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September 21, 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 — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Trump challenges the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement. By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos.

KAVANAUGH VS FORD-OPTICS — The congressional showdown taking shape between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault is a battle of optics as much as truth at the height of campaign season. At issue are logistics — Christine Blasey Ford’s security, her questioners, the placement of reporters, who’s allowed in the hearing room. It’s also about how politicians answer women who allege assault and the men who deny it in the #MeToo era. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land, new evacuations are ordered amid a sprawling disaster that’s beginning to feel like it will never end. By Meg Kinnard and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS —President Trump delays his own order to declassify and release documents from the FBI’s Russia investigation, saying the Justice Department and U.S. allies have raised security concerns about their disclosure. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2018-TENNESSEE — In a year when Democrats have nominated women and minorities in record numbers, the party’s chances of taking control of the Senate could hinge on a 74-year-old white man. But to get over the finish line in Republican-leaning Tennessee, Phil Bredesen would rather not mention he’s a Democrat at all. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP — President Trump signs a spending bill designed to keep at least part of the government from shutting down, and attends an evening rally in Missouri. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon events, 800 words by 6 p.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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MARYLAND-SHOOTING —Investigators find evidence that the woman who killed three people and wounded others before killing herself at a Maryland drugstore warehouse had been diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

DAY CARE STABBINGS — Five people — including three newborns — are stabbed at an overnight day care center inside a New York City home, and a woman who had slashed her wrist and was found in the basement is taken into custody, police say. SENT: 250 words, photos. Developing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TANZANIA-FERRY CAPSIZES — Hundreds of solemn people watch as body after body is pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities say was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. Witnesses fear the official death toll of 127 will rise as searches continue. By Rodney Muhumuza. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video team arriving at scene.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint is in tatters, after the European Union rejected it at a summit in a move that the U.K. media branded a “humiliation.” By Jill Lawless. SENT: 745 words, photos.

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