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September 23, 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 — Attorneys for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, as talks continue to resolve potentially make-or-break details, such as potential witnesses who could corroborate her decades-old sexual assault claim. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video.

IRAN — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded around 60, furthing raising regional tensions. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to “America First” on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on trade and shining a spotlight on the threat that he says Iran poses to the Middle East and beyond. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

FARM AID — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won’t be enough. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. This is the Monday spotlight.

BILL COSBY-LEGACY —When Bill Cosby is sentenced for drugging and molesting a woman, it will be a final chapter in downfall that leaves some blacks pained and others proud. Those who grew up viewing Cosby’s NBC show struggle to reconcile the conviction with the wise, warm television father they knew. But many millennials see him as long-irrelevant figure, and the #MeToo era has cast him as someone who was deservingly vanquished. By Terry Tang. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TENNESSEE — Senate candidate Phil Bredesen hopes to win in Tennessee by distancing himself from his own Democratic Party. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BREXIT-LABOUR’S DILEMMA — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party decided Sunday to schedule a major debate on Brexit at its party conference this week, raising hopes among those in the party hoping to stop the country from leaving the European Union. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-CAUSES — California is in the midst of another devastating year of wildfires and finding the causes for the worst of them can be critical to identifying better fire-prevention techniques. But often investigators can’t figure out a cause. The Associated Press reviewed state data on the 10 largest and 10 most destructive wildfires for each year dating to 2008 and found a third still have undetermined causes. SENT:

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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ARETHA FRANKLIN-EXHIBIT — The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin’s public visitations after her death is again holding space for her — this time with an exhibit featuring photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at the first funeral viewing that drew global attention. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — A year after Tiger Woods was still recovering from a fourth back surgery, he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the Tour Championship in a bid for his first victory in more than five years. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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