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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25

October 4, 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




SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH (sent, developing)

RUSSIA-CYBERATTACKS (sent, developing)


INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE (sent, developing)



PEOPLE-SUGE KNIGHT (sent, developing)




RONALDO-NATIONAL TEAM — Ronaldo was left off Portugal’s national team squad as the soccer great fights a rape allegation in the U.S. SENT: 340 words, photos.

EGYPT-BARRYMORE — EgyptAir stands by purported interview with Drew Barrymore. SENT: 360 words, photo.

CHILD-SEX-DOLL-NO-CHARGE — No porn charge for Kentucky man who ordered child sex dolls. SENT: 140 words.




SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH —Senators shuffle in and out of a secured Capitol room to review a new confidential FBI background file on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They’ll have a day to make a decision on the tottering nomination before a first vote on Friday. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,450 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUPREME COURT-EYES ON THE FIVE — All eyes are on three Republicans and two Democrats as the Senate barrels toward an up-or-down vote on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. UPCOMIND: 700 words by 1 p.m., photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-WHO SEES IT? — Senators, staff expected to have access to FBI report on Kavanaugh inside a secure room normally used for classified matters. SENT: 460 words, photo.

RUSSIA-CYBERATTACKS — The U.S. Justice Department charged seven Russian intelligence officers with hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations hours after Western officials leveled new accusations against Moscow’s secretive GRU military spy agency. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

AP POLL-TEENS AND SOCIAL MEDIA — Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don’t think they’ll be the ones targeted for digital abuse, AP poll finds. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. Only on AP.

PENCE-CHINA — Vice President Mike Pence is accusing China of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic and foreign policies. SENT: 640 words., photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. remarks.

MELANIA TRUMP-AFRICA — Melania Trump is visiting Malawi, the second stop on a five-day goodwill visit to Africa. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from events at palace, wreath laying, 500 words by 2 p.m.

UNITED STATES-NATO MISSILES — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable missiles in violation of an arms treaty is “untenable” and unless Moscow changes, the U.S. will have to match that military capability. SENT: 310 words, photos.

GROUND GAME-MISSOURI — Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is making a bid for a third term in a state that’s trended increasingly red in recent years, setting up a nationally watched showdown that could be pivotal to party control of the Senate. SENT: 670 words, photos. The latest in a weekly series designed to highlight policies, personalities and races arising from politics around the country. With ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSOURI-BIPARTISAN — Kansas Republican rescinds positive comment on McCaskill. SENT: 310 words.

SUPREME COURT-CEMETERY CASE —Rose Mary Knick makes no bones about it. She doesn’t buy that there are bodies buried on her eastern Pennsylvania farmland, and she doesn’t want people strolling onto her property to visit what her town says is a small cemetery. Her dispute over a local cemetery ordinance has reached the Supreme Court over the question of where she can bring her case. SENT: 920 words, photo.




INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A French rescue team says it has detected a person believed to still be alive under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia’s central Sulawesi, nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST. For comprehensive coverage of the tsunami: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Indonesia

YEMEN-HODEIDA FIGHT_With American backing, the United Arab Emirates has resumed an all-out offensive aimed at capturing Yemen’s most vital port, Hodeida, where Shiite rebels are digging in to fight to the last man. Thousands of civilians are caught in the middle, trapped by minefields and barrages of mortars and airstrikes. By Ahmed Al-Haj and Maggie Michael. SENT: 1,610 words, photos, video.

SOUTH AFRICA-HIV TRANSPLANT — Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission. SENT: 540 words.

KOREAS-TENSIONS — A South Korean government delegation arrives in North Korea for a joint celebration of the anniversary of a 2007 summit and to possibly hold further peace talks. SENT: 830 words, photo.

ISRAEL-GERMANY — German Chancellor Angela Merkel kicks off the second day of her two-day visit to Israel with an emotional tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum. SENT: 780 words, photos.

NORTH AMERICA TRADE-CANADA — Canadians are relieved after reaching a free trade deal with the Trump administration, but Trump’s treatment of America’s closest ally leaves a bitter taste. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul insists that a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post left its building before disappearing, directly contradicting Turkish officials who say they believe the writer is still inside. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-CORRUPTION — The wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najjib Razak pleads not guilty to laundering illegal proceeds linked to the graft scandal at the 1MDB state investment fund that led to her husband’s shocking electoral loss. SENT: 820 words, photos.




POLICE-SHOOTING-SOUTH-CAROLINA —A police officer was killed and six of his comrades were wounded when authorities said an elderly man began shooting at deputies who came to serve a search warrant, barricading himself in his home with children and spraying bullets across his upscale suburban neighborhood. SENT: 770 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

METOO-DEFENSE FUND — Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, financially struggling women across the U.S. have been able to team with top-notch lawyers in pursuing #MeToo-inspired sex-harassment cases. Among them: a dollar store cashier from Brooklyn, five paramedics in Chicago, and an aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Since the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was launched in January, more than 780 attorneys have joined its legal network and more than 3,550 people have asked for help. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

TEXAS POLICE SHOOTING OVERSHADOWED — For Dallas area residents, the September police shooting of O’Shae Terry brought to mind the shooting of Jordan Edwards in another Texas city last year. Terry’s case was starting to gain momentum after police released video footage — until attention turned to the shooting of another black man, Botham Jean, killed by a white off-duty officer who lived in the same Dallas apartment complex as him. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 910 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD —Attorneys at the trial of a white Chicago police officer who shot and killed black teenager Laquan McDonald are poised to make their final pitch to the jury. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Court begins at 10 a.m.

EX-CONS-MURAL PROJECT — A temporary art installation in Philadelphia highlights formerly incarcerated men and women who are working to transform their lives in an effort to spark a conversation about mass incarceration. SENT: 680 words, photos.




WARMING-WIND POWER — If the U.S. ramped up its wind turbines, it could temporarily warm parts of the nation more than climate change from the burning of coal and other fossil fuels, a new Harvard study says. In some places, wind farms are warming nights up to 2 1/2 degrees. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo for release at 11 a.m.

ENDANGERED FISH-COLORADO RIVER — Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S. SENT: 870 words, photos.




BLOCKCHAIN-INTERNATIONAL AID — The data technology that underpins virtual currencies like bitcoin is now also being used to deliver international aid more efficiently by dramatically lowering the risk of bribes and fraud by local officials — a huge, longstanding problem in the industry. By Rob Stevens. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

JAPAN-TOYOTA-SOFTBANK — Japan’s No. 1 automaker Toyota Motor and technology giant SoftBank Group are setting up a joint venture to create mobility services in what they called a “united Japan” effort to face global competition. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 480 words, photos.




PEOPLE-SUGE KNIGHT — Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is expected to be sentenced to 28 years in prison at a hearing Thursday. The 53-year-old Death Row Records founder agreed to the sentence when he pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on Sept. 20, a few days before his murder trial was set to start. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 345 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. hearing.




ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW — Pedro vs. Zimmer. Munson vs. Fisk. A-Rod vs. Varitek. Yankees-Red Sox set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 890 words, photos. With ATHLETICS-YANKEES — Yanks rout A’s 7-2 in wild-card game.




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