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September 26, 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 — Senate Republicans are beginning to schedule votes aimed at putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, even as Thursday’s showdown Senate Judiciary Committee hearing approaches. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, videos.

TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — Trump continues his meetings at the United Nations after giving an “America First” speech that drew headshakes and even laughter. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,130 words, photos, videos.

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — More world leaders step up to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly but the lion’s share of attention will be down the hall where Trump will be chairing the Security Council. SENT: 360 words, photos.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby was sent off to prison at the age of 81 in a case hailed as a breakthrough by the #MeToo movement but decried by his representatives as the racist take-down of a powerful black man by white women. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael Sisak. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER — A week ago, firefighters in Conway went to a neighborhood and told surprised residents their houses would flood from Hurricane Florence even though they had never had water in them before. This week, those same firefighters checked on those same neighborhoods with maps that detailed each of the nearly 1,000 homes that could expect to be inundated. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

CONGRESS-DATA PRIVACY — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers’ data that finds a balance between “privacy and prosperity.” But it will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to have more control over how their personal data is used and the powerful companies that mine it for profit. By Business Writer Marcy Gordon. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FEDERAL RESERVE-LOOKAHEAD — The Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates for a third time this year and possibly modify the likely direction of rates in the months ahead. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: Fed rate decision scheduled for 2 p.m.; Powell news conference at 2:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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HOMELESS BEATINGS — A Texas man suspected of killing three people and seriously injuring four in a string of attacks on sleeping Southern California men — most of them homeless — had a long criminal history and had been deported from the United States six times, immigration officials say. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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WAR HORSE’S NEW LIFE — Two-time Olympic medalist in downhill skiing Andrew Weibrecht is forging a new life since he retired in May. By Sports Writer John Kekis. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-ROTH-MEMORIAL — Hundreds of friends and fellow writers were in attendance for a memorial tribute to Philip Roth at the New York Public Library. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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