Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. All times EDT.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
— EGYPT-HIJACKED PLANE (sent; developing)
— APPLE ENCRYPTION (sent; developing)
— SUPREME COURT-UNION FEES (sent; developing)
— OBAMA (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
— RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS-GEORGIA (sent; developing)
— 1957 KILLING (sent; developing)
— CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-SKIER FINDS SNOW (upcoming)
— CAPITOL GUNFIRE (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— BILL COSBY (sent; developing)
— VOTING RIGHTS-IOWA (upcoming)
— SUMMER TRAVEL-5 TIPS (upcoming)
— TV-AMERICAN IDOL FINALE
EGYPT-HIJACKED PLANE coverage (sent; developing)
PHOTO GALLERY-KENYA-RUNNERS’ TRAINING CAMP – At a high-altitude training camp in Kenya, star athletes turn their back on modernity and bling for a simple life of hard training and communal, egalitarian living. SENT: 20 photos, 750 words.
EGYPT-HIJACKED PLANE coverage (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
EGYPT-HIJACKED PLANE – An Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane during a domestic flight to Cairo and forced it to land on the island of Cyprus on Tuesday has surrendered and was taken into custody after he released all the passengers and crew unharmed. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; pursuing threads including motivation, whether he had explosives, security at airports, seeking passengers who were on the plane.
BELGIUM-ATTACKS- A week after the attacks on Brussels airport and a subway station, underground rail services are mostly running under heavy guard. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.
ISLAMIC-STATE – Syria: 150 mines removed so far in Palmyra’s ancient site. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, photos, video.
KOREAS TENSION – North Korea fired a short-range projectile from an area near its eastern coast on Tuesday, South Korean officials said, in what appears to be another weapons test seen as a response to ongoing military drills between Washington and Seoul. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.
LIBERIA-EBOLA CREMATORIUM – At the height of the Ebola epidemic, smoke from a crematorium darkened the sky and the rumble of the incinerator felt like a mini-earthquake as bodies were burned. With the epidemic over, many neighbors now want the crematorium, which stands as a reminder of those terrible months when nearly 5,000 people died, torn down. SENT: 630 words.
SUPREME COURT-UNION FEES – A tie vote from the Supreme Court means public sector unions in about half the states can continue collecting fees from workers who choose not to join. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT – Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents, becomes the first GOP senator to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Kirk has urged a vote on the nomination. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. meeting, 400 words by 4 p.m., photo.
OBAMA – The Obama administration issuing a proposed rule to increase medication-based treatment for tens of thousands of people addicted to opioids. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. Obama remarks, 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.
UNITED STATES-ASIAN LEADERS – Obama will meet with Asian leaders this week amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea. SENT: 820 words, photos.
CAPITOL-GUNFIRE – The U.S. Capitol complex reopened amid visibly higher security on Tuesday, a day after police say officers shot and wounded a man who pulled a weapon at a security checkpoint as he entered the underground Capitol Visitor Center. SENT: 800 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.
CAMPAIGN 2016 – Donald Trump plans to make his first campaign appearance in Wisconsin with a rally in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s hometown, while the four other presidential candidates are also converging on the state a week before its primary. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-TALK RADIO – Donald Trump trying to win Wisconsin primary without support of the state’s influential conservative talk radio hosts. SENT: 775 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
CAMPAIGN 2016-OBAMA-TRADE – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree on almost nothing. Except for their dislike of a sweeping agreement that would erase most tariffs and other trade barriers among the United States and 11 other nations. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS-GEORGIA – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to veto a “religious freedom” bill has supporters vowing that the issue isn’t going away. SENT: 730 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: News conference scheduled for 10 a.m.
1957 KILLING – A former security guard serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl returns to court Tuesday in his battle to convince a judge he’s innocent, while the victim’s brother has demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor to keep the man behind bars. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2:30 p.m. hearing. With 1957 KILLING-Q&A (sent)
VOTING RIGHTS-IOWA — The Iowa Supreme Court is set to consider a case that could decide whether tens of thousands of convicted felons in the potential swing state have appropriately lost their right to vote under one of the nation’s harshest bans against voting by convicted felons.UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG-MALCOLM X – Archaeologists use ground-penetrating radar to help them determine where to dig as they embark on a two-week excavation around the teenage home of slain civil rights activist Malcolm X. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photo.
FOSTER PARENT-SEX ABUSE — A New York foster parent who cared for up to 140 mostly developmentally disabled boys over the past two decades is charged with sexually abusing seven of them. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-SKIER FINDS SNOW – A year after our annual ski trip was nearly ruined by California’s drought, this time it was as if we had awakened in a white dream. The snow had returned the way we remembered it. AP reporter describes his annual ski trip amid the state’s historic drought. By Brian Melley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
PEOPLE-BILL COSBY – Judge to consider fate of Dickinson lawsuit against Cosby. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; timing uncertain.
ALASKA VOLCANO ERUPTION – Alaska volcano ash cloud covers 400 miles, cancels flights. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
APPLE ENCRYPTION – The legal fight over unlocking California shooter’s iPhone ends, but questions over privacy and future investigations remain. Plus, how did FBI unlock the device and who showed them how? SENT: 1110 words, photos. UPCOMING: 840 words by 5 p.m., photos.
SUMMER TRAVEL-5 TIPS — While lawmakers in Washington debate “transparency” in airline ticket prices, consumers are starting to book summer travel. We surveyed experts for some tips on getting the best price, fees included. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.
BRIDGE JOBS — For workers today, the journey toward complete withdrawal from the labor force can go on for many years after “retiring.” It’s a phase economists refer to as “bridge employment,” basically a period of working after leaving a career job, but before full retirement. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-AMERICAN IDOL FINALE – “American Idol,” which gave the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has one more chance to mint a star before it fades into TV and music history next week. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
MUSIC-ACM FESTIVAL — When the Academy of Country Music asked Carrie Underwood to headline its Party for a Cause festival, the Grammy-winning singer said she wanted an all-female lineup to play with her. The Women of Country Night on Friday in Las Vegas is providing exposure for female country artists who have sometimes struggled to get on country radio. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
TV-THE WALKING DEAD-FAMILIES – What’s a little gore among family members? Parents and children are spending weekly quality time together by watching “The Walking Dead” on AMC. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos, video.
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