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:
— DEM 2016-CALIFORNIA (upcoming)
— AP POLL-CAMPAIGN 2016-HOW RUDE (upcoming)
— JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE (sent; developing)
— SYRIA-BACK TO PALMYRA (sent)
— LGBT RIGHTS-FURNITURE MARKET (upcoming)
— 1957 KILLINGS (upcoming)
— FLINT WATER (sent; developing)
— LAKERS-AFTER KOBE (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— BILL COSBY (sent; developing)
— GIRLS STABBING PLOT (upcoming)
— FILM-TRIBECA-DAVID BYRNE (upcoming)
— HITLER AUCTION (upcoming)
— RUSSIA-HARVESTING ORGANS (sent)
— BRITAIN-OBIT-MIND THE GAP MAN (sent)
JAPAN EARTHQUAKE (CR) – Raw: Aftermath of deadly Japan earthquake.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
DEM 2016-CALIFORNIA – If Bernie Sanders can pull off a surprise victory in delegate-rich California, it will start in a newly leased Hollywood office led by a rangy, goateed 34-year-old who has never run a statewide campaign and seven months ago was working as a deputy program director for Airbnb. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
DEM 2016-SANDERS – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives in Rome for a Vatican conference steeped in his lifelong passions of economic and social justice, briefly departing New York just days before its critical primary to show solidarity with the teachings of Pope Francis. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from Sanders speech at 10 a.m.
JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE – A still shocked resident from a town in southern Japan recounts his terror the previous night as he examines the damage from a powerful earthquake that brought down buildings and left nine people dead. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
SYRIA-BACK TO PALMYRA – Thousands of residents of the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra who fled the rule of Islamic State militants have made use of a cease-fire to briefly return to check on their homes and salvage what they can — some carpets, blankets, a fridge or a few family mementos. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
SYRIA – A Syrian government delegation has joined the new round of U.N.-mediated peace talks with an umbrella opposition group in Geneva. SENT: 560 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
KOREAS-TENSION – A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country’s founder apparently fails, South Korean and U.S. officials say, an embarrassing setback in what was reportedly the inaugural test of a new, powerful mid-range missile. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BRAZIL-POLITICAL CRISIS – The lower chamber of Brazil’s Congress begins debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, with the crucial vote slated for Sunday. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRUSSELS ATTACKS – Belgium’s transport minister has resigned after a secret EU report detailing lapses in the oversight of airport security was leaked in the wake of the bombings at Brussels airport and subway. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
RUSSIA-PUTIN-DAY AFTER – In just one day, roads of a Siberian city are repaired, swindled fishery workers get wads of cash and a child prodigy is invited to go to a Crimean summer camp. One thing made it possible: President Vladimir Putin’s Thursday call-in show. SENT: 640 words, photos.
INDIA-TIGERS – Tiger countries agree to preserve big-cat habitats because they are themselves valuable. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-OBIT-MIND THE GAP MAN – Millions know his voice. Few knew his name. Phil Sayer, whose warning to “mind the gap” is heard every day on the London Underground, has died at the age of 62. SENT: 130 words.
BRITAIN-MARS-PASTA SAUCE – Mars says some of its pasta sauces will soon carry labeling suggesting they should only be an “occasional treat.” SENT: 130 words.
AP POLL-CAMPAIGN 2016-HOW RUDE – When it comes to rudeness and disrespect in 2016 politics, the Republican presidential contest wins in a landslide, according to a new AP-NORC Poll. The survey found that 78 percent of Americans, including most Republicans, see the GOP race as discourteous. UPCOMING: 760 words by 3 p.m., photos.
UNITED STATES-SOUTH CHINA SEA – For the second time in five months, Defense Secretary Ash Carter landed aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier in the bitterly contested South China Sea, sending a deliberate message to China on American power in the region. SENT: 839 words, photos.
OBAMA-TAXES – President Barack Obama is expected to release his tax returns. UPCOMING: Developing.
LGBT RIGHTS-FURNITURE MARKET – A North Carolina city is bracing for a heavy economic hit if thousands stay away from a semiannual furniture market to protest a state law that limits protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.
1957 KILLINGS – A former Washington state security guard who a state’s attorney says was wrongly convicted in the 1957 slaying of an Illinois schoolgirl will appear in court Friday. His lawyers hope a judge will agree to let him go free after five years behind bars. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing; 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
GIRLS STABBING PLOT – A judge is considering bail reduction requests from two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill their friend as a sacrifice to the horror fiction character Slender Man. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing; 400 words by 1 p.m.
MANSON FAMILY-PAROLE – Parole has been recommended for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten by a California board who agreed she has been a model prisoner in the decades since she and the Manson cult killed a wealthy grocer and his wife. . SENT: 720 words, photos, video.
SAINTS WILL SMITH SHOT – A visitation will be held, followed by a traditional second-line parade, for former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, who was shot and killed Saturday. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.
FLINT WATER – Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts will unveil Friday in the wake of Flint’s water crisis. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m., photos.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS – Boston is marking the third anniversary of the deadly 2013 marathon bombings with subdued remembrances. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos.
BILL COSBY – The accuser in Bill Cosby’s criminal case in Pennsylvania wants a judge to void the secrecy clause surrounding their 2006 settlement given that each side accuses the other of violating the pact. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 2 p.m. hearing, 500 words by 6 p.m.
SEATTLE GARBAGE LAWSUIT – A judge hears a challenge to a Seattle law allowing garbage collectors to check people’s trash and see whether they are throwing items and food waste in the wrong bins. Critics say it’s an invasion of privacy. By Walker Orenstein. UPCOMING: Developing from a 12:30 p.m. hearing, 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TERROR CASE-SUICIDE ATTEMPT – A man who admitted plotting to blow up New York City synagogues in a case his lawyers called entrapment is in a coma after trying to hang himself in New York’s notorious Attica prison. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m., photo.
HITLER AUCTION – A controversial sculpture of a kneeling Hitler by Maurizio Cattelan is among the highlights of a special sale at Christie’s auction house next month. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 a.m., photos.
RUSSIA-HARVESTING ORGANS – After her daughter was killed in Moscow, Elena Sablina discovered six of her daughter’s organs were removed by transplant doctors without permission. SENT: 930 words.
GLOBAL FINANCE – Meetings in Washington of the Group of 20 major economies conclude with a communique and news conferences by finance officials of member nations. UPCOMING: 130 words around 1:30 p.m.
PRIVACY WARS-AP EXPLAINS – Companies like Apple and Microsoft are pushing back against the surveillance state in the courts, arguing that federal authorities have overstepped their legal authority to obtain your chats, email and other crucial information from phones and online services. Here’s what the battleground looks like right now. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-TRIBECA-DAVID BYRNE – David Byrne’s curiosity has taken him down some strange rabbit holes. But even he admits, his love of color guard – that flag-waving domain of high-school marching bands – is among his more unlikely passions. Byrne is premiering a film, “Contemporary Color,” about his staging of a color guard extravaganza, at the Tribeca Film Festival. UPCOMING: 790 words by noon, photos.
MUSIC-CHEAP TRICK – Of the acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, only Cheap Trick is hawking new product, seeking relevance in a contemporary music world light years from their late 1970s peak. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.
FILM-CHRIS ROCK-JJ ABRAMS – Chris Rock and JJ Abrams take the stage Friday night for a Tribeca Talk. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m., photos.
VIRTUAL REALITY CHECK – For the past three years, I’ve been experiencing the evolution of virtual reality at various trade shows and industry events. It wasn’t until I set up the most immersive consumer VR system on the market in my own home that I understood just how amazing and frustrating the interactive 360-degree medium can be. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1 p.m., photos.
VIRTUAL REALITY CHECK-TOP 10 — A look at the 10 best virtual reality experiences available for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 p.m., photos.
LAKERS-AFTER KOBE – Kobe Bryant’s $25 million salary, ravenous shot selection and dominant personality are gone from the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years. General manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott discuss what’s next for a history-laden franchise now lacking a contemporary identity. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m., photos.
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