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October 9, 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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ONLY ON AP

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IMMIGRATION-THE BATTLE FOR ALEXA — A Michigan foster family sought custody of a Salvadoran toddler after her mother was deported. Her story exposes what could happen to some of the infants, children and teens taken from their families at the border under a Trump administration policy earlier this year. An Associated Press investigation in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state judges to grant custody of migrant kids to American foster families — without notifying their deported parents. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 3,800 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Brett Kavanaugh is about to hear his first arguments as a Supreme Court justice. It will be a moment conservatives have dreamed of for decades, with five solidly conservative justices on the bench. By Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman. SENT: 700 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Trump Kavanaugh (CR) — Trump slams opponents at Kavanaugh ceremony. UPCOMING: 800 words after 10 a.m. arguments. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Michael gains new strength over warm tropical waters amid fears it would swiftly intensify into a major hurricane before striking Florida’s northeast Gulf Coast, where frantic coastal dwellers are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way. By Jennifer Kay and Gary Fineout. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos. With CENTRAL AMERICA-HEAVY RAINS — More than a dozen die in heavy rains in Central America.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — The Washington Post publishes a surveillance image showing its missing Saudi contributor walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul a week ago, just before he disappeared. Turkish officials say they fear the columnist was killed there. Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed writer Jamal Khashoggi as “baseless,” but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building. SENT: 430 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-TEN MINUTES OF TERROR — Ten minutes of terror: A quake, a tsunami and a son gone missing in a catastrophe that was remarkable even by the standards of disaster-prone Indonesia. By Todd Pitman. SENT: 1,770 words, photos. An abridged version of 990 words has also been sent. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-PERFECT STORM — Indonesia expert warned of quake, government mapped risk areas.

LIMOUSINE CRASH — A ceremony for the victims of the limousine crash that killed 20 people ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance. Authorities have yet to say how fast the limo was going or determine why it failed to stop and sped off the road at the bottom of a long hill in upstate New York. By Michael Hill and Sabrina Caserta. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, videos. With LIMOUSINE CRASH-FBI INFORMANT — Limo company owner was a controversial FBI informant; LIMOUSINE CRASH-VICTIMS — Sisters, a teacher, newlyweds: A look at limo crash victims.

YEMEN-FROM MISSILES TO DAGGERS — Improvising Yemeni artisans craft traditional daggers called Jambiyya from the remains of missiles that have killed thousands of civilians since war broke out in 2015. That’s the year that a Saudi-led coalition began a deadly air campaign to dislodge Houthi rebels from the territories under their control. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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HOLLYWOOD POSSIBLE STAMPEDE — Ten hurt in Hollywood promotional even by rapper Phora. SENT: 140 words.

AUSTRALIA-WHALE-RESCUE — Humpback whale calf rescued from net off Australian beach. SENT: 250 words, photos.

JAPAN-SPACE X BILLIONAIRE — Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-BERNIE SANDERS — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. SENT: 780 words, photo. With ELECTION 2018-FINAL SPRINT — What to watch in the final weeks before Election Day.

CONGRESS-FOREIGN LOBBYING — A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates. SENT: 1,150 words, photo.

TRUMP-ETHANOL — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trump to speak at 7:30 p.m. in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

TRUMP-MEDICARE-FACT CHECK — Brushing aside “Obamacare,” Trump finds a new target when it comes to ideas from the Democrats for the nation’s health care system: “Medicare for All.” SENT: 660 words, photo.

COLLINS 2020-SENATE CHALLENGERS — Interest in Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ 2020 re-election campaign explodes in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. UPCOMING: 1,050 words by 9 a.m., photos. With ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA-GLANCE.

EXECUTION TRIAL-TENNESSEE — A Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week is asking the state to die by electric chair over lethal injection, calling the move the “lesser of two evils.” SENT: 510 words.

CIVIL WAR GOLD-FBI DIG — A father-son pair of treasure hunters are challenging the FBI’s position that nothing was found during an excavation aimed at uncovering a fabled cache of Civil War-era gold. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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GOOGLE SHOWCASE — Google is expected to introduce two new Pixel phones along with other devices designed to increase usage of its advertising-driven services. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HOLIDAY HIRING-STRUGGLES — Retailers and shipping companies are looking forward to a healthy holiday shopping season, but with one big concern: Who is going to stock the shelves or pack and ship the orders? By Business Writers Christopher Rugaber and Anne D’Innocenzio. UPCOMING: 1,590 words by 8 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES — Job opportunity? Next step for NBA to improve its good marks in diversity is by hiring women in positions of power. By Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 960 words, photos.

REDSKINS-SAINTS FOLO — An emotional Drew Brees walked off the field after beating the Redskins knowing that he had thrown for more yards than any quarterback in the history of the NFL. By Sports Writer Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 a.m., photos.

HUMILIATED YANKEES — The New York Yankees absorbed the most-lopsided loss in their postseason history, routed by the Boston Red Sox 16-1 in the AL Division Series. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-JOE WALSH — Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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