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September 26, 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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ONLY ON AP

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GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES — An Associated Press review of gun legislation passed across the country this year finds that states mostly reverted to predictable and partisan form, even after the Las Vegas strip massacre and the Florida high school shooting. Florida was an outlier, with a Republican governor and Republican Legislature agreeing to a wide-ranging package of gun control measures. No other GOP-dominated state followed its lead. Instead, some Republican-led states opted to expand gun rights. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,800 words, photos. An abridged version of xxx words has also been sent. With GUNS-BUMP STOCKS — What’s happened to bump stocks in the year since Las Vegas? GUNS-BUMP STOCKS-GLANCE.

THE ART OF UNITY — Chicago’s Sedgwick Street divides haves and have-nots, white and black like few city thoroughfares do. Despite these deep divisions, a small but committed group of residents is working to bring people together at a neighborhood art studio. It hasn’t been easy. There’ve been awkward and sometimes painful moments. But as one participant says, “just showing up” is half the battle. By National Writer Martha Irvine. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Senate Republicans are beginning to schedule votes aimed at putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, even as Thursday’s showdown Senate Judiciary Committee hearing approaches. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, videos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE SHOWDOWN — Kavanaugh, Ford prep for high-stakes hearing. SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-JUDGE — Kavanaugh pal has written about own drunken escapades; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST. Also see MORE ON SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH below. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

TRUMP-METOO — President Donald Trump’s victory helped give rise to the #MeToo era. Now, as it threatens his latest pick to the Supreme Court and his party’s electoral majorities in Congress, Trump is taking aim at the movement. By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ — Friends and colleagues say the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct is intensely private and rarely talks about her days at Yale University in the 1980s. By Garance Burke, Alanna Durkin Richer and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,450 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,080 words is also available.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — Trump continues his meetings at the United Nations after giving an “America First” speech that drew headshakes and even laughter. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — UNGA Trump Boast (CR) — Trump’s boast gets laugh at U.N. UPCOMING: First meeting at 9:15 a.m., then 800 words. With UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-THE LATEST. Also see MORE ON U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY below.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby was sent off to prison at the age of 81 in a case hailed as a breakthrough by the #MeToo movement but decried by his representatives as the racist take-down of a powerful black man by white women. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael Sisak. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With BILL COSBY-REACTION — Quotes, reaction to Cosby’s sentence. For comprehensive coverage of Cosby’s sentencing: https://www.apnews.com/tag/BillCosby

TROPICAL WEATHER — A week ago, firefighters in Conway went to a neighborhood and told surprised residents their houses would flood from Hurricane Florence even though they had never had water in them before. This week, those same firefighters checked on those same neighborhoods with maps that detailed each of the nearly 1,000 homes that could expect to be inundated. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 680 words, photos, video. For comprehensive coverage of Florence’s aftermath: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ORTIZ-RAPE CHARGE — Former WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz charged with rape. SENT: 190 words, photo.

ANGEL MUSEUM — Wisconsin museum with large angel collection closing. SENT: 140 words, photos, video.

EARNS-NIKE — Nike’s marketing strikes a chord without hurting business. SENT: 810 words, photo.

CBS-INTERIM CEO — CBS taps media industry veteran Parsons as interim chairman. SENT: 120 words, photo.

SAN FRANCISCO-$2 BILLION TERMINAL — San Francisco’s new transit terminal closes over beam crack. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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MORE ON SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

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SUPREME COURT-ANITA HILL-KAVANAUGH — Anita Hill says don’t judge the #MeToo movement by the Kavanaugh hearing, saying it’s bigger than that. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 a.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ARIZONA PROSECUTOR — Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. SENT: 430 words, photos.

AP WAS THERE-CLARENCE THOMAS-ANITA HILL — There are clear echoes of Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas as the Senate Judiciary Committee plans a pivotal hearing at which Kavanaugh and his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are due to testify. Here’s AP’s story from the day of Hill’s testimony on October 11, 1991. SENT: 1,630 words, photos.

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MORE ON U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — More world leaders step up to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly but the lion’s share of attention will be down the hall where Trump will be chairing the Security Council. SENT: 360 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-NUCLEAR OR NOT? — A debate over whether to treat North Korea as a de facto nuclear power could influence whether fragile diplomacy continues or Northeast Asia returns to the threats of nuclear strikes that had many fearing war last year. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-TRUMP-THE PROTOCOL ISSUE — Trump is set to chair a U.N. Security Council meeting for the first time. SENT: 910 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-TUBERCULOSIS — Governments from around the world will address the persistent scourge of tuberculosis at a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FEDERAL RESERVE-LOOKAHEAD — The Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates for a third time this year and possibly modify the likely direction of rates in the months ahead. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: Fed rate decision scheduled for 2 p.m.; Powell news conference at 2:30 p.m. With FED-3 THINGS TO WATCH FOR.

INTEREST RATES-IMPACT BY AGE — Higher interest rates can mean different things to people, depending on where they are in life. By Business Writers Stan Choe and Sarah Skidmore Sell. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 a.m., photos.

INSURGENT BRANDS — Harry’s shaving club is one of an array of insurgent brands which are shaking up the way people buy everything from mattresses to prescription acne remedies, eating into the market share of big consumer product companies. By Business Writer Alexandra Olson. UPCOMING: 1,870 words by 6 a.m., photos. An abridged version of 820 words will also be sent.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-DATA PRIVACY — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers’ data that finds a balance between “privacy and prosperity.” By Business Writer Marcy Gordon. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN-Q&A — What happens to the Russia investigation if Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein loses his job after Thursday’s meeting with Trump? SENT: 770 words, photo. With TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN-CONGRESS — Conservative caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES-ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT — A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from congressional hearings.

BORDER PATROL-CHIEF — U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost says she hopes she can inspire other women to sign up with the agency, which has just one female agent for every 20 men. SENT: 780 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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HOMELESS BEATINGS — A man who was deported from the United States six times is expected in court to face charges in the killings of three people and the injuring four in attacks targeting sleeping homeless men in California. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

CHINESE NATIONAL-SPYING CHARGE — A Chinese citizen living in Chicago is arrested for allegedly spying, including by helping with the recruitment of U.S. engineers, defense contractors and scientists for intelligence services in China, federal prosecutors say. SENT: 330 words.

TEXAS EXECUTION — A Texas inmate who taunted a jury to sentence him to death is scheduled to be executed for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Execution set for after 7 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CAMEROON-FRAGILE ELECTIONS — When men with machetes attacked a nearby school, thousands fled the bloody battle over language between Cameroon’s government and Anglophone separatists that now threaten next month’s election. UPCOMING: 770 words 5 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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WAR HORSE’S NEW LIFE — Two-time Olympic medalist in downhill skiing Andrew Weibrecht is forging a new life since he retired in May. By Sports Writer John Kekis. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-ROTH-MEMORIAL — Hundreds of friends and fellow writers were in attendance for a memorial tribute to Philip Roth at the New York Public Library. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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