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BC-AP News Digest 2:20 pm

September 16, 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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DEVELOPING

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH has moved; writethru upcoming.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spreads across the Carolinas, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declares as the storm’s death toll climbs to 14. With roads leading in and out of their city underwater and streams still headed upward, Wilmington residents wait for hours outside stores and restaurants for basic necessities like water. By Chuck Burton. SENT: 1,200 words. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos, video by 3 p.m. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING; TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM; TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES (all moved).

ASIA-TYPHOON — Typhoon Mangkhut barrels into southern China, killing two people after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. By Vincent Yu and Jim Gomez. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. With: ASIA-TYPHOON-THE LATEST; ASIA-TYPHOON-PHOTO GALLERY (both sent).

MIDTERMS-REPUBLICAN WARNINGS — In a post-Labor Day briefing at the White House, a top Republican pollster told senior staff that the determining factor in the November election wouldn’t be the improving economy or the steady increase in job creation, but how voters felt about President Donald Trump — and the majority of the electorate didn’t feel good about the president. By Julie Pace, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED — Authorities in Texas say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot four female sex workers in the head. Juan David Ortiz of Laredo is being held on four murder counts, plus aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint. SENT: 390 words, photos. Developing. With BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED-THE LATEST.

AP ESSAY-A HOMETOWN SHOOTING — Over four decades with The Associated Press, I have many times thrown clothes into a bag, withdrawn a wad of cash, and stuffed my laptop with notebooks, pens and a phone-charger before rushing by car or plane to a terrible event in someone else’s hometown, state or even country. Bombings, shootings, floods, fires, tornadoes, coups; a U.S. military invasion. This time, it was in my town. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 900 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SQUIRRELS VS FARMERS — Farmers in New England are getting harassed by bumper crop of squirrels. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SHARK ATTACK-CAPE COD — Friends say a 26-year-old man who was killed in a shark attack off a Cape Cod beach was an engineering student who loved outdoor activities like surfing and hiking. SENT: 140 words, photos. Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Duke Energy says a slope has collapsed under Florence’s heavy rains at a coal ash landfill at a closed North Carolina power station. SENT: 730 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. SENT: 870 words, photos.

Eds: Separate storm advisory has also moved.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-JUDGE — The judge hearing the trial of a white Chicago police officer accused in the deadly shooting of a black teenager has presided over some of the biggest trials in the city’s recent history — and he has a reputation as a fearless taskmaster. SENT: 930 words, photos. With CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-TIMELINE (sent).

GAS EXPLOSIONS — Residents in communities north of Boston that were rocked by natural gas explosions have been given the green light to return home. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — A Palestinian assailant on Sunday fatally stabbed an Israeli settler outside a busy mall in the West Bank. The victim was identified as Ari Fuld, a U.S.-born activist who was well-known in the local settler community and an outspoken Israel advocate on social media platforms. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SYRIA-IDLIB’S FIGHTERS — As the decisive stand for their last stronghold looms, a motley crew of tens of thousands of Syrian opposition fighters, including some of the world’s most radical groups, are looking for ways to salvage whatever is possible of an armed rebellion that at one point in the seven-year conflict controlled more than half of the country. Turkey is their only hope. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-ETHNIC VIOLENCE — Government officials and residents said overnight ethnic-based attacks in the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, have killed several people and caused scores to flee their homes. SENT: 420 words, photos.

KOREAS-SUMMIT-DIVIDING SOUTH — The shine is starting to come off South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s engagement strategy with the North. The liberal politician, who reversed nearly a decade of conservative hard-line policy toward North Korea after his election last year, is preparing for a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid growing public skepticism about his approach. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-DOOMED VILLAGE — For the anxious Palestinian residents of Khan al-Ahmar, there’s little left to do but wait. After the West Bank hamlet lost its last legal protection against demolition late last week, Israeli forces could swoop in any day now to tear down the desert community’s few dozen shacks and an Italian-funded schoolhouse made from recycled tires. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

ROMANIA-AMERICAN PLAYERS STABBED — Two U.S. basketball players have been stabbed in a club in eastern Romania and one is in serious condition, Romanian authorities say. SENT: 190 words.

ISRAEL-NETANYAHU SPOKESMAN — An opposition Israeli lawmaker calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismiss his ambassador to the United States for failing to report sexual assault allegations against a top Netanyahu aide, ballooning an already embarrassing scandal for the Israeli leader. SENT: 530 words, photos.

SYRIA — Syria holds its first municipal elections since 2011 amid tensions with the country’s self-administered Kurdish region, which is refusing to allow polls. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-EMMYS-LOOKAHEAD — The Emmy Awards mark their 70th year with Monday’s ceremony, sure to have a “Saturday Night Live” flavor. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — “The Predator” is at the top of the box office food chain in its first weekend in theaters while a “A Simple Favor” exceeded expectations. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-COMIC CON — Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and other global superheros dominate Comic Con Africa, but creators and publishers say “Black Panther” helped to open the door to African comic book characters. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BRITAIN-LONDON FASHION WEEK — Victoria Beckham has brought her fashion brand home to London Fashion Week for the first time to mark a decade in the business. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — LSU surges to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbles to 18 after becoming the first top-10 team to be upset by an unranked team. Clemson and Georgia switch spots at Nos. 2-3. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ATH--BERLIN MARATHON — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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