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:
— AP POLL-DEM 2016-SANDERS (upcoming)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (upcoming)
— SECRET CUBAN TWITTER (sent; developing)
— SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT (sent; developing)
— ISRAEL-YOUNG PRISONER (upcoming)
— YEMEN (sent; developing)
— CHATBOT EXPLOSION (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA (sent; developing)
— JORDAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES (sent; developing)
— CHALLENGED BOOKS (sent)
— DOGGY FOOD TRUCKS (upcoming)
— PARENTING-GRAD ADVICE (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
AP POLL-DEM 2016-SANDERS — Democrat Bernie Sanders is behind in delegates and votes, but people actually like him and his numbers are getting better, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — What Trump is doing at the ground level — or, rather, what he is NOT doing — in several states to win delegates. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
AP POLL-TRUMP VS CLINTON – In a stark warning for Donald Trump as he eyes a possible general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, Americans trust the Democratic front-runner more than the Republican businessman to handle a wide range of issues. SENT: 940 words, photos.
HOUSE 2016-DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHIEF – Democratic primary challenger to six-term Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in southeast Florida doesn’t take corporate or PAC donations, mirroring Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.
ISRAEL-YOUNG PRISONER – The family of a 12-year-old Palestinian girl imprisoned by Israel for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement has appealed to the military to free her early, citing her age. The case has put Israel’s military justice system in a bind and drawn attention to the system of different laws Israelis and Palestinians living in the West Bank. UPCOMING.
YEMEN – A U.N.-brokered cease-fire was mostly holding across war-torn Yemen on Monday except in the besieged city of Taiz where shelling killed at least one person and wounded five, according to residents. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SECRET CUBAN TWITTER-FOIA -U.S. officials dealing with the public fallout of once-secret “Cuban Twitter” program had one thing on their side: notorious delays in the federal Freedom of Information Act. Documents released to AP came two years after the news cooperative asked for them following its 2014 disclosure of the program. SENT: 790 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
INDIA-TEMPLE FIRE – Medical teams on Monday tended to hundreds of people injured in a massive fire that killed at least 110 people, while authorities searched for those responsible for illegally putting on the fireworks display that caused the weekend blaze at a Hindu temple in southern India. SENT: 820 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: May develop.
UKRAINE-UNFULFILLED PROMISES – Disillusioned and angry, Ukrainians who were promised change two years ago are now awaiting the arrival of a new government that will be under immediate pressure to win back their trust and restore the confidence of the West. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SYRIA – The U.N. special envoy on Monday urged Syria’s warring sides to preserve the fragile U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire ahead of the next round of peace talks in Geneva this week. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS – A rift between Macedonia and Greece over the refugee crisis deepened Monday, with Macedonia accusing its southern neighbor of not reacting to prevent hundreds of migrants and refugees from attempting to breach a border fence between the two countries. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
KOREAS-TENSION – A colonel from North Korea’s military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: May develop.
SKOREA-ONLINE SPEECH FREEDOMS – With cheap and ubiquitous access to the world’s fastest Internet speeds and a vibrant democracy, you’d think that South Korea’s cyberspace would flourish with rich discussions and debates ahead of April 13 general elections. The reality is that any online comments or posts depicting a candidate in a “negative” light are generally absent thanks to a law allowing anyone to block an online post with a few simple clicks for alleged libel or privacy violations UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos.
OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS-BRITAIN – British Prime Minister David Cameron fought back Monday against allegations he’s been evasive about his financial affairs, saying other senior politicians should follow his lead and publish their tax returns. SENT: 510 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
TURKEY-NIGERIA-CREW KIDNAPPED – A Turkish maritime company says pirates have boarded a tanker ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped six of its crew members. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
PERU-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – The daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori holds a strong lead in preliminary results from the first round of Peru’s presidential election and appears headed to a showdown with another center-right candidate in a June runoff. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SOMALIA VIOLENCE – A car bomb exploded on Monday outside restaurant packed with lunchtime customers in the Somali capital of Mogadishu killing at least five people, including school children, said witnesses. SENT: 290 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
AFGHANISTAN – At least 12 new army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad, a hospital official said on Monday. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT – Pursuing further details about what happened in the moments leading up to the shooting of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith. Also, how did his shooter — who had a criminal record — obtain the gun? SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. Also pursuing threads about what Will Smith meant to the city of New Orleans.
CHALLENGED BOOKS – On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises.The Bible. SENT: 570 words. UPCOMING: photos.
LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA – — Religious leaders, media personalities and others rally at North Carolina’s capital to support a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from noon rally.
JORDAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES – A member of the first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up “surge operation” for refugees is speaking to the media. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. news conference.
ELECTRIC CHAIR-VIRGINIA – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed making significant changes to a bill that sought to allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair when lethal injection drugs aren’t available. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA-SCHOOLS — A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools is getting a second look Monday in a House committee. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from 3:30 p.m. hearing.
DRUG WAR-HEALTH CARE – Advocates say the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is making things easier for cities, including Albany, N.Y., and Seattle, to explore programs to keep low-level drug offenders out of jail by using the insurance program for the poor to pay for case managers. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
UNATTENDED CHILD DEATH – Prosecutors and defense attorneys were set to begin their search Monday for the jurors who will consider whether a Georgia man intentionally left his son in a hot SUV to die. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MISSING BOATERS – Officials say three bodies and one survivor have been found from a boat that sank off the Florida coast. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.
FATAL HELICOPTER CRASH – Federal investigators say fog, mist and low visibility enveloped a landing zone where a medical helicopter arrived at the scene of an Alabama highway wreck before it later crashed, killing all four people on board last month. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CHATBOT EXPLOSION – We’re all going to be talking a lot more to online robots, as Facebook, Microsoft and other western tech companies emulate Asian online services by letting users bank, pay for meals and order stuff with the help of software “chatbots” that can handle tasks previously reserved for humans. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photo.
FUTURE OF RANSOMWARE – Report says an unusual strain of ransomware that exploits computer server vulnerabilities is new generation of malicious software. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: May dedvelop.
OBAMA-YELLEN – Obama meets with Fed chair Janet Yellen to discuss the longer-term economic outlook. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Possible updates after 3 p.m. meeting.
YAHOO-DAILY MAIL – The owner of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper and media group is in early talks over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo. SENT: 450 words, photos.
PARENTING-GRAD ADVICE – Becky Blades wrote her oldest daughter a letter when she left home for college offering all the advice and words of wisdom she wished she had dispensed beforehand. Her daughter had some advice of her own: make the letter into a book. Blades did just that and it’s called, “Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone,” out in April from Sourcebooks. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photo.
DOGGY FOOD TRUCKS — Food trucks in Seattle have flourished to include all kinds of cuisine, but now a new truck is focusing on doggy treats. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, video.
DISNEY RUNNING VACATIONS At Walt Disney World, you might find Darth Vader, Tinker Bell or a classic Disney princess running alongside half-marathon participants. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon Monday, photos
BKN-CURRY’S TIME – For years, Stephen Curry watched his dad, Dell, do his part in the community — and now it’s Curry’s turn. Even in the middle of Golden State’s special season and quest for the NBA wins record, which Curry and the Warriors (72-9) will try to accomplish in the regular-season finale Wednesday night against Memphis. . UPCOMING: 985 words, photos, by 3 p.m.
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