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.:
–BRITAIN-BREXIT (sent, developing)
–AP POLL-HEALTH OVERHAUL (upcoming)
–TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS (sent, developing)
–ISLAMIC STATE-RAQQA PREPARING FOR WAR (sent)
–MAXINE WATERS (upcoming)
–BKC–AP ALL-TIME TOP 100 (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
–CAPITOL INCIDENT (sent, developing)
–MAXINE WATERS-SOCIAL MEDIA (sent)
–TUPAC-ROCK HALL OF FAME (sent, developing)
–SAMSUNG-NEXT PHONE (upcoming)
–INDONESIA-PYTHON SWALLOWS MAN (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
AP POLL-HEALTH OVERHAUL — AP poll examines what Americans think about President Donald Trump’s handling of the health care overhaul. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
CAPITOL INCIDENT — Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. A District of Columbia police spokeswoman, Margarita Mikhaylova, says it’s possible that an officer fired shots. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MAXINE WATERS — Rep. Maxine Waters has emerged as the passionate voice of resistance against the Trump administration. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
TRUMP-BUDGET — HHS Secretary Tom Price testifies before a House panel on the Trump administration’s budget request, which among other things proposes big cuts in medical research. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.
TRUMP-CHRISTIE — After being unceremoniously booted from President Donald Trump’s transition team, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dipping his toes into the administration as he takes the lead of a White House commission to combat drug addiction. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. event, 780 words by 4 p.m., photo.
TRUMP-KUSHNER’S ROLE — White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is coming under increasing scrutiny amid confirmation that he will testify before the Senate intelligence committee. SENT: 1120 words, photos.
BRITAIN-BREXIT — The United Kingdom files for divorce from the European Union, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world. SENT: 1,490 words, photos. With BRITAIN-BREXIT-THE LATEST; BRITAIN-KEY PLAYER quotes; BRITAIN-VOICES; BRITAIN-BREXIT-WHAT’S NEXT.
FRANCE-FIGHTING RADICALIZATION — France’s attempts to counter the radicalization of young people are in turmoil, with a residential program intended to turn them away from Islamic extremism empty, the head of a highly publicized nonprofit convicted of misuse of public funds, and plans to segregate prison inmates suspected of harboring jihadist ideas abandoned. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
EL SALVADOR-BLACK WIDOW KILLINGS —El Salvador’s brutal street gangs are involved in every kind of criminal activity imaginable: drugs, extortion, prostitution, murder, kidnapping — and now authorities say a woman was abducted by a gang and forced into an arranged “black widow” marriage. SENT: 760 words, photos.
NKOREA-TESTING THE BOMBS —North Korea has made it exceptionally difficult for outsiders to learn much about the details of its nuclear tests. A successful test will set off seismographs, but experts also look for evidence such as tell-tale gases as they try to determine the type of device that was detonated. North Korea has managed to keep much of that evidence bottled up in the depths of its mountain test site. SENT: 1,310 words, photos. An abridged version of 800 words has also been sent.
JORDAN-ARAB SUMMIT — The Arab world prepares to endorse key Palestinian positions at an annual summit, signaling to Trump ahead of White House meetings with leaders of Egypt and Jordan that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. With JORDAN-ARAB SUMMIT-THE LATEST.
TRUMP-TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS — A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban from taking effect is set to hold a hearing on whether he should extend his order. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 3:30 p.m. hearing, photos, video.
IMMIGRATION BAN-GRAD STUDENTS — The nation’s largest research universities have sent hundreds of acceptance letters to Iranian graduate students but are worried that they’ll be blocked by President Donald Trump’s executive order. SENT: 940 words, photo.
TEXAS-UNPAID PROSECUTORS — On the brink of bringing Texas’ attorney general, Ken Paxton, to trial on felony securities fraud charges, the government’s prosecutors are threatening to bail out of the case unless they get paid. Whether the biggest criminal case in Texas finally goes before a jury is now in limbo over what prosecutors contend is a deliberate effort by rich supporters of the defendant to delay justice by challenging their paychecks. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.
CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS — Two former aides of Republican Gov. Chris Christie who were convicted of deliberately causing traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in what prosecutors say was a political retaliation plot are sentenced. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
TROLLING FOR HATE — A target of an online trolling campaign struggles to understand why tormenters keep polluting her email and social media accounts with anti-Semitic slurs and disturbing images. SENT: 1,560 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Trolling Hate (CR) — Activists fight trolling by hate groups. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.
IMMIGRATION ARREST-SEATTLE — A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge rules. SENT: 620 words, photos.
JAPAN-TOSHIBA-WESTINGHOUSE — Japan’s embattled Toshiba Corp. says its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 620 words, photos
BORDER WALL — Companies seeking to build President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico must submit “concept papers” for sloped barriers about 30 feet high that are aesthetically pleasing on the U.S. side, along with a statement on their experience with “politically contentious” projects. By Elliot Spagat. UPCOMING: Developing from 4 p.m. deadline to submit papers.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-BUDGET IMPACT — Some small business owners believe the Trump administration’s budget proposal, while it isn’t guaranteed to become law, will help their revenue grow because it places a priority on defense and infrastructure spending. But there are also owners who worry that the administration’s priorities could cut into their revenue by eliminating grants and subsidy programs. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
INDONESIA-TRUMP-NATIONAL PARK — A sprawling “Trump community” rising next to a pristine national park in West Java alarms conservationists who predict the development that includes Disneyland-style attractions planned by Trump’s Indonesian business partner will overwhelm a refuge for some of Indonesia’s most threatened species, including a gibbon, eagle and leopard. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video.
ON THE MONEY-OVERSEAS TRIPS — Planning a trip overseas? Some things that Americans do without thinking twice, from kissing in public to taking photos of other people or government buildings, can get you in trouble elsewhere. We offer tips from experts. By David Koenig. UPCOMING: 700 words.
SAMSUNG-NEXT PHONE — Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8, its first major phone since the notorious recall of the fire-prone Note 7. Although the recall didn’t appear to damage Samsung’s brand permanent, another misstep — however minor — might. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos
AP EXPLAINS-BROADBAND PRIVACY — Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules, what does that mean for you? By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 660 words, photo. With CONGRESS-BROADBAND PRIVACY RULES — House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
SWEDEN-NOBEL-DYLAN — The Swedish Academy says 2016 Nobel literature winner Bob Dylan will meet with members of the academy this weekend and they will hand over his Nobel diploma and medal. By Matti Huuhtanen. SENT: 190 words, photos
TV-FONDA-TOMLIN — The message of “Grace and Frankie” is: There’s life after 70. And also your own brand of vibrator, according to this Netflix comedy’s just-released new season. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin carry on as the title characters whose longtime husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) abruptly left them for each other at the series’ inception. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BKC–AP ALL-TIME TOP 100 — The Associated Press is ranking the top 100 college basketball programs of all time using 68 years of data from the AP Top 25 poll. By Jim O’Connell. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.
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