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October 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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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown on Saturday in a spellbinding battle that’s seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump’s effort to tip the court rightward for decades. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 880 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. Collins announcement, Senate debate.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MURKOWSKI — Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the lone Republican voting against advancing Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, is a fiercely independent senator known for bucking her party. She didn’t look especially happy about it Friday. UPCOMING: 780 words by 4 p.m., photos. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination:

NOBEL-PEACE — Raped after being forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State group, Iraqi Nadia Murad did not succumb to shame or despair — she spoke out. Surgeon Denis Mukwege treated countless victims of sexual violence in war-torn Congo and told the world of their suffering. Together, they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for drawing attention to how rape and sexual abuse are used as weapons of war. By Jim Heintz, Mark Lewis and Carley Petesch. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video.

ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest level since December 1969 — signaling how the longest streak of hiring on record has put millions of Americans back to work. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 800 words, photo.

CHICAGO-LAQUAN MCDONALD — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:45 p.m. court hearing, 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MELANIA TRUMP-AFRICA — Wearing a pith helmet and a broad grin, Melania Trump delights in feeding babe elephants and sashays to an African beat during her visit to Kenya. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR — Ohio State University has been billed about $1.5 million and counting for the investigation into a team doctor accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other young men decades ago. SENT: 510 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-MASS GRAVE — From the mountain range, the bay is a sparkling blue and the small Indonesian city of Palu huddled around it is a mosaic of bright buildings and mosque minarets. The spectacular location is now the site of a mass grave for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 1,500 people in the city and its surroundings. SENT: 710 words, photos, video. WITH INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Hundreds of people gathered on an Indonesian beach to chant a Muslim prayer — and remember those they lost — one week after a massive earthquake and tsunami. SENT: 740 words, photos, videos. For comprehensive coverage of the tsunami: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Indonesia

FRANCE-INTERPOL PRESIDENT — The president of Interpol, a former senior Chinese security official, has been reported missing after he traveled to his native country at the end of September, a French judicial official says. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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THERAPY DOGS-SUPERBUG — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BBA--ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX — The Red Sox and Yankees renew their sizzling rivalry, meeting in the postseason for the first time since the 2004 ALCS. Chris Sale, bombarded by the Astros a year ago in his playoff debut, starts for Boston. J.A. Happ goes for New York, facing the team with baseball’s best record. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 7:32 p.m. WITH BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS, BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS, BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS

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