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:
— GOP 2016-TRUMP (upcoming)
— NUCLEAR SUMMIT (sent; developing)
— GOP 2016-KASICH STRATEGY (upcoming)
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— WAR CRIMES-SERBIA (sent; developing)
— SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
— MINIMUM WAGE-CALIFORNIA (sent; developing)
— TESLA-LOWER PRICED CAR (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— DRINKING WATER-OHIO (sent; developing)
— MEDICARE-HIP AND KNEE (upcoming)
— FRANCE-CHILD STRANDED (sent; developing)
— BEYOND VR-AUGMENTED REALITY (upcoming)
— HUSBAND’S FOURTH MURDER TRIAL (sent; developing)
— DEFENDANT SHOCKED (sent; developing)
FRANCE-STRIKE (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
GOP 2016-TRUMP — Donald Trump’s bungled remarks and extraordinary backtracking about punishing women for abortions underscores the extent to which Trump has failed to undergo the rigorous preparation of a typical candidate and revealed the dangers of winging it on the campaign trail. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-KASICH STRATEGY — Often an afterthought in the chaotic GOP presidential contest, John Kasich is convinced he can swing hundreds of delegates to swing his way at a contested summer convention by assuring that only he can usher his party back into the White House. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-PROTESTER – Ohio student who rushed Trump rally stage has court hearing. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-WISCONSIN PROTEST – Police say they’ve located the man suspected of pepper spraying a 15-year-old girl during an altercation at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Wisconsin. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.
NUCLEAR SUMMIT — U.S. and key Asian countries seek to pressure North Korea as world leaders open a nuclear security summit in Washington. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words after Obama meeting at 10:35 a.m. With AP EXPLAINS-ASIA DIPLOMACY — Tensions in North Korea and the South China Sea are running high. SENT: 650 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-IRAN — Officials say the U.S. may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using dollars in some instances to facilitate business with Iran — a change that could prove significant for Tehran’s sanctions-battered economy. SENT: 930 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 850 words by 3 p.m.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS – Lawmakers in Greece were ready to support legislation to deport refugees back to Turkey as clashes between migrants persisted Thursday at overcrowded detention camps. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
WAR CRIMES-SERBIA – In a sweeping defeat for U.N. prosecutors, the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquitted Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj on Thursday of all nine counts alleging that he was responsible for or incited atrocities by Serbian paramilitaries in the 1990s Balkan wars. The ruling sparked joy in Serbia and outrage in Bosnia and Croatia. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
INDIA-OVERPASS COLLAPSE – Rescuers in Kolkata dug through large chunks of debris from a massive overpass that collapsed across an intersection while under construction Thursday, killing at least 15 people and injuring scores of others, officials said. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-CHILD STRANDED – An 8-year-old boy from the Indian Ocean island nation of Comoros has been in a transit zone in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport for 10 days after trying to enter France illegally. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.
FRANCE-STRIKE – Workers and students held street protests, some of them violent, across France on Thursday while train drivers, teachers and others went on strike to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour workweek and other labor rules. SENT: 450 words, 18 photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ITALY-NURSE ARRESTED – Italian police said Thursday that they have arrested a nurse on suspicion of killing 13 patients, mostly in their 80s, who underwent surgery in a state-run hospital in Tuscany. SENT: 220 words.
SYRIA- Airstrikes hit near a school and a hospital east of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people in one of the deadliest incidents since a partial cease-fire came into effect in the war-torn country more than a month ago, pro-opposition activists said Thursday. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SEVERE WEATHER– Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes as thunderstorms rolled across parts of the South on Thursday, a day after at least seven people were injured when severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns in northeastern Oklahoma. SENT: 530 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
MINIMUM WAGE-CALIFORNIA – California state lawmakers are poised to enact the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage, with gradual increases to $15 by 2022. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from noon session.
DRINKING WATER-OHIO – Ohio’s environmental regulators are proposing an overhaul of how the state and its cities deal with lead in drinking water, including speeding up notifications when lead is found at the tap. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
DEFENDANT SHOCKED – A former Maryland judge who pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom is set to be sentenced. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.
GOLD TRUCK ROBBERY – Federal prosecutors want to seize vehicles, cash, homes, guns, a boat and jewelry from the alleged South Florida mastermind of a $4.8 million gold robbery from a truck in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
GEORGIA EXECUTION – Georgia to execute man convicted in beating death. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for 7 p.m.
HUSBAND’S FOURTH MURDER TRIAL – A judge will begin hearing arguments in the fourth trial of a 54-year-old New York man accused of killing his estranged wife in 2001. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
GREEN CITY’S BLUES – Portland’s image as one of America’s greenest cities was dealt a major blow when poisonous heavy-metal “hotspots” were found in the air and soil around areas where thousands of people live, work and attend school. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos.
MEDICARE-HIP AND KNEE — From Akron to Tampa Bay, from New York City to San Francisco, starting Friday, Medicare launches a major experiment to change how it pays for hip and knee surgery. The goal is to improve quality and contain costs. Hospitals say they’re on board, but surgeons are worried. What does it means for beneficiaries? UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TESLA-LOWER PRICED CAR – Tesla Motors unveils the Model 3, its first car in the $35,000 range. The Model 3 is the most serious test yet of 13-year-old Tesla’s ability to go from a niche player to a full-fledged automaker. SENT: 730 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from event starting at 11:30 p.m., photos.
FINAL FOUR-INFRACTIONS – Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim doesn’t like using the term “clean” to describe a college sports program, because the opposite of that would mean “dirty.” Of course, nothing is so black and white in NCAA land. For proof, check out the Final Four, where Syracuse will play North Carolina despite allegations that leaders in both programs were asleep for years when it came to following the impenetrable rulebook of college sports. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.
THE KENYA-KENTUCKY CONNECTION – A probe by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF into Kenya’s offshore running industry is zeroing in on a Russian agent with a string of doping positives and associations in her Kentucky camp. Speaking exclusively to The Associated Press, one of the agent’s former athletes detailed a regimen of unidentified pills and aggressive racing schedules to maximize prize money. The agent insists she is blameless, but some U.S. races are refusing to work with her group. SENT: 2,360 words, photos. TOP VIDEO – Kenya Doping (CR HFR) – Tainted Kenyan runner won U.S. races. An abridged version of 1,020 words has also been sent.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BEYOND VR-AUGMENTED REALITY — Everyone’s talking about virtual reality these days, but an even bigger – and potentially trippier – alternative is also right around the corner: Augmented reality, which essentially beams interactive holograms into the real world. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photo.
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