represented by the two American political parties. By Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson. UPCOMING: 890 words by 3:30 a.m., photos, graphic. With AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS-CLINTON EMAILS. Young Americans are divided over Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email account while she was secretary of state. UPCOMING: 790 words by 3:30 a.m., photos.




OBAMA — President Barack Obama vigorously denies that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was ransom to secure the release of four Americans jailed in Tehran. By Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee. SENT: 800 words, video, photos. WITH: UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE — Obama says Islamic State militants will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after the group is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria. SENT: 500 words photos, video.

CHINA-FOREIGN FORCES — In halting televised confessions and courtroom testimony, Chinese lawyers and activists held in a government crackdown have voiced the same ominous message: Shadowy foreign forces are encouraging activities bent on destabilizing China’s government. The familiar narrative of a country besieged by foreign enemies is a key element of China’s yearlong campaign to stamp out the country’s burgeoning legal activism movement. By Gerry Shih. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NKOREA-MISSILE LAUNCH-NEWS GUIDE — All the missiles, artillery pieces and rockets fired by North Korea into the waters off its east coast in recent years raise a question: What becomes of all that junk? Is it dangerous? Does anyone try to fish it out? A look at what happens after the high-profile testing. By Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-hyung. 1,000 words, photos.

RIO OPENING CEREMONY — There’s nothing like the unique Brazilian vibe — and the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will see no shortage of samba, culture, diversity and history as the South American nation proudly showcases its traditions and environmental wonders. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 500 words, photos. WITH: OLY-WHAT RIO FEELS LIKE —When you step off the plane, Rio’s ever-present humidity says “hello.” The come the roar of a fast-moving city, the sounds of crashing of waves, the drums of impromptu capoeira. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 a.m., photos.

SENATE 2016-ARIZONA — U.S. Sen. John McCain seemingly has every reason to oppose Donald Trump. The GOP presidential nominee has attacked many issues dear to the Arizona senator, including military families, NATO and even McCain’s own military service. Yet McCain, who faces a primary challenge and a strong Democrat opponent in the fall, has stuck by his support, at times seemingly through gritted teeth. SENT: 750 words, photos.




AMAZON AIR —Amazon is unveiling its first branded cargo plane, one of 40 jetliners that will make up the e-commerce giant’s own air transportation network. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SWITZERLAND-POKEMON GO — Battle of Basel: Pokemon strike back in Swiss viral video. SENT: 85 words.

BLACK-ISH — The creator of the hit ABC comedy says it’s for everyone, so don’t talk diversity. SENT: 270 words, photos.

OBIT-DAVID HUDDLESTON — ‘Big Lebowski’ actor David Huddleston dies at 85. SENT: 180 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-HIDDEN DEGAS PORTRAIT — X-ray uncovers hidden portrait beneath famed Degas painting, solving old mystery. SENT: 400 words.

OBAMA BIRTHDAY — President Barack Obama celebrates final birthday in office with a night on the town. SENT: 110 words, photos.




THAILAND-REFERENDUM — Sunday marks one of the most important votes in Thailand’s history, yet there have been no political rallies, no independent campaigns and virtually no debates on whether the country should adopt a new constitution. Thailand’s military government made sure of that. By Grant Peck and Jerry Harmer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




HOUSE-2016-FLORIDA-WASSERMAN SCHULTZ — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz easily won her South Florida district six times, but a Democratic primary challenge from a Bernie Sanders-backed law professor is making her seventh bid less than a sure bet. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 a.m., photos




CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S PRISONS — The wardens at California’s two major women’s prisons have retired amid allegations of pervasive problems at both institutions, including sexual abuse of female inmates at one prison and suicides at the other. SENT: 740 words.

POLICE SHOOTING-VIRGINIA — A jury recommends 2 1/2 years in prison for a white former police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man who had been accused of shoplifting. SENT: 780 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-OHIO WAL-MART-SHOOTING — Two years after a white police officer fatally shot a black man in an Ohio Wal-Mart who was carrying an air rifle that he had picked up from a store shelf, the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to conclude its investigation. Some questions have been answered, but others linger. SENT: 420 words, photos.

POP-UP PROLIFERATION — Now you see them; now you don’t. Pop-up storefronts and eateries have been around for years, but entrepreneurs increasingly are taking the concept in new and unexpected directions. SENT: 650 words, photos.




ECONOMY — The U.S. government is expected to issue another solid jobs report Friday — and if it does, it would ease concerns that the economy is struggling. By Christopher R. Rugaber. UPCOMING: 550 words at 3 a.m. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:30 a.m.




OLY-SWM-SUIT WARS — Rules to limit high-tech swimsuits have made it to another Olympics, but some wonder if the status quo will remain in place after the Summer Games in Rio end. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

GYM-RESILIENT DOUGLAS — Reigning champion Gabby Douglas heard the criticism when she was named to the 2016 Olympic team last month despite a so-so performance at trials. She is eager to prove nay-sayers wrong. SENT: 770 words, photos.

OLY-SOC-SOCCER ROUNDUP — Brazil starts its quest for an Olympic gold medal in men’s soccer with a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa, a result that prompts loud jeers by some of the home fans. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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