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October 11, 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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TROPICAL WEATHER — Daylight is yielding scenes of rows upon rows of homes smashed to pieces by Hurricane Michael in Florida. It was the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental United States. Search-and-rescue teams are fanning out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people. At least two people are dead. By Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-SAUDI-MISSING WRITER — President Donald Trump defends arms sales to Saudi Arabia as lawmakers increase pressure on his administration to punish the kingdom over the disappearance in Turkey of a Saudi writer who had been living in the United States. Trump asserts the U.S. has “investigators over there” but provides no details. Turkish officials say they fear Saudi Arabia killed and dismembered Jamal Khashoggi. Saudia Arabia denies involvement. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 720 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

SAUDI ARABIA-THE PRINCE — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation, and is next in line to the throne now held by his octogenarian father. But behind the careful public-relations campaign pushing images of the smiling prince meeting with the world’s top leaders lurks a darker side. As the disappearance and feared death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may show, the young prince will brook no dissent in reshaping the world’s largest oil exporter in his image. By Jon Gambrell. UPCOMING: 1,500 words by 3 p.m., photos, abridged version.

SPACE STATION — The problem came less than 2 minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. The crew landed safely but the aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program that currently serves as the only link to deliver astronauts to the orbiting outpost. By Dmitry Lovetsky and Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 900 words, photos by 3 p.m.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN — Manhattan’s district attorney drops part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein after evidence emerged that a police detective had coached a witness to stay silent about evidence that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-TECH TUMBLE — Technology and internet stocks have led the way for much of Wall Street’s bull market run, propelling the stocks of big names like Apple, Amazon and Google’s parent company sharply higher along the way. Now those high-flying stocks are at the forefront of a wave of selling as investors fret about the possible impact of a recent surge in interest rates. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 730 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-MOB RULE — Republicans are flipping the script in 2018, casting Democrats and their liberal allies as condoning “mob rule” and on the brink of meltdown. That’s after years in which Republicans and the tea party movement were the ones being called unruly and out of control. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos. With CIVILITY AND SMACK TALK — Politicians decry incivility, practice it, too, especially in campaign season. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SOCIAL SECURITY-COLA — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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DEATH PENALTY-WASHINGTON — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty violates the state’s Constitution. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ECONOMY-INTEREST RATES — The global economy has a new foe that threatens to choke off growth: rising interest rates. Financial markets around the world have engaged in a massive sell-off as the U.S. government’s cost of borrowing has steadily increased amid stronger economic growth, slightly higher inflation and the Federal Reserve’s unwinding of the unprecedented support it provided global markets after the financial meltdown a decade ago. By Josh Boak. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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DNA WEBSITES — A new study estimates that about 60 percent of the U.S. population with European heritage can be identified from their DNA by searching consumer websites, even if they’ve never made their own genetic information available. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-CMT-ARTISTS OF THE YEAR — It’s about time, says Loretta Lynn, of CMT’s decision to honor all female artists at its annual Artists of the Year show. Kelsea Ballerini says women support each other, even as they struggle for equal representation on country radio. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBN--NLCS-PREVIEW — Build an early lead, get five innings from the starter and go to the bullpen. The Milwaukee Brewers used that formula to cruise into the NLCS on an 11-game winning streak. The Dodgers and their strong rotation will try to disrupt such plans when the series begins Friday. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.

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