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:
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-MIGRANTS-SPLIT FAMILY (upcoming)
— BRAZIL-CORRUPTION (sent; developing)
— MEXICO-POLLUTION ALERT (upcoming)
— DEM 2016-BLACK VOTERS-NORTH VS SOUTH (upcoming)
— GOP 2016-TRUMP-SECURITY (upcoming)
— DEM 2016-SUPREME COURT (upcoming)
— CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE (upcoming)
— DRUG PRICES-GOVERNMENT ACTION (upcoming)
— NCAA TOURNAMENT (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— VIRTUAL REALITY-MOTION SICKNESS
— WINTER WEATHER (upcoming)
— HOGAN-GAWKER-TRIAL (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
EUROPE-MIGRANTS – European Union and Turkish leaders were locked in tense negotiations on Friday as the EU seeks to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey and ease the pressure from a human emergency that is increasingly dividing the bloc. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from talks throughout the day. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS DEAL-GLANCE.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS-SPLIT FAMILY – Her children are in Germany, safe in a refugee shelter with their father. But their mother, stuck in an increasingly fetid, overflowing camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, doesn’t know when — or if — she will see her children again. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 3 p.m., photos.
BRAZIL-CORRUPTION – Brazil’s political crisis deepened as a judge blocked the appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor just moments after his tumultuous swearing-in ceremony held amid heated protests. SENT: 850 words, photos, UPCOMING: Developing.
MEXICO-POLLUTION ALERT – Mexico City’s worst air pollution alert in 11 years may lead to a tighter clampdown on cars in the sprawling megalopolis. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1 p.m., photos.
ISLAMIC STATE – The American Islamic State group fighter who handed himself over to Kurdish forces in Iraq says he made “a bad decision” joining IS. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: May develop.
PARIS ATTACKS – A Belgian prosecutor says the fingerprints of Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam have been found in a Brussels apartment that police raided earlier this week. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
KENYA-LION ATTACK – A lion left Nairobi National Park, walked alongside a highway full of rush-hour traffic and mauled a 63-year-old pedestrian Friday before being captured, officials said. SENT: 320 words, photo. UPCOMING: May develop.
CANADA-TORONTO-FORD – Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in hospital as he battles cancer. SENT: 160 words, photo.
NETHERLANDS-ANNE FRANK – The Anne Frank foundation has criticized an “escape room” made to look like the Amsterdam apartment where the teenage Jewish diarist hid with her family from the Nazis during World War II. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
DEM 2016-BLACK VOTERS-NORTH VS SOUTH — Black voters in Rust Belt states aren’t as solidly behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as they’ve been in the South, and exit polls reveal a possible reason why: Black voters in the North and Midwest appear more likely to say race relations in the U.S. have gotten worse. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-SECURITY— The security ring protecting Donald Trump is manned by Secret Service agents, his own private security guards, local police and sometimes even the TSA. But even that show of force has not stopped disturbing episodes of violence. Experts say the best way to curb that would be for him to stop egging on the crowds. And there’s no sign he’s willing to do that. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.
DEM 2016-SUPREME COURT— Hillary Clinton won’t say if she’ll make a future commitment to Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, choosing instead to join Democrats in pressuring Senate Republicans to act on the nomination. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.
CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE – More than two dozen members of Congress will spend the next three days participating in a race and civil rights relations tour of South Carolina, culminating Sunday with services at the black Charleston church where nine parishioners were gunned down last June. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
WINTER WEATHER – A weekend storm threatens to bring a heavy dose of snow to the Northeast in time for the first day of spring, just as flowers were beginning to sprout and many were thinking they were done with a winter season that had been relatively tame. UPCOMING 350 words by 2 p.m., photos.
KILLINGS BY POLICE-HOUSTON – Police fire at five suspected robbers outside a Houston furniture store, killing two and injuring two other members of the group, which was being monitored by a tactical team investigating other robberies earlier in the day. SENT: 340 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: May develop.
HOGAN-GAWKER-TRIAL – A jury is Florida is set to hear closing arguments Friday in ex–pro wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing set to resume at 9 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS-HOUSE EXPLOSION – An Indianapolis man could be sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in a 2012 house explosion that killed two and destroyed or damaged more than 80 homes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. sentencing.
PREP SCHOOL-RAPE TRIAL – A judge is scheduled to hear a prosecutor’s request to revoke bail for a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:30 p.m. hearing.
FRANCISCANS-CHILD SEX ABUSE – Three Franciscan friars charged with allowing a suspected sexual predator to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children have surrendered in Pennsylvania on child endangerment and conspiracy charges. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
VIRTUAL REALITY-MOTION SICKNESS – Despite all the advancements made in virtual reality over the past five years, there’s still concern the immersive technology could cause users to lose their lunch with the release of several head-turning VR games set for release in the coming weeks. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
APPLE PRIVACY NIGHTMARE – Even if Apple loses its case against the FBI, the Feds have promised that its software tool for working around iPhone security features can stay secret. That’s highly unlikely, since any such tool used to produce evidence for trial would likely pass through dozens of hands within weeks. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photo.
DRUG PRICES-GOVERNMENT ACTION – Most Americans support it, virtually all other developed countries already do it and the two leading presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle agree that the federal government should use its authority to lower drug prices. But experts say the chances for government action on the issue remain cloudy at best. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 10:30 a.m.
NCAA Tournament coverage (sent; developing)
SYRIAN-REFUGEE SWIMMER – One year after swimming for her life in Greek coastal waters, Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini could be swimming at the Olympics. SENT: 860 words, photos.
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