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:
— ITALY-QUAKE (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-VEXED REPUBLICANS (upcoming)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (upcoming)
— TALKING CARS (upcoming)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— COLOMBIA-PEACE ACCORD (sent; developing)
— YELLEN (upcoming)
— MYLAN-EPIPEN (sent; developing)
— NATIONAL PARKS-100 YEARS (upcoming; developing)
— VIRTUAL REALITY-OBAMA-NATIONAL PARKS (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— YELLOWSTONE WILDFIRE (sent; developing)
— NEW ZEALAND-HIKER DEATH (sent)
— FRANCE-BURKINIS (sent; developing)
— SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
— STAR TREK REPLICA (sent)
— REBUILDING LAGUARDIA-GRIDLOCK (upcoming)
— LESLIE JONES HACK (sent; developing)
— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-MEDICAL EXPENSES (sent)
— BOY BUYS LUNCH FOR COPS (sent)
— SCULPTING WITH STICKS (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
ITALY-QUAKE – Rescue crews race against time looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rises to 247 and Italy once again anguishes over trying to secure its ancient communities built on seismic lands. SENT: 960 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with focus on rescue efforts, look at the particular earthquake dangers of this area. With ITALY QUAKE-SURVIVORS (sent; developing)
SYRIA – Syrian Kurdish forces have started withdrawing east of the Euphrates River, Turkish officials said Thursday, a move that could fulfill a major demand by Ankara and the United States a day after Turkey sent in tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels take a key Islamic State stronghold. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With SYRIA-KURDS-NEWS GUIDE (sent)
COLOMBIA-PEACE ACCORD – Colombia’s president is moving fast to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, saying he will give congress the text of the deal on Thursday.SENT: 1,030 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With COLOMBIA-PEACE ACCORD-TIMELINE; AP EXPLAINS-COLOMBIA-PEACE ACCORD (both sent).
TURKEY-EXTRADITION-Q&A – Turkey says the U.S. is legally bound by a treaty to immediately hand over Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of plotting to overthrow Turkey’s government. The U.S. says its hands are tied until Turkey can convince a judge its allegations against Gulen are legitimate. Who’s right? The answer lies in the murky world of extradition. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
BRAZIL-POLITICAL CRISIS – Brazil’s Senate has begun deliberating on whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CAMPAIGN 2016-VEXED REPUBLICANS – Republicans in Chicago exemplify the Donald Trump conundrum that many of the party’s top donors and fundraisers find themselves in this year. Some are raising money for Hillary Clinton; some are staying on the sidelines and some are raising money for Trump even as prominent Republicans have gone out of their way to distance themselves from their party’s nominee. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump tries to soften his tone, while Hillary Clinton links him to a group associated with preserving white identity in separate events Thursday. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos. Clinton in Reno, Nevada, at 3 p.m.; Trump roundtable at Trump Tower at 10 a.m.; Trump rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, at 1 p.m.
TALKING CARS – Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, bringing the potential for reducing traffic deaths and easing congestion. But there’s a big catch: Communications interests want to take over a big share of the radio spectrum set aside for transportation, pitting industries and their federal regulators against each other. UPCOMING: 880 words by 2 p.m., photos.
YELLOWSTONE WILDFIRE – A wildfire is forcing some visitors to drive a little farther to get to the celebration of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks for celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the park service. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 550 words with developments, a new approach by 5 p.m.
NATIONAL PARKS-100 YEARS — The National Park Service celebrates 100 years with events across the U.S. including more than 1,000 people on the National Mall to create a giant, living version of its emblem, a new National Monument designated by President Obama in Maine, and some visitors detouring around wildfires at Yellowstone and Grand Teton. UPCOMING: 650 words with capsules of the celebrations, with photos and video, by 4 p.m.
REBUILDING LAGUARDIA-GRIDLOCK – An effort to rebuild one of the nation’s busiest, most-cramped airports has been causing travel disruptions. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
SEVERE WEATHER – A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees. SENT: 430 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.
DRUG DEATHS-OHIO – Ohio officials say accidental drug overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in the state last year, or an average of eight per day. SENT: 560 words.
RUSSIA-HACKING – A jury is weighing whether the son of a Russian lawmaker hacked into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and made millions selling the data to criminals. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates after deliberations resume at noon, photos.
DARREN SHARPER RAPE CASE – A week after he was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in federal court, disgraced ex-football star Darren Sharper is set for formal sentencing in state court to charges that he drugged and raped multiple women. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ZIP LINE DEATH – Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a woman who fell from a zip line ride. SENT: 100 words.
ALABAMA PLANE CRASH – A pilot told air traffic controllers that fuel pumps aboard the plane were failing before it plunged to the ground and caught fire near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing six people from Mississippi, according to a new report from federal aviation investigators. SENT: 200 words.
SCULPTING WITH STICKS – The towering, whimsical shapes Patrick Dougherty creates by twisting and weaving sticks together have gained him an international following. Now, the artist who lives in a log cabin near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is back in New England to build two more of his almost cartoon-like stick sculptures. SENT: 520 words, photos.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-MEDICAL EXPENSES – The Orlando hospitals that treated dozens of people injured in the Pulse nightclub massacre are not billing survivors for out-of-pocket medical expenses. SENT: 130 words.
BOY BUYS LUNCH FOR COPS – A 5-year-old boy in New Jersey has picked up the lunch tab for his police department. SENT: 130 words.
NASA-ORION-SPLASHDOWN TEST – NASA says it’s simulating a splashdown of its Orion spacecraft in Virginia, this time with crash test dummies, as it prepares to eventually send humans to Mars. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; event scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
VIRTUAL REALITY-OBAMA-NATIONAL PARKS – In a new National Geographic project, Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality — one set in Yosemite National Park. The 11-minute VR video, narrated by Obama, is one part paean to the wonders of the national park system, one part warning of the threat posed by climate change, and one part testament to how powerful VR can be when done right. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
YELLEN — The job market is humming, and so are the U.S. financial markets — normally a green light for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. Yet the Fed has yet to signal that it plans to resume raising rates soon. That signal, though, could come as soon as Friday, when Chair Janet Yellen speaks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon.
MYLAN-EPIPEN – Mylan, in the face of heated criticism over price hikes for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, is bulking up programs that help patients pay for the drug. SENT: 630 words. UPCOMINNG: Developing.
NERDWALLET-HOW TO GET READY FOR YOUR VW PAYOUT — Volkswagen’s mea culpa after it got caught rigging emissions tests offers some nice paybacks to its diesel owners. Here’s how to register and understand the terms of its settlement offer. UPCOMING: 975 words by 11 a.m.
FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTER – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrives for his appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
LESLIE JONES-HACK – It was the second time this summer that the “Ghostbusters” star has been the target of online hate and the latest in a string of hack attacks that have breached celebrities’ digital privacy. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.
STAR TREK REPLICA – The starship Enterprise has withstood bridge-shaking blasts from enemy ships and infiltration by scheming aliens. Now it’s taking aboard tourists who pose for cell phone pictures on the transporters and swivel in Captain Kirk’s chair on the bridge. SENT: 640 words, 11 photos, video.
FRANCE-OBIT-RYKIEL – Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the “queen of knitwear” whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, has died. She was 86. SENT: 730 words, photos.
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