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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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Adds CHANDRA LEVY, BLACK LIVES MATTER BANNER, OBIT-FORREST MARS JR., NEW WHALE SPECIES.

DEM 2016-CONVENTION — Hillary Clinton’s speech expected about 10:30 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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NKOREA-TENSIONS — North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs tells the AP that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION — After three days of Democrats asserting that Hillary Clinton is ready for the White House, she takes center stage to make her own case to the American people. Many trust her experience but question her character. By Julie Pace and Robert Furlow. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates through the night; Clinton speech expected at 10:30 p.m. With DEM 2016-CONVENTION-GOP PITCH — Clinton will appeal directly to GOP voters (sent); DEM 2016-CONVENTION-PROMINENT WOMEN (sent); DEM 2016-CONVENTION-CELEBRITIES (sent); DEM 2016-CONVENTION-TAKEAWAYS, DEM 2016-CONVENTION-FACT CHECK, DEM 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION (upcoming).

RUSSIA-PUTIN-TRUMP — Would Russian Vladimir Putin like to see Donald Trump in the White House? He won’t say. But Trump has a record of siding with Putin in ways that hardly any mainstream U.S. politician ever has. And there’s no love lost between the Russian president and Hillary Clinton. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 850 words, photos. With CAMPAIGN 2016-EMAILS-RUSSIA-Q&A — Clues in DNC hacking point to Russia, despite Trump claims. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SYRIA — After months of fighting to encircle its opponents in Aleppo, Syrian authorities backed by Russia offer corridors out for residents and rebels in the city’s besieged quarters. Many residents inside dismiss the offer, saying they cannot trust the government’s promises. By Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With SYRIA-THE LATEST; SYRIA-AL QAIDA — Syria Nusra Front leader claims his group has no more ties with al-Qaida (sent); AP EXPLAINS-SYRIA-NUSRA FRONT (sent). VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Syria Aleppo (CR) — Footage shows intense fighting in Aleppo.

MASS KILLINGS-ASKING WHY — The relentless series of mass killings across the globe poses a challenge for experts trying to analyze them without lapsing into faulty generalizations. Terms like contagion and copycat killing apply in some cases, not in others, they say, and some perpetrators’ terrorist ideology intersects with psychological instability. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 940 words.

POLAND-POPE — Pope Francis praises Poland’s native son St. John Paul II as a “meek and powerful” herald of mercy, as well as countless “ordinary yet remarkable people” who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist-ruled nation. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 760 words, video, photos. With POLAND-POPE HOLOCAUST — With Auschwitz visit, pope faces complex Polish-Jewish story. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BRAZIL-SECURITY DOUBTS — A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of heads of state and the attention of the world’s media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it’s the Olympics. And Brazil has almost no experience combatting terrorism. By Mauricio Savarese and Joshua Goodman. SENT: 930 words, photos. With RIO-VILLAGE PROBLEMS — Olympic organizers suspect ‘isolated’ sabotage at village. SENT: 410 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION-FIRST DUDE? — This time, Bill Clinton will be the adoring spouse the cameras catch in their cutaway shots. It’s one small moment in the role reversal Americans will face if Hillary Clinton wins in November. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SKY DIVING WITHOUT A PARACHUTE — Luke Aikins will be wearing nothing more than the clothes on his back when he jumps from a plane at 25,000 feet. SENT: 900 words, photos. With 10 CRAZY STUNTS — Some of the most death-defying stunts of all time. SENT: 780 words.

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT — Lottery officials in Indiana say someone has come forward with the winning ticket for this month’s $536 million Mega Millions jackpot. SENT: 360 words.

MTV CLASSIC — MTV launches MTV Classic channel focusing on 1990s nostalgia. SENT: 130 words, photo.

CHIPOTLE-BURGERS — Chipotle is branching out from burritos and plans to open its first burger restaurant. SENT: 420 words, photo.

MUSIC-PRINCE TRIBUTE CONCERT — APNewsBreak: Prince’s family says a tribute concert honoring the late icon will take place in October in the singer’s hometown of Minneapolis. SENT: 130 words.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE — Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to speak at a Baton Rouge vigil honoring the three law enforcement officers who were killed by a lone gunman during a shootout outside a convenience store. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE-THE LATEST.

BLACK LIVES MATTER BANNER — Police in Massachusetts protest a mayor’s refusal to remove a Black Lives Matter banner that’s hanging over city hall. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: Update from 5:30 p.m. rally.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — California crews contend with hotter temperatures near scenic Big Sur where a wildfire has destroyed 34 homes and killed a bulldozer driver working to contain the massive blaze. SENT: 470 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHANDRA LEVY — Prosecutors announce that they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, saying they can no longer prove their case in the 15-year-old slaying that thrust former congressman Gary Condit into the national spotlight. SENT: 480 words, photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA — An unarmed black therapist who was shot by police last week while protecting his autistic client has an emotional reunion with the man. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEM 2016-CONVENTION-TENSIONS — “Bernie or Bust” sentiment exposes racial tension at the Democratic convention, with some black and Hispanic delegates expressing frustration that white supporters of Bernie Sanders seem indifferent to a potential Donald Trump presidency. SENT: 880 words, video, photos.

DEM 2016-PHILADELPHIA — With the Democratic convention drawing toward a close, Philadelphia police assigned to keep protests from spinning out of control have made a three-day total of under a dozen arrests — or what would be considered a pretty calm night in a lot of cities. SENT: 300 words, video, photos. With DEM 2016-PHILADELPHIA-THE LATEST.

US-DEBT COLLECTION RULES — Consumers could no longer receive multiple calls per day from debt collectors and would have more ability to dispute their bills under new proposals to overhaul the multibillion-dollar debt collection industry. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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FRANCE-CHURCH ATTACK — French officials identify the second man responsible for attacking a Catholic church in Normandy as a 19-year-old who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but returned to France instead. SENT: 780 words, photos.

TURKEY-MILITARY COUP — Turkey’s top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, retains his post amid a purge of the military, while the government warns allies that diplomatic relations would suffer if they do not extradite suspects in the July 15 putsch. SENT: 760 words, photos. With TURKEY-EU-MEDIA — EU calls Turkey’s crackdown on media “worrying”; TURKEY COUP-TRAITOR’S CEMETERY — Turkey creates “Traitors’ Cemetery” for dead coup plotters (both sent).

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BUSINESS

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AMAZON-ALL ABOUT DISTRIBUTION — Amazon continues to invest heavily in improving its distribution: building more distribution centers and looking to the future by partnering with the U.K. to speed up drone testing and readying its own fleet of cargo jets. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6:30 p.m.

OBIT-FORREST MARS JR — Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped grow Mars Inc. into a multi-billion dollar confectionary empire with beloved brands such as M&M’s and Snickers bars, dies at 84. SENT: 160 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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NEW WHALE SPECIES — Research published this week says genetic tests have confirmed that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale only rarely seen alive by Japanese fishermen roams the northern Pacific Ocean. SENT: 630 words.

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SPORTS

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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — Jimmy Walker, seeking his first major, opens with a 65 at baking Baltusrol at the PGA Championship while Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson stumble. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CLUB PROS — Club pros get a taste of tour life at PGA Championship. SENT: 880 words, photos.

PLAYOFF-NEW YEAR’S EVE — The College Football Playoff is moving the dates of future semifinals to ensure the games will be played either on a weekend or a holiday. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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COLBERT VS COLBERT — CBS’ Stephen Colbert says lawyers from his old company complained when he revived the character he played on “The Colbert Report.” By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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