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

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TOP STORIES

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION — A glass ceiling is shattering at the Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton ascends to the presidential nomination. By Calvin Woodward and Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 900 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US DNC Sanders 3 (CR) — Sanders: “Clinton must become next president.” With DEM 2016-CONVENTION-BILL CLINTON — Can Bill Clinton separate his wife’s legacy from his own? DEM 2016-CONVENTION-VIRAL FUNDRAISING —The political novice who wants to unseat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz reaps big financial rewards; AP EXPLAINS-POST CONVENTION POLLS — What is the convention bump? DEM 2016-CONVENTION-THE LATEST. Also see UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-EMAILS and DEM 2016-PHILADELPHIA below.

JAPAN-KNIFE ATTACK — A young Japanese goes on a stabbing rampage at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials say, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death. By Mari Yamaguchi and Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. With JAPAN-KNIFE ATTACK-LETTER — Translation of letter that attack suspect reportedly wrote; JAPAN-KNIFE ATTACK-NEIGHBORS — Stunned neighbors liked residents, staff at facility; JAPAN-KNIFE ATTACK-PAST KILLINGS — A list of mass killing in Japan, with archival photos; JAPAN-KNIFE ATTACK-THE LATEST.

FRANCE-HOSTAGE-TAKING — Two attackers seize hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing a priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials say. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 370 words, photos, video. With FRANCE-TRUCK-ATTACK — Two new suspects detained in Nice truck attack investigation.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SYRIA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff. By Robert Burns and Matthew Lee. SENT: 590 words, photos. With SYRIA — Russia’s Lavrov hopes Russia-U.S. talks will help Syria truce; UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-EMAILS — Kerry discusses email hack with Russia’s top diplomat; KERRY-NORTH KOREA — Kerry says North Korea should learn from Iran, end nuclear arms; SOUTH CHINA SEA-KERRY — Kerry says U.S. neutral on South China Sea, wants China to follow laws.

GERMANY ATTACKS — Top security officials in Germany call for tougher security screening of asylum-seekers and also announce that more police officers will be hired following four attacks in the country — two of them claimed by the extremist Islamic State group. By Kirsten Grieshaber. SENT: 610 words, photo. With GERMANY-ATTACKS-THE LATEST.

EMIRATES-RENEWABLE ENERGY — The United Arab Emirates might not seem like an obvious spot to begin and end a globe-spanning flight promoting renewable energy. But the landing here of the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 underscores the significant number of clean energy initiatives out of this major OPEC oil producer. By Adam Schreck. SENT: 890 words, photos. With SOLAR PLANE — Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION-SILVERMAN — Sarah Silverman: Sanders die-hards are “being ridiculous.” SENT: 260 words, photos, video.

DEM 2016-CONVENTION-MICHELLE OBAMA’S DRESS — Michelle Obama wears American designer Christian Siriano. SENT: 380 words, photos, videos.

BEER TAP HANDLES — The number of craft breweries has more than doubled in the last five years, making those branded beer tap handles behind the bar a big business. SENT: 370 words, photos, video.

BOY’S GARBAGE WISH — Wish granted: 6-year-old boy will be garbage man for a day. SENT: 410 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from events scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

BRITAIN-STAR WARS — Film company pleads guilty over “Star Wars” on-the-set accident. SENT: 230 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Two Turkish generals serving in Afghanistan and a former Istanbul governor detained as part of a crackdown in the wake of Turkey’s July 15 failed coup. SENT: 140 words. With TURKEY-RUSSIA — Turkey: Erdogan to meet Putin Aug. 9 in Russia; GERMANY-TURKEY — Turkish president accuses EU of breaking pact on migrants.

JORDAN-SYRIANS AT WORK — Jordan has come nearly half way in keeping its promise to donor countries to put 50,000 Syrian refugees to work legally in 2016, in return for low-interest loans and easier access to European markets. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

SOMALIA-BLAST — Two suicide bombers detonate explosives-laden cars outside the U.N. Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven U.N. guards, Somali police officials say. SENT: 290 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-MILITANTS KILLED — Police in Bangladesh’s capital raid a five-story building that was used as a den by suspected Islamic militants, killing nine of them, the country’s police chief says. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING — Stephanie White’s 18-year-old son was one of two teenagers killed at Club Blu, the latest in a string of mass shootings across the nation this summer. SENT: 890 words, photos, videos.

DEM 2016-PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging supporters to rally behind Clinton as the Democratic convention heats up in Philadelphia, but ardent followers seem intent on keeping his upstart campaign alive. SENT: 430 words, photos, videos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — While most of the roughly 20,000 evacuees forced out by a wildfire have been cleared to go home, firefighters still have huge work ahead of them taming a wildfire northwest of Los Angeles. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.

TIMBER TOWN’S COMEBACK — The rural Oregon town of Prineville that saw its timber industry implode 25 years ago is making a comeback thanks to the digital revolution. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

SHARK FINNING — American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a proposal to shut down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia, and send a message to the rest of the world. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SCANDAL — A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal faces a critical test, as a federal judge will decide whether to grant it preliminary approval. SENT: 310 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 11 a.m. hearing. With VOLKSWAGEN-BY THE NUMBERS.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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SRI LANKA-SAVING MANGROVES — Sri Lanka’s government is working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests — the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, better absorb carbon and reduce the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BLACK-FOOTED FERRETS — An endangered species of weasel is returning to an area of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with ferret release, planned for after 8 p.m.

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HOW TO REACH US

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At the Nerve Center, Alina Heineke can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Alyssa Goodman (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Phil Holm (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact [email protected] or call 877-836-9477.

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