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September 5, 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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MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY — In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano loses a primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve Massachusetts in Congress. The 44-year-old’s upset over a 10-term incumbent congressman underscores the shift underway in a Democratic Party whose base is seeking younger, more diverse candidates who embrace progressive policies. By Bob Salsberg and Steve Leblanc. SENT: 750 words, photos, videos.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT — In the second day of his confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh can expect to spend most of the time in the hot seat, sparring with Democratic senators over abortion, guns, executive power and other high-profile issues. By Mark Sherman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 790 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Hearings resume at 9:30 a.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Thousands of people are without power as Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border. The storm is forecast to quickly weaken as it moves inland across Mississippi, Louisiana and into Arkansas through Thursday. By Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos.

ELECTION-SECURITY-CYBER-THREATS — Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites. The sites mimicked a portal used by U.S. senators and their staffs, with easy-to-miss discrepancies. Emails to Senate users urged them to reset their passwords — an apparent attempt to steal them. By Frank Bajak and Adam Geller. SENT: 2,430 words, photos.

KOREAS-MOON’S-CHALLENGE — As North Korea prepares for a massive parade Sunday featuring thousands of goose-stepping soldiers and lots of scary-looking missiles, some potentially capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, worry is rising in South Korea that a tentative, hard-won detente is starting to slip away. An authoritarian nation obsessed with big milestones, North Korea will use the celebration for the 70th anniversary of its national founding to glorify Kim Jong Un as a leader who’s standing up for a powerful nation surrounded by enemies. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

TRUMP-WOODWARD BOOK — President Donald Trump and members of his administration are disputing quotations and anecdotes attributed to them in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward in which the president is disparaged as an “idiot” and his White House as “Crazytown.” By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ASIA-STORM — People stranded at a flooded offshore airport overnight return by boat and bus to the Japanese mainland after a typhoon sweeps across part of Japan’s main island. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS-CHANGING-MINDS — China is trying to defuse a spiraling tariff war with Washington over technology policy by highlighting gains in other trade-related areas. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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US OPEN-MEN — Defending champion Rafael Nadal drops the first set of his U.S. Open quarterfinal 6-0 before coming back to edge Dominic Thiem in five sets. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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