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 EST.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EST:
— TRUMP (sent; developing)
— UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE (upcoming)
— TRUMP-REPUBLICANS (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-LABOR SECRETARY (upcoming)
— GAMBIA-CRISIS (sent; developing)
— VOLKSWAGEN-BUYBACK DELAYS (upcoming)
— HUMAN PIG EMBRYOS (upcoming)
— GENDER STEREOTYPES (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— DEATH PENALTY-OHIO (sent; developing)
— FATAL VISION (sent; developing)
— APOLLO FIRE-MEMORIAL (upcoming)
— TASTIER TOMATOES (upcoming)
— CHINA-FAKE TRUMP TWEETS (sent)
— FILM-A DOG’S PURPOSE (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
TRUMP – The president heads to Philadelphia midday to talk strategy with Republicans in Congress. He’ll deliver remarks. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos. Developing from 12 p.m. speech.
UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE – Trump is expected to ask the Pentagon for a range of options to enhance the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, current and former military officials say. They’re likely to be filled with ideas the Obama administration weighed but dismissed, from more troops to greater military aid for the Kurds. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-MEXICO – Tensions build as Mexican authorities react to Trump’s tweet that if Mexico is unwilling to pay for the wall, then it would be better to cancel next week’s meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto in Washington. Mexico’s Foreign Minister is in Washington today meeting with U.S. authorities. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-MEXICO-BORDER – Migrants continue to arrive and crowd shelters in Tijuana in hopes of crossing into the U.S. before Trump lives up to his pledge of deploying an additional 5,000 border patrol agents. UPCOMING.
TRUMP-REPUBLICANS – Congressional Republicans eager to deliver are about to find out whether Trump can stay focused on their goals in his first appearance before them as president. SENT: 670 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words after 9:30 a.m. Ryan-McConnell news conference; midday Trump speech.
TRUMP-LABOR SECRETARY – Trump’s choice for labor secretary was CEO of a fast food empire that outsourced jobs on his watch, a contrast with his boss’ staunch promises to keep American jobs in the U.S. A filing with the Department of Labor and his public statements are certain to come up at Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing next week as Democrats question how he can advocate for workers. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.
GAMBIA-CRISIS – Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is finally returning home, solidifying his position as the country’s new commander in chief after a political crisis that sent the previous ruler into exile. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. expected arrival. With GAMBIA CRISIS-TIMELINE.
BRITAIN-US – British Prime Minister Theresa May wins the race to be the first foreign leader to meet Trump in Washington, but her trip to the U.S. capital is anything but a victory lap. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With BRITAIN-BREXIT – U.K. official won’t make promises on timing of Brexit plan.
SYRIA – The Trump administration’s expressed interest in setting up safe zones for civilians in Syria was greeted Thursday with caution by Russia and Turkey, who have taken the lead in the latest peace efforts to end the Mideast country’s devastating six-year war. SENT: 680 words, photos.
ITALY-AVALANCHE – The final death toll from Italy’s devastating avalanche stands at 29 after the remaining bodies are pulled out of the rubble of a hotel crushed by tons of snow, firefighters say. SENT: 290 words, photos.
TRUMP-URUGUAY — The photos of Trump have been taken down from the Trump Tower “ultra exclusive” apartment project here, but giant gold letters still spell out the name of the president of the United States. Trump Tower Punta del Este illustrates how the former real estate developer’s new position remains good for business internationally. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos
CHINA-FAKE TRUMP TWEETS – In China, Twitter is blocked but fake tweets by @realdonaldtrump look set to become the latest internet sensation. SENT: 580 words, photo.
NETHERLANDS-VIRAL VIDEO – A Dutch satirical show’s video introducing the Netherlands to the new Trump administration now has the ministerial seal of approval. SENT: 180 words.
IMMIGRANTS-CRIME PENALTIES – As President Donald Trump rolls out plans to build a wall on the Mexican border, Missouri lawmakers are trying again to ramp up penalties for some immigrants who enter the country illegally and commit crimes — moves similar to those considered and rejected amid immigration crackdowns elsewhere. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo by 5 p.m.
DEATH PENALTY-OHIO – A federal judge has declared Ohio’s new lethal injection process unconstitutional and delayed three upcoming executions. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MOTHER-DAUGHTERS ARRESTED-VIDEO – Bodycam footage from a white Fort Worth police officer who was suspended for wrestling a black woman and her daughter to the ground appears to show the officer using his foot to push a 15-year-old girl into a police car. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
DC PROTEST-CRANE – Seven Greenpeace protesters are facing charges after climbing a 270-foot tall construction crane blocks from the White House and unfurling a massive orange and yellow banner with the word, “RESIST.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CHICAGO VIOLENCE-TEEN’S SHOOTING – Jurors are set to begin deliberations in earnest at the trial of a Chicago woman accused of supplying her teenage cousin with the gun she used to kill a 14-year-old rival. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CELLPHONE TRACKING – Lawmakers in several states are moving to prevent police officers from using cellphone tracking devices without warrants. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo by 2 p.m., photos.
FATAL VISION – A former Army doctor who has served more than 35 years in prison after being convicted of brutally killing his pregnant wife and two daughters is getting another chance to argue that he is innocent. Jeffrey MacDonald says hippies doped up on acid, not him, committed the slayings, which have been the basis of books, films and analysis by armchair detectives for years. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 8:30 a.m. court hearing.
TERROR SUSPECT — A man who pleaded guilty to plotting a machete attack at a restaurant in the name of the Islamic State group is scheduled for sentencing in federal court. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.
INAUGURATION PROTESTS-MUSLIM ACTIVIST — In the days since she helped lead a massive march on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, a Brooklyn-born, hijab-wearing activist has been targeted on social media by false reports that she supports Islamic State militants and favors the overthrow of the U.S. legal system. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m., photos.
MISSING FOR THREE DECADES – Authorities are providing new information about the connection between a young New Hampshire woman’s disappearance 35 years ago, four bodies that were later found in a state park and a California murder case. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
GENDER STEREOTYPES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m.) – A new study looks at gender stereotypes among children as young as 6. UPCOMING: 700 words at 2 p.m.
APOLLO FIRE-MEMORIAL – NASA honors the three astronauts killed in the Apollo 1 fire 50 years ago, at an outdoor ceremony just several miles from where they died. The annual event also remembers the crews who died in the shuttle accidents. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
HUMAN PIG EMBRYOS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, noon) – Scientists create embryos that mix human and pig cells, a step toward growing organs in swine for transplanting into people. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at noon, 700 words, photos.
TASTIER TOMATO (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m.) – Researchers have identified the sweet genes that make heirloom tomatoes tasty. That means mass-produced crops might be able to catch up with home-grown UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 2 p.m, 450 words, photos.
GOOGLE-PIXEL – Google’s head-on rival to the iPhone, the Pixel, is off to a modest but promising start — the company’s first step in what it says will be a years-long effort to take on Apple where it’s strongest. Will incorporate EARNS-ALPHABET. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photo.
FINANCIAL MARKETS — Buoyed by the Dow Jones’ first-ever breach of the 20,000 mark, global stock markets eke out further gains. SENT: 360 words, photos, audio, video, graphics. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
VOLKSWAGEN-BUYBACK DELAYS — Many owners of Volkswagen diesels that emit excess pollution complain the company is stonewalling on repurchasing their cars. Volkswagen says it’s overwhelmed by the number of owners seeking buybacks. By Tom Krisher. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos
FAKE NEWS-ADVERTISERS — It may not be intentional, but major corporations are helping prop up sites that publish false news stories by advertising on them. Thanks to automated placement systems, experts say it’s not so easy for brands to make sure their ads don’t end up on unsavory websites. By Tali Arbel. UPCOMING: 900 words by 11 a.m., photo.
OF MUTUAL INTEREST-AMERICA FIRST INVESTING — “America First” is Donald Trump’s economic policy. Investors shouldn’t follow suit, fund managers say. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
NERDWALLET-BANK ACCOUNT INTEREST RATES — 2017 should see a rise in interest rates, experts say. That’s good news for bank customers looking to make more money on their savings. Here are tips for scoring better rates on your deposits. By Margarette Burnette of NerdWallet. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-A DOG’S PURPOSE – Marketers would describe “A Dog’s Purpose” as likely to draw all sorts of moviegoers. Which is why a viral video leaked last week of a frightened dog apparently forced into rushing water during the making of the film is likely to be so damaging to its box-office prospects: It alienates the very audience it targets. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.
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