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September 27, 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-KAVANAUGH — Christine Blasey Ford declares that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as he and a friend shared “uproarious laughter” in a locked room at a 1980s high school gathering, recounting her allegations to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a riveted nation in a drama that threatens to derail Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Speaking in a soft and sometimes-halting voice, Ford shows no hesitancy in affirming the crucial question about the alleged incident, telling senators she is “100 percent” certain Kavanaugh was her attacker. SENT: 1440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from early afternoon resumption of hearing, 1440 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-VOICES — Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing launches discussion around the nation on gender, politics, culture and more. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ARIZONA PROSECUTOR — The Arizona sex crimes prosecutor who is questioning Christine Blasey Ford on behalf of the 11 Republican men on the Senate Judiciary Committee is in the unusual position of trying to chip away at the credibility of a woman who claims she is the victim of a sexual assault. By Mark Sherman. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. By Jennifer Peltz and Angela Charlton. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

ECONOMY-GDP — The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, but economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter, in part because of a drag from trade. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 540 words, photo.

BOOKS-ROB GOLDSTONE — Rob Goldstone, who set up the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016, describes why he knew the meeting was a bad move from the beginning, how his life fell apart and what he’s doing to rebound — and about testifying in Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the presidential election of 2016. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.

MORE MAJOR HURRICANES — There were half a dozen major hurricanes last year -- twice as many as normal. Now a new study says they were triggered by warmer than normal Atlantic water temperatures due to a combination of human-caused climate change and natural forces. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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MORE ON KAVANAUGH NOMINATION

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MEDIA — Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony on Capitol Hill made for riveting — and potentially devastating — TV, with Fox News’ Chris Wallace calling it a “disaster” for Republicans, and commentators at other networks echoing that assessment. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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MORE ON UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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UNITED NATIONS-REFUGEES — Facing financial crisis after the United States cut funding, the head of the U.N. agency that protects Palestinian refugees said that the problem of their well-being will continue to exist whether there’s money or not. As he sat for an interview with The Associated Press about the agency’s future, the Palestinian leader said at the U.N. General Assembly that U.S. officials “just want to obliterate it altogether.” By Edith M. Lederer. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — President Donald Trump postpones his highly-anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week to avoid interfering with the Senate hearing on sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-LIVING WITH FEAR — Every time Chris Gilman leaves her home at the foot of Mount Rainier in Washington, she fights the gnawing urge to turn around and check that someone isn’t about to shoot her. It’s a battle she sometimes wins and sometimes loses. In the year since the 48-year-old was nearly killed in the Oct. 1, 2017 massacre in Las Vegas — the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — Gilman has had to get used to living with fear. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

TEXAS EXECUTION — A Texas death row inmate scheduled to be executed insists he didn’t fatally run over his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for after 7 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NETHERLANDS-TERROR ARRESTS — Dutch police have arrested seven men who are suspected of plotting a large-scale extremist attack in the Netherlands that prosecutors say they think has been foiled. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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MEDICAL JOURNAL-NEW EDITOR— For the first time in nearly two decades, the New England Journal of Medicine is seeking a new leader. The journal is arguably the most influential medical publication in the world. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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FORD-TARIFFS — From Ford to Walmart to Procter & Gamble, a growing number of iconic American companies are warning that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on U.S. imports are raising their costs and prices. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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FBN--PANTHERS-REID — Eric Reid is back in the NFL, with the Carolina Panthers. The star safety had joined Colin Kaeprnick in protests during the anthem and filed a grievance saying teams conspired to not sign him. The Panthers call his one-year contract a “football decision.” SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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