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September 28, 2018

Here are AP Business News’ 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 newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

SEC-ELON MUSK — Tesla without Elon Musk must at the wheel? To many of the electric car maker’s customers and investors that would be unthinkable. But that’s what government securities regulators now want to happen. By Tom Krisher and Alexandra Olson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photo after midnight.

With: SEC-ELON MUSK-5 THINGS TO KNOW — 5 things to know about the SEC’s complaint against Tesla CEO Elon Musk. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 600 words.

GOOGLE CEO-CONGRESS — Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to meet privately with members of Congress Friday after he and his boss, Google co-founder Larry Page, stood up lawmakers at a public hearing earlier this month. The closed-door gathering is expected to include discussions about President Donald Trump’s recent allegations that Google has been rigging the results of its influential search engine to suppress conservative viewpoints. By Michael Liedtke. UPCOMING: 450 words at 1 a.m.

DRONES-SECURITY — An aviation bill Congress is rushing to approve contains a little-noticed section that would give authorities the power to track, intercept and destroy drones that they consider a security threat without needing a judge’s approval. Supporters say law enforcement needs this power to protect Americans from terrorists who are learning how to use drones as deadly weapons. Privacy advocates say the provision would give the government unchecked power to decide which drones are a threat and to restrict legitimate uses, including by news organizations. By David Koenig. UPCOMING: 650 words at 8 a.m.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — A report on global markets, starting in Asia and updated through the close of trading on Wall Street.

CONSUMER SPENDING — The Commerce Department issues its May report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:30 a.m., 350 words by 9:15 a.m.

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