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September 24, 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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DRUG PRICES-BUSINESS AS USUAL — President Donald Trump has made reducing drug prices a key promise, and on May 30 he claimed drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary drug price cuts within two weeks. Those cuts didn’t come, and an Associated Press analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices shows it’s mostly been business as usual for drugmakers: For every drug price decrease this year, there were 120 price hikes. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN— The White House delays until at least Thursday a decision on the fate of Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia probe, amid revelations that the Justice Department official last year had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and invoking the Constitution to have the Cabinet remove him from office. By Zeke Miller and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 4 p.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — President Trump staunchly defends his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh “totally political.” By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,100 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing opens with a debate over whether the 81-year-old comedian should be declared a “sexually violent predator.” Cosby could be sent to prison for the rest of his days. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS —President Trump predicts he’ll hold a second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un “quite soon,” striking a conciliatory tone one year after deriding the autocrat as “Little Rocket Man.” By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,100 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos; Developing from Trump and Moon meeting, scheduled for 2:45 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Ten days after Hurricane Florence came ashore, the storm keeps causing fresh chaos across the Carolinas. As the landscape slowly drains, rivers continue to rise and thousands more people are told to evacuate. Some rivers are expected to remain swollen until October. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 800 words with photos and video. UPCOMING: A new approach by 5 p.m.

PARALYSIS TREATMENT— Three people whose legs were paralyzed for years can stand and take steps again thanks to an electrical implant that zaps the injured spinal cord -- along with months of intense rehab, researchers report. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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IOWA 2020-BOOKER — Corey Booker isn’t being shy about his intention to launch a presidential bid. He’s making big moves in Iowa as most other potential 2020ers largely avoid the state until the midterms are over. By Tom Beaumont. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TRAFFICKING ACT-SEX WORKERS — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. By Alexandra Villarreal. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — Russia announced it will supply Syria’s government with sophisticated S-300 air defense systems after last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria forces responding to an Israeli air strike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TRUMP-FUEL ECONOMY — Doctors, environmental groups and California officials will weigh in on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at what could be a raucous hearing in a region with some of the nation’s worst air pollution. SENT: 450 words, developing from hearing underway. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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NBA-MEDIA DAY — Kristaps Porzingis says he is taking a conservative approach to his recovery from a torn ACL and has no timetable for his return to the court. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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