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October 11, 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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MISSING WRITER-FEARFUL DISSIDENTS — The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, but they seem to only get bolder in an age of impunity where violations get only muted reproaches. A look at the fears among dissidents and other similar recent cases. By Sarah El Deeb and Lee Keath. SENT: 1,610 words, photos.

TOXIC JEWELRY — New testing shows jewelry loaded with the toxic metal cadmium is being sold by national retailers including Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Papaya. The testing done for the Center for Environmental Health showed some jewelry sold with women’s apparel was nearly pure cadmium. Extended exposure to cadmium can cause cancer and reproductive harm. The tests were done on jewelry sold in the San Francisco Bay Area. Papaya says it has recalled the jewelry from all its stores nationwide. By Ariel Tu. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida’s Panhandle leaves wide destruction and at least two people dead and isn’t nearly finished as it crosses Georgia, now as a tropical storm, toward the Carolinas, that are still reeling from epic flooding by Hurricane Florence. By Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US FL Panama City Damage CR — Panama City residents describe Michael’s fury. With TROPICAL WEATHER-GILLUM — Michael offers exposure, and risk, to Gillum in governor’s race; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING; TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. For comprehensive hurricane coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

UNITED STATES-SAUDI-MISSING WRITER — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is looking into the fate of a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered but expressed reservations over calls to withhold further U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, warning that such a move “would be hurting us.” SENT: 530 words, photos, video. With SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Turkey steps up pressure on Saudi Arabia over missing writer.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-TECH TUMBLE — Technology and internet stocks have led the way for much of Wall Street’s bull market run, propelling the stocks of big names like Apple, Amazon and Google’s parent company sharply higher along the way. Now those high-flying stocks are at the forefront of a wave of selling as investors fret about the possible impact of a recent surge in interest rates. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. SENT: 740 words, photo. With FINANCIAL MARKETS-INTEREST RATES Q&A — Why rising interest rates are shaking financial markets; FINANCIAL MARKETS — Losses on Wall Street rip through Asian financial markets. Also see WORLD ECONOMY below.

CUBA-PUBLIC OPINION — In a country with no opinion polls, campaigns or independent mass media, a series of meetings on reforming Cuba’s constitution spawns a highly unusual debate on the island’s political system and values. At a half-dozen public forums attended by Associated Press journalists this month, Cubans repeatedly called for direct election of the president and other officials. And many objected to a constitutional amendment that would allow gays and lesbians to marry, a project promoted by the highly influential daughter of Communist Party head Raul Castro. By Andrea Rodriguez. SENT: 770 words, photos.

BORDER-ABANDONED MIGRANT FAMILIES — Smugglers in recent weeks have been abandoning large groups of Guatemalan and other Central American migrants in the desert near Arizona’s boundary with Mexico, alarming Border Patrol officials who say the trend is putting hundreds of children and adults at risk. By Anita Snow. UPCOMING: 780 words by 11 a.m., photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN — Harvey Weinstein is due back in court in New York as a judge weighs the movie mogul’s bid to have some or all of his sexual assault case thrown out. By Michael R. Sisak and Tom Hays. SENT: 490 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing, then 600 words.

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PAKISTAN-GIRL CHILD-PHOTO ESSAY — Girl child day: Ansa, 10, starts day with prayer. SENT: 510 words. With 12 photos by Saba Rehman, highlighted by CAIMA501.

HARVARD MEDALISTS — Kaepernick, Chappelle getting Harvard black culture awards. SENT: 130 words.

CANADA-HOCKEY BUS CRASH — Owner of truck company involved in hockey bus crash charged. SENT: 230 words.

SMASHING PUMPKINS — Halloween arrives early for inhabitants of Detroit Zoo. SENT: 150 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-GROUND GAME-SUBURBAN WOMEN — Once considered reliably Republican, college-educated, affluent women may be turned off by Trump and some of his party’s policies, and Democrats are eager to offer them an alternative. SENT: 630 words, photos. The latest in a weekly series designed to highlight policies, personalities and races arising from politics around the country.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-INDIANA-DONNELLY — In Indiana’s Senate race, Joe Donnelly criticizes Republican opponent for an import practice his own family business uses. SENT: 900 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — With Hurricane Michael pounding Florida, Trump takes shelter at a campaign event in Pennsylvania. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. With CIVILITY AND SMACK TALK — Politicians trade charges of who’s being uncivil. SENT: 780 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2018-HEALTH CARE — The Senate pivots back to health care — with a battle squarely aimed at coloring next month’s crucial elections for control of Congress. By Alan Fram. SENT: 920 words, photos. With TRUMP-MEDICARE-FACT CHECK — Trump fumbles some basic facts on “Medicare for All.” SENT: xxx words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Indonesia’s search for victims buried in Palu neighborhoods annihilated by an earthquake and tsunami is drawing to a close almost two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city. SENT: 220 words, photos. With EARTHQUAKE-PAPUA NEW GUINEA — Quake hits Papua New Guinea, no damage or injuries reported.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — South Korea walks back on a proposal to lift some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea following Trump’s blunt response. SENT: 880 words, photos.

ISRAEL-NETANYAHU-ELECTIONS — Signs mount that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may soon call for new elections, nearly a year ahead of schedule. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

ASIA-CYCLONE — A severe cyclone has damaged mud huts in eastern India where authorities have moved nearly 300,000 people to higher ground. SENT: 250 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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WORLD ECONOMY — The heads of the World Bank and IMF urge the U.S. and China to play by world trade rules and de-escalate a dispute over Beijing’s technology development strategy that threatens to do lasting damage to the global economy. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 840 words, photos. With WORLD ECONOMY-THE LATEST.

SMALLBIZ-COMPETING WITH AMAZON — Amazon’s plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren’t retailers directly competing with the huge company. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 850 words, photo.

JAPAN-FISH MARKET — Tokyo’s famous fish market reopens at a new location but retains its most famous tradition: the tuna auction. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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