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)
— DEM 2016-NEW YORK (upcoming)
— TAX HAVEN USA (upcoming)
— OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-USERS GUIDE (upcoming)
— ALLERGAN-PFIZER (sent; developing)
— JORDAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES (sent; developing)
— TEXAS EXECUTION (sent; developing)
— ON THE MONEY-KIDS ID THEFT-Q&A (upcoming)
— BKW–NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURE (upcoming)
— MUSIC-ROCK HALL-FEUDS (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— BORDER FENCE-VIDEO (upcoming)
— HIDDEN AIRFARE HIKE (upcoming)
— FRANCE-LE PEN-GAS CHAMBERS (sent; developing)
— VATICAN-VISUAL BUCKET LIST (sent)
NKOREA-COFFEE TIME-PHOTO GALLERY — Pyongyang may be one of the few major cities left on Earth where you can’t find a Starbucks, but it’s brimming over with coffee shops. Eight photos, text.
US CT HUSKIES CELEBS (CR) — Celebrations filled the University of Connecticut campus after the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team won their fourth straight NCAA championship. The Huskies defeated Syracuse 82-51.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-USERS GUIDE — People use offshore accounts for more than just hiding bribes and laundering money. Really. A look at how offshore accounts are used by regular people. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photos.
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION — The president of Ukraine becomes the latest prominent politician to deny wrongdoing after his name was linked to secretive offshore accounts arranged by a Panama law firm. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
JAPAN-UKRAINE-OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS — One day after the prime minister of Iceland resigned, the president of Ukraine defends himself in the massive leak of records on offshore accounts that has named political officials, business and celebrities from around the world. SENT: 260 words, photos.
JORDAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES — The first Syrian family to be resettled to the U.S. under its speeded-up “surge operation” departs to the United States from the Jordanian capital, Amman. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ATTACKS-FAKE PASSPORTS — Your lost or stolen passport may have found a new life in the shady underworld of a crime gang or in the pocket of a terrorist plotting an attack. SENT: 750 words, photos.
AZERBAIJAN-ARMENIA — A cease-fire is largely held around Nagorno-Karabakh despite claims of sporadic violations after an outburst of fighting that has raised fears of an all-out war. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BANGLADESH-ARSENIC — A new report estimates that some 20 million Bangladeshis are still being poisoned by arsenic-tainted groundwater drawn from government wells. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
POLAND-WALESA — Lech Walesa, Poland’s former president and legendary founder of the Solidarity freedom movement, insists In an interview with The Associated Press he never collaborated with the communist secret police in the 1970s and voiced deep frustration at having to constantly respond to the allegations. SENT: 400 words, photos.
FRANCE-LE PEN-GAS CHAMBERS — Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and former head of France’s far-right National Front party, has been convicted of denial of crimes against humanity for repeating that the Nazi gas chambers are a “detail” of World War II history. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
VATICAN-VISUAL BUCKET LIST — Pope Francis blesses the eyes of a 5-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight. SENT: 140 words, photos, video.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT – Judge Merrick Garland got emotional as he stood in the Rose Garden with President Barack Obama and recounted his path toward Supreme Court nominee. Now, in meeting after Senate meeting, he smiles and utters pleasantries. This is a man forced to go through the motions. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 – Donald Trump emerges from Wisconsin as damaged front-runner following crushing loss to rival Ted Cruz. Bernie Sanders still lags Clinton significantly in the delegate count. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-HOW IT HAPPENED – Explanation of the results, based on poll and vote count data. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos
DEM 2016-NEW YORK – Hillary Clinton’s loss to Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin raises the stakes in her upcoming primary battle in New York, which she represented in the Senate for eight years. SENT: 920 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photo.
GOP 2016-DELEGATE FIGHT – Ted Cruz has been quietly gaining precious delegates on Donald Trump — who’s moved in the opposite direction. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photo.
GOP 2016-WALKER’S RESURGANCE – Wisconsin primary put Gov. Scott Walker back into the spotlight, and he helped deliver the state for former rival Ted Cruz. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. photo.
CAMPAIGN 2016-OBAMA-TRUMP – President Barack Obama is starting to embrace his role as the anti-Trump, warning his policies are already damaging America’s brand. SENT: 680 words, photos.
TEXAS EXECUTION — The U.S. Supreme Court is asked to block the scheduled execution of a Texas man who says he was drunk and high when voices convinced him to kill a 12-year-old boy and drink his blood. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from execution set for after 7 p.m.
TREATING ADDICTION-SOBER HOMES — The nation’s epidemic of painkiller and heroin addiction is fueling runaway demand for a once-obscure form of housing known as “sober homes,” where recovering addicts live together in a supervised, substance-free setting to ease their transition back to independence. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 2 p.m., photos.
VIRGINIA FUNDRAISING — In the Old Dominion, fancy gifts are out, but luxury fundraisers are still in. An Associated Press analysis of campaign finance records shows Virginia’s elected officials have hosted birthday blowouts, high-dollar hunting and fishing trips, and expensive golf tournaments in efforts to raise money. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.
MINE EXPLOSION-SENTENCING — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for his role in an explosion that killed 29 miners. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. sentencing.
BORDER FENCE-VIDEO – A viral video that captured two drug smugglers scaling the border fence with federal agents stationed nearby is a regular occurrence on the U.S.-Mexico line, and it raises questions about why the Border Patrol lets such things happen. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
JOE MEDICINE CROW-FUNERAL – Funeral services are planned for Wednesday for the last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow Indian Tribe, Joe Medicine Crow, who died over the weekend at 102. UPCOMING: Developing from a 1 p.m. funeral, photos, video.
TAX HAVEN USA — The United States is emerging as a top tax haven alongside Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1 p.m., photos.
ALLERGAN-PFIZER — The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., will stay put thanks to aggressive new Treasury Department rules that succeeded in blocking Pfizer from acquiring rival Allergan and moving to Ireland — on paper — to reduce its tax bill. SENT: 900 words, photos. With With: — ALLERGAN-PFIZER-GLANCE (upcoming).
ON THE MONEY-KIDS ID THEFT-Q&A — They might not be old enough to swipe a credit card or take out a loan, but you still need to keep an eye on your little one’s credit. Kids can be victims of identity theft, too, and it often goes unnoticed by parents for years. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1 p.m., photo.
HIDDEN AIRFARE HIKE — The three largest U.S. airlines have changed the way they price multi-city trips, forcing those who book such itineraries to pay hundreds of extra dollars in airfare. There is a workaround, but it’s complicated. UPCOMING: 680 words by 11 a.m., photo.
FACEBOOK-HIGHLIGHTING VIDEO — Facebook is rearranging the notification panel on its mobile apps in an effort to widen the audience watching live video on its social network. SENT: 300 words.
UNITED NATIONS-DIABETES — The World Health Organization says excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth drove a nearly four-fold increase in worldwide cases of diabetes over the last quarter-century, affecting 422 million people in 2014. SENT: 140 words.
WHITE HOUSE-ZIKA – White House to transfer leftover money from fighting Ebola to efforts against Zika virus. SENT: 450 words, photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC-ROCK HALL-FEUDS — All you need is love. But sometimes, it’s in short supply, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has exposed feuds and petty slights through its history. This year is no different. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
MUSIC-DAVID GILMOUR — The guitar solo from Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” is one of the most famous in rock ‘n’ roll. But the author of that lick, David Gilmour, feels no pressure to perform it note for note during his rare live shows. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
BKW–NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURE — NCAA to mull over whether they will play all three women’s championships in the same city again. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., photos.
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