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October 3, 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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TRUMP — President Donald Trump ignites a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

KAVANAUGH-CLINTON REVENGE — To some, Kavanaugh is clearing his name. To others, he’s veering into conspiracy theory when he partly blames “revenge on behalf of the Clintons” for the sexual misconduct allegations against him. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 890 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Aid is slowly making its way into areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central Indonesian island, with one neighborhood’s residents clapping, cheering and high-fiving in their excitement at seeing a stopped truck laden with supplies. By Niniek Karmini and Stephen Wright. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

SYRIA-RECONSTRUCTION — With back-to-back trade fairs held in Damascus this month, Syria hopes to jumpstart reconstruction of its devastated cities by inviting international investors to take part in lucrative opportunities. But the absence of significant Western participants, the difficulty of bringing businesses to Syria under international sanctions and the lack of a political solution to the seven-year-old conflict underscore the massive hurdles ahead. By Zeina Karam. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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WEINSTEIN ANNIVERSARY-HOLLYWOOD A YEAR LATER — Is Hollywood a different place a year after the rapid downfall of Harvey Weinstein began? In the time since, guilds have rewritten codes of conduct, film festivals have signed pledges for gender parity and inclusion riders have been implemented by several leading production companies. But interviews with actresses, filmmakers and others make it clear: Hollywood has a long way to go. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,440 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-NATO-CYBER — Acting to counter Russia’s aggressive use of cyberattacks across Europe and around the world, the U.S. is expected to announce that, if asked, it will use its formidable cyberwarfare capabilities on NATO’s behalf, according to a senior U.S. official. SENT: 550 words, photo.

TEACHER CANDIDATES — Primary victories across the country by teachers running in their first political campaigns highlight how much a surge in teacher activism and conversations around support for public education are shaking up November midterm elections around the country. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS — California companies will have to overcome entrenched obstacles to comply with new law requiring women on boards. By Business Writers Alexandra Olson and Matt Ott. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald testifies that he opened fire when the black teenager kept advancing toward him while waving a knife, adamantly sticking to his version of events even when confronted with video that showed a different scene. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 10 a.m.

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SPORTS

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ROCKIES-CUBS — Tony Wolters hits a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 13th inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in an epic NL wild-card game. By Sports Writer Jay Cohen. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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