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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

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 —Details must be worked out on a tentative agreement for a Thursday hearing for Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her decades ago. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

IRAN — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf was behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded around 70. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. With: IRAN-THE LATEST; IRAN SUMMIT-GIULIANI — Trump attorney blasts Iran’s ‘outlaws and murderers.’ SENT: 390 words.

BALTICS-POPE — Pope Francis pays tribute to the Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupation on the day the country remembers the near extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 650 words, photos. With BALTICS-POPE-THE LATEST.

IRAQ-MENACING MILITIAS — Activists say powerful Iranian-backed militias that control Iraq’s oil capital of Basra have waged a campaign of intimidation and arbitrary arrests to silence protests aimed at poor government services and Tehran’s outsized influence in the region. Some protesters say they have been beaten or threatened. One militia leader denies orders for a clampdown were given, but another says the groups seek revenge for protesters’ attacks on militia headquarters and the local Iranian consulate. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

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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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PALESTINIANS-US — A group of American victims of Palestinian violence are asking President Donald Trump to bar Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas from entering the United States for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-SPACE STATION — An unmanned Japanese space capsule is heading to the International Space Station with 5,500 kilograms of cargo including food, experiments and new batteries. SENT: 190 words, photos.

AIRLINE FEES — Lawmakers have scuttled a plan to prohibit airlines from charging “unreasonable” fees for changing or canceling tickets. SENT: 130 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Israeli military has informed residents of a West Bank hamlet that they have until Oct. 1 to leave before their homes face demolition. SENT: 120 words.

MEXICO-MASS GRAVE — Mexican authorities release images of clothing from a clandestine mass grave in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz where 174 human skulls were uncovered in recent weeks. SENT: 130 words.

CANNABIS-STUDENT USE — Calif. kindergartner can keep bringing cannabis-based drug to her public school for emergency epilepsy treatment, judge rules. SENT: 310 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-FAA — The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. SENT: 380 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-CONGRESS-GOSAR — Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALDIVES-ELECTIONS — Voting has started in the Maldives in a presidential election that is widely seen as a referendum on the island nation’s young democracy. SENT: 230 words, photos. With: MALDIVES-ELECTIONS-THE LATEST; AP EXPLAINS-MALDIVES-ELECTIONS — Why elections hold key for Maldives’ future. SENT: 530 words, photos.

WWI-AMERICA’S-DEADLIEST-BATTLE — It was America’s deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and more ammunition fired than in the whole of the Civil War. The Meuse-Argonne offensive in 1918 was also a great American victory that helped bringing an end to World War 1. SENT: 370 words, photos.

GERMANY-POLITICS — The leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition were trying Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country’s domestic intelligence chief and stabilize their six-month-old alliance. SENT: 390 words, photo.

SWITZERLAND-FOOD REFERENDUM — Swiss voters are deciding on two separate proposals aimed to protect Swiss farmers more and ensure that food from both domestic and foreign farmers and producers is healthier, more environmentally sound and animal-friendly. SENT: 390 words, photo.

BREXIT-LABOUR’S DILEMMA — Britain’s Labour Party opened its annual conference facing a huge choice — whether to change policy and call for a new referendum that could halt the country’s departure from the European Union. SENT: 320 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-PUBLIC BENEFITS — The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. SENT: 350 words, photo.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing Monday is set to begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a ‘sexually violent predator.’ SENT: 670 words, photo.

SEVERE WEATHER —A storm system dumped record amounts of rain in parts of Oklahoma and caused flooding in Texas, including in the Dallas area, where floodwaters swept a man from a bridge to his death near the University of Texas’ campus in nearby Arlington. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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BRITAIN-SKY —Comcast emerges as the top bidder for European broadcaster Sky after a rare auction held by British regulators. After three rounds of secret bidding, Comcast offered the higher price $22.58 per share for Sky, the equivalent of nearly $39 billion. SENT: 420 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-SIMON’S FAREWELL —Paul Simon ended his final concert tour under a moonlit sky on home turf, telling an audience in a Queens, N.Y. park that their cheers “mean more than you can know.” The 76-year-old Simon isn’t retiring and hasn’t ruled out occasional future performances. But he’s said this is his last time out on the road. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-STANFORD-OREGON — K.J. Costello throws for 327 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 23-yarder to Colby Parkinson in overtime, and No. 7 Stanford rallied for a 38-31 victory over No. 20 Oregon. By Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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