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September 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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IRAN-DARKENING MOOD — Unease and anger grips those in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, which serves as the beating economic and political heart of Iran, amid the economic problems now gripping the country amid the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. The leading edge of Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolina coast in what could be a prolonged — and lethal — assault. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words, photos, by 3 p.m.

TRUMP-PUERTO RICO — President Donald Trump rejects the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and falsely claiming it’s a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: 950 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR — Democrats across New York state are picking the winner of a long and sometimes nasty primary contest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and activist and former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon. The outcome of the Democratic primary will likely resonate around the nation, as a high-profile example of the insurgent left-wing that is seeking to oust establishment incumbents who they say have failed to deliver on liberal promises. By David Klepper. SENT: 650 words, photos.

RUSSIA-POISONED SPY — Two Russian men appear on state-funded TV and detail an implausible tourist itinerary, saying they flew more than 1,000 miles to see England’s famed Salisbury Cathedral, only to be foiled by the weather. British officials say they were not hapless holiday-makers but highly trained intelligence operatives sent by the Kremlin to kill a former spy with a nerve agent. By Jim Heintz and Jill Lawless. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 900 words, photos, by 3 p.m.

FINANCIAL CRISIS-WHAT’S CHANGED — A look at what’s changed and what hasn’t in the 10 years since the peak of the financial crisis when Lehman Brothers collapsed and Wall Street teetered. By Josh Boak. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Democrats try to delay a Senate panel’s consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but the vote is set for next week. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA-FIVE KILLED — Domestic violence is being investigated after a gunman fatally shot five people, including his wife, at several locations and then killed himself in Bakersfield, California. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GHANA-KOFI-ANNAN —United in sorrow, world leaders and international dignitaries came to Ghana to pay their last respects to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who was honored with a state funeral Thursday, as many lauded him as an exceptional man and leader. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ANIMAL GENOME MAP — A group of scientists says it has begun an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS — Washington has invited Beijing to hold new talks on their escalating tariff dispute, the Chinese foreign ministry said, ahead of a decision by President Donald Trump on whether to raise duties on $200 billion of Chinese imports. SENT: 850 words, photo. With CHINA-US TARIFFS — The American Chamber of Commerce in China releases a survey of how its member companies are affected by the U.S.-Chinese tariff battle. UPCOMING: Timing uncertain.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-FALL PICKS — Picking winners in the increasingly crowded field of new TV series is risky, but here are a few shows that deserve a chance. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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