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October 9, 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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TRUMP-HALEY — U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is resigning at the end of the year, the latest shakeup in the turbulent Trump administration that appears to have caught the White House by surprise. She gave no reason for her departure after two years, though there has been speculation she will return to government or politics. “No, I’m not running in 2020” for president, Haley jokes in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump. By Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller. SENT: 890 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Brett Kavanaugh takes the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time in a jovial atmosphere strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high court confirmation. By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko. SENT: 890 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — An estimated 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle are ordered to clear out as Hurricane Michael closes in. It is expected to roll ashore around midday Wednesday. By Gary Fineout and Tamara Lush. Developing, 750 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Turkey to search Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of investigation into disappearance (sent).

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-TEN MINUTES OF TERROR — Ten minutes of terror: A quake, a tsunami and a son gone missing in a catastrophe that was remarkable even by the standards of disaster-prone Indonesia. By Todd Pitman. SENT: 1,770 words, photos. An abridged version of 990 words has also been sent.

MUSIC-AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS — Drake and Cardi B are the leaders with eight nominations each at the 2018 American Music Awards, to air live Oct. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where performers include Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated after start of show at 8 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA GOVERNOR-VOTER REGISTRATION — In this year’s race for Georgia governor, the Republican candidate oversees elections and voter registration in the state and the Democrat claims he’s misusing that responsibility. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TRUMP-ETHANOL — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. SENT: 640 words. UPCOMING: Updates possible from Trump remarks in Iowa at 7:30 p.m., 650 words by 8 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS-FOREIGN LOBBYING — A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates. Congressional interest in fortifying the law comes in the aftermath of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and a special counsel investigation that’s applied the statute in several high-profile cases. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-BALLOT COUNTING-WEST COAST — If control of the U.S. House comes down to competitive congressional races in Washington and California, America might have to wait days to learn the outcome. Three states conduct all elections by mail, but Washington is the only one of those that allows ballots to be postmarked on Election Day, meaning they often don’t reach election officials for days. Californians have the option of voting by mail — and those ballots also only have to be post marked by Election Day. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-SANDERS — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. The packed October schedule will be the Vermont independent’s most extensive stretch of campaigning since the 2016 presidential race. SENT: 770 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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FRANCE-CHINA-FORMER INTERPOL PRESIDENT — The wife of the former Interpol president who disappeared in China reveal that she had received a threatening phone call warning of agents coming for her. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-US STUDENT DETAINED — Israel has been holding an American graduate student in detention for the past week, accusing her of supporting the Palestinian-led boycott movement against the Jewish state. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

LIMOUSINE CRASH —The limousine service under scrutiny after a crash that killed 20 people fixed safety violations in its fleet before the tragedy, said a lawyer who suggested the driver was unfamiliar with the rural road. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CIVIL WAR GOLD-FBI DIG — A father-son pair of treasure hunters are challenging the FBI’s position that nothing was found during an excavation aimed at uncovering a fabled cache of Civil War-era gold. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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GOOGLE-SHOWCASE — Google’s new Pixel phones mirror the industry trend moving the devices toward lusher, bigger screens and add new twists on the camera for taking better selfies and other pictures. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from event.

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SPORTS

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ALDS-RED SOX-YANKEES — The Red Sox, coming off a 16-1 demolition of the Yankees, can eliminate New York in Game 4 of the ALDS — the lone series still going. Rick Porcello starts for Boston against CC Sabathia. Porcello pitched two outs in relief during a Game 1 victory. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

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