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

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION — Convenes at 4 p.m.; Obama speaks at 10:30 p.m.

POWERBALL JACKPOT — Estimated jackpot soars to $422 million. Drawing at 11 p.m.

ADDS GERMANY-ATTACKS

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ONLY ON AP

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SOUTH SUDAN-TARGETED RAPES — South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a U.N. camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders say. The rapes highlight two persistent problems in the chaotic country engulfed by civil war: targeted ethnic violence and the reluctance by U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians. By Jason Patinkin. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION — Their political fates now entwined, President Barack Obama will implore America to elect Hillary Clinton, appealing to the women, minority and young voters who powered his rise and are crucial to her. By Julie Pace and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the night; Obama speaks at 10:30 p.m. WITH: DEM 2016-CONVENTION-KAINE, DEM 2016-CONVENTION-THINGS TO WATCH (sent); DEM 2016-CONVENTION-TAKEAWAYS, DEM 2016-CONVENTION-FACT CHECK (upcoming).

CAMPAIGN 2016-EMAILS-RUSSIA — Donald Trump encourages Russia to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, setting off an instant debate over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics. By Eric Tucker and Jack Gillum. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH — More than a year after Freddie Gray died, the effort to hold six officers criminally responsible for his death in a police van collapsed when the city abruptly dropped all charges. The case tore Baltimore apart and exposed deep fissures between the police, prosecutors and the people. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-TIMELINE; KILLINGS BY POLICE-GLANCE.

JOHN HINCKLEY — A judge says the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full time in Virginia. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

FRANCE-CHURCH ATTACK — Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join IS extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 850 words, photos.

POLAND-POPE — Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass in a church in the French countryside, has warned grimly that the world is at war, but is cautioning against labeling it a war among religions. By Frances D’Emilio and Monika Scislowska. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: POLAND-POPE-VENUES – Castles and death camps: Sites the pope will see in Poland (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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RIO VILLAGE PROBLEMS — A near-diplomatic incident — as Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes termed it — comes to an end at the Rio Olympics. The Australian delegation now says it’s happy with its rooms at the athletes’ village. SENT: 600 words, photos.

RICHARD BRANSON-MARIJUANA — British billionaire Richard Branson says if kids are going to smoke marijuana, their parents should join them. SENT: 130 words, photos.

GROUND ZERO WORKER-BILLBOARDS — 9/11 worker pleads for medical coverage with billboards. SENT: 130 words, photos.

SHARK SIGHTINGS-Q&A — Sightings of great whites and other dangerous sharks have prompted authorities to temporarily close beaches in the Northeast. SENT: 400 words, photo.

FINLAND-NORWAY-MOVING A MOUNTAIN — Norway mulls giving mountain peak to Finland. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION-WHITE MEN — The Democratic National Convention has highlighted women, African-Americans, Latinos, gay Americans — but also serves as a reminder of the party’s struggles to connect with most heterosexual white men. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 830 words, photos. WITH: DEM 2016-CONVENTION-JILL STEIN – Angry Sanders backers have new cry: “Jill not Hill.” SENT: 590 words, photos.

RED-LIGHT CAMERAS, HFR — Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences. SENT: 580 words. HOLD FOR RELEASE until 12:01 a.m. EDT Thursday.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE SUPPLY LIFELINE — As massive wildfires become the norm in tinder dry California, elaborate base camps and supply operations have become the backbone of fighting fires. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. WITH: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Bulldozer operator killed fighting California blaze. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

POLICE KILLING-AIR RIFLE — A judge dismisses a manslaughter charge against a Florida deputy who claimed self-defense in the 2014 fatal shooting of a 33-year-old black man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GIRLS-STABBING PLOT — A court has ruled that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man should be tried as adults. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Turkey’s state run news agency says close to 1,700 officers have been formally discharged from the military following the country’s failed coup. The government also ordered dozens of media organizations closed down. A purge of large sectors of society continues after an uprising by renegade military officers. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-SYRIA-NUSRA FRONT —Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria is considering splitting ties with the global terror group, members say. If it does, that could throw a wrench in talks between the U.S. and Russia on a military partnership in Syria, complicating efforts to separate the militant fighters from other moderate rebel faction. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: SYRIA — IS suicide attack in mostly Kurdish Syria town kills 44 (sent).

JAPAN-KNIFE ATTACK-WHAT WENT WRONG — He clearly stated his intent to kill in a letter. He was committed to a psychiatric hospital, but doctors deemed him safe to release 12 days later. Then he fell off the radar screen. Five months later, the Japanese man killed 19 mentally disabled people in the country’s deadliest attack in generations. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 800 words, photos, video, graphic. WITH: JAPAN-KNIFE ATTACK-CHRONOLOGY — Timeline detailing warning signs and events (sent).

GERMANY-ATTACKS – Bavaria’s interior minister says a 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker who blew himself up in the southern German town of Ansbach was in an online chat with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: GERMANY RAMPAGE-SUSPECT – German authorities say they’ve arrested a 15-year-old boy who they suspect of having planned a rampage and also believe was in contact with a teenager who killed nine people in Munich last week. SENT: 250 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve says near-term risks to the U.S. economy have diminished, reviving the prospect that it will resume raising interest rates as soon as September. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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FACEBOOK-GETTING PUSHY WITH MESSENGER — Facebook is pushing more people to install its Messenger application, now by blocking people who want to send and receive messages via its mobile website instead of the app. UPCOMING: 900 words by 6:30 p.m., photo. WITH: EARNS-FACEBOOK — Facebook beats 2Q forecasts, user numbers grow, stock soars (sent); DIGITAL LIFE-FACEBOOK MESSENGER — You’d be wrong to think that Facebook’s Messenger app is all about messaging. Here are five cool things you can do. UPCOMING: 630 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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OLYMPICS

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OLY–RUSSIAN DOPING — Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY—BRAZIL’S RACIAL POLITICS — On the one hand, Brazil is thoroughly mixed. On the other, there is searing racial inequality in a place often portrayed as a “racial democracy,” or “race-blind.” The myth of a race-blind country has been losing force, but there’s still a yawning gap between black and white. Diversity and inequality will line up side-by-side at the Olympics, just as they did at Brazil’s World Cup two years ago. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-NETFLIX PREMIERE DATE — The television revivals at Netflix that began in February with “Fuller House” continue as the streaming network announces the premiere date for the “Gilmore Girls” series reboot. SENT: 130 words.

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HOW TO REACH US

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