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October 2, 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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ONLY ON AP

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EPA RADIATION-ROLLBACK— Is a little radiation damage actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight? The Trump administration is relying on scientific outliers who make that case as it quietly tries to weaken radiation rules and move away from decades of U.S. doctrine that any exposure is a cancer risk. The administration already has targeted a range of other regulations on toxins and pollutants that it sees as costly and burdensome for businesses. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1150 words, photos.

AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS-FINANCES —About half of young Americans expect to be financially better off than their parents, according to a new poll, a sign that the dream of upward mobility is alive but somewhat tempered. By Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 560 words, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accuses Democrats of opening “the flood gates of mud and muck” against Brett Kavanaugh as Republicans sought to portray efforts to derail the Supreme Court nominee over accusations of sexual assault in the 1980s as “the politics of personal destruction.” SENT: 850 words, photo, vidoes. UPCOMING: Developing.

KAVANAUGH-PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE — Some minorities see a racial double standard when they hear Brett Kavanaugh supporters invoke the “boys will be boys” defense. They complain that young blacks often aren’t afforded the same presumption of youthful innocence. By Jesse J. Holland. Upcoming: 700 words by 4 p.m.

AMAZON-WAGES —Amazon, the company that upended the retailing industry and transformed the way we shop for just about everything, is jumping out ahead of the pack again, announcing a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. employees. By Joseph Pisani and Michelle Chapman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach by 3 p.m.

NOBEL-PHYSICS — Scientists from the United States, Canada and France share a Nobel Prize in physics for revolutionizing the use of lasers in research, finding ways to make them deliver more powerful but brief flashes of light and even to act like tiny tweezers. By Malcolm Ritter and Jim Heintz. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE —Trucks carrying food for desperate survivors of the earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island rolled in with a police escort Tuesday to guard against looters, while the death toll from the disaster soared past 1,200. Four days after the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami struck, supplies of food, water, fuel and medicine had yet to reach the hardest-hit areas outside Palu, the largest city that was heavily damaged. By Niniek Karmini and Stephen Wright. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos.

SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY — An Associated Press investigation shows how the shooting massacre at a Florida high school last February has helped the security industry sell the physical “hardening” of schools as the answer to mass shootings of kids. By Reese Dunklin and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 3,800 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,050 words has also moved.

ELECTION 2018-BLACK RURAL VOTERS — Black rural voters could be a critical voting bloc in Georgia as Stacey Abrams campaigns to become the nation’s first black female governor. A Mississippi native who moved to Georgia as a child, Abrams is the first Democrat in years to have a real chance of winning the governor’s race. And starting from the beginning, when she launched her campaign in south Georgia’s Dougherty County, she’s made outreach to rural voters a key part of her strategy. By Errin Whack. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SENATE-FLAKE-COONS — The bond that Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons forged in Africa helped them find a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation in the bitter fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. By Mary Clare Jalonick. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT-EXECUTION-DEMENTIA — The Supreme Court hears appeal from Alabama man whose lawyers say he shouldn’t be executed because he has dementia. By Mark Sherman. UPCOMING: Developing from late-morning arguments.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump speaks in Philadelphia, holds rally in Mississippi, a day after boosting Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s candidacy for U.S. Senate. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing from events at 2:30 p.m. and 7:40 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST — Four members of a militant white supremacist group from California have been arrested on charges they traveled to Virginia last year to incite a riot and attack counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally that turned deadly, court documents unsealed say. SENT: 500 words, photo.

PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL-ASSAULT — A patient at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital vaulted over a nurse’s station, knocked a nurse to the floor, choked her and bit part of her ear off. The assault is the latest in a series of attacks on health care workers at Western State Hospital. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MELANIA TRUMP-AFRICA —Melania Trump opened her first big solo international trip as U.S. first lady on Tuesday with a wave, a smile and a baby in her arms, aiming to promote child welfare during a five-day tour of Africa. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.

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SCIENCE/HEALTH

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PREVENTING ALZHEIMERS —It may be too late to stop Alzheimer’s in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact, in hope of preventing the disease? Two big studies are going all out to try. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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BASEBALL AWARDS — Now that the regular season is finally in the books, one day later than expected, it’s time to hand out baseball’s individual prizes. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

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