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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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AP POLL-TEENS AND SOCIAL MEDIA — Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don’t think they’ll be the ones targeted for digital abuse, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, which also finds that about half of both young people and their parents view social media as having a mostly negative effect on the younger generation. By Matt O’Brien and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 980 words, photos, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — A high-stakes partisan row breaks out over a confidential FBI report about allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago, with Republicans claiming investigators found “no hint of misconduct” and Democrats accusing the White House of slapping crippling constraints on the probe. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,270 words, photos, video.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia’s central Sulawesi, nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. By Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

RUSSIA-CYBERATTACKS — The United States and other Western nations leveled a torrent of new allegations against Moscow’s secretive GRU military spy agency, accusing its agents of hacking anti-doping agencies, plane crash investigations and a chemical weapons probe as well as launching cyberattacks that rocked America’s 2016 election and crippled Ukraine in 2017. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

POLICE-SHOOTING-SOUTH-CAROLINA —A Vietnam veteran who bragged online about maintaining his target-shooting skills is being held on charges that he shot seven law enforcement officers, killing one, when deputies tried to serve a search warrant at his home. By Jeffrey Collins and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 840 worsd, photos, video.

INSECTS-BIOWARFARE — European scientists are raising ethical questions about a U.S. military project to create “Insect Allies” that could alter the genetics of planted crops, saying it could turn into a devastating biological weapon. In an opinion piece in the journal Science, Silja Voeneky and Guy Reeves say the DARPA plan could be used to wipe out a nation’s crops without proper oversight. By Candice Choi and Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.

RONALDO-SPONSORS — As one of the most marketable athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot to lose. While most sponsors have remained silent, EA Sports has spoken out, expressing its concern over the rape allegation facing the five-time world player of the year. By Rob Harris and Pan Pylas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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PENCE-CHINA — Vice President Mike Pence warns that Russia’s influence operations in America pale in comparison to the covert and overt activities China uses to interfere in U.S. politics and policies. By Zeke Miller and Deb Riechmann. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-NATO MISSILES — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable missiles in violation of an arms treaty is “untenable” and unless Moscow changes, the U.S. will have to match that military capability. SENT: 390 words, photo.

MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump got a different view of educating children as she visited an African primary school that has benefited from U.S. assistance but struggles with an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. Some children learn lessons outdoors, seated shoulder-to-shoulder on loose, red dirt. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO-LAQUAN MCDONALD —Jurors are deliberating in the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald after attorneys sparred over what the video of the deadly encounter actually proves. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUSPICIOUS LETTERS — A Utah Navy veteran confessed to sending four envelopes containing the substance from which ricin is derived to President Donald Trump and members of his administration, authorities said in court documents. SENT: 290 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ENDANGERED FISH-COLORADO RIVER —A Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, a rare piece of good news for the Endangered Species Act, which protected the odd-looking fish from extinction but is facing potentially major changes by Republican lawmakers who say it interferes with economic development. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-SUGE KNIGHT —A judge has sentenced former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight to 28 years in prison for the 2015 death of man he ran over outside a Compton burger stand. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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