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Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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ONLY ON AP

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AP INTERVIEW-IRAN-NUCLEAR CHIEF — Iran’s nuclear chief tells The Associated Press that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not. By Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi. SENT: 770 words, photos.

AP POLL-RELIGION AND POLITICS — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By National Writer David Crary. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 8 a.m., photos, interactive.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — With mandatory evacuations already issued for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans are preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 970 words, photos, graphic, interactive. TOP VIDEO: — US Hurricane Florence Preps (CR) — Forecaster: Florence could bring flash flooding. With TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS — Florence could hit with punch not seen in more than 60 years; TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-HAWAII — Tropical Storm Olivia approaches Hawaii with wind, rain.

SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY — Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation’s biggest city. Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected at the anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Center, while Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will head to the two other places where hijacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the deadliest terror attack on American soil. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from first event at 8:40 a.m. Also see SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY-TRUMP below.

NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY — Voters are choosing from 17 candidates for an open U.S. House seat, with 11 Democrats — including Bernie Sanders’ son, Levi — and six Republicans on the ballot in New Hampshire’s statewide primary. There are also races for another House seat and for governor. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; first polls close at 7 p.m. With NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY-THE LATEST; NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY-HOUSE; NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY-GOVERNOR.

CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — After years of trying to demolish former President Barack Obama’s prized health care law, GOP leaders still lack the votes to succeed. They are also confronting the law’s growing popularity and easing premium increases. By Alan Fram. SENT: 960 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-TESTING — Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety. By Michael Blood. SENT: 1,010 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-TESTING-GLANCE.

SERENA-SHOWING EMOTION — Serena Williams’ experience at the U.S. Open final resonated with black women, who say they are often forced to watch their tone and their words in ways that men and other women are not. The risk is being branded “an angry black woman.” By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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NIKE PURCHASES-KENNER — Louisiana mayor bans Nike products from parks and recreation. SENT: 450 words, photos.

MAN FREED-DOG — Discovery of dog saves Oregon man from sex-crime conviction. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-CONDOR-SHOT — Reward offered in shooting of endangered California condor. SENT: 120 words, photo.

VIETNAM-DOG MEAT —Vietnam’s capital urges residents to stop eating dog meat. SENT: 140 words.

NY FASHION WEEK-PROENZA SCHOULER — Back from Paris, Proenza Schouler designers go all-American. SENT: 510 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-CHOLERA — Zimbabwe declares cholera outbreak after 20 deaths. SENT: 250 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-INTERNATIONAL COURT — America’s long-running relationship with the International Criminal Court comes to a crashing halt as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spill into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates U.S. troops in Afghanistan. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. With UNITED STATES-INTERNATIONAL COURT-THE LATEST; AFGHANISTAN-US-CRIMINAL COURT — Rights groups warn against U.S. flouting international court.

SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY-TRUMP — Trump is commemorating the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:45 a.m. event.

TRUMP — Trump vents over White House leaks as a new tell-all book commands attention, an anonymous writer detailing “resistance” in the administration remains at large and a former staffer reveals more private recordings of the commander in chief. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT — Attorneys for the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Dallas police officer who says she mistook his apartment for hers are criticizing an affidavit that gives a narrative of what happened. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, videos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ETHIOPIA-ERITREA — Celebrating their dramatic diplomatic thaw, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea officially open the border where a bloody war and ensuing tensions had divided them for decades, with emotional residents embracing after years of separation. SENT: 520 words, photo. With ETHIOPIA-ERITREA-THE LATEST.

KOREAS-TENSION — South Korea’s president urges both North Korea and the United States to “make bold decisions” to break a deepening diplomatic impasse over the North’s nuclear ambitions, saying he’ll continue to act as mediator. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-NEW-SILK-ROAD — Chinese-financed railways and other projects in Africa and Asia are helping to reduce economic inequality between regions in the countries where they are built, a group of multinational researchers say. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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LASKER AWARDS — The Lasker awards honor four scientists for discoveries about genetics and development of a widely used general anesthetic nicknamed “milk of amnesia.” By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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INDYCAR-SAM SCHMIDT — IndyCar’s Sam Schmidt was left a quadriplegic from a racing accident and the team he later created has suffered a series of tragedies and setbacks. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 970 words, photos. 

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