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September 28, 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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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Senate Republicans are plowing forward with a committee vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It comes after an extraordinary and highly emotional day of testimony over allegations he’d sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when both were high school students. Both said they were “100 percent” certain in a dispute that could decide his confirmation. The committee vote remains close, but the full Senate could start voting over the weekend. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,550 words, photos, video. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST, AP VIDEO: US KAVANAUGH SIGHTS SOUNDS

SUPREME COURT-CULTURAL IMPACT — It was one hearing with just two witnesses but, in an era of deep political polarization and yawning cultural divisions, Americans came away Thursday having heard very different things. Connie Cook Saunders, a 52-year-old San Diego fitness instructor, said, “It’s political. If it happened to her I am sorry, but it doesn’t make sense to bring it up now.” Heather Lake of Omaha says, “Just seeing how vulnerable she is, it strikes me how cruel all the attacks on her have been.” By Marjorie Miller and Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-TRUMP — President Donald Trump and his allies got the performance they wanted with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s forceful pushback to claims of a sexual assault. By Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 815 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-DRINKING AGE — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has repeatedly said that he was legally allowed to consume beer as a prep school senior in Maryland. In fact, he was never legal in high school because the state’s drinking age increased to 21 at the end of his junior year, while he was still 17. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 470 words, photo. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination . See more coverage below and separate advisory.

UNITED NATIONS-ISRAEL-IRAN — Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has fired a new salvo in his campaign to prove that Tehran can’t be trusted. Netanyahu accused Iran of harboring a secret atomic warehouse. The speech at the U.N. General Assembly marked the latest of many or accusations about Iran’s nuclear program. Netanyahu is ratcheting up his campaign against the 2015 global accord meant to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. By Angela Charlton and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 890 words, photos. With UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY —Iran is dismissing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusation that Iran is keeping a ‘secret atomic warehouse’ just outside its capital. SENT: 1,470 words, photos

MICRONESIA-PLANE CRASH — A plane has crash landed in a Pacific lagoon, and all of the more than 40 people on board survived. Boats rescued people off the half-submerged plane in the Micronesia archipelago and seven were taken to a hospital. The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. By Nick Perry. SENT: 585 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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LUNCHBOX AUCTION — A veteran Cincinnati auctioneer has on display a baby boomer delight: hundreds of vintage lunchboxes featuring the heroes of their childhood’s comic books, TV shows, cartoon strips, movies and more. SENT: 625, photos.

JAPAN-SPACE-PROBE — Photos taken on the surface of an asteroid show that it is (drum roll, please) ... rocky. SENT: 210 words, photos.

INDIA-TEMPLE-WOMEN — India’s Supreme Court has lifted a temple’s ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender. SENT: 130 words.

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MORE ON KAVANAUGH NOMINATION

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-GENDER ROLES — Opponents of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh say his behavior before the Senate Judiciary committee demonstrated a lack of judicial temperament. During Thursday’s hearing, Kavanaugh choked up when referring to how his family has been affected by allegations of sexual assault and he aggressively interrupted his interrogators. But Glenn Sacks, a commentator who writes about men’s issues says, “The mocking of his demeanor is indicative of the restraints still upon men - no weakness allowed.” By David Crary. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-REACTION — A hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh devolved into a partisan fistfight Thursday as Democrats and Republicans — and Kavanaugh himself — sparred over explosive allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted an acquaintance while both were teenagers. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 910 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-TIMELINE — Testimony by the woman who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her, Kavanaugh’s calendars and a memoir by his close friend combine to narrow the timeframe of when such an attack would have occurred in the summer of 1982. By Alanna Druker Richer. SENT: 580 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-THE MOMENT-KAVANAUGH — Brett Kavanaugh started off shouting. He’d prepared a blistering defense of his character and a scathing rebuke of the “national disgrace” of his Supreme Court confirmation process. But if there’s a moment to remember, it may be when Kavanaugh stopped yelling. By Laurie Kelleman. SENT: 580 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-THE MOMENT-FORD — Indelible. That’s the way Christine Blasey Ford described the details of what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on a summer evening three decades ago. Asked for the most vivid memory from that night, she did not name a physical violation. Rather, it was a specific sound she heard from Kavanaugh and the other boy she says was in the room, Mark Judge. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 590 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MEDIA —Anger, tears, sex, power — it is all on display. The nation’s political divide and the burgeoning #MeToo movement are playing out in a riveting daytime drama before millions of Americans watching the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 720 words, photo.

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MORE ON UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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SOUTHEAST ASIA’S DILEMMA-ANALYSIS — Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders appearing at the United Nations present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human rights problems that follow it like a bad smell. Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohammed has shed his authoritarian past while Cambodia’s Hun Sen comes to New York having won all the seats in an election after outlawing his main political opposition. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

UNITED NATIONS-ROHINGYA — Bangladeshi President Sheikh Hasina has accused Myanmar of failing to honor a verbal commitment to take back Rohingya Muslims who have fled a crackdown she described as tantamount to genocide. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 450 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-REFUGEES — Facing financial crisis after the United States cut funding, the head of the U.N. agency that protects Palestinian refugees says that the problem of their well-being will continue to exist whether there’s money or not. By Edith M. Lederer. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the world stands at the “dawn of a new day” in relations with North Korea but international sanctions must remain in place and vigorously enforced. SENT: 560 words, photos.

TAX OVERHAUL-PART TWO — Proposals to expand the new tax law by adding incentives for savings and startup businesses pass the House. SENT: 600 words.

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NATIONAL

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LAS-VEGAS-SHOOTING-COUNTRY-STRONG — Already connected by a love of country music, Las Vegas shooting survivors are embracing “Country Strong” as mantra for their tight-knit, supportive community. A year after the mass shooting at the Route 91 festival, country music fans have become family. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,550 words, photos, video. With: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-LIVING WITH FEAR — A Washington state woman who was shot in the back during last year’s Las Vegas massacre has had to get used to living with fear. The mass shooting that left 58 dead and hundreds wounded happened one year ago this Monday. SENT: 1,150 words, photos; LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-SURVIVORS — Vegas shooting survivors embrace life despite challenges. For comprehensive coverage of the Las Vegas mass shooting: https://www.apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting

POLICE SHOOTING-TENNESSEE — A white Tennessee police officer was charged with criminal homicide Thursday after surveillance footage appeared to show him chasing a black man and opening fire as the man fled from the officer in July. By Jonathan Matisse. SENT: 720 words.

TEXAS EXECUTION — A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for fatally running over his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago. It was the state’s second execution in as many days. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PAKISTAN-SHUNNED-MINORITY — Fears are mounting among Pakistan’s embattled Ahmadiyya community after the country’s new government caved in to Islamic hard-liners over the appointment of one of its own, a U.S.-based Princeton economist, to an economic advisory council. The backlash from the hard-liners and the about-face by newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan — who quickly rescinded the appointment under political pressure — have only underscored the Ahmadis’ fraught position in the conservative, Muslim-majority country. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1.025 words, photos.

BANGLADESH SECURITY ACT - Authorities in Bangladesh say legislation recently passed by Bangladesh’s Parliament is designed to protect citizens’ rights to privacy, but critics and media groups say the legislation will stifle public opinion and undercut press freedoms. The law, called the Digital Security Act, comes on the heels of a similar law recently passed in Nepal, and forms part of a broader trend of South Asian governments cracking down on freedom of expression. The new legislation in Bangladesh is now awaiting presidential approval. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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UNRELIABLE-MAPS — Today’s digital maps are seemingly more useful and precise than ever. But they aren’t always as dependable as they seem. In August, for instance, Snapchat users found the app’s internal map had renamed New York City with the anti-Semitic label “Jewtropolis.” Modern maps often depend on crowdsourced information from ordinary people. That tends to make them far more detailed and up-to-date than they would be otherwise. But it can also allow pesky humans to muck things up but good. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 1,085 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RYDER CUP — Thousands of fans are filling up the massive grandstand behind the first tee at the Ryder Cup in the dark, anticipating the start of matches between two of the strongest teams ever assembled for the matches. The stadium-like grandstand at Le Golf National holds nearly 7,000 people, and thousands more are taking up space down the fairway as Europe sets out to defend its turf. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated as competition develops. With: RYDER CUP-THE LATEST.

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