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October 8, 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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TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — President Donald Trump says he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, delivering a reprieve for the Justice Department official whose future has been the source of intense speculation since news reports that Rosenstein had discussed the possibilities in early 2017 of secretly recording Trump to expose chaos in the White House and invoking constitutional provisions to get him removed from office. By Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 540 words. UPCOMNG: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

LIMOUSINE CRASH — The supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people failed a state safety inspection and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor says. By Michael Balsamo and Tom Krisher. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: New version, 750 words, photos, video, by 3 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is returning to the White House for a televised appearance Monday with President Trump less than a month before pivotal congressional elections. By Mark Sherman and Jill Colvin. SENT: 820 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. ceremony, 840 words by 8 p.m., photos.

SAUDI ARABIA MISSING WRITER — Turkey ramps up pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to a missing exiled journalist who Turkish officials say was likely killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort out paperwork to marry his fiancee. By Suzan Fraser. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NOBEL-ECONOMICS — Just a day after a United Nations panel issued an urgent call for action on climate change, the Nobel Prize in economics went to one American researcher for his work on the economics of a warming planet — and to another whose study of technological innovation raises hopes that people are creative enough to do something about it. By Paul Wiseman and David Keyton. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: News version of 900 words with photos by 5 p.m.

BRAZIL ELECTIONS — Brazilians appear on the cusp of handing the presidency to a far-right former army captain who has reminisced fondly about dictatorship, pledged to put “Brazil first,” promised to jail corrupt politicians and endorsed giving police a freer hand to shoot drug traffickers as a way of combatting the country’s rampant crime. It marks a seismic shift for Latin America’s largest nation, where the left has won the past four elections. By Peter Prengaman, Sarah DiLorenzo and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL WEATHER — A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael is likely to gain in intensity ahead of an expected strike on Florida’s Panhandle, forecasters said. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

MS-13 TAKEDOWN — Nearly three years after the nation’s largest single takedown of MS-13 gang members, residents in the strongly Central American communities around East Boston say the streets are noticeably quieter. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE-PERFECT STORM — An Indonesian scientist says he wasn’t surprised by the Sept. 28 quake that killed nearly 2,000 people and left possibly thousands more missing in his country. He and others have been saying that Sulawesi island was due for an earthquake and tsunami that hits every 25 years. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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FACEBOOK-HOME DEVICE — Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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