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October 1, 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 — FBI agents interview one of the three women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as Republicans and Democrats quarrel over whether the bureau would have enough time and freedom to conduct a thorough investigation before a high-stakes vote on his nomination to the nation’s highest court. By Darlene Superville and Mike Balsamo. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A mass burial of earthquake and tsunami victims begins in a hard-hit city as the need for heavy equipment to dig for survivors of the disaster that struck a central Indonesian island grows increasingly desperate. The toll of more than 800 dead is largely from the city of Palu and is expected to rise as areas cut off by the damage are reached. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, videos.

IRAN-SYRIA — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard says that it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants the force blames for a recent attack on a military parade in Iran. The launch was the Islamic Republic’s second such missile attack on Syria in over a year. By Nassser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 870 words, photos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING — It has been a year since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and a woman set to talk at a sunrise ceremony commemorating the lives lost says that although hearts are still healing, she hopes people can move forward from the enormous tragedy with “love and light.” Among survivors, victims’ family members, first-responders and elected officials offering prayers, songs and speeches, Mynda Smith will remember her sister. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 930 words, photos. UPCOMING: Sunrise remembrance service at 9:30 a.m.; wall dedication at 9:30 p.m.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CANADA-US-FREE TRADE — Canada is back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline. By Paul Wiseman and Rob Gillies. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-NEW TERM — The Supreme Court begins its new term overshadowed by the tumult surrounding the nomination of Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: Court session at 10 a.m.

MELANIA TRUMP-AFRICA — First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent. SENT: 930 words, photo. UPCOMING: Departure scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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UNIVERSITY-ABUSE CLAIM — Even as top Pennsylvania officials assail the Catholic Church over its cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, a state agency is refusing to release a report on allegations of sexual abuse by a high-ranking state university administrator. UPCOMING: 1,170 words by 6 a.m. By Michael Rubinkam. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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SPORTS

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PLAYOFFS RDP — Major League Baseball is set to hold two tiebreakers on the same day for the first time. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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