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BC-AP News Digest 3:15 am

September 21, 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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ONLY ON AP

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CHINA-ORPHANS OF THE STATE — The Associated Press has found evidence Chinese authorities are placing the children of Muslim minority detainees and exiles into dozens of orphanages across Xinjiang. China says the orphanages help disadvantaged children, and it denies the existence of internment camps for their parents. The orphanages are the latest example of how China is systematically distancing young Muslims from their families and culture. By Yanan Wang and Dake Kang. SENT: 3,150 words, photos. Abridged version also available. With: CHINA-ORPHANS OF THE STATE-SIDEBAR — Empty places at the table: Uighur parents anguish over their missing children, who likely are growing up as wards of China’s Communist Party (sent).

IRAN-STALLING CAR INDUSTRY — As Iran’s rial currency suffers precipitous falls against the U.S. dollar, cars are growing more and more expensive. Meanwhile, foreign manufacturers are pulling out from the country and foreign-produced parts are becoming harder to find. That’s a problem for one of the Mideast’s biggest countries and home to 80 million people. By Nasser Karimi. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford says she’d testify next week to a Senate committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were high school students — if they can agree to fair terms. The lawyer says the preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn’t want Kavanaugh in the same room. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,215 words, photos, video. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST.

SUPREME COURT-THOMAS AFTER HILL — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s path to the Supreme Court could be much like that taken by Clarence Thomas. Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee accused him of sexual harassment. Kavanaugh could be confirmed following allegations he sexually assaulted a woman decades ago, when both were in high school. Both have denied the claims. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 890 words, photo.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SURVEYING THE DAMAGE— With Florence’s floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are getting a chance to take stock of the destruction. By Alex Derosier and Alan Suderman. SENT: 740 words, photos. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER — The crisis from Hurricane Florence is slowly moving to South Carolina along with the trillions of gallons of water dumped by the storm. SENT: 745 words, video, photos, audio. For AP’s comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Hurricanes

TRUMP — President Donald Trump on Thursday offered his full-throated support for the most vulnerable incumbent Republican Senator, while unleashing a torrent of grievances against Democrats and the news media for sabotaging his administration. Trump defended his embattled Supreme Court justice nominee, touted the booming stock market, cited progress in talks with North Korea and pledged to build his long-promised border wall, while also making the pitch for Nevada to re-elect Sen. Dean Heller. By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,085 words, photo.

TRUMP-LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — The special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is getting information from President Donald Trump. Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges last month, tweeted Thursday that he has provided information to prosecutors without a cooperation agreement. Trump’s longtime fixer-turned-foe could be a vital witness for prosecutors. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: XXX words.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MUSIC-CHRIS CORNELL — A new album and boxed set on Chris Cornell will include unreleased music from the late rocker. “Chris Cornell” will be released Nov. 16. SENT: 140 words.

RED SOX-YANKEES — Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees. SENT: 1,245 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-POT STOCKS — Marijuana stocks have made gigantic gains this summer as Canada prepares to legalize the drug. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-PLASTIC STRAWS — People who want straws with their drinks at California restaurants will have to request them under new state law. SENT: 480 words.

BILL COSBY-SENTENCING OPTIONS — Bill Cosby could be sent to prison next week for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. SENT: 965 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING-DISPUTED PAYOUT — APNewsBreak: FanDuel to pay out disputed $82K football bet. SENT: 595 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding trade war and President Donald Trump’s tweets. But in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterms are being cast. While Election Day is technically Nov. 6, Minnesota allows in-person voting to begin on Friday — a full 46 days early — making it the first state in the nation to begin weighing in on the fight for control of Congress. Voters in every corner of the nation will soon follow. By Steve Peoples and Steve Karnowski.

TRUMP-GREAT RETREAT — As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what critics argue is a great retreat from global engagement that had been a bipartisan hallmark of previous U.S. leaders. An AP News Analysis. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 815 words, photo, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-WOMEN — In suburban congressional districts critical to House control, allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh reverberate among female voters. By Juana Summers, Nicholas Riccardi and Julie Pace. SENT: 875 words, photos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-HIRONO — Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii seizes the spotlight as one of the most outspoken defenders of Kavanaugh’s accuser. SENT: 810 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-GEORGETOWN PREP YEARS — Will what happened at Georgetown Prep stay there? Multiple accounts from 1980s-era classmates depict an alcohol-soaked party culture at Georgetown Prep, where Bret Kavanaugh spent his teen years. By David McFadden and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Abridged version also available.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS —Democrat Beto O’Rourke says he’s not taking a negative approach going into his first debate against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The congressman has denied a decade-old accusation that he pushed a project that would benefit his wealthy father-in-law. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 755 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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MARYLAND-SHOOTING — Four people are dead after a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland, including a female suspect who shot herself in the head. The woman was a 26-year-old temporary employee there and was from Baltimore County. Seven people were wounded altogether. By David McFadden and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

PUERTO RICO-HURRICANE MARIA — Puerto Ricans mark the anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession. A year later, tens of thousands remain without adequate shelter and reliable access to electrical power. By Danica Coto. SENT: 1,145 words, photos. With PUERTO RICO-HURRICANE MARIA-DEATH TOLL — Death toll climbed long after rain stopped (sent). Note: A version of this story was originally sent on Sept. 14; PUERTO-RICO-ONE-YEAR-AFTER-MARIA-PHOTO-ESSAY (sent).

US MUSLIM FASHION EXHIBITION — The first major museum exhibition of contemporary Muslim women’s fashion reflects global designs that are vibrant and elegant, playful and diverse. The creators of the San Francisco exhibit hope it shows that modern Muslim women are in control of what they wear instead of stuck with a restrictive dress code. By Janie Har. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 11 a.m.

IMMIGRATION-ARIZONA SHELTERS — Arizona officials have moved to revoke the licenses for a nonprofit that houses immigrant children after it missed a deadline to show that all its employees passed background checks. The Arizona Department of Health said in a scathing letter Wednesday that Texas-based Southwest Key demonstrated an “astonishingly flippant attitude” toward the state’s concerns about delayed background checks for workers at its eight Arizona shelters. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-SUMMIT-KIM IN SEOUL — A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul, as he promised this week at his summit with South Korea’s president, would be a surreal challenge, if it happens. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,370 words, photos.

KENYA-MALL ATTACK ANNIVERSARY — Five years after al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead, analysts say the Somalia-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa’s east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands. By Tom Odula. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 a.m., photo.

VIETNAM-OBIT-TRAN DAI QUANG — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died. He was 61. State media said he died at a military hospital of a serious illness but didn’t elaborate. Quang hosted President Donald Trump during his first state visit to the communist country last year. SENT: 240 words, photos.

MALDIVES-ELECTIONS PREVIEW — A decade after people took to the streets to welcome democracy to the Maldives, voters head to the polls this Sunday in what has become a referendum on whether democracy will stay. The Maldives’ third multiparty presidential election is being held five years after incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom began consolidating power, rolling back press and individual freedoms, asserting control over independent governmental institutions and jailing or forcing major political rivals into exile. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 930 words, photos. With: MALDIVES ELECTIONS-PREVIEW-TIMELINE (sent).

TANZANIA-FERRY CAPSIZES —A Tanzanian passenger ferry has capsized on Lake Victoria and the death toll of 44 is expected to rise when rescue efforts resume at daybreak Friday. A Mwanza regional official told The Associated Press that 37 people were rescued after the sinking. SENT: 205 words.

PHILIPPINES-LANDSLIDES —Philippine troops and police have forcibly evacuated residents of five villages vulnerable to landslides after the collapse of a mountainside buried dozens of homes and killed at least 22 people in a central region. By Bullit Marquez and Joeal Calupitan. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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APPLE-CHEAPER IPHONES — Apple’s $1,100 price tag on its latest iPhone got much of the attention during the company’s unveiling event. But for 60 percent less, you can still get a good camera and what used to be the iPhone’s standard size in the two-year-old iPhone 7. As the new phones go on sale Friday, here’s a look at what you’re getting with each model. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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JETS-BROWNS — Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield rallied the Browns to their first win since 2016, 21-17 over the New York Jets that ended Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak. Mayfield replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and led four scoring drives as the Browns got their first win since Dec. 24, 2016. By Tom Withers. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

UFC-MCGREGOR’S RETURN —Conor McGregor made a wild return to New York to promote his comeback fight at UFC 229. McGregor took center stage in a fitting city to hype his comeback after a two-year hiatus. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 885 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-ASSASSINATION NATION — Director Sam Levinson and his “Assassination Nation” cast discuss making one of the year’s most provocative films — a modern-day Salem witch trial of four teenage girls. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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