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:
— BRAZIL-POLITICAL CRISIS (sent; developing)
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
— DEM 2016-CALIFORNIA (upcoming)
— OBAMA-HIROSHIMA (upcoming)
— CONGRESS-DRUG ABUSE (upcoming)
— FRANCE-LABOR LAW (sent; developing)
— IOC-FRENCH PROBE-TOKYO (sent; may develop)
— IRAQ (sent; developing)
— GEORGE ZIMMERMAN-PISTOL (sent; developing)
— POLICE PURSUIT (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— GRIM SLEEPER (sent; developing)
— HUNTING GRIZZLIES (sent; developing)
— FRANCE-CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
— TV-ROOTS-STARS REMEMBER (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
BRAZIL-POLITICAL CRISIS – Brazil’s Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff after a months-long fight that laid raw the country’s fury over corruption and economic decay, hurling Latin America’s largest country into political turmoil just months before it hosts the Summer Olympics. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-LABOR LAW – France’s government is facing a major test as lawmakers hold a no-confidence vote, prompted by a deeply divisive labor law allowing longer workdays and easier layoffs. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; vote expected after noon.
IRAQ – A series of bomb attacks in Baghdad that killed nearly 100 people in two days show that Iraqi security forces are unable to protect the capital from the threat posed by the Islamic State group. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan sit down face-to-face for the first time, a week after Ryan stunned Republicans by refusing to back the mercurial billionaire for president. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
DEM 2016-CALIFORNIA — With the primary season’s biggest prize in play, Hillary Clinton has fashioned a strategy to reprise her 2008 victory in California, when she defeated Barack Obama by running up big margins with Hispanics and women, while Bernie Sanders is reorganizing his campaign to pull off a monumental upset. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
OBAMA-HIROSHIMA — Why now? A presidential trip to Hiroshima was considered and rejected by other administrations before Obama decided to go. Intended as a gesture of reconciliation, the trip could open old wounds and unresolved debates about the atomic bomb that brought an end to World War II. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CONGRESS-DRUG ABUSE — The House is churning out a mountain of bills this week addressing the nation’s drug abuse crisis, fueled by lawmakers’ bipartisan craving for election-year action about the deadly problem; the measures are leaving drug treatment advocates underwhelmed. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.
IRAN NUCLEAR-BANKS — The Obama administration’s calls for restoring global business ties with Iran are falling flat in Europe, where risk-averse banks tell Secretary of State John Kerry they still don’t trust they can do business without running afoul of U.S. sanctions. SENT: 640 words, photos.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH – The second trial in the Freddie Gray case gets under way, and it will be different than the one that ended last year with a hung jury. The trial of Officer Edward Nero is before a judge, and it has a better chance of ending with a verdict. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from morning court session.
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN-PISTOL – The pistol that former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin is going up for auction online. SENT: 340 words, photo. Developing from 11 a.m. auction.
POLICE PURSUIT – New Hampshire’s governor is calling for a full investigation into the use of force by police after video surfaced of officers appearing to pummel a suspect who had led them on a high-speed chase from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. SENT: 470 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
HUNTING GRIZZLIES – Montana considers allowing hunting for grizzly bears for the first time in more than four decades. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. meeting with public comment but no decision.
GRIM SLEEPER – Los Angeles prosecutor plans to present evidence of five more killings against the man convicted in the ‘Grim Sleeper’ murders. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from opening statements, scheduled for noon.
SENATE LEADER-TRIAL – Dean Skelos, the former leader of New York’s state, could be sentenced to a lengthy prison term for using his political clout to extort jobs and contracts for his son. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. sentencing hearing; 600 words by 5 p.m.
OHIO BODIES – A jury hears arguments for and against a death sentence for a man convicted of killing three women. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ALABAMA DEATH PENALTY – A man who shot a police officer in the head 30 years ago is set to be put to death, though his attorneys are asking the courts to intervene, saying he is mentally disabled and incompetent after several strokes. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. scheduled execution.
IOC-FRENCH PROBE-TOKYO – French prosecutors said Thursday that $2 million tied to Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics was apparently paid to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former IAAF president in the months immediately before and after the Japanese capital won the games. SENT: 970 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-ROOTS STARS REMEMBER – A trio of stars from the original “Roots” look back ahead of its 40th anniversary, and a June re-release of the series on Blu-Ray. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.
FRANCE-CANNES FILM FESTIVAL — The Cannes Film Festival welcomes its most concentrated dash of celebrity with George Clooney and Julia Roberts hitting the red carpet Thursday for Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
HERMES-HOUSEWARE SHOW – Acclaimed director and visual artist Robert Wilson has created an original installation mixing performances with housewares in a theatrical show. UPCOMING: 850 words by 6 p.m., photos, video.
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