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:
— 2016-ELECTION RDP (sent; developing)
— OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION (sent; developing)
— OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-ICELAND (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— AZERBAIJAN-ARMENIA (sent; developing)
— IRAQ-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)
— NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-VILLANOVA CELEBRATES (upcoming)
— TYLER PERRY (sent)
— PAID FAMILY LEAVE-SAN FRANCISCO (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— PAID FAMILY LEAVE-SAN FRANCISCO (sent; developing)
— NFL STREAMING (sent; developing)
— DENMARK-SEIZING VALUABLES (sent)
— SUBWAY-CALORIES (sent)
— FACEBOOK-AUTOMATED PHOTO DESCRIPTION (sent)
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP — AP Photos FF162, FF160, FF163 — Villanova’s Kris Jenkins sinks a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats its first national title since 1985, 77-74 over North Carolina. Twenty-five photos, text, videos.
TOURIST HELICOPTER CRASH — Five people are killed in a helicopter crash in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. Eight photos, text.
US CA CAT HOUSE — A Central California woman has turned her twelve acre, four-thousand square foot ranch home into what’s believed to be the largest no-kill, no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center in the country. With text, photos.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION — Governments around the world try to contain the fallout from the publication of thousands of names of rich and powerful people who conducted offshore financial activity through a Panamanian law firm. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day.
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION — Iceland’s president says he has refused a request from the prime minister to dissolve the parliament and call a snap election amid a row over the premier’s offshore tax affairs. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-TAX HAVENS — There is one part of the British Empire on which the sun still does not set: its tax havens. The huge leak of documents from a Panamanian law firm has renewed calls for the U.K. to clamp down on its far-flung, low-tax territories. But that is easier said than done. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Thousands of people being held in migrant detention camps with the prospect of deportation to Turkey apply for asylum, Greek authorities say, which could slow the rate of returns under a European Union-Turkey deal. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
DENMARK-SEIZING VALUABLES — Danish police say a law passed two months ago that requires refugees and other migrants to hand over valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,500), has not resulted in a single seizure. SENT: 320 words.
AZERBAIJAN-ARMENIA — Azerbaijan’s defense ministry says it has agreed on a cease-fire in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region starting noon local time Tuesday, after the heaviest fighting in the disputed region since 1994. SENT: 610 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
BELGIUM ATTACKS-THE WOUNDED — Bombing survivor Walter Benjamin is sharing the story of his convalescence on social media in heart-rending posts appealing for residents in Belgium to put aside hate in this time of tragedy. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
IRAQ-ISLAMIC STATE — Iraqi forces are facing heavy resistance as they push toward the center of a town held by Islamic State militants in western Anbar province, commanders at the scene say. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA — Syrian insurgents shoot down a government warplane in the north of the country and shell a predominantly Kurdish neighborhood in the city of Aleppo, killing at least nine people, opposition monitoring groups and state media say. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
AFGHANISTAN-SCHOOL SECURITY —One of Afghanistan’s proudest achievements is getting millions of children, especially girls, back into school since the toppling of the Taliban, but that gain is crumbling across the south and in other parts of the country. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.
CHINA-NORTH KOREA — China bans most imports of North Korean coal and iron ore, the country’s main exports, in a significant increase in pressure on the North under U.N. sanctions against its nuclear and missile tests. SENT: 610 words, photos.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, meets with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and two other Democrats. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. meetings, 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.
2016-ELECTION RDP – Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders angle for wins in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primaries. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos, with updates throughout the night. With 2016-ELECTION-EXIT POLL — Highlights. UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-BORDER WALL – To force Mexico to pay for border wall, Donald Trump would cut off billions in money transfers Mexican immigrants in U.S. send home. SENT: 460 words, photos.
PAID FAMILY LEAVE-SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is poised to require six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents — a move that advocates say is a first for any city in the country. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from a 5 p.m. vote, photos, video.
FERGUSON-FINANCES — Implementation of Ferguson’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice is at stake as voters in the St. Louis suburb consider two proposed tax increases. SENT: 490 words. UPCOMING: Updates during day; polls close at 8 p.m., results to follow.
CLEVELAND-BODIES FOUND — The Ohio Supreme Court reviews the death sentence of Anthony Sowell, condemned to die for killing 11 women in Cleveland and burying them around his property. SENT: 480 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing, then 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
EVICTION SHOOTING — The father of a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl accidentally shot by a constable serving eviction papers faces a preliminary hearing on homicide charges. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
SAGE GROUSE-NEVADA GRAZING — Conservationists sue the Bureau of Land Management to block the construction of fences in northern Nevada they say are intended to appease livestock ranchers at the risk of harming sage grouse and the drought-stricken federal rangeland. SENT: 590 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates after 2 p.m. event.
DIGITAL LIFE-SECURE YOUR PHONE-TIPS — The government hack of an iPhone used by a purported terrorist serves as a reminder that the phones and other electronic devices aren’t impenetrable vaults. Here are a few things you can do to keep your iPhone or Android phone safe. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
NFL STREAMING — The NFL picks Twitter to stream its Thursday night games. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
FACEBOOK-AUTOMATED PHOTO DESCRIPTION — Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network. SENT: 380 words, photo.
SUBWAY-CALORIES — Subway is moving ahead and posting calorie counts on menu boards nationally despite another delay in a federal rule requiring the information. SENT: 550 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TYLER PERRY — With continued successes on OWN, new projects and films, Tyler Perry keeps proving he knows what the audiences want, and proving his doubters wrong. SENT: 1,560 words, photos. With TYLER PERRY-OPRAH WINFREY (sent).
TV-AMERICAN IDOL-WHERE ARE THEY – “American Idol” brought pop stardom to just a handful of contestants, but others who competed over the years made an impression. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-VILLANOVA CELEBRATES — Students and fans welcome home Villanova — national champions for the first time in 31 years. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m., photos.
BKW-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP — Breanna Stewart and UConn are one victory away from an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship. Standing in the way is Syracuse, which is making its first appearance in the title game. UPCOMING: Developing from 8:30 p.m. tipoff. With hometown lead on losing team, the Latest and other sidebars on merit.
NORTH CAROLINA WRAPUP — A title-winner by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins overshadows a remarkable shot by North Carolina’s Marcus Paige and caps a season in which the preseason No. 1 rolled through college basketball’s toughest conference and most — but painfully not all — of the NCAA Tournament. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m., photos.
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