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September 18, 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 — Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had wanted to avoid on a woman’s claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were in high school. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

KOREAS-SUMMIT — South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrives in North Korea for his third and possibly most challenging summit yet with leader Kim Jong Un in which he hopes to break an impasse in talks with the United States over the North’s denuclearization and breathe energy into his own efforts to expand and improve relations between the Koreas. They have met twice this year at the border village of Panmunjom, but Moon’s visit is the first by a South Korean leader to the North Korean capital in 11 years. By Eric Talmadge and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER — With one of North Carolina’s largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepare to begin distributing food, water and tarps to Wilmington residents as yet more people are rescued from submerged inland neighborhoods. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 780 words, photos, videos, interactive, graphic.

MEXICO-QUAKE ANNIVERSARY — Throughout Mexico City, uninhabited buildings with gaping cracks lean at precarious angles and some displaced people are still living outdoors a year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states. Bureaucracy and physical and legal hurdles have delayed demolition of hundreds of tottering structures. And corruption has continually undermined attempts to enforce building codes. By Mark Stevenson and Peter Orsi. SENT: 1,370 words, photos.

SPACEX-MOON — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says that he plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey “to inspire the dreamer in all of us.” The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.

VIRTUAL REALITY-PHOBIAS — Virtual reality therapy can help people with phobias like fear of heights by exposing them gradually to their greatest terrors. The technology is just now reaching the mainstream after 20 years of research. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TRADE-CHINA TARIFFS — The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. By Economics Writers Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

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TECHNOLOGY

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SCREEN TIME CONTROLS — Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones, with new tools for managing screen time. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 840 words by 10 a.m., photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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EMMYS-MOMENTS — A romantic marriage proposal captures the hearts of the Emmy audience — and deflects attention from a lack of diversity among the winners. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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SEAHAWKS-BEARS —Bears win despite up-down performance by Trubisky. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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