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:
— GOP 2016-TRUMP DATA (sent; developing)
— LIBYA TALKS (sent; developing)
— CONGRESS-BENGHAZI (sent; developing)
— PENIS TRANSPLANT (sent; developing)
— CALIFORNIA-TOBACCO TAX (sent; developing)
— MOTOR CITY MOBILITY (upcoming)
— FRANCE-CANNES-FEMALE DIRECTORS (upcoming)
— BRITAIN-MANCHESTER UNITED (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— AGING HEALTH (upcoming)
— OBAMA-MEDAL OF VALOR (sent; developing)
— COLUMBIA-COCAINE (sent; may develop)
— MISSING SHIP (sent; developing)
— FRENCH CONNECTION DEFENDANT (sent; developing)
— SHARK BITE-FLORIDA (sent; may develop)
— FRANCE-CANNES-ROBERT DE NIRO (upcoming)
— HIGH-TECH BUFFETT? (sent; may develop)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— GOP 2016-TRUMP DATA-GLANCE (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
GOP 2016-TRUMP DATA — Donald Trump says he plans to win White House on the strength of his personality, brushes off “overrated” use of data that presidential candidates typically use to shape strategy and get out the vote. SENT: 950 words, photo. With: GOP 2016-TRUMP DATA-GLANCE— Campaign data and how it’s used. SENT: 670 words.
BRITAIN-TRUMP – Donald Trump says he may have a poor relationship with David Cameron in light of his criticism of Trump’s call for all Muslims to be temporarily banned from entering the United States. SENT: 320 words, photo. UPCOMING: May develop.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-KELLY – Months after he savaged her on Twitter and elsewhere, Donald Trump tells Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that people who are bullied “gotta get over it” and fight back. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
LIBYA TALKS — Top diplomats from more than 20 countries convene talks in Vienna aimed at bringing peace to Libya. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CONGRESS-BENGHAZI — Democrats on the House Benghazi panel are insisting that the military did what it could in response to the deadly twin attacks on Sept. 11, 2012, in Libya, highlighting comments from the panel’s former Republican chief counsel. SENT: 590 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
PELL GRANTS-HIGH SCHOOL — About 10,000 lower-income students will soon be able to take college courses while still in high school, paid for by federal Pell Grants. SENT: 410 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 2 p.m. briefing, 550 words by 4 p.m.
OBAMA-MEDAL OF VALOR —Obama honors public safety officers who tried to save lives. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:45 a.m. White House ceremony, 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.
AFGHANISTAN – Tens of thousands of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras marched on Monday through downtown Kabul, demanding the government reroute a planned power line through their poverty-stricken province so they can get more access to electricity. The massive protest reflected widespread dismay with the administration of President Ashraf Ghani. SENT: 740 words, 21 photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-MANCHESTER UNITED – The mayor of greater Manchester demands an inquiry into a security “fiasco” that saw Manchester United’s stadium evacuated after a fake bomb was left behind from a security training exercise. SENT: 410 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
KENYA-VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS – Kenyan police have fired tear gas to break up protests over electoral reforms ahead of general elections next year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ECUADOR-EARTHQUAKE-ONE MONTH LATER – One month after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed hundreds in Ecuador, international aid workers are helping grieving residents start to rebuild, and new emergency taxes are funding the recovery effort. But many remain homeless, and towns that were once tourist hotspots are flattened and empty. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
IRAN-MODELING CRACKDOWN – Iranian police have arrested eight people in a new crackdown on models who post images of themselves online without their hair covered, state media reported Monday, part of a larger cultural struggle in the Islamic Republic over the country’s future. SENT: 490 words.
COLUMBIA-COCAINE – Colombian authorities say they’ve made the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of a country long plagued by traffic in the drug. SENT: 130 words.
INDIA-BOAT ACCIDENT – Rescuers have recovered 18 bodies from a river in eastern India’s West Bengal state where an overcrowded boat sank following a village fair over the weekend, an official said Monday. SENT: 160 words, photos.
JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE – A strong earthquake has shaken Tokyo and other cities in eastern Japan, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. SENT: 130 words.
CALIFORNIA-TOBACCO TAX – A well-financed campaign whose backers include billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, medical groups and organized labor says it has collected enough signatures for a ballot measure to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 2 p.m. news conference.
MISSING SHIP – A second round of investigative hearings into the sinking of the freighter El Faro near the Bahamas will delve into possible problems with regulatory oversight of the vessel and whether there were mistakes made in loading the cargo prior to the ship’s final voyage. SENT: 490 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing.
FRENCH CONNECTION DEFENDANT – A man who authorities say was a player in the French Connection heroin ring of the ’60s and ’70s that spawned an Oscar-winning movie of the same name faces sentencing in a Connecticut drug case. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. sentencing, then 450 words by 3 p.m.
TEXAS-BUS CRASH – Federal investigators and local authorities are working to determine what caused a charter bus to crash in far South Texas, killing eight people and injuring 44 others in a one-vehicle rollover. SENT: 390 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN-INDICTED — Opening statements are expected Monday in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who is accused of accepting bribes and misusing campaign funds and federal grants to enrich family and friends. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.
US-TERRORISM-TRIAL — A Vietnamese man accused of plotting with an al-Qaida offshoot to bomb London’s Heathrow Airport in a suicide attack is scheduled to be sentenced. UPCOMIONG: 500 words by 5 p.m.
JEWISH CENTER-PLOT – A man charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school in South Florida is seeking release on bail. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SHARK BITE-FLORIDA – Woman taken to hospital with shark still attached to her arm. SENT: 130 words. AP Photo pursuing.
SEVERE WEATHER-TEXAS – Thunderstorms in parts of South Texas have dumped up to 6 inches of rain and led to some flood-related rescues in Corpus Christi. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
PENIS TRANSPLANT – A Boston hospital says a cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States. SENT: 570 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. news conference.
AGING HEALTH (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 3 p.m.) – Grandma’s cholesterol is OK, but maybe the doctor should be asking about her social life, too. A look at new research. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 3 p.m., 700 words.
HIGH-TECH BUFFETT? – Investors might question Warren Buffett’s long-standing aversion to tech stocks after his Berkshire Hathaway bought 9.8 million shares of Apple. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
MOTOR CITY MOBILITY — Automakers are facing multiple threats to their business from nimble tech firms like Apple and Uber. So century-old U.S. carmakers are reinventing themselves as “mobility” companies that can accommodate all the different ways people get around. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 11 a.m., photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRANCE-CANNES-FEMALE DIRECTORS — At the 69th Cannes Film Festival, there are only three female directors out of 21 in competition for the Palme d’Or, but their impact has been outsized. Midway through the festival, the two most lauded films of Cannes are the ones helmed by Andrea Arnold and German director Maren Ade. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photos.
FRANCE-CANNES-ROBERT DE NIRO – Robert De Niro is back in the ring for the boxing drama “Hands of Stone.” The actor talks about his fondness for the genre, stretching back to “Raging Bull.” UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
PEN GALA — J.K. Rowling will be honored for her humanitarian work Monday night in New York City at the annual gala for PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 p.m.
BOOKS-ISABEL ALLENDE – Out of superstitition, Isabel Allende begins writing all her books on Jan. 8. But when the date arrived this year, she struggled with writer’s block, and what is to be her 22nd book still has no shape, or even a title. UPCOMING: 850 words, photo by 1 p.m.
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