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September 19, 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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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-65 WOMEN — It started as a chain of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high school friend Brett Kavanaugh as someone who “has always treated women with decency and respect.” And they signed up, whether they anticipated it or not, for becoming a focus of scrutiny themselves. By Jennifer Peltz and Michael Kunzelman. UPCOMING 1,250 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — President Donald Trump says the White House and Republican supporters of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination would have to “make a decision” on going forward if the woman accusing him of a long-ago sexual assault delivers a compelling account to senators considering confirmation. But amid uncertainty over Kavanaugh’s fate and even whether next Monday’s scheduled hearing would occur, Trump cast fresh doubt on whether the alleged 1980s attack even happened. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1040 words. UPCOMNG: 990 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to return home, days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic rain and floods blamed for nearly three dozen deaths, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road. By Claire Galofaro. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 700 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

GOLFER KILLED-IOWA — The cases are strikingly similar: two talented young women are stabbed to death by male strangers while doing athletic activities. But politicians who quickly expressed outrage about the immigrant suspect charged with killing runner Mollie Tibbetts have been silent or more restrained about the homeless man accused in the death of a college golf star from Spain. By Ryan J. Foley. UPCOMING: 850 words with photos by 5 p.m.

KOREAS-SUMMIT — The leaders of North and South Korea announce a wide range of agreements which they say are a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contains a big condition, with Kim Jong Un stating he’d permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes corresponding measures. By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-TAX OVERHAUL-HOUSE RACES — In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potential for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York. By Geoff Mulvihill and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,290 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — President Donald Trump said that he’s not concerned about what his former campaign chairman is telling investigators in the Russia probe. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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PUERTO RICO-LONELY FLIGHT — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney patients would die. By Danica Coto. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — Chicago police officers are being called to testify one after another in the trial of the officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial underway.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PAKISTAN-POLITICS — Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law have been released from a prison after a court suspends their prison sentences sets them free pending appeal hearings. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS — China’s No. 2 leader appeals for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in a battle over Beijing’s technology policy. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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