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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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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, video.

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: 890 words, photos, videos.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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SPORTS

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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.

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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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