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September 17, 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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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — Judge to decide if police officer’s trial stays in Chicago. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing.

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ONLY ON AP

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WIKILEAKS — A new cache of internal WikiLeaks files obtained by The Associated Press show that WikiLeaks staffers discussed having founder Julian Assange skip bail and escape Britain as authorities closed in on him in late 2010. One document captures supporters considering a potential Brazilian asylum claim; another has Assange discreetly seeking a visa from the Russian Embassy in London. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. UPCOMING: 1,160 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers. The spreading disaster claims additional lives, with at least 17 people confirmed dead, and the nation’s top emergency official says other states were in the path this week. By Chuck Burton. SENT: 940 words, photos, graphics, interactive. TOP VIDEO: — US NC Flooding Boat Tour (CR) — Florence flood waters submerge North Carolina neighborhood. With TROPICAL-WEATHER-WILMINGTON — Road access cut off to Wilmington after Florence; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — Rain, floods still in Florence’s forecast; TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. Also see MORE ON FLORENCE below. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation for the Supreme Court is taking an uncertain turn as Republican senators express concern over a woman’s private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers. By Darlene Superville and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON — Mangkhut weakens from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moves deeper into southern China, leaving death and destruction from Hong Kong to the Philippines. The storm was still affecting southern China’s coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan and rain and strong winds are expected to continue through the day. By Vincent Yu and Jim Gomez. SENT: 640 words, photos, video. With ASIA-TYPHOON-THE-LATEST.

NKOREA-THE ROAD TO SUCCESS? — With a high-stakes Korea summit looming, could joint infrastructure projects help pave the way to denuclearization? By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With KOREAS-SUMMIT — South Korea plays down chance of nuke progress at Kim summit.

OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TEST STRIPS — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can detect the presence of a potentially deadly painkiller. Sales of fentanyl test strips have exploded as a growing number of overdose-prevention programs hand them out to people who use illicit drugs, even as some health officials question their accuracy. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,560 words, photos, video.

SPORTS GAMBLING-FIGHTING THE FIX — With dozens of states rushing to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a federal ban on sports gambling, the four major pro major sports leagues and the NCAA think scenarios where parts of games are vulnerable to being fixed are a real possibility. By Dave Porter and Regina Garcia-Cano. UPCOMING: 1,500 words by 10 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight. An abridged version will also be available.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-SOON YI PREVIN — Soon-Yi Previn defends husband Woody Allen, attacks mother. SENT: 450 words, photos.

GIANTS-COWBOYS — Prescott, Dallas’ defense lead Cowboys to 20-13 win over Giants. SENT: 910 words, photos.

CIRCUS CAMEL-PEOPLE HURT — Seven injured when startled camel bucks at Pittsburgh circus. SENT: 150 words.

TRANSGENDER-CHILDREN — A doctors group is taking a stand in support of transgender children. SENT: 210 words.

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS — Disaster experts say it’s not uncommon for death tolls to rise weeks after hurricanes hit because of the nature of the storms and the difficulty in finding people. SENT: 840 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UNITED STATES-MACEDONIA — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Macedonia, condemning Russian efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for the country to join NATO — a move Moscow opposes. SENT: 820 words, photo.

GUATEMALA-CORRUPTION — In a blunt rebuke to President Jimmy Morales, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court orders that the head of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission be let back in the country two weeks after Morales barred him as he moved to defang the investigative body. SENT: 480 words, photos.

EGYPT-MEDIA — Echoing some of Trump’s rhetoric, authorities in Egypt are taking aim at an alleged barrage of “fake news” they say is meant to sow division and undermine the rule of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. SENT: 920 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-OBAMA — Nearly two years out of the White House, former President Barack Obama is facing another political test as he tries again to turn admiration for him into votes when he’s not on the ballot. SENT: 860 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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BORDER-AGENT-ARRESTED-WOMEN-KILLED — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor is jailed on $2.5 million bond in Texas, acussed of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape. SENT: 510 words, photos, video. With BORDER-AGENT-ARRESTED-WOMEN-KILLED-THE LATEST.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-VICTIM PORTRAITS — Portraits of the 58 people killed in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas will go on display after artists from around the world donated their time to memorialize the victims. SENT: 540 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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FOSTER KIDS-PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS — Thousands of children in foster care may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, according to a federal watchdog’s investigation that finds a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted. An AP NewsBreak. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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AMAZON-SMALL BUSINESS STORE — Amazon launches a new section of its site called Amazon Storefronts, which only lists products sold by small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 360 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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EMMYS — As Emmy Award nominees nervously wait to hear their name called, or not, there’s more on the line at Monday night’s ceremony than personal glory. By Television Write Lynn Elber. SENT: 590 words, photos. UPCOMING: Show begins at 8 p.m.

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