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September 17, 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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WIKILEAKS — A new cache of internal WikiLeaks files obtained by The Associated Press show that WikiLeaks staffers discussed having founder Julian Assange skip bail and escape Britain as authorities closed in on him in late 2010. One document captures supporters considering a potential Brazilian asylum claim; another has Assange discreetly seeking a visa from the Russian Embassy in London. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault both indicate that they would be willing to testify to a Senate panel as the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee shifted from seemingly painless to problematic. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, 1050 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RISING RIVERS — Hurricane Florence has taken a deceptive turn as the days drag on. The violent winds that rattled shingles off houses and tore trees down have subsided. And the pounding rain has slowed to a pour, lulling many into believing they’ve already weathered the worst of it as North Carolina’s rivers quietly churn and continue to rise. Authorities are rushing to coax people out of their homes in the evacuation zones before the water rushes in. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BORDER-AGENT-ARRESTED-WOMEN-KILLED — Four women linked by little more than the eerily similar circumstances of their deaths are mourned as a U.S. Border Patrol agent sits behind bars, accused of their killings. Authorities say the break in the case came when a fifth woman escaped from the truck of Juan David Ortiz, the 35-year-old Navy veteran charged in the case. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

VAPING MARIJUANA-YOUTH — A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens. By AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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FOSTER KIDS-PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS — A federal watchdog agency says thousands of foster children may be getting put on powerful psychiatric medications without basic safeguards. SENT: 800 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-TURKEY-SYRIA — The leaders of Russia and Turkey agree to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region, the last stronghold of anti-government rebels where there had been fears of a devastating government offensive. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 500 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD —Prosecutors show jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on black teenager Laquan McDonald, saying the fatal shooting was “completely unnecessary.” SENT: 400 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TEST STRIPS — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can detect the presence of a potentially deadly painkiller. Sales of fentanyl test strips have exploded as a growing number of overdose-prevention programs hand them out to people who use illicit drugs, even as some health officials question their accuracy. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,560 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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EMMYS — As Emmy Award nominees nervously wait to hear their name called, or not, there’s more on the line at Monday night’s ceremony than personal glory. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 590 words, photos. UPCOMING: Show begins at 8 p.m.

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SPORTS

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SPORTS GAMBLING-FIGHTING THE FIX — With dozens of states rushing to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a federal ban on sports gambling, the four major pro major sports leagues and the NCAA think scenarios where parts of games are vulnerable to being fixed are a real possibility. By Dave Porter and Regina Garcia-Cano. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight. An abridged version will also be available.

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