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:
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— KOREA-TENSIONS (sent; may develop)
— DEM 2016-SUPERDELEGATES (upcoming)
— GOP 2016-CRUZ (upcoming)
— BIDEN-IRAQ (sent; developing)
— GUNS-TRACING FIREARMS (upcoming)
— HEALTH OVERHAUL-PREMIUMS (upcoming)
— NFL DRAFT (sent; developing)
— PRINCE-DEATH (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— HOUSE-WOMEN IN DRAFT (sent; developing)
— FATAL CRASH-GEORGIA STUDENTS (sent; developing)
— OHIO SHOOTINGS (sent; developing)
— SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT (sent; developing)
— ON THE MONEY-FLIGHT CHANGES (upcoming)
— AMAZON-PRIME NATION (upcoming)
— DIGITAL LIFE-AMAZON KINDLE OASIS (upcoming)
— PRINCE-MUSIC VAULT (upcoming)
— FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW-JODIE FOSTER (upcoming)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— SYRIA TIMELINE (sent)
JAPAN HOLOGRAMS – You can waltz with Leo, pirouette to “Swan Lake” or join Beyonce on the disco floor. SENT, with text and photos.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
SYRIA – A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria’s devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled. SENT: 1130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With a separate explainer on the importance of Aleppo.
KOREAN-TENSIONS – A suspected powerful intermediate-range North Korean missile crashes moments after liftoff, South Korea’s Defense Ministry says, in what would be the second such embarrassing failure in recent weeks. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: May develop.
BRITAIN-HILLSBOROUGH VERDICTS – Lawyers representing some of the families of 96 soccer fans crushed to death in a crowded stadium in 1989 have filed a civil suit against two British police forces, alleging misuse of power in office. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
FRANCE-HANDBAG THIEVES – French police officers say thieves have driven a vehicle into a Chanel store in central Paris just before dawn, crashing through the boutique’s shutters and setting the car ablaze as they made off with an unspecified number of luxury handbags. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.
DEM 2016-SUPERDELEGATES – Bernie Sanders defied expectations to turn his long-shot presidential bid into a real threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton. But as his path to the White House becomes all but impossible, some supporters are lashing out at a system they believe was engineered against them from the start. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-CRUZ – A look at Ted Cruz’s decision to choose Carly Fiorina as his GOP vice presidential running mate. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GUNS-TRACING FIREARMS – The flow of guns across state lines has long flummoxed law enforcement, and it’s a hot topic in this presidential campaign season. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, glance by 3 p.m.
GOP 2016-DONOR LOCKOUT — Cruz and John Kasich are having a tough time attracting establishment Republican donors even as they intensify their efforts to derail Trump’s nomination. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
BIDEN-IRAQ – Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq for a visit intended to help resolve a political crisis that’s hindering efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
HOUSE-WOMEN IN DRAFT – House committee narrowly approves measure to require women to register for the military draft. SENT: 397 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-PREMIUMS – Expect insurers to seek significant premium increases under Obama’s health care law this summer ahead of the political conventions. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
FATAL CRASH-GEORGIA STUDENTS – 4 University of Georgia students killed in car crash. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Developing; school’s president plans briefing at 11 a.m.
OHIO SHOOTINGS – Grieving family members will gather for funeral services in the days ahead to remember eight of their own who were killed in what authorities are calling a “cold-blooded, calculated massacre” in rural Ohio. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Funeral for Gary Rhoden begins at noon.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTING – The man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic will return to court for a discussion of his mental health. UPCOMING: Developing from an 11 a.m. court hearing, photos.
SCHOOL SHOOTING – Pretrial hearing for 15-year-old charged in school cafeteria shooting that injured four students, with a plea agreement expected. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing, then 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.
SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT – Hearing set for man accused of killing New Orleans Saints player Will Smith. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. hearing.
WHITEY BULGER-GIRLFRIEND -The longtime girlfriend of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is sentenced on a criminal contempt charge. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates from 3 p.m. sentencing hearing.
WEST VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT – In West Virginia bid, friends turn foes for high court judge. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
AMAZON-PRIME NATION – Amazon has been investing heavily in its $99 annual Prime loyalty program, which now offers groceries, instant deliveries, streaming video and other perks. The payoff? About 50 million subscribers, and a nation increasingly reliant on the e-commerce powerhouse. Will wrap in earnings. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photo.
DIGITAL LIFE-AMAZON KINDLE OASIS – Unless you’re a diehard reader, you might not want to pay $290 for the Kindle Oasis. Here’s why. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
ON THE MONEY-FLIGHT CHANGES — Airline schedule changes are often frustrating. Suddenly a mid-morning flight shifts to one leaving before sunrise or a leisurely layover turns into a mad dash to the next gate. Savvy travelers realize that sometimes schedule changes — usually an hour or more — allow the freedom to make itinerary adjustments without paying hundreds of dollars in fees. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m.
COMCAST-DREAMWORKS — Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
ABBOTT-ST JUDE ACQUISITION — Abbott Laboratories will spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical Inc. in a cash-stock deal that aims to strengthen the medical device maker’s share of the market for cardiovascular care. SENT: 310 words, photo. UPCOMING: May be updated.
NFL DRAFT – With the Rams and Eagles having traded up to secure the top two spots, where they have said they will take quarterbacks, it’s San Diego that likely will determine the flow of the rest of the first round of the NFL draft. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Draft begins at 8 p.m.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
PRINCE-DEATH – Several news organizations are reporting that prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
PRINCE-MUSIC VAULT — An hour before Prince’s death, fans looking online were likely to find just a handful of his performance videos and almost none of his recorded music. In the days since he died, YouTube has been flooded with hundreds of hours of Prince songs, concert footage, TV appearances and music videos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW-JODIE FOSTER – Jodie Foster discusses her upcoming film, “Money Monster,” and being one of remarkably few female directors helming a major studio release this summer. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TV-DETECTORISTS — “Game of Thrones” and “The Office” character actor Mackenzie Crook hits gold with comedy series “The Detectorists,” which he wrote, directed and stars in. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.
CUBA-HEMINGWAY — Ernest Hemingway left Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro’s revolution, as relations with the United States began to fall into a deep freeze. Over five decades later, the author of “The Old Man and the Sea” returns to the island — thanks to the magic of the silver screen. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.
PEOPLE-CARRIE PRESTON — In the seven seasons of “The Good Wife,” Carrie Preston has appeared 14 times, but her spacey yet keenly observant attorney, Elsbeth Tascioni, is one of the show’s most popular characters. Now Preston’s flexing her sitcom comedy chops on the new NBC series “Crowded.” UPCOMING: 450 words by 1 p.m., video.
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