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October 8, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Indonesian officials say death toll in earthquake and tsunami increases to 1,944.

CHINA-FORMER INTERPOL PRESIDENT — China accuses ex-Interpol chief of bribery, other crimes. SENT: 120 words, photos.

NOBEL-ECONOMICS — Nobels’ outlier, the economics prize, to be announced. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Announcement at 5:45 a.m., developing, photos.

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ONLY ON AP

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SYRIA-DISABLED SOLDIERS — In a Damascus hospital, Haidar Hussein lifts himself up with his hands holding on to a set of bars and cautiously steps forward, showing off his new skills walking on two artificial legs. He is among the country’s many soldiers who now face a new reality of living without one or more of their limbs, or other serious disability. The Ahmad Hamish hospital manufactures 60 prosthetics a day, reflecting the high demand in a nation that has been wracked by conflict for the past seven years. By Zeina Karam. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 9 a.m., photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — The Senate’s majority leader, insisting his chamber won’t be irreparably damaged by the bitter fight over new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is signaling he’s willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise. By Hope Yen. SENT: 670 words, photos, videos. With SUPREME COURT-CONSERVATIVES ASCENDANT — Bitter fight over Kavanaugh shadows a conservative court; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-TICKTOCK — Procedural vote on Kavanaugh was critical.

CLIMATE-AMBITIOUS GOAL — Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet in the next few decades, scientists say. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

LIMOUSINE CRASH — The intersection where a limousine carrying four sisters and their friends to a birthday party crashed, killing the 18 occupants and two pedestrians, was a known danger, according to a manager of the beloved store on whose doorstep the accident occurred. By Michael Hill and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. With LIMOUSINE CRASH-TRAFFIC DEATHS — Limousine crash ranks among deadliest U.S. traffic accidents; LIMOUSINE CRASH-THE LATEST.

BRAZIL-ELECTIONS — Brazilians show their disgust with corruption and rising crime in the first round of presidential voting, nearly giving an outright victory to a brash-speaking former army captain who has promised to restore “traditional values,” jail crooked politicians and give police a freer hand to shoot drug traffickers. By Peter Prengaman, Sarah Dilorenzo and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 970 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-BRAZIL’S TRUMP — How Brazil’s Bolsonaro used Trump tactics; BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-BOLSONARO PLANS — A look at the campaign proposals made by Bolsonaro.

POMPEO-ASIA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “significant progress” toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. While significant work remains to be done, he says he expects further results after an as-yet unscheduled second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. With POMPEO-ASIA-THE LATEST.

TROPICAL WEATHER — A tropical storm that rapidly formed off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula gains new strength and could become a dangerous Category 2 hurricane with an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasts say. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 490 words, photos, video. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRANSGENDER BODYBUILDING COMPETITION — World transgender bodybuilding competition comes to Atlanta. SENT: 500 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-OPERA HOUSE — Planned racing ad on sails of Sydney Opera House divisive. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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PRESIDENTS AND THE SUPREME COURT — Several instances of presidents and Supreme Court justices appearing to blur the constitutional separation of powers appear in a new history of American presidents at war. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MANCHIN — A day after Sen. Joe Manchin broke with the Democratic Party on what may be the most consequential vote of the Trump era, the vulnerable incumbent is facing a political firestorm back home just weeks before Election Day. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — Facing pivotal November elections, Trump is misrepresenting the history of African-American voting and exaggerating his influence in boosting income and controlling prescription drug prices. SENT: 2,440 words, photos.

REFUGEE CAP — Tens of thousands of people are experiencing anguished waits as the number of refugees entering the U.S. falls to historic lows because of tighter scrutiny that administration officials say is necessary for security. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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HAITI-EARTHQUAKE — A magnitude 5.2 aftershock strikes Haiti, even as survivors of the previous day’s temblor were sifting through the rubble of their cinderblock homes. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ISRAEL-UN — Jerusalem’s outgoing mayor is calling on the international community to consider his proposal to end the local operations of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, saying there is “no such thing” as a refugee in the city. An AP Interview. By Josef Federman. SENT: 820 words, photo.

EGYPT-PRISON ART — Egyptian activist documents life behind bars in paintings and sketches, rare glimpse into country’s crowded prisons. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-CLEANUP COMPLAINTS — Hundreds of California wine country homeowners who lost their houses to the state’s most destructive wildfire last year are complaining that a $1.3 billion U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cleanup project made their situations worse. SENT: 830 words, photos.

MS-13 TAKEDOWN — Nearly three years after the nation’s largest single takedown of MS-13 gang members, residents in the strongly Central American communities around East Boston say the streets are noticeably quieter. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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SPACEX-ARGENTINIAN SATELLITE — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries an Argentine Earth-observation satellite into space and for the first time lands a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. SENT: 250 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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COWBOYS-TEXANS — DeAndre Hopkins had 151 yards receiving, including a key twisting and turning reception in overtime, and Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 36-yard field goal lifted the Houston Texans to a 19-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-TAYLOR-SWIFT — Taylor Swift announces she’s voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking the pop star’s long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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