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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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TRUMP-ADVISERS — President Donald Trump boasts that he only hires the best people, but his personnel choices — like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Carter Page — keep coming back to haunt him. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 900 words, photos. With TRUMP-REVERSALS — Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more.

UNITED-BAD BEHAVIOR EXPOSED — Look out, Corporate America. Customers armed with smartphones and video cameras are watching when you screw up. The viral video of a ticketed passenger dragged forcefully off a United flight is only the latest example of bad behavior exposed in the age of social media. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 800 words, photo, video. Also see UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED below.

MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — Handcuffed and facing the judge, two young women accused of poisoning Kim Jong Nam appear in court as their lawyers say Malaysian police still have not handed over security camera footage and documents crucial to the defense. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ISRAEL-50 YEARS LATER-SETTLING JERUSALEM — For many Israelis, Har Homa is just another neighborhood in Jerusalem, its quiet streets lined with apartment buildings, pizza shops and supermarkets. But for Palestinians and much of the world, this unassuming neighborhood is an illegal settlement in east Jerusalem, and in some ways, the most damaging. By Josef Federman and Karin Laub. SENT: 1,760 words, photos, video, graphic. An abridged version of 970 words has also been sent. With PALESTINIANS-POLITICS— Abbas seeks “unprecedented” steps to end Palestinian split.

OMAN-CARBON MOUNTAINS — Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are drilling in search of the holy grail of reversing climate change: an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans. They are coring samples from one of the world’s only exposed sections of the Earth’s mantle to uncover how a spontaneous natural process millions of years ago transformed CO2 into limestone and marble. By Sam McNeil. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

MILLION-DOLLAR LESSONS —Teachers selling lessons to other teachers online has become a booming business. It’s a trend driven by higher standards and teachers willing to pay out of their own pockets for classroom-tested material. At least one site, Teachers Pay Teachers, says it’s helped make millionaires out of some of its contributors since launching 10 years ago. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 700 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Million Dollar Lessons (CR HFR) — Million-dollar teachers: Selling lessons online.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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AUSTRALIA-TRUMP — Former Australian foreign minister sharply criticizes Trump. SENT: 370 words, photo.

TV-FOX-O’REILLY — Embattled Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly takes his longest spring break in years. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED — The video of a man being dragged off a United Express flight turns an unwanted light on the little-known police force that guards Chicago’s two main airports and could threaten the agency’s future. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. news conference with passenger’s family and Chicago City Council hearing at 2 p.m. With UNITED PASSENGER-POLICE RESPONSE — Experts say police who dragged passenger had other options.

OHIO FAMILY KILLED — Investigators plan to answer questions about the ongoing probe into the massacre of eight people in southern Ohio as the one-year anniversary of the still unsolved killings approaches. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:45 a.m. news conference, then 500 words by 1 p.m., photos.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS-DiNARDO — The top Catholic bishop in the U.S. lauds Trump for his anti-abortion views, for comments on the importance of Catholic schools and for promising to defend religious liberties, but they differ on refugees and immigration. An AP Interview. By Mike Graczyk. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

BUFFETT FOUNDATION — The NoVo Foundation, a New York City-based foundation helmed by the youngest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett and his wife, announces its strategy for giving out $90 million over the next several years specifically to help women and girls of color overcome structural barriers. SENT: 600 words.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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IOWA-GOP-HEALTH CARE — Rebuffing Republican leaders on the GOP health care bill seemed like a major political misstep for Rep. David Young, but voters in his southwestern Iowa district say he made the right move. SENT: 870 words, photo.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-ADS — The conservative Club for Growth is targeting powerful committee chairmen and other top Republicans, part of an aggressive ad campaign to rally support for the GOP’s struggling health care overhaul effort. SENT: 410 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE — South Sudan’s violent conflict is now genocide that is being perpetrated along tribal lines, a senior British official says, urging foreign leaders to do more to force the country’s government to end the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed. SENT: 790 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-HAITI — The Security Council is set to wrap up the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti by mid-October after more than 20 years, in recognition of “the major milestone” the country has achieved toward stabilization following recent elections. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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FUEL CELL FUTURE — Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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SELF-DRIVING CAR PRODIGY — Austin Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. UPCOMING: 810 words by 8 a.m., photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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BOTTICELLI IN BOSTON — A major new exhibition of Botticelli works never before seen in the U.S. goes on display this weekend at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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