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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

September 24, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH (sent, developing)

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-TICK TOCK (sent)

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY (sent, developing)

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS (sent, developing)

BILL COSBY (sent, developing)

DRUG PRICES-BUSINESS AS USUAL (sent)

IRAN-POLITICS (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ITALY-VERSACE SALE — Reports: Versace on verge of sale to Michael Kors. SENT: 400 words, photos.

RUNNER FATALLY STABBED-DC — Mother says slain runner to be buried in wedding dress. SENT: 140 words.

AUSTRALIA-INDIAN SAILOR — French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht. SENT: 340 words, photos.

JAMES WOODS-TWITTER — Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out. SENT: 730 words, photo.

SCRABBLE DICTIONARY UPDATE — Score! Scrabble dictionary adds “OK,” ″ew” to official play. SENT: 680 words, photos.

TWO-HEADED SNAKE — Agency says two-headed snake may go to educational facility. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photo.

ELECTION 2018-MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama drums up voter participation at Nevada rally. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — President Donald Trump says sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are “totally political” and that he is standing by his embattled Supreme Court nominee “all the way.” Trump spoke after The New Yorker published a second allegation of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh from a woman who says he exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: Developments throughout the day, 1100 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-TICK TOCK — Sitting on a powder keg: Inside Democrats’ fight over politics, privacy and the explosive accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. SENT: 1400 words, photos

IOWA 2020-BOOKER — Cory Booker is not being subtle. With the Iowa caucuses still well over a year away, the New Jersey senator is working overtime to make an impression in Iowa and in other states crucial to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Booker has secured the keynote speaker role at the marquee fall Democratic Party fundraising banquet in Des Moines on Oct. 6 and will headline a Democratic fundraiser later in October in South Carolina. SENT: 790 words, photo.

BUDGET BATTLE — Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there’s one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump. Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, but Trump has made clear his frustration at the lack of money for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He says it is “ridiculous” the wall has yet to be fully funded. SENT: 770 words, photo.

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UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — World leaders converge on the United Nations where they kick off their annual gathering by honoring a global icon of peace and reconciliation even as attention zeroes in on the U.S. president who has shaken up the international order. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump opens the sequel to his United Nations debut with North Korea’s nuclear threat still high on the agenda, although tensions are notably lower than a year ago. The president meets with South Korea’s Moon Jae-In on how to ensure that North Korea lives up to the denuclearization commitment Kim Jong Un made in Singapore. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: Developing, 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Monday for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine how the 81-year-old comedian will be punished for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman more than 14 years ago. SENT: 625 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With BILL COSBY-THE LATEST.

TRAFFICKING ACT-SEX WORKERS — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. By Alexandra Villarreal. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GRAND CANYON STUNTS — Will Smith will celebrate his 50th birthday this week by bungee jumping from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon, the latest in of a series of stunts staged by daredevils in and around the natural wonder. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAN-POLITICS — Ahead of the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, the country’s government is allowing more criticism to bubble up to the surface. Analysts say that may serve as a relief valve in this nation of 80 million people, which already has seen widespread, leaderless protests rock the country at the start of the year. But limits still clearly exist in Iran’s Shiite theocracy and the frustration people feel may not be satiated by complaining alone. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

VENEZUELA-US SANCTIONS — The June meeting was conducted behind closed doors far from the klieg-light attention normally focused on Venezuela. Around a U-shaped table in a hotel towering above the Panama Canal, U.S. Treasury Department officials distributed a list of suspected shell companies that they believe senior Venezuelan officials have used across the globe to siphon off millions of dollars from food import contracts amid widespread starvation in the oil-rich nation. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,780 words, photos. An abridged version will also be sent.

SYRIA — Russia announces that it will supply the Syrian government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria, a friendly fire incident that sent regional tensions over the war-torn country soaring. SENT: 630 words, photo.

MALDIVES-ELECTIONS — Maldives strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom concedes that he lost a weekend election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a speech broadcast live on television. SENT: 590 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA-UN — The U.N. is harnessing the soaring symbolism of Nelson Mandela, whose South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman is one of the 20th century’s great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

HONG-KONG-POLITICAL-PARTY-BANNED — Authorities in Hong Kong take an unprecedented step against separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds. SENT: 590 words, photos.

IRAN — In a collective outpouring of grief, Iranians hold funerals for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people, the deadliest attack in the country in nearly a decade. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BREXIT — Britain’s main opposition party takes a step at its annual conference toward backing a new referendum on Brexit — but stops short of saying the vote should include an option not to leave the European Union at all. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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DRUG PRICES-BUSINESS AS USUAL — President Donald Trump has made reducing drug prices a key promise, and on May 30 he claimed drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary drug price cuts within two weeks. Those cuts didn’t come, and an Associated Press analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices shows it’s mostly been business as usual for drugmakers: For every drug price decrease this year, there were 120 price hikes. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA TARIFFS — China and the United States impose new tariff hikes on each other’s goods and Beijing accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over technology that is weighing on global economic growth. SENT: 850 words, photos.

GIG ECONOMY-SIGNS OF SLOWDOWN? — The “gig” economy might not be the new frontier for America’s workforce after all. From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work has been widely seen as ideal opportunities for people who prize the flexibility and independence that traditional jobs don’t offer. Yet the evidence is growing that in the long run, these jobs don’t deliver the financial returns many expect. SENT: 950 words, photo.

SIRIUSXM-PANDORA — Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it’s buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion that’ll allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into homes and other mobile areas. SENT: 140 words, photo.

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TECHNOLOGY

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TRUMP-MILEAGE STANDARDS — Doctors, environmental groups and California officials will weigh in on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at what could be a raucous hearing in a region with some of the nation’s worst air pollution. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.

AP EXPLAINS-QUANTUM COMPUTING — A race by U.S. tech companies to build a new generation of powerful “quantum computers” could get a $1.3 billion boost from Congress, fueled in part by lawmakers’ fear of growing competition from China. It’s a big jump to prominence for an esoteric field of research that is difficult even to describe, but which could lead to ultrafast computers and new applications. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-KEN BURNS — After spearheading an 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, filmmaker Ken Burns has turned to a more personal subject — one that knows him very intimately, too. Burns tackles the famed Mayo Clinic in his next film, exploring the history of the innovative Minnesota-based hospital. It’s not just cold history — he’s also a patient. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 950 words by 5 p.m., photo and video

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HOW TO REACH US

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