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September 13, 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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VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — U.S. bishops to meet pope amid crisis in confidence over abuse. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Audience at 6 a.m.

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IRAN-DARKENING MOOD — Unease and anger grips those in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, which serves as the beating economic and political heart of Iran, amid the economic problems now gripping the country amid the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL-WEATHER — Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast. Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 mph to 110 mph, reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening are likely as it swirls toward land. But authorities warn Florence has an enormous wind field that has been growing larger, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely dangerous. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video, graphic, interactive. With TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — Florence looms over East Coast; TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-FORECASTING — Storm to be “exceptionally bad news” if it hovers offshore; TROPICAL-WEATHER-STORIES-FROM-THE-STORM — Millions prepare as monster storm approaches; TROPICAL WEATHER-GULLAH-GEECHEE — Slaves’ descendants have long history of enduring hurricanes; TROPICAL WEATHER-EVACUEES — Speedways, makeshift shelters offer rest to storm evacuees. Also see TROPICAL STORM-HAWAII below. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR — Democrats across New York state will soon decide the winner of the long and sometimes nasty primary contest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and activist and former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon. The outcome of the Democratic primary will likely resonate around the nation, as it is a particularly high-profile example of the insurgent left-wing that is seeking to oust establishment incumbents who they say have failed to deliver on liberal promises. By David Klepper. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Polls open at 6 a.m., close at 9 p.m. With ELECTION-2018-NEW-YORK-ATTORNEY-GENERAL — Democrats running for attorney general in New York see common foe: Trump. Also see ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND PRIMARY below.

SYRIA-IDLIB-Q&A — The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country’s last major rebel stronghold — the province of Idlib. The battle could bring an end to a seven-year-old uprising-turned-civil war, but at the cost of a humanitarian disaster on a scale yet unseen in the bloody conflict. Some 3 million civilians are trapped in Idlib, along with tens of thousands of opposition fighters, including hard-core militants. By Zeina Karam. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-CUBA — U.S. and Cuban officials will meet in a new effort to determine the method and motive behind mystery incidents in Havana that have injured American diplomats. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 510 words, photo.

APPLE WATCH-GOING MEDICAL — Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly morphing into a medical device. Since the Apple Watch came out in 2015, most people haven’t figured out why they need to buy something that largely does the same things are their smartphones. But that may change now that the Apple Watch is adding ever-more practical features like the ability to take high-quality heart readings that usually require a visit to the doctor. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: xxx words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN — A video of Harvey Weinstein airs on television showing him boldly propositioning a woman who later accused him of rape and repeatedly touching her and stroking her arm and back during what was supposed to have been a business meeting. Melissa Thompson, who sued Weinstein in June, says she made the recording, shown by Sky News, while demonstrating video technology for the movie mogul-turned-#MeToo villain at his New York City office in 2011. By Michael Sisak. SENT: 770 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Weinstein (CR) — Video shows Weinstein meeting with rape accuser.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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DAVID HOCKNEY-AUCTION — David Hockney painting expected to break auction records. SENT: 510 words, photo.

HUMBOLDT-BRONCOS RETURN — Humboldt Broncos return to ice five months after horrific bus crash. SENT: 580 words, photos.

RACIST STATUE-SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco to remove statue depicting Native American. SENT: 220 words, photos.

HITLER COMMENT APOLOGY — California school board member apologizes for Hitler remark. SENT: 140 words.

MUSIC-AMERICANA AWARDS — Isbell wins three Americana Awards; Prine is artist of the year. SENT: 670 words, photos.

TONIGHT-SHOW-NORM-MACDONALD — “Tonight Show” cancels Norm Macdonald after #MeToo comments. SENT: 300 words, photo.

RED SOX-INJURED FAN — Fenway Park fan hit in head by Devon Travis’ thrown bat. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND PRIMARY — Rhode Island’s Democratic governor wins her party’s nomination for a second term in a primary, overcoming a spirited but poorly funded challenge, while the mayor of the state’s second-largest city earns the GOP nomination for another shot at the governor’s seat in November. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CONGRESS-SPENDING — The House is set to vote on a Senate-approved $147 billion package to avert a legislative disaster by funding the Energy Department, veterans’ programs and the legislative branch. SENT: 810 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he would have shaken the hand of a school shooting victim’s father during a break in last week’s Senate hearing had he recognized him before being whisked away by security detail. By Congressional Correspondent. Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 850 words, photos.

TRUMP-LINDSEY GRAHAM — Deviating from his late friend Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham has gone all in on Team Trump, transforming himself into liaison, translator and, critics say, enabler of the president. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-OHIO-GOVERNOR-MEDIA FIRM — An advertising and media firm to which Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s agency gave government work while he was a federal official now is doing political work for him. An APNewsBreak. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 640 words.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA-FIVE KILLED — A gunman killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself as a Kern County sheriff’s deputy closed in, authorities say. SENT: 260 words, photos, video, graphic. With CALIFORNIA-FIVE KILLED-THE LATEST.

HURRICANE MARIA-EVACUEES — Hundreds of Puerto Ricans who fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria are scrambling this week to find housing, with FEMA vouchers that paid for their hotel rooms ending on Friday. SENT: 880 words, photos.

TROPICAL STORM-HAWAII — Heavy rain and winds from a tropical storm downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii’s Maui island but spared the state widespread damage before continuing out to sea. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT — A funeral is scheduled for a black man killed in his home by a white off-duty Dallas police officer who says she mistook his residence for her own. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. service.

NEW MEXICO COMPOUND — A federal judge orders five former residents of a ramshackle New Mexico compound to remain jailed amid accusations that a woman in the group declared herself a prophet while her partner helped train children for potential attacks on schools, law enforcement agencies and other institutions. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ASIA-TYPHOON — The most powerful typhoon of the season is closing in on the northern Philippines, where officials order precautionary evacuations and closures of schools and offices and urge farmers to quickly harvest their crops to reduce damage. SENT: 530 words, photos.

VIETNAM-MYANMAR-SUU KYI — In the face of global condemnation, Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi says that the handling of Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal military campaign, could have been better, but still defended security forces from charges of civilian atrocities. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA TARIFFS — Two-thirds of American companies in China say they have been hurt by the spiraling U.S.-Chinese tariff war, two chambers of commerce report, and they appealed to Washington and Beijing to restart negotiations aimed at a settlement. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 730 words, photo. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stocks rise on possible U.S.-China talks amid tensions.

TESLA-DELIVERIES — Tesla apparently is having trouble informing customers about deliveries of the Model 3 mass-market electric car. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 690 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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CBS-AFTER MOONVES — Les Moonves built CBS into a crown jewel network that outperformed its rivals, but now that he’s gone, what’s next for CBS? By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 930 words, photos.

TV-FALL SEASON PREVIEW — The fall TV season that kicks off next week has something in common with movies: the same big-name actors. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

NY FASHION WEEK-MARC JACOBS — Marc Jacobs kept his guests waiting for 90 minutes — an unlikely development given his tendency in recent years to start right on the dot. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 470 words, photos. With NY FASHION WEEK-RIHANNA SAVAGE X FENTY — Rihanna unleashes the savage beast in latest lingerie line.

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SPORTS

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OSAKA’S IMAGE — Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open adds her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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