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September 15, 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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TROPICAL WEATHER - Emergency workers go door to door urging people to flee Florence’s rising waters and use inflatable boats to rescue others as the storm practically parks itself over land and pours on the rain, raising fears that North Carolina could be in for the most disastrous flooding in its history. The death toll is at least five. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 730 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING (all sent).

TROPICAL WEATHER-ANOTHER BEATING - A rural town, battered by the collapse of its blue-collar economy and then by Hurricane Matthew, might also bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence as the river that cuts through the middle of town continues to rise through the weekend. Residents of Lumberton, North Carolina, some of them still rebuilding after the devastating 2016 flood, are watching the rain and wondering how much more their community can take. SENT: 1,300 words, photos with ABRIDGED.

CHICAGO’S POLICE TROUBLES - A trial in a Chicago courtoom over the next few weeks will focus on one night in 2014, 16 gunshots, a white police officer, the death of a black teenager and an essential question: Murder or self-defense? It’s a trial that follows decades of eyebrow-raising police scandals, the exoneration of death row inmates who said they’d been tortured into making false confessions, and misconduct settlements, verdicts and legal fees that have cost the city more than $700 million in the last 15 or so years. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON - Typhoon Mangkhut lashes the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that sets off landslides and destroys homes, leaving at least 12 people dead, as Hong Kong and other parts of southern China brace for the powerful storm. By Aaron Favila and Joeal Calupitan. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. With ASIA-TYPHOON-THE LATEST; AP WAS THERE-TYPHOON HAIYAN - Story on 2013 typhoon that killed thousands in Philippines (both sent).

RUSSIA-PUTIN AND THE PLOTTERS - Experts say President Vladimir Putin isn’t necessarily dictating every Russian influence campaign abroad. Some accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections appear to be ambitious individuals taking the initiative based on signals from the presidential entourage. Gun activist Maria Butina is one example. Others seem to be much closer to Putin himself. By Angela Charlton and Matthew Bodner. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

KOREAS-SUMMIT-DIFFICULT THIRD ACT - Next week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold his third inter-Korean summit this year. And at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Moon will face his toughest challenge yet: delivering something substantive that goes beyond previous vague statements on denuclearization and helps get U.S.-North Korea talks back on track. Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have sputtered in recent weeks. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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FACT CHECK-WEEK - In a stormy week, President Donald Trump blustered and distorted reality, denying massive deaths from a hurricane that scientists believe to be one of the nation’s deadliest and blowing out of proportion U.S. economic growth and his role in spurring it. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,200 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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NATIONAL

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DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT-CREDIBILITY - A Dallas police officer’s explanation that she killed a black neighbor who lived above her because she mistook his apartment for her own has been dismissed as implausible and self-serving by his family and their lawyers. Experts on police training and psychologists, however, are split. SENT: 750 words, photos by noon.

ELIZABETH SMART KIDNAPPER-PRISON RELEASE - Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA - A U.S.-backed Syrian group says its fighters have entered an eastern village held by the Islamic State group where intense clashes are ongoing. SENT: 450 words.

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SPORTS

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BOX--GOLOVKIN-ALVAREZ - Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez meet in a highly anticipated fight for the middleweight title. The fight is a rematch of their bout a year ago that ended in a draw. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Main event expected to begin around 11 p.m.

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