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BC-AP News Digest 2:05 pm

September 26, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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FEDERAL RESERVE — Fed raises rates for 3rd time this year amid strong economy, signals another hike in 2018 and 3 more next year.

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ONLY ON AP

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AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS-ELECTION 2018 — More young people say they feel anxious about the midterm elections compared to earlier this summer. That’s according to a poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. Nearly half of voters ages 15 to 34 now say that they are anxious about the midterms, up from 36 percent in July. By Juanna Summers. SENT: 790 words, graphic.

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES — An Associated Press review of gun legislation passed across the country this year finds that states mostly reverted to predictable and partisan form, even after the Las Vegas strip massacre and the Florida high school shooting. Florida was an outlier, with a Republican governor and Republican Legislature agreeing to a wide-ranging package of gun control measures. No other GOP-dominated state followed its lead. Instead, some Republican-led states opted to expand gun rights. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,800 words, photos. An abridged version has also been sent. With GUNS-BUMP STOCKS — What’s happened to bump stocks in the year since Las Vegas? GUNS-BUMP STOCKS-GLANCE.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — A Senate panel receives new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from a third woman who alleges she witnessed Kavanaugh “consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s.” Kavanaugh denounces the allegations as “ridiculous” and President Donald Trump blasts attorney Michael Avenatti for bringing the allegations forward. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1000 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, 1200 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. With SUPREME COURT-TRUMP — President Donald Trump is expressing frustration with Senate Republicans over the delays with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Trump says Republicans “could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago” (sent). For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination See more coverage below.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ANITA HILL REDUX — The Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings are a cautionary tale for lawmakers as they prepare for the Thursday hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Three senators will have participated in both. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With SUPREME COURT-ANITA HILL-KAVANAUGH —Anita Hill says she “can’t imagine” the upcoming Kavanaugh hearing will be fair, but that it shouldn’t be seen as a referendum on #MeToo. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TRUMP-UN-CHINA — President Donald Trump has accused China of attempting to interfere in the upcoming United States congressional elections, claiming the Chinese are motivated by opposition to his tough trade policy. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos. With UNITED STATES-ISRAEL For the first time since taking office, President Trump endorses a two-state solution as the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates likely, 750 words by 5 p.m., photos. Also see MORE ON U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY below and separate coverage advisory.

BILL COSBY-BLACK AMERICANS — America’s Dad directed his harshest criticism at his black youth, telling them in an infamous 2004 speech to pull up their pants and stop making babies as unwed teens. As news broke that Cosby was sentenced to serve up to a decade in prison for sexual assault, black Americans saw it as a moment of racial comeuppance. By AP National Writer Errin Haines Whack. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m. With BILL COSBY — Now known as inmate No. NN7687, Bill Cosby spent his first night in a Pennsylvania prison alone, in a single cell near the infirmary, as he began his three-to-10-year sentence for sexual assault. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Updating with new approach focusing on Cosby’s avenues of appeal, 850 words by 4 p.m., photos, video. With For comprehensive coverage of Cosby’s sentencing: https://www.apnews.com/tag/BillCosby

INSURGENT BRANDS — The guys who founded Harry’s shaving club spend a lot time thinking about what shoppers hate buying. Armed with $112 million in new financing, the internet-savvy shaving company that took on razor giants Gillette and Schick is investigating what other sleepy products might be ripe for disruption. Harry’s is one of an array of insurgent brands which are shaking up the way people buy everything from mattresses to prescription acne remedies, eating into the market share of big consumer product companies. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,950 words, photos. An abridged version of 860 words also is available.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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UNITED NATIONS-MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump says she’ll promote child welfare in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in October on her first extended solo international mission. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

UBER-DATA BREACH-SETTLEMENT — Uber agrees to $148M settlement with states over data breach. SENT: 250 words, photos.

GERMANY-PUSSY RIOT — A German hospital says it has discharged a member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot after he made significant progress in his recovery from suspected poisoning. SENT: 300 words, photos.

ASTROS-MCCULLERS-FAN — Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has offered advice and a free playoff ticket to an 8-year-old special needs girl who apparently was yelled at by another fan for loudly cheering at an Astros game. SENT: 130 words, photos.

SEVERED HAND-NORTH DAKOTA — Man who lost hand in sausage-making ordeal cut off own arm. SENT: 200 words.

BRITAIN HOCKNEY — A stained-glass window by artist David Hockney, based on a design he sketched on an iPad, was unveiled Wednesday at London’s ancient Westminster Abbey. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 400 words, photos.

KANGAROO ESCAPES-FLORIDA — Drones help search for escaped kangaroo in Florida. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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MORE ON SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH CALENDARS — In detailed calendar pages provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listed in green-and-white squares the activities that filled his summer when he was 17 years old — exams, movies, sports and plenty of parties. SENT: 400 words, photos.

KAVANAUGH-FORD-AFFIDAVITS — The husband, the friend, the coach and the neighbor: Four swear in affidavits to a Senate panel that Christine Blasey Ford told them before Brett Kavanaugh was nominated that she was assaulted. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ— Attorneys for Deborah Ramirez are engaged in an escalating dispute with Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee over how to bring forward her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were freshmen at Yale. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — Expectations are fading that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be fired at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but it’s unclear whether he’ll keep his job much beyond the November elections. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS-ANTI-CHAOS CRUZ — Ted Cruz is talking again about chaos in Washington, only this time he’s not the one causing it. Only five years ago, the same Ted Cruz rode a wave of tea party outrage to the Senate with the declared intention of wreaking havoc on the status quo. But with GOP analysts now worried that turmoil around the Trump White House is hurting the party’s midterm election chances by alienating moderate voters, Cruz is suddenly casting himself as a bulwark against the forces of political anarchy. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m.

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MORE ON U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-RUSSIA’S LONG GAME — The same day that Russian diplomats struck a deal with Turkey over Syria’s last rebel-run region, dozens of Russian businessmen were flying home from Damascus, contracts in hand for trade with a post-war Syria. Whatever happens to Idlib, Russia is determined to keep Syria solidly anchored in its sphere of influence over the long term — both as a foothold in the Mideast and as a warning to the U.S. and its Western allies against future interference elsewhere. UPCOMING: 800 words by 12 p.m. With photos.

NORTH KOREA-NUCLEAR OR NOT? — As Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un stand on the brink of a widely expected Summit No. 2 to unstick deadlocked nuclear diplomacy, a crucial but often overlooked question looms: Is North Korea really, truly a nuclear power? By Foster Klug. SENT: 990 words photos. With UNITED NATIONS-US-NORTH KOREA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel next month to North Korea to prepare for a second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump meant to jumpstart stalled efforts to rid the North of its nuclear bombs, the State Department said. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos. 

UNITED NATIONS-VENEZUELA — President Donald Trump says he’s willing to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro if it would help ease suffering in the South American nation. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UNITED NATIONS-CLIMATE — United Nations secretary-general blames lack of leadership for the world’s failure to take tough decisions needed to stop runaway climate change. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. AP photos.

Also see separate coverage advisory.

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NATIONAL

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THE ART OF UNITY — Chicago’s Sedgwick Street divides haves and have-nots, white and black like few city thoroughfares do. Despite these deep divisions, a small but committed group of residents is working to bring people together at a neighborhood art studio. It hasn’t been easy. There’ve been awkward and sometimes painful moments. But as one participant says, “just showing up” is half the battle. By National Writer Martha Irvine. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

TROPICAL WEATHER — The last community in the way of Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters as they slowly flow to the sea got some good news— the predictions aren’t as dire as they once were. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. For comprehensive coverage of Florence’s aftermath: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

PUERTO RICO-HURRICANE MARIA — A study has found that the bulk of federal funds slated for post-hurricane reconstruction efforts in Puerto Rico are going to mainland companies, despite a federal law that states local companies should receive priority. SENT: 500 words, photos.

GRIZZLIES AND WOLVES - Congressional Republicans have seized on a court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West as the latest example of supposed flaws in the Endangered Species Act, considering changes to the law that critics said would dramatically weaken it. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTH SUDAN-CIVIL WAR DEATHS — Nearly 400,000 ‘excess deaths’ in South Sudan’s civil war, new US-backed report says. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SWITZERLAND-ABRAMOVICH — Russian oligarch and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich has withdrawn an application for residency in Switzerland after authorities made clear it would be rejected. Lawyers for Abramovich lashed out at “defamatory” allegations involving money laundering and denied that he has links to organized crime. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-ELIZABETH OLSEN — Elizabeth Olsen plays the character of Scarlet Witch in the Marvel movies, but she found creative fulfillment playing a young widow in a new series for Facebook Watch. “Sorry for Your Loss” is a 10-episode, half-hour drama now streaming on the site. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

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