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:
— ISLAMIC STATE-GENOCIDE (sent; developing)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— EGYPT ANTIQUITIES (sent; developing)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP-MADE IN AMERICA (upcoming)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-ELECTION HUMOR (upcoming)
— CONGRESS-FLINT-WATER (sent; developing)
— SEAWORLD-KILLER WHALE BREEDING (sent; developing)
— SUNSHINE WEEK-COLLEGE ENDOWMENTS (upcoming)
— ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE (sent; developing)
— ENCRYPTION-WIDER BATTLE ( upcoming)
— NCAA TOURNAMENT GUIDE (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— GLOBAL SUPER HEAT (sent; developing)
— EMIRATES-AMERICAN ARRESTED (sent; developing)
— IDITAROD-ATTACKED MUSHER (sent; developing)
— DRIVERLESS CARS-HOW SAFE? (upcoming)
— SINGING FELON (sent)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS-DEAL-GLANCE (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
EUROPE-MIGRANTS – European Union leaders pushed ahead Thursday with contested plans to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey amid deep divisions over how to manage Europe’s biggest refugee emergency in decades. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS-DEAL-GLANCE (sent)
SYRIA – The main Syrian Kurdish group on Thursday declared a federal region in Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, a move that was immediately rejected by both the government in Damascus and the opposition. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ISLAMIC STATE-GENOCIDE — Secretary of State John Kerry determines that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. But the finding will not obligate the United States to take additional action against IS militants and does not prejudge any prosecution against its members. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m.
EGYPT ANTIQUITIES – Scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms, Egypt’s antiquities minister said Thursday — a discovery that could intensify speculation that the chambers contain the remains of the famed Queen Nefertiti. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
EMIRATES-AMERICAN ARRESTED – A U.S. schoolteacher working abroad has been arrested while transiting through the United Arab Emirates after someone fraudulently used his name to take out nearly $90,000 in loans in the Gulf Arab country, his mother said Thursday. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
VIETNAM-DROUGHT – Vietnam’s southern Mekong Delta, the country’s main rice growing region, is experiencing the worst drought and saline intrusion in recent history that has affected more than half a million people, officials said Thursday.
BRAZIL-CORRUPTION – Tapped phone calls between ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and prominent figures suggest attempts were made to curry favor for the former leader in his judicial woes, says the judge leading the investigation at Brazil’s state-run oil company. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Silva to be sworn in as chief-of-staff at 9 a.m.
MEXICO-POLLUTION ALERT – A four-day air pollution alert in greater Mexico City has been extended, with authorities saying that despite slight improvements smog levels remained at almost 1½ times acceptable limits in some areas. SENT: 460 words, photos.
CONGRESS-FLINT WATER — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder faces tough questions about the lead contaminated water in Flint and whether state officials ignored the problem that’s been devastating for the city’s 100,000 people. SENT: 620 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.
HOUSE-IMMIGRATION — The House is finally voting on immigration — not an overhaul of the system, but whether to stand with Texas and two dozen other states in a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s actions that he took because Congress wouldn’t act. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. Vote expected after midday EDT.
CONGRESS-MILITARY — Russia’s withdrawal from Syria, Islamic State militants and the military budget are on the agenda as Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford testify before a Senate committee. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1 p.m.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland begins courtesy calls with senators whom Democrats hope will put unbearable election-year pressure on majority Republicans refusing to consider any nominee from Obama. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-MADE IN AMERICA – Donald Trump is going further than many politicians have dared in railing about what’s wrong with corporate America, vowing to rewrite trade deals, tax imports, punish U.S. companies, and naming specific companies. But the issues that Trump has raised about trade and taxes are complicated, experts say, and not easily fixed, or at least not without big consequences. UPCOMING 1,000 words, photos by 1 p.m.
CAMPAIGN 2016-ELECTION HUMOR – Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is far from ordinary, and late-night television humorists are pushing boundaries in order to keep up. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — Ted Cruz is skipping Arizona, going hard in Utah and aiming for the triple-bank shot of winner-take-all states to beat Donald Trump in the GOP presidential race. A look at his strategy for upcoming contests. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.
SEAWORLD-KILLER WHALE BREEDING – SeaWorld announced Thursday it will immediately stop breeding killer whales, essentially phasing the iconic orcas from its theme parks following years of controversy over keeping them in captivity. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SUNSHINE WEEK-COLLEGE ENDOWMENTS – Colleges and universities are under growing pressure from Congress and campus activists to reveal the financial investments made through their endowments — but standing firm against it. Records requests made in recent months by The Associated Press to dozens of the nation’s wealthiest colleges show that efforts to keep their investments secret are very much alive.. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 10 a.m., photos.
— SUNSHINE WEEK-COLLEGE ENDOWMENTS-INVESTMENTS — A look at some college investments that critics have called problematic. UPCOMING: 800 words in chunky text by 10 a.m., photos.
ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off Thursday, with hopes of closing a long chapter of controversy over including gays in the largest and oldest U.S. celebration of Irish heritage. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from parade, starting at 11 a.m., photos, video.
IDITAROD-ATTACKED MUSHER – Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle says an attack by a man on a snowmobile lasted for two hours, and she felt like a hostage in the Alaska wilderness. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
NEWARK SCHOOLS-LEAD – Voluntary blood tests to check students for the presence of lead are starting in New Jersey’s largest school district. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING LIMITS – A first-in-the nation system allowing casino patrons to set limits on their betting is expected to be unveiled next month in Massachusetts, one that currently is in effect in only a handful of casinos worldwide. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a .m. meeting.
DC SUBWAY SHUTDOWN – Angry commuters and politicians want to know why Metro can’t get subway service in the nation’s capital right. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Rush-hour updates ongoing. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
AIR FORCE-POWER FROM TRASH – The Air Force unit that defends Hawaii skies will get experimental technology that uses trash to generate power and relies on its own electrical grid — a system intended to keep the base operating if an attack or natural disaster knocks out the local utility. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.
GOLD TRUCK ROBBERY – A plea hearing is set for a Florida man who allegedly masterminded the heist of $4.8 million in gold bars from a truck along Interstate 95 in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE – A young girl whose parents moved her from Connecticut to Maine to get access to medical marijuana to treat a rare form of epilepsy is being laid to rest Thursday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SINGING FELON – Felon sings Adele-inspired apology to Michigan courtroom. SENT: 120 words.
GLOBAL SUPER HEAT – Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists described the temperatures as “astronomical,” ”staggering” and “strange,” warning that the climate may have moved into a new, hotter neighborhood. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ON THE MONEY-BARIATRIC SURGERY — Finances and fear still deter many patients who are morbidly obese from having bariattric surgery. There are pros and cons to each form of bariatric surgery, so patients have to pick the procedure this is right for them. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
ENCRYPTION-WIDER BATTLE – The Apple-FBI fight may just be the opening act in a broader war over encryption. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.
DRIVERLESS CARS-HOW SAFE? — As Google cars encounter more and more of the obstacles and conditions that befuddle human drivers, the autonomous vehicles are likely to cause more accidents, such as a recent low-speed collision with a bus. Are regulators and people willing to accept less than perfect if overall the cars make roads safer? UPCOMING: 950 words by 11 a.m., photos.
NCAA TOURNAMENT GUIDE – Regardless of whether you have to shred your bracket early, it figures to be a fantastic road to the Final Four, so we’ve got a rundown of the top matchups, players and some other tidbits about this year’s NCAA Tournament. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates after first of 16 games played begins 12:10 p.m.
CONSIGNMENT COUTURE — On the sunny island of Palm Beach, Florida, where Sunday brunch is $100 and a beachside hotel room can cost thousands a night, there are bargains to be found — in upscale consignment shops where barely worn Hermes, Chanel and Lilly Pulitzer are selling at secondhand prices. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos, video. CONSIGNMENT-WHERE TO SHOP — A list of designer consignment stores in the Palm Beach, Florida, area. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-BILLIONS-DAVID COSTABILE — For years, David Costabile has flourished as a most familiar unknown star. Now viewers likely recognize Costabile — or at least welcome him — in his latest role as Mike “Wags” Wagner on the Showtime power-struggle drama “Billions.” UPCOMING: 750 words by 11 a.m., photos.
FILM-KRISHA — Trey Edward Shults made his debut film in nine days with less than $100,000, shooting at his mother’s house and starring his aunt. The resulting film “Krisha” has earned acclaim, been celebrated at festivals from SXSW to Cannes and earned a Spirit Award. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.
FILM-SCREENING ROOM — Some 17 years after Napster shook the music industry Sean Parker is now rattling the movies. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.
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