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.
— TURKEY-AIRPORT BLASTS (sent; developing)
— DISUNITED KINGDOM-SUBSIDIES (upcoming)
— AUSTRIA-ELECTIONS (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-RUNNING MATES (sent; developing)
— CLINTON EMAILO (sent; developing)
— DRONES-CIVILIAN CASUALTIES (sent; developing)
— SMOKIES-INNOCENT BEARS (upcoming)
— SELF-DRIVING CAR-DEATH (sent; developing)
— THAILAND-SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS-MISSISSIPPI (sent; developing)
— ABORTION-FLORIDA (sent)
— TRAFFIC DEATHS (upcoming)
— BUNKER HILL DEBUNKED (upcoming)
— FRANCE-OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND (upcoming)
— KEILLOR’S FINAL SHOW (upcoming)
— CHICAGO POLICE (upcoming)
— MEGA MILLIONS (sent; developing)
— GMO LABELING-VERMONT (upcoming)
— JOURNEY TO MARS-MYSTERIES (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TURKEY-AIRPORT BLASTS – A Chechen extremist masterminded the triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s busiest airport that killed at least 44 people, a U.S. congressman says. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with more profile material on the suspect.
DISUNITED KINGDOM-SUBSIDIES – Even though Wales receives hundreds of millions of pounds a year in European Union funding, most people here voted for Britain to leave the EU. Puzzling many analysts, the ‘leave’ vote was strongest in poor post-industrial areas that have arguably benefited the most from EU support. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
EUROPE-WORLD WAR I – One week after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, British Prime Minister David Cameron and members of the royal family were standing side-by-side with France’s president to celebrate their historic alliance at the centenary of the deadliest battle of World War I. SENT: 650 words, 14 photos.
AUSTRIA-ELECTIONS – In a potential new challenge to European Union unity, Austria’s highest court on Friday ordered a rerun of the country’s presidential election, giving a right-wing euroskeptic candidate a second change at the office after his narrow loss last month. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
THAILAND-SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES – Eight months after they were freed from a shrimp-peeling shed, Burmese human trafficking victims remain stuck in a Thai government shelter. The shed owners, meanwhile, are free on bail. Despite the U.S. State Department’s decision to upgrade Thailand in its human trafficking report, many say there are still significant problems. UPCOMING.
DRONES-CIVILIAN CASUALTIES – Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office and will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations, according to activists and other individuals familiar with the report. SENT: 438 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRAFFIC DEATHS – Federal officials to announce traffic deaths last year. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. announcement, photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-RUNNING MATES – With the summer political conventions just weeks away, Hillary Clinton is making methodical process toward picking a running mate. Donald Trump is just getting started. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CLINTON-EMAIL – Attorney General Loretta Lynch will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and federal agents make in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, Justice says. Lynch is expected to discuss her decision Friday in Aspen, Colorado. SENT: 528 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. event.
SMOKIES-INNOCENT BEARS – In what amounts to an innocence project for bears, rangers with the National Park Service are turning to modern forensic technology, including the use of DNA evidence, to make sure they catch and kill the right bear when a human is attacked in the mountains. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS-MISSISSIPPI – A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ABORTION FLORIDA – A federal judge blocks key portions of a new Florida law that places restrictions on abortions clinics in the state. SENT: 510 words.
CHICAGO POLICE — Chicago law enforcement lays out their plan for stemming violence in the city during the July 4 weekend. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits developing from 10:30 a.m. news conference. AP photo pursuing.
MEGA MILLIONS — Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at at least the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 11 p.m. drawing. AP photo and video pursuing. With: MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT-LARGEST US JACKPOTS.
BUNKER HILL DEBUNKED – The Battle of Bunker Hill — one of the greatest misnomers in U.S. history — is being waged anew on social media. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos.
GMO LABELING-VERMONT – Vermont on Friday becomes the first state to require labeling of genetically modified food, but uncertainties loom. The biggest is whether the federal government soon will pass a labeling law that pre-empts Vermont’s, erasing it from the books. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2 a.m., 500 words by noon.
BOY FALLS-POOL-CRUISE SHIP – The U.S. Coast Guard says an 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition. SENT: 130 words.
JOURNEY TO MARS-MYSTERIES – A NASA spacecraft will try to unlock some of the mysteries of the solar system’s biggest planet. A look at some of the unknowns about Jupiter. UPCOMING: 480 words by 1 p.m., photos.
KELP CARBON REMOVER – Scientists are studying whether growing seaweed in marine waters can ease the local effects of ocean acidification. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.
SELF-DRIVING CAR — A driver so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car “Tessy” and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated “Autopilot” system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode. SENT: 1,004 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
SELF-DRIVING CARS EXPLAINED — Truly self-driving cars aren’t yet available to the public. Some cars, like the Tesla involved in a fatal crash in Florida, can operate themselves but require a person to sit in the driver’s seat ready to resume control when necessary. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photo.
ATLANTIC CITY CASINO STRIKE – Still seething from the cancellation of its members’ health insurance and pension benefits nearly two years ago, Atlantic City’s main casino workers union says it will go on strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: ATLANTIC CITY CASINO STRIKE-THE LATEST; ATLANTIC CITY CASINO STRIKE-GLANCE (sent).
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRANCE-OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND — “Gone With the Wind” star and Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland celebrates her 100th birthday — and breaks her silence about her lifelong feud with her sister, late Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, in an exchange with The Associated Press. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
GAY TALESE-BOOK – Veteran journalist and author Gay Talese says he will not promote his forthcoming book, “The Voyeur’s Motel,” after questions were raised about the credibility of its main source. SENT: 330 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
KEILLOR’S FINAL SHOW – The Hollywood Bowl becomes Lake Wobegon Friday night as writer and humorist Garrison Keillor hosts his final episode of the folksy, old-style variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” after more than four decades on public radio. UPCOMING: A 130-word laydown by 3 p.m., followed by a 130-word writethru by midnight and 400 words by 1 a.m., photos.
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