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September 21, 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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CHINA-ORPHANS OF THE STATE — The Associated Press has found evidence Chinese authorities are placing the children of Muslim minority detainees and exiles into dozens of orphanages across Xinjiang. China says the orphanages help disadvantaged children, and it denies the existence of internment camps for their parents. The orphanages are the latest example of how China is systematically distancing young Muslims from their families and culture. By Yanan Wang and Dake Kang. SENT: 3,150 words, photos. Abridged version also available. With: CHINA-ORPHANS OF THE STATE-SIDEBAR — Empty places at the table: Uighur parents anguish over their missing children, who likely are growing up as wards of China’s Communist Party (sent).

IRAN-STALLING CAR INDUSTRY — As Iran’s rial currency suffers precipitous falls against the U.S. dollar, cars are growing more and more expensive. Meanwhile, foreign manufacturers are pulling out from the country and foreign-produced parts are becoming harder to find. That’s a problem for one of the Mideast’s biggest countries and home to 80 million people. By Nasser Karimi. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford says she’d testify next week to a Senate committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were high school students — if they can agree to fair terms. The lawyer says the preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn’t want Kavanaugh in the same room. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,215 words, photos, video. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST.

SUPREME COURT-THOMAS AFTER HILL — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s path to the Supreme Court could be much like that taken by Clarence Thomas. Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee accused him of sexual harassment. Kavanaugh could be confirmed following allegations he sexually assaulted a woman decades ago, when both were in high school. Both have denied the claims. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 890 words, photo.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SURVEYING THE DAMAGE— With Florence’s floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are getting a chance to take stock of the destruction. By Alex Derosier and Alan Suderman. SENT: 740 words, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER — The crisis from Hurricane Florence is slowly moving to South Carolina along with the trillions of gallons of water dumped by the storm. SENT: 745 words, video, photos, audio. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Hurricanes

TRUMP — President Donald Trump on Thursday offered his full-throated support for the most vulnerable incumbent Republican Senator, while unleashing a torrent of grievances against Democrats and the news media for sabotaging his administration. Trump defended his embattled Supreme Court justice nominee, touted the booming stock market, cited progress in talks with North Korea and pledged to build his long-promised border wall, while also making the pitch for Nevada to re-elect Sen. Dean Heller. By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,085 words, photo.

TRUMP-LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — The special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is getting information from President Donald Trump. Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges last month, tweeted Thursday that he has provided information to prosecutors without a cooperation agreement. Trump’s longtime fixer-turned-foe could be a vital witness for prosecutors. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 570 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding trade war and President Donald Trump’s tweets. But in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterms are being cast. While Election Day is technically Nov. 6, Minnesota allows in-person voting to begin on Friday — a full 46 days early — making it the first state in the nation to begin weighing in on the fight for control of Congress. Voters in every corner of the nation will soon follow. By Steve Peoples and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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US MUSLIM FASHION EXHIBITION — The first major museum exhibition of contemporary Muslim women’s fashion reflects global designs that are vibrant and elegant, playful and diverse. The creators of the San Francisco exhibit hope it shows that modern Muslim women are in control of what they wear instead of stuck with a restrictive dress code. By Janie Har. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 11 a.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KENYA-MALL ATTACK ANNIVERSARY — Five years after al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead, analysts say the Somalia-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa’s east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands. By Tom Odula. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 a.m., photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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APPLE-CHEAPER IPHONES — Apple’s $1,100 price tag on its latest iPhone got much of the attention during the company’s unveiling event. But for 60 percent less, you can still get a good camera and what used to be the iPhone’s standard size in the two-year-old iPhone 7. As the new phones go on sale Friday, here’s a look at what you’re getting with each model. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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JETS-BROWNS — Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield rallied the Browns to their first win since 2016, 21-17 over the New York Jets that ended Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak. Mayfield replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and led four scoring drives as the Browns got their first win since Dec. 24, 2016. By Tom Withers. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

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