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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25

October 9, 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

(Note that HOLIDAY HIRING-STRUGGLES is not moving this cycle)

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HIGHLIGHTING

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH (upcoming)

IMMIGRATION-THE BATTLE FOR ALEXA (sent)

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER (sent, developing)

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-TEN MINUTES OF TERROR (sent)

YEMEN-FROM MISSILES TO DAGGERS (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRUMP-KANYE WEST — Kanye West will visit the White House to have lunch with President Donald Trump and meet with Jared Kushner. Topics include manufacturing resurgence, gang violence, Chicago violence. SENT: 130 words, photo.

KOREAS-VATICAN — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit the officially atheist country, South Korea says. SENT: 630 words, photos. With KOREAS-VATICAN-THE LATEST.

MUSIC-ROCK HALL — Stevie Nicks, who’s already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, has been nominated for inclusion as a solo artist next year, along with other first-time nominees Def Leppard, Todd Rundgren, Devo, John Prine and Roxy Music. SENT: 430 words, photos

BULGARIA-JOURNALIST KILLED — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the slaying of television reporter Viktoria Marinova, whose body was found dumped after she highlighted possible government corruption, Bulgarian national radio reports. SENT: 530 words, photos.

EGYPT-DREW BARRYMORE — EgyptAir seeks to shift blame for Drew Barrymore interview. SENT: 420 words, photo.

HOLLYWOOD POSSIBLE STAMPEDE — Ten hurt in Hollywood promotional even by rapper Phora. SENT: 140 words.

JAPAN-SPACE X BILLIONAIRE — Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk. SENT: 630 words, photos.

HUMILIATED YANKEES — The New York Yankees absorbed the most-lopsided loss in their postseason history, routed by the Boston Red Sox 16-1 in the AL Division Series. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — A Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh, narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle, joins his new colleagues to hear his first arguments as a justice. SENT: 690 words, photo. UPCOMING: Court convened at 10 a.m., 700 words by 1 p.m.

TRUMP-ETHANOL — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. SENT: 640 words. UPCOMING: Trump speaks in Iowa at 7:30 p.m., 650 words by 8 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-MEDICARE-FACT CHECK — President Donald Trump distorts Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ ideas, omitting mention of improved benefits for seniors and implies that Democrats are all lined up behind the idea, when they are not. SENT: 664 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-SANDERS — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. The packed October schedule will be the Vermont independent’s most extensive stretch of campaigning since the 2016 presidential race. SENT: 770 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA-GLANCE.

CONGRESS-FOREIGN LOBBYING — A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates. Congressional interest in fortifying the law comes in the aftermath of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and a special counsel investigation that’s applied the statute in several high-profile cases. SnT: 1150 words, photo.

TRUMP-MEDICARE-FACT CHECK — Brushing aside “Obamacare,” Trump finds a new target when it comes to ideas from the Democrats for the nation’s health care system: “Medicare for All.” SENT: 660 words, photo.

COLLINS 2020-SENATE CHALLENGERS — Interest in Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ 2020 re-election campaign explodes in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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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.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER —Turkey says it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, a week after he vanished during a visit there. SENT: 880 words, photos. With SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST.

FRANCE-CHINA-FORMER INTERPOL PRESIDENT — The wife of the former Interpol president who disappeared in China revealed Tuesday that she had received a threatening phone call warning of agents coming for her. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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. By Todd Pitman. SENT: 1,770 words, photos. An abridged version of 990 words has also been sent. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-PERFECT STORM — Indonesia expert warned of quake, government mapped risk areas; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Indonesia says death toll in Sulawesi quake rises to 2,010; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-PHOTO GALLERY.

YEMEN-FROM MISSILES TO DAGGERS — Improvising Yemeni artisans craft traditional daggers called Jambiyya from the remains of missiles that have killed thousands of civilians since war broke out in 2015. That’s the year that a Saudi-led coalition began a deadly air campaign to dislodge Houthi rebels from the territories under their control. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-US STUDENT DETAINED — Israel has been holding an American graduate student in detention for the past week, accusing her of supporting the Palestinian-led boycott movement against the Jewish state. SENT: 480 words, photo; will be expanded to 750 words.

INDIA-EDITOR ARRESTED — A court in southern India released the chief editor of a prominent investigative magazine on Tuesday, hours after police arrested him on charges of publishing material that defamed the state governor. By Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 370 words.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Michael gains new strength over warm tropical waters amid fears it would swiftly intensify into a major hurricane before striking Florida’s northeast Gulf Coast, where frantic coastal dwellers are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way. By Jennifer Kay and Gary Fineout. SENT: 980 words, photos, videos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; CENTRAL AMERICA-HEAVY RAINS — More than a dozen die in heavy rains in Central America.

LIMOUSINE CRASH — A ceremony for the victims of the limousine crash that killed 20 people ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance. Authorities have yet to say how fast the limo was going or determine why it failed to stop and sped off the road at the bottom of a long hill in upstate New York. By Michael Hill and Sabrina Caserta. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, videos. With LIMOUSINE CRASH-FBI INFORMANT — Limo company owner was a controversial FBI informant; LIMOUSINE CRASH-VICTIMS — Sisters, a teacher, newlyweds: A look at limo crash victims.

EXECUTION TRIAL-TENNESSEE — A Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week is asking the state to die by electric chair over lethal injection, calling the move the “lesser of two evils.” SENT: 510 words.

CIVIL WAR GOLD-FBI DIG — A father-son pair of treasure hunters are challenging the FBI’s position that nothing was found during an excavation aimed at uncovering a fabled cache of Civil War-era gold. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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GOOGLE SHOWCASE — Google is expected to introduce two new Pixel phones along with other devices designed to increase usage of its advertising-driven services. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES — Job opportunity? Next step for NBA to improve its good marks in diversity is by hiring women in positions of power. By Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS — Drake and Cardi B are the leaders with eight nominations each at the 2018 American Music Awards, to air live Oct. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where performers include Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated after start of show at 8 p.m.

BOOKS-MITCH ALBOM — Mitch Albom is returning to heaven. Or at least having some familiar characters do so. The best-selling author’s latest book, “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,” is out on Tuesday. By Mike Householder. SENT: 750 words, photos and video.

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