BC-What We’re Talking About 10:15,ADVISORY

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 (upcoming)



— CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP ON THE COUCH (sent; developing)

— SYRIA (sent; developing)

— EGYPT-ECONOMY (sent; developing)

— OLY-GOLF (upcoming)

— SWM-SWIMMING (upcoming)





— MARIJUANA (sent; developing)




— APARTMENT FIRE-MARYLAND (sent; developing)



— FARM BALLET (upcoming)


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):




CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-FACT CHECK – Donald Trump says Obama is the founder of the Islamic State. A week ago, he was saying it was Hillary Clinton. Neither of these assertions is true, although the rise of IS does have its roots in America’s invasion of Iraq and withdrawal of forces from the war-torn nation. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m.

CAMPAIGN 2016 – Hillary Clinton is set to go after Donald Trump’s economic agenda, aiming to portray his approach as offering handouts for the rich that could imperil the economy. Speech at 1:15 p.m. SENT: 611 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON-FACT CHECK – The facts of Clinton’s economics chat. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-CHILD CARE – In addressing the thorny issue of affordable child care, Donald Trump has touted his own record, claiming to provide coveted on-site services for his employees. There is no evidence, however, that such programs exist. UPCOMING: 450 words.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP ON THE COUCH — Psychiatrists and psychologists are banned from publicly diagnosing people they don’t treat — but some want to change that because of this year’s presidential campaign. SENT: 1,060 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.

With CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP ON THE COUCH-HISTORY — Some great leaders had mental illness — it may have helped.




SYRIA – Syrian activists said airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s de factor capital of Raqqa on Thursday killed at least 20 civilians in a new round of bombardment that came as Turkey called on Russia to carry out joint operations against IS. SENT: 1010 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

EGYPT-ECONOMY – Syrian activists said airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s de factor capital of Raqqa on Thursday killed at least 20 civilians in a new round of bombardment that came as Turkey called on Russia to carry out joint operations against IS. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; analysis planned.

CHINA-PIPE EXPLOSION – Report says steam pipe explosion at central China power station kills 21, injures five.

LIBYA – U.S.-backed forces in Libya have liberated “70 percent” of the city of Sirte, the Islamic State group’s last bastion in the North African country, after seizing several strategic locations over the past 24 hours under the cover of U.S. airstrikes, a Libyan official says. SENT: 370 words.

GERMANY-SECURITY – Germany’s interior minister proposes stripping dual nationals who fight for extremist groups abroad of their German citizenship, and wants to make it easier to deport foreigners deemed to be dangerous. SENT: 420 words, photo.

BRITAIN-ECUADOR-ASSANGE – Ecuador says it’s ready to set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange inside its London embassy – a potential breakthrough in the yearslong international impasse over the WikiLeaks founder. SENT: 450 words, photo.

CANADA TERROR THREAT – A Canadian man previously banned from associating with Islamic State extremists is killed as Canada’s national police force thwarts what they believed was a suicide bomb plot, a senior police official says. SENT: 640 words, photos, video.

ZAMBIA-ELECTIONS – Zambians form long lines at polling stations in a tight election race for president and parliament that has been marred by violence between rival factions. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls close at noon.

UN SECRETARY GENERAL-HOLLYWOOD – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon went to Hollywood to enlist its star power in some of the world body’s key campaigns – and he got an enthusiastic response from stars and top executives. SENT: 550 words, photos.




MARIJUANA — The US government will expand the number of places allowed to grow marijuana for research into its use as chronic pain relief, but is refusing efforts to remove it from “Schedule I,” which classifies it as a drug with “no currently accepted medical use” in the U.S. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.




CITIZENS ACADEMY-POLICE SHOOTING – The officer who shot and killed a woman during a police “shoot/don’t shoot” demonstration in Florida was accused of using excessive force with his police dog and resigned from another police agency in 2013 for failing to satisfactorily complete an agency field training program. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: May develop.

APARTMENT FIRE-MARYLAND – Dozens of people, including three firefighters, were injured after an explosion and large fire at an apartment complex in a Maryland suburb of Washington. SENT: 450 words, photos, video. UPCOMIING: Developing.

GAY TEENS-SEXUAL ASSAULT (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.) – The first nationally-representative survey of its kind shows gay and bisexual high school students are far more likely than their classmates to be raped or assaulted in a dating situation. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m., 400 words, photo.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTING – A judge is set to reconsider whether a man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is competent to continue his court case. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. hearing.

ISLAMIC-STATE-MISSISSIPPI – A Mississippi woman who once sought to disguise a journey to join the Islamic State group as her honeymoon is sentenced on federal terrorism charges. UPCOMING: 600 words. Developing from noon hearing.

OFFSHORE WIND-STATUS — People in the wind energy field say the opening this fall of the nation’s first offshore wind farm will move the U.S. industry from a theory to reality. UPCOMING: 700 words by 11 a.m., photos

FARM BALLET — A ballet group has taken its act outside to farms and fields to raise money for area farmers and expand classical ballet’s audience. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.




HEALTHBEAT-PEEKING AT PLACENTAS – In labs around the country, major research is under way to finally understand and monitor the placenta – the most mysterious of organs – and how it can go awry, leading to stillbirth, preterm birth, even infections like the Zika virus that somehow sneak past its protective barrier UPCOMING: 920 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.




OLDEST ANIMAL (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m.) – WASHINGTON — Scientists calculate that Greenland sharks are Earth’s oldest living animals with backbones, estimating that one of them was roughly 400 years old when it died a few years ago. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m., 600 words, photos.




DEPARTMENT STORES-REINVENTION – J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Kohl’s are having to reinvent themselves and stay relevant as shoppers increasingly buy items online and frequent niche retailers and discount stores? UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MACY’S RESULTS – Macy’s says it plans to close about 100 stores next year as the department store operator aims to become more nimble in a competitive market. That represents close to 14 percent of its store base. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON LEAVES HUFFINGTON POST – Arianna Huffington signs off at The Huffington Post. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: Developing.




SWM-SWIMMING – Michael Phelps has his sights on a 22nd gold medal, but he’ll have to hold off a familiar nemesis. Ryan Lochte is set to challenge Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley, which will likely be the final chapter in one of the sport’s greatest rivalries. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Finals begins at 9 p.m.

OLY-GYM-GYMNASTICS – American Simone Biles takes aim at the all-around title on Thursday night. UPCOMING. Event begins at 4 p.m.

OLY – GOLF – Golf tees off for the first time at the Olympics since 1904 as the men start their first round play at 7:30 a.m. UPCOMING.

OLY-BATTLING SEXISM – It’s supposed to be the Year of the Woman at the Olympics. Instead, the people watching the Olympics, reading about them and reacting on social media aren’t feeling a golden glow over the women’s performances. Fans have taken to social media to slam what they perceive as sexist portrayals of some of the world’s greatest athletes. UPCOMING. 900 words by 6 p.m.

BKL-UCONN CONNECTION – Coaching the U.S. women’s national team for the last two Olympics has allowed Geno Auriemma the opportunity to reunite with some of the best players ever to play at in his college program. UPCOING 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

DIGITAL LIFE-VR OLYMPICS — Television networks around the world are offering the Olympics in virtual reality for the first time. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.




BOOKS-ALI-JETER – Derek Jeter’s publishing imprint is set to release “Muhammad Ali Unfiltered,” which includes photographs, “select text” by Ali, and Lonnie Ali’s eulogy for her husband. SENT: 140 words.




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