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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

September 19, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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ELIZABETH SMART KIDNAPPER-PRISON RELEASE — Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart set to be released. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers say in a letter sent to the panel. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ACCUSER’S STORY — Colleagues of Kavanaugh accuser point to her integrity; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-INVESTIGATION — Kavanaugh allegations unlikely to lead to criminal charges; ELECTION 2018-FEINSTEIN-KAVANAUGH — California Sen. Feinstein under fire; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST.

KOREAS-SUMMIT — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announce a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang that include a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032. By Eric Talmadge and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With KOREAS-SUMMIT-ROH’S SHADOW — Unfinished business: Moon’s summit dreams echo late mentor; KOREAS-2032-JOINT-BID — North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics; KOREAS-SUMMIT-THE LATEST.

TROPICAL WEATHER — With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina’s governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video. With TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Florence’s flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — What will life be like after Florence? TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. See MORE ON FLORENCE below. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

PUERTO RICO-LONELY FLIGHT — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney patients would die. By Danica Coto. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-TAX OVERHAUL-HOUSE RACES — In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potential for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York. By Geoff Mulvihill and Bill Barrow. UPCOMING: 1,290 words by 9 a.m., photos.

RELAXING SCHOOL DRESS CODES — In a small California city and across the country, school districts are adopting more modern school dress codes that are more permissive and they say, less sexist, by not focusing disproportionately on girls’ bodies. By Jocelyn Gecker. UPCOMING: 850 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MCDONALD’S-SEX HARASSMENT STRIKE — McDonald’s workers across U.S. protest against sex harassment. SENT: 460 words, photos.

BUCCANEERS-WINSTON SUSPENDED — Uber driver suing Bucs’ QB Winston over groping incident. SENT: 170 words, photo.

MEXICO-QUAKE-BEFORE-AND-AFTER-PHOTO-GALLERY — A look at Mexico City buildings devastated quake. SENT: 330 words. With 12 photos by Rebecca Blackwell, highlighted by RLB101.

SHAVING ON THE TRAIN — Man who shot train shaving video says he meant no harm. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL-WEATHER-WHERE’S-HOME? — Carolina residents wonder where to call home after Florence swamps neighborhoods. SENT: 880 words, photo.

PRESIDENTS-POLITICS OF DISASTER — Feeling your pain: Presidents tread tricky politics of national disasters. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trump arrives in North Carolina at 10:20 a.m.

FEMA-THE STORMS — Problems are mounting for Brock Long, the head of the federal disaster relief agency — and he’s been noticeably absent from the public response to Hurricane Florence. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-INDIANA — Republican Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun often refers to his rival, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, as “Sleepin’ Joe,” but as Donnelly barnstorms the state in a used RV, it’s Braun’s own sleepy campaign that has Republicans worried. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-NEWS GUIDE — Special counsel Robert Mueller has been busy, and all that activity has not gone unnoticed by Trump. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-NATIVE AMERICANS — The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it grants tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women, a top official tells the AP. SENT: 740 words, photos.

GOLFER KILLED-IOWA — Slain golfer and suspect lived contrasting lives in the same Iowa college town. SENT: 920 words, photos, videos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — Chicago police officers are being called to testify one after another in the trial of the officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 11 a.m.

BOURBON-RESTORATION-PROJECT — A Kentucky landmark is getting a makeover as two newcomers to the whiskey business look to bring it back to past glory. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PALESTINIANS-SMART SCHOOLS — Palestinians try to shake up stodgy education system, hoping use of technology, arts will create new opportunities. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS — China’s No. 2 leader appeals for support for free trade and promises to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing’s technology policy. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 570 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares rise as traders shrug off new China-U.S. tariffs; US-CHINA TARIFFS-THE LATEST.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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GREEN CRABS — Aggressive crabs invading U.S. waters from Nova Scotia threaten the coastal ecosystem. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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WINNIE THE POOH — Winnie-the-Pooh, that silly old bear, is the star of a new exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. SENT: 540 words, photos.

MEXICO BORDER WALL-IMAGES — An upcoming art exhibit will showcase different barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico based on years of research by an Ohio professor. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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OFFICIALS-TRAINING CAMP — The NHL’s 80-plus on-ice officials gathered last week for their annual five-day camp which included video sessions, pick-up games and even a few self-deprecating jokes about some of them needing glasses. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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