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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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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Wrestling for advantage, Democratic and Republican senators argue over who could, should or would testify at next Monday’s hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accuses him of a sexual assault when they were in high school. Doubts were even raised whether she would appear. By Alan Fram and Lisa Moscaro. SENT: 900 words, photos; UPCOMING: 1055 words, photos, video.

CHINA-TRUMP-TRADE — China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from President Trump over technology. But the communist leadership does not appear likely to back down after Trump escalated the trade dispute by approving penalties on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods, according to economists, political analysts and business groups. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. UPCOMING: May be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Hundreds of people wait in hours-long lines for water and other essentials in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by rising water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods on North Carolina, and the governor pleads with the more than 10,000 evacuees in shelters to stay put for now. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-SYRIA — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft is shot down by Syria forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin calls “a chain of tragic circumstances.” The incident threatened previously close security ties between Russia and Israel, further destabilizing the region. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 900 words, photos, UPCOMING: New approach of 900 words, photos by 2 p.m.

KOREAS-SUMMIT — South Korean President Moon Jae-in begins his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with possibly his hardest mission to date — brokering some kind of compromise to keep North Korea’s talks with Washington from imploding and pushing ahead with his own plans to expand economic cooperation and bring a stable peace to the Korean Peninsula. By Eric Talmadge and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-HIRING — A Border Patrol supervisor’s arrest on allegations that he killed four women has called attention to the problems the agency has had in keeping “rogue” officers off its force as it faces intense pressure to hire thousands more agents. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BILL GATES-GLOBAL EDUCATION — Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder’s signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GERMANY-SPY CHIEF — The head of Germany domestic intelligence agency is being replaced after clashing with Chancellor Angela Merkel over anti-migrant violence in the country. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FACEBOOK-DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT — The ACLU is accusing Facebook of discrimination, saying the company violated federal and state laws prohibiting businesses from excluding women from job ads. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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VIRTUAL REALITY-PHOBIAS — Virtual reality therapy can help people with phobias like fear of heights by exposing them gradually to their greatest terrors. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.

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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. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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