FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, a U.S. flag flies at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana, part of the series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

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October 13, 2017 - 7:06 am

Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds AFGHANISTAN-COUPLE'S ODYSSEY-THE LATEST, SOUTH AFRICA-PRESIDENT-CORRUPTION CHARGES, SKOREA-FRED ARMISEN-ANCESTRAL SHOCK, SYRIA, IRAQ

UNITED STATES-IRAN — Trump speaks at 12:45 p.m.

SUSAN COLLINS-GOVERNOR — Announcement at 8:15 a.m.

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CUBA ATTACKS-THE SOUND — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. But not quite. The AP obtains a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana, part of the series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks. By Josh Lederman and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 1,000 words, audio, photo, video. AUDIO HIGHLIGHT: CUBA ATTACKS-THE SOUND — Hear the recording: http://apne.ws/TmAvC4Z.

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TOP STORIES

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UNITED STATES-IRAN — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won't withdraw from the 2015 international accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration. SENT: 910 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from speech planned for 12:45 p.m.

TRUMP-HEALTH CARE — President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. Among the likely consequences: upheaval in the insurance markets and a spike in premiums next year. By Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES -Northern California communities have been battered by four days under siege from wildfires that are nowhere near over. They're trying to save or recover what's left of their homes, find lost loved ones or mourn their dead, with the constant threat of the fires still looming. The death toll climbed to 31 on Thursday, making it the deadliest week of wildfires in California history. Hundreds more are injured or missing. By Andrew Dalton and John L. Mone. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. WITH: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-AIR QUALITY — Smoke from the wildfires has sunk air quality in the Bay Area to the same level as some of China's smog-choked cities. SENT: 320 words, photos; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-LIFE ON EDGE — An Associated Press reporter who has covered catastrophes and war zones overseas finds herself fleeing a disaster close to home as Northern California wildfires encroach. SENT: 960 words, photos; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE MISSING — Chaos has marked a disaster that spans several counties and cities, adding to the frustration of hundreds of people searching for loved ones. SENT 810 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-COUPLE'S ODYSSEY: Officials say an American woman and her Canadian husband are free five years after they were seized by an extremist network in the mountains of Afghanistan. The couple and their children - all three born in captivity - were rescued in a dramatic operation orchestrated by the U.S. and Pakistani governments, and were flown out of Pakistan on Friday. By Jill Colvin, Rob Gillies and Munir Ahmed. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video. WITH: AFGHANISTAN-MISSING COUPLE-PROFILE — Just over five years ago, soon after they wed, Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle set off on a journey to areas of the world infrequently traveled by Westerners, an admittedly quixotic trek their parents say was in keeping with the couple's adventure-seeking spirit. By Mark Scolforo, Kristen DeGroot and Eric Tucker. SENT: 990 words, photos. With: SENT: 1,000 words, photos; AFGHANISTAN-COUPLE'S ODYSSEY-THE LATEST.

NORTH KOREA-WAR THREATS — Does the ominous rhetoric from President Trump and repeated flights by U.S. strategic bombers on the Korean Peninsula mean Washington is readying for what many feel is unthinkable — a military conflict with a nuclear-armed North Korea that would put millions of civilians at risk? By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 960 words, photo.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN —Rose McGowan has shown she will not be easily silenced, emerging from a brief suspension on Twitter Thursday to post her most pointed allegation at disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. By Jake Coyle and Colleen Long. UPCOMING: 1,030 words by 3:30 a.m., photos. With AMAZON STUDIOS-HARASSMENT — Amazon Studios chief on leave following harassment claims. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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SKOREA-FRED ARMISEN-ANCESTRAL SHOCK — American actor and comedian Fred Armisen learns his grandfather was a legendary dancer from Japan who, while living in Germany in the 1930s and 40s, allegedly volunteered in propaganda work for the Third Reich and moonlighted as a spy for the emperor in Tokyo. SENT: 730 words, photo.

OBESITY RATES — A new report shows America's weight problem isn't getting any better. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 400 words, photo.

TV-JEOPARDY CHAMP — Standout "Jeopardy!" player's streak ends with narrow loss. SENT: 100 words.

COWBOYS-ELLIOTT — A federal appeals court lifts an injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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SOCIAL SECURITY-COLA — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees can expect another small increase in benefits next year. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce the cost-of-living adjustment Friday morning. The annual increase hasn't topped 2 percent since 2012. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8:30 a.m.

SUSAN COLLINS-GOVERNOR — Republican Sen. Susan Collins will announce Friday whether she's going to stay in the Senate — or return to her home state to run for governor. SENT: 300 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing, 600 words by noon, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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BULLYING LAW-PARENTS — When a group of teens were running roughshod through this Buffalo suburb, staying out late, causing havoc and bullying other kids, fed up town leaders decided to get tough: on parents. A new anti-bullying law means that if minors commit a crime such as assault, their parents could also be punished. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 760 words, photos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING — Nearly two weeks after one of the most horrific crimes in U.S. history, authorities have yet to sort out the basic facts surrounding the case of a high-stakes video poker player who murdered 58 people from his high-rise hotel room in Las Vegas. By Michael Balsamo. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3:30 a.m., photos, video, audio.

CIVIL WAR-MOTHER'S BATTLE — A Georgia middle school's Civil War dress-up day has enraged a black woman who says her 10-year-old son was called a slave by a white student playing the role of a plantation owner. Corrie Davis is asking school officials to acknowledge the pain the experience caused her child. UPCOMING: 850 words by 8:30 a.m., photos, video.

TURKEYS GONE WILD — After being wiped out from New England in the 1800s, turkeys have stormed back in what's considered a major success story for wildlife restoration. But the birds are increasingly clashing with residents who say they destroy gardens, damage cars, chase pets and attack people. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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THAILAND-KING-MOURNING — Thais marked one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej with solemn ceremonies and acts of personal devotion before an elaborate five-day funeral later this month. By Kaweeit Kaewjinda. SENT: 550 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-PRESIDENT-CORRUPTION CHARGES — A South African court on Friday dealt a legal blow to President Jacob Zuma, opening the way to the reinstatement of 783 charges of corruption and fraud against him. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 340 words, photo.

IRAQ — A Kurdish commander says his forces have withdrawn from the edges of a disputed region in northern Iraq, amid tensions with Iraq's central government over the administration of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. By Balint Szlanko. SENT: 310 words. WITH: IRAQ-THE LATEST.

SOUTH SUDAN-LOW ON FUEL — It is a cruel irony in the world's youngest nation. Ninety-eight percent of South Sudan's economy comes from oil, but the country faces one of its worst fuel crises since civil war broke out in 2013. Some blame government corruption for creating widespread shortages. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 780 words, photos.

SYRIA — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a "de-escalation zone" in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. By Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser. SENT: 450 words. WITH: SYRIA-THE LATEST.

EU FOOD FIGHT —European Union officials are meeting with Central European leaders to address concerns that their consumers are being sold inferior versions of food, detergents and cosmetics compared with those sold in Western Europe under the same labels. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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GLOBAL FINANCE — The head of the International Monetary Fund says world leaders should take advantage of the healthiest global growth in years to pursue policies that will spread prosperity to those being left behind. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words after midday news conference.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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PAIN GAP — Report finds millions die suffering in part because of a global disparity that leaves many poor countries without opioid painkillers. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 630 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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DUBAI-DISASTER CITY — As a mammoth wave from the Persian Gulf rises up to drown fleeing beachgoers and wash over downtown Dubai and the world's tallest building, you can be forgiven for thinking you've seen this all before. The coming film "Geostorm" marks just the latest movie in which Western filmmakers put the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates in their crosshairs. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 595 words, photo.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-ALDEAN —Country star Jason Aldean returns to the stage after cancelling tour dates following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. By Adam Kealoha Causey. SENT: 495 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CUBS-NATIONALS — Addison Russell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven-out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third NL Championship Series in a row by edging the Washington Nationals 9-8 in a thriller of a Game 5. The defending World Series champion Cubs trailed 4-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth inning off two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

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