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)
— OBAMA-SAUDI ARABIA (sent; developing)
— FLINT WATER-CHARGES (sent; developing)
— LGBT RIGHTS-GOVERNOR’S DILEMMA (upcoming)
— MARIJUANA HOLIDAY (sent; developing)
— CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-PEACEKEEPER ABUSE (sent)
— JAPAN-MITSUBISHI MOTORS-FALSE DATA (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-GOOGLE (sent; developing)
— HIGH DRUG PRICES (upcoming)
— BETTER WEATHER (upcoming)
— NORWAY-BREIVIK (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— CLEMSON PROTEST (upcoming)
— BIBLE-OFFICIAL BOOK (sent; developing)
— TV-GAME OF THRONES-MAISIE WILLIAMS (upcoming)
— FILM-TRIBECA-LIFE ANIMATED (upcoming)
— PETS-KITTEN GAMES (upcoming)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— FLINT WATER-CHARGES -KEY PLAYERS (upcoming)
— FLINT WATER-CHARGES-TIMELINE (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
CAMPAIGN 2016 – Hillary Clinton’s New York primary win puts her closer to clinching the Democratic nomination. Donald Trump strengthens his own path. SENT: 880 words. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.
CAMPAIGN 2016-HOW IT HAPPENED — Explanation of election results, based on analysis of poll and vote count data. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
DEM 2016-CLINTON-DELEGATE DOMINANCE – Hillary Clinton’s support among party officials who are free to back any candidate they choose puts her on a solid track to clinch the Democratic nomination outright before the national convention — perhaps even before the California primary. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 12 p.m., photos.
OBAMA-SAUDI ARABIA – In Saudi Arabia, Obama meets with King Salman amid increasingly strained relations with the Saudis, who remain deeply opposed to his outreach to Iran and skeptical of his approach to Syria. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: Updates after meetings, 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.
UNITED STATES-GULF ALLIES — Defense Secretary Ash Carter presses reluctant defense ministers from six Gulf nations to provide more economic and political support to Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State Group. SENT: 640 words, photo.
CONGRESS-ENERGY – The Senate is poised to pass a wide-ranging energy bill that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. SENT: 470 words. UPCOMING: Updates after debate starts at 10 a.m., 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
FLINT WATER-CHARGES – Michigan’s attorney general will announce criminal charges Wednesday against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city’s lead-tainted water crisis, government officials familiar with the investigation say. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. news conference. With TIMELINE (upcoming)
LGBT RIGHTS-GOVERNOR’S DILEMMA – Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has emerged as the public face of an LGBT law and perhaps the biggest political loser as he suddenly finds himself in tough re-election fight already heavily swayed by the issue. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.
MARIJUANA HOLIDAY – Thousands of people are expected to descend on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to smoke pot for the annual 4/20 celebration, the unofficial marijuana holiday that some say has its roots in the Bay Area. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CLEMSON PROTEST – After rotting bananas were hung from an African-American history banner on campus, some students at Clemson University have spent the past week in a sit-in protest calling for more diversity. UPCOMING: 950 words by noon, photos.
BYU RAPE-HONOR CODE – Brigham Young University students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school’s code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-HEARING – A Baltimore judge will hear a motion by prosecutors to compel a second police officer to testify against his colleague on charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon hearing.
NEWTOWN TEACHER-GUN – A Newtown teacher arrested on a weapon possession charge at the town’s middle school is due to be arraigned. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after court hearing, timing uncertain.
BIBLE-OFFICIAL BOOK – Tennessee lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on an effort to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of a bill seeking to make the Bible the state’s official book. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ECUADOR-EARTHQUAKE – A fresh earthquake rattles Ecuador before dawn, a magnitude-6.1 jolt that was the strongest aftershock since a lethal temblor killed more than 500 people. SENT: 890 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-PEACEKEEPER ABUSE – Survivors of sexual violence by peacekeepers in Central African Republic say they’ve received little help even as the international community pledges to do more. Nearly all still live at the very site of their trauma. Few have received any ongoing medical care for post-traumatic stress or sexually transmitted infections. And the children have almost no recourse — few can identify their attackers, many of whom have already have gone to other assignments. SENT: 1,400 words. UPCOMING: Photos.
NORWAY-BREIVIK – Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik’s human rights have been violated during his imprisonment for terrorism and mass murder, a court ruled Wednesday. SENT: 310 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
AFGHANISTAN – Death toll from Taliban attack in Kabul rises to 64. SENT: 240 words. UPCOMING: Developing, photos.
SHARAPOVA HEARING – International Tennis Federation president says hearing scheduled in Maria Sharapova case. SENT: 140 words.
SYRIA – The head of a Turkey-based Syrian opposition group said Wednesday that the government of President Bashar Assad has effectively “buried” the cease-fire, warning that already-troubled peace negotiations may collapse completely. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
LEBANON-AUSTRALIA – An Australian mother and TV crew who were caught up in a high-profile child custody battle and detained in Beirut have been released on bail. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BETTER WEATHER, HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m. – Global warming has made the average daily weather for Americans more pleasant over the last 40 years. But that so-called benefit of global warming — mostly milder winters — will soon be outweighed as summer heat gets more oppressive. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m., 600 words.
HIGH DRUG PRICES — When U.S. regulators approved a powerful new pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs last summer, medical excitement quickly turned to financial panic because of the medicines’ incredibly high prices. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 10:30 a.m., photos.
JAPAN-MITSUBISHI MOTORS-FALSE DATA – Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday says it found evidence its employees intentionally falsified fuel mileage test data for several models of vehicles. SENT: 570 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
EUROPE-GOOGLE – The European Union is broadening its battle with Google, alleging that the technology giant rigs the global market for mobile apps by making its Android operating system give preferential treatment to its own products. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-DRONES — That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot : Many small companies have either built their business around drones or use them to do tasks they previously accomplished by regular planes and helicopters. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
ON THE MONEY-ADVANCE CARE PLANNING — There are many questions to consider when having discussions with doctors about care decisions that must be made if a person becomes seriously ill or incapacitated. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.
PETS-KITTEN GAMES – What do the fleet-footed footballers of the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl do in the offseason? They go for the gold in their own Summer Games, including a de-cat-lon and freestyle wrestling. The show will air in August in time for the Olympics in Rio. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos, video
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-GAME OF THRONES-MAISIE WILLIAMS – Among the legions of characters on “Game of Thrones,” Arya has remained one of its most popular throughout the first five seasons of this epic fantasy set in the make-believe continent of Westeros. Now, as the sixth season nears, “GOT” devotees are ravenous for any advance intel on the show and its stars. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.
FILM-TRIBECA-LIFE ANIMATED – The biggest story at the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival has been over the festival’s programming, and then cancellation, of an anti-vaccine documentary about autism. But “Life Animated,” a film about a young autistic man who learned speech through Disney animated movies, provides a far more inspirational and heart-warming tale. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.
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