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October 10, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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BULGARIA-JOURNALIST KILLED — Suspect in Bulgarian journalist slaying arrested in Germany. SENT: 150 words, photo.

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ONLY ON AP

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IMMIGRATION-THE BATTLE FOR ALEXA — A Michigan foster family sought custody of a Salvadoran toddler after her mother was deported. Her story exposes what could happen to some of the infants, children and teens taken from their families at the border under a Trump administration policy earlier this year. An Associated Press investigation in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state judges to grant custody of migrant kids to American foster families — without notifying their deported parents. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 3,800 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,000 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL-WEATHER — Michael roars down on the Florida Panhandle strengthening into a Category 4 hurricane before it crashes against the region’s white-sand beaches, fishing villages and coastal communities later in the day. It is expected to become one of the Panhandle’s worst hurricanes in memory with 125 mph winds and a life-threatening storm surge of up to 13 feet. By Brendan Farrington and Tamara Lush. SENT: 960 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US FL Michael Preps 2 (CR) — Some residents staying put for Hurricane Michael. With TROPICAL WEATHER-STAYING PUT — Evacuate or not? Some gamble on staying despite Michael; TROPICAL-WEATHER-THE LATEST. For comprehensive coverage on Michael: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — A newspaper close to the Turkish president published photos Wednesday of what it said was a 15-member “assassination squad” allegedly sent to target Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week. By Ayse Wieting, Suzan Fraser and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 530 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-SAUDI-MISSING WRITER — U.S. seeks answers about missing writer from Saudi ally.

UNITED NATIONS-HALEY’S RESIGNATION — Nikki Haley came to her job as the top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations with no foreign policy experience, but in less than two years she made many friends — even among ambassadors from countries at odds with the Trump administration’s policies. The sudden announcement that she was leaving by the end of the year ricocheted through U.N. headquarters like a lightning bolt, with many expressing shock, and some sadness and dismay. By Edith M. Lederer. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-HALEY — Trump says he may pick new U.N. ambassador this month; TRUMP-DEPARTURES-GLANCE.

ROHINGYA-EDUCATED GIRL — Rahima Akter is a 19-year-old refugee who dreams of becoming the most educated Rohingya woman in the world. By Rishabh R. Jain. SENT: 900 words, photos. With JAPAN-MYANMAR-ROHINGYA — Japan urges Myanmar to conduct credible Rohingya probe.

CANADA-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION — Next week, Canada becomes the first major country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, following the much smaller South American nation of Uruguay. It’s a profound social shift fueled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system, after nearly a century of prohibition failed to stem the drug’s prevalence. By Gene Johnson and Rob Gillies. SENT: 1,410 words, photos, video. With CANADA-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-THINGS TO KNOW.

MIA NO LONGER — New technology and more researchers have resulted in a big increase in the identification of remains of service members missing in action from World War II and the Korean War. Each of the identifications set off a cascade of actions in the service members’ hometowns as relatives gather for somber services and recollections of lives ended so many decades ago. By Scott McFetridge. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. Also see UNKNOWN SOLDIER-REMAINS below.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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NORTH KOREA-CHINA — Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly? SENT: 300 words, photo.

SHOPPING CENTER SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Two dead, two wounded in shooting at Florida shopping center. SENT: 150 words.

DRIVER’S LICENSE-DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT — Muslim woman in Hawaii claims license renewal discrimination. SENT: 310 words.

STRADIVARIUS REBORN — Stolen Stradivarius found after decades comes to life again. SENT: 390 words, photos.

ABORTION DRUG-ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE — Wisconsin man gets 22 years for trying to induce miscarriage. SENT: 140 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-AVENATTI — Attorney Michael Avenatti’s brash confidence is being closely watched by Democrats in Washington and key political battleground states with a mix of intrigue and trepidation. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-IMMIGRATION DETENTION — A case before the Supreme Court pits the government against immigrants it wants to deport following crimes they have committed in the United States. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: Arguments at 10 a.m. With ELECTION-2018-SENATE-UTAH-ROMNEY-DEBATE — Romney says Supreme Court confirmation process “awful.”

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — Chants of “Lock her up!” rang again throughout an Iowa arena as President Donald Trump rallied supporters, but this time there was a new target: California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-JOHNSON — Gary Johnson, a presidential candidate in 2016, is steering back into the eye of the Washington political storm with a bid to join the Senate as a Libertarian swing vote. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TAIWAN-CHINA — Taiwan’s president calls on China not to be a “source of conflict” and pledges to boost the island’s defenses against Beijing’s military threats. SENT: 630 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-TEN MINUTES OF TERROR — Ten minutes of terror: A quake, a tsunami and a son gone missing in a catastrophe that was remarkable even by the standards of disaster-prone Indonesia. SENT: 1,770 words, photos. An abridged version of 990 words has also been sent.

ISRAEL-FRANKINCENSE HONEY — An Israeli farmer is cashing in by producing exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense, but the farm’s location in a far-flung West Bank settlement leaves a bitter taste in at least one investor’s mouth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

COLUMBIA-PIGEONS IN PERIL — One of Bogota’s favorite weekend pastimes is coming to an end after the city’s mayor outlawed the feeding of pigeons who flock in the thousands to the Bolivar Plaza to the delight of photo-clicking tourists and street vendors selling bags of pigeon corn. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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RECYCLING SHAKE-UP — A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities across the nation to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNKNOWN SOLDIER-REMAINS — More than 70 years after he died during the 1944 U.S. assault on Saipan, Richard Murphy’s remains are expected to be brought to the Washington area. SENT: 660 words, photos.

OFFICE PARKS-SCHOOLS — Across the country, office parks that have lost their luster with employers are being repurposed as school buildings. SENT: 840 words, photos.

ROUNDUP WEED KILLER-CANCER — Agribusiness company Monsanto will ask a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company’s Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Hearing at 5 p.m.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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HOLIDAY HIRING-STRUGGLES — Retailers and shipping companies are looking forward to a healthy holiday shopping season, but with one big concern: Who is going to stock the shelves or pack and ship the orders? By Business Writers Christopher Rugaber and Anne D’Innocenzio. UPCOMING: 1,590 words by 10 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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RED SOX-YANKEES — Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox hold off the Yankees’ ninth-inning rally that ended with a video replay, eliminating New York with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the AL Division Series that sets up a postseason rematch with the champion Houston Astros. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,310 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS — Taylor Swift kicks off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards where she won artist of the year, she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 810 words, photos. With MUSIC-AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS-LIST.

FASHION-MET GALA — Next year’s Met Gala theme will be “camp,” organizers say, a shift in tone and content from this year’s meditation on Catholicism. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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