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October 4, 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 — The Senate braces for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sets his chamber on a schedule for a likely roll call over the weekend. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-WHO SEES IT? — Who sees it? Senators, staff to have access to FBI report; SUPREME COURT-REPUBLICAN WOMEN — Female GOP senators take up side on Kavanaugh debate; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-SECURITY — Security stepped up at Capitol amid Kavanaugh controversy; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, unsure when they’ll be able to rebuild and spending hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators. Residents whose homes had been destroyed had little but uncertainty on the seventh day since the disasters. But they also had hope more aid would pour into the city of Palu and the surrounding Donggala district on the island of Sulawesi. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST. For comprehensive coverage of the tsunami: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Indonesia

TEXAS POLICE SHOOTING OVERSHADOWED — For Dallas area residents, the September police shooting of O’Shae Terry brought to mind the shooting of Jordan Edwards in another Texas city last year. Terry’s case was starting to gain momentum after police released video footage — until attention turned to the shooting of another black man, Botham Jean, killed by a white off-duty officer who lived in the same Dallas apartment complex as him. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 910 words, photos.

TRUMP INHERITANCE-TAXES — Though President Donald Trump insists he did nothing wrong on his taxes, experts say he could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in civil fines if state and federal authorities substantiate a New York Times report that found he and his family cheated the IRS for decades. By Bernard Condon and Stephen Braun. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

METOO-DEFENSE FUND — Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, financially struggling women across the U.S. have been able to team with top-notch lawyers in pursuing #MeToo-inspired sex-harassment cases. Among them: a dollar store cashier from Brooklyn, five paramedics in Chicago, and an aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Since the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was launched in January, more than 780 attorneys have joined its legal network and more than 3,550 people have asked for help. By National Writer David Crary. UPCOMING: 1,250 words by 6 a.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-CEMETERY CASE — A Pennsylvania woman’s dispute over a local cemetery ordinance reaches the Supreme Court over the question of where she can bring her case. SENT: 920 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NORTH AMERICA TRADE-CANADA — Canadians are relieved after reaching a free trade deal with the Trump administration, but Trump’s treatment of America’s closest ally leaves a bitter taste. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE-SHOOTING-SOUTH-CAROLINA — A man shot seven police officers in South Carolina, killing one, in a standoff so dangerous that police had to use a bullet-proof vehicle to rescue the wounded, authorities say. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ENDANGERED FISH-COLORADO RIVER — Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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JAPAN-TOYOTA-SOFTBANK — Japan’s No. 1 automaker Toyota Motor Corp. and technology giant SoftBank Group Corp. are setting up a joint venture to create mobility services in what they called a “united Japan” effort to face global competition. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW — Pedro vs. Zimmer. Munson vs. Fisk. A-Rod vs. Varitek. Yankees-Red Sox set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 700 words, photos. With ATHLETICS-YANKEES — Yanks rout A’s 7-2 in wild-card game.

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