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October 8, 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 — The Senate’s majority leader, insisting his chamber won’t be irreparably damaged by the bitter fight over new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is signaling he’s willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise. By Hope Yen. SENT: 670 words, photos, videos.

LIMOUSINE CRASH — The intersection where a limousine carrying four sisters and their friends to a birthday party crashed, killing the 18 occupants and two pedestrians, was a known danger, according to a manager of the beloved store on whose doorstep the accident occurred. By Michael Hill and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

BRAZIL-ELECTIONS — Brazilians show their disgust with corruption and rising crime in the first round of presidential voting, nearly giving an outright victory to a brash-speaking former army captain who has promised to restore “traditional values,” jail crooked politicians and give police a freer hand to shoot drug traffickers. By Peter Prengaman, Sarah Dilorenzo and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 970 words, photos.

POMPEO-ASIA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “significant progress” toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. While significant work remains to be done, he says he expects further results after an as-yet unscheduled second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — A tropical storm that rapidly formed off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula gains new strength and could become a dangerous Category 2 hurricane with an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasts say. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 490 words, photos, video.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-CLEANUP COMPLAINTS — Hundreds of California wine country homeowners who lost their houses to the state’s most destructive wildfire last year are complaining that a $1.3 billion U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cleanup project made their situations worse. Contractors were paid by the ton to clear the lots of the destroyed houses in four counties. They hauled away 2 million tons at an average of $280,000 to clear debris from each property. State officials say fraud is “probable.” By Paul Elias. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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MS-13 TAKEDOWN — Nearly three years after the nation’s largest single takedown of MS-13 gang members, residents in the strongly Central American communities around East Boston say the streets are noticeably quieter. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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COWBOYS-TEXANS — DeAndre Hopkins had 151 yards receiving, including a key twisting and turning reception in overtime, and Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 36-yard field goal lifted the Houston Texans to a 19-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-TAYLOR-SWIFT — Taylor Swift announces she’s voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking the pop star’s long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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