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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25

September 19, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH (sent, developing)

TRUMP-SESSIONS (sent)

US-CHINA-TARIFFS (sent)

KOREAS-SUMMIT (sent)

PAKISTAN-POLITICS (sent, developing)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SESAME STREET-SEXUAL ORIENTATION — The producers of “Sesame Street” want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay. SENT: 100 words, photo.

PRINCE-FAN PETITION — Thousands of fans request grand jury probe of Prince’s death. SENT: 130 words, photo.

MCDONALD’S-SEX HARASSMENT STRIKE — McDonald’s workers across U.S. protest against sex harassment. SENT: 460 words, photos.

BUCCANEERS-WINSTON SUSPENDED — Uber driver suing Bucs’ QB Winston over groping incident. SENT: 530 words, photo.

ESCAPED-ALLIGATOR — Police in New Jersey search for alligator on the loose. SENT: 80 words.

MEXICO-QUAKE-BEFORE-AND-AFTER-PHOTO-GALLERY — A look at Mexico City buildings devastated quake. SENT: 330 words. With 12 photos by Rebecca Blackwell, highlighted by RLB101.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers say in a letter sent to the panel. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ACCUSER’S STORY — Colleagues of Kavanaugh accuser point to her integrity; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-INVESTIGATION — Kavanaugh allegations unlikely to lead to criminal charges; ELECTION 2018-FEINSTEIN-KAVANAUGH — California Sen. Feinstein under fire; SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-SESSIONS — President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on Jeff Sessions, saying, “I don’t have an attorney general.” SENT: 140 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-TAX OVERHAUL-HOUSE RACES — In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potential for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York.. SENT: 1,340 words., photos. WITH BC-US-2018-Tax Overhaul-House Races-Glance — A breakdown of the congressional races where the new tax law is playing a central role. UPCOMING.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-INDIANA — Republican Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun often refers to his rival, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, as “Sleepin’ Joe,” but as Donnelly barnstorms the state in a used RV, it’s Braun’s own sleepy campaign that has Republicans worried. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-NEWS GUIDE — Special counsel Robert Mueller has been busy, and all that activity has not gone unnoticed by Trump. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-SUMMIT — The leaders of North and South Korea announce a wide range of agreements which they say are a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contains a big condition, with Kim Jong Un stating he’d permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes corresponding measures. By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,110 words, photos. WITH KOREAS-SUMMIT DEALS — Korean leaders agree on military steps but whiff on nukes; KOREAS-SUMMIT-ROH’S SHADOW — Unfinished business: Moon’s summit dreams echo late mentor; KOREAS-2032-JOINT-BID — North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics; KOREAS-SUMMIT-THE LATEST; KOREAS-THE VIEW FROM SEOUL-ANALYSIS —In North Korea, summit is portrayed as proof Kim Jong Un is firmly leading the way, while in South Korea, relief and hope are mixed with wariness.. By Foster Klug and Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,360 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-POLITICS —A Pakistani court suspended the prison sentences of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law and set them free on bail pending their appeal hearings. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-REFORMS AND RESISTANCE — Ethiopia’s stunning political reforms are now threatened by long-standing ethnic tensions that have roared back to life since a young prime minister took power just five months ago and promised greater freedoms. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

INDIA-MUSLIM-DIVORCE — India’s government approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SYRIA — Syrian opposition activists say thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold. SENT: 400 words, photos.

YEMEN — U.N. agency warns time running out to prevent Yemen famine. SENT: 300 words, photos.

EUROPE-MIGRANTS — One of Europe’s main solutions to migration — Greece’s overcrowded, unsanitary Moria migrant camp — has suicidal children and conditions that a psychiatrist compared to “an old-fashioned mental asylum.” SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-LANDSLIDE — Deadly Philippine landslide shows poor often live in danger’s path. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BREXIT-WHAT’S IN A NAME? — Britain’s impending exit from the European Union is throwing up a host of difficulties. SENT: 1,160 words, photos. With BREXIT — U.K.’s May seeks more compromise from EU ahead of meeting.

SOUTH SUDAN-ATROCITIES — With “staggering brutality,” South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty International report says. SENT: 510 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-SMART SCHOOLS — Palestinians try to shake up stodgy education system, hoping use of technology, arts will create new opportunities. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

BRITAIN-CAR HITS PEDESTRIANS — U.K. police: possible hate crime outside Muslim center; three hurt. SENT: 210 words.

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NATIONAL

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PUERTO RICO-LONELY FLIGHT — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney patients would die. By Danica Coto. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.

ELIZABETH SMART KIDNAPPER-PRISON RELEASE —Elizabeth Smart says the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted fell short on her court-ordered apology. SENT: 260 words, photos.

DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-NATIVE AMERICANS — The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it grants tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women, a top official tells the AP. SENT: 740 words, photos.

GOLFER KILLED-IOWA — Slain golfer and suspect lived contrasting lives in the same Iowa college town. SENT: 920 words, photos, videos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — Chicago police officers are being called to testify one after another in the trial of the officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 11 a.m.

RELAXING SCHOOL DRESS CODES — In a small California city and across the country, school districts are adopting more modern school dress codes that are more permissive and they say, less sexist, by not focusing disproportionately on girls’ bodies. UPCOMING: 850 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.

BOURBON-RESTORATION-PROJECT — A Kentucky landmark is getting a makeover as two newcomers to the whiskey business look to bring it back to past glory. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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TROPICAL WEATHER

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TROPICAL WEATHER — With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina’s governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Florence’s flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — What will life be like after Florence? TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. See MORE ON FLORENCE below. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

TROPICAL-WEATHER-WHERE’S-HOME? — Carolina residents wonder where to call home after Florence swamps neighborhoods. SENT: 880 words, photo.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump visits hurricane-damaged North Carolina. UPCOMING: Developing from late morning events, 400 words by noon, photo.

PRESIDENTS-POLITICS OF DISASTER — Feeling your pain: Presidents tread tricky politics of national disasters. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trump arrives in North Carolina at 10:20 a.m.

FEMA-THE STORMS — Problems are mounting for Brock Long, the head of the federal disaster relief agency — and he’s been noticeably absent from the public response to Hurricane Florence. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS — China’s No. 2 leader appeals for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in a battle over Beijing’s technology policy. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 830 words, photos. With TRADE-CHINA TARIFFS-WHAT WAY OUT? — How does this end? In imposing its latest round of tariffs on China, the Trump administration has demanded that Beijing stop pressuring U.S. companies to hand over trade secrets in return for access to the Chinese market and stop engaging in cyber-theft. Problem is, even if Beijing agreed to meet those demands, it would require a long-term task of huge complexity that would be difficult for Beijing to achieve and for Washington to verify. By Paul Wiseman. Upcoming: 850 words by 3 p.m.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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GREEN CRABS — Aggressive crabs invading U.S. waters from Nova Scotia threaten the coastal ecosystem. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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TECHNOLOGY

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BRITAIN-CRYPTOCURRENCIES — British lawmakers are urging regulation for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in a report that describes the current situation as the “Wild West.” By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 620 words, photos.

GERMANY-ELECTRIC CARS — Germans are beginning to embrace electric cars, with experts predicting the country will have a million hybrid or battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2022. SENT: 140 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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WINNIE THE POOH — Winnie-the-Pooh, that silly old bear, is the star of a new exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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OFFICIALS-TRAINING CAMP — The NHL’s 80-plus on-ice officials gathered last week for their annual five-day camp which included video sessions, pick-up games and even a few self-deprecating jokes about some of them needing glasses. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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