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NEW & DEVELOPING

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Adds: BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED, GAS EXPLOSIONS, SYRIA-ISRAEL, RUSSIA-POISONED SPY.

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TOP STORIES

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TROPICAL WEATHER — Emergency workers go door to door urging people to flee Florence’s rising waters and use inflatable boats to rescue others as the storm practically parks itself over land and pours on the rain, raising fears that North Carolina could be in for the most disastrous flooding in its history. The death toll is at least 11. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 730 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day. WITH: TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES; TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING (all sent).

BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED — A U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four women is arrested after a fifth woman manages to escape from him and notify authorities, law enforcement officials say, describing the agent as a “serial killer.” SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHICAGO’S POLICE TROUBLES — A trial in a Chicago courtoom over the next few weeks will focus on one night in 2014, 16 gunshots, a white police officer, the death of a black teenager and an essential question: Murder or self-defense? It’s a trial that follows decades of eyebrow-raising police scandals, the exoneration of death row inmates who said they’d been tortured into making false confessions, and misconduct settlements, verdicts and legal fees that have cost the city more than $700 million in the last 15 or so years. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON — Typhoon Mangkhut lashes the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that sets off landslides and destroys homes, leaving at least 12 people dead, as Hong Kong and other parts of southern China brace for the powerful storm. By Aaron Favila and Joeal Calupitan. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. WITH: ASIA-TYPHOON-THE LATEST; AP WAS THERE-TYPHOON HAIYAN — Story on 2013 typhoon that killed thousands in Philippines (both sent).

RUSSIA-PUTIN AND THE PLOTTERS — Experts say President Vladimir Putin isn’t necessarily dictating every Russian influence campaign abroad. Some accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections appear to be ambitious individuals taking the initiative based on signals from the presidential entourage. Gun activist Maria Butina is one example. Others seem to be much closer to Putin himself. By Angela Charlton and Matthew Bodner. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

SHARK ATTACK-CAPE COD — Man dies after being bitten by shark in water off a Cape Cod beach, becoming the state’s first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, video pursuing.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BOY LEFT IN WOODS — A man and woman in southern Minnesota are accused of dropping off a 5-year-old boy in the woods as punishment for wetting himself. The boy was found walking along a road, crying and wet from rain. SENT: 250 words.

BANNON — Steve Bannon says he thinks Time’s Up is “the single most powerful potential political movement in the world.” SENT: 140 words.

RECRUITS-SEX QUESTIONS — ‘What was your most unusual sex act?’ Police, fire recruits get quizzed about sex lives in application. SENT: 350 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-KITTEN RESCUE — Kitten named Survivor clings to owner amid flood rescue. SENT: 150 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort stood resolute in his innocence as Trump associates folded one-by-one over the last year under the pressure of federal investigators. But that finally changed. The former Trump campaign chairman, who for months was determined to fight charge upon charge even as fellow onetime loyalists caved, reached an extraordinary plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. By Eric Tucker, Chad Day and Mike Balsamo. SENT: 1,080 words, video, photos, audio.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — In a stormy week, President Donald Trump blustered and distorted reality, denying massive deaths from a hurricane that scientists believe to be one of the nation’s deadliest and blowing out of proportion U.S. economic growth and his role in spurring it. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,200 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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MORE ON FLORENCE

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TROPICAL WEATHER-ANOTHER BEATING — A rural town, battered by the collapse of its blue-collar economy and then by Hurricane Matthew, might also bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence as the river that cuts through the middle of town continues to rise through the weekend. Residents of Lumberton, North Carolina, some of them still rebuilding after the devastating 2016 flood, are watching the rain and wondering how much more their community can take. SENT: 1,300 words, photos with ABRIDGED.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Florence and Mangkhut are battering two countries on opposite sides of the globe. Florence is characterized by its water and sloth, Mangkhut by ferocious winds and blazing speed. 750 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-OUTER BANKS — Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence make their way back onto the barrier islands, which were spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA INFRASTRUCTURE — Torrential rains from Hurricane Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Eds: Separate storm advisory has also moved.

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NATIONAL

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GIRLS KILLED-ARIZONA — Arizona officials say a man has been indicted in the kidnapping and killing of 2 girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014. SENT: 140 words. Developing.

DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT-CREDIBILITY — A Dallas police officer’s explanation that she killed a black neighbor who lived above her because she mistook his apartment for her own has been dismissed as implausible and self-serving by his family and their lawyers. Experts on police training and psychologists, however, are split. SENT: 750 words, photos by noon.

ELIZABETH SMART KIDNAPPER-PRISON RELEASE — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT-WILDLIFE REFUGE — A unique wildlife refuge on the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado is opening its gates, after a confusing day when officials first said they would not open the refuge and then said they would. SENT: 630 words, photos.

GAS EXPLOSIONS — There’s no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator says. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-SUMMIT-DIFFICULT THIRD ACT — Next week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold his third inter-Korean summit this year. And at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Moon will face his toughest challenge yet: delivering something substantive that goes beyond previous vague statements on denuclearization and helps get U.S.-North Korea talks back on track. Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have sputtered in recent weeks. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

SYRIA — A U.S.-backed Syrian group says its fighters have entered an eastern village held by the Islamic State group where intense clashes are ongoing. SENT: 450 words. WITH: SYRIA-ISRAEL — Israel attacks Damascus International Airport with missiles, Syrian state media says, adding that air defenses shoot down some of them. SENT: 270 words.

RUSSIA-POISONED SPY — Two journalists say the passport file of one of the suspects in the poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in England contains a telephone number that appears to belong to Russia’s Defense Ministry. SENT: 140 words, photos.

ITALY-POPE-MAFIA — Pope Francis is paying tribute in Sicily to a priest who worked to keep youths away from the Mafia and was slain by mobsters. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IRAQ — Iraqi lawmakers have elected a Sunni Arab as speaker of parliament, the first step in forming a new government four months after national elections. SENT: 700 words.

UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA — The United States has called an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Monday in response to what it says are efforts by some countries “to undermine and obstruct” sanctions against North Korea. SENT: 690 words, photo.

ETHIOPIA-ARMED GROUP’S RETURN — Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians are gathering to welcome returning leaders of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front amid sweeping reforms to bring opposition groups back into politics. SENT: 340 words, photos.

FRANCE-PALACE SECRETS — The French presidential wine cellar holds 14,000 bottles regarded as so precious, few people are allowed to enter the room. Flower bouquets are displayed at the presidential palace only for a couple of hours so they always look fresh. And the president’s chefs use 150-year-old copper pans. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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ICE SATELLITE — A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth’s ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation has been launched from California. SENT: 320 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BOX–GOLOVKIN-ALVAREZ — Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez meet in a highly anticipated fight for the middleweight title. The fight is a rematch of their bout a year ago that ended in a draw. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Main event expected to begin around 11 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SPORTS — No. 2 Clemson and Georgia Southern got a sunny sky, mild breezes and plenty of tailgaters for the only major conference football game being played Saturday in the Carolinas and Virginia because of Florence, now a tropical storm. 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-EMMYS-THE AMERICANS — Sure, they were KGB spies bent on the destruction of the United States and all it stands for. But avid fans of “The Americans” are rooting for Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings. Is it finally time for the critically adored but Emmy-ignored FX series to get some Emmy love? SENT: 900 words, photos.

FILM-BLAZE — Ethan Hawke pulls the curtain back on “Clay Pigeons” singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, a legend to some and completely unknown to others. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.

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