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October 13, 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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TRUMP-AMERICAN PASTOR — President Donald Trump calls just-freed American pastor Andrew Brunson “a great Christian” who’s survived “such a tough experience” after nearly two years of detention in Turkey. The president prepares to welcome Brunson to the Oval Office and suggests that his release could ease the strains that have emerged in relations between the NATO allies. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words after 3:30 p.m. Eds: Meeting scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Turkish officials reportedly have audio of the alleged killing of a journalist from the Apple watch he wore when sent to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. By Zeynep Bilginsoy and Jon Gambrell SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Search and rescue teams have found a body in the Florida Panhandle town nearly wiped out by Hurricane Michael, and authorities said there is little doubt the death toll will rise further. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

CONGRESS-BORDER WALL — Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican leaders are signaling they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could mean a partial government shutdown. By Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly. SENT: 780 words, photos.

US SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-COLLEGES — Colleges across the country are grappling with how to handle an influx of sexual misconduct cases from years or decades past, which they largely attribute to the #MeToo movement. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

VATICAN-CHILE-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis defrocks two more Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, the pontiff publicly explained why they were removed. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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NATIONAL MALL-PROTEST FEE — The government is exploring whether to require protest organizers to pay for the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation’s capital. The proposal also could shrink a significant portion of the sidewalk outside the White House that is accessible to pedestrians, leaving a 5-foot-wide sliver. SENT: 590 words.

ELECTION 2018-DEMOCRATS-AUTHENTICITY — If there’s a common buzzword in Democratic circles as Election Day nears, its authenticity. One of the widely accepted lessons from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss was that voters gravitate toward candidates they perceive as real, even if flawed. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 860 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — Another Saturday night, another campaign rally for the president, this time in Kentucky. SENT: 350 words, photo. Eds: Rally scheduled for 7 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CONGO-EBOLA-BATTLE FOR BURIALS — A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance that complicates efforts to contain a Congo outbreak, causing a worrying new rise in cases. SENT: 800 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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LIMOUSINE CRASH — Urns with the remains of four sisters and four other family members rested at the altar of an upstate New York church for their funeral after last weekend’s limousine crash that killed a total of 20 people. SENT: 150 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after start of funeral.

PACIFIC WALRUS-DISAPPEARING ICE — A lawsuit making its way through federal court in Alaska will decide whether Pacific walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them additional protections. Walruses use sea ice for giving birth, nursing and resting between dives for food, but the amount of ice over several decades has steadily declined due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says walruses are adapting to less sea ice and no one has proven that they need it. The Center for Biological Diversity is fighting the decision. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBA--ALCS — Justin Verlander and the World Series champion Astros face Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale in an excellent pitching matchup to start the ALCS. Boston manager Alex Cora was Houston’s bench coach last year during the team’s run to its first title. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:09 p.m. EDT.

BBN--NLCS — The surging Milwaukee Brewers go for their 13th straight win when they face the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS. Wade Miley, who spent a lot of time in the minors this year, starts for Milwaukee. Hyun-Jin Ryu goes for Los Angeles, which dropped the opener 6-5. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4:09 p.m. EDT.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-LSU — No. 2 Georgia plays its highest-ranked opponent yet, facing a No. 13 LSU team coming off a defeat at Florida for its first loss. The Bulldogs need to win to remain in comand of the SEC East and build their case for a College Football Playoff berth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m. EDT.

BKN--NBA-PLAYER TECHNOLOGY — Wearable technology has been around the NBA the past few seasons. But when it comes to coaches deciding what play to call in the final seconds, all this biometric information doesn’t seem to have an impact quite yet. But teams are desperate for any edge and many want to turn data into wins. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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