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September 14, 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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YEMEN-POCKET OF FAMINE — Yemenis in an isolated pocket in the north have been reduced to eating boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation, with no aid reaching many families who need it most. The situation in Aslam district is a sign of the holes in an international aid system that is already overwhelmed. Yet outside aid the only thing standing between Yemen’s people and massive death from starvation amid the country’s 3-year civil war. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 1,520 words, photos, video.

IRAN-FOREIGNER ARRESTS-INTERVIEW — A top adviser to Iran’s president on human rights said that the government “failed” to help a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned over spying allegations that she personally invited to the country for a conference. Shahindokht Molaverdi acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press the limits a civilian government faces when challenging the judiciary. She cited the case of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born internet freedom advocate who had been living in the U.S. and is now serving 10 years in prison. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday. Forecasters say the days-long onslaught could leave a wide area submerged from both falling rain and rising sea water. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 820 words, video, photos, audio. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING; TROPICAL WEATHER-SHIFTING SANDS — After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea. SENT: 955 words, photos; TROPICAL WEATHER-WAITING FOR FLORENCE-PHOTO GALLERY (sent). Eds: Separate storm advisory has also moved.

ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR —Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cruised to an easy victory over primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party’s nomination for a third term. Cuomo always led in the polls and heavily outspent his rival, a longtime activist and former “Sex and the City” star who had counted on a surge in liberal support. By David Klepper. SENT: 955 words, photos. With: ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-ATTORNEY GENERAL — New York City Public Advocate Letitia James won a four-way Democratic primary for attorney general in New York on Thursday in a race that was a competition over who could best use the office to antagonize President Donald Trump. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 900 words, photos; With ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-PUERTO RICO — President Donald Trump is disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him “look as bad as possible.” By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,185 words, audio, photos, video. With TRUMP-FACTS — Trump stirs up a hurricane story. SENT: 960 words, photos; TRUMP-PUERTO RICO-FACT CHECK —Trump stirs up a hurricane story (sent); TRUMP-CONSPIRACY THEORIES — Puerto Rico death toll isn’t Trump’s only conspiracy theory (sent); TRUMP-FACTS-GOP SQUIRMS — Republicans dodge, weave around Trump’s hurricane tweets (sent); TRUMP-PUERTO RICO-FLORIDA — President Donald Trump may have upended an effort by Florida’s top Republicans to make inroads to the battleground state’s growing Puerto Rican population (sent).

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she has notified federal investigators about information she received — and won’t disclose publicly — concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Two people tell the AP on condition of anonymity that it refers to an incident that occurred while Kavanaugh was high-school age. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

NKOREA-US-TRUMP-KIM PART TWO? — Could a Trump-Kim summit happen, as some in Seoul have pushed for, on the sidelines of a U.N. gathering of world leaders in New York later this month? By Foster Klug. SENT: 1,225 words, photos. With: KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — The rival Koreas have opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 585 words, photos.

GAS EXPLOSIONS — A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-SPENDING — Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress overwhelmingly approves a compromise spending bill and pledges agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-CUBA — Cuba says the United States is continuing to withhold important information that could help in the investigation into mysterious incidents that have injured some two dozen Havana-based American diplomats, including some with brain damage, since late 2016. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL STORM-HAWAII — Heavy rains prompted a warning to 10,000 Honolulu residents that they might need to evacuate their homes as water levels in a dam rose to dangerous levels. But officials say the dam isn’t in immediate danger of collapsing. By Caleb Jones and Audrey McAvy. SENT: 550 words, photos, video, audio.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATED FAMILIES — The Trump administration agrees to reconsider asylum claims of many parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. SENT: 235 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ASIA-TYPHOON — Typhoon Mangkhut has retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation is underway. More than 4 million people are at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center categorizes as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 735 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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END OF BEETLE — Volkswagen says it will stop making its iconic Beetle in July of next year. Volkswagen of America on Thursday announced the end of production of the third-generation Beetle by introducing two final special editions. The Beetle was developed in Germany in 1938 and came to the U.S. 11 years later. It sold for about 30 years before U.S. sales ceased. The company revived it in 1998 and revamped it for the 2012 model year in an effort to help it attract more male buyers. SENT: 315 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-Q&A-EMMY HOSTS — Michael Che and Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live” talk about their upcoming roles as hosts of Monday’s Emmy Awards. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 685 words, photos, video.

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