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October 10, 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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MCCONNELL-AP INTERVEW — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledges Republicans have a longstanding gender gap when it comes to American women, but in an interview with The Associated Press he stands by one key Republican who bucked her party, saying “nobody’s going to beat” Sen. Lisa Murkowski despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. McConnell says he expects the Kavanaugh vote will provide an “adrenaline shot” of GOP enthusiasm heading into the November midterm election. By Julie Pace, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: 1100 words by 4 p.m., photos, videos.

AP POLL-ELECTION SECURITY —A large majority of Americans have concerns that the nation’s voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers, with Democrats more concerned than Republicans, according to a Chicago Harris/AP-NORC poll. That partisan divide represents a reversal from two years ago. Federal, state and local election officials have been working to shore up defenses of election systems and reassure the public after U.S. intelligence agencies identified a wide-ranging Russian effort to disrupt the 2016 elections. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 920 words, photo, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL-WEATHER — Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds of 155 mph, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland. By Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Turkish media show video of what they called a 15-member Saudi “assassination squad” landing in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and they linked the group to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate later that day. That has increased pressure on the kingdom to explain what happened to the writer. By Ayse Wieting, Suzan Fraser and Jon Gambrell.

LIMOUSINE CRASH — The operator of a limousine company involved in a crash that killed 20 people, including four sisters, in upstate New York is arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide. By Michael Hill. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-HERO’S VILLAGE — As a recipient of Russia’s highest award, Alexander Mishkin is the pride of his home village, his photo even decorating a local school. Several residents easily recognized him in photos as one of two men accused by British officials of poisoning a former Russian spy. But to them, he is just a warm-hearted local boy, a Hero of Russia who has made a successful career as a military doctor thanks to his hard work and courage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.

ELECTION 2018-HEALTH CARE — Senate Democrats are pivoting to health care after the bruising confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, returning to a midterm election issue where they think they have the upper hand. They lost a Senate vote on overturning a Trump rule on short-term health care plans, but say the issue will help them in November because health care is a top concern of voters. By Alan Fram. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CANADA-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION — Next week, Canada becomes the first major country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, following the much smaller South American nation of Uruguay. It’s a profound social shift fueled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system, after nearly a century of prohibition failed to stem the drug’s prevalence. By Gene Johnson and Rob Gillies. SENT: 1,410 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CIVILITY AND SMACK TALK — There’s a lot of talk in Washington about “civility.” Americans are riled up over the questions of power and privilege raised by Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Political leaders brand their opponents as mobsters and worse. Then there is President Trump. A look at the rhetoric. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT-IMMIGRATION DETENTION — The Supreme Court hears arguments in an immigration case that pits the government against immigrants it wants to deport following crimes they have committed in the United States. SENT: 411 words.

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — President Trump holds a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. event, 600 words by 8 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-AVENATTI — Attorney Michael Avenatti is casting himself as one of the few Democrats who knows how to go head-to-head with President Trump in 2020. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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RECYCLING SHAKE-UP — A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities across the nation to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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HOLIDAY HIRING-STRUGGLES — Retailers and shipping companies are looking forward to a healthy holiday shopping season, but with one big concern: Who is going to stock the shelves or pack and ship the orders? By Business Writers Christopher Rugaber and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 1,590 words, photos. An abridged version is also moving.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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US-MUSIC-ELVIS COSTELLO — Elvis Costello’s fans can be grateful that he’s open to changing his mind. He said about a decade ago that he wouldn’t record anymore, but this week releases his second disc since that declaration. By AP Entertainment Writer David Bauder. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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