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BC-AP News Digest 7:05 am

October 7, 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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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH —Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization — now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly. SENT: 1,270 words, photos, video. WITH: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MAINE — Opponents vow Sen. Collins will pay price for Kavanaugh vote (sent).

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ANALYSIS — The bitter battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has exacerbated the nation’s political divide and left many Americans emotionally raw. It’s also given new definition to the high stakes of November’s election. By Julie Pace. SENT: 880 words, photo.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE —Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the earthquake and tsunami damaged Indonesian city of Palu, seeking answers as the death toll from the twin disasters breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing. SENT: 720 words, photos. WITH: INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE LATEST; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-PHOTO GALLERY — Aid pours in to disaster-hit Indonesian region (both sent).

BRAZIL-ELECTIONS — Brazilians are choosing their leaders in an election marked by intense anger at the ruling class following years of political and economic turmoil, including what may be the largest corruption scandal in Latin American history. By Sarah DiLorenzo. SENT: 800 words, photos. WITH: BRAZIL-ELECTIONS-CANDIDATES — A look at top 5 candidates in Brazil’s presidential election (sent).

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KIM KARDASHIAN-LAWSUIT — Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is suing a former security guard over an incident in Paris in which she was bound and robbed of jewelry worth millions of dollars. SENT: 130 words, photo.

CHINA-VEHICLE ATTACK — Authorities in eastern China say 2 people have been killed and 16 wounded after a knife-wielding man drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians. SENT: 250 words.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan officials say the Taliban have destroyed highway bridges southwest of Kabul during a wide-ranging assault on security forces, cutting off road traffic between the capital and three provinces. SENT: 230 words.

BRITAIN-ROYAL WEDDING — There will be military fanfare and red velvet cake when Princess Eugenie weds this week, in Britain’s second royal wedding of the year. SENT: 140 words, photo.

HAITI-EARTHQUAKE — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has shaken northwestern Haiti, damaging homes, a church and at least one hospital, where officials reported people were injured, but had not confirmed local media reports of deaths. SENT: 180 words.

CAMEROON-ELECTION — Polls are opening in Cameroon as Africa’s oldest leader is widely expected to win another term, while separatists threaten to disrupt the election and many people who have fled the unrest are unable to vote. SENT: 120 words, photos.

OZZY OSBOURNE-CONCERT — Ozzy Osbourne has to postpone a Northern California concert after undergoing surgery on his hand. SENT: 80 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-TRUMP —President Donald Trump at a Kansas rally celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, condemning Democrats for what he called a “shameless campaign of political and personal destruction” against his nominee. SENT: 950 words, photos.

POMPEO-ASIA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wrapped up his fourth visit to North Korea after meeting Kim Jong Un to seek elusive progress in efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. By AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 100 words.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-BOOKER — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker urged Democrats disappointed by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to turn their despair into action as he made his national debut in Iowa as a Democratic presidential prospect. SENT: 650 words, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-BOOKER-THE LATEST.

MITCH MCCONNELL-INTERVIEW — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he never would have pulled the plug on Brett Kavanaugh over the allegations of sexual misconduct because the Supreme Court nominee deserved an up-or-down vote — even if it failed. SENT: 520 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BOSNIA-ELECTION — Bosnians are voting in a general election that could install a pro-Russian nationalist to a top post and cement the ethnic divisions of a country that faced a brutal war 25 years ago. SENT: 370 words, photos.

ROMANIA-MARRIAGE REFERENDUM — Romanians were voting for a second day on a constitutional amendment backed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. SENT: 340 words, photos.

HONG KONG-EDITOR’S VISA — China has defended its decision to refuse to renew the work visa of a Financial Times editor in Hong Kong, in a case has drawn concern over the shrinking space for free speech in the Chinese territory. SENT: 320 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA BANK LENDING — Chinese banks have been told by the government to lend more to entrepreneurs to help shore up flagging economic growth amid an escalating trade dispute with the United States. SENT: 320 words.

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SPORTS

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ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX —Gary Sanchez homered twice, Aaron Judge also hit a tape-measure shot and Masahiro Tanaka pitched the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 6-2 on Saturday night to tie their AL Division Series at one game apiece. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ALDS--INDIANS-ASTROS —Marwin Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run double, Alex Bregman homered for the second straight day and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 to take a 2-0 AL Division Series lead. By Sports Writer Kristie Rienken. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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