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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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ONLY ON AP

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-65 WOMEN — It started as a chain of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as someone who “has always treated women with decency and respect.” By Jennifer Peltz and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,370 words, photos. An abridged version of 960 words has also been sent.

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 warn that time is running out for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser to tell Congress about her claim that he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says his panel still plans a Monday morning hearing that Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are invited to attend. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 930 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Trump Departure (cR) — Trump says “hard” to imagine Kavanaugh did wrong. With KAVANAUGH-GENDER WARS — Gender politics thick in the air of U.S. Senate; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-BREDESEN — Tennessee Senate candidate says Kavanaugh accuser credible; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast. Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths. By Claire Galofaro and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Floods prevent inspectors from studying environmental harm; TROPICAL WEATHER-DETAINEES DROWN — Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies; TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. See MORE ON FLORENCE below. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Hurricanes

KOREAS-SUMMIT — The leaders of the rival Koreas take to the road for the final day of their summit, standing on the peak of a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and a centerpiece of propaganda used to legitimize the Kim family’s rule, their hands clasped and raised in a pose of triumph. Their trip to the mountain on the North Korean-Chinese border, and the striking photo-op that will resonate in both Koreas, follows a day of wide-ranging agreements they trumpeted as a major step toward peace. By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. With NKOREA-THE SACRED MOUNTAIN — Politics, pride in leaders trip to “sacred” North Korea volcano; KOREAS-SUMMIT-KEY PLACES — Places Moon has visited are glimpses into North Korea itself; KOREAS-SUMMIT-THE LATEST. Also see UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA below.

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.

BYE BYE BUGS — Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer flying insects that aren’t really pests like moths, lady bugs, 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.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS-TAX RETURNS — Just as with presidential candidates, the nation’s other executive branch leaders — state governors — are not required to release their tax returns and often don’t. It’s an issue that is playing out this year among several hotly contested races. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: 1,090 words by 9 a.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GOLFER KILLED-IOWA-VIGIL — Vigil honors star golfer from Spain who was killed in Iowa. SENT: 140 words, photos.

INDIA-FLIGHT-SCARE — Indian flight returns after passengers ill by pressure loss. SENT: 170 words.

JAPAN-CRYPTOCURRENCY — Japan digital currency exchange hacked, losing $60 million. SENT: 320 words, photo.

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL WEATHER-A DEATH — A North Carolina man’s love for his hunting dogs kept him outside as Hurricane Florence approached and led to his death. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-POLITICS — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. SENT: 340 words, photos. With JAPAN-ABE’S-THIRD-TERM — Abe’s third term: A chance for constitutional change?

PHILIPPINES-LANDSLIDES — A massive landslide buries dozens of homes in two villages near a central Philippine mountain, killing at least four people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent cellphone text messages pleading for help, officials say. SENT: 510 words, photos.

PUERTO RICO-HURRICANE MARIA-DEATH TOLL — After Hurricane Maria, hundreds of Puerto Ricans with treatable ailments like bedsores and kidney problems died agonizing deaths after going without proper medical care. SENT: 2,010 words, photos. Note: A version of this story was originally sent on Sept. 14 and is being repeated to coincide with anniversary of the hurricane hitting Puerto Rico. With PUERTO-RICO-ONE-YEAR-AFTER-MARIA-PHOTO-ESSAY — For Puerto Rico’s poor, hurricane was heavy blow. With 17 photos by Ramon Espinosa, highlighted by XRE501.

MALAYSIA-CORRUPTION — Malaysia’s detained former Prime Minister Najib Razak will face at least two dozen fresh charges of abuse of power and money laundering over the multimillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund, police and the anti-graft agency say. SENT: 480 words, photo.

LEBANON-ARAK DRINK — Lebanon’s national liquor, the anise-tinged Arak, is surrounded by ritual — from its distilling down the moment when it’s mixed, turning milky white in water, and drunk over long, lingering meals. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSOURI — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is facing a double challenge — from progressives and Trump supporters — as she campaigns for re-election in heavily Republican Missouri for a seat that could determine which party controls the Senate. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-NEVADA — Republicans’ chances of keeping their majority in the Senate have become shakier as races in red states like Texas have tightened, but the party’s most vulnerable member, Nevada Republican Dean Heller, insists he’s bullish about his re-election. SENT: 930 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — A better-than-expected summit between the two Koreas kick-starts stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-TRADE-TARIFFS — Democratic candidates in farm districts are determined not to let Republican members of Congress distance themselves from the president’s trade policies. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED — Four women killed in Texas — allegedly by a Border Patrol agent — were bound by difficulties in life, but relatives say they were more than the troubles they endured. SENT: 890 words, photos.

WISCONSIN-SHOOTING — Authorities say they still don’t know why an employee at a Wisconsin software company went to his office with a pistol and extra ammunition and began firing on his colleagues, seriously injuring several, before he was fatally shot by police. SENT: 690 words, photos, videos.

CUOMO AIDE-CORRUPTION TRIAL — A judge is set to decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: Sentencing at 2 p.m.

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SPORTS

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EDDIE BRAUN-STUNTMAN MOVIE — Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun, who successfully jumped the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket two years ago in honor of his idol Evel Knievel, is the subject of the documentary “Stuntman” which is backed by Dwayne Johnson. By Sports Writer Pat Graham. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MARIJUANA MUSEUM — A museum celebrating all things cannabis with displays that include a glass bong taller than a giraffe and huggable faux marijuana plants is the newest tourist attraction in Las Vegas. SENT: 570 words, photos.

FILM-REVIEW-FAHRENHEIT-11/9 — Film Review: Michael Moore’s new Trump documentary is here, via Flint, Michigan and also Nazi-era Germany. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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EXTRA: HATE IN AMERICA

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“Hate in America,” an investigation examining intolerance, racism and hate crimes, is the 2018 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates. Each year, students selected into the program report in-depth on a single topic of national importance. This year, 38 journalism students from 19 universities traveled to 36 states, including a 7,000-mile road trip around the country.

Pieces of the project are available for use by AP members. Find all stories, photos and video at the project website: https://hateinamerica.news21.com as well as some individual stories in AP Newsroom, with the identifier: BC-CNS-Hate.

Stories include a look at bias response teams on college campuses by Jasmine Putney and Shelby Knowles found here: https://bit.ly/2NjRBsE

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