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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

September 26, 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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HOMELESS BEATINGS — A man who was deported from the United States six times is expected in court to face charges in the killings of three people and the injuring four in attacks targeting sleeping homeless men in California. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

BRITAIN-WHALE IN THAMES — Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well. SENT: 130 words.

BRITAIN HOCKNEY — A stained-glass window by artist David Hockney, based on a design he sketched on an iPad, was unveiled Wednesday at London’s ancient Westminster Abbey. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ORTIZ-RAPE CHARGE — Former WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz charged with rape. SENT: 190 words, photo.

JAPAN-IMPERIAL-THRONE — Elaborate throne for Japan’s next emperor arrives in Tokyo. SENT: 340 words, photos.

CBS-INTERIM CEO — CBS taps media industry veteran Parsons as interim chairman. SENT: 120 words, photo.

SAN FRANCISCO-$2 BILLION TERMINAL — San Francisco’s new transit terminal closes over beam crack. SENT: 490 words, photos.




TRUMP-UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump takes the helm of the UN Security Council for a discussion of nonproliferation and continues sideline diplomacy at the global gathering. SENT: 1100 words.. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. events, 900 words by 5 p.m., with updates from 5 p.m. Trump news conference.

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY — More world leaders step up to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly but the lion’s share of attention will be down the hall where Trump will be chairing the Security Council. SENT: 390 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump makes an appearance on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, and is expected to announce details of her upcoming trip to Africa. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-RUSSIA’S LONG GAME — The same day that Russian diplomats struck a deal with Turkey over Syria’s last rebel-run region, dozens of Russian businessmen were flying home from Damascus, contracts in hand for trade with a post-war Syria. Whatever happens to Idlib, Russia is determined to keep Syria solidly anchored in its sphere of influence over the long term — both as a foothold in the Mideast and as a warning to the U.S. and its Western allies against future interference elsewhere. By Angela Charlton. UPCOMING: 800 words by 12 p.m. With photos.

UNITED NATIONS-CLIMATE — Global leaders expect to announce new measures to combat climate change as a year-end deadline for progress approaches. By Frank Jordans. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m., 500 words by 3 p.m. AP photos.

UNITED NATIONS-JAPAN — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. By Matthew Pennington. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m. AP photos, video.

UNITED NATIONS-FIVE QUOTES — Five interesting quotes (short and long alike) from speechmakers who are NOT the center of attention at the General Assembly. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also see separate advisory.




SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say they have submitted sworn affidavits to the Senate Judiciary Committee from four people who say she told them well before Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court that he sexually assaulted her in high school. The information comes on the eve of Thursday’s Senate Judiciary hearing at which Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify. SENT: 1200 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, 1000 words by 5 p.m., photos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-VIEWER’S GUIDE — Women on one side, men all around on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Facing them: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault. A viewer’s guide to the players. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-SHOWDOWN — Are they ready? Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are prepping for Thursday’s high-stakes hearing. SENT: 900 words, photo. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ — Friends and colleagues describe Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez as a well-liked, intensively private advocate for needy families and domestic violence survivors. SENT: 1075 words.

KAVANAUGH-ANITA HILL REDUX — The Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings are a cautionary tale for lawmakers as they prepare for the Thursday hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Three senators will have participated in both. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos

TRUMP-ROSENSTEIN — As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepares for a face-to-face showdown Thursday with President Donald Trump, there are indications he won’t be fired, but a voluntary resignation isn’t out of the question. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.

MELANIA TRUMP — First lady Melania Trump discusses her upcoming trip to Africa at a reception on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS-ELECTION 2018 — More young people say they feel anxious about the midterm elections compared to earlier this summer. That’s according to a poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. Nearly half of voters ages 15 to 34 now say that they are anxious about the midterms, up from 36 percent in July. SENT: 760 words, graphic upcoming.

BORDER PATROL-CHIEF — .S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost says she hopes she can inspire other women to sign up with the agency, which has just one female agent for every 20 men. Provost tells The Associated Press in an interview, “If you’re a woman in law enforcement, I don’t care where you’re at, you’re a minority.” SENT: 770 words.

TRUMP-METOO — President Donald Trump is at last having a #MeToo moment of his own. SENT: 880 words, photo

AP WAS THERE-CLARENCE THOMAS-ANITA HILL — A conservative judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court is suddenly jeopardized by graphic allegations of a sexual nature. A Republican president says his nominee has been smeared but vows he will prevail. The accuser and the accused face off in a dramatic showdown on Capitol Hill. There are clear echoes of Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, as the Senate Judiciary Committee plans a pivotal hearing Thursday at which both Brett Kavanaugh and his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are due to testify separately. SENT: 1600 words, photos.




BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby was sent off to prison at the age of 81 in a case hailed as a breakthrough by the #MeToo movement but decried by his representatives as the racist take-down of a powerful black man by white women. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael Sisak. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video. With BILL COSBY-REACTION — Quotes, reaction to Cosby’s sentence. For comprehensive coverage of Cosby’s sentencing: https://www.apnews.com/tag/BillCosby

TROPICAL WEATHER — A week ago, firefighters in Conway went to a neighborhood and told surprised residents their houses would flood from Hurricane Florence even though they had never had water in them before. This week, those same firefighters checked on those same neighborhoods with maps that detailed each of the nearly 1,000 homes that could expect to be inundated. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 680 words, photos, video. For comprehensive coverage of Florence’s aftermath: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES — An Associated Press review of gun legislation passed across the country this year finds that states mostly reverted to predictable and partisan form, even after the Las Vegas strip massacre and the Florida high school shooting. Florida was an outlier, with a Republican governor and Republican Legislature agreeing to a wide-ranging package of gun control measures. No other GOP-dominated state followed its lead. Instead, some Republican-led states opted to expand gun rights. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,800 words, photos. An abridged version of xxx words has also been sent. With GUNS-BUMP STOCKS — What’s happened to bump stocks in the year since Las Vegas? GUNS-BUMP STOCKS-GLANCE.

THE ART OF UNITY — Chicago’s Sedgwick Street divides haves and have-nots, white and black like few city thoroughfares do. Despite these deep divisions, a small but committed group of residents is working to bring people together at a neighborhood art studio. It hasn’t been easy. There’ve been awkward and sometimes painful moments. But as one participant says, “just showing up” is half the battle. By National Writer Martha Irvine. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

CHINESE NATIONAL-SPYING CHARGE — A Chinese citizen living in Chicago is arrested for allegedly spying, including by helping with the recruitment of U.S. engineers, defense contractors and scientists for intelligence services in China, federal prosecutors say. SENT: 330 words.

TEXAS EXECUTION — A Texas inmate who taunted a jury to sentence him to death is scheduled to be executed for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Execution set for after 7 p.m.




VATICAN-CHINA — Pope Francis urges Chinese Catholics to trust him and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following a landmark deal over bishop appointments that is aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican and Beijing. SENT: 520 words, photos. With VATICAN-CHINA-THE LATEST.

SYRIA — Israel should think carefully before attacking Syria again once it obtains the sophisticated S-300 defense system from Russia, a Damascus official says. SENT: 460 words, photos.

ASIA ELECTIONS-CHINA — Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China’s growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world’s second-largest economy won’t be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are already underway. SENT: 1,220 words, photo.

SOUTH SUDAN-CIVIL WAR DEATHS — Nearly 400,000 ‘excess deaths’ in South Sudan’s civil war, new US-backed report says. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FRANCE-FIGHTING-AIRBNB — The spectacular growth of Airbnb in Paris — the top worldwide location for the internet giant — is also raising alarms in the French capital. SENT: 840 words, photos.

CAMEROON-FRAGILE ELECTIONS — When men with machetes attacked a nearby school, thousands fled the bloody battle over language between Cameroon’s government and Anglophone separatists that now threaten next month’s election. SENT: 800 words, photos.




FEDERAL RESERVE-LOOKAHEAD — The Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates for a third time this year and possibly modify the likely direction of rates in the months ahead. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 680 words, photo. UPCOMING: Fed rate decision scheduled for 2 p.m.; Powell news conference at 2:30 p.m. With FED-3 THINGS TO WATCH FOR; FEDERAL RESERVE — Fed poised to raise rates for third time this year; FEDERAL-RESERVE-THE-LATEST; FINANCIAL MARKETS — European shares flat, Asia rises ahead as U.S. rate hike looms.

INTEREST RATES-IMPACT BY AGE — Higher interest rates can mean different things to people, depending on where they are in life. By Business Writers Stan Choe and Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

INSURGENT BRANDS — Harry’s shaving club is one of an array of insurgent brands which are shaking up the way people buy everything from mattresses to prescription acne remedies, eating into the market share of big consumer product companies. By Business Writer Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,970 words, photos. An abridged version of 870 words has also been sent.

TRADE WARS — A fierce global trade war would hurt the United States economy significantly, making households poorer and destroying jobs, while China would not suffer as much, according to a simulation carried out by economists at the European Central Bank. SENT: 550 words, photo. With CHINA-TRADE — China announced more tariff cuts Wednesday on construction machinery and other goods but no action on U.S. complaints about its technology policy that are fueling an escalating trade battle (sent).




BOOKS-ROTH-MEMORIAL — Hundreds of friends and fellow writers were in attendance for a memorial tribute to Philip Roth at the New York Public Library. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 600 words, photo.

TV-ELIZABETH OLSEN — Elizabeth Olsen plays the character of Scarlet Witch in the Marvel movies, but she found creative fulfillment playing a young widow in a new series for Facebook Watch. “Sorry for Your Loss” is a 10-episode, half-hour drama now streaming on the site. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.




CONGRESS-DATA PRIVACY — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers’ data that finds a balance between “privacy and prosperity.” By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 670 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after starte of hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m.




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