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October 12, 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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TROPICAL WEATHER — Florida authorities field a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath as search-and-rescue teams make their way through ravaged neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stands at 11 across the South. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — World stocks climb after two days of sharp losses. Major U.S. stock indexes are up, but they’re still on track for their biggest one-week loss since late March. By AP Markets Writer Marley Jay. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — The Washington Post reports that Turkey’s government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video proof that missing Saudi Arabian writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The newspaper, for which Khashoggi is a columnist, cites anonymous officials as saying the recordings show a Saudi security team detained the writer when he went to the consulate on Oct. 2 to pick up a document for his upcoming wedding. SENT: 325 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRUMP-NO AMBASSADORS — The disappearance of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrown the large number of diplomatic vacancies under President Donald Trump into the spotlight — notably in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It’s a gap that the administration says it has been trying to fix with limited success. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington. But the pope’s gentle words and lack of condemnation anger those who feel top Catholic leaders continue to shirk responsibility for the far-flung crisis. By Claudia Lauer, Nicole Winfield and David Crary. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. UPCOMING: New 1,100-word version by 4 p.m.

MATTHEW SHEPARD-20TH ANNIVERSARY — When two roofing workers beat a young gay man to death in Wyoming in 1998, the gruesome crime quickly reverberated around the U.S. and turned the sandy-haired college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights. But two decades later, the emotions stirred up by Matthew Shepard’s death linger in Wyoming, which still struggles with its tarnished identity and resists changes sought by the LGBTQ community. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-SOUTH CAROLINA — South Carolina has been a Southern proving ground for White House hopefuls — it’s home to the region’s first presidential primaries and, particularly for Democratic candidates, a first chance to test out their message with black voters, an electorate not as heavily represented in New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada. With Democrats’ open contest for 2020, candidates are lining up visits. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — President Donald Trump holds a rally in Ohio. UPCOMING: Developing from 6:35 p.m. event, 500 words by 8 p.m., photos.

CHATTY TRUMP — Riding high after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation, President Donald Trump is eager to chat. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 920 words, photos.

MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump says she loves President Donald Trump and has “much more important things to think about” than allegations he cheated on her with a porn star, a Playboy Playmate or anyone else. By Dino Hazell. SENT: 468 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Updates possible from ABC interview that airs at 10 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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WEST TEXAS FLOODING — Crews resume searching along a West Texas river after the bodies were found of two of four people swept away when floodwaters overran a recreational vehicle park. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TURKEY-AMERICAN PASTOR — A Turkish court convicts an American pastor on terror charges but releases him from house arrest and allows him to leave the country, a move that’s likely to ease tensions between Turkey and the United States. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TOYS AFTER TOYS R US —When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood. Retailers, on the other hand, saw an opportunity. Rather than cede any more ground to online behemoth Amazon, companies like Target, Walmart and Party City ramped up their offerings. Now, ahead of the pivotal holiday season, they’re going even further by focusing on making their stores a dynamic shopping experience. By AP Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 895 words, photos.

ZOMBIE ACCOUNTS-WHAT TO DO — The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice. Sure, you should delete all those unused logins and passwords. But is it even possible — or worth your time? By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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SPACE STATION — A U.S. astronaut and his Russian crewmate arrive at the Russian space center for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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WEINSTEIN-A YEAR LATER-ARTS RESPONSE — Arts professionals are trying to respond to the Harvey Weinstein crisis in multiple ways, from doubling down on ensuring actors and actresses are aware of anti-harassment policies to even having advocates onset to ensure a safe workplace. By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBN--NLCS-PREVIEW — The next challenge for the Milwaukee Brewers’ lights-out bullpen in the National League Championship Series is to shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 1 is Friday night at Miller Park, with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw opposing Milwaukee’s Gio Gonzalez. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 8:09 p.m. game.

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