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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 — Democrats and demonstrators rage and resist, yet the GOP-led Senate is rolling toward approving Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination that would give President Donald Trump and his party an election-season triumph in the most electrifying confirmation battle in years. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 890 words, photos. Eds: Vote expected about 3:45 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-TICKTOCK — Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation was always going to be difficult, but over the past few weeks it had veered terribly off course. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. How would the Republicans turn it around? By Lisa Mascaro, Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-BLM — A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke’s guilty conviction for second-degree murder and multiple counts of aggravated battery for fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times came two months after a Texas officer was convicted in the killing of a 15-year-old unarmed black boy. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 982 words, photos, video.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HOLLYWOOD PROSECUTIONS — The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile, but few of them have been placed in handcuffs or jail cells. And it’s increasingly apparent that the lack of criminal charges may remain the norm. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1.075 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

MELANIA TRUMP — It took Melania Trump’s first extended solo international trip for her to show a different side of herself — a playful, less serious one. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2:30 p.m. WITH: MELANIA TRUMP-AFRICA — Melania Trump says she doesn’t always agree with the president’s tweets. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON

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ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — President Trump sets his campaign sights on Kansas, with a rally capping an expected day of political celebration. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words after 8:30 p.m. Eds: Trump speaks after 7:30 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Search teams pulled bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the disaster-stricken Indonesian city of Palu as more aid rolled in and the government said it was considering making devastated areas into mass graves. SENT: 775 words, photos.

FRANCE-INTERPOL PRESIDENT — Interpol makes a formal request to China for information about its missing Chinese president who seemingly vanished on a trip home, citing concerns for his well-being. The Lyon-based international police agency said in a brief statement that it used law enforcement channels to submit its request about the status of Meng Hongwei. SENT: 500 words, photo.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, the Vatican said. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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MILITARY FAMILY MOVES — Moving is nothing new for Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bill Weir’s family, but their latest transfer was the bumpiest yet. The Italian moving company the military hired to ship their belongings to New Mexico ruined artwork by wife Vennita, a professional artist. The crew boxed paintings with leaky liquid containers, broke a sunflower sculpture and damaged frescos made at a Florence art school. Weir is one of several military spouses who told The Associated Press stories of frustration, theft, carelessness and dishonest workers during 2018 transfers. SENT: 850 words, photos.

MORMON CONFERENCE — The Mormon church is scaling back the Sunday time commitment expected of its members from three hours to two, the church’s president announces during a twice-yearly conference. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX — The Red Sox try to go up 2-0 against the Yankees after hanging on for a 5-4 win in their ALDS opener. David Price (16-7), who has struggled against the Yankees while with Boston, faces Masahiro Tanaka (12-6). New York could be without injured center fielder Aaron Hicks. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

ALDS--INDIANS-ASTROS — Gerrit Cole (15-5) looks to give the World Series champion Astros a 2-0 lead over the Indians in the ALDS. Houston hit four homers in a 7-2 victory in Game 1, with George Springer having homered in five straight postseason games. Carlos Carrasco (17-10) goes for Cleveland. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4:37 p.m.

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