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September 8, 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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ONLY ON AP

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FOR-PROFITS-STUDENT LOANS — The Trump administration is granting only partial loan forgiveness to the vast majority of students approved for help because of fraud by for-profit colleges, according to preliminary Education Department data obtained by the AP. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 970 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-ECHOES OF WATERGATE — The Trump administration and its scandals have carried whiffs of Watergate and drawn comparisons to the characters and crimes of the Nixon era. But this week, history did not just repeat itself, it climbed out of the dustbin and returned in the flesh. By Calvin Woodward and Nancy Benac. SENT: 910 words, photo. With TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES — Trump declares the Justice Department should investigate and unmask the author of a bitingly critical New York Times opinion piece; TRUMP-FINDING THE LEAK TRUMP-FINDING THE LEAKS — How do leak investigations work? (Both sent.)

KAVANAUGH-INSIGHTS — Like Supreme Court nominees before him, Brett Kavanaugh said as little as he could over two days of testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Still, he revealed a few things, professional and personal. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 980 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PAPADOPOULOS — George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, was sentenced to 14 days in prison after he told a judge he was “deeply embarrassed and ashamed” for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries. By Chad Day. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — Despite dire U.S. warnings, the Trump administration has little leverage to stop Russia, Iran and Syria pressing ahead with a massive military assault against Syria’s northwest Idlib province. By Matthew Lee and Susannah George. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NKOREA-MILITARY PARADE-EVOLUTION — During the 70 years that the Kim family has ruled, North Korea’s 30-plus massive military parades have been used as much for propaganda, intimidation and internal unity as for commemorating important anniversaries. A look at how the parades have evolved ahead of another march on Sunday, the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s authoritarian government. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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TRUMP-PORN STAR — The company set up by Donald Trump’s former personal attorney offers to rescind Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement and drop its planned $20 million lawsuit against the porn actress for allegedly violating the deal. SENT: 310 words, photo.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. SENT: 510 words, photos.

PENCE-NEVADA — Vice President Mike Pence is in Las Vegas, where he toured Nellis Air Force Base and attended a pair of events with fellow Republicans. SENT: 270 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Florence could cause dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters. SENT: 350 words.

PEOPLE-ORLANDO BROWN-ARRESTS — Authorities say former Disney star Orlando Brown, who portrayed Eddie Thomas in “That’s So Raven,” pleads no contest in Las Vegas to reduced charges in two criminal cases and remains jailed pending trial in a misdemeanor domestic battery case. SENT: 120 words, photo.

UNITED NATIONS-THOMAS & FRIENDS — The United Nations is enlisting the animated series “Thomas & Friends” to teach preschool children the importance of taking part in global efforts to end poverty, provide girls and boys with the same opportunities, and protect the planet. SENT: 120 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRADE-CHINA TARIFFS — The Trump administration may be about to slap tariffs of up to 25 percent on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating a confrontation between the world’s two biggest economies and likely squeezing U.S. companies that import everything from handbags to bicycle tires. By Business Writers Paul Wiseman and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 550 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-EGYPT — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo authorizes the release of $1.2 billion in U.S. military assistance to Egypt, despite human rights concerns that have held up previous funding. SENT: 490 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AP EXPLAINS-ASSASSINATIONS AND VIDEO — Ever since the stabbing of Julius Cesar in ancient Rome, assassination has been a fixture of political life around the world. But when political murder is captured on television — or now by citizen journalists via social media — the impact is often magnified, leaving a chilling effect that lasts for generations. SENT: 880 words, photos.

NKOREA-MASS GAMES — North Korea is bringing back one of its most iconic art forms — mass games performed by tens of thousands of people working in precise unison — to mark its 70th anniversary this weekend. The performance, which takes months if not years of intense preparation and training, is being called “Glorious Country” this year. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 500 words, photos.

JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE — Japanese rescue workers and troops search for the missing for a third straight day in a northern hamlet buried by landslides from a powerful earthquake. Power was restored to most households and international flights resumed to the main airport serving the Hokkaido region. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SKOREA-OBIT-KIM CHONKIL — Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea’s turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — Families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration and then reunited with their children say they are suffering deep emotional wounds and want the U.S. government to pay for mental health treatment. SENT: 940 words, photos.

DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT — A white Dallas police officer who said she mistook a black neighbor’s apartment for her own fatally shot that person and will be charged with manslaughter, police say. SENT: 490 words, video, photos.

DAM COLLAPSE-MISSISSIPPI — Officials say a dam is breaching on the edge of Mississippi’s Delta region after heavy rains during Tropical Storm Gordon. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for parts of Carroll County downstream from Murdock Lake, where water was eroding an earthen dam. SENT: 430 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-UNIVERSITY — An appeals court says the University of Michigan must give students accused of sexual misconduct the right to cross-examine accusers at disciplinary hearings. SENT: 370 words.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ECONOMY-VITAL SIGNS — The U.S. economy is in its 10th year of growth with no sign of slowing. As Friday’s jobs report showed, employers are still confident enough to hire and are even raising wages a bit faster. Still, threats loom on the horizon. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. With ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — Hiring picked up in August. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-MCCARTNEY-GRAND CENTRAL — Commuters with tickets to ride out of New York’s Grand Central Station heard a special serenade, with Paul McCartney taking over a corner of the majestic hub for a concert. Only invited guests including Jon Bon Jovi, Meryl Streep, Amy Schumer, Kate Moss and Steve Buscemi were let behind black curtains to see the stage, but everyone could hear a 24-song set that spanned more than 50 years of music. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 470 words, photos.

PEOPLE-MINAJ-CARDI B — Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 220 words, video, photos.

FILM-CRITICS DIVERSITY STUDY — USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative expandsd on its previous findings regarding diversity in film criticism to give a more detailed look at what researchers conclude is a not level playing field for critics. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 280 words.

NY FASHION WEEK-THE CURVY CON — To woots and cheers from the crowd, women with bodies not often seen on fashion runways strutted with smiles on their faces wearing pieces from Loft’s new plus line, including five cast from hundreds who attended an alternative New York Fashion Week event, The Curvy Con. SENT: 770 words, photos. With NY FASHION WEEK-KATE SPADE — Kate Spade, the company, honors Kate Spade, the fashion icon (sent).

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SPORTS

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US OPEN — Defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from his U.S. Open semifinal because of a painful right knee after dropping the opening two sets, putting Juan Martin del Potro back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since he won the 2009 title at Flushing Meadows. On Sunday, No. 3 del Potro will face No. 6 Novak Djokovic, who advanced with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 21 Kei Nishikori in the second semifinal. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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