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September 11, 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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AP INTERVIEW-IRAN-NUCLEAR CHIEF — Iran’s nuclear chief tells The Associated Press that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not. By Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

AP POLL-RELIGION AND POLITICS — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,090 words photos, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Motorists stream inland on highways turned into one-way routes as more than 1 million people in three states are ordered to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 130 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, videos, graphic, interactive. UPCOMING: New approach by 3 p.m.

SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY —Americans looked back on 9/11 with tears and somber tributes as President Donald Trump hailed “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. By Jennifer Peltz and Karen Matthews. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video.

CBS-MOONVES-WATERSHED MOMENT? — Is Les Moonves’ departure from CBS a breakthrough for the #MeToo movement? While he is the most powerful CEO brought down yet by sexual misconduct allegations, CBS is facing a barrage of criticism for not pushing him out sooner, for thanking him in its announcement and for offering him a potential $120 million in severance. Others say his downfall still serves as warning that even the most powerful bosses cannot hide. By Alexandra Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY —A toss-up congressional district featuring no fewer than 17 candidates, including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ son, tops the ballot in a New Hampshire primary that provides one of the final measures of the country’s mood before November’s midterm election. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; first polls close at 7 p.m.

ELIZABETH SMART KIDNAPPER-PRISON RELEASE — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager in 2002 from her Salt Lake City bedroom and hold her captive will be freed from prison in a surprise move announced by state authorities. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-WAR GAMES — Russia has launched its largest military exercise since the Cold War, war games that will also involve thousands of Chinese troops in a show of burgeoning military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid spiraling tensions with the West. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ACTIVE SHOOTER STUDY — Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 510 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-EMMYS MAKEOVER — The Emmy Awards broadcast will have a familiar “Saturday Night Live” ring to it. Next Monday’s ceremony on NBC is being produced by Lorne Michaels, creator of the long-running sketch show. SENT: 1,140 words, photo.

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