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BC-AP News Digest 2:20 pm

October 7, 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-CONSERVATIVES ASCENDANT — The moment conservative legal activists have dreamed about for decades has arrived with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. With Kavanaugh taking the place of the more moderate Anthony Kennedy, conservatives should have a working majority of five justices to restrict abortion rights, limit the use of race in college admissions and rein in federal regulators. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 970 words, photos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ANALYSIS — The turmoil surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination has transformed the midterms into something bigger than a referendum on President Donald Trump, with implications that could endure long after his presidency. A News Analysis by Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ELECTIONS — Brazilians are choosing their leaders in an election marked by intense anger at the ruling class following years of political and economic turmoil, including what may be the largest corruption scandal in Latin American history. By Sarah DiLorenzo, Mauricio Savarese and Peter Prengaman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls close at 4 p.m.; initial returns expected around 6 p.m.; full results expected by 10 p.m. With BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-CANDIDATES — A look at top 5 candidates in Brazil’s presidential election (sent).

LIMOUSINE CRASH — State police say 20 people died in a crash in upstate New York that local officials say involved a limousine near a crowded tourist spot. By Michael Hill. SENT: 275 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. A 3 p.m. news conference is planned.

REFUGEE CAP — Stricter screening procedures adopted by the Trump administration have dropped the number of refugees entering the U.S. to historically low levels, leaving people stranded in war zones as they wait for permission to resettle out of harm’s way. Critics say the U.S. is abandoning its humanitarian role and discriminating against Muslims with tighter scrutiny that Trump officials say is necessary for security. By Susannah George and Colleen Long. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

SAUDI-WHO IS KHASHOGGI? — Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who disappeared after a visit to his country’s consulate in Turkey, was a Saudi insider. He was a close aide to the kingdom’s former spy chief who later became its ambassador to strategic allies Britain and the United States. He was a leading voice in the country’s prominent dailies. Now the 59-year-old is feared dead, and Turkish authorities believe he was slain inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. By Sarah El Deeb. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m. With SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Friend of missing journalist says officials told him to “make your funeral preparations” as the Washington Post contributor “was killed.” SENT: 780 words, photos.

FRANCE-INTERPOL — The wife of the missing president of Interpol says her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared during a trip to China. Making her first public comments on the mystery surrounding Meng Hongwei, Grace Meng told reporters in France that she thinks the knife was her husband’s way of telling her he was in danger. Meanwhile, the disciplinary organ of China’s ruling Communist Party has revealed Meng is under investigation on suspicion of unspecified legal violations. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TROPICAL WEATHER — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says newly-named Tropical Storm Michael could strengthen to a hurricane as it heads to the Florida Panhandle. SENT: 250 words.

NO COLUMBUS DAY IN COLUMBUS — The largest city bearing Christopher Columbus’ name has quietly canceled its holiday celebrating the explorer in favor of an observance honoring military veterans. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 600 words, photo.

OBIT-SCOTT WILSON — Scott Wilson, who played the murderer Robert Hickock in 1967′s “In Cold Blood” and was a series regular on “The Walking Dead,” has died. SENT: 150 words, photo.

PEOPLE-KATT WILLIAMS-ARREST — Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a hired driver during an argument about taking him and his dog from the Portland, Oregon, airport to a performance in the city. SENT: 140 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Picking up the pieces after the contentious Supreme Court nomination battle, the Senate’s Republican leader insists the chamber won’t not be irreparably damaged by the wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and calls Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation a shining moment heading into next month’s pivotal election. A GOP governor who’s predicting “a good year” for Democrats says he wonders about “the soul of our country.” By Hope Yen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-BLUE STATES — Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has put a spotlight on the dozens of federal cases pitting the Trump administration against Democratic-leaning states, on issues including auto emission standards, immigration and a free-flowing internet. His lashing out against “left-wing opposition groups” and others in remarks during the recent Senate hearing over a sexual assault allegation raised questions about whether he can be impartial deciding cases that revolve around Democratic policies. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 900 words, photos.

POMPEO-ASIA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wrapped up his fourth visit to North Korea after meeting Kim Jong Un to seek elusive progress in efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. By AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 100 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the earthquake- and tsunami-damaged Indonesian city of Palu, seeking answers as the death toll from the twin disasters breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing. SENT: 720 words, photos. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-PHOTO GALLERY — Aid pours in to disaster-hit Indonesian region (sent).

HAITI-EARTHQUAKE — Emergency teams worked to provide relief in northern Haiti after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake killed 11 people and left 135 injured. SENT: 420 words, photos.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — A top Vatican cardinal has issued a scathing rebuke of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a top American cardinal, saying his claims were a “blasphemous” political hit job. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CAMEROON-ELECTION — Polls are opening in Cameroon as Africa’s oldest leader is widely expected to win another term, while separatists threaten to disrupt the election and many people who have fled the unrest are unable to vote. SENT: 700 words, photos. Eds: Results not expected for about two weeks.

BOSNIA-ELECTION — Bosnians are voting in a general election that could install a pro-Russian nationalist to a top post and cement the ethnic divisions of a country that faced a brutal war 25 years ago. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Preliminary results expected after 6 p.m.

ROMANIA-MARRIAGE REFERENDUM — Romanians were voting for a second day on a constitutional amendment backed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The referendum needs a voter turnout of at least 30 percent to be valid, and only about half that number had voted by Sunday afternoon. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls have just closed; preliminary returns expected beginning around 3:30 p.m.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — A Palestinian attacker opened fire inside a joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial zone in the West Bank, killing two Israelis and seriously wounding a third, Israeli military said. SENT: 570 words, photos.

GERMANY-FAR RIGHT JEWS — Jewish members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party form their own faction. Other Jewish groups say the move will be used as a fig leaf by a party that has repeatedly downplayed Holocaust horrors. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SYRIA-CLEARING YARMOUK-PHOTO ESSAY — In the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Syria’s capital, bulldozers and trucks are working to clear tons of rubble from streets gutted by war. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ORGANIC RECYCLING — New Yorkers are so far turning up their noses at the city’s ambitious organics collection program, which has stalled because not enough people are participating in the often-smelly chore of separating out all those table scraps, spoiled meat, rotted vegetables and cut grass. By Stephen Groves. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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BOX OFFICE — The Sony comic-book movie “Venom” has shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soared to $42.6 million. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBN--NLDS-DODGERS-BRAVES — Left-hander Sean Newcomb starts for Atlanta against Los Angeles rookie Walker Buehler as the Braves try to avoid being swept by the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m. 

BBN--NLDS-BREWERS-ROCKIES — The Milwaukee Brewers can close out the NL Division Series with a win over the Colorado Rockies. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:37 p.m. 

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