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:
— FIFA INVESTIGATION (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-FLOODS (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— IRAQ-FALLUJAH (upcoming)
— TRUMP-RULE OF LAW (upcoming)
— TRUMP-LUKEWARM ENDORSEMENTS (upcoming)
— BERNIE SANDERS’ EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (upcoming)
— UCLA SHOOTING (sent; developing)
— SONS KILLED (sent; developing)
— THUNDERBIRDS-JET CRASH (sent; developing)
— SEVERE WEATHER-TEXAS (sent; developing)
— ECONOMY (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— MUHAMMAD ALI HOSPITALIZED (sent; developments uncertain)
— CHICAGO POLICE-VIDEOS (sent; developing)
— BOATER RESCUED (sent)
— OVERDOSE DRUG-EASING ACCESS (upcoming)
— MICHELLE OBAMA (sent; developing)
— MIT COMMENCEMENT-DAMON (sent; developing)
EUROPE FLOODS (sent; developing)
EUROPE FLOODS (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
FIFA INVESTIGATION – FIFA’s top officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and World Cup bonuses totaling $80 million over their last five years in office. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
MUHAMMAD ALI HOSPITALIZED – Boxing great Muhammad Ali is hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory issues, and two people familiar with his condition called his condition more serious than his previous hospital stays. SENT: 440 words, photo.
EUROPE-FLOODS – The swollen Seine River keeps rising, spilling out across its banks and some streets in Paris as curators at the Louvre scramble to protect a huge trove of art from the museum’s priceless collection from the flooding. SENT: 570 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS – Libya’s Red Crescent says 107 bodies — including many women and children — have been found in the Mediterranean Sea in the latest smuggling disaster. As the region’s high season for human smuggling kicks off, officials say it’s impossible to know how many unseaworthy boats are being launching daily from Libya to Europe — and how many never reach their target. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., 750 words by 2 p.m.
IRAQ-FALLUJAH – The battle for Fallujah is shaping up unlike others in the Iraqi army’s town-by-town war with the Islamic State group: airstrikes have been sparingly employed, potentially violent Shiite militias have so far been kept to the perimeter, and the initial advance on the symbolically important town has been slow. U.S.-trained counter-terrorism forces seem wary of the coming street battles with entrenched militants who are believed to include many foreigners and who are considered better-trained that the ones in towns that have been retaken in recent months. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
TRUMP-RULE OF LAW – Trump is getting increasing attention for his stance toward judges as well as his professed disregard for the rule of law, the Constitution and separation of powers. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-LUKEWARM ENDORSEMENTS – Slowly and grudgingly, the Republican establishment is falling in line behind Donald Trump, but the endorsements are coming with a bushel of hold-your-nose caveats, hedges, exceptions and qualifiers. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.
BERNIE SANDERS’ EXCELLENT ADVENTURE – Tickets to Hamilton. Watching the Golden State Warriors. Taking the family to Rome, and meeting the pope. Hanging out with the celebrities at D.C.’s fanciest party. Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, are making the most of what’s become an unexpected, yet undoubtedly excellent, adventure. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-KUSHNER – A new power player has emerged among the feuding factions inside Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, one that through the bonds of marriage enjoys a direct line to the billionaire candidate. Jared Kushner, the 35-year-old husband of Ivanka Trump, possesses an extraordinary level of autonomy within an organization shifting its focus to a prospective general election matchup against Hillary Clinton. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-PEACE – Western and Arab nations struggle to craft a viable, new strategy for Mideast peace, unable to agree on a French proposal for an international conference this year bringing together Israel and the Palestinians. SENT: 675 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
MICHELLE OBAMA – The first lady will deliver a commencement speech at City College in New York. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. speech.
UCLA SHOOTING — The man accused of killing a UCLA professor, a woman he was married to and himself came to American from India and excelled at school but struggled in life, splitting with his wife and lashing out at the professor he once called a mentor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, video.
SONS KILLED — An Arizona woman who police say killed and dismembered her three young sons and stabbed herself in the stomach may have been pregnant and had recently begun talking about God and saying she’d found the answer to life. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
THUNDERBIRDS-JET CRASH — Two crashes in elite acrobatic air squadrons in one day illustrates the dangers and raise questions about whether they’re worth the risk. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, video.
SEVERE WEATHER-TEXAS – Army teams and emergency crews searched early Friday for four Fort Hood soldiers missing after a truck overturned in a fast-flowing flooded creek during a training exercise at the sprawling Army base in Central Texas. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with a closer look at protocols for military exercises
CHICAGO POLICE-VIDEOS – The Chicago agency that investigates police misconduct cases plans to release videos, audio recordings and other material from about 100 incidents, the latest move in the city’s effort to regain public trust in its beleaguered police force. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from noon release of videos.
DOOMSDAY DRILL – The U.S. government has developed a massive dress rehearsal for a devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Northwest to test readiness for what — when it strikes — will likely be the nation’s worst natural calamity. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT BEATING — Four people wanted in the fatal beating of a transgender man at a Vermont homeless encampment were arrested in San Diego following a nationwide manhunt. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
EXPLORING RACE RELATIONS – Nearly a year since the tragic shooting of five black members of a historic Charleston church, allegedly by a white man who embraced the Confederate flag, the conversation about race in South Carolina has been an active one. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
OVERDOSE DRUGS-EASING ACCESS – It is becoming easier for friends and family of heroin users or patients taking strong painkillers to buy to a life-saving antidote that can reverse the effect of an overdose as state lawmakers loosen restrictions on the medicine to fight a growing epidemic. UPCOMING 585 words by 11am, photos.
BOATER RESCUED – The Coast Guard has rescued a former Navy pilot who spent 20 hours treading water in the Gulf of Mexico after falling out of his boat without a lifejacket. SENT: 180 words.
PEOPLE-MARK-SALLING – Ex-“Glee” star Mark Salling to surrender in child porn case. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from arraignment scheduled for 5 p.m.
ECONOMY – U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than 5 years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MIT COMMENCEMENT-DAMON – Actor Matt Damon will deliver a commencement speech at MIT. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. speech.
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