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September 28, 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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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted along party lines to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor. At the last minute, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, said he could not promise to vote for Kavanaugh on the Senate floor and called for a delay of up to a week for a further investigation. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.

KAVANAUGH-ME TOO’S FUTURE — Some skeptics of #MeToo activism hope Brett Kavanaugh’s angry denial of sexual assault allegations might help fuel a backlash against the broader movement. Advocates for victimized women say the movement is now too powerful to be derailed. By National Writer David Crary. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — Days after U.S. President Donald Trump denounced globalism from the international community’s most powerful microphone, China positioned itself as a “champion of multilateralism” that keeps international promises as Washington backs away from them. By Jennifer Peltz and Frank Jordans. SENT: 820 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SEC-ELON MUSK — The SEC is calling for Elon Musk to be removed as CEO and chairman of Tesla. But given that the company was built on his vision and personality, it will be tough for anyone to replace him, let alone rein him in. SENT: 1,250 words, photo.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — A powerful earthquake rocks the Indonesian island of Sulawesiy, triggering a 10-foot-tall tsunami that sweeps away houses in at least two cities and leaves families reported missing. Indonesian TV shows a smartphone video of a powerful wave smashing into buildings and a large mosque that topples under the force, with people screaming and running in fear. By Stephen Wright and Ali Kotarumalos. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-SECURITY BREACH — Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global social media service. SENT: 390 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to speak privately with House lawmakers following reports he’d discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump. Trump is scheduled to meet next week with Rosenstein, who’s overseeing the special counsel investigation into Russian election-meddling. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 470 words, photo. UPCOMNG: 600 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-BUDGET — President Donald Trump has signed an $854 billion spending bill to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to the November mid-term elections. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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LAS-VEGAS-SHOOTING-COUNTRY-STRONG — Already connected by a love of country music, Las Vegas shooting survivors are embracing “Country Strong” as mantra for their tight-knit, supportive community. A year after the mass shooting at the Route 91 festival, country music fans have become family. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,550 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VATICAN-CHILE SEX ABUSE —Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his “supreme” authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the “exceptional amount of damage” the priest’s crimes had caused. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 755 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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TEC-UNRELIABLE MAPS — For centuries, people have relied on maps to figure out where they are and where they’re going. But today’s digital maps — seemingly more precise than ever —aren’t always as dependable as they appear. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

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