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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

September 5, 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 .




MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY (sent, developing)

SENATE-SUPREME COURT (sent, developing)


TRUMP-WOODWARD BOOK (sent, developing)






TRUCK CRASH-FOX TV STATION — Dallas police detain man who crashed truck into Fox station. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MISS AMERICA — Swimsuit-less Miss America competition begins amid turmoil. SENT: 430 words.

FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL — Parents of Penn State hazing victim settle with fraternity. SENT: 140 words.

PEOPLE-GEOFFREY OWENS — The woman who took photos of a former regular on “The Cosby Show” while he worked a regular job at a New Jersey grocery store says she’s filled with regret over the uproar they caused. SENT: 140 words, photos.

EYE DROP-POISONING — Police: South Carolina woman kills husband by putting eye drops in water. SENT: 130 words.

DENMARK-BURQA BAN — Danish police fine Turkish tourist for wearing face veil. SENT: 100 words.

THERANOS-CLOSING — Blood-testing startup Theranos said to be closing. SENT: 140 words.




MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY — In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano loses a primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve Massachusetts in Congress. The 44-year-old’s upset over a 10-term incumbent congressman underscores the shift underway in a Democratic Party whose base is seeking younger, more diverse candidates who embrace progressive policies. By Bob Salsberg and Steve Leblanc. SENT: 750 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Massachusetts Primary (CR) — Stunning upset in Massachusetts primary. With MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-AYANNA PRESSLEY — Pressley’s upset another win for fresh Democratic voices; MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-SENATE — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to face GOP’s Geoff Diehl; MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR — Gov. Charlie Baker wins GOP vote, to face Gonzalez in fall.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT — After a raucus opening to his confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces his first day of direct questioning by senators. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, 900 words by 5 p.m., photo

TRUMP VS WOODWARD — President Donald Trump may have much to fear from Fear itself. The president and staffers and allies are launching ferocious denials of passages in Bob Woodward’s book in which many are quoted as questioning the president’s competence. A look at the choice excerpts and responses. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photo.

TRUMP-WOODWARD BOOK — An incendiary tell-all book by a reporter who helped bring down President Richard Nixon set off a firestorm in the White House, with its descriptions of current and former aides calling President Donald Trump an “idiot” and a “liar,” disparaging his judgment and claiming they plucked papers off his desk to prevent him from withdrawing from a pair of trade agreements. SENT: 1200 words. UPCOMING: Developments likely, 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA — Facebook and Twitter executives plan to defend their companies in two congressional hearings, arguing they are aggressively trying to root out foreign actors who want to do the United States harm just weeks before the midterm elections. SENT: 920 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. Senate hearing, 1:30 p.m., House hearing.

DEMOCRATS-MIDTERMS — Ayanna Pressleys upset victory is the latest signal of the party’s leftward lurch. It’s helped candidates win primaries, but could present challenges in November. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-SPECIAL ENVOYS — The U.S. special envoy is back. The Trump administration, which had steered away from appointing high-level diplomats to focus on particular world trouble spots, is now embracing the concept to run delicate negotiations for Syria, Iran, North Korea and now Afghanistan. SENT: 877 words, photo.




TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE — Florence has become the first major hurricane of the Atlantic season as it moves on a path that could take it toward Bermuda. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY — The disappearance last year of Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, a 20-year-old member of the Blackfeet Nation, is one small chapter in the unsettling story of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. No one knows precisely how many there are, because some cases go unreported and others aren’t accurately documented. But one U.S. senator calls it an epidemic, and in the era of #MeToo, the problem is gaining political traction as an expanding activist movement focuses on a population of women facing some of the nation’s highest rates of murder, sexual violence and domestic abuse. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. SENT: 3,360 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 980 words has also been sent. With DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-REFORMING THE SYSTEM — Despite past reforms, Native women face high rates of crime; DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-LAWS — Feds, state lawmakers propose new ways to help Native women; DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-THE POSTERS — Haunting stories behind missing posters of Native women. (Only on AP)

CEMETERY-FUNERAL HOMES LAWSUIT — Lawyer: Funeral homes in Tennessee not liable for mishandled burials. SENT: 570 words, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller is willing to accept written responses from Trump to questions about any potential coordination between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, a person familiar with the ongoing negotiations says. SENT: 450 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-SPECIAL ENVOYS — The Trump administration, which initially dialed back on appointments of high-level diplomats to focus on particular world trouble spots, is now embracing special envoys. SENT: 880 words, photo.

CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA — Facebook and Twitter executives plan to defend their companies in two congressional hearings, arguing they are aggressively trying to root out foreign actors who want to do the United States harm just weeks before the midterm elections. SENT: 920 words, photo.

UPHILL FIGHT IN TRUMP LAND — One of the largest U.S. congressional districts voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016, yet an Oregon Democrat campaigning against a Republican incumbent doesn’t see it as hostile territory. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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KOREAS-MOON’S-CHALLENGE — As North Korea prepares for a massive parade Sunday featuring thousands of goose-stepping soldiers and lots of scary-looking missiles, some potentially capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, worry is rising in South Korea that a tentative, hard-won detente is starting to slip away. An authoritarian nation obsessed with big milestones, North Korea will use the celebration for the 70th anniversary of its national founding to glorify Kim Jong Un as a leader who’s standing up for a powerful nation surrounded by enemies. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,230 words, photos. With KOREAS-NUCLEAR —South Korean envoys meet Kim to advance nuclear diplomacy; KOREAS-NUCLEAR-THE LATEST; CHINA-NORTH KOREA-XI — China’s Xi to send top ally to North Korea anniversary.

BRITAIN-POISONED-SPY —British officials announced that they have charged two officers of Russian military intelligence with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. SENT: 780 words, photo. With BRITAIN-POISONED-SPY-THE LATEST.

ASIA-STORM — One of Japan’s busiest airports remains closed indefinitely after the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in at least 25 years floods a runway and other facilities while damaging other infrastructure and causing at least 11 deaths as it sweeps across part of Japan’s main island. SENT: 630 words, photos. With JAPAN-TYPHOON-AIRPORT — Storm-hit Japan airport counts damage; unclear when reopens.

AFGHANISTAN-US ENVOY — Washington’s selection of Zalmay Khalilzad as its new special adviser on reconciliation in Afghanistan raises some hackles in the region, with his critics accusing him of marginalizing the country’s smaller ethnic groups when he last served as a presidential envoy following the 2001 collapse of the Taliban and his champions praising his tough stand on Pakistan. UPCOMING: 950 words by 10 a.m., photos. With POMPEO — Pompeo arrives in Pakistan hoping to “reset” relations.

SPAIN-CATALONIA-YELLOW-RIBBONS — A twisted strip of yellow plastic becomes the biggest weapon for Catalonia’s separatists in their struggle with those who want to protect the integrity of Spain. SENT: 980 words, photos.

MYANMAR-JOURNALISTS — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence calls on Myanmar to immediately release two journalists who were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on charges of possessing state secrets in connection with their reporting on massacres against Rohingya Muslims. SENT: 620 words, photos.

JERUSALEM-VIRTUAL REALITY — A Jerusalem museum is breathing life into the ancient city with a new virtual reality tour that allows visitors to experience how archaeologists believe Jerusalem looked 2,000 years ago. SENT: 630 words, photo.

NAURU-PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM — Pacific leaders meeting in Nauru are expected to sign a security agreement that addresses climate change and crimes such as drug smuggling and illegal fishing that cross borders. SENT: 560 words, photos.




US ECONOMY-TRADE GAP — The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 410 words, photos.

US-CHINA-TARIFFS-CHANGING-MINDS — China is trying to defuse a spiraling tariff war with Washington over technology policy by highlighting gains in other trade-related areas. SENT: 800 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-SHADOW BANNING — President Trump and other conservatives have been repeating the sinister-sounding term “shadow banning” recently. The phrase, which refers to a “hidden” ban on undesirable users, often comes up in accusations that Twitter and other technology companies are biased against conservatives. But the term doesn’t mean what Trump thinks it does. Twitter, meanwhile, says it does not shadow ban, especially not on the basis of political ideology. SENT: 800 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-EMERGING MARKET TURMOIL — Financial turmoil has engulfed many developing countries this year as investors worry about the impact of rising interest rates and trade disputes on these fast-growing — but often fragile — economies. SENT: 970 words, photo.

CHINA-JD FOUNDER — The Chinese e-commerce billionaire who faces a possible rape accusation in Minneapolis built his business by promising honesty in a market plagued by fraud and fakes. SENT: 670 words, photos.




WATCHING FOOTBALL ONLINE — The NFL season starts Thursday, and the good news for fans is that it’s going to be much easier to watch pro games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in via a cable or satellite subscription, a bid to greatly expand its online audience at a time when TV ratings are forecast to keep declining. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 a.m., photos.




US OPEN-MEN — Defending champion Rafael Nadal drops the first set of his U.S. Open quarterfinal 6-0 before coming back to edge Dominic Thiem in five sets. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

LEBRON JAMES-KAEPERNICK-FASHION — Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James says he “stands with Nike,” a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 610 words, photo, videos.




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