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 (upcoming)
— DEM 2016-DEBATE (upcoming)
— UNITED STATES-PHILIPPINES (sent; developing)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)
— SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT (sent; developing)
— BIG BANKS-PROFIT PROBLEMS
— FILM-TRIBECA-JON STEWART (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— WARRIORS-HUMBLE KERR (upcoming)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP-CAMPAIGN MANAGER (sent; developing)
— TAX TIME-EXTENSIONS-THINGS TO KNOW (upcoming)
— CANADA ASSISTED SUICIDE (sent; developing)
— DIGITAL LIFE-VR NEWBIE (upcoming)
–TV-BILL MAHER (upcoming)
US CA BRYANT – Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks to the press after scoring 60 points in his final NBA game, leading the Lakers to a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz. It was his first 50-point game since 2009. With text, photos, video.
US PA TRUMP 2 – Donald Trump asked a Pittsburgh crowd ‘How’s Joe Paterno?’ The former football coach died in 2012. With text, photos, video.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
CAMPAIGN 2016 – New York’s matzo factories and diners will take a backseat to the debate stage and talk show circuit Thursday as the presidential field — two Democrats and three Republicans — descends on the nation’s largest city. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos.
DEM 2016-DEBATE – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders meet for a final debate before the pivotal New York primary. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.; then developing from 9 p.m. debate.
GOP 2016-DELEGATE FIGHT — First, Steve Barlock discovered he had to join the Republican Party to support Donald Trump in the Colorado GOP caucuses. That was the easy part: What followed was a misadventure that could plague the GOP front-runner unless Trump’s grassroots supporters, often political outsiders themselves, get more help navigating the inside battle for delegates. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-CAMPAIGN MANAGER – A Florida prosecutor’s office plans to hold a news conference amid reports that presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager won’t be prosecuted over a videotaped altercation with a female reporter. SENT: 170 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. news conference.
SYRIA — Syrian troops exchange fire with rebels in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday in a renewed bout of fighting that could further mar peace talks underway in Geneva. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS – Hundreds of people march in Nigeria’s main cities to demand the safe return of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists two years ago from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ISLAMIC STATE – Iraq’s counterterrorism forces are increasingly relying on air power in the battle to take full control of a key town in western Anbar desert from Islamic State militants, the elite force’s commander says. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE – A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 strikes southern Japan, causing some damage but there was no danger of a tsunami. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRUSSELS-ATTACKS – Belgian prosecutors say a judge has ordered Mohamed Abrini and five others arrested in connection with the attacks in Paris and Brussels to be held for another month. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
POPE-MIGRANTS – Just a week after Europe started sending migrants back to Turkey, Pope Francis is heading to a Greek island to voice his solidarity with the people who have streamed into Europe fleeing war, poverty and persecution. SENT: 890 words, photos.
RUSSIA-PUTIN — Mixing wry jokes with economic statistics, Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to reassure the nation during his annual marathon call-in TV show, promising that its troubled economy will rebound and vowing to make other countries reckon with Russia’s interests. SENT: 780 words, photos.
BRAZIL-POLITICAL CRISIS — President Dilma Rousseff’s chances of surviving impeachment are growing slimmer now that three parties have decamped from her governing coalition in 24 hours and Brazilian legislators begin preparing for a crucial vote on the question expected this weekend. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
APNEWSBREAK: CANADA ASSISTED SUICIDE – Canada’s new assisted suicide law will only apply to Canadians and permanent residents, meaning Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Developing from government’s announcement at 11:00 a.m.
SOUTH KOREA-PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION-ANALYSIS – South Korean President Park Geun-hye is entering the fight of her political life following her party’s shocking defeat in parliamentary elections. SENT: 620 words, photos.
NKOREA-PAIN AT THE PUMP — Gas prices are surging in Pyongyang, putting the pinch on what has been a major growth in traffic over the past few years. The cause of the hikes isn’t clear, but they come as North Korea is facing tougher international sanctions over its nuclear program and could put a damper on the North’s nascent, and officially frowned-upon, market economy. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CZECH-CZECHIA – Czechia will soon be synonymous with the Czech Republic. Unlike most European countries, the Czech Republic has lacked a one-word version of its name in foreign languages. SENT: 130 words.
UNITED STATES-PHILIPPINES – The United States reveals for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region. SENT: 931 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
AVIATION BILL – The Senate votes on a bill that boosts airport security, extends new protections to airline passengers and would criminalize reckless use of drones. The House version of the bill has become bogged down in a dispute over whether to privatize air traffic control operations. UPCOMING: Developing from Senate action Thursday; timing uncertain.
KERRY-CUBA — Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Cuban-American leaders in Miami about the recent thaw in relations between the United States and the country they fled. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.
OBAMA-WOUNDED WARRIORS — President Obama greets the Wounded Warrior Ride cyclists to the White House. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:35 a.m. event on South Lawn of White House.
CALIFORNIA NUT THEFTS – Sophisticated crime rings are increasingly making off with truckloads of California’s treasured nut crops despite efforts by authorities to crack down on such heists costing millions. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT – The man accused of gunning down former Saints defensive end Will Smith is a soft-spoken, respectful team leader who always calls older women “ma’am,” his pastor and his high school coach say. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
DEPUTY CONSTABLE SHOT-HOUSTON – A deputy constable is expected to recover after undergoing several hours of surgery after he was shot four times while talking to another constable after a traffic stop, authorities say. SENT: 390 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
MANSON FAMILY-PAROLE – Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson’s followers to take part in one of the nation’s most notorious killings, is trying again for parole. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from 11:30 a.m. hearing.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DIG – Lawyers for a former boarding school student have done some digging at the school to look for what he says is a buried coffee can containing explicit, pornographic images created by a teacher. UPCOMING 400 words by 2 p.m.
FRANCISCANS-CHILD SEX ABUSE – Three Franciscan friars who have headed a central Pennsylvania order are set for a preliminary hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to molest more than 100 children. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 9:30 a.m. hearing; 600 words by 5 p.m.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS-NEW YORK – New York becomes the last state to legalize professional mixed martial arts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. bill signing; 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.
BIG BANKS-PROFIT PROBLEMS – Big banks aren’t banking much in the way of profits. Energy loans turning bad, low interest rates and volatile markets are dragging down first quarter results for the nation’s biggest banks and making the financial sector the worst performing part of the stock market. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
GLOBAL FINANCE – Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, hold opening news conferences as the annual spring meetings of global finance officials begin in Washington. UPCOMING: 130 words after news conferences end around 10:45 a.m.
TAX TIME-EXTENSIONS-THINGS TO KNOW – Procrastinators rejoice: tax day is a bit later this year and if you can’t make that, there’s still time to file for an extension. UPCOMING: 450 words by 11 a.m., photos.
EUROPE-AIRLINE SECURITY – European Union lawmakers approve a scheme to share airline passenger information that nations hope to use to track foreign fighters travelling to and from conflict areas like Syria and who might pose a danger in Europe. SENT: 420 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-VR NEWBIE – Virtual reality hype has been largely lost on non-gamers like our reporter — so she’s been trying out VR demos ranging from virtual rollercoasters to the Tribeca Film Festival’s storyscapes immersive storytelling showcase. UPCOMING: 700 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-TRIBECA-JON STEWART – Among the films at Tribeca is a documentary, to premiere Thursday, executive produced by Jon Stewart about a Syrian refugee camp that puts an up-close, human face on refugee crisis. Stewart discusses the film, and life after “The Daily Show,” in an interview. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TV-BILL MAHER – Marijuana can serve a host of creative uses. Case in point: TV host Bill Maher. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.
FRANCE-CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – Sean Penn’s “The Last Face” competing at Cannes festival. SENT: 650 words, photos.
WARRIORS-HUMBLE KERR – Steve Kerr insists this historic season is not about him — even if he is perfectly entwined between his record-setting, 73-win Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls team Kerr played for 20 years ago that just lost its wins record to the team Kerr now coaches. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.
DRAFT-TITANS-RAMS TRADE – The Tennessee Titans agrees to trade the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams. SENT: 660 words, photos.
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