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September 30, 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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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE —Rescuers struggle to reach victims in several large coastal towns in Indonesia that were hit by an earthquake and tsunami, and authorities fear that the toll of more than 800 confirmed dead would rise. With the area largely cut off by damaged roads and downed communications lines, military and commercial aircraft were delivering some aid and supplies to the hard-hit city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, and others in the region. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Senior Trump administration officials insist the White House is not “micromanaging” a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the parameters of the investigation. By Darlene Superville and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 810 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ACCUSER — Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application. Her lawyer says the court cases involving her have no bearing on the credibility of her claims about Kavanaugh. By Michael Kunzelman, Michael Biesecker and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-CITY’S MOOD — On the anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas looks forward even as the victims are mourned and remembered. The city will mark the occasion with a string of events, including a dimming of the Strip’s glittering marquee lights. Yet construction continues at two big hotel projects and at a new $1.9 billion stadium that will be home to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. The work is a reminder that Las Vegas moves on like it always has, through the good times and bad. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-GUN VIOLENCE — Among the thousands of immigrants who have been coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, many are seeking to escape gang and drug violence raging in their homelands. The weapon of choice used to intimidate them? Often an American-made gun. By Lisa Pane. SENT: 800 words, photos. This story is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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WHITE HOUSE ADVISER-ASSAULT — White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says she’s a victim of sexual assault. SENT: 400 words, photos.

TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — Trump’s highly anticipated meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could be delayed again. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CAR EXPLOSION-PENNSYLVANIA — FBI investigates after car blast kills 1 on downtown street. SENT: 325 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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KAVANAUGH-CAMPUS SEX ASSAULT RULE — As the Senate assesses the dramatic testimony involving Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh nominee, the Trump administration is considering new guidelines that could drastically change the way allegations of sexual violence are investigated on college campuses. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the system put in place under President Barack Obama is skewed against the accused. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 820 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MACEDONIA-REFERENDUM —The prime minister of Macedonia has declared a referendum on changing the country’s name a “success for democracy” and plans to address citizens once results and final turnout figures are in. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, voting complete and partial results expected soon. With MACEDONIA-REFERENDUM-THE LATEST.

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