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October 3, 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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INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Indonesia’s disaster agency says death toll from earthquake and tsunami rises to 1,407.

NOBEL-CHEMISTRY — Winner of year’s final scientific Nobel Prize to be named. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Announcement at 5:45 a.m.

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EPA RADIATION-ROLLBACK — The EPA is pursuing rule changes that experts say would weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump ignites a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 930 words, photos. With TRUMP INHERITANCE-TAXES — Report: Trump got $413 million from his father, much from tax dodges. TOP VIDEO: — US MS Trump Rally (CR) — Trump mocks Ford’s claims against Kavanaugh. With TRUMP-KAVANAUGH-MEN — Trump says it’s a “scary time” for young men facing false charges.

KAVANAUGH-CLINTON REVENGE — To some, Kavanaugh is clearing his name. To others, he’s veering into conspiracy theory when he partly blames “revenge on behalf of the Clintons” for the sexual misconduct allegations against him. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 890 words, photos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Kavanaugh accusers’ lawyers question FBI’s work so far. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — Aid is slowly making its way into areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central Indonesian island, with one neighborhood’s residents clapping, cheering and high-fiving in their excitement at seeing a stopped truck laden with supplies. By Niniek Karmini and Stephen Wright. SENT: 870 words, photos, video. With INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-SCAVENGERS — Indonesia disaster survivors search debris for food, drinks; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-CUTOFF COMMUNITIES — Tsunami and quake survivors eat last bit of food and seethe; INDONESIA-VOLCANO — Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST. For comprehensive coverage of the tsunami: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Indonesia

SYRIA-RECONSTRUCTION — With back-to-back trade fairs held in Damascus this month, Syria hopes to jumpstart reconstruction of its devastated cities by inviting international investors to take part in lucrative opportunities. But the absence of significant Western participants, the difficulty of bringing businesses to Syria under international sanctions and the lack of a political solution to the seven-year-old conflict underscore the massive hurdles ahead. By Zeina Karam. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 a.m., photos.

IRAQ-TARGETING WOMEN — Former beauty queen, fashion model and social media star Tara Fares won fame in conservative, Muslim-majority Iraq with outspoken opinions on personal freedom. Last week, she was shot and killed at the wheel of her white Porsche on a busy Baghdad street in a brazen daytime killing. The violence shocked Iraq and follows the slaying of a female activist and the mysterious deaths of two well-known beauty experts. By Sinan Salaheddin. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

WEINSTEIN ANNIVERSARY-HOLLYWOOD A YEAR LATER — Is Hollywood a different place a year after the rapid downfall of Harvey Weinstein began? In the time since, guilds have rewritten codes of conduct, film festivals have signed pledges for gender parity and inclusion riders have been implemented by several leading production companies. But interviews with actresses, filmmakers and others make it clear: Hollywood has a long way to go. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,440 words, photos. An abridged version of 920 words has also been sent.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CHINA-MISSING CELEBRITY — China orders “X-Men” star Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine. SENT: 490 words, photo.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Washington Post worried about Saudi writer missing in Turkey. SENT: 610 words, photos.

FAST FOOD-US ADULTS — Study: 1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food each day. SENT: 140 words, photo.

CELEBRITY BURGLARIES — Four arrested in connection with L.A. celebrity burglaries. SENT: 500 words, photos.

TRUMP-SUSPICIOUS LETTER — Suspicious envelopes sent to Trump, military officials. SENT: 280 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-NATO-CYBER — Acting to counter Russia’s aggressive use of cyberattacks across Europe and around the world, the U.S. is expected to announce that, if asked, it will use its formidable cyberwarfare capabilities on NATO’s behalf, according to a senior U.S. official. SENT: 550 words, photo. With BELGIUM NATO DEFENSE — NATO defense ministers gather for meeting in Brussels.

TEACHER CANDIDATES — Primary victories across the country by teachers running in their first political campaigns highlight how much a surge in teacher activism and conversations around support for public education are shaking up November midterm elections around the country. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-COLORADO — Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman’s reputation for bucking his party has long been a selling point to suburban Denver voters, but it may not save him this year. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS — California companies will have to overcome entrenched obstacles to comply with new law requiring women on boards. By Business Writers Alexandra Olson and Matt Ott. SENT: 880 words, photos. With CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS-GLANCE.

AMAZON-WAGES-RIPPLE EFFECTS — Amazon’s announcement that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour will intensify pressure on other companies to lift pay levels for America’s low-wage workers. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 890 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald testifies that he opened fire when the black teenager kept advancing toward him while waving a knife, adamantly sticking to his version of events even when confronted with video that showed a different scene. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 10 a.m.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST — Four California men described as “serial rioters” are facing federal charges after prosecutors say they flew across the country for a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year and violently attacked counterprotesters. SENT: 840 words, photos.

PALIN SON ARREST — A judge will tell the oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin whether allegations he hit a woman in the head should lead to jail time or if he can stay in a therapeutic program for veterans tied to a separate assault case. SENT: 390 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. hearing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MIDEAST-CHINA-DRONE DIPLOMACY — Chinese armed drones are now flying across Middle East battlefields in sign of growing arms sales from Beijing. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

CHILE-CHURCH SEX ABUSE — Chile’s Roman Catholic Church apologizes for a set of conduct guidelines for priests dealing with children that has caused outrage just as the South American country is being rocked by a widespread clerical sex abuse scandal. SENT: 630 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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HEALTH INSURANCE-COST SHIFTING — If your employer is sticking you with a bigger share of the medical bill before health insurance kicks in, you may have to get used to it. By Health Writer Tom Murphy. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 a.m., photo. Note: This story is hold for release.

JAPAN-SPACE PROBE — A German-French observation device safely lands on an asteroid after a Japanese spacecraft released it as part of a research effort that could find clues to the origin of the solar system, Japanese space officials say. SENT: 380 words, photo.

PERU-WETLAND RECLAIMED — A Peruvian wetland in the heart of the bygone Incan Empire languished for years as a local dump — and now it’s getting a second life. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ROCKIES-CUBS — Tony Wolters hits a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 13th inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in an epic NL wild-card game. By Sports Writer Jay Cohen. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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