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:
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA (sent; developing)
— OBAMA (sent; developing)
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-FAMILY FORGIVES (upcoming)
— DEM 2016-SANDERS (sent; developing)
–CIA DIRECTOR-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)
— DIVIDED AMERICA (sent)
— ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER (sent; developing)
— EGYPT-PLANE (sent; developing)
–BRITAIN-EU-IMMIGRATION (sent; developing)
— BRITAIN-SHOOTING (sent; developing)
— PHILADELPHIA SODA TAX (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— THAILAND-BUDDHISM SCANDAL (upcoming)
— SYRIA-ALEPPO-FEAR OF SIEGE (sent)
— POCKET KNIFE BAN (upcoming)
— PARK FOR RENT (upcoming)
— FILM-TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (upcoming)
— LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT (sent; developing)
— 94-YEAR-OLD SCOUTMASTER (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA – While his victims texted heartbreaking last words to loved ones from the blood-drenched floors of packed bathrooms, Omar Mateen apparently turned to social media to measure the viral shockwaves his attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando had generated. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-FAMILY FORGIVES — After learning their daughter was among the dead inside an Orlando nightclub, the Drayton family began an excruciating early morning drive from South Carolina to Orlando, where a gunman’s massacre left 49 people dead. In the days since, anger, sadness and disbelief have turned into forgiveness for the shooter. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
OBAMA — President Barack Obama visits Orlando, Florida, intending to offer solace after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history while the political world bickers over terrorism and gun control. SENT: 550 words. Obama scheduled to arrive after 12:30 p.m. EDT, timing of public remarks uncertain.
OPRAH WINFREY-NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING – In wake of Orlando massacre, Winfrey questions assault-weapon sales. SENT: 260 words, photos, video.
EGYPT-PLANE – The cockpit voice recorder of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month killing all 66 people on board has been found and pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt’s investigation committee said on Thursday. SENT: 300 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM SCANDAL – The contents of the freezer at the Tiger Temple were gruesome: 40 dead tiger babies. At another temple, a police raid seeking to arrest a popular abbot accused of embezzling $40 million is thwarted on live TV. Day by day, Thailand is following details of gripping temple scandals that many say are shocking but not entirely surprising. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 11 a.m., photos.
BRITAIN-EU-IMMIGRATION — Brexit campaigners have found a potentially potent argument in the claim that only by leaving the EU can Britain regain full control of its borders and cut unwanted immigration. A look at attitudes in a small English city where resentment of immigrants is high, as is the fear of losing jobs to them. UPCOMING: 950 words by noon, photos.
BRITAIN-SHOOTING – British Labour lawmaker Jo Cox has been injured in a shooting near Leeds, the Press Association reported Thursday. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA-ALEPPO-FEAR OF SIEGE – After four years of grinding battles, Aleppo’s divided residents face a common fear as prospects of a total siege loom. A new, 48-hour cease-fire has been declared, but Syria’s largest city, which used to be its economic locomotive, is now an emblem of its stalemated civil war. SENT: 1100 words, photos.
NIGER-MIGRANT DEATHS – Authorities in Niger say 34 people, including 20 children, have died while attempting to cross the Sahara Desert in pursuit of a better life. SENT: 130 words.
SOUTH AFRICA-SOWETO UPRISING – South Africans on Thursday commemorated the 40th anniversary of a pivotal moment in the anti-apartheid struggle, a 1976 black student uprising in the Soweto area of Johannesburg that led to a deadly crackdown but launched a new phase of opposition to white minority rule. SENT: 370 words, photos.
CIA DIRECTOR-ISLAMIC STATE — The CIA director is set to tell Congress that Islamic State militants are training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for their territorial losses. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 12 p.m.
UNITED STATES-ARTIC — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Norway’s extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.
DEM 2016-SANDERS — Bernie Sanders holds what’s likely to be the final town hall of his 2016 campaign for president, meeting with supporters in his home town of Burlington, Vermont, in an event that will be streamed to backers nationwide. SENT: 790 words. UPCOMING: 750 words after 3 p.m. Event scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EDT.
DIVIDED AMERICA-MISSING MINORITIES – An analysis by The Associated Press finds that minorities remain significantly underrepresented in Congress and nearly every state legislature, though they comprise a growing share of the U.S. population. The disparity is especially large for Hispanics, even though they are now the nation’s largest ethnic minority. The consequences can be seen in state policies – those enacted and those not – dealing with schools, health care and social issues. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, interactive. And abridged version of 1,060 words has also been sent. With – DIVIDED AMERICA-MINORITY REDISTRICTING – Can redistricting reform close the minority gap in capitols? DIVIDED AMERICA-REDISTRICTING-GLANCE.
DIVIDED AMERICA-MEDIA RAMPARTS – Growth in partisan media allows Americans to get news tailored to their political views. Experts worry that it’s contributing to a hardening of political lines and unwillingness to listen to others. SENT: 2,180 words, photos. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.
ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER – A sheriff says charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signsSENT: 850 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with a look at how alligators are a fact of life in Florida and how residents generally deal with that; and accusations that Disney didn’t do enough to warn visitors.
POCKET KNIFE BAN — A judge weighing a challenge to New York City’s ban on certain pocket knives will watch witnesses try to flick open blades to test claims in the case. A lawsuit says the law is unconstitutionally vague. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA SODA TAX – The City Council is poised to adopt a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary and diet drinks, which would make Philadelphia the first big city with such a levy. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. city council meeting, then 400 words by 6 p.m., photos.
DUST STORM-TEXAS WRECKS – Authorities say one traveler was killed and several were hurt in a 13-vehicle pileup during a dust storm in the Texas Panhandle. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photos.
VERMONT LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES – The two-day trial of state Sen. Norm McAllister, suspended by his colleagues from that post after sexual assault charges were filed against him, is due to wrap up and go to the jury. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon.
PARK FOR RENT – Longtime residents of a rapidly changing San Francisco neighborhood where wealthy tech workers are driving up prices are angry at a city proposal to let people reserve grassy plots of picnic lawn at a popular park. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
94-YEAR-OLD SCOUTMASTER – A 94-year-old scoutmaster in New Jersey is shutting down a Boy Scout troop he founded almost 75 years ago, in 1942. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES – Turner Classic Movies, that bastion of black-and-white, holds a unique place on the dial and in the hearts of cinephiles. But for many filmmakers, TCM isn’t just a favorite channel, it’s a kind of lifeblood. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1 p.m., photos.
LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT – Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page faces tough questioning in a trial over whether the band stole a riff for the opening of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. SENTE: 530 words. UPCOMING: Developing after trial resumes at 11:30 a.m.
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