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October 6, 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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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators say they’ll back him despite weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Updates with final Senate vote, time uncertain.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-GOP WOMEN — Republican senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins faced similar political pressure over whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Their joint opposition could have been enough to sink his nomination. But ultimately it was Collins who put Kavanaugh on the brink of a lifetime appointment by announcing her support on the Senate floor. A final vote is expected today. By Matthew Daly and Ken Thomas. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD —Four years after he fired 16 bullets into a black teenager, three years after dashcam video of the shooting was released and three weeks after his murder trial began, Jason Van Dyke’s transformation from Chicago patrol officer to convicted felon came suddenly. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video. WITH: CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-CHARGES — With conviction, officer likely avoided decades behind bars; CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-KEY PLAYERS — Key players in trial of Chicago cop who killed black teen; CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-TIMELINE — A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald; CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-OTHER CASES — Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings (all sent).

SPAIN-OBIT-CABALLE — Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, has died. She was 85. By Ciaran Giles and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 760 words, photo. WITH: SPAIN-OBIT-CABALLE-THE LATEST.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Search teams pull bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the earthquake and tsunami stricken Indonesian city of Palu as more international aid arrived and humanitarian workers fanned out in the countryside. By Stephen Wright and Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 740 words, photos. WITH: INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST. For comprehensive coverage of the tsunami: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Indonesia

SYRIA-SOUTHERN FRONT — Two months after a stunning Islamic State attack on a southeastern corner of Syria in which more than 200 people were killed and 30 women and children abducted, tensions are boiling over, and young men are taking up arms. It is a stark change for a province that managed to stay on the sidelines of the seven-year Syrian war and where most villagers worked grazing livestock over surrounding hills. By Zeina Karam. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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KASHMIR-ROAD ACCIDENT — Police say 20 people have died and at least 16 others injured in Indian-controlled Kashmir after an overcrowded minibus fell into a deep gorge along a mountainous road. SENT: 150 words.

TRUMP HAT-REPORTER FIRED — A southern Minnesota television reporter who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to a Trump rally that he was covering has been fired. SENT: 100 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, as thousands of people protested Friday along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel. SENT: 130 words, photos.

IRAQ — Police say two bombs have exploded in former strongholds of the Islamic State group in central Iraq killing one person and wounding 16. SENT: 120 words.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan official says at least two security forces killed in bomb blasts in the capital. SENT: 110 words.

CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOT BOY — The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village. SENT: 120 words.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Authorities say a California wildfire that killed two firefighters and destroyed nearly a dozen buildings in Northern California was caused by a vehicle. SENT: 110 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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POMPEO-ASIA —U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make sure the two allies are on the same page before Pompeo travels to North Korea, where he’ll be under pressure to push Pyongyang toward giving up its nuclear weapons. SENT: 480 words, photos.

CAMEROON-TROUBLED ELECTION — Separatists who have declared an English-speaking state in parts of Cameroon are threatening Sunday’s election, one that Africa’s oldest leader should win easily — but with a weakened mandate if people stay away from the polls. President Paul Biya is expected to keep the office he entered in 1982. Ending a bloody conflict over language will be more difficult. SENT: 720 words, photos.

EL SALVADOR-SLAIN ARCHBISHOP — A Salvadoran woman whose unexpected recovery from a life-threatening condition was deemed a miracle, paving the way for the upcoming canonization of the late Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, says she’s convinced he is a saint. SENT: 580 words, photos.

ROMANIA-MARRIAGE REFERENDUM —Romanians begin two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote has raised concerns that non-traditional families will be discriminated against. SENT: 540 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-SUSPECTED TERRORISTS — Malaysian police say eight suspected militants, including seven foreigners, have been arrested for allegedly spreading religious extremism that could threaten national security and fan terrorism in the region. SENT: 390 words.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA — A special FBI team that investigated the slayings of five police officers in Dallas in 2016 and the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas last year is helping local authorities gather evidence in what’s described as an ambush attack that killed one South Carolina law enforcement officer and wounded six others. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.

CONDEMNED INMATE SLAIN — One condemned inmate killed another, the first slaying of a death row inmate in California in more than 20 years, officials say. Jonathan Fajardo, 30, was stabbed in the chest and neck with an inmate-made weapon in a recreational yard of the cell house that holds the bulk of condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, a corrections department spokeswoman says. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON

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TRUMP-PERSONNEL — President Donald Trump is quietly replacing his director of the Office of Personnel Management with a top official at the Office of Management and Budget. SENT: 130 words.

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BUSINESS

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BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-ECONOMY — Business leaders and financial markets in Latin America’s largest economy are shaking off their misgivings to coalesce around the candidacy of poll leader Jair Bolsonaro, a retired army captain who has repeatedly said he doesn’t understand the economy. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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MEDICAL

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FDA-HPV VACCINE — U.S. regulators expands the use of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through 45. By Medical Writer Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 330 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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BRITAIN-BANKSY — Art prankster Banksy has struck again.

A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers, moments after being sold for $1.4 million.

OBIT-AUDREY WELLS — Audrey Wells, who wrote and directed the 2003 romantic comedy “Under the Tuscan Sun” as well as the screenplay for the new film “The Hate U Give,” has died after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 58. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 330 words, photos.

MICHIGAN-ARTPRIZE — A performance about identity and race and a series of photographs about humanity’s shared connections won grand prizes in a popular art competition in western Michigan. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBA--ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX —Chris Sale struck out eight for his first postseason win, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox sweated out their shaky bullpen to hold off the New York Yankees 5-4 in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 730 words, photos. WITH: BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS — Houston Astros hit four home runs to power past the Cleveland Indians 7-2 in Game 1 of the AL Division Series; BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS — Chacin and Moustakas help Brewers beat Rockies 4-0 for commanding 2-0 NLDS lead; BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS — Kershaw allows 2 hits, Dodgers blank Braves 3-0 for 2-0 lead in NLDS (all sent).

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