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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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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.

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.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — A second allegation of sexual misconduct emerges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that further imperils his nomination the Supreme Court, forces the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fuels calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation. By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — As he begins the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Rivers swelling with the floodwaters of former Hurricane Florence are threatening to swamp communities near the South Carolina coast, leaving thousands ready to evacuate. More than a week after Florence crashed into the Carolinas, dumping heavy rains, all that water is nearing the coast. Authorities in Georgetown County, South Carolina, say they have put as many as 8,000 people on alert for possible evacuations in expectation of a “record event” of up to 10 feet floodwaters this week. By Gary D. Robertson and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 710 words, photos, videos, graphic, interactive.

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.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby faces the start of a sentencing hearing at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who blazed the trail for other black entertainers and donated millions to black causes but preyed on at least one young woman and perhaps many more. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA TARIFFS — China raises tariffs on U.S. goods in an escalation of its fight with Trump over technology policy and accused Washington of bullying Beijing and damaging the global economy. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 290 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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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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