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September 20, 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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SENATE-CYBERSECURITY-SENATORS TARGETED — A U.S. senator says foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and the Senate’s security office has refused to help defend them. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, says his office discovered that an unspecified number of senators and aides have received warnings that their personal accounts have been targeted. Russian military operatives used such attacks to influence the 2016 election. By Cybersecurity Writers Frank Bajak and Raphael Satter. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Republicans say they’re forging ahead in their drive to push Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination through the Senate, even as the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual attack is threatening to boycott a committee hearing and suggesting she’s not being treated with “fairness and respect.” By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TIRED WILMINGTON — Almost a week after Florence hit, several roads into the port city of Wilmington are accessible again. Gas stations and grocery stores are flipping closed signs to open. The backyard parties, where everyone grilled the food in their fridges before it could spoil, are over. The wind and rain have stopped, though the smell of rot and mildew is settling in. For Wilmington’s 119,000 residents, it’s no longer about just getting through the day, but contemplating what’s happened to this community and what comes next. “We’ve got a lot of people on the edge.” By Claire Galofaro. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

KOREAS-SUMMIT — A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in returns home from a whirlwind three-day summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un saying that Kim wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his June summit with President Donald Trump. By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,270 words, photos, video.

PUERTO RICO-HURRICANE MARIA — The uplifting strains of one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved songs fill the air at 6:15 a.m., sung by a choir at the spot where Hurricane Maria made landfall at that moment exactly one year ago. The serenade in Yabucoa, a fishing town still struggling to recover from the Category 4 storm, is among the events to mark the anniversary and remember the estimated 2,975 people who lost their lives. Tens of thousands remain without adequate shelter and reliable access to electrical power a year after the hurricane caused an estimated $100 billion in damage. By Danica Coto. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing

MARYLAND-SHOOTING — Three people are killed in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. By David McFadden. SENT: 360 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSOURI — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill faces a double challenge as she campaigns for re-election in heavily Republican Missouri for a seat that could determine which party controls the Senate. The energy that’s led to insurgent Democratic victories around the country is moving McCaskill to the left. At the same time, she must attract some who voted for President Donald Trump, who carried Missouri by almost 20 percentage points in 2016. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1100 words, photos. With ELECTION-2018-CLAIRE-MCCASKILL-IMMIGRATION-FACT-CHECK — Republican attack ad misleading on Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s immigration vote.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-DEPORTING CRIMINALS — Even as the White House has seized on crimes committed by those living in the U.S. illegally as proof of the need for an immigration crackdown, agents are increasingly apprehending people with no criminal records at all. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests of non-criminals soared 66 percent in the first nine months of this fiscal year over the same period a year earlier, while apprehensions of criminals have gone up only 2 percent. By National Writer Matt Sedensky. SENT: 1,760 words, photos. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SPAIN-CATALONIA — Jailed separatists have become an emotional symbol for the Catalan independence movement and a key stumbling block in negotiations with Spain out of the country’s political deadlock. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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BYE BYE BUGS — Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer flying insects that aren’t really pests like moths, ladybugs, fireflies and butterflies. A variety of reasons are suspected but they all lead back to what humans are doing to the environment, especially landscapes. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING — The World Anti-Doping Agency reinstates Russia, ending a nearly three-year suspension caused by state-sponsored doping. WADA says its 12-member executive committee reinstates Russia “subject to strict conditions.” SENT: 450 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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LATIN GRAMMY NOMINATIONS — Reggaeton star J Balvin received eight Latin Grammy Awards nominations Thursday, including one with Beyonce for their hit “Mi gente” with Willy William. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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