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    Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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    NEW/DEVELOPING

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    TRUMP-RACE, listed on 2 p.m. digest, will not move this cycle.

    Adds TRUMP-RACE-REACTIONS, BORDER PATROL-FACEBOOK GROUP, OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA, AUTO CONTRACT-TALKS-THINGS TO KNOW, R KELLY.

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    TOP STORIES

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    TRUMP-DEMOCRATS _ Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump emphatically defends his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me," he declares. By Jill Colvin, Jonathan Lemire and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-RACE-REPUBLICANS _ Top Republicans remain largely silent about Trump’s remarks, and it's unclear if the president will suffer any real rebuke. SENT: 810 words, photos; TRUMP-THE SQUAD-GLANCE _ A look at the lawmakers Trump targeted. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    TRUMP-RACE-REACTIONS _ President Trump’s racist tweets telling American congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from was more than a dog whistle to his base. The president’s recent rhetoric and policy are sending a clear message to immigrants and communities of color: That they are not part of what will make America great again. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 7 p.m., photos.

    IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM _ Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration says it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border _ the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in America. By Colleen Long. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. With IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT-TACTICS _ President Trump's pledge to deport millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally would be highly impractical to carry out, maybe impossible. SENT: 860 words, photos.

    TROPICAL WEATHER _ Tropical Depression Barry fails to unleash catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, but it still swamps parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches of rain and transforms part of the Mississippi Delta into "an ocean." By Rebecca Santana and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 640 words, photos, videos.

    RESTRICTING RELIGION _ Around the world, government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places, not only in authoritarian countries but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a new report. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 890 words, photos. With IRAN-POLITICS OF HIJAB _ A few daring women in Iran's capital have been taking off their mandatory headscarves, or hijabs, in public, risking arrest and drawing the ire of hard-liners. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

    MOON LANDING-BEHIND THE SCENES _ It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago. That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, pilots, divers and more who worked behind the scenes. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

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    FACEBOOK-DIGITAL CURRENCY _ The Trump administration comes out strongly against Facebook's ambitious plan to create a new digital currency. SENT: 760 words, photos.

    AMAZON PRIME DAY _ Amazon's Prime Day comes with a wave of deals _ and protests. SENT: 460 words, photo.

    GIANTS-MOORE SUSPENDED _ The New York Giants suspend safety Kam Moore amid charges he punched a woman, stepped on her neck and rendered her unconscious. SENT: 250 words.

    TV-MAKING THE BAND _ Diddy's "Making the Band" is coming back to TV. The music mogul announces that the hit series, where he discovered groups including platinum-sellers Danity Kane, will return to MTV in 2020. SENT: 140 words, photo.

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    ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-FUNDRAISER _ Kamala Harris raised money from a group of attorneys on the same day she blasted their firm's work on the Jeffrey Epstein case for calling "into question the integrity of our legal system." SENT: 740 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

    BUDGET BATTLE _ It’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., photos.

    ELECTION 2020-FUNDRAISING _ Some big fundraising hauls by Democrats ease worries that lackluster totals last quarter were a sign the party would struggle to stockpile cash for the general election fight with President Trump. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing ahead of midnight reporting deadline.

    PENTAGON LEADERSHIP _ President Trump asks the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. SENT: 720 words, photo.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-NONPROFIT _ A nonprofit foundation set up by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that relied on health care world partnerships to speed a cure for cancer has suspended its operations. SENT: 890 words, photo.

    TRUMP-TRADE _ President Trump signs an executive order requiring federal agencies to purchase products using more American components. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN _Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urge a judge to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. SENT: 790 words, photos.

    BORDER PATROL-FACEBOOK GROUP _ U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials says 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation following revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked lawmakers and migrants. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST_ An avowed white supremacist is sentenced to life plus 419 years on federal hate crime charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. SENT: 370 words, photos.

    GIANT TELESCOPE _ Hundreds of demonstrators gather at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. SENT: 630 words, photos.

    OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA _ Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argues during the close of his case against the opioid drug manufacturer. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    BALTIMORE-POLICE SHOOTING _ A man demanding methadone opens fire at a Baltimore addiction clinic, killing one person and wounding a police sergeant before he is fatally shot by police. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _European Union nations throw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    CONGO-EBOLA _ With Ebola reaching Congo's eastern city of Goma, authorities are tracking down bus passengers who rode with a pastor who became the first confirmed case in the regional capital. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

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    HEALTH/SCIENCE

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    ALZHEIMER BLOOD TEST _ Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal _ a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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    AUTO CONTRACT-TALKS-THINGS TO KNOW _ Contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit's three automakers kick off with the union that represents 142,000 workers across the U.S. taking a far less conciliatory stance than past years. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 820 words, photo.

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    R KELLY _ Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti says that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during his 2008 trial that ended with his acquitted of all charges. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    OBIT-WHITAKER _ Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four-division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, dies after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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