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:
— DEM 2016-CLINTON (sent; developing)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP (sent; developing)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP-KUSHNER (upcoming)
— MUHAMMAD ALI-MEMORIAL (sent; developing)
— BOX-MUHAMMAD ALI-BOXING CHANGES
— TROPICAL WEATHER-COLIN (sent; developing)
— CONGRESS-ENERGY (upcoming)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— IRAQ (sent; developing)
— ZOO GORILLA-CHILD HURT (sent; developing)
— ZUCKERBERG-HACK (sent; developing)
— FEDERAL RESERVE-YELLEN (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— ARKANSAS JUDGE-SEX ALLEGATIONS (upcoming)
— D-DAY ANNIVERSARY (sent; developing)
— BELGIUM-TRAIN COLLISION (sent; developing)
— SUPREME COURT-TEXAS EXECUTIONS (sent; may develop)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— RAMADAN-Q&A (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
DEM 2016-CLINTON — Hillary Clinton stands on the cusp of having enough delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-TRUMP – By now, Donald Trump was supposed to have staff in 15 battleground states and to rally the GOP behind his candidacy. Instead, the billionaire businessman is spending time picking fights, settling scores and baffling those who say he’s wasting time and momentum. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-KUSHNER — Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has emerged as a new power player in Trump’s presidential campaign. UPCOMING: 890 words by 3 p.m., photo.
SYRIA – Dual offensives to capture key urban strongholds of the Islamic State in northern Syria are putting unprecedented pressure on the extremist group as it comes under simultaneous attack in neighboring Iraq. The two-pronged advance on Raqqa, the group’s self-styled capital, appears to be a carefully coordinated military campaign between the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces and the Russian-backed Syrian government, underlining the profound cooperation between Washington and Moscow. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Developing with broader angles later in the day.
IRAQ – The Islamic State group has been shooting at civilians as they try to flee the fighting between Iraqi government forces and IS militants in the city of Fallujah, an international aid organization says. SENT: 320 words, photos. With SYRIA – Syrian troops capture more ground in push on IS stronghold.
NPR CORRESPONDENT DEATH – The Afghan president on Monday condemned the killing of David Gilkey, a veteran news photographer and video editor for National Public Radio, and Afghan journalist Zabihullah Tamanna, who died in an insurgent ambush the day before while on assignment in southern Afghanistan. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BELGIUM-TRAIN COLLISION – A late-night passenger train slammed at high speed into a slow-moving freight train in eastern Belgium, killing three people and sending nine others to the hospital, authorities said Monday. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMIING: Developing.
RAMADAN Q&A – Questions and answers about Islam’s holiest month. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
D-DAY ANNIVERSARY – Vets, families remember Normandy D-Day landings, 72 years on. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos, video.
CYPRUS-HIJACKED-PLANE – A hijacker who threatened to blow up an EgyptAir plane told the flight crew that he was doing so because he opposes Egypt’s military-backed government while his extradition could endanger him because authorities in his homeland don’t respect human rights, his lawyer said Monday. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
PERU-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – Economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has a razor-thin lead over the daughter of an imprisoned former president in Peru’s presidential election, as Peruvians nervously await results still trickling in from remote parts of the Andean nation. SENT: 830 words, photos.
CONGRESS-ENERGY — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photo
SUPREME COURT-TEXAS EXECUTIONS – The Supreme Court will hear appeals from two African-American death-row inmates in Texas, including one who argued his sentence was based on his race. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
OBAMA-BRONCOS— Obama honors the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos at the White House. UPCOMING: Developing from 4:25 p.m. event, 400 words by 5:30 p.m., photos.
ZOO GORILLA-CHILD HURT – A prosecutor announces whether he’ll charge the parents of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla exhibit, leading to the fatal shooting of a male gorilla. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. news conference, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER-COLIN – Tropical Storm Colin was gaining speed and strength Monday on its way to strike Florida, threatening rains forecasters said could cause some serious flooding along much of the state’s Gulf coast. SENT: 470 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARKANSAS JUDGE-SEX ALLEGATIONS – For many male defendants in Judge Joseph Boeckmann’s courtroom, the initial deal seemed simple enough: The judge would approach them after court, either himself or through a bailiff, and offer a way out of traffic or court fines. Now dozens of the defendants have accused Boeckmann of sexual abuse and misconduct, saying the small-town judge paid them to allow him to spank their naked buttocks with a paddle and to take photos of the red skin or pose nude in exchange for money to pay fees. UPCOMInG: 1,000 words, photo by noon.
APARTMENT BUILDING-FIRE DEATHS – A fire that started on the porch of a three-story apartment building early Monday left four people dead, fire officials said. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-OHIO — A juvenile court judge sentences a 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to opening fire on fellow students in a school cafeteria. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
CONNECTICUT SCHOOL STABBING – A Connecticut teenager who fatally stabbed a classmate the morning of their junior prom because she turned down his invitation is scheduled to be sentenced. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. sentencing. .
WOMEN-ONLY POOL HOURS — A New York City municipal pool that maintains female-only hours so that Hasidic Jewish women can swim with no men present has raised alarms among critics who say the accommodation to a particular religious group violates the constitution. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ZUCKERBERG-HACK – Facebook founder’s Twitter account briefly hijacked. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
FEDERAL RESERVE-YELLEN — Amid speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as early as mid-June, Chair Janet Yellen gives a highly anticipated speech to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. UPCOMING: 130 words after speech begins at 12:30 p.m., 300 words by 1:15 p.m.
MUHAMMAD ALI-MEMORIAL – The president of Turkey and king of Jordan joined the long line of world leaders, religious figures and superstars set to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral Friday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BOX-MUHAMMAD ALI-BOXING CHANGES – A lot has changed in boxing since Muhammad Ali ruled the heavyweight division, some of it his own doing. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
MUHAMMAD ALI-BLACK ICON – For Muhammad Ali, the idea of being a humble black athlete was never an option. Instead, he demanded respect not only as a boxer but as a confident, successful black man and endeared himself to African-Americans as a symbol of black pride. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.
CLIMBING-OLYMPIC DREAMS – Climbing is on the precipice of becoming an Olympic sport, raising the profile of a recreational activity that is seeing a surge in young participants. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
KANYE WEST-CONCERT CHAOS – Surprise Kanye West show turns to chaos in New York City. SENT: 170 words, photo.
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