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NEW/DEVELOPING

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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: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

Adds SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH, ELIZABETH SMART KIDNAPPER-PRISON RELEASE, NEW ENGLAND MOB-1993 KILLING, TV-Q&A-EMMY HOSTS, CHAIR UMPIRE.

UNITED STATES-CUBA — Developing from 7 p.m. news conference.

ELECTION 2018-OHIO-OBAMA — Developing from 7 p.m. rally.

ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR — Polls close 9 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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IRAN-DARKENING MOOD — Unease and anger grip people in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, which serves as the beating economic and political heart of Iran, amid the economic problems besieging the country after the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. The leading edge of Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolina coast in what could be a prolonged — and lethal — assault. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 880 words, video, photos, audio. With TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING; TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURGE — AP Explains: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill. SENT: 880 words, photos; TROPICAL WEATHER-SHIFTING SANDS — After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea. SENT: 910 words, photos; TROPICAL WEATHER-WAITING FOR FLORENCE-PHOTO GALLERY (sent). Eds: Separate storm advisory has also moved.

TRUMP-PUERTO RICO — President Donald Trump rejects the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing that the number is wrong and claiming it’s a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,100 words, audio, photos. With TRUMP-FACTS — Trump stirs up a hurricane story. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., 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).

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: 850 words, photos. With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST.

RUSSIA-POISONED SPY — Two Russian men appear on state-funded TV and detail an implausible tourist itinerary, saying they flew more than 1,000 miles to see England’s famed Salisbury Cathedral, only to be foiled by the weather. British officials say they were not hapless holiday-makers but highly trained intelligence operatives sent by the Kremlin to kill a former spy with a nerve agent. By Jim Heintz and Jill Lawless. SENT: 760 words, photos, graphic, audio.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis accepts the resignation of a U.S. bishop and authorizes an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults, adding awkward drama to an audience with U.S. church leaders over the abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church. The resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield is announced just as the four-member U.S. delegation is sitting down with Francis in his private study in the Apostolic Palace. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FINANCIAL CRISIS-WHAT’S CHANGED — A look at what’s changed and what hasn’t in the 10 years since the peak of the financial crisis when Lehman Brothers collapsed and Wall Street teetered. SENT: 2,100 words, photos, video. With FINANCIAL CRISIS-WHAT’S CHANGED-GLANCE; MORTGAGE LENDING-THEN AND NOW — For homebuyers, mortgages are safer but tougher to come by; OF MUTUAL INTEREST-A DECADE LATER — 10 years later: How fund investing has changed (all sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CBS NEWS-FAGER — CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan says she felt threatened by a message from “60 Minutes” top executive Jeff Fager to “be careful” in reporting accusations about him. SENT: 400 words, photo.

TRUMP-GOOGLE — A recently leaked video from 2016 shows Google executives lamenting the election of Donald Trump, who has accused the company of doctoring search results for his name. SENT: 310 words, photo.

HOLIDAY HIRING-TARGET — Target plans to hire more than 120,000 people for the busy holiday shopping season, a 20 percent increase from last year. SENT: 240 words.

END OF BEETLE — Volkswagen says it will stop making its iconic Beetle in July of next year. SENT: 250 words, photos.

IG NOBELS, HFR — Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels. SENT: 650 words. For release at 7 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR — Democrats across New York state are picking the winner of a long and sometimes nasty primary contest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and activist and former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; polls close 9 p.m. With ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-THE LATEST.

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 — American authorities are still searching for answers into mysterious “health attacks” that began two years ago in Havana. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. news conference.

DEVOS-FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ move to delay Obama-era protections for students defrauded by for-profit colleges is dealt a setback when a federal judge finds her actions “arbitrary and capricious.” SENT: 660 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-OHIO-OBAMA — Former President Barack Obama to stump for Democrats during Ohio visit. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing; rally scheduled for 7 p.m.

KAREN PENCE — Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, set to begin campaign to help elevate, encourage and thank military spouses. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TROPICAL STORM-HAWAII — Honolulu officials prepare for the possible evacuation of 10,000 people from a residential neighborhood after rains from a tropical storm dangerously elevated water levels in a reservoir. SENT: 240 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developing. With TROPICAL STORM-HAWAII.

ELIZABETH SMART KIDNAPPER-PRISON RELEASE — Elizabeth Smart appeals to authorities to reconsider the planned release next week of one of her kidnappers. SENT: 370 words, photos.

HURRICANE MARIA-EVACUEES — Hundreds of Puerto Ricans who fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria are scrambling this week to find housing, with FEMA vouchers that paid for their hotel rooms ending. SENT: 880 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-FIVE KILLED — Domestic violence is being investigated after a gunman fatally shot five people, including his wife, at several locations and then killed himself in Bakersfield, California. SENT: 420 words, video, photos.

NEW ENGLAND MOB-1993 KILLING — Former New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme is unrepentant as he is sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ASIA-TYPHOON — Philippine authorities begin evacuating thousands of people in the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country’s north. SENT: 560 words, photos.

GHANA-KOFI-ANNAN — World leaders and international dignitaries come to Ghana to pay their last respects to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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US-CHINA-TARIFFS — Washington has invited Beijing to hold new talks on their escalating tariff dispute, the Chinese foreign ministry says. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ANIMAL GENOME MAP — A group of scientists says it has begun an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species. SENT: 500 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. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6:30 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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CHAIR UMPIRE — The men on the United States’ Davis Cup team tread very carefully over Serena Williams’ insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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