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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 .

    Adds: PUERTO RICO-GOVERNOR UNDER SEIGE, MINING POLLUTION, TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION, HOT WEATHER, TRUMP-RAPPER, POCKET SHARK-NEW SPECIES, PERU-EX-PRESIDENT, OKEFENOKEE-MINING PLAN, MUSIC FESTIVAL CANCELLED-ICE, JUSSIE SMOLLETT, R KELLY, COMIC CON-AGENGERS: ENDGAME DIRECTORS, SENTENCING OVERHAUL, TRUMP-STRAWS

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    TOP STORIES

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    PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Britain's foreign secretary said Iranian authorities seized two vessels Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, actions signaling intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. SENT: 675 words, photos, video, developing.

    TRUMP-DEMOCRATS-DISINFORMATION _ Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should “go back” to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described “squad” was lurking online. Racist, inflammatory and inaccurate content has circulated on far-right blogs, news sites and social media accounts about Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and her three freshman colleagues ever since they ran for public office. By Jill Colvin and Amanda Seitz. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-THE SQUAD _ Trump can tell Omar to “go back” to Somalia all he wants. All indications suggest she's not going anywhere. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video; TRUMP-DEMOCRATS _ Trump renews his attacks on Omar while reversing his previous criticisms of a North Carolina crowd who chanted "send her back." SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

    ELECTION 2020-SINGLE PAYER _ Democratic presidential candidates trying to appeal to progressive voters with a call for "Medicare for All" are wrestling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system. By Elana Schor. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    UNITED STATES-MEXICO-ASYLUM _ The U.S. government expanded its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the country to one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, where thousands of people are already camped, some for several months. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, Texas, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    DUMBFAKE VIDEOS _ Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be "dumbfakes." These are simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are cheap and easy to produce. Deepfakes require sophisticated artificial intelligence, audio manipulation and facial mapping technology. But dumbfakes can be made simply by varying the speed of video or selective editing. By Beatrice Dupuy and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 915 words, photos.

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    HOT WEATHER _ New York City officials have canceled an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musician John Legend and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah because of the heat forecast for the weekend. SENT: 150 Words, photo, video.

    MOON LANDING-ANNIVERSARY _ NASA hosts a two-hour live program from Kennedy Space Center and other sites on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. SENT: 800 words, video. WITH: MOON LANDING-TRUMP _ President Trump marks the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon with a meeting with former Apollo 11 astronauts. SENT: 230 words, photos.

    TRUMP-RAPPER _ Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump said he is trying to help free rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in police custody in Sweden for weeks. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    O-CONNOR-HOUSE-HISTORIC-REGISTER: Before she was hearing cases on the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was bringing people together in her historic Arizona home. The 1950s adobe house, where the first woman on the nation's highest court loved to cook and serve meals across party lines, was added Friday to the National Register of Historic Places. By Terry Tang. SENT: 600 words, photos..

    MUSIC FESTIVAL CANCELED-ICE _ A music festival in southern Idaho has been canceled because organizers say they feared potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. SENT: 200 words.

    POCKET SHARK-NEW SPECIES _ A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico turns out to be a new species, and the pouches it's named for squirt clouds of light. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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    SENTENCING OVERHAUL _ More than 3,100 federal inmates are being released by the Bureau of Prisons as part of a criminal justice overhaul signed into law last year. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    TRUMP-STRAWS _ The president and his reelection campaign are mocking efforts to replace plastic straws with paper ones and turning that disdain into a fundraising gimmick. SENT: 190 words, photo.

    CONGRESS-MUELLER TESTIMONY _ Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans' attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of President Trump's conduct. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 980 words, photos.

    TRUMP-LABOR SECRETARY _ Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Trump as he looked for a new labor secretary. By Mark Sherman, Kevin Freking and Jill Colvin. SENT: 920 words, photos.

    TRUMP-FAMILY PLANNING _ The Trump administration tells federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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    NATIONAL

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    PUERTO RICO-GOVERNOR UNDER SIEGE _ In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary Puerto Ricans are swarming to the entrance of La Fortaleza in Old San Juan, demanding he resign over a series of leaked online chats. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    MINING POLLUTION _ A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. SENT, 600 words, photos.

    OKEFENOKEE-MINING PLAN _ The federal agency that manages the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp says a private company's plan to mine minerals near the swamp edge could pose "substantial risks" to the environment, and some damage may be irreversible. SENT: 700 words.

    TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION_ Federal prosecutors in New York are remaining tight lipped about their reasons for not pursuing additional charges in a hush-money scandal that implicated President Donald Trump. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    JUSSIE SMOLLETT _ Lawyers for Jussie Smollett on Friday filed motions contending that because the actor was the victim of an attack earlier this year in Chicago a judge should reverse his decision to appoint a special prosecutor.SENT: 300 words, photo.

    R KELLY _ A judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly to be transferred from Chicago to New York City for an Aug. 2 hearing on federal sex charges. SENT: 130 words.

    SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EPSTEIN _ A Florida sheriff launched an internal investigation into wealthy financer Jeffrey Epstein's time spent out of jail after he was convicted of sexually abusing underage girls. The inquiry will focus on whether deputies assigned to monitor Epstein violated any rules or regulations while he was out on work release, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said in a statement. Under a 2008 plea deal, Epstein was allowed to spend most of his days at the office of his now-defunct Florida Science Foundation, which doled out research grants, rather than in the county jail. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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    INTERNATIONAL

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    JAPAN-ANIMATION STUDIO-FIRE _ Police were investigating at the blackened, gutted building in Kyoto where a man raging about theft set a fire that killed 33 people in a beloved animation studio, crushing the hearts of comic fans in Japan and beyond. Some were questioning why mass killings like this are now repeated in the country. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

    PERU-EX PRESIDENT_ A United States judge has denied bail for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo after prosecutors argued he was a flight risk and pointed out officials found a suitcase with $40,000 in cash during his arrest. SENT: 253 Words, photos.

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    HEALTH & SCIENCE

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    GIANT TELESCOPE-SCIENCE _ Astronomers using a controversial giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest peak will be able to study how the earliest galaxies formed, whether faraway planets could support life, and other discoveries not possible with any telescope built to date. The construction is at the center of a controversy with Native Hawaiians over the mountaintop they consider sacred. SENT: 925 words, photos.

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    BUSINESS/TECH

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    DOORBELL CAMERAS-POLICE _ America's fast-growing web of doorbell cameras is being fueled in part by the support of cities and police departments whose officials see them as a tech ally in the fight against crime. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, video.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    COMIC CON-AGENGERS: ENDGAME DIRECTORS _ "Avengers: Endgame" directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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    SPORTS

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    GLF--BRITISH OPEN _ There were cheers for McIlroy's bold attempt to make British Open weekend as Shane Lowry, J.B. Holmes share the lead at Royal Portrush. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1300 words, photos.

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