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:
— VATICAN-FAMILIES (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— BRITAIN-MIGRANT RESCUE (upcoming)
— UNITED STATES-IRAQ (sent; developing)
— GOP 2016-ADELSON MONEY (sent; developing)
— DEM 2016-SANDERS (sent; may develop)
— CAMPUS POLICE RIFLES (sent)
— UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-BODY (sent; developing)
— DENNIS HASTERT (sent; developing)
— PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY RELEASE (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— BRITAIN-STUFFED ASTRONAUT (upcoming)
— MUSIC-ROCK HALL (sent; developing)
— JERRY LEWIS (upcoming)
— NCAA-VILLANOVA PARADE (upcoming)
— HISTORIC DOCUMENTS-SALE (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
VATICAN-FAMILIES — Pope Francis says Catholics should look to their own consciences rather than rely exclusively on church rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful. Francis makes no explicit change in church doctrine and upholds church teaching on the lifelong bond of marriage between a man and a woman. SENT: 1,480 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m. With: VATICAN-FAMILIES-HIGHLIGHTS (sent); VATICAN-FAMILIES-REACTION (upcoming); VATICAN-FAMILIES-POPE VS POPE, a look at this pope’s words vs. those of popes past (upcoming)
EUROPE-MIGRANTS – Greece resumes deportations to Turkey, sending 124 people from Lesbos to a Turkish port amid protests. It remains unclear whether the new action from the European Union will deter the waves of humanity fleeing war and deprivation from taking to the sea to seek better lives in Europe. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.
BRITAIN-MIGRANT RESCUE – The text came in broken English, but it was frightening enough to set off a trans-Atlantic rescue effort that saved the lives of a young Afghan boy and 14 other migrants trapped in a locked truck in England. “I ned halp darivar no stap car no oksijan in the car no signal iam in the cantenar. Iam no jokan valla,” read the message that flashed on the cellphone of a charity volunteer attending a conference in New York. The SMS from Ahmed, a boy of about 7, set off a series of calls that led to police smashing open the truck and rescuing the people inside. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ – John Kerry is visiting Baghdad to meet Iraq’s leaders and discuss the fight against the Islamic State. The unannounced stop includes talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other top officials amid military gains against IS but Iraqi political uncertainty. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
SYRIA – Syrian monitors and a relative of a senior Egyptian al-Qaida figure fighting in Syria say he was killed in a U.S. drone strike there this week. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-STUFFED ASTRONAUT – After soaring high into the stratosphere, Sam the Dog is now the world’s most sought-after stuffed animal. English schoolkids have launched a social media-driven hunt for the mascot, who disappeared following a high-altitude science experiment captured on camera. UPCOMING: 250 words by 11 a.m., photos.
GOP 2016-ADELSON MONEY — Ted Cruz will have hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders all to himself this weekend in Las Vegas as he addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from spot events.
DEM 2016-SANDERS — Bernie Sanders’ claim that Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified to be president is unlikely be the last blow struck by a candidate who pledged to stay away from negative campaigning. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
OBAMA — The president attends three fundraisers in California. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; final event is at 10 p.m. EDT.
CAMPUS POLICE RIFLES – Once a rarity on campuses, semi-automatic rifles are becoming a standard part of the arsenal for college security forces — firepower they say could make a difference the next time a gunman goes on a rampage. Some students have misgivings about the trend. SENT: 920 words, photos.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-BODY – Investigators believe a man who appears in campus surveillance video pushing a bicycle is responsible for the brutal killing of a first-year University of Texas dance student, the Austin police chief said Friday. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
DENNIS HASTERT – Prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation due Friday in Hastert case. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from sentencing memo expected to be filed early Friday afternoon.
PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY RELEASE – A Washington state psychiatric hospital that a man accused of torturing a woman to death escaped from already faces federal scrutiny over safety programs and attacks on patients and employees. SENT: 920 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, new approach of 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.
ISLAMIC STATE-AMERICANS-UNEXPECTED RADICAL – The federal terror case against a young man from a family of leading voices against radical recruitment in Minneapolis’ large Somali community is proving to be a cautionary tale for activists and others trying to dissuade Somali teens from radicalization: Waiting until they’re teenagers is waiting too long. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.
HISTORIC DOCUMENTS-SALE – A rare newspaper printing of a journal kept by a young George Washington and a small inscribed Bible carried by an American soldier during the Battle of Bunker Hill are among hundreds of historic documents being sold at a New York City auction. SENT: 450 words.
SPACE STATION – SpaceX is set to make its first delivery to the International Space Station since a launch accident last June. On board: a load of supplies and the station’s first inflatable room. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.; developing from 4:43 p.m. launch, photos.
NCAA-VILLANOVA PARADE The city fetes the men’s basketball champs from Villanova with a parade and rally. UPCOMING; 130 words by 1 a.m., updates from 1 p.m. parade, 2 p.m. rally, 400 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC-ROCK HALL – Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, NWA and Steve Miller are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a Brooklyn ceremony. With photos, video. Event starts at 8 p.m.
PEOPLE-JERRY LEWIS — Jerry Lewis shares his thoughts about turning 90 and celebrates at his home away from home, the Friars Club, on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 p.m., photos, video.
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