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:
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
— IRAQ-FALLUJAH RAMADAN (upcoming)
— DIVIDED AMERICA PACKAGE (sent)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
— DEM 2016-WARREN (upcoming)
— PENTAGON-PROMOTION CHANGES (sent; developing)
— CONGRESS-RYAN’S AGENDA (sent; developing)
— MUHAMMAD ALI-MUSLIM SERVICE (sent; developing)
— RISKY TEEN BEHAVIOR (upcoming)
— BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-TRIAL (sent; developing)
— CALIFORNIA WATER-LOAN (sent; may develop)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— PRECHECK ENROLLMENT DELAYS (upcoming)
— TAINTED FOOD (sent)
— YARNELL-BRUSH-FIRE (sent; developing)
— YELLOWSTONE HOT SPRING DEATH (sent; developing)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— CONGRESS-PUERTO RICO-GLANCE (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
SYRIA – U.S.-backed fighters close in on a major Islamic State group stronghold in northern Syria, surrounding it from three sides, as Iraqi special forces push into the IS-held city of Fallujah, one of the last major stronghold of the group in western Iraq. The simultaneous attacks are putting pressure on the group which is struggling to defend key bastions. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes his top security advisers for an emergency meeting, plotting a response to a shooting that kills four Israelis in a popular Tel Aviv nightspot. The shooting, one of the deadliest attacks during a nine-month wave of violence, provides the first big test for Israel’s reconfigured Cabinet and its new hardline defense minister. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ-FALLUJAH RAMADAN – The fight to retake the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah is continuing into Ramadan, and both sides say the Muslim holy month gives their military cause a greater significance. While Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric says fighters do not need to fast if they believe it will compromise their abilities on the battlefield, many Iraqi troops say they plan to so, despite the harsh conditions and the summer heat. UPCOMING.
IRAQ – Two suicide attacks in and outside the Iraqi capital kill at least 27 people and wound dozens, officials say. SENT: 330 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
QATAR-US – Qatar summoned the U.S. ambassador on Thursday, requesting she explain an online video showing two American soldiers laughing in front of the Arab country’s purple-and-white flag. The move prompted a quick apology, a reflection of the importance the small nation has in hosting a major U.S. military base. SENT: 400 words.
NIEDRINGHAUS COURAGE AWARD – This year’s recipient of an award named for an Associated Press photographer who was killed in Afghanistan is a photojournalist who’s accustomed to working in isolated and dangerous conditions. SENT: 890 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 6:30 p.m. event, photos.
BRITAIN-EU-HUMOR – Mary Poppins supports the EU, but Basil Fawlty is backing Brexit. The practically perfect nanny and the bad-tempered hotelier may be fictional, but they have still been dragged in to Britain’s EU membership debate — providing a welcome dose of levity for referendum-weary voters. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — Bernie Sanders, under intense pressure to drop out of the Democratic presidential race, meets with President Barack Obama, who wants to unify the party heading into the election against Donald Trump and is expected to formally endorse Hillary Clinton after the sit-down. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m. Meeting scheduled for 11:15 a.m.; Sanders’ meeting with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid expected after 2 p.m.
DEM 2016-WARREN – Sen. Elizabeth Warren is using Donald Trump’s criticism of a federal judge to launch a broadside against congressional Republican leaders and Trump himself. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 630 words by 1 p.m. Speech scheduled for 7 p.m.
PENTAGON-PROMOTION CHANGES – Defense officials say U.S. military troops may be able to sidestep the Pentagon’s entrenched “up or out” promotion system under proposals aimed at keeping high-tech experts or other specialists on the job. SENT: 720 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m. Announcement scheduled for 11:15 a.m. EDT.
CONGRESS-PUERTO RICO – House Republican leaders and Obama are pressuring lawmakers in both parties to back legislation to help ease Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words after 3 p.m. House debate expected to begin about 12 p.m. EDT. With CONGRESS-PUERTO RICO-GLANCE — What the House bill would do. SENT: 230 words.
CONGRESS-RYAN’S AGENDA – House Speaker Paul Ryan rolls out a national security proposal that calls for stopping illegal immigration with more fencing, technology and personnel.SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: 550 words after 1 p.m. Announcement scheduled for 11 a.m.
TAINTED FOOD – Government investigators say federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination. SENT: 780 words, photo.
DIVIDED AMERICA – Americans look toward Washington and see a broken federal government. Things don’t seem much better in state capitals. This spring, AP journalists fanned out across the country and interviewed dozens of Americans about the state of their nation. This is what they found: Americans still believe in their country’s experiment in democracy. By Jay Reeves and Robin McDowell. SENT: 1,570 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: US DA America Greatness (CR) – Defining greatness in America. UPCOMING: interactive by 8:45 a.m. An abridged version of 1,030 words has also been sent. With DIVIDED AMERICA-AVERAGE ISN’T TYPICAL, DIVIDED AMERICA-ANXIOUS CHRISTIANS, DIVIDED AMERICA-THE REFUGEE RIFT, DIVIDED AMERICA-CHRISTIANS Q&A, DIVIDED AMERICA-REFUGEE Q&A. Also see separate advisory for details.
TEENS-RISKY BEHAVIORS – The government’s big survey on risky teen behaviors (including drug use, smoking, drinking, sex) is released at 1 p.m. UPCOMING.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-TRIAL – A judge hears opening statements in the trial of the police officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while riding in the back of Officer Caesar Goodson’s van. By Juliet Linderman. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. court session.
OREGON TRAIN DERAILMENT-TRIBES – The Yakama Nation and several other Pacific Northwest tribal leaders gather to express their concern over the recent fiery derailment of a Union Pacific oil train in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
YELLOWSTONE HOT SPRING DEATH – Officials say the death of a tourist who strayed from a boardwalk and fell into a high-temperature acidic spring in Yellowstone National Park offers a grisly reminder for visitors to follow park rules. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
YARNELL-BRUSH-FIRE – Hundreds evacuated as wildfire rages near Arizona town. SENT: 390 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
MOTHER-DEAD CHILDREN A 40-year-old Philadelphia woman is accused of killing her 7-month-old son and 3-year-old daughter during a visit to South Florida.SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CALIFORNIA WATER-LOAN – A powerful California water agency provided an executive a $1.4 million loan to buy a waterfront home, a decision the agency says was legal and one that governance experts questioned for its handling and generous terms. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
SKI RESORT-HUMAN REMAINS – Authorities are hoping DNA evidence will help them identify human remains found inside a snow boot at a Colorado ski resort. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
CIRCUS WITHOUT ELEPHANTS – Now that Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus has retired its iconic elephants, executives under the big top say they must do more to draw a younger generation of fans, so it’s rolling out an app along with a new space-themed show. UPCOMING 350 words, photos
TWITTER-DATA BREACH – Twitter is denying a report that credentials from millions of users were stolen or leaked through a data breach at the social media company. SENT: 130 words.
PRECHECK ENROLLMENT DELAYS — A growing number of travelers are applying for the government’s expedited airport screening programs, only to face another wait. Appointments for in-person interviews can take weeks, if not months. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1 p.m., photos.
ROOM-SENSING PHONE – Your phone may soon sense everything around you. SENT: 880 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after Lenovo keynote begins at 1 p.m.
MUHAMMAD ALI-MUSLIM SERVICE – Muslims have traveled from all over the world to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a Kentucky arena for a final tribute to Muhammad Ali. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
MUHAMMAD ALI-FINAL REST – Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery is already on the National Register of Historic Places, and tourists sometimes leave buckets of fried chicken on Col. Sanders’ grave. After Friday, the cemetery will have a more famous resident: The Greatest. By Claire Galofaro and Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 940 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. service. With MUHAMMAD ALI-RAP LOVE – Jay Z, Eminem, Slick Rick and more remember Ali.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-SLAVE STORIES – The “Roots” revival that aired last week succeeded in getting people talking about how African-Americans can best be represented in filmed dramas and about whether tales of slavery do blacks justice, or harm. UPCOMING: 900 words by 10 a.m., photos.
FILM-JOHN WILLIAMS-AFI AWARD — Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are among those celebrating with composer John Williams as he accepts the American Film Institute’s 44th Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video. (Developing from dinner event at 10 p.m.)
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