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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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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, videos.

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.

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.

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. Yet some party leaders are worried about trying to replicate the Donald Trump approach by backing another untested and unpredictable candidate. By Julie Pace, Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

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.

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.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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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.

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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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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.

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