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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

September 25, 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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YEMEN-POCKETS OF FAMINE — The United Nations and independent donors are rushing food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where The Associated Press found starving villagers living off leaves. Aid officials are searching for ways to ensure the help reaches those in need amid alarm that the country’s hunger crisis is worsening beyond the relief effort’s already strained capabilities. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Brett Kavanaugh says he won’t let “false accusations drive me out of this process” as he, President Donald Trump and top Republicans mount an aggressive drive to rally the public and GOP senators behind his shaky Supreme Court nomination. Trump and Republican leaders accused Democrats of a smear campaign by using accusations by two women of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s to try scuttling his Senate confirmation. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 930 words, photos, videos. With ELECTION 2018-KAVANAUGH — Faced with second accuser, Republicans fight for Kavanaugh. For AP’s comprehensive coverage on Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump charged into office on the resonance of his aggressive “America First” agenda, but now, as he returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy, he can’t escape the growing shadows of domestic political troubles. Between promoting the wisdom of his rapprochement with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and railing against Iran’s malign influence across the Middle East, Trump is finding himself forced to confront the salacious and embarrassing as he participates in the U.N. General Assembly. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 820 words, photo. With TRUMP-MACRON — Trump and Macron: Realism replaces unlikely bromance.

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to paint a grim picture of the state of the world when leaders open their annual meeting, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate international cooperation which is the foundation of the United Nations. By Edith M. Lederer and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 760 words, photo. With UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-THE LATEST. Also see MORE ON U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY below.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby faces a good chance of being sent to prison when a judge is expected to sentence the TV star who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The once-beloved actor and comedian, dubbed “America’s Dad” for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked, 1980s-era “Cosby Show,” faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing resumes at 9 a.m. For AP’s comprehensive coverage of Cosby’s sentencing: https://www.apnews.com/tag/BillCosby

TROPICAL-WEATHER — Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven’t flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. Now, she’ll spend her day with sandbags, watching the nearby river rise from Florence’s heavy rains and seeing if the luck finally runs out on her home built on Front Street in 1737. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 800 words, photos, video, graphics, interactive.

GROWING UP DIGITAL-JAPAN-WIRED CHILDREN — It’s drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this nation long known for its zealous commitment to “three R’s” education. Coby Preschool, in a small town northeast of Tokyo, is among nearly 400 kindergartens and nursery schools in Japan that are using smartphone software applications designed especially for preschoolers. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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INSTAGRAM FOUNDERS RESIGN — The co-founders of Instagram are resigning without explanation. SENT: 520 words, photos.

FLYERS-MASCOT — Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments. SENT: 150 words, photos.

TRUMP-PORN STAR — Judge appears likely to toss Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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MORE ON U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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SYRIA-WHO WANTS WHAT — Syria’s war casts a shadow over talk of peacemaking at the U.N. General Assembly this week. SENT: 810 words, photos.

UN-UNITED NATIONS-BRAZIL — Brazilian President Michel Temer says that corruption charges against him are the result of his administration’s attempts to reform the country’s pension system, an explanation sure to raise eyebrows, if not hackles, in Latin America’s largest nation. An AP Interview. By Jennifer Peltz and Peter Prengaman. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-IRAN — Five world powers and Iran agree to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including oil. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT — The firing of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer says. SENT: 910 words, photos.

NEAR COLLISION-SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT — A U.S. safety board meets to determine why an off-course Air Canada jet flew over four other jetliners in San Francisco. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:30 p.m. hearing.

BOLD BEARS — The number of home break-ins by bears spikes to record levels in Connecticut, where black bears increasingly have been moving into developed areas for food. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FIGHTING LIGHT RAIL — A proposed extension of Phoenix’s light-rail system into the city’s poorest neighborhood is running into eleventh-hour opposition from some business owners in the Hispanic and black community. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

TRUMP-MILEAGE-STANDARDS — The Trump administration’s proposal to rollback national fuel economy standards is headed for its second public hearing a day after California officials and scores of speakers blasted it as a danger to the environment and public health. SENT: 770 words, photos.

HUNTING-GRIZZLIES — A U.S. judge orders federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, a move that blocks the first grizzly hunts planned in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. SENT: 820 words, photos.

CLERGY SEX ABUSE — A former New Mexico priest, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse and once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn’t have, is facing trial for aggravated sexual abuse. SENT: 470 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:15 p.m. hearing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — After a long weekend spent wondering if he should resign or would be fired, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein still has his job — for now. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-PAPUA PLOT — Indonesia’s government says a 39-year-old factory worker and globe-trotting Polish traveler is a danger to the state, a man who plotted with gunmen to foment revolt in isolated jungles. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA TARIFFS — China cannot hold talks with Washington on ending their escalating trade dispute while the United States “holds a knife” to Beijing’s neck by imposing tariff hikes, a Chinese official says. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 430 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stocks mixed on U.S.-China trade worries.

CHANGING YOGURT — Yogurt makers hope the Trump administration will give them more liberty on what can be called “yogurt.” By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. UPCOMING: 900 words by 9:30 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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BRISCOE-BLACK QUARTERBACKS — Marlin Briscoe, the first black quarterback to play in the American Football League in 1968, reflects on the changes in today’s NFL and society. By Sports Writer Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,790 words, photos. An abridged version of 900 words has been sent.

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