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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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CHERNOBYL-RADIOACTIVE FOOD - An AP-commissioned test on milk from a farm operating on the edge of Belarus' Chernobyl exclusion zone finds unexpectedly high levels of a radioactive isotope. The discovery in milk used to make cheese popular in Russia comes on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in neighboring Ukraine. By Yuras Karmanau. SENT: 1,670 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 - Ted Cruz and John Kasich defend their extraordinary pact in three states as needed to stop Donald Trump, even as the GOP front-runner surges toward a big Northeast delegate haul in Tuesday's elections. By Steve Peoples and Will Weissert. SENT: 730 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos, video. With CAMPAIGN 2016-VOTERS ON THE DEAL - Quotes from voters in Indiana, Oregon and New Mexico. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos; GOP 2016-CRUZ-INDIANA - Cruz's deal with Kasich highlights the importance of Indiana to the longshot campaign to stop Trump. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

OBAMA-EUROPE - President Barack Obama casts his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a move to keep up "momentum" against Islamic State extremists. He presses European allies to match his effort. By Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. With SYRIA - At least 28 killed in violence in Syria's capital and Aleppo (sent).

OHIO SHOOTINGS - Marijuana growing operations are discovered at some of the crime scenes where officials say eight family members were killed in a "pre-planned execution," raising more questions as authorities scrambled to find a suspect or suspects in the slayings in a rural southern Ohio community. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOT BOY - The city reaches a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 630 words, photos. Highlighting video US OH RICE SETTLEMENT (CR). UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

GANETT-TRIBUNE - Newspaper publisher Gannett says that it wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers. By Business Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 410 words, photos. With Gannett-Tribune-Glance - A look at properties owned by Gannett and Tribune Publishing (sent).

BRADY LAWSUIT - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, a federal appeals court rules, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With BRADY LAWSUIT-TRUMP - Trump on Deflategate: 'Leave Tom Brady alone' (sent).

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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MANZIEL-INDICTMENT - Johnny Manziel's attorney says assault indictment to come Tuesday. SENT: 530 words.

SEVERE WEATHER - Forecasters warn of severe weather outbreak in central US. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.

LEMONADE STAND-ADOPTION - A third-grader in Missouri sells lemonade to help pay for his adoption. SENT: 150 words, photos.

DUBAI DRIVERLESS CARS - Dubai wants 25 percent of all car trips driverless by 2030. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS HANDCUFFED - A Tennessee police chief has offered an apology after his officers arrested 10 elementary school students. SENT: 300 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOP 2016-TRUMP'S PATH - Donald Trump needs another big night Tuesday to stay on track to clinch the Republican nomination. SENT: 810 words, photos. With GOP 2016-TRUMP'S SENATOR - In Trump, Alabama senator finds political kindred spirit (sent).

PENTAGON-BASE CLOSINGS - The military has vastly more space for training and basing troops than it needs, but lawmakers driven by home-state politics say no to base closings. By AP National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 840 words. UPCOMING: 810 words, photo, by 4 p.m. With CONGRESS-DEFENSE SPENDING — House Republicans unveil bill to boost defense spending. SENT: 660 words.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-PRISONER RE-ENTRY - Attorney General Loretta Lynch asks governors to make it easier for felons to get state-issued identification after they get out of prison, hoping to smooth convicts' re-entry into society. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

AP EXPLAINER-CONGRESS-PUERTO RICO - Debt-ridden Puerto Rico faces a $422 million bond payment deadline Sunday with no sign Congress will act in time to help. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BANGLADESH-STABBINGS - Police in Bangladesh say unidentified assailants have stabbed two men to death, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SAUDI REFORM PLAN - Saudi Arabia unveils a 15-year plan to wean the country off of its "addiction" to oil in a bid to prepare the next generation of Saudi leaders for the domestic pressures of youth unemployment and revenues being eroded by lower oil prices. By Abdullah al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy. SENT: 850 words, photos.

EGYPT - Police fire tear gas and birdshot to disperse hundreds of demonstrators calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down over his government's decision to surrender control over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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NATIONAL

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APNEWSBREAK: CHARLESTON SHOOTING - A friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black parishioners to death in Charleston last year is set to plead guilty. SENT: 310 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MUSLIM CEMETERY BACKLASH - Leaders of a Massachusetts mosque are hoping to build a Muslim cemetery on farmland, but residents are vigorously opposing the project. SENT: 860 words, photos.

DENNIS HASTERT-ACCUSERS-NEWS GUIDE — Dennis Hastert will learn this week whether his violations of federal banking rules are enough to send him to prison, but the charges are just part of a broader case involving allegations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused several former students when he was a teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois. SENT: 690 words, photo.

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA - A day of rallies at North Carolina's statehouse begins with the delivery petitions signed by 180,000 people seeking the repeal of a law that curtails protections for LGBT people. SENT: 240 words. UPCOMING: Developing; photos.

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE - The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood to resume raising interest rates from ultra-low levels. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 890 words, photo.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-FIRST MONDAY IN MAY - He's the creator of blockbuster museum shows and the seemingly reluctant star of a new documentary. But Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, doesn't have much time to contemplate the sudden attention. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RIO 2016-SECURITY-ATHLETES - Extra security measures may be needed to protect athletes staying outside of the Olympic Village during the games in Rio de Janeiro, including Rafael Nadal, who will be staying at a friend's house, one of Brazil's top security officials says. By Sports Writer Tales Azzoni. SENT: 570 words, photos. With RIO-FLAME-REFUGEE - Still swimming in exile, Syrian refugee to carry Rio flame (sent).

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