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:
— ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER (sent; developing)
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
— TRAIL TRANSLATOR-SECOND AMENDMENT (upcoming)
— EUROPE-SECURITY (sent; developing)
— FEDERAL RESERVE (sent; devevloping)
— DIGITAL LIFE-SMARTWATCH FUTURE (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— OAKLAND-DOWNTOWN SHOOTING (sent; developing)
— PISTORIUS (sent)
— VATICAN-TWO POPES (sent; developing)
— OBAMA-DALAI LAMA (sent; developing)
— HOME DEPOT-CREDIT CARD SECURITY (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER – Authorities are still searching for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and are hoping for the best. SENT: 670 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
OAKLAND-DOWNTOWN SHOOTING – Police in Oakland, California, say a 16-year-old girl has died after being shot in the city’s downtown area. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
VERMONT LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES – State Sen. Norm McAllister, suspended by his colleagues from that post after sexual assault charges were filed against him, faces a two-day trial. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA – Focusing today on an expanded tick-tock of what happened inside Pulse. Also, first funeral at 5 p.m. More from Puerto Rico. Other angles developing. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-PUERTO RICO – Puerto Rico mourns, prepares to bury those killed at club; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-VICTIMS VIGNETTES.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-WIFE PROFILE – Noor Zahi Salman was a sweet, pretty California girl with Palestinian roots who left an arranged marriage only to find love with a man who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. historySENT: 830 words, photos. With GERMANY-NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA – Germany investigating bank link to Orlando shooter’s father.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-AFGHAN AMERICANS – News that a man born to Afghan immigrant parents attacked a nightclub in Orlando sparks horror, sadness and for some a fear of reprisals in Fremont, California – the home of the largest U.S. population of Afghan-Americans. SENT: 750 words, photos, videos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — Did Donald Trump cross a line in saying Obama put U.S. enemies ahead of its allies and the American people? He certainly put Republicans in an awkward situation as they aim to support their presumptive presidential nominee. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. Trump rally is 12 p.m. in Atlanta, Clinton speaks in Hampton, Virginia at 1:15 p.m.
TRAIL TRANSLATOR-SECOND AMENDMENT – When it comes to guns, Republicans and Democrats proclaim respect for the Second Amendment. But there’s debate over what those 27 words mean. UPCOMING: 1220 words by 3 p.m., photos.
EUROPE-SECURITY – French police and anti-terrorism investigators have been alerted to the possibility that small groups of extremists have left Syria for France and Belgium with plans to stage attacks. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
PISTORIUS – Oscar Pistorius removed his prostheses and hobbled on his stumps in a South African courtroom Wednesday as part of his defense team’s argument that the double-amputee athlete, convicted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is a vulnerable man who deserves leniency when he is sentenced.SENT: 690 words, photos.
VATICAN-TWO POPES – Retired Pope Benedict XVI will mark his 65th anniversary as a priest at a Vatican ceremony June 28 attended by Pope Francis amid fresh confusion over the roles played by the current and former pontiffs. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SOUTH AFRICA-SOWETO UPRISING – South Africa is marking 40 years since black students were shot dead during protests against the harsh separation of races known as apartheid. But while the June 16 uprising changed the country, a deep and uncomfortable separation remains. SENT: 670 words.
HOUSE-IRS COMMISSIONER — A House panel is expected to vote on censuring IRS commissioner John Koskinen over his handling of the investigation into whether the agency targeted conservative non-profit groups. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. meeting, 500 words by 1 p.m.
UNITED STATES-IRAN-KERRY — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Iranian counterpart over Iran’s complaints it’s not getting promised sanctions relief under last year’s landmark nuclear deal. SENT: 750 words, photo.
NATO-AFGHANISTAN — Senior NATO diplomat says the alliance will likely extend the Afghanistan training mission and keep troops in all four sections of the country next year. That would leave the door open for the U.S. to maintain current troops levels. SENT: 550 words.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-PREMIUMS — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, study says. SENT: 600 words, photo.
OBAMA-DALAI LAMA — Obama to meet Dalai Lama at White House; China assails meeting. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Update after 10:15 a.m. meeting, 300 words by noon.
DIGITAL LIFE-SMARTWATCH FUTURE — Upcoming changes to Apple and Android smartwatches should address many of the frustrations the first generation of owners have, though the improvements alone might not be enough to win over those still on the fence. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
FEDERAL RESERVE — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen issues a statement that will likely echo the message she gave last week: While the U.S. economy appears fundamentally solid and higher interest rates are coming eventually, the uncertainties surrounding the economy make it impossible to sketch a timetable for a rate increase. SENT: 690 words, photo. UPCOMING: 130 words at 2 p.m., when the Fed issues its policy statement, 350 words by 2:45 p.m., then expanded; photos.
FINANCIAL MARKETS — Most world stock markets rise as investors take a break from the sell-off over the past week to await the Fed’s upcoming decision on interest rates. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
HOME DEPOT-CREDIT CARD SECURITY — The Home Depot Inc. says in a new federal lawsuit that Visa and MasterCard are using security measures prone to fraud, putting it and other retailers at risk of hacking attacks by cyber thieves. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TEXTING — Company owners are finding that texting, online chatting and messaging help them exchange information faster and run their businesses more efficiently. UPCOMING: 830 words by 2 p.m., photos.
PENGUINS PARADE – Huge turnout expected at Pittsburgh Penguins victory parade. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 11:30 a.m. parade.
HOWE-FUNERAL – Gordie Howe has drawn some of the biggest names in hockey, including Wayne Gretzky and Gary Bettman, to the Motor City to celebrate his life and legacy. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. funeral.
RUSSIAN DOPING – Russian athletes pleaded Wednesday to be allowed to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, making their case two days before the IAAF decides whether to lift its ban on the country’s track and field team. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ON THE MONEY-HOME DECORATING — New tools like virtual reality measuring apps and online mood boards are trying to help consumers find easier and quicker ways to decorate homes and apartments. UPCOMING: 650 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE — Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson discuss their new movie, “Central Intelligence,” what it was like to work together and whether there is chemistry between them or they’re just faking. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photos.
ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE — The topic will be “Art and Social Justice,” and no one is more qualified to take it on than Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sonia Sanchez. Their panel discussion will be held Wednesday night at the Ambassador Theatre in New York. UPCOMING: 650 words by 11 p.m.
MUSIC-KALEO — The young four-part rock band Kaleo grew up on the island of Iceland in a picturesque landscape of volcanos and glaciers, but the lead singer, JJ Julius Son, dreamed of the American South. The band has recorded its first U.S. album for Atlantic Records called “A/B.” UPCOMING: 400 words by noon, photos, video.
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