BC-AP News Digest 2:50 pm

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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HEALTH OVERHAUL-2019 PREMIUMS — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year’s midterm elections. By Meghan Hoyer and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES — President Donald Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate the identity of the author of an anonymous New York Times opinion piece, an extraordinary request for the Justice Department, which by tradition and norm makes investigative and charging decisions separate and apart from the White House. By Zeke Miller and Ken Thomas. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, videos.

IRAN-SYRIA SUMMIT — Iran and Russia backed a military campaign to retake the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria as Turkey pleaded for a cease-fire, narrowing the chances of a diplomatic solution to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster. By Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

NIKE-POLITICS AND SHOES —Nike’s decision to use Colin Kaepernick as its new spokesman may signal a change in shoe politics, with apparel companies having to decide whether to stand by their spokesmen and hardcore audience. Nike is being criticized by some of its white purchasers for using Kaepernick, who say they will boycott and burn Nike gear. But athletic apparel companies have long used black athletes and black culture as part of their business strategies and have to weigh possibly losing that support. By Jesse Holland. SENT: 1,000 words and photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TESLA-MOUNTING TROUBLES — Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. fell more than 6 percent after the CEO appeared to smoke marijuana during an interview and the company’s accounting chief left after a month on the job. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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OBAMA-MIDTERMS — Former President Barack Obama says President Donald Trump is “a symptom, not a cause” of what’s dividing the country and is capitalizing on the same resentments, fear and anger that politicians have fanned for years. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PAPADOPOULOS — George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, will find out Friday whether he will be going to prison for lying to the FBI. SENT: 560 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. court appearance, 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-NUCLEAR — South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he’s pushing for “irrevocable progress” on efforts to rid North Korea of its nukes by the end of this year as he prepares for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. SENT: 440 words, photos.

SYRIA-BACK TO SCHOOL — There are fewer areas in active combat in Syria now, and as a result more children are going back to school this year, the government says, putting the number at 4 million. Keen to project an image of normalcy, the government said it has rehabilitated over 400 schools over the last two months alone and called on students to return to wearing school uniforms, shed in years of conflict. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT —A Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed a neighbor after she said she mistook his apartment for her own. The police chief says the department is seeking a warrant for manslaughter. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Authorities are still mulling whether to reopen a major highway that’s been closed for two days by a raging Northern California wildfire. Officials must first determine if it’s safe to resume travel on a 45-mile stretch of Interstate 5 below the Oregon state line. SENT: 750 words, video, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — Hiring in the United States picked up in August as employers added a strong 201,000 jobs, a sign of confidence that consumers and businesses will keep spending despite the Trump administration’s ongoing conflicts with its trading partners. The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent, near an 18-year low. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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