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October 1, 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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FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES-DEVRY DEAL — A little-known venture capitalist is on the verge of acquiring one of the biggest for-profit colleges in the country, a transaction that would put him in control of a troubled national chain that’s more than 60 times the size of the tiny California school he currently owns. By Collin Binkley and Richard Lardner. SENT: 1,750 words, photos. Abridged version of 940 words available.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTH AMERICAN TRADE — President Donald Trump celebrates a revised North American trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a return of the United States to a “manufacturing powerhouse,” vowing to sign the agreement by late November. But the president noted that the deal would need to be ratified by Congress, a step that could be complicated by the outcome of the fall mid-term elections. By Ken Thomas and Rob Gillies. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH —As the FBI probes the sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats are focusing on what they see as Kavanaugh’s lack of truthfulness under oath in testimony before the Senate Judiciary panel. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,280 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — As officials began burying hundreds of dead in a mass grave, thousands of survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami converged on the airport of this heavily damaged Indonesian city and clamored to leave, saying there was little to eat and their homes were unsafe. The confirmed death toll of 844 is expected to rise as authorities reach areas that were cut off by the disaster. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, videos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING — A flock of doves fluttered skyward at sunrise in Las Vegas, each bird bearing a leg band with the name of one of the 58 people slain in the deadliest mass shooting in nation’s modern history one year ago. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NOBEL-MEDICINE — Two researchers from the United States and Japan won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries that help the body marshal its cellular troops to attack invading cancers. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With SWEDEN-NOBEL-RAPE — Man at center of Nobel Literature scandal convicted of rape. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MELANIA TRUMP-AFRICA — First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 930 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 5:45 p.m. departure.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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IVY LEAGUE-CONCUSSIONS — Concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff line was moved to thwart what some consider the game’s most dangerous play. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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MISSOURI-SEX OFFENDERS — police don’t know the whereabouts of nearly 1,300 registered sex offenders in Missouri, including hundreds who fall into the most dangerous category, according to a state audit released. SENT: 580 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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GE-CEO — After just over a year and declines on several fronts at General Electric, John Flannery has been ousted as the leader of the century-old company. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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