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:
— IRAQ (sent; developing)
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA (upcoming)
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-MONEY (upcoming)
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CHURCH RESPONSE (UPCOMING)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP-BATTLEGROUNDS (upcoming)
— OBAMA (sent; developing)
— BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED (sent; developing)
— BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED-REFERENDUM (upcoming)
— WESTERN WILDFIRES (sent; developing)
— EXTREME HEAT (sent; developing)
— EGYPT-PLANE (sent; may develop)
— TRAUMA CARE (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— GERMANY-AUSCHWITZ TRIAL (sent)
— 9/11 FUNERAL-BLOOD VIALS (upcoming)
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-TOURISM (upcoming)
— PEOPLE-MEAT LOAF (sent; may develop)
— TRAIN STATION-THRILL RIDE (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
IRAQ – Iraqi special forces enter the center of Fallujah city, taking over a government complex and a neighborhood that served as a base for the Islamic State group militants after intense fighting, a commander says. Aid groups estimate that 50,000 civilians remain trapped inside Fallujah, the last major city in western Iraq to be held by the extremist group. SENT: 360 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
EGYPT-PLANE – The second black box of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month killing all 66 people on board was pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, a day after Egypt’s investigation committee said the plane’s cockpit voice recorder had been recovered. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED — The UK mourns the slaying of a popular lawmaker in a town she represented as a U.S. civil rights group says the man suspected of killing her had links to an American white supremacist organization. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-LAWMAKER KILLED-REFERENDUM — It’s not yet clear how the killing of a Labour Party lawmaker who campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union will affect a referendum on the issue next week, but what is certain is that her death will be a turning point in what has been an often-vitriolic battle over the country’s future. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 p.m.
BRITAIN-EU-VIEW FROM THE CONTINENT – Side by side, row by row, French and British graves pay tribute to how the two nations stood together a century ago in one of the defining battles of World War I. But as Britain prepares to vote whether to leave or stay in the European Union, goodwill between the continent and the island nation are fraying on both sides. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
GERMANY-AUSCHWITZ TRIAL – A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz has been found guilty of more than 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for helping kill 1.1 million Jews and others at the Nazi death camp. SENT: 950 words, photos.
OBAMA — After an emotionally trying week, Obama is heading West to celebrate the raw beauty of America’s national parks as the system nears its 100th birthday, and highlight challenges threatening it over the next 100 years, including climate change and chronic underfunding by Congress. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-BATTLEGROUNDS — Donald Trump has no one directing his general election campaign in Florida, Ohio or any of the other potentially vital battleground states of the 2016 election. Instead he’s relying primarily on national Republican Party staff working on his behalf, as well as candidates down the ballot from him, while Democrat Hillary Clinton has had staff dedicated specifically to her campaign in several of these states for months. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
DEM 2016-PLATFORM — A forum in Phoenix aimed at having grass-roots voices help shape the Democratic Party platform could offer signs of whether a fight lies ahead between the progressive supporters of Bernie Sanders and the more mainstream backers of Hillary Clinton. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. Event begins at noon EDT.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Orlando has become a city in mourning as it begins the long, wrenching process of burying the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing from funerals set for throughout the day. Photos and video planned.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-MONEY – A look at survivors’ struggles to pay their hospital bills and efforts to raise money from the public. UPCOMING.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CHURCH RESPONSE – The killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub presents a quandary for faith leaders who may oppose homosexuality. Some pastors have responded with anti-gay remarks, while others say it is a time to embrace people who are hurting and to focus more on humanity than religious beliefs. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
ORLANDO TOURISM – Travel industry experts say it’s too soon to gauge the full impact of the bad news out of Orlando, but many consumers say they’re not cancelling their theme park trips and one travel agent says she got more phone calls about Ebola than she has about Disney. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1 p.m., photo.
9/11 FUNERAL-BLOOD VIALS – The family of a New York City firefighter killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks still doesn’t have his remains but on Friday will bury two recently discovered vials of blood that he had donated during a bone marrow drive. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.
WESTERN WILDFIRES – Fueled by hot and dry weather, wildfires threatened homes in California and other Western states as crews struggled to corral flames that have scorched miles of brush and timber. SENT: 490 words, video, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
EXTREME HEAT – It’s a dry heat, Phoenix residents like to say about Arizona’s hot weather. That bravado may vanish as the thermometer flirts with 120 degrees this weekend. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
GOATEE BLOCKS GRADUATION – A Louisiana honors student and standout athlete who was blocked from participating in his graduation ceremony last month because of facial hair is getting the graduation celebration he was denied. SENT: 690 words. UPCOMING: photo.
TRAIN STATION-THRILL RIDE — One development company bidding to overhaul Penn Station has a novel idea: Build a 1,200-foot amusment park ride on top of the station and charge $35 for an only-in-New York thrill. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by noon.
SHOTS FIRED-MOSQUE — Prosecutors are calling for prison time for a Connecticut man being sentenced Friday for shooting at empty mosque the night of the terror attacks in Paris. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.
SINGER SHOT-FLORIDA-FUNERAL – Family and friends are gathering in New Jersey to remember “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Developing from viewing from 3-8 p.m., memorial service at 8 p.m.
TRAUMA CARE — Government advisers release recommendations on improving the nation’s trauma care. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
FASHION-JOAN RIVERS — Christie’s auction house in New York holds a preview of the Collection of Joan Rivers, from her collection of pieces from Faberge, Harry Winston and Chanel to a Tiffany dog bowl and silk pagoda dog bed. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 950 words by 6 p.m., photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
PEOPLE-MEAT LOAF – Rock singer Meat Loaf collapses on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Alberta. SENT: 330 words, photo. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT – CAN MeatLoaf Fans (CR): Fans describe singer’s collapse.
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