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September 17, 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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WIKILEAKS — A new cache of internal WikiLeaks files obtained by The Associated Press show that WikiLeaks staffers discussed having founder Julian Assange skip bail and escape Britain as authorities closed in on him in late 2010. One document captures supporters considering a potential Brazilian asylum claim; another has Assange discreetly seeking a visa from the Russian Embassy in London. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. UPCOMING: 1,160 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers. The spreading disaster claims additional lives, with at least 17 people confirmed dead, and the nation’s top emergency official says other states were in the path this week. By Chuck Burton. SENT: 940 words, photos, graphics, interactive, videos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation for the Supreme Court is taking an uncertain turn as Republican senators express concern over a woman’s private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers. By Darlene Superville and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON — Mangkhut weakens from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moves deeper into southern China, leaving death and destruction from Hong Kong to the Philippines. The storm was still affecting southern China’s coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan and rain and strong winds are expected to continue through the day. By Vincent Yu and Jim Gomez. SENT: 640 words, photos, video.

OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TEST STRIPS — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can detect the presence of a potentially deadly painkiller. Sales of fentanyl test strips have exploded as a growing number of overdose-prevention programs hand them out to people who use illicit drugs, even as some health officials question their accuracy. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,560 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-OBAMA — Nearly two years out of the White House, former President Barack Obama is facing another political test as he tries again to turn admiration for him into votes when he’s not on the ballot. SENT: 860 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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FOSTER KIDS-PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS — Thousands of children in foster care may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, according to a federal watchdog’s investigation that finds a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted. An AP NewsBreak. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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AMAZON-SMALL BUSINESS STORE — Amazon launches a new section of its site called Amazon Storefronts, which only lists products sold by small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 360 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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EMMYS — As Emmy Award nominees nervously wait to hear their name called, or not, there’s more on the line at Monday night’s ceremony than personal glory. By Television Write Lynn Elber. SENT: 590 words, photos. UPCOMING: Show begins at 8 p.m.

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SPORTS

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SPORTS GAMBLING-FIGHTING THE FIX — With dozens of states rushing to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a federal ban on sports gambling, the four major pro major sports leagues and the NCAA think scenarios where parts of games are vulnerable to being fixed are a real possibility. By Dave Porter and Regina Garcia-Cano. UPCOMING: 1,500 words by 10 a.m., photos.

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