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:
— OLYMPIC MELTDOWN (upcoming)
— LEBANON-HEZBOLLAH (sent; developing)
— LGBT-BATHROOMS (upcoming)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP (sent; may develop)
— AIRPORT SECURITY-LONG LINES (upcoming)
— NEWBORN BLOOD SAMPLES (upcoming)
— CANNES-WOODY ALLEN (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— CONGRESS-DRUG ABUSE (sent; developing)
— CRAIGSLIST-MISSING TODDLER-GRANDFATHER (sent; developing)
— STUDENT SHOT AT SCHOOL (sent; developing)
— IRAQ-SEAL FUNERAL (sent; developing)
— POWERBALL WINNER (sent; developing)
— TV-ABC-STRAHAN (sent; developing)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— CICADA TIME-THINGS TO KNOW (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
LEBANON-HEZBOLLAH – Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group mourns the killing in Syria of its top military commander, Mustafa Badreddine, who died in an explosion in Damascus — a death that is a major blow to the Shiite group, which has played a significant role in the conflict next door. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from funeral in Beirut at 10:30 a.m.
TURKEY-KURDS – Eight Turkish military personnel die in combat with Kurdish rebels and in a subsequent helicopter crash near the country’s border with Iraq, the military says. SENT: 410 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
LGBT-BATHROOMS — How the federal government wants schools to balance the protection of civil rights, privacy and dignity of transgender kids with those of everyone else. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Spot version sent as LGBT RIGHTS-WHITE HOUSE; more analytical angles upcoming today. 750 words, photos.
CONGRESS-DRUG ABUSE – Lawmakers have an election-year incentive to show they’re tackling a problem — opioid abuse — that’s killing people in America’s biggest cities and smallest towns. SENT: 630 words. UPCOMING: 700 words after late afternoon votes.
SENATE-WOMEN IN DRAFT — A requirement for women to sign up for any military draft is the next fight in the cultural wars. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OBAMA-NORDIC SUMMIT — Obama meets with the leaders of five Nordic countries at the White House for a summit on security, environmental and refugee issues. SENT: 390 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With NORDIC SUMMIT-STATE DINNER.
UNITED STATES-CHINA — The Pentagon releases its annual report on China’s military, focusing on its military buildup on contested islands in the South China sea. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. release.
GOP 2016-TRUMP — The billionaire who prided himself on paying his own way and bashed his competitors for their reliance on political donors now wants the same kind of money, and lots of it. Donald Trump recently hired a national finance chairman, scheduled his first fundraiser and is about to sign a deal with the GOP to let him solicit six-figure checks from supporters. SENT: 960 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
NEWBORN BLOOD SAMPLES — An Indiana lawsuit seeking the destruction of up to 2.5 million blood samples taken from newborns for disease-testing is the latest court battle pitting the interests of science — and potentially law enforcement — against individuals’ privacy rights.. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.
CRAIGSLIST-MISSING TODDLER-GRANDFATHER – Atlanta police say they’re searching for a missing toddler and his grandfather, both of whom disappeared after trying to complete a bunk bed purchase via the online sales site Craigslist. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
STUDENT SHOT AT SCHOOL – Officials say a student has been wounded in a shooting at a high school in Greenville, South Carolina. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING :Developing.
POLICE OFFICERS SHOT – Two New Hampshire police officers were shot early Friday and a manhunt is underway for an armed suspect, police in Manchester said. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
MISSING GIRL – Authorities were trying to determine why an East Tennessee man charged with aggravated kidnapping disappeared for more than a week with his 9-year-old niece. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ-SEAL FUNERAL – Mourners line the streeds in Southern California as the remains of fallen SEAL Charles Keating IV are transported to a private funeral. UPCOMING: 500 words from 3 p.m. public procession, photos, video.
SCHOOL FINANCE TRIAL-TEXAS – The Texas Supreme Court has declared the state’s school finance system constitutional — a surprise defeat for 600-plus school districts that sued. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH – Prosecutors will call more witnesses Friday in the trial for Officer Edward Nero, one of the Baltimore police officers facing charges stemming from Freddie Gray’s arrest and subsequent death after being injured in a police van. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
TITANIC HERO-GRAVE MARKER — A seaman who helped avert disaster during the evacuation of the Titanic will no longer lie in an unmarked grave in a New Jersey cemetery. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1 p.m.
POWERBALL WINNER — Eight people on Friday will claim their share of last weekend’s $429.6 million Powerball jackpot that was won with a $6 investment, the New Jersey Lottery said. SENT: 240 words. UPCOMING: Developments from 3 p.m. news conference, 500 words by 5 p.m.
SUPERSTORM-WRECKED HOME AUCTION — More than 400 wrecked houses that were purchased by New York state after Superstorm Sandy devastated shoreline communities in 2012 have been sold during auctions. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1 p.m., video, photos.
WRESTLER-GIRLFRIEND’S DEATH – A Pennsylvania judge is set to hear testimony Friday on whether former professional wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is mentally competent to stand trial in the death of a woman more than three decades ago. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m.; 400 words by 5 p.m.
CICADA TIME-THINGS TO KNOW – Loud and low-carb: 17-year cicadas are back in Ohio, West Virginia. SENT: 650 words, photo.
MICROBE PROJECT-WHITE HOUSE – The White House is beginning a major project to better understand the communities of microbes that are crucial to the health of people and the planet. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 1 p.m. EDT White House event.
ANCIENT AMERICANS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m.) – A stone knife and other artifacts found deep underwater in a Florida sinkhole show people lived in that area some 14,500 years ago. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m., 650 words, photos.
AIRPORT SECURITY-LONG LINES – Facing a growing backlash over long lines at airports – with summer travel about to begin – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger speak to reporters at National Airport. UPCOMING: Developing from event starting at 11:30 a.m. 700 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
SUBARU RECALL – Subaru is telling owners of some newer Legacy and Outback vehicles not to drive them because the steering can fail. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing
OLYMPIC MELTDOWN – Doping scandals. Bribery allegations. Zika fears. Political, economic and corruption crises. What else could go wrong? UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-ABC-STRAHAN – Michael Strahan co-hosts his final daytime talk show with Kelly Ripa on Friday. SENT: 240 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-CANNES-WOODY ALLEN – The latest explosion of allegations against Woody Allen have returned moviegoers to a familiar place: debating the ethics of seeing, and possibly, loving Woody Allen films. This time, film critics and reporters are doing the soul searching. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon EST, photos.
FRANCE-CANNES-INEQUALITY — The Cannes Film Festival, where yachts are moored offshore and luxury boutiques line the Croisette, is an unlikely place for protest over economic inequality. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.
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