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:
— CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-GOLD STAR FAMILIES (upcoming)
— AP POLL-AMERICAN UNITY (upcoming)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS (upcoming)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS (sent; developing)
— LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent; developing)
— REFORMULATING FAST FOOD (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP — Donald Trump complains about being “viciously attacked” by the father of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq, persisting in an emotionally charged feud that has left him increasingly isolated among fellow Republicans. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: Updates from afternoon events in Ohio, 700 words by 5 p.m., photo. Appearances planned in Columbus, Ohio, 3 p.m.; Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania at 7 p.m.
CAMPAIGN 2016-GOLD STAR FAMILIES – How are America’s Gold Star families reacting to Donald Trump’s slam of the Khan family? UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photo.
AP POLL-AMERICAN UNITY – Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is seen as likely to unify the U.S. if elected, but pessimism about the Republican candidate is far greater, according to a new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll that reflects deep division in the country. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photo.
CAMPAIGN 2016-INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS — As early as this week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will start getting top-secret intelligence briefings from the national intelligence director’s office. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photo.
CAMPAIGN 2016-KOREA — Donald Trump has alarmed U.S. allies in Asia and elsewhere by suggesting that American military support should depend on their willingness to pay for it. But he would not be the first U.S. president to consider shaking up time-honored military deployments. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photo.
OBAMA-VETERANS – Obama points to strides in reducing homelessness among military veterans in remarks to Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:35 p.m. remarks, 600 words by 4 p.m., photo.
SYRIA – A Russian Mi-8 transport helicopter is shot down in Syria’s Idlib province and all five aboard were killed, the Russian government says. It was the single most deadly incident for Russia so far in the Syrian civil war. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: developing, will be updated; photos, video, graphic.
TURKEY-MILITARY COUP – Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summons a German diplomat in protest at a court decision that prevented President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a demonstration in Germany, an official says. SENT: 290 words.
AFGHANISTAN – A group of militants, including a suicide truck bomber, target a Kabul guesthouse for foreign contractors, killing one policeman and wounding four, Afghan authorities say. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS — The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas and killed all 16 people aboard was arrested in Missouri in 2000 for driving while intoxicated, and the Better Business Bureau warned consumers about doing business with a balloon touring company he used to operate in that state. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New version with updates by 1 p.m.
With: HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS-VICTIMS — The stories of people who died in the hot air balloon crash. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1 p.m. HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS-GLANCE — A list of some of the worst balloon accidents in history. SENT: 450 words.
LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA – — A judge hears arguments over whether to temporarily block a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people, including a provision restricting transgender people’s access to public restrooms. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.
SEVERE WEATHER – The picturesque Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland, faces a monthslong recovery that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars after devastating flooding that damaged nearly every home and business along the road, officials say. SENT: 770 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES – A wildfire that broke out over the weekend in California’s Central Valley damages homes and forces hundreds of evacuations as it surged, while a 10-day-old blaze on the Central Coast keeps growing and causing problems for firefighters and displaced residents. SENT: 360 words, photos.
FATAL I-80 CRASH – Authorities have arrested the driver of a semitrailer that was involved in a fiery crash that killed five people in western Nebraska. SENT: 130 words.
NIGHTCLUB-SHOOTING-FLORIDA – Owners say they’ll reopen Pulse nightclub in Orlando as a memorial site to the 49 people killed there. SENT: 110 words.
LIGHTNING KILLS BOY – Authorities say a 5-year-old boy on vacation with his family died after being struck by lightning on a North Carolina beach. SENT: 100 words.
REFORMULATING FAST FOOD — McDonald’s, which has been working to shake off the perception that it serves up junk food, is set to announce more menu changes. UPCOMING: About 750 words developing from McDonald’s presentation set for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-DEBT MANAGEMENT – Do debt management plans work? Nonprofit credit counselors are the good guys in the debt relief industry, which is otherwise full to bursting with lies, scams and sketchy players. That said, credit counselors need to acknowledge that their signature offering — the debt management plan — doesn’t work for everyone. By NerdWallet Columnist Liz Weston. UPCOMING: 1,000 words.
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