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




YEMEN — Yemeni officials: Suicide car bombing targets security compound near airport in Aden, killing 10 people. SENT: 140 words.




ISLAMIC STATE-TURKEY-PASSAGEWAY TO SYRIA — Along the border, a wall of giant concrete blocks is going up, as Turkey tries to seal off a region that for years was a jihadi highway for extremist fighters joining the Islamic State group in neighboring Syria. IS documents obtained by The Associated Press show at least 4,000 foreign recruits traveled through Turkey into Syria between late 2013 and the end of 2014. By Dominique Soguel and Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.




CLINTON EMAILS-ANALYSIS — The FBI may have spared Hillary Clinton the worst in wrapping up its investigation into her use of email as secretary of state — but the way in which Director James Comey did so makes it unlikely criticism of her judgment and character will fade before Election Day. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3:45 a.m., photos, video. With CLINTON EMAILS-CYBERFAILURES — State Department defends itself; CLINTON EMAILS-PETRAEUS — Critical differences with case against former CIA Director Petraeus; CLINTON EMAILS-FACT CHECK. Also see CLINTON EMAILS-GOP below.

BRITAIN-IRAQ INQUIRY — The official inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq War is releasing its findings, more than seven years after hearings began and 13 years on from the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 a.m. release of report, video. With BRITAIN-IRAQ INQUIRY-THE LATEST.

MIDEAST-BLOODY RAMADAN — As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, many are struggling to come to grips with what has been a particularly bloody month of attacks that killed 350 people and spread terror across continents. The diverse, high profile targets appear to confirm what many experts have long feared: The Islamic State group, increasingly on the defensive, will metastasize far beyond its shrinking caliphate. By Zeina Karam and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With MIDEAST-BLOODY RAMADAN-GLANCE.

PISTORIUS — A judge is expected to announce Oscar Pistorius’ new sentence for murder, with the double-amputee Olympic runner facing a possible 15-year jail term for shooting his girlfriend. By Christopher Torchia. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3:30 a.m., photos, video.

CONGRESS-GUNS — House Democrats and Republicans seem just as destined for an election-season clash over guns as they did before a Democratic sit-in on the chamber’s floor two weeks ago. By Alan Fram. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:45 a.m., photo; party meetings end around 10 a.m., then 700 words.

NKOREA-KICKING THE HABIT —North Korea, one of the last bastions of free, unhindered smoking, a country where just about every adult male — including Kim Jon Un — can and does light up almost anywhere he pleases, is now officially trying to get its people to kick the habit. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.




GOP 2016-TRUMP-SADDAM — Donald Trump praises former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s ruthlessness. SENT: 490 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US NC Trump Saddam (CR) — Trump says Saddam Hussein “killed terrorists.”

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT — No jackpot-winning ticket is sold in the latest Mega Millions drawing, increasing the prize to an estimated $508 million, a lottery official SAYS. SENT: 450 words, photo, video.

SHARK ATTACKS-CENTENNIAL — A look back at a series of fatal shark attacks 100 years ago in New Jersey that sparked fears that endure even today. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

COLLEGES-ALUMNI VISAS — Some U.S. colleges are starting programs to help their alumni get visas through a legal loophole. SENT: 750 words, photos.




POLICE SHOOTING-LOUISIANA — A Louisiana police officer shoots and kills a man following a confrontation outside a Baton Rouge convenience store, authorities say. SENT: 260 words, photos.

SURVIVAL IN BEAR COUNTRY — A look at what experts suggest doing if you encounter a bear after a grizzly bear attacked a woman at Alaska’s Denali National Park and another killed a mountain biker near Montana’s Glacier National Park. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BLACK TRAVELERS-ROUTE 66 — A writer is hoping to bring attention to the businesses along the historic Route 66 that once provided safe havens for black travelers amid segregation. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MARIJUANA GYM — An advocate for marijuana use by athletes is teaming up with a former pro football star to open what they’re calling the “World’s First Cannabis Gym” in California. SENT: 300 words, video.




CLINTON EMAILS-GOP — Republicans aren’t letting up on their criticism of Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails — instead, they’re expanding their criticism to include the FBI. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:45 a.m., photos.




URUGUAY-MARIJUANA — Only 50 of Uruguay’s 1,200 pharmacies have registered to legally sell marijuana, snagging a key aspect of the world’s first government-regulated national marketplace for pot. SENT: 880 words, photos.




US TREASURY YIELD-RECORD LOW — Fear and uncertainty about the global economy are leading investors to embrace the relative safety of U.S. government debt and slashing yields to record lows. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 700 words, photo. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Tokyo stocks down 3 percent, other Asian stocks slump.




UFC 200-LESNAR RETURNS — Brock Lesnar is returning for one more fight in the comeback of the UFC season. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 800 words, photos.




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