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:
— OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— TRAIN DERAILS-PENNSYLVANIA (sent; developing)
— PRINCETON WOODROW WILSON (sent; developing)
— NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP (upcoming)
— ALASKA AIR-VIRGIN AMERICA (sent; developing)
— INTEL CEO-TV STAR (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— AIRLINE QUALITY (sent; developing)
— OBAMA-NATO (upcoming)
— FRANCE-IRAN (sent)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-BEER TEST (upcoming)
EUROPE-MIGRANTS coverage (sent; developing).
TURKEY MIGRANTS (CR) — The first group of migrants to be deported under a European Union plan to limit the amount of migration to Europe arrive in Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos (sent; developing).
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION — The release of a vast trove of documents and other data on offshore financial dealings of wealthy, famous and powerful people around the world is raising questions over the widespread use of such tactics to avoid taxes and skirt financial oversight. SENT: 990 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, with updates throughout the day; video.
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-RUSSIA — The spokesman for Vladimir Putin dismisses suggestions that the Russian president is involved in an offshore account scheme as a smear likely motivated by “Putinophobia.” SENT: 240 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-UKRAINE — A look at the future of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s shaky government after revelations that he used offshore accounts to protect his wealth, possibly evading taxes in his country. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
SYRIA — Syrian government forces fire their guns in celebration amid still smoldering buildings inside the town of Qaryatain hours after recapturing it from Islamic State militants. An Associated Press crew traveling to the town, once home to a sizable Christian population, witnesses the ravages inflicted on a fifth-century monastery that was bulldozed by the extremist group last year. UPCOMING. 800 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS — A controversial European Union plan to curb migration and smash smuggling rings in Turkey begins as 202 migrants from two Greek islands are piled onto boats heading back to Turkey. SENT: 660 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ — Militants unleash a wave of suicide attacks across Iraq, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens, officials say. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
KOREAS-A SHATTERED DREAMLAND – Every year, thousands of North Koreans risk imprisonment, or worse, to leave their homeland, many hoping to eventually reach the South. Instead, they often find themselves lost in a nation where they thought they’d feel at home, struggling with depression, discrimination, joblessness and their own lingering pride in the repressive nation they left behind. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
AZERBAIJAN-ARMENIA — Fighting rages around the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, with Azerbaijan saying three of its troops have been killed in the past 24 hours and the Armenian president warning that the hostilities could slide into a full-scale war. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
PHILIPPINES-US MILITARY — Thousands of U.S. and Philippine troops, along with Australian defense forces, begin annual drills to prepare to quickly respond to a range of potential crises, including in the disputed South China Sea. SENT: 460 words, photos.
FRANCE-IRAN — France’s national air company management is meeting Monday with unions worried female cabin crew could be disciplined if they refuse to work the company’s new route to Iran, for which they must wear a headscarf. SENT: 130 words.
CHINA-EATING DOG — Animal rights activists are seeking to shut down an annual summer dog meat festival in southern China blamed for blackening the country’s international reputation as well as fueling extreme cruelty to canines and unhygienic food handling practices. SENT: 510 words, photos.
OBAMA-NATO — President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:10 a.m. photo op, 300 words by noon, photos.
MEDICAID-LONG-TERM CARE – The federal government is pushing states to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and, instead, enroll them in home and community-based programs. SENT: 800 words, graphic.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battle over Wisconsin, where voters cast ballots on Tuesday. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
SENATE 2016-TRUMP — Endangered Senate Republicans campaigning for re-election are blowing off questions about Donald Trump. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
DEM 2016 — Hillary Clinton campaigns in New York, looking ahead to the April 19 primary, while Bernie Sanders pushes for a win in Wisconsin. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-BEER TEST — At the bar outside of Milwaukee, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton fully pass the so-called “beer test” — the candidate voters most want to share a beer with. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRAIN DERAILS-PENNSYLVANIA — Amtrak trains are running on schedule on the Northeast Corridor, a day after a train struck heavy equipment on the tracks outside Philadelphia, killing two railroad workers. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
PRINCETON WOODROW WILSON — Woodrow Wilson’s name will remain on Princeton University’s public policy school, despite calls to remove it because the former U.S. president was a segregationist. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
MINIMUM WAGE-CALIFORNIA — California’s governor is setting in motion the most populous state’s climb toward the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022. SENT: 470 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from noon signing.
CATS VS BIRDS — A battle is brewing on New York’s Jones Beach over the natural tension between cats and birds: A lawsuit claims the state is failing to adequately protect the endangered piping plover by allowing cat lovers to feed and care for a colony of feral felines. SENT: 600 words, photos.
DRONE DELIVERY — Drone delivery might be years away in the U.S., but it’s becoming a reality in Rwanda this summer. A San Francisco-based drone delivery company says it’ll start making its first deliveries of blood and medicine in Rwanda in July. SENT: 470 words.
ALASKA AIR-VIRGIN AMERICA — Alaska Air Group Inc. is buying Virgin America in a deal worth more than $2 billion, combining their West Coast presence and reigniting the debate over airline consolidation. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
AIRLINE QUALITY — More flights are arriving on time and airlines are losing fewer bags, yet more consumers are complaining about air travel. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates with airline rankings by 11 a.m., photos.
OIL DOWNTURN-HOUSTON — For generations, anyone who lived in Houston long enough was sure to feel the pain of an oil bust — but 21st century Houston isn’t like its oil-dependent predecessor. Even as the price of oil has plummeted, Houston has carried on, maintaining a jobless rate of 4.7 percent in February, slightly better than the national average. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos.
TESLA-ORDERS — Tesla Motors’ CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 last weekend. SENT: 340 words, photo.
PHILIPPINES-DENGUE VACCINE — The Philippines launches the first public immunization program for dengue fever, seeking to administer to a million schoolchildren the world’s first licensed vaccine against a mosquito-borne disease that the World Health Organization estimates infects 390 million people a year globally. SENT: 530 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
INTEL CEO-TV STAR — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is trying to do for the chipmaker what Donald Trump did for his political career — give it a boost by being on national TV. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
MARATHON BOMBING-PLAY — Boston Marathon Bombing: The Play? It sounds improbable, but “Finish Line: The Untold Stories of the 2013 Boston Marathon” opens Thursday with a simple mission — to tell the stories of bravery, resilience and recovery through the eyes of people who lived them. SENT: 690 words, photos.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP — The year of the senior wraps up Monday night with North Carolina playing Villanova for the national title. UPCOMING: 900 words developing from game starting at 9:18 p.m., photos. With sidebars on losing team and MVP, plus NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST.
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