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October 13, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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AFGHANINSTAN — A motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people, including civilians and security forces, officials say. SENT: 450 words. With AFGANISTAN-THE LATEST.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER —Search and rescue teams have found a body in the Florida Panhandle town nearly wiped out by Hurricane Michael, and authorities said there is little doubt the death toll will rise further. The tally of lives lost across the South stood at 14, including the victim found in the rubble of Mexico Beach. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 750 words, photos, video, audio. WITH: TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURVIVORS — Resident of beach town devastated by hurricane stayed to face storm’s fury; TROPICAL WEATHER-LESLIE — Hurricane Leslie heading to Portugal and Spain (both sent). Separate wire advisory has also moved. For comprehensive hurricane coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — President Donald Trump declares the U.S. will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention. Trump promises to personally call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman soon about “the terrible situation in Turkey.” By Zeke Miller and Suzan Fraser. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. With: SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST; TRUMP-SAUDIS-WEAPONS-GLANCE — A look at U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which some want reconsidered following the disappearance of Saudi journalist (sent).

TRUMP-SAUDIS-BUSINESS TIES— Donald Trump’s business ties to Saudi Arabia run long and deep, and he’s often boasted about his business ties with the kingdom. Now those ties are under scrutiny as the president faces calls for a tougher response following the disappearance, and possible killing, of one of the Saudi government’s biggest critics, journalist and activist Jamal Khashoggi. By Bernard Condon, Stephen Braun and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TRUMP-AMERICAN PASTOR — An American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey is expected to meet President Donald Trump at the White House. Andrew Brunson flew out of Turkey after a Turkish court convicted him of having links to terrorism but freed him from house arrest, removing a major irritant in tense relations between the NATO allies. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 640 words.

CONGRESS-BORDER WALL — Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP leaders are signaling they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and Trump is revving up rally crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a White House priority. By Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly. SENT: 830 words, photos.

VATICAN-SAINTS — Pope Francis will canonize two of the most important and contested figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church, declaring Pope Paul VI and the martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as models of saintliness for the faithful today. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MELANIA TRUMP —Melania Trump says she loves President Donald Trump and has “much more important things to think about” than allegations he cheated on her with a porn star, a Playboy Playmate or anyone else. SENT: 590 words, photo, video, audio.

INDONESIA-LANDSLIDES — Torrential rains have triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 22 people, mostly children at a school, and leaving 15 others missing. 330 words, photos.

INDIA-CYCLONE — Twelve people are feared dead in a cyclone shelter swamped by a landslide caused by heavy rains in eastern India. SENT: 120 words.

LOTTERY JACKPOT —No winning ticket in Mega Millions drawing, jackpot grows to $654 million. SENT: 140 words, photo. With: LOTTERY JACKPOT-LARGEST US — Top 10 largest US Jackpots (sent).

EX-3 DOORS DOWN BASSIST-SENTENCED — The founding member and former bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for possession of a firearm by a felon. SENT: 140 words, photo.

OVERDOSE-BABY SMOTHERED — Authorities in Georgia say a 31-year-old woman who died from a methamphetamine overdose accidentally smothered her 8-month-old son SENT: 120 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-NO AMBASSADORS — The disappearance of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrown the large number of diplomatic vacancies under President Donald Trump into the spotlight — notably in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It’s a gap the administration says it has been trying to fix but with limited success. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 690 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP —President Donald Trump took a victory lap in Ohio, touting a “really historic week for America” that began with the installation of his second Supreme Court justice and concluded with the release of an American detained in Turkey. SENT: 710 words, photos.

PROTEST FEES-NATIONAL MALL — The National Park Service is exploring the question of whether it should recoup from protest organizers the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation’s capital. The proposed rule also could place new limits on spontaneous demonstrations and shrink a significant portion of the White House sidewalk accessible to the public. The public has until the close of Monday to comment. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA — Stacey Abrams says she cannot become governor of Georgia without convincing tens of thousands of sporadic voters to come to the polls. So her campaign is spending considerable sums on paid canvassers, field offices for volunteers and direct mail pieces aimed at more than 1.5 million Georgians who don’t usually vote in midterm elections. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-SOUTH CAROLINA — There’s no set date for South Carolina’s pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that’s not stopping a half-dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week. The invaders include former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UNITED NATIONS-SOMALIA — Banned charcoal exports from Somalia are thriving, generating millions of dollars a year for al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremists — and often passing through Iran to have their origins obscured, according to U.N. sanctions monitors. SENT: 560 words.

CONGO-EBOLA-BATTLE FOR BURIALS — A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance that complicates efforts to contain a Congo outbreak, causing a worrying new rise in cases. SENT: 760 words, photo.

SOUTH AFRICA-BEACH CALLIGRAPHY — The Hangberg community outside South Africa’s ruggedly beautiful Hout Bay is troubled by gang violence, drugs and poverty. One artist is trying to break the destructive cycle by teaching local children an unusual medium: beach calligraphy. SENT: 520 words, photo.

MALAYSIA-POLITICS — Voting opens in a by-election that is expected to see charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim win a parliamentary seat and return to active politics as he prepares for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. SENT: 430 words, photos.

EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Greek police say they have recovered the bodies of 11 people believed to be migrants who recently crossed from Turkey, after the car they were travelling in crashed in northern Greece. SENT: 220 words. With: EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE LATEST.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli forces shoot dead six Palestinians in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel. SENT: 120 words, photos. With: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -THE LATEST.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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WORLD ECONOMY —Global financial leaders wrap up an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank by urging countries to brace for potential risks from trade disputes and other tensions By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 610 words, photos. With: WORLD ECONOMY-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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BANNED HIGH SCHOOL BAND — A Mississippi high school band is being barred from a state competition and some performances after a halftime skit depicting three police officers being held at gunpoint was performed in a community where two officers were shot to death last month. SENT: 600 words.

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TECHNOLOGY

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FACEBOOK-SECURITY BREACH — Could hackers have been able to see the last person you cyberstalked, or the party photo you were tagged in? Facebook says, unfortunately, yes. Perhaps taking account of criticism that they were slow to act during previous privacy breaches, however, Facebook has been quick to let users check exactly what was accessed. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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VARIETY POWER OF WOMEN LUNCHEON — Natalie Portman took a flamethrower to the patriarchy. George Clooney admonished what he called the Trump administration’s culture of fear. Emma Gonzalez implored people to vote. And host Jenifer Lewis spared no one, from Melania Trump and Kanye West to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh. Nothing was off the table at Variety magazine’s Power of Women luncheon held in Beverly Hills. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NLCS — Reliever Brandon Woodruff stunned ace Clayton Kershaw with a solo home run and the normally shutdown Milwaukee bullpen barely holds on as the Brewers beat the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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