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:
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
–ECONOMY (sent; developing)
–NUCLEAR SUMMIT (developing)
–OBAMA-SUPREME COURT (sent; developing)
–SEVERE WEATHER (sent, developing)
–CHICAGO SCHOOLS-WALKOUT (sent; developing)
–AUTO SALES (sent, developing)
–TESLA-LOWER PRICED CAR (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
GOOGLE-APRIL FOOL’S – Google is acknowledging that it pranked itself after an April Fool’s Day Gmail tweak angered some people who use Google’s email for work. SENT: 100 words.
ARKANSAS-LAND MINE EVACUATION – Crews safely detonate Civil War-era land mine in Arkansas. SENT: 130 words, photos.
ODD–CAT-VOTER REGISTRATION – A Florida election official is working to help confused voters after one person reported that a registration flier had been sent home for her dead cat. SENT: 100 words.
CHOCOLATE MILK STUDY — University acknowledges ‘shortcomings’ of controversial study that touted benefit of a company’s chocolate milk for high school athletes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
CAMPAIGN 2016 – Wisconsin presidential primary emerging as crucial lifeline for Republicans trying to stop Trump. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
OBAMA-SUPREME COURT – President Barack Obama heads to law school next week to push his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
NUCLEAR SUMMIT – Dozens of world leaders assemble for a nuclear security summit will confront a disparate array of modern-day threats, from government actors like North Korea to murkier groups like the Islamic State. Obama meets with P5+1 leaders at 10 a.m. EDT; news conference at 5:45 p.m. SENT: 710 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4p.m.
DEM 2016-CLINTON – Hillary Clinton will release a $10 billion plan aimed at revitalizing manufacturing in Syracuse on Friday, part of an effort to highlight her work as a senator from New York ahead of that state’s primary later this month. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-LOYALTY – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his decision to stick behind his controversial campaign manager is a sign of loyalty — a trait that Trump has displayed, for better or worse, throughout his career. Trump tells The Associated Press he wouldn’t have accepted Corey Lewandowski’s resignation even if it had been offered. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GUN DEATH-AUTOPSY PHOTO – The photo is jarring: a teenage girl lying on a slab, her chest sliced open exposing skin, bone and blood. There’s a gaping wound in the left side of her head. It’s hard to look at, but Nardyne Jefferies has made it her mission since her daughter was killed in a drive-by shooting to make sure Americans — especially politicians — are forced to look at what gun violence does. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
SEVERE WEATHER – A severe weather system moves east toward the Carolinas after setting off tornadoes that swirled through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. SENT: 550 words, photos, video. UPCOOMING: Developing.
CHICAGO SCHOOLS-WALKOUT – Picket lines and protests will meet students and parents who show up at Chicago school buildings Friday as teachers in the nation’s third-largest district launch an unprecedented one-day strike they say is aimed at getting lawmakers to adequately fund education and other programs. SENT: 450 words, photos. With: CHICAGO SCHOOLS-WALKOUT-Q&A. Will be updated from morning protests.
KOCH FOUNDATION-GEORGE MASON – George Mason University, a public school outside the nation’s capital, has quietly become a conservative powerhouse in economics and law, a reputation built in part with tens of millions of dollars a year from billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch. SENT: 1,300 words, photo.
PHONY RETURNS – Across the US, state tax authorities are taking new steps against what officials say is an upsurge in identity thieves filing false returns and directing the ill-gotten refunds to their own accounts. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.
PIGEON KEEPERS-FIRE – A fire kills 500 pigeons, part of a dwindling number of birds that take to the skies in competitions. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.
INDIA-OVERPASS COLLAPSE – Police detain five officials from a company building an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighborhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80. SENT: 650 words, photos. With INDIA-OVERPASS COLLAPSE-PAST DISASTERS -SENT: 330 words, photos.
ONLY ON AP: ATH-KENYA-BREAKING BANS – That banned runners can compete speaks to loose policing of Kenya’s offshore running industry. Kenya’s athletics federation says it has 4,000 athletes registered in its database and concedes that it struggles to keep close track of runners who compete, and often train and live, overseas. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SOUTHEAST ASIA-DROUGHT – Severe drought in Southeast Asian countries is wilting crops and reigniting criticism of Chinese dams on the rice-bowl-sustaining Mekong River. SENT: 970 words, photos.
NKOREA-SHIPPING-SANCTIONS – Searches of North Korean ships under new U.N. sanctions that were imposed in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test are inexcusable and North Korea won’t tolerate them, a North Korean maritime official says in an interview with Associated Press Television News. SENT: 380 words.
NKOREA-INTERNET CRACKDOWN – North Korea officially announces it is blocking Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites in a move underscoring its concern with the spread of online information. SENT: 560 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-FARMERS PROTEST – Police clash with farmers blocking a highway to demand government relief in the drought-stricken southern Philippines, leaving at least two demonstrators dead and dozens injured, including at least 23 officers, officials say. SENT: 240 words, photos.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
ZIKA SUMMIT – At a one-day Zika summit, the government urges health officials from around the country to prepare for potential outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:30 p.m. briefing.
TESLA-LOWER PRICED CAR – Tesla unveiled its lower-priced Model 3 on Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
SELF-DRIVING CARS – With its Colonial-era street patterns, icy winters, notoriously aggressive drivers and high-tech talent, the Boston region would seem the perfect place to test self-driving cars and ensure they can handle anything thrown at them. But legal and liability questions are leaving local startups and some of the country’s most renowned engineering departments in a bind. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
ECONOMY – US employers add a healthy 215,000 jobs in March, yet unemployment rate ticks up to 5 percent. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMIMG: Developing.
FINANCIAL MARKETS-1ST QUARTER RECAP – A terrifying start year for investors sent the price of gold to its biggest quarterly gain in 30 years, but an analysis of 10 common investments by the Associated Press shows that regular investors who put a steady amount of money every month into an account like a 401(k) would have been far better off in stocks or bonds. UPCOMING 400 words by 1 p.m., photos, interactive graphic.
MINIMUM WAGE – California and New York —where almost one in five Americans live — move forward with raising the minimum wage to $15 hour. But will the rest of the country follow these costly, trend-setting states with Democratic leadership? UPCOMING: Developing, 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
AUTO SALES – Ford, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler each reported big U.S. sales gains in March as the auto industry appeared to be headed for its best month in more than a decade. SENT: 560 words, photos.
BRITAIN-ROLLING STONES – Rolling Stones fans can seek satisfaction at “Exhibitionism,” a show of more than 500 recordings and artifacts that is turning London’s Saatchi Gallery into a rock ‘n’ roll shrine. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.
TV-FIXER UPPER – Chip and Joanna Gaines are the stars of the hit HGTV series “Fixer Upper,” where they renovate old homes in and around their hometown of Waco, Texas. In an interview, the couple talks about the show and answers questions fans wonder about — like whether they get help with construction or if they’ll ever take the show on the road. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1 p.m., photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MILES AHEAD-DON CHEADLE – Don Cheadle has spent four decades listening to Miles Davis’ music and almost 10 years channeling the music icon to co-write, direct and star in the Davis biopic “Miles Ahead.” UPCOMING: About 850 words by 3 p.m., photos.
BOOKS-PULP THURBER – A Western written by a teenage James Thurber has been published for the first time. “How Law and Order Came to Aramie” was completed by Thurber more than 100 years ago and appears in the new issue of The Strand Magazine. The story reflects young Thurber’s immersion in pulp Westerns. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.
FILM-EVERYBODY WANTS SOME – “Boyhood” and “Dazed and Confused” director Richard Linklater revisits the past, and his own youth, once again in the spiritual sequel “Everybody Wants Some!!” about a college baseball team in the days before classes start. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
BBO–DIAMOND DATA – On a back field at Pirate City, pitching prospect Matt Benedict pulls on a shirt with sensors, each measuring every turn of his body as he throws. Biomechanics could change baseball as much as sabermetrics, with devices that have the potential to head off Tommy John surgery and even alert when pitches are being tipped. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.
FINAL FOUR-TRANSFERS – When Ryan Spangler decided he wanted to transfer out of Gonzaga and go to school closer to home, he got no objection from Bulldogs coach Mark Few. Spangler landed at Oklahoma and has helped the Sooners reach the Final Four. Not all transfers for college athletes come so easy. Restrictions on transfers vary from sport to sport, conference to conference and school to school. Many, including NCAA President Mark Emmert, would like that to change. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m.
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