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 (sent, developing)
–THAILAND-OBIT-KING BHUMIBOL (sent, developing)
–NOBEL-LITERATURE (sent, developing)
–UNITED STATES-YEMEN (sent, developing)
–NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED SCHOOLGIRLS (sent, developing)
–TROPICAL WEATHER (sent, developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
PRINCE-TRIBUTE CONCERT (sent, developing)
FURY-VACATES TITLES (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
THAILAND KING-OBIT-KING BHUMIBOL — King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, dies. He was 88 and had been the world’s longest reigning monarch. SENT: 1,000 words, photo, video. A longer version of 1,780 words is also available. With THAILAND KING–THE LATEST; THAILAND KING-PHOTO GALLERY (Both sent).
UNITED STATES-YEMEN — The United States finds itself involved in another Mideast shooting war it didn’t want, firing Tomahawk missiles on Houthi-rebel controlled radar sites in Yemen. The Iran-backed Houthis had twice fired pairs of missiles at a US warship in the Red Sea, missing each time but escalating the conflict. Now with Iranian warships steaming to the area, the Obama administration has to decide whether and how to get further involved in Yemen. SENT: 1,415 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With AP EXPLAINS-YEMEN —Yemen’s stalemate war threatens to entangle US. SENT: 630 words, photos.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED SCHOOLGIRLS — Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria more than two years ago have been freed in a swap for detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group, the government and military say. SENT: 460 words, photo. With NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED SCHOOLGIRLS-TIMELINE.
TROPICAL WEATHER — Doors and windows begin to rattle across Bermuda as Hurricane Nicole approaches the British territory as an extremely dangerous Category 3 hurricane. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
UNITED NATIONS-NEXT SECRETARY-GENERAL — The United Nations’ 193-member states are expected to appoint Portugal’s former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres as the world body’s next secretary-general. SENT: 280 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. vote.
GERMANY-BOMB-PLOT — A 22-year-old Syrian man suspected of planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack strangled himself by tying his shirt to the bars of his jail cell. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
VATICAN-ARGENTINE SAINT — Pope Francis this weekend will canonize Argentina’s “gaucho priest,” the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung peripheries of Argentina to minister to the poor. SENT: 550 words, photos. With VATICAN LUTHERANS — Pope urges Lutherans to set aside doctrine to work together. SENT: 130 words, photos.
AP EXPLAINS-AFRICA-CLIMATE MEETING — Greenhouse gases that are more powerful than carbon dioxide are the focus of a global gathering this week in Africa. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 – Already deeply divisive, America’s campaign for president is quickly devolving into an ugly fight over who has treated women worse: Donald Trump, whose White House bid is floundering, or former President Bill Clinton, who isn’t on the ballot. SENT: 978 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-NEWS GUIDE – A rundown of allegations of sexual assault against Trump. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-ADVISERS – Confused by Trump’s strategy? Look no further than Roger Stone, Steve Bannon and David Bossie for an explanation. The people closest to Trump have for years driven conspiracy theories about Bill Clinton. They now have the megaphone they’ve always wanted, imperfect as Trump may be. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-WHY NOW – It may be self-evident to those who have spent any time thinking about sexual assault, or who have experienced it, but many people may be wondering why it took so long for women to come forward to say Trump assaulted them. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-EARLY VOTING – Entering a critical stretch, early voting shows continuing strength for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina and positive signs in Florida, two states where advance ballots could help the Democrat lock up the presidency. Trump appears to be holding ground for now in Ohio, aided by working-class whites, as he seeks to preserve a dwindling path to the White House. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-UTAH – The conservative Republican stronghold of Utah could pull off a rare feat in U.S. election history: four candidates for president winning at least 10 percent of the vote apiece. It hasn’t happened since 1912, but could this year in Utah thanks to widespread revulsion for Trump. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.
OBAMA – Obama will try to rev up Democrats in Ohio during a two-day visit, as the number of states that could swing to either Clinton or Trump narrows to just a handful. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from Obama speeches in Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m., Columbus, Ohio, at 7:45 p.m.
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP AND RYAN — The escalating clash between Paul Ryan and Trump is prompting warnings of retaliation against the speaker from rank-and-file House Republicans, suggesting a potential rebellion like the one that drove his predecessor into retirement. SENT: 740 words, photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON EMAILS – Deadline for Hillary Clinton to provide answers to Judicial Watch questions about her private email system is midnight. Wikileaks releases more emails. UPCOMING: Developing.
OFFICERS SHOT-BOSTON —Authorities say a man wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle shot two Boston police officers before being shot and killed by other officers. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With OFFICERS SHOT-BOSTON-THE LATEST
MANHATTAN EXPLOSION — A man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York is scheduled to be arraigned on charges he tried to kill police officers. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. arraignment.
HURRICANE MATTHEW-US — Many of the people who lost everything in the floods triggered by Hurricane Matthew did not have flood insurance. What will they do to rebuild their lives? SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 4 p.m.
NJ TRANSIT-ACCIDENT — Accidents and fines mar safety record of New Jersey Transit, the nation’s second-largest commuter railroad: UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 2 p.m., photos, graphic.
EXOTIC ANIMAL PERFORMANCES — A long-ignored proposal to ban the use of exotic animals in live performances is getting a more serious look from New York City’s liberal city council, and drawing complaints from people who say it would keep the circus from coming to town. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
PROSTATE CANCER, HFR — Hormone-blocking drugs for prostate cancer may increase mens’ chances for developing dementia, a large study suggests. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 11 a.m
COSMIC CRASH, HFR — Scientists have found evidence that a comet or space rock smashed into Earth at just about the same time Earth went into a massive warming spell 56 million years ago and just maybe the two could be related. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.
WINTER FUEL COSTS — The government releases its estimates of how much it will cost to heat your home this winter. By David Koenig. UPCOMING: Developing from report due out by noon; 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
HONDA-NEW CRV — Honda unveils the latest version of the CR-V crossover, the best-selling vehicle in the hottest segment of the market. UPCOMING: 450 words at 10 a.m., photos.
INDIA-BRICS SUMMIT — Expectations were high when five big, fast-growing nations banded together in 2009 as the so-called BRICS, appearing to herald a new era of putting development first. But at a summit in the western Indian state of Goa this weekend, their leaders will be struggling to temper their tendency to compete. SENT: 800 words.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits stayed at a 43-year low last week in the latest sign that layoffs are scarce. SENT: 330 words, photo.
MORTGAGE RATES — Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. UPCOMING: Developing from release of report at 10 a.m., 300 words by 10:45 a.m.
WELLS FARGO-CEO —Wells Fargo’s embattled CEO John Stumpf is stepping down as the nation’s second-largest bank is roiled by a scandal over its sales practices. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BRITAIN-SUPERMARKETS — Consumer goods giant Unilever says prices in Britain on cherished items like Marmite spread are likely to rise after the sharp drop in the value of the pound following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. (SENT: 130 words.)
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
PRINCE-TRIBUTE CONCERT — Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera and Chaka Khan are among the featured performers who will pay tribute to Prince at a Minnesota concert Thursday night. SENT: 285 words, photos. UPCOMING: Outdoor preshow party starts at 5 p.m., performances begin at 8 p.m.
MUSIC-ROGER WATERS — Roger Waters talks about his political inspirations and his upcoming performance at Desert Trip and beyond. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video.
MUSIC-LUKE BRYAN — Country star Luke Bryan didn’t let a broken collarbone stop him from his Farm Tour, a passion project for the reigning CMA entertainer of the year. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.
THEATER-CHRIS GETHARD — Comedian Chris Gethard has managed to find a rich vein of comedy in the unlikeliest place — clinical depression. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
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