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September 16, 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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DEVELOPING

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH - The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST has moved; writethru upcoming.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER - Catastrophic flooding from Florence spreads across the Carolinas, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declares as the storm’s death toll climbs to 14. With roads leading in and out of their city underwater and streams still headed upward, Wilmington residents wait for hours outside stores and restaurants for basic necessities like water. By Chuck Burton. SENT: 1,200 words. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos, video by 3 p.m. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING; TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM; TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES (all moved).

ASIA-TYPHOON - Typhoon Mangkhut barrels into southern China, killing two people after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. By Vincent Yu and Jim Gomez. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. With: ASIA-TYPHOON-THE LATEST; ASIA-TYPHOON-PHOTO GALLERY (both sent).

MIDTERMS-REPUBLICAN WARNINGS - In a post-Labor Day briefing at the White House, a top Republican pollster told senior staff that the determining factor in the November election wouldn’t be the improving economy or the steady increase in job creation, but how voters felt about President Donald Trump - and the majority of the electorate didn’t feel good about the president. By Julie Pace, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED - Authorities in Texas say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot four female sex workers in the head. Juan David Ortiz of Laredo is being held on four murder counts, plus aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint. SENT: 390 words, photos. Developing. With BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED-THE LATEST.

AP ESSAY-A HOMETOWN SHOOTING - Over four decades with The Associated Press, I have many times thrown clothes into a bag, withdrawn a wad of cash, and stuffed my laptop with notebooks, pens and a phone-charger before rushing by car or plane to a terrible event in someone else’s hometown, state or even country. Bombings, shootings, floods, fires, tornadoes, coups; a U.S. military invasion. This time, it was in my town. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 900 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES - Duke Energy says a slope has collapsed under Florence’s heavy rains at a coal ash landfill at a closed North Carolina power station. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-JUDGE - The judge hearing the trial of a white Chicago police officer accused in the deadly shooting of a black teenager has presided over some of the biggest trials in the city’s recent history - and he has a reputation as a fearless taskmaster. SENT: 930 words, photos. With CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-TIMELINE (sent).

GAS EXPLOSIONS - Residents in communities north of Boston that were rocked by natural gas explosions have been given the green light to return home. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-NETANYAHU SPOKESMAN - An opposition Israeli lawmaker calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismiss his ambassador to the United States for failing to report sexual assault allegations against a top Netanyahu aide, ballooning an already embarrassing scandal for the Israeli leader. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL - LSU surges to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbles to 18 after becoming the first top-10 team to be upset by an unranked team. Clemson and Georgia switch spots at Nos. 2-3. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ATH--BERLIN MARATHON - Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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