BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15,ADVISORY


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.

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HIGHLIGHTING:

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Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:

— DEM 2016-BERNIE KEEPS WINNING (upcoming)

— GOP 2016-SENATE-CRUZ (sent; developing)

— OBAMA (sent; developing)

— HEALTHBEAT-ZIKA-POLL (upcoming)

— OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION (sent; developing)

— IRAQ-ISLAMIC STATE (upcoming)

— TEXTING SUICIDE (sent; developing)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:

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— TV-AMERICAN IDOL-FINALISTS (sent; developing)

— LADY GAGA’S CHILDHOOD PIANO (sent)

— SPACE STATION (upcoming)

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PHOTOS:

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IRAQ-ANTIQUITIES-PHOTO GALLERY – After the destruction wreaked on archaeological sites by the Islamic State group, the collections at the Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad have become even more important. It’s now one of the only places you can find relics from ancient cities that fell into the extremists’ hands. SENT: 290 words, with 10 photos, highlighted by CAIMA501. UPCOMING: Interactive featuring 3-D models from the museum.

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Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):

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POLITICS

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DEM 2016 — The Democratic race for president takes a page from the GOP race, as Bernie Sanders calls out Hillary Clinton as unqualified to serve as president. SENT: 115 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

DEM 2016-BERNIE KEEPS WINNING — Bernie Sanders says: “Despite what the corporate media is telling you, there is a path to the nomination.” If such a track exists, it’s not entirely clear what that is. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

SENATE 2016-MISSOURI-TRUMP — When Donald Trump came to St. Louis last month for a raucous rally with thousands of people, Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was more than 130 miles away at a Farm Bureau event — potentially a symbol of intentional distance and an election-year dilemma facing GOP senators in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and elsewhere. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

GOP 2016-SENATE-CRUZ — Ted Cruz is increasingly winning over voters to his presidential bid — but he’s still not winning over fellow Republican senators. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach by 2 p.m. With GOP 2016-CRUZ DELEGATES — Cruz outmaneuvering Trump in hand-to-hand GOP delegate fight.

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WASHINGTON

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OBAMA – Obama returns to the University of Chicago Law School to argue his case for why the Senate should give Judge Merrick Garland a seat on the Supreme Court. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words after 3:30 p.m. speech.

UNITED STATES-IRAN — Kerry meets with Iran’s most fierce rivals in the Persian Gulf region ahead of Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia to calm allies more about the Iran deal. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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WORLD

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OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-INVESTIGATION — The German newspaper that first obtained the so-called Panama Papers, a vast trove of documents on offshore companies, said Thursday that it won’t publish all the files, arguing that not all are of public interest. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-PUTIN – President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any links to offshore accounts and described the Panama Papers document leaks scandal as part of a U.S.-led plot to weaken Russia. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.

IRAQ-ISLAMIC STATE – The push by Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces into the center of the strategically important Islamic State-held town of Hit in the western Anbar desert was slow and methodical, involving days of fighting that trapped thousands of civilians and allowed IS militants to dig in and stage counterattacks. But Iraqi officers now say the decision to use siege tactics was justified to prevent the extremists from escaping and to keep casualties low. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 3 p.m., photos.

CYPRUS-HIJACKED PLANE – Cyprus official: hijack suspect to be extradited to Egypt. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: May be updated.

FRANCE-GUNFIRE – Paris police detain gunman who fired shots near cafes targeted in last November’s attacks; No injuries reported. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BELGIUM-BRUSSELS ATTACKS – Belgian prosecutors have launched a public appeal for any information on the “man in hat” suspect in the Brussels Airport suicide bombings that killed 16 people. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

VENEZUELA-POWER RATIONING – Public employees in Venezuela will take long weekends for two months under the government’s latest bid to ease a nationwide power crisis. SENT: 280 words.

NETHERLANDS-UKRAINE-REFERENDUM – What once seemed a quaint formality has turned into a serious challenge to the European dream, after a Dutch vote on a Ukraine-EU free-trade deal amounted to a raised middle finger toward the European Union. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.

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US

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TEXTING SUICIDE – Massachusetts’ highest court is set to hear arguments in the case of a teenager charged with manslaughter for allegedly sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photo.

SEVERE WEATHER – Storms injure several in Georgia, cause damage in Alabama. SENT: 210 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated. With SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.

MILITARY-SEXUAL ASSAULT – Military takes cues from colleges and universities to stem sexual assault, a problem that has been the target of crackdowns in recent years for both higher education and the armed forces. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.

PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY ESCAPE – Two men, including one who was arrested for murder but found not competent to stand trial, have escaped from a psychiatric facility in Washington state and authorities are warning they pose a danger to others. SENT: 220 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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HEALTH

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HEALTHBEAT-ZIKA-POLL — Americans don’t know a lot about the birth defect-causing Zika virus that is sweeping through neighboring parts of the world, according to a new poll that found 4 in 10 say they’ve heard little to nothing about the mosquito-borne threat. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3:30 p.m. AP Graphic.

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SCIENCE

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SPACE STATION – Forget blow-up air mattresses. The International Space Station is getting its first inflatable room, a technology demo meant to pave the way for serious Mars expeditions as well as out-of-this-world tours. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos developing from 12:30 p.m. briefing.

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BUSINESS /ECONOMY

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4 FED LEADERS — Their words move markets. Their plans stir speculation. Their tenures spark debate. And on Thursday evening, all four living Fed leaders, past and present, will gather for a public conversation to take stock of the outsize role each has played. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m.

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SPORTS

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BRUSSELS ATTACKS-WOUNDED ATHLETE – Sebastien Bellin, a 6-foot-9 giant once celebrated for his skills on the basketball court, is today better known as the man who was photographed lying bloody on the floor of Brussels’ main airport after the March 22 bombings. As he recovers in a Belgian hospital, Bellin says he is grateful the picture was taken, because it shows him how close to death he was, and reminds him of the people who helped save his life. SENT: 850 words, photo.

MASTERS-JACK’S ADVICE – Jack Nicklaus says there is “nothing magical’ about doing well at Augusta National. As the 80th Masters begins, the six-time champion discusses the six tough shots that players must get through to have a good chance at a low score. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Play gets underway at 8:20 a.m.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-AMERICAN IDOL-FINALISTS – Two finalists set for last “American Idol” showdown. SENT: 90 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 8 p.m. show.

TV-NOTHING LEFT UNSAID — For much of his career, CNN’s Anderson Cooper rarely talked publicly about being Gloria Vanderbilt’s son. That’s in the past now, with the release of an HBO documentary this weekend where he interviews her about her lift. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.

LADY GAGA’S CHILDHOOD PIANO – Lady Gaga’s childhood piano is going on the auction block in New York next month with a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $200,000. SENT: 410 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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At the Nerve Center, Richard Somma can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Alyssa Goodman (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Phil Holm (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact [email protected] or call 877-836-9477.

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