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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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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

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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. TROPICAL WEATHER-HOMEOWNERS-Q&A — Insurance experts list things homeowners should know as they recover. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FBN--TEXANS-BLACK QBS COMMENT — A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that “You can’t count on a black quarterback” in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned. SENT: 120 words.

LAST DOOLITTLE RAIDER — Now 103, the last surviving Doolittle Raider still enjoys telling — and hearing — war stories. SENT: 380 words, photo.

GAS EXPLOSIONS — Thousands of hotplates are being distributed to residents who have been left without gas service more than a week after gas explosions and fires rocked Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley. SENT: 140 words.

MARIJUANA-LOBSTERS — State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana. SENT: 130 words.

DICKEY BETTS-ACCIDENT — Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has had successful surgery after slipping and hitting his head while playing with his dog in Florida. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-DEMOCRATIC CONFIDENCE — The fight for the House majority is over. At least that’s the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. By Steve Peoples and Juana Summers. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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

ELECTION 2018-CONGRESS-GOSAR — Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. SENT: 120 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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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.

BALTICS-POPE — Pope Francis urges Lithuanians to use their experience enduring decades of Soviet and Nazi occupation to be a model of tolerance in an intolerant world as he begins a three-nation tour of the Baltic region newly alarmed over Russia’s intentions. SENT: 920 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-CHOLERA CRISIS — With raw sewage flowing freely in some streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, a cholera emergency is the government’s first big test after a bitterly disputed election. SENT: 740 words.

SOMALIA-US AIRSTRIKE — A U.S. military airstrike has killed 18 al-Shabab extremists after U.S. and local forces on the ground came under attack in southern Somalia. SENT: 400 words.

MALDIVES-ELECTION — Police in the Maldives raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on Saturday, the eve of an election viewed as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GERMANY-OKTOBERFEST — The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich. SENT: 190 words, photos.

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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.

UNITED NATIONS-SECURITY PRECAUTIONS — Authorities in New York City are facing a security and logistical challenge of epic proportions with the arrival next week of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for United Nations General Assembly. By Tom Hays. SENT: 550 words by 11 a.m.

HAWAII VOLCANO-NATIONAL PARK — After being closed for months amid the eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is reopening Saturday with dramatic changes to its landscape. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after park opening, scheduled for 3 p.m.

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BUSINESS

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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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SCIENCE/MEDICINE

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MED--GLOBAL ALCOHOL — The World Health Organization says that drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men. SENT: 480 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-SIMON’S FAREWELL — Paul Simon ends his farewell concert tour with an outdoor show in New York’s borough of Queens, near where he grew up. The 76-year-old singer isn’t retiring, but it’s his last time taking his music out on the road. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated following concert, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

BLUE BOY PAINTING — “Blue Boy” is getting a new suit of clothes (still blue of course), and the public will get to watch as the restoration of one of the world’s most recognizable paintings goes on display in real time at Southern California’s Huntington Library. 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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