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:
— OBAMA-CUBA (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-HEALTH CARE (upcoming)
— PARIS ATTACKS (sent; developing)
–EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
— APPLE-NEW IDEVICES (sent; developing)
— FLINT WATER (sent; developing)
— HOGAN-GAWKER TRIAL (sent; developing)
— STATE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE-CYBERSTALKING (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— EMOJIMANIA (upcoming)
— CUBA-US BASEBALL (upcoming)
— SUPREME COURT-APPLE-SAMSUNG (sent)
— GRIM SLEEPER (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
OBAMA-CUBA — President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will sit down Monday at Havana’s Palace of the Revolution for a historic meeting. By Josh Lederman and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 990 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. WITH OBAMA-CUBA-GLANCE. SENT: 517 words. (Wreath laying at 10:25, welcoming ceremony 11:05, meetings with Castro 11:30, press statements 1:50, business event 3:45 p.m. and state dinner 7:30.)
SUPREME COURT-GARLAND — The GOP loved Merrick Garland when he was confirmed in 1997. A lookback at what Republicans said during debate and what they say now. Also included are details from Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states where liberal groups plan protests at offices of GOP senators. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 pm.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — America’s leading pro-Israel group hears from all the presidential candidates except Bernie Sanders. Trump is the wild card whose previous comments about Israel have created some anxiety among many who will attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference. SENT: 870 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4pm. (Hillary Clinton in the morning, Republicans beginning at 5 p.m.)
CAMPAIGN 2016-HEALTH CARE — There’s growing evidence that it’s Obama’s health care law that is responsible for a dramatic jump in U.S. health care coverage, and not the nation’s gradual economic recovery. That only raises the election-year political risks for Republicans who continue to campaign on repealing “Obamacare” without a plan for how to replace it. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3pm.
PARIS-ATTACKS- Belgian prosecutors are appealing to the public for information about a man who allegedly traveled to Hungary last year with the top suspect in the Paris attacks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, including 10 a.m. news conference with prosecutor.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS – Greece’s prime minister warned Monday that an international agreement to limit the number of refugees traveling to Europe could not be properly implemented unless smugglers on the Turkish coast are stopped. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMIING: Developing.
RUSSIA-PLANE CRASH – A top Russian aviation official says it’s going to be very difficult to extract the data from a FlyDubai plane that crashed in southern Russia, hampering the investigation into the tragedy that killed all 62 people aboard. SENT: 230 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
STATE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE-CYBERSTALKING – A judge sentences a State Department employee who admitted extorting nude photos from aspiring models to fill a “power void” left by his wife, who he says was the “alpha and breadwinner” of their family. SENT: 670 words. Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.
FLINT WATER – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says new comprehensive action plans will help resolve Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis in the coming years. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
GRIM SLEEPER – The attorney for a man charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl in the “Grim Sleeper” case in Los Angeles seeks to cast doubt in the minds of jurors by focusing on DNA evidence found on the victims. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 1 p.m. hearing.
STEALTH DESTROYER — A new class of destroyer that’s key to the Navy’s pivot to the Asia-Pacific is due to head out to sea for final builder trials. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.
WINTRY WEATHER — An unwelcome snowstorm on the first day of spring fouls tempers and the morning commute across a wide swath of New England. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photos.
HOGAN-GAWKER-TRIAL – Jury to consider punitive damages in Hogan sex tape lawsuit. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing.
APPLE-NEW IDEVICES – Apple kicks off a busy week: The tech giant will host reporters and analysts Monday at its Silicon Valley headquarters for a product launch event. On Tuesday, its lawyers will square off with authorities in federal court over the FBI’s demand for help unlocking a San Bernardino killer’s encrypted iPhone. SENT: 670 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
SUPREME COURT-APPLE-SAMSUNG – The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a pricy patent dispute between Samsung and Apple. SENT: 170 words.
EMOJIMANIA — When it comes to emojis, the future is very, very … Face with Tears of Joy. A look at the past, present and rosy future of those tiny, texty little virtual playthings that help us emote online. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 950 words by 10 a.m., photo.
BKW–NCAA-DUQUESNE-UCONN – Top-seed UConn looks to make it to the NCAA regional semifinals for the 23rd straight season as it faces Duquesne, a program in its first NCAA Tournament. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 p.m. tip, photos.
CUBA-US BASEBALL – Obama will watch the Tampa Bay Rays play Cuba’s national team at the moment of deepest crisis in more than 50 years for the island’s famed state-run baseball league. A plan to allow limited professional play overseas collapsed last month with the defection of star Yulieski Gourriel. A new U.S. policy announced by the Obama administration offers hope that Cubans may one day be able to play professionally in the Major Leagues without defecting. UPCOMING.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BRITAIN-MADONNA-CUSTODY DISPUTE – It will be a “tragedy” if Madonna and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie don’t resolve their custody battle over their 15-year-old son Rocco, a British judge said Monday.
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