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:
— BRITAIN-EU (sent; developing)
— GUN CONTROL-DEMOCRATS (sent; developing)
— GUN CONTROL-POLITICS (upcoming)
— GUN CONTROL-LEWIS (upcoming)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP-LEGAL TACTICS (sent)
— BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH (sent; developing)
— IRAQ-FALLUJAH (upcoming)
— CHILDREN FLYING ALONE (upcoming)
— GADGET SHOW (upcoming)
— LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— WESTERN WILDFIRES (sent; developing)
— FILM-ACTING ANCHORS (upcoming)
— SKYSCRAPER SLIDE (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
BRITAIN-EU – Voters in Britain are deciding whether the country should remain in the European Union – a historic referendum that threatens to undermine the experiment in continental unity that began in the aftermath of World War II. SENT: 750 words, photos, graphic. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, with 900 words by 7 a.m., video. Polling stations close at 5 p.m.; first results by 11 p.m., with official results at about 2 a.m. Friday. With BRITAIN-EU-TIMELINE; AP EXPLAINS-BRITAIN-EU – What the vote means, and its potential impact.
IRAQ FALLUJAH – Iraqi commanders are preparing for their fiercest battle to date in their struggle to wrest control of Fallujah from the Islamic State group as they advance against extremists who have heavily fortified their positions in the northern part of the city. Government forces quickly managed to captured the little defended city center, but now have to deal with booby traps and stiff resistance from hundreds of militants who are largely surrounded and expected to fight to the death. UPCOMING: 800 words. SENT: photos, video.
CHINA-TORNADO – A powerful tornado killed 51 people and destroyed large numbers of buildings Thursday in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, state media reported. SENT: 180 words, photo.
AFRICA-YELLOW FEVER – The World Health Organization says it will carry out emergency yellow fever vaccination campaigns along the border between Angola and Congo amid fears of a mounting epidemic. SENT: 130 words.
SOUTH POLE RESCUE – Two people who fell ill while working at the U.S. research station at the South Pole are evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica’s harsh winter. SENT: 710 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT – The Supreme Court’s most contentious cases await decision, including those dealing with abortion, affirmative action, immigration and VA governor conviction. UPCOMING: 10 a.m. decisions expected.
GUN CONTROL-DEMOCRATS – A drained and dwindling group of Democrats carry their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to the world. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. SENT: 930 words, photos. With GUN CONTROL-C-SPAN – C-SPAN uses social media feeds to cover protest. TOP VIDEO: – US HOUSE 2 (CR) – Congress uses late-night social media.
GUN CONTROL POLITICS – The dramatic sit-in on the House floor for tighter gun control and last week’s nearly 15-hour filibuster won’t produce legislation, but Democrats believe their efforts can help them win in November. Polls show a significant majority of Americans back gun control. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
With GUN CONTROL-LEWIS – Profile of Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights leader who rallied Democrats for a ’60s-style protest for gun control. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
ONLY ON AP: GOP 2016-TRUMP-LEGAL TACTICS – Donald Trump claimed a New York state judge hearing a long-running landlord-tenant dispute was biased and sought his recusal, five years before the presumptive Republican nominee made headlines for similarly calling a federal judge unfit to serve. It’s an example of a larger pattern of aggressive legal tactics employed by Trump and his attorneys. SENT: 850 words, photos.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH – A Baltimore judge is poised to deliver his verdict in the murder trial of an officer who drove the police van where a black arrestee’s neck was broken, triggering some of the worst riots the city has ever seen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. court session. With BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-NEWS GUIDE (sent; developing)
DEPUTIES SHOT – Authorities say two sheriff’s deputies in northeast Louisiana were shot and wounded while serving a felony warrant. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SEVERE WEATHER – At least four tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois overnight as powerful storms swept across the upper Midwest, damaging rural communities and forcing thousands of soccer fans to seek shelter during the Copa America semifinal in Chicago. SENT: 400 words, photos.
MEDICAL EXAMINERS-OVERDOSES – Medical examiners and coroners around the country are being inundated with the bodies of overdose victims.UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
MISSING SAILBOAT-FAMILY – Coast Guard: Body recovered from sailboat debris field off Florida’s southwest coast. SENT: 140 words, photos, video.
INMATES ESCAPE – Inmates caught in Ohio following “Shawshank” style escape. SENT: 150 words.
GADGET SHOW — From the latest “smart” home systems to Wi-Fi-enabled toothbrushes, there’s no shortage of unique gadgets on display at New York’s annual CE Week consumer tech show. This year was no exception. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
BINGE-WATCHING COMPUTER — Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have a computer binge-watch TV shows to try to teach robots about empathy and human interactions like hugging and shaking hands. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.
CHILDREN FLYING ALONE — Parents who put children on planes by themselves should know what exactly the airlines do to protect them. The arrest of a passenger on charges that he groped a 13-year-old girl has raised questions about whether it’s enough. UPCOMING: 830 words by noon, photos. With: YOUNG PASSENGERS-AIRLINES POLICIES — A summary of policies from the major airlines regarding unaccompanied minors. UPCOMING : 450 words by noon.
FED-BANK STRESS TESTS — The Federal Reserve will release the results of its so-called “stress tests,” where the Fed will say whether each of the nation’s largest banks could withstand another major economic downturn. By Ken Sweet. UPCOMING: 350 words when embargo lifts at 4:30 p.m. 600 words by 6 p.m.
SKYSCRAPER SLIDE – An AP reporter takes a stomach-turning ride down a 1,000-foot-high glass slide perched on the side of the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles. UPCOMING: 300 word first-person account, with first-person video, photos by 5 p.m
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT – Jurors could rewrite a key chapter of rock ‘n’ roll history as they deliberate whether Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant lifted a riff from fellow rockers for its epic “Stairway to Heaven.” SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
FILM-ACTING ANCHORS – To add a dose of realism and a sense of urgency, Hollywood is increasingly turning to real TV news anchors to lend their gravitas to fictional broadcasts in big-budget movies. Though some chafe at real journalists giving phony bulletins, the summer blockbuster has never been more dependent on them. UPCOMING: 950 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TV-MEYERS-TRUMP – NBC’s Seth Meyers is doubling down on his attacks against Donald Trump. It’s not just because Trump is comedy heaven; Meyers says he’s personally offended by some of what Trump is doing. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m., photos.
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