BC-AP Top Stories Digest
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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AP INTERVIEW-IRAN-NUCLEAR CHIEF — The head of Iran’s atomic program speaks to The Associated Press as the country’s nuclear deal with world powers is endangered by President Donald Trump’s decision to pull America from the accord. By Jon Gambrell. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 a.m., photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER — With mandatory evacuations already issued for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans are preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Carrying winds of up to 140 mph as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm. It’s then forecast to close in on North or South Carolina on Thursday, hitting a stretch of coastline that’s vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 990 words, photos, graphic, interactive, videos.
SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY — Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation’s biggest city. Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected at the anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Center, while Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will head to the two other places where hijacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the deadliest terror attack on American soil. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from first event at 8:40 a.m.
NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY — Voters are choosing from 17 candidates for an open U.S. House seat, with 11 Democrats — including Bernie Sanders’ son, Levi — and six Republicans on the ballot in New Hampshire’s statewide primary. There are also races for another House seat and for governor. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; first polls close at 7 p.m.
CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — After years of trying to demolish former President Barack Obama’s prized health care law, GOP leaders still lack the votes to succeed. They are also confronting the law’s growing popularity and easing premium increases. By Alan Fram. SENT: 960 words, photo.
CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-TESTING — Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety. By Michael Blood. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.
KOREAS-TENSION — South Korea’s president urges both North Korea and the United States to “make bold decisions” to break a deepening diplomatic impasse over the North’s nuclear ambitions, saying he’ll continue to act as mediator. SENT: 600 words, photos.
CHINA-NEW-SILK-ROAD — A wave of Chinese-financed railways and other trade links in Africa and Asia that have prompted worries about debt and Beijing’s ambitions is reducing politically dangerous inequality between regions within countries, a multinational group of researchers say. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 860 words, photos.
SERENA-SHOWING EMOTION — Serena Williams’ experience at the U.S. Open final resonated with black women, who say they are often forced to watch their tone and their words in ways that men and other women are not. The risk is being branded “an angry black woman.” By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 800 words, photos.