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September 25, 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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THE ART OF UNITY — The sixth-graders, from very opposite sides of the street, sat in pairs, a list of questions before them: “What do you dream about?” ″Do you think about dying?” ″Are you scared?” Their task, at once easy and awkward, was to learn about one another — and differences surfaced quickly. One African-American boy from a public school pulled up a pant leg to reveal where a bullet had pierced his calf in a wrong-place, wrong-time shooting. His partner, a white boy who attends a private school and lives three blocks yet worlds away, was shocked, then saddened. The 40 or so children who’d gathered found common ground, too: a love of family, sports, animals and video games, a wish to one day succeed. Charlie Branda walked around and listened. This is what she’d had in mind when she opened a small art studio on Chicago’s Sedgwick Street, smack in the middle of a great divide. The stretch of asphalt in the Old Town neighborhood of one of America’s most segregated cities starkly separates black and white, haves and have-nots. Could something like art really help bring them all together? UPCOMING: 2,000 words with an abridged version of 900 words for release at 12:01 a.m Wednesday. Story, an accompanying photo package and video story by Martha Irvine.

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TOP STORIES

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BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby is sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexual assault. The sentence means the 81-year-old Cosby, a Hollywood A-lister for decades, will be the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. UPCOMING by 3 p.m.: New approach of 900 words, photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — President Donald Trump says Democrats are playing a “con game” against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, seeking to cast doubt on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh by two women from the 1980s. Republicans hire a female attorney to handle questioning during Thursday’s hearing with Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s accusers. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMNG: 920 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. For comprehensive coverage on Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-METOO — No matter what ultimately happens to Brett Kavanaugh and the women who accuse the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct, the Senate hearings on the allegations will offer a historic test of the Me Too movement, which began only a year ago. By Juliet Linderman and Tamara Lush. UPCOMING: 1,000 words with photos by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — President Trump delivers a sharp rebuke of multinational authority at the United Nations, drawing head shakes and even mocking laughter from fellow world leaders as he boasted of America’s economic and military might. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. With UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — Warning that the world has a bad case of “trust deficit disorder” and risks “runaway climate change,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged global leaders Tuesday to abandon unilateralism and reinvigorate cooperation as the only way to tackle the challenges and threats of increasingly chaotic times. By Jennifer Peltz and Edith M. Lederer. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-THE LATEST. Also see MORE ON U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY below.

FACEBOOK-INSTAGRAM-WHAT’S NEXT: The departure of Instagram’s founders is another bump in the road for Facebook as it wrestles with problems ranging from election interference to propaganda and more. Acquired by Facebook in 2012 and now ad- and video-friendly, the photo-sharing service is pulling in big profits and may soon be the company’s main engine of growth. By Barbara Ortutay. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4:30 p.m. With INSTAGRAM FOUNDERS RESIGN — The co-founders of Instagram resign (sent).

TROPICAL-WEATHER — Flooding forced Vivian Chestnut out of her home six days ago, along with hundreds of her neighbors — and they have no idea when they might see their houses again. Because of Florence, forecasters say the Waccamaw River and others in the area will remain at levels never recorded for more than a week. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words, by 4 p.m. AP Photos. AP Video. For comprehensive coverage of Florence’s aftermath: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — After a long weekend spent wondering if he should resign or would be fired, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein still has his job — for now. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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WOMAN KILLED-BABY TAKEN — A North Dakota woman convicted of killing her pregnant neighbor by cutting the baby from her womb testified Tuesday that her boyfriend had pressured her to “produce a baby” after figuring out she had lied about being pregnant. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BALTICS-POPE — Pope Francis acknowledges that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and says the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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NO-SURGERY APPENDICITIS — Appendicitis has long been considered an emergency requiring surgery, but new research shows antibiotics are a reasonable option for many patients. Only about one-third of patients given pills relapsed within five years in the Finnish study. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHANGING YOGURT — If low-fat yogurt is blended with fatty ingredients like coconut or chocolate, is it still low-fat? Is it even yogurt? The dairy industry has reason to believe the Trump administration’s deregulation efforts will extend to yogurt so it can finally use the term with greater liberty. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-MURPHY BROWN — CBS’ “Murphy Brown” returns to TV this week after 20 years, and its creator says the sitcom is ready to “make some noise.” Diane English says the 13-episode season will address issues including immigration, the midterm elections and the Me Too movement. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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