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September 12, 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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CBS NEWS-FAGER — Jeff Fager, ’60 Minutes’ executive producer named in reports about tolerating an abusive workplace, steps down.

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ONLY ON AP

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MCDONALD’S-SEX HARASSMENT STRIKE — McDonald’s workers vote to stage a one-day strike next week at some of the company’s restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. By David Crary. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER —Communities along the Carolina coast button up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters warn that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared — before pushing inland over the weekend. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 760 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHURCH ABUSE-DINARDO — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week in Texas on sexual abuse charges. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, with photos.

E-CIGARETTES-TEENS — U.S. health officials say teenage use of e-cigarette has reached “epidemic” levels and are calling on the industry to address the problem or risk having their flavored products pulled off the market. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.

APPLE SHOWCASE — Apple is betting that an iPhone with its largest screen yet will lead to bigger profits, too. As with last year’s iPhone X, this larger phone would have a screen that runs from edge to edge, an effort to maximize the display without making the phone too awkward to hold. The iPhone XS Max builds upon the success of the iPhone X, which got rid of the home button to make room for more screen. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. event.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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BOOKER-SOUTH CAROLINA — Fueling speculation about his White House ambitions, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will headline a Democratic fundraiser in South Carolina, which hosts the South’s first presidential primary. SENT: 530 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-POISONED-SPY — President Vladimir Putin says Russian authorities know the identities of the two men accused by Britain of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a former spy, but he added that they are civilians and there is “nothing criminal” about them. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL STABBING-MICHIGAN — Authorities say a 16-year-old girl has died after being stabbed by another teenage girl during a fight inside a high school classroom in suburban Detroit. SENT: 250 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ANCIENT HASHTAG — A hashtag-like sketch found in a South African cave is the world’s oldest known drawing, scientists report. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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