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BC-AP News Digest 6:15 pm

October 8, 2018

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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds ELECTION 2018-FINAL SPRINT, COLLINS 2020-SENATE CHALLENGERS, ARMY RECRUITING, BRITAIN-POISONED SPY, YELLOWSTONE MINING, DIVIDED RETIREMENT, IMPOTENCE-GENETICS, COMPLETE CHIEFS, FILM-AMANDLA STENBERG.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Ceremony at 7 p.m.

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SYRIA-DISABLED SOLDIERS — In a Damascus hospital, Haidar Hussein lifts himself up with his hands holding on to a set of bars and cautiously steps forward, showing off his new skills walking on two artificial legs. He is among the country’s many soldiers who now face a new reality of living without one or more of their limbs, or other serious disability. The Ahmad Hamish hospital manufactures 60 prosthetics a day, reflecting the high demand in a nation that has been wracked by conflict for the past seven years. By Zeina Karam. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh returns to the White House for a televised appearance with President Trump less than a month before pivotal congressional elections. By Mark Sherman and Jill Colvin. SENT: 820 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. ceremony, 840 words by 8 p.m., photos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MURKOWSKI — Alaska GOP leaders plan to consider reprimand of U.S. Sen. Murkowski for opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation. SENT: 130 words, photos.

LIMOUSINE CRASH — The supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people failed a state safety inspection and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor says. By Michael Balsamo and Tom Krisher. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: New version, 750 words, photos, video, by 3 p.m.

TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — President Donald Trump says he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, delivering a reprieve for the Justice Department official whose future has been the source of intense speculation. By Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2018-FINAL SPRINT — Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court fires the starting pistol for the final sprint to Election Day, with control of the House and Senate at stake. A look at what to watch over the final four weeks before the Nov. 6 balloting. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,190 words, photos. With ELECTION 2018-RYAN — House Speaker Paul Ryan delivers an upbeat assessment of the GOP’s accomplishments. SENT: 350 words, photos; ELECTION 2018-SWIFT — Trump says he likes Taylor Swift’s music less now that she’s endorsed Democratic candidates. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BRAZIL ELECTIONS — Brazilians appear on the cusp of handing the presidency to a far-right former army captain who has reminisced fondly about dictatorship, pledged to put “Brazil first,” promised to jail corrupt politicians and endorsed giving police a freer hand to shoot drug traffickers as a way to combat the country’s rampant crime. By Peter Prengaman, Sarah DiLorenzo and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With BRAZIL ELECTIONS-SURPRISES — Indigenous, transgender candidates among Brazil surprises. SENT: 460 words, photos.

NOBEL-ECONOMICS — Just a day after a United Nations panel issued an urgent call for action on climate change, the Nobel Prize in economics goes to one American researcher for his work on the economics of a warming planet — and to another whose study of technological innovation raises hopes that people are creative enough to do something about it. By Paul Wiseman and David Keyton. SENT: 900 words, photos. With NOBEL-ECONOMICS-CARBON TAX — Carbon tax gets renewed attention but still faces resistance. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GOOGLE PLUS-PRIVACY FLAW — Google to close main version of Plus social networking service after 6-month delay in disclosing privacy leak. SENT: 570 words, photo.

FOX-HICKS — President Trump’s former communications chief Hope Hicks is taking on a similar role at the new Fox company. SENT: 320 words, photo.

TRUMP GOLF-SCOTTISH LOSSES — President Trump posts losses at another Scottish golf resort. SENT: 430 words, photo.

NETFLIX-PRODUCTION HUB — Netflix chooses Albuquerque as the site of a new U.S. production hub. SENT: 370 words.

BARBARA BUSH-WEDDING — Former first daughter Barbara Bush has gotten married. SENT: 110 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP — President Trump advocates the use of “stop and frisk” policing and says he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation’s third-largest city. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.

COLLINS 2020-SENATE CHALLENGERS — Interest in Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ 2020 re-election campaign has exploded in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court pick. UPCOMING: 990 words, photos by 7 p.m.

ARMY RECRUITING — Top Army leaders say it will take time to overcome the recruiting challenges that caused them to miss their enlistment goal this year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

CLINTONS TOUR — Now that Beyonce and Jay-Z are off the road, another power couple is taking their place: Hillary and Bill Clinton. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-POISONED SPY — An investigative group reports that one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a doctor who works for Russian military intelligence. SENT: 530 words, photos.

INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE-PERFECT STORM — An Indonesian scientist says he wasn’t surprised by the Sept. 28 quake that killed nearly 2,000 people in his country, because he and others have been saying that Sulawesi island was due for an earthquake and tsunami. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA MISSING WRITER — Turkey ramps up pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to a missing exiled journalist who Turkish officials say was likely killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort out paperwork to marry his fiancee. SENT: 600 words, photos. With SAUDI-WHO IS KHASHOGGI? — Missing Saudi journalist once a voice of reform in kingdom (sent).

BULGARIA-JOURNALIST KILLED — Bulgarian police are investigating the rape, beating and slaying of a female television reporter whose body was dumped near the Danube River after she reported on the possible misuse of European Union funds in Bulgaria. SENT: 790 words, photos.

GERMANY-OKTOBERFEST — More than 6 million visitors, 7.5 million liters of beer, 124 rotisserie oxen and Bill Clinton wearing lederhosen; another Oktoberfest in Munich has come and gone. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL WEATHER — A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael is likely to gain in intensity ahead of an expected strike on Florida’s Panhandle. SENT: 830 words, video, photo. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; WEST TEXAS FLOODING — Floods sweep away west Texas RV park, four missing. SENT: 420 words, video, photos.

YELLOWSTONE MINING — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approves a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FACEBOOK-HOME DEVICE — Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. SENT: 530 words, photos.

DIVIDED RETIREMENT — Government stats show more Americans are working longer than ever, with the percentage of those working at 65+ close to the highest level in more than 50 years. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, graphic.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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IMPOTENCE-GENETICS — Scientists say they’ve located the first well-documented genetic glitch that increases a man’s risk of impotence. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 240 words.

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SPORTS

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COMPLETE CHIEFS — The undefeated Chiefs showed in their biggest test this season that they are a complete unit. Kansas City moved the ball effortlessly against Jacksonville’s top-ranked defense, and its defense produced five turnovers in a 30-14 rout. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-AMANDLA STENBERG — At 19, Amandla Stenberg has become the face of a new Hollywood, one that fuses the personal with the political. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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