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September 11, 2017 - 6:58 am

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

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TOP STORIES

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HURRICANE IRMA — Massive Hurricane Irma weakens to a Category 1 storm on its race northward after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 1,140 words, photos. TOP VIDEOS: — US FL Irma 4 (CR) — Irma down to Category 1, winds batter Tampa; — US FL Storm (CR) — Up close views of Irma's impact. With HURRICANE IRMA-THE LATEST. Also see HURRICANE IRMA-MEDIA below.

HURRICANE IRMA-CARIBBEAN — With mended ports and clearing weather, officials in the Caribbean are sending in more aid and arranging stepped-up evacuations in the remote islands devastated and cut off by Hurricane Irma. By Andrea Rodriguez and Desmond Boyland. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

HURRICANE NEWSLETTER — Get the best of the AP's all-formats reporting on Irma and Harvey in your inbox: http://apne.ws/ahYQGtb

SEPT 11-ANNIVERSARY — The U.S. and world mark the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks with ceremonies at the Pentagon, the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania and the World Trade Center in New York. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from World Trade Center ceremony at 8:46 a.m., then 600 words by 2 p.m., photos, video. With SEPT 11-PENNSYLVANIA; SEPT 11-PENTAGON; SEPT 11-ANNIVERSARY-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-SEPT 11 — President Donald Trump is preparing to preside over his first 9/11 commemoration in office, a mostly solemn and nonpartisan occasion in which he will be joined by first lady Melania Trump. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: White House commemoration scheduled for 8:45 a.m.; Pentagon observance at 9:35 a.m.; Pence remarks at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, ceremony at 10:35 a.m.

NKOREA-SANCTIONS — North Korea says it will make the United States pay a heavy price if a proposal Washington is backing to impose the toughest sanctions ever on Pyongyang is approved by the U.N. Security Council this week. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Security Council vote not expected until afternoon or evening. With UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-SANCTIONS — U.S. calls for vote on new North Korea sanctions.

APPLE-ESCALATING PHONE PRICES — Apple is expected to demand some $1,000 for the fanciest iPhone it has ever made, thrusting the market into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that has become an indispensable part of modern life. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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BANNON-COMEY — Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FASHION-RIHANNA — Rihanna rides into New York Fashion Week like a rock star. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OBIT-OHLMEYER — Don Ohlmeyer, longtime network TV executive, dies at 72. SENT: 430 words, photos.

EMMYS-CREATIVE ARTS — "SNL" hosts Dave Chappelle, Melissa McCarthy win Emmy Awards. SENT: 220 words, photos.

TV-DEF COMEDY JAM 25 — Chappelle, Lawrence, Hughley celebrate "Def Comedy Jam 25." SENT: 370 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MYANMAR-ATTACKS-THE WOUNDED — Overwhelmed Bangladesh hospital struggles to cope with violent injuries inflicted on Rohingya fleeing Myanmar. SENT: 540 words, photos. With MYANMAR-ATTACKS — Bangladesh offers land to shelter Rohingya fleeing Myanmar; UNITED NATIONS-HUMAN RIGHTS — U.N. rights chief: Rohingya seemingly face "ethnic cleansing"; MYANMAR-ATTACKS-THE LATEST.

CHINA-TAIWAN-ACTIVIST — A Taiwanese pro-democracy activist pleads guilty to subverting state power in China's first criminal prosecution of a nonprofit worker since Beijing passed a law tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NORWAY ELECTION — Norway's election sparks a wide-ranging debate about national values, with voters wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union and what its responsibilities are toward asylum-seekers. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls close at 3 p.m.; developing.

PORTUGAL DROUGHT — While parts of the United States and the Caribbean are drowning in water, a drought is tightening its grip on wide areas of Portugal. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SPAIN CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in a rally to celebrate Catalan National Day, a demonstration that has come to symbolize the push by many in the powerful, northeastern region for independence from the rest of Spain. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Rally at 11 a.m.

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NATIONAL

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HURRICANE IRMA-MEDIA — It's a paradox of hurricane coverage: people on television spend days warning the public to get out of harm's way, then station their correspondents squarely in the middle of howling wind and rain and hope they don't get hurt. SENT: 730 words, photos.

TEXAS SHOOTING — At least eight people are dead, including the suspect, after a shooting at a home in Plano, Texas, authorities in North Texas say. SENT: 170 words, photos, video.

MENENDEZ TRIAL-THE JUDGE — Some of the fireworks in the bribery trial of Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez haven't come from stories of luxury vacations paid for by a wealthy doctor who is also on trial but from the verbal jousting between U.S. District Judge William Walls and attorneys on both sides. SENT: 750 words.

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BUSINESS

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GREECE-GOLD-MINE — Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold on Monday threatened to suspend a major investment in Greece in 10 days, accusing the government of delaying permits and licenses. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW — Scandals. Recalls. Threats of bans. The diesel engine is a public enemy for many environmental activists and politicians. By Business Writer David McHugh. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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JORDAN-PRIYANKA CHOPRA — Actress Priyanka Chopra meets with Syrian refugee children in her role a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and says the world needs to do more to help those displaced by war — through individual donations if governments won't step up. An AP Interview. By Karin Laub. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MISS AMERICA — The newly crowned Miss America isn't worried that she may start her reign in a Twitter war with Trump, who she says shouldn't have pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. SENT: 470 words, photos.

EMMYS-PREVIEW — Sunday's Emmycast won't be a start-to-finish nail-biter. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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SELLING WEED — Former NFL player Frank Hawkins, who owns a legal marijuana shop in Las Vegas, believes it's time the league awakened to the benefits of marijuana over pain pills for current players. By Sports Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

OLYMPIC BIDS-POLLING — Los Angeles commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to Southern California, even though there are questions about whether anyone there is all that excited about an event that is still 11 years away. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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