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October 5, 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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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — The Senate is poised to take a crucial vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as key GOP senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests that have divided the nation. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 1,300 words after 10:30 a.m. vote. With: SUPREME-COURT-KAVANAUGH-SCENE — A day of passion, chaos and consequence on Capitol Hill as Kavanaugh confirmation voting looms. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

ELECTION 2018-GOP ENTHUSIASM — President Donald Trump’s Republican Party is threatening to erode Democrats’ enthusiasm advantage as the fiery debate over his Supreme Court nominee enters its final phase. Political strategists suggest that the GOP’s enthusiastic embrace of Brett Kavanaugh, despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, may have shifted the political landscape — at least temporarily — by injecting new energy into the Republican Party’s most passionate voters. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — French rescuers on Friday were unable to find the possible sign of life they detected a day earlier under hotel rubble, a week after the destructive earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, killing more than 1,550 people and burying hundreds in mud and debris. With: INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-RIDING THE WAVE — The captain and crew sailing the Sabuk Nusantara ferry to new owners on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi got the task done and then some; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE MISSING — One week after a magnitude 7.5 quake spawned a deadly tsunami on the island of Sulawesi, countless people have yet to find their loved ones — both survivors and the dead.(Both sent) For comprehensive coverage of the tsunami: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Indonesia

POLICE-SHOOTING-SOUTH-CAROLINA —Authorities say a 74-year-old Vietnam veteran and disbarred attorney shot seven South Carolina law enforcement officers, using his marksmanship to hold officers back as their comrades lay bleeding on the ground. Fifty-two-year-old Officer Terrence Carraway died in the shooting. By Jeffrey Collins and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of “rage-fueled resistance” in the battle over his Supreme Court nominee, seeking Thursday to use the blistering nomination process to motivate Republican voters in Minnesota. By Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

WEST WING-RESISTANCE — Remember Anonymous? One month ago, the White House was consumed by a furor over an anonymous Trump administration official who authored an op-ed for The New York Times and claimed to be undermining portions of President Donald Trump’s agenda. But since then, little has happened. The investigation, which existed more in name than in practice, stalled. A move to clean house never occurred. The leakers’ identities remain a mystery. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO-LAQUAN MCDONALD — The city of Chicago is watching closely for word of a verdict in the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The jury determining Officer Jason Van Dyke’s fate is expected to continue deliberations Friday after starting them on Thursday afternoon. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With: CHICAGO-LAQUAN MCDONALD-CHARGES, CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-KEY PLAYERS, CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-TIMELINE (all sent).

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-VICTIM PORTRAITS — Families of some of the 58 people killed in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas met Thursday night with artists who spent days, weeks and months staring at pictures of their lost loved ones, trying to capture their likeness. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GAZA CONUNDRUM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been sidelined, isolated and humiliated by the U.S. But the embattled Palestinian leader may still control the fate of the White House’s long-awaited vision for Mideast peace. In recent weeks, Abbas has thwarted a series of internationally backed initiatives aimed at rehabilitating the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,190 words, photo.

BRAZIL ELECTIONS-INDIGENOUS CANDIDATES — Brazil is seeing a significant increase in the number of indigenous people running for office in this year’s general elections, including the first native candidates on presidential tickets. The surge is part of a trend of indigenous people increasingly engaging with the broader culture and entering politics at a time when they feel their rights are under threat like never before. By Sarah DiLorenzo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.

SKOREA-CORRUPTION — A South Korean court has sentenced former President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in prison over a slew of corruption charges. Lee has denied most of his charges against him and can file an appeal in a week. The president who left office in 2013 has been detained since his arrest in March. He was the first leader with a business background and once symbolized South Korea’s economic rise. SENT: 115 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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BUSINESS

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT-LOOKAHEAD — Healthy consumer and business spending is fueling brisk economic growth, emboldening employers to post record numbers of openings and raising expectations for another positive snapshot of the U.S. job market. Economists have forecast that the government will report that employers added a solid 184,000 jobs in September and that the unemployment rate dipped from 3.9 percent to 3.8 percent, matching an 18-year low. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 540 words. With: ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — The U.S. government issues the September jobs report. Analysts forecast that American employers added 184,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate slipped to 3.8 percent. By Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:30 a.m., 400 words by 9:15 a.m.

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SPORTS

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US--SOULFUL SURFER — Hawaiian surfer Matt Meola doesn’t like contests, but is one of the bigger names in his sport in part because of his films. Don’t expect to see the innovative surfer at the 2020 Tokyo Games, either, when the sport makes its Olympic debut. It’s not his thing. He’s an avid hunter, fisherman and is raising a deer. That’s right, a deer named Doe-nut. He’s a soulful sort of surfer. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 990 words by 4 a.m., photo.

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