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:
— 2016 ELECTION RDP (sent; developing)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP (upcoming)
— SYRIA-TALKS (sent; developing)
— SEGREGATED SCHOOLS (upcoming)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— AFGHANISTAN-BOMBED HOSPITAL (sent; developing)
— IOC-DOPING (sent; developing)
— AMTRAK CRASH-INVESTIGATION (sent; developing)
— LGBT RIGHTS-ONE SCHOOL (upcoming)
— OBIT-EMILIO NAVAIRA (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— SILENT HEART ATTACKS (upcoming)
— BERGDAHL (sent; developing)
— POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CHARLESTON (sent; developing)
— FATAL FREEWAY SHOOTINGS (upcoming)
— CAT CLAWS (upcoming)
— PRESS FREEDOM INSTITUTE (sent)
— FRANCE-CANNES-AMAZON (upcoming)
— GAMES-DIVERSITY IN ACTION (upcoming)
— HOMES-AGRIHOODS (sent)
— ROBOT TRUCKERS (sent)
— SNAKE IN A TREE (sent)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— BREAKAWAY CHURCHES-Q&A (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
2016-ELECTION RDP – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton looks to avoid primary losses in Kentucky and Oregon on Tuesday and blunt Bernie Sanders’ momentum as she prepares for a likely general election matchup against Republican Donald Trump. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos, with updates from developments. (Polls close in Kentucky at 6 p.m. and in Oregon at 11 p.m. With: 2016-ELECTION-THE LATEST, developing.
GOP 2016-TRUMP – Donald Trump is moving quickly to install political operatives in more than a dozen states, targeting Maine and Minnesota among others that traditionally favor Democrats. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photo.
DEM 2016 — A weekend fracas at the Nevada Democratic Party’s convention raises questions about how strongly Bernie Sanders’ supporters will back Hillary Clinton in November. SENT: 850 words, photo. With SENATE 2016-OHIO — Political group backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch is pumping another $2.2 million into television and digital ads. SENT: 290 words.
SEGREGATED SCHOOLS —Congressional investigators release report on racial and socio-economic disparities in America’s schools. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:30 p.m. event, 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CONGRESS-ZIKA — The Senate is slated to vote on three competing plans to battle the Zika virus. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: Developing from cloture votes starting at 2:30 p.m., 650 words by 6 p.m., photo.
NSA-SNOWDEN DOCUMENTS — In-house newsletters from the clandestine National Security Agency are released by an online news site — part of the mountain of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. SENT: 709 words, photo.
SYRIA – The Russian military is constructing a new army base in the central Syrian town of Palmyra, within the protected zone that holds the archaeological site listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and without asking for permission from relevant authorities, an American heritage organization and a top Syrian archaeologist said Tuesday. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA-TALKS- World and regional powers meet in an attempt to overcome stubborn divisions among Syrian factions that have led to the rise of Islamic extremists and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since violence turned to war five years ago. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
AFGHANISTAN-BOMBED HOSPITAL – A leading medical charity that suffered massive losses when U.S. helicopter gunships struck its clinic in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz is criticizing the United States for failing to pay compensation to the wounded and families of those killed in the assault last October. Doctors Without Borders says the U.S. should “urgently address” the issue even as the Afghan government prepares to rebuild the hospital with millions of dollars donated by the U.S. military. SENT: 930 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m.
IRAQ – A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, officials said — the latest in deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country’s north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
AMTRAK CRASH-INVESTIGATION – NTSB announces its findings in the investigation into the May 2015 Amtrak crash that killed eight people. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, then 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.
LGBT RIGHTS-ONE SCHOOL – Amid backlash in parts of the U.S. over gender-neutral bathrooms, one Seattle school district shares how the transition has quietly played out there over the past four years. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:15 p.m. media availability; 600 words, photos, video by 4 p.m
BERGDAHL – The military’s case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl resumes with a pre-trial hearing that could result in his court-martial being moved until after this fall’s elections. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from morning pre-trial hearing.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CHARLESTON – Federal officials plan to give details of their official review of the police department in North Charleston, South Carolina, where a former officer faces state and federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: News conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
BREAKAWAY CHURCHES-Q&A – As parishioners end 11-year church occupation, AP asks: How commonplace are such breakaway churches? Who administers the sacraments? What, if anything, can the Holy See do to stop it? By Denise Lavoie. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GUNS-MENTAL HEALTH — New Hampshire is one of the states that doesn’t report mental health records to the federal gun background checks system. That may be what allowed a man with a history of mental illness to purchase the gun he allegedly used to shoot two police officers last week. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
CHILDREN DROWNED — A former schoolteacher who fed her young children juice and windshield wiper fluid and then drowned them is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon. She says she was suffering from postpartum depression. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
FATAL FREEWAY SHOOTINGS – More than 20 drive-by shootings on two stretches of Northern California freeway have killed six, and one city is considering installing security cameras to solve what police call gang-related crimes. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAT CLAWS — Fluffy could keep her claws under legislation in New York that would make the state the first in the nation to follow other countries and prohibit the declawing of cats. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
PRESS FREEDOM INSTITUTE – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Columbia University on Tuesday announced the launch of a $60 million project, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which would use litigation as well as research and education to fight for freedom of expression in an ever-evolving digital era. SENT: 450 words.
SNAKE IN A TREE – A poisonous snake in a tree in the gardening department has bitten an employee at a home improvement store in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.
ROBOT TRUCKERS – A robot-loving engineer who helped steer Google’s work on self-driving cars is aiming to transplant the technology to trucks barreling down the highway with up to 80,000 pounds of cargo. SENT: 960 words, photos.
IOC-DOPING – In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports were caught in retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games, the IOC said Tuesday. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SILENT HEART ATTACKS – Nearly half of all heart attacks may occur without any symptoms but cause similar damage, according to a study that explored the previously-known phenomenon across broad racial and gender groups. UPCOMING: 450 words by 11 a.m.
PARENTING-BABY SHOW – New and expectant parents flocked to a Manhattan pier to scope out the latest gear and services at the New York Baby Show. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2 p.m. Tuesday, photos
HOMES-AGRIHOODS – Farms are replacing golf courses as developers look to attract a new crop of homebuyers. SENT: 840 words, photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
OBIT-EMILIO NAVAIRA- Grammy-winning Tejano star Emilio Navaira (nah-VY’-rah) has died in South Texas. He was 53. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-CANNES-AMAZON — The 69th Cannes Film Festival has been a coming-out party for Amazon Studios. The upstart digital distributor for the online retail giant has five films at the festival. Though its warm embrace of Woody Allen could pose problems, Amazon has earned praise for its adventurous filmmaker-first slate — not to mention its deep pockets. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
GAMES-DIVERSITY IN ACTION — For years, the video game industry has been criticized for not depicting a more diverse array of characters. However, a new wave of multiplayer games like “Overwatch” is featuring heroes of different races, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations and body types. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
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