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October 12, 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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TROPICAL WEATHER — Hurricane Michael’s pounding waves and winds left only slabs of concrete in the sand at ground zero on the Florida Panhandle where the epic Category 4 hurricane slammed ashore at midweek. Now recovery is just barely beginning from the catastrophic destruction even as a downgraded Michael spreads high winds and flash flooding misery as far off as Virginia. At least three deaths are being blamed on the storm. By Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 930 words, photos, video, audio. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-DEVASTATED TOWN — “Apocalyptic”: One Florida town demolished by storm. SENT: 960 words, photos, video; TROPICAL WEATHER-VICTIM — Georgia girl dies when storm sends carport leg through roof. SENT: 690 words; TROPICAL WEATHER-MEDIA — Images trickle out of Michael’s vast devastation. SENT: 850 words, photo; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING (sent). Separate wire advisory has also moved. For comprehensive hurricane coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

TRUMP-SAUDIS — The case of a missing Saudi writer could force a reset of U.S.-Saudi relations. Even before Jamal Khashoggi vanished, concerns in Congress were mounting over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s aggressive steps to silence his critics. There already are calls for the U.S. to halt arms sales to the kingdom and the Khashoggi case could galvanize more opposition in Congress and pressure Trump to rethink his relations with Saudi Arabia. By Deb Riechmann and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,110 words, photos. With SAUDI ARABIA-THE PRINCE — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s carefully managed rise to power hides a darker side to kingdom. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,620 words, photos. Abridged version also available.

CHINA-TRADE — China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the U.S. market rose by 13 percent amid a worsening tariff war. Chinese exports to the United States have at least temporarily defied forecasts they would weaken after being hit by punitive tariffs of up to 25 percent in a fight over American complaints about Beijing’s technology policy. By AP Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 580 words. With: WORLD ECONOMY — Indonesian president says trade wars are an invitation to destruction, as shares rebound on news of possible Trump-Xi meeting. (sent)

MIDEAST-ISLAMIC STATE — Analysts say the Islamic State group has reverted to what it was before its spectacular series of conquests in 2014 — a shadowy insurgent network that targets civilian populations with guerrilla-style attacks and exploits state weaknesses to incite sectarian strife. By Bassem Mroque. SENT: 1,165 words, photos.

CHATTY TRUMP — Donald Trump would like to talk. And, boy, is he ever. The president is riding high after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation — and he’s got a lot to say about that and lots of other things. He’s inviting reporters up to his private cabin on Air Force One. He’s calling in to his favorite cable TV shows. And he’s turning closed White House events into major media moments. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 885 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-NEVADA-ROSEN — In the high-stakes race for Senate in Nevada, Democrat Jacky Rosen is taking on one of the biggest names in GOP politics by painting Sen. Dean Heller as someone without firm principles. Rosen is among a handful of Democrats with a chance of winning a Republican-held seat, and is highlighting Heller’s conflicting positions on health care against him. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,145 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-SERVICE DISCHARGE — The Associated Press has found that the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant recruits over a year who had enlisted as a pathway to citizenship. The young men and women had been recruited from across the globe for their language or medical skills. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TURKEY-AMERICAN PASTOR — The trial against an American pastor at the heart of a diplomatic spat between Turkey and the United States to resume in Turkey. The fourth hearing of the case against Evangelical Pastor Andrew Brunson is to begin in a prison complex near the coastal city of Izmir. He is accused of terror-related charges and espionage, facing up to 35 years in jail if convicted. By Zeynep Bilginsoy. SENT: 475 words, photo.

EL SALVADOR-SLAIN ARCHBISHOP — Martyred Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero officially becomes a saint on Sunday, but many in his native El Salvador have already considered him that for years. Broadly popular among the poor and working class, Romero was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass at a hospital chapel. By Marcos Aleman. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TOYS AFTER TOYS R US — Is Party City the successor to Toys R Us? Will shoppers embrace the reinvented FAO Schwarz, staffed with theatrical performers? Ahead of the holiday season, stores aren’t just expanding their toy aisles to offer more choices. They’re trying to, at the very least, replicate the Toys R Us experience that let shoppers discover toys as the way to take sales they don’t want to see go to Amazon. By AP Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 1,045 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-VOLATILITY RETURNS — After months of relative calm, Wall Street has been jolted by a sudden run of turbulent trading. What now? One natural reaction to increased volatility is the inclination to get off the wild ride and sell. If you have a lengthy time horizon for the investment, say a decade, the general recommendation is to resist that temptation. Stocks have historically offered some of the biggest returns over the long term for investors. By AP Business Writers Sarah Skidmore Sell and Alex Veiga. SENT: 755 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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LEGACY OF BIOSPHERE — Biosphere 2 was declared a failure by detractors because oxygen had to be pumped into what was supposed to be a sealed, fully self-sustaining system. But a quarter century after the eight original inhabitants left their glass terrarium in two groups that no longer talked to each other, the site that began as a New Age-style experiment in the Arizonan desert thrives as a singular site for researchers worldwide studying things like the effects of the ocean’s acidification on coral. By Anita Snow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NBA-INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT — There was a game earlier this month where an Australian drove past a Slovenian and passed the ball to a man from Cameroon, and all that happened in China. This is what the NBA always envisioned when taking the game to different corners of the globe, and there’s no end in sight to the international growth for basketball. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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