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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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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. The tally of lives lost across the South stood at 14, including the victim found in the rubble of Mexico Beach. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 750 words, photos, video, audio. WITH: TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURVIVORS — Resident of beach town devastated by hurricane stayed to face storm’s fury; TROPICAL WEATHER-LESLIE — Hurricane Leslie heading to Portugal and Spain (both sent). Separate wire advisory has also moved. For comprehensive hurricane coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — President Donald Trump declares the U.S. will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention. Trump promises to personally call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman soon about “the terrible situation in Turkey.” By Zeke Miller and Suzan Fraser. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. With: TRUMP-SAUDIS-WEAPONS-GLANCE — A look at U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which some want reconsidered following the disappearance of Saudi journalist (sent).

TRUMP-SAUDIS-BUSINESS TIES— Donald Trump’s business ties to Saudi Arabia run long and deep, and he’s often boasted about his business ties with the kingdom. Now those ties are under scrutiny as the president faces calls for a tougher response following the disappearance, and possible killing, of one of the Saudi government’s biggest critics, journalist and activist Jamal Khashoggi. By Bernard Condon, Stephen Braun and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TRUMP-AMERICAN PASTOR — An American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey is expected to meet President Donald Trump at the White House. Andrew Brunson flew out of Turkey after a Turkish court convicted him of having links to terrorism but freed him from house arrest, removing a major irritant in tense relations between the NATO allies. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 640 words.

CONGRESS-BORDER WALL — Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP leaders are signaling they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and Trump is revving up rally crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a White House priority. By Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-NO AMBASSADORS — The disappearance of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrown the large number of diplomatic vacancies under President Donald Trump into the spotlight — notably in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It’s a gap the administration says it has been trying to fix but with limited success. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 690 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli forces shoot dead six Palestinians in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel. SENT: 120 words, photos. With: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -THE LATEST.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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WORLD ECONOMY — Global financial leaders wrap up an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank by urging countries to brace for potential risks from trade disputes and other tensions. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 540 words, photos. With: WORLD ECONOMY-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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BANNED HIGH SCHOOL BAND — A Mississippi high school band is being barred from a state competition and some performances after a halftime skit depicting three police officers being held at gunpoint was performed in a community where two officers were shot to death last month. SENT: 600 words.

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SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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FACEBOOK-SECURITY BREACH — Could hackers have been able to see the last person you cyberstalked, or the party photo you were tagged in? Facebook says, unfortunately, yes. Perhaps taking account of criticism that they were slow to act during previous privacy breaches, however, Facebook has been quick to let users check exactly what was accessed.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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VARIETY POWER OF WOMEN LUNCHEON — Natalie Portman took a flamethrower to the patriarchy. George Clooney admonished what he called the Trump administration’s culture of fear. Emma Gonzalez implored people to vote. And host Jenifer Lewis spared no one, from Melania Trump and Kanye West to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh. Nothing was off the table at Variety magazine’s Power of Women luncheon held in Beverly Hills. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NLCS — Reliever Brandon Woodruff stunned ace Clayton Kershaw with a solo home run and the normally shutdown Milwaukee bullpen barely holds on as the Brewers beat the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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