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

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ONLY ON AP

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BORDER WALL — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if the government would rescue its workers if they came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if its employees could carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force. With bids on the first contracts due, companies are preparing for the worst if they are picked for the potentially lucrative but controversial work. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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RUSSIA-SUBWAY EXPLOSION — The intelligence agency in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan identifies a suspect behind the deadly bombing on the St. Petersburg subway as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen. By Irina Titova and Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 130 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Russia Subway 4 (CR)-rus — Video shows passengers fleeing after blast. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated. With RUSSIA-SUBWAY EXPLOSION-THE LATEST.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Democrats secure the votes to block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, putting the Senate on course to a partisan showdown over confirming Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime appointment that could reverberate for decades. By Erica Werner and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.

CHINA-US-SUMMIT — Freighted by weighty questions over trade, Taiwan and North Korea, this week’s summit between Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will be closely watched for signs of how relations between the world’s top two economies will proceed in the months and years to follow. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

JORDAN-TRUMP — Jordan’s King Abdullah II will be able to deliver an Arab consensus on Mideast peace when he meets Trump at the White House this week, after a recent Arab summit hosted by the monarch relaunched an offer of regional recognition of Israel in exchange for Palestinian statehood. By Karin Laub. SENT: 800 words, photo.

IMMIGRANT STUDENTS-TUITION — A push to offer in-state college tuition rates to students whose parents brought them into the country illegally is picking up unlikely momentum from Republicans in Tennessee, a deeply conservative state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump and his tough stance on immigration. If the lawmakers succeed, Tennessee could become the first Republican state to pass such a law since Trump took office in January. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP — It’s OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes. An unwatchable game against Gonzaga turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they’ve been waiting an entire year to celebrate. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With FINAL FOUR-MISSED CALL — Missed out-of-bounds call aides Tar Heels in final minute.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-KENDALL JENNER — Kardashian clan member Kendall Jenner says, “I’m a big kid.” SENT: 280 words, photos.

ROMAN-POLANSKI — Judge rejects Roman Polanski’s bid to end sex abuse case. SENT: 580 words, photo.

BEE ATTACK — Swarm of bees kills dog, hurts two men in California city. SENT: 150 words.

CITY-REQUEST-IMPEACH-TRUMP — Massachusetts city calls for Trump impeachment probe. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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HEALTH OVERHAUL — White House officials make a new offer to conservative House Republicans that is aimed at resuscitating the GOP’s failed health care bill. SENT: 500 words, photo.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-POLICE OVERHAULS — The Justice Department asks a federal judge for more time to “review and assess” a proposed agreement to overhaul the Baltimore police department, saying it needed to determine how it might conflict with the crime-fighting agenda of new Attorney General Jeff Sessions. SENT: 790 words, photo.

VETERANS AFFAIRS-SUICIDE — The Department of Veterans Affairs tells skeptical lawmakers it has already fixed problems with its suicide hotline that were highlighted in an internal watchdog’s report released just two weeks ago. SENT: 780 words, photo. UPCOMING: 850 words after 10 a.m. hearing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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COLOMBIA-DEADLY RIVER OVERFLOW — Survivors of the deadly flood that washed through the southern Colombia city Mocoa are burying loved ones after authorities begin to release the remains recovered from a disaster that has shaken the country. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

CHINA-BIKE SHARING — Bicycles, which are available for rent for as little as 7 cents a ride, are the latest symbol of heavy spending in China’s internet sector where startups are in a race to attract more users to their services. SENT: 340 words. With 17 photos by Andy Wong, highlighted by BEJ301.

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SPORTS

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NHL-OLYMPICS — The NHL’s decision to not compete at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea puts on hold the Olympic aspirations for the United States’ next generation of talent. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MASTERS-THE DINNER — Phil Mickelson can think of only one way that the dinner for Masters champions can get any better: to be the host. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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