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Eds: Re-sending to add TRUMP, update Sessions line.

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

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds TRUMP, TRUMP-ECHOING INFOWARS, HOUSE DEMOCRATS-RETREAT, SEVERE WEATHER, YELLOWSTONE BISON SLAUGHTER, CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-EMERGENCY REGULATIONS, TRUMP-INTEL, OYSTER OUTBREAKS, BAYLOR-BIG 12 PUNISHMENT, HIGH WIRE ACCIDENT.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump again slams the court that is deliberating his immigration and refugee executive order as being "so political," part of a relentless pounding that prompts a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court. By Vivian Salama. By 730 words, photos. With SENATE-TRUMP CABINET — Sessions confirmed over Democratic criticism. SENT: 770 words, photos; TRUMP-LABOR SECRETARY — Andrew Puzder says he'll sell off holdings in fast-food company if confirmed as labor secretary. SENT: 800 words, photo.

SENATE RANCOR — The turbulent national debate over race, gender and free speech consumes the normally staid Senate after the GOP majority voted to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren, abruptly elevating her celebrity status at a moment when liberals are hungry for a leader to take on Donald Trump. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. SENT: 880 words, photo, video. With RULE 19-GLANCE — A look at arcane rule against impugning motives or integrity of a senator. SENT: 550 words; SENATE RANCOR-KING LETTER — What happened to King's letter in 1986. SENT: 700 words, photo.

EDUCATION SECRETARY — On her first day on the job, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plunges into her initial assignment: mending fences with her opponents following a bruising confirmation battle. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 740 words, photo. With EDUCATION SECRETARY-GLANCE — A look at the job (sent).

SEVERE WEATHER — "WooWooWoo BOOM!" Louisiana's tornado victims tell survival stories: Dwight Powell had just finished restoring a blighted house in east New Orleans when the storm came. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 680 words, video, photos, graphic. With SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST; NORTHEAST SNOW — Winter storm could drop a foot of snow on Northeast US. SENT: 260 words.

OIL PIPELINE — With the federal government about to green-light the final phase of the Dakota Access pipeline, opponents of the project call for protests around the world in an action they dubbed their "last stand." By Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SOMALIA-TROUBLED ELECTION — A former prime minister who holds dual Somali-U.S. citizenship is elected Somalia's president, declaring a new "era of unity" as he takes on the daunting task of bringing the long-chaotic country its first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century. By Abdi Guled. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-ECHOING INFOWARS — The assertion that the media often ignore terrorist attacks is just the latest claim by President Trump echoing a website known for alleging sinister plots and cover-ups. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 940 words, photo.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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NORDSTROM-TRUMP TWEET — President Trump's criticism that Nordstrom treated his daughter "so unfairly" raises ethics concerns. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

HIGH WIRE ACCIDENT — Circus performers including members of Wallenda family are injured in a fall while practicing a high-wire act in Florida. SENT: 420 words, photos.

SHAUN WHITE-SKATEBOARDING — Shaun White might compete in skateboarding at 2020 Olympics. SENT: 540 words, photos.

GREY GARDENS FOR SALE — Grey Gardens, the Hamptons home once owned by eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is for sale. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP TRAVEL BAN-JUDGES — A look at the three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who are deciding whether to reinstate President Trump's travel ban. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS-RETREAT — Abandoning earlier assertions that they would look for some areas of compromise with President Trump, House Democratic leaders are opening their annual issues retreat indicating they will fight him at every turn. SENT: 560 words.

TRUMP-HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL — The Trump administration and congressional Republicans weigh how to stabilize a wobbly market, government and industry officials say. SENT: 820 words, photo.

TRUMP-CLIMATE — A push by a group of senior Republican statesmen for a tax on carbon to help lessen the effects of climate change is already meeting entrenched opposition from within their own party. SENT: 890 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-MEDIA — Two U.S. government-funded news outlets are launching a global Russian-language TV network aimed at providing an alternative to slick, Kremlin-controlled media. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-KENNEDY — Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy says he will run for Illinois governor in 2018, bringing the instant name recognition of his family's political legacy to what will likely be a sharply contested race. SENT: 620 words, photos. With KENNEDYS-POLITICS-GLANCE (sent).

YELLOWSTONE BISON SLAUGHTER — Yellowstone National Park starts shipping hundreds of wild bison to slaughter for disease control, as a quarantine facility on a Montana Indian reservation that could help spare many of the animals sits empty due to a political dispute. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-EMERGENCY REGULATIONS — Water regulators in California consider whether to extend what are now largely symbolic conservation measures lingering from the drought after the state has seen one of the wettest winters in years. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-EMERGENCY REGULATIONS-THE LATEST.

MUSLIMS REJECTING TRUMP — A third nonprofit group will reject nearly $400,000 in federal grant money intended to fight violent extremism under President Trump's administration amid concerns over his rhetoric. SENT: 720 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-NAVALNY — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is convicted in a retrial of a 2013 fraud case and given a suspended sentence, a ruling that bars him from running for president next year. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BREXIT — Britain's House of Commons gives its final approval to a bill authorizing the government to start exit talks with the European Union. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SETTLEMENTS — A pair of Israeli rights groups ask the country's Supreme Court to overturn a new law legalizing dozens of settler outposts in the West Bank, opening what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle over the contentious legislation. SENT: 880 words, photo.

FRANCE-ELECTION-TWISTS AND TURNS — French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron denies online chatter that he was having a secret gay affair. His head-on, humorous tackling of the gossip is the latest turn in a presidential race proving as twisty as a Tour de France road. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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MEXICO TO US-POPULAR CARS — Some of America's most popular cars and trucks are made in Mexico — for now. Many American car buyers benefit from affordable cars from Mexico, but Trump might bump up those sticker prices. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 820 words, photos.

TRUMP-INTEL — President Trump holds up Intel's plan to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory as a win for his economic agenda, but it's also a reminder that not all corporate commitments come to fruition. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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HEALTH

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OYSTER OUTBREAKS — Scientists studying oysters along the Atlantic Coast discover a critical clue to understanding why more seafood lovers are getting sick from eating shellfish. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GRAMMYWATCH-PREDICTIONS — Will Beyonce make history at the Grammys or will Adele's "25" give the pop star her second gramophone for album of the year? The AP makes guesses at who will dominate music's biggest night. By Music Writers Mesfin Fekadu and Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. With GRAMMYWATCH-ERYKAH BADU, GRAMMYWATCH-JOEY+RORY (both sent).

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SPORTS

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BAYLOR-BIG 12 PUNISHMENT — The Big 12 says it will withhold millions of dollars in conference revenue from Baylor until an outside review determines the athletic department is complying with Title IX guidelines and other regulations in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that has rocked the school. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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