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September 25, 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 — Brett Kavanaugh says he won’t let “false accusations drive me out of this process” as he, President Donald Trump and top Republicans mount an aggressive drive to rally the public and GOP senators behind his shaky Supreme Court nomination. Trump and Republican leaders accused Democrats of a smear campaign by using accusations by two women of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s to try scuttling his Senate confirmation. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 930 words, photos, videos.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump charged into office on the resonance of his aggressive “America First” agenda, but now, as he returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy, he can’t escape the growing shadows of domestic political troubles. Between promoting the wisdom of his rapprochement with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and railing against Iran’s malign influence across the Middle East, Trump is finding himself forced to confront the salacious and embarrassing as he participates in the U.N. General Assembly. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 820 words, photo.

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to paint a grim picture of the state of the world when leaders open their annual meeting, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate international cooperation which is the foundation of the United Nations. By Edith M. Lederer and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 760 words, photo.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby faces a good chance of being sent to prison when a judge is expected to sentence the TV star who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The once-beloved actor and comedian, dubbed “America’s Dad” for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked, 1980s-era “Cosby Show,” faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing resumes at 9 a.m.

TROPICAL-WEATHER — Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven’t flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. Now, she’ll spend her day with sandbags, watching the nearby river rise from Florence’s heavy rains and seeing if the luck finally runs out on her home built on Front Street in 1737. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 800 words, photos, video, graphics, interactive.

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NATIONAL

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DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT — The firing of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer says. SENT: 910 words, photos.

BOLD BEARS — The number of home break-ins by bears spikes to record levels in Connecticut, where black bears increasingly have been moving into developed areas for food. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA TARIFFS — China cannot hold talks with Washington on ending their escalating trade dispute while the United States “holds a knife” to Beijing’s neck by imposing tariff hikes, a Chinese official says. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BRISCOE-BLACK QUARTERBACKS — Marlin Briscoe, the first black quarterback to play in the American Football League in 1968, reflects on the changes in today’s NFL and society. By Sports Writer Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,790 words, photos.

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