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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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RUSSIA-SYRIA — Russia says military jet lost over the Mediterranean. SENT: 180 words, graphic.

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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. With TRUMP — Trump sides with embattled nominee; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ANITA HILL — Differences separate allegations against Kavanaugh, Thomas; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-POLITICS — Kavanaugh allegation poses political risks for Democrats, GOP.

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. With KOREAS-SUMMIT-PEACE PUSH — A look at the Koreas’ push for formal end to Korean War; KOREAS-SUMMIT-MOON’S ENTOURAGE — Moon’s traveling entourage includes CEOs, “Korean Beyonce”; KOREAS-SUMMIT-THE-LATEST.

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. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. Also see MORE ON FLORENCE below. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

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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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FORMER ATHLETE KILLED-GOLF COURSE — SENT: xxx words, photos.

VENEZUELA-MADURO’S MEAL — Turkish delight for Venezuela’s Maduro draws opponents’ fury. SENT: 480 words.

JAPAN-FLYING-CARS — Japan eager to be on board vertical-takeoff “flying cars.” SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

FORMER ATHLETE KILLED-GOLF COURSE — Ex-Iowa State golfer found dead at course; suspect charged. SENT: 370 words.

SHAVING ON THE TRAIN — Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don’t judge. SENT: xxx words, photos.

SEAHAWKS-BEARS-FOLO — Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17. SENT: xxx words, photos.

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL WEATHER-HOMES VERSUS HIGHWAY — South Carolina town worries plan to save road to Myrtle Beach will flood homes instead. SENT: 620 words, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-DAM HAZARDS — Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress; TROPICAL WEATHER-RISING RIVERS — North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RATING THE DANGER — Several meteorologists and disaster experts say Florence highlights a problem with the way hurricane danger is rated. UPCOMING: 770 words by 9 a.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — Trump’s order to declassify certain documents related to the FBI’s Russia investigation is drawing praise from Republican allies and condemnation from Democratic critics. SENT: 970 words, photo.

REFUGEE LIMIT — The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world’s danger zones. SENT: 770 words, photos.

DEVOS-THEATER — Betsy DeVos endures another rocky confirmation hearing to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor charged in the killings of four women knew the victims and targeted them for their vulnerability, authorities say, as some feared more deaths at the hands of the agent remained undiscovered. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

GEORGIA-VOTING MACHINES — A federal judge says forcing Georgia to scrap its electronic voting machines in favor of paper ballots for the upcoming midterm elections is too risky, though she says the state needs to move quickly to address concerns about the security of the machines and its elections system. SENT: 840 words, photo.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — The video of the Laquan McDonald shooting is so central to the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke that jurors watched it repeatedly during the first day of testimony. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 11 a.m.

CLEAN WATER-BREWERIES — Craft brewers are pushing for clean water regulations and preserving rivers and streams to protect their most important ingredient. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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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. With TRADE-CHINA TARIFFS-Q&A; TRADE-CHINA TARIFFS-5 THINGS TO KNOW.

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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. With EMMYS — “Game of Thrones”, “Mrs. Maisel” triumph at Emmys; EMMYS-WINKLER — Henry Winkler wins Emmy 42 years after first nomination; EMMYS-LIST.

EMMYS-FASHION HIGHLIGHTS — There were princess looks and stars pretty in pink, liquid metallics and a contingent in red for TV’s big night at the Emmy Awards. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NO CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN — For a sport rooted in the tradition of captains, a third of NHL teams could go into opening night without one. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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