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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25

October 10, 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

(Note that HOLIDAY HIRING-STRUGGLES is not moving this cycle)

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HIGHLIGHTING

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TROPICAL WEATHER (sent, developing)

AP POLL-ELECTION SECURITY (sent)

MCCONNELL-AP INTERIVEW (sent)

SUPREME COURT-IMMIGRATION DETENTION (upcoming)

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER (sent, developing)

AGE OF IMPUNITY? (upcoming)

ROHINGYA-EDUCATED GIRL (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRUMP-MEDICARE FOR ALL OP-ED — Trump trashes Democrats’ Medicare for All plan in op-ed. SENT: 440 words, photo.

VATICAN-ABORTION — Pope compares abortion to hiring a hit man to solve problems. SENT: 130 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-CHINA — Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly? SENT: 300 words, photo.

SHOPPING CENTER SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Two dead, two wounded in shooting at Florida shopping center. SENT: 150 words.

MEDIEVAL RE-ENACTOR IMPALEMENT — Virginia Medieval re-enactor fatally impales self with lance. SENT: 140 words.

BRITAIN-ROYAL WEDDING — Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be among the pageboys and bridesmaids at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. SENT. 145 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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AP POLL-ELECTION SECURITY — A large majority of Americans are concerned the nation’s voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers, with Democrats more concerned than Republicans, an AP poll finds. That partisan divide represents a reversal from two years ago. SENT: 890 words, photo.

MCCONNELL-AP INTERIVEW — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sits for an interview with The Associated Press. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-IMMIGRATION DETENTION — The Supreme Court hears arguments in an immigration case that pits the government against immigrants it wants to deport following crimes they have committed in the United States. SENT: 411 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. arguments, 600 words by 2 p.m., photo.

ELECTION 2018-BLOOMBERG — Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is officially a Democrat again. The global media company founder says he has registered as a Democrat, which would be especially significant if he decides to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. SENT: 130 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democratic on the Senate Judiciary Committee, calls President Donald Trump’s remarks about her “ridiculous and an embarrassment.” At a rally Tuesday night in Iowa, Trump accused Feinstein of leaking a letter written by California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleging Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. SENT: 60 words, photo.

TRUMP-MEDICARE FOR ALL — President Donald Trump is stepping up his attack on Democrats over a health care proposal called Medicare for All, claiming it “would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives.” SENT: 440 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE — One race that could determine the balance of power in the U.S. House is being fought in Maine’s vast 2nd Congressional District, which Donald Trump won in 2016. Former Marine Jared Golden, a Democrat, is hoping to unseat two-term Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin. An incumbent has never lost in the district in more than 100 years, but polls suggest a tight race. Golden is following a playbook Democrats have adopted nationwide, balancing an embrace of gun ownership with a populist economic message. SENT: 875 words, photos.

TRUMP-HALEY — President Donald Trump says he is considering five candidates to replace U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, whose resignation is effective at the end of the year. SENT: 1000 words. With UNITED NATIONS-HALEY’S RESIGNATION — Nikki Haley came to her job as the top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations with no foreign policy experience, but in less than two years she made many friends — even among ambassadors from countries at odds with the Trump administration’s policies. The sudden announcement that she was leaving by the end of the year ricocheted through U.N. headquarters like a lightning bolt, with many expressing shock, and some sadness and dismay. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

MELANIA TRUMP-METOO — First lady Melania Trump says women who make accusations of sexual abuse “need to be heard” and supported, but so do men. SENT: 130 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-HEALTH CARE — Senate Democrats are pivoting back to health care after the bruising confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, returning to a midterm election issue where they think they have the upper hand. They will force a vote in the Senate, likely to fail, on overturning a Trump administration rule on short-term health care plans. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photo.

UNKNOWN SOLDIER-REMAINS — More than 70 years after he died during the 1944 U.S. assault on Saipan, Richard Murphy is coming home. The body of the former journalist and U.S. Marine spent decades in the grave for an unknown soldier in the Philippines, and was just identified using DNA testing. SENT: 650 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-SAUDI-MISSING JOURNALIST — Members of Congress are angry over the disappearance of a Saudi writer and government critic. Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he’ll try to force a vote in the Senate this week to block U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Turkey claims that Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside his country’s diplomatic mission in Turkey. Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and Republican Thom Tillis say Khashoggi’s disappearance sends a “chilling message.” SENT: 1,120 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-AVENATTI — Attorney Michael Avenatti’s brash confidence is being closely watched by Democrats in Washington and key political battleground states with a mix of intrigue and trepidation. Trump’s victory over more experienced politicians in the 2016 campaign has reshaped traditional views of who would make a viable presidential candidate. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER —Turkish media publish images of an alleged 15-member Saudi “assassination squad” and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance a week ago, putting new pressure on the kingdom amid growing international concern for the writer. By Ayse Wieting, Suzan Fraser and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 800 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Turkey Saudi Khashoggi (CR) — Turkish TV: Saudi “assassination squad” on video. With UNITED STATES-SAUDI-MISSING WRITER — U.S. seeks answers about missing writer from Saudi ally.

AGE OF IMPUNITY? — The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, but they seem to only get bolder in an age of impunity where violations get only muted reproaches. By Sarah El Deeb and Lee Keath. 1,500 words, photos. 

ROHINGYA-EDUCATED GIRL — Rahima Akter is a 19-year-old refugee who dreams of becoming the most educated Rohingya woman in the world. By Rishabh R. Jain. SENT: 900 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Bangladesh Rohingya Girl (CR) — Rohingya teen plans for higher ed.

CANADA-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION — Next week, Canada becomes the first major country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, following the much smaller South American nation of Uruguay. It’s a profound social shift fueled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system, after nearly a century of prohibition failed to stem the drug’s prevalence. By Gene Johnson and Rob Gillies. SENT: 1,410 words, photos, video. With CANADA-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-THINGS TO KNOW.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL-WEATHER — Michael roars nearer to the Florida Panhandle as a still-growing Category 4 hurricane, lashing wind and rain and pushing a storm surge onto white-sand beaches and coastal communities hours before making landfall. By Brendan Farrington and Tamara Lush. SENT: 900 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US FL Michael Preps 2 (CR) — Some residents staying put for Hurricane Michael. With TROPICAL WEATHER-STAYING PUT — Evacuate or not? Some gamble on staying despite Michael; TROPICAL-WEATHER-THE LATEST; UN-NATURAL DISASTERS — U.N.: Losses from natural disasters surge over last 20 years. For comprehensive coverage on Michael: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

MIA NO LONGER — New technology and more researchers have resulted in a big increase in the identification of remains of service members missing in action from World War II and the Korean War. Each of the identifications set off a cascade of actions in the service members’ hometowns as relatives gather for somber services and recollections of lives ended so many decades ago. By Scott McFetridge. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. With UNKNOWN SOLDIER-REMAINS — More than 70 years after he died during the 1944 U.S. assault on Saipan, Richard Murphy’s remains are expected to be brought to the Washington area. SENT: 660 words, photos.

RECYCLING SHAKE-UP — A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities across the nation to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OFFICE PARKS-SCHOOLS — Across the country, office parks that have lost their luster with employers are being repurposed as school buildings. SENT: 840 words, photos.

ROUNDUP WEED KILLER-CANCER — Agribusiness company Monsanto will ask a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company’s Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Hearing at 5 p.m.

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SPORTS

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RED SOX-YANKEES — Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox hold off the Yankees’ ninth-inning rally that ended with a video replay, eliminating New York with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the AL Division Series that sets up a postseason rematch with the champion Houston Astros. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,310 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS — Taylor Swift kicks off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards where she won artist of the year, she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 810 words, photos, videos. With MUSIC-AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS-LIST.

FILM-CHALAMET AND CARELL — Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet and their real-life counterparts David and Nic Sheff discuss playing father and son in the addiction drama “Beautiful Boy.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-GRAMMYS — Cardi B and Post Malone marked major breakthroughs in the last year, but the rap stars won’t compete for best new artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING. 850 words by noon.

US-MUSIC-ELVIS COSTELLO: Elvis Costello’s fans can be grateful that he’s open to changing his mind. He said about a decade ago that he wouldn’t record anymore, but this week releases his second disc since that declaration. By AP Entertainment Writer David Bauder. 650 words by 3 p.m. AP Photos.

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