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-ASIA TRADE (upcoming)
— NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)
— METRO-NORTH-DELAYS (sent; developing)
— CALIFORNIA DROUGHT (sent; developing)
— HOUSTON-POLITICS OF FLOODING (upcoming)
— OVERTIME PAY – Q&A (upcoming)
— AP POLL-ECONOMY-PUBLIC OUTLOOK (sent; may develop)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— PENIS RECIPIENT (upcoming)
— FACEBOOK-CONSERVATIVES (upcoming)
— GOOGLE SHOWCASE (sent; developing)
— ON THE MONEY-STARTUP INVESTING (upcoming)
— MELANOMA-IMMUNATHERAPY (upcoming)
— MADONNA-PRINCE TRIBUTE (sent)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— HOUSTON-POLITICS OF FLOODING-THINGS TO KNOW (upcoming)
— OVERTIME PAY – Q&A (upcoming)
SOUTH AFRICA SANDBOARDING BOYS (sent, with text)
US AK RESCUE – Dash cam catches dramatic rescue of man from burning SUV (sent, with 150 words)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
CAMPAIGN 2016 — Bernie Sanders wins Oregon primary, Kentucky Democratic primary is too close to call. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
DEM 2016-SANDERS — The rift between Bernie Sanders and his adopted Democratic Party is approaching a breaking point, with the former independent defiant as Hillary Clinton continues her steady march to the presidential nomination. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. (A version without this angle is on the wire, SENT: 850 words, photo.
GOP 2016-CHRISTIE-TRUMP – Donald Trump said earlier this year that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “totally knew” about the George Washington Bridge scandal. On Thursday, he will attend a $25,000-per-person fundraiser to help the state’s Republican party retire hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt remaining from the scandal’s legal expenses. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photo.
OBAMA-ASIA-TRADE — Obama cites commerce with Vietnam as an example of the potential benefits of globalization, and it’ll be on the agenda as he visits the country next week to push a trans-Pacific trade deal that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.
OBAMA — Obama participates in Democratic National Committee roundtable. UPCOMING: Developing from 3:50 p.m. event, 500 words by 5 p.m., photo.
CONGRESS-ZIKA — Republicans controlling the House head toward vote on money to fight Zika virus. President Obama says the money is not enough and has threatened a veto. SENT: 620 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 700 words by 4 p.m., photo.
HOUSE-DEFENSE BUDGET — GOP-led House is pressing ahead with a $602 billion defense policy bill that seeks to halt an erosion of the U.S. military’s combat readiness. The White House has threatened a veto. SENT: 620 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ — Top U.S. commander for the Middle East says a series of deadly attacks by Islamic State operatives in and around Baghdad may be a sign that the militants are “reverting to their roots” as a terrorist organization. SENT: 350 words, photo.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS – Nigerian soldiers have found one of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists from Chibok town, her uncle says, describing her as pregnant and traumatized but otherwise fine. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SRI LANKA-FLOODS – Massive landslides triggered by torrential rains crash down onto three villages in the central hills of Sri Lanka, and more than 200 families are missing and feared buried under the mud and debris, the Sri Lankan Red Cross says. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ECUADOR QUAKE – A powerful magnitude-6.7 earthquake hits Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating temblor hit a month ago, knocking out power and rattling scared residents in their sleep but otherwise causing only limited damage. SENT: 390 words, graphic. UPCOMING: photos, video.
CUBA-US BACKLASH HAVANA – The tsunami of capitalism that crashed onto Cuba with the filming of “Fast and Furious 8,” the premiere of Chanel’s spring line and the arrival of the first U.S. cruise ship in decades has intellectuals calling on the government to resist the lure of foreign money. UPCOMING: 875 words.
SOUTH AFRICA-SANDBOARDING BOYS – A group of South African boys in Atlantis, a poor area near Cape Town where drug gangs operate, go sandboarding every Friday in a welcome diversion from the hard streets where crime lures many young men. SENT: 560 words, 12 photos.
AFGHANISTAN – At least 20 people were killed in flash floods that hit the northern Afghan province of Sari Pul, an official said on Wednesday. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
METRO-NORTH-DELAYS — Commuters into and out of New York’s famed Grand Central Terminal faced crippling delays Wednesday, one day after a raging fire broke out beneath elevated train tracks. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
HOUSTON-POLITICS OF FLOODING – With its clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. But these days, it’s happening with frightening regularity, the result, according to experts, of climate change and runaway development in the only major U.S. city without zoning rules. UPCOMING: 1,500 words with photos, video and graphic. With HOUSTON-POLITICS OF FLOODING-THINGS TO KNOW.
SEVERE WEATHER-TEXAS – Parts of South Texas have been hit with hail the size of tennis balls as storms dumped up to 4 inches of rain. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing. Pursuing photos and video.
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT – Strict rules adopted at the height of California’s drought leading many people to let their lawns turn brown may soon end as state regulators consider letting local communities decide how to keep their own water use in check. SENT: 410 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 2 p.m.
POLICE SHOOTING-MIDTOWN MANHATTAN – One person died and another was wounded after a police shooting during morning rush hour Wednesday in a busy, tourist-filled area of midtown Manhattan. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
POLICE PURSUIT – The man charged with leading police on a 50-mile car chase from Massachusetts to New Hampshire that ended with officers punching him as he appeared to surrender is scheduled to appear in court. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; timing uncertain.
WRESTLER-GIRLFRIEND’S DEATH — A prosecution expert is scheduled to take the stand Wednesday on the second day of a hearing to determine whether pro wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is competant to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend. SENT: 130 word. UPCOMING: Developments from hearing to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT, 400 words by 5 p.m.
WINE BISCUITS — Lawmakers vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow bakers to get a special license to make a classic treat in Rhode Island’s Italian-American neighborhoods: wine biscuits. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon; updates after evening vote; 500 words by 8 p.m.
HUSBAND’S FOURTH MURDER TRIAL — Closing arguments to be heard in the fourth murder trial of a wealthy New York man accused of killing his estranged wife in 2001. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
ROADWAY ASHES MYSTERY – Police in a southern Alabama town say news stories about a box of human ashes found on the roadside near a framed American flag led a man to claim the items. SENT: 130 words.
PENIS RECIPIENT — Thomas Manning describes what motivated him to tell the world of his penis transplant. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
MELANOMA-IMMUNATHERAPY, HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m. – CHICAGO — Results from the largest study of patients with the most dangerous and advanced kind of skin cancer are released, showing long-term benefits with an immune-targeting drug. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. UPCOMING: 500 words EMBARGOED for release at 5 p.m.
FACEBOOK-CONSERVATIVES – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with conservative leaders on Wednesday following accusations that the company downplays conservative news subjects. UPCOMING: 400 words following meeting, timing unknown.
GOOGLE SHOWCASE – Google unveils its vision for phones, cars, virtual reality and more during its annual conference for software developers. SENT: 530 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. event, then 700 words by 5 p.m., photos. With GOOGLE SHOWCASE-THE LATEST.
DIGITAL LIFE-GOOGLE ANDROID UPDATES — Google announces improvements to its Android phone software, but most people won’t get them until next year, if ever. Delays in delivering Android updates are not new, but they’ve been a greater concern given security risks. Here’s why it’s tough to fix. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.
AP POLL-ECONOMY-PUBLIC OUTLOOK — Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an election race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national economy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With: AP POLL-ECONOMY-METHOD
OVERTIME PAY-Q&A – If you’re a lower-paid retail manager, will the Obama administration’s new overtime rule mean a guaranteed raise? Maybe; maybe not. A Q&A on the likely consequences of the new overtime rule being unveiled Wednesday. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon, 800 words by 3 p.m.
ON THE MONEY-STARTUP INVESTING — Usually only rich people and venture capitalists invest in startups. But now more regular folks are getting the chance, thanks to major changes to federal law. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 2 p.m., photos. With:— ON THE MONEY-STARTUP INVESTING-GLANCE
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRANCE-CANNES-LOVING – The Cannes Film Festival film most likely to garner Oscar attention later in the year is Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” a tender love story about a biracial marriage that changed America’s marriage laws. Nichols and his stars discuss their movie. By UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photos.
MADONNA-PRINCE TRIBUTE – The executive producer of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards is defending the decision to have Madonna pay homage to Prince, which has been met with some criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition. SENT: 380 words.
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