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September 22, 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 high-stakes brinkmanship over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a momentary standstill. The committee chairman is giving Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her possible appearance. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST; TRUMP-KAVANAUGH — President Donald Trump is embracing combat over caution with the allegation of sexual misconduct against his Supreme Court nominee. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

IRAN — Gunmen disguised as soldiers attack an annual Iranian military parade in the country’s oil-rich southwest, killing at least 25 people. Suspicion over the assault in Ahvaz immediately fell on the region’s Arab separatists, who previously only attacked unguarded oil pipelines under the cover of darkness. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. New version upcoming.

TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump had asserted in a tweet, had “LIED! LIED! LIED!” SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER HOTEL SWEPT AWAY — Hurricane Florence washed away half the rooms at the Starlite Hotel in Spring Lake, North Carolina, ripping away the livelihood of a family that bought it in recent months. By David Goldman and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 900 words, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER — Emergency officials say flooding remains ‘treacherous’ in parts of North and South Carolina more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. The storm has claimed at least 43 lives. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

VATICAN-CHINA — The Vatican and China have announced a breakthrough “provisional agreement” about the appointment of bishops, an issue that for decades has caused conflict between the Holy See and Beijing. The Vatican agreed to accept seven bishops who were previously named by Beijing without the pope’s consent. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

TRUMP-UN-NORTH KOREA — Kim Jong Un is “Little Rocket Man” no more. In the year since Donald Trump’s searing, debut UN speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery. But as the U.S. president readies his second address to the world body, likely in Kim’s absence, he’ll have to address North Korea’s continuing reluctance to disarm. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 790 words, photos.

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN — The drama of parents being separated from their children at the border dominated the headlines this year, but thousands of immigrant families are experiencing a similar nightmare: the increasing hurdles they must surmount to take custody of sons, daughters and relatives who crossed the border alone. By Gisela Salomon and Claudia Torrens. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-STATE LEGISLATURES — Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their spending on state legislative races as they draw nearer to the next round of redistricting. Republicans currently hold two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the U.S, but Democrats are doubling their spending on targeted races. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — Juggling a suddenly hot-potato Supreme Court nomination and midterm-election jousting, President Donald Trump flubbed facts across a broad front over the past week. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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INTERNATIONAL

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UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-THE WORLD GATHERS — With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting and tries once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing a spate of threats from worsening Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and trying to encourage a glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. By Edith Lederer. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4:30 p.m., photos.

TANZANIA-FERRY CAPSIZES — The death toll soars past 200 while a survivor has been found inside a capsized Tanzania ferry two days after the Lake Victoria disaster, officials say, while search efforts end to focus on identifying bodies. SENT: 380 words, photos. With TANZANIA-FERRY CAPSIZES-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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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: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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BUSINESS

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BRITAIN-SKY — British regulator says Comcast has won an auction to formally bid for broadcaster Sky, offering $38.6 billion. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

MEDIA-BILLIONAIRES — Billionaires are buying struggling American newspapers and magazines. However, success is not guaranteed. And risks run from poor business decisions to worries of undue influence on editorial operations. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-STANFORD-OREGON — Seventh-ranked Stanford plays No. 20 Oregon in a Pac-12 clash between two undefeated teams that could have lasting implications. It may play a part in the Pac-12 North, the league championship and — just maybe — the college football playoffs. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

IOWA ST-HONORING BARQUIN — Iowa State honored slain former golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones’ game against Akron. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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