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:
— TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE (upcoming)
— UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA (sent; developing)
— NATO-US (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-TRADE (sent; developing)
— OVERPASS COLLAPSE-FIRE (sent; developing)
— LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA (sent; developing)
— CHURCH BUS CRASH-TEXAS (sent; developing)
— TEXAS JAILS-IMMIGRANT DETENTION (upcoming)
US CA SUPER BLOOM (sent, with text and photos)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TRUMP-TRADE — President Trump signs a pair of executive orders aimed at cracking down on trade abuses. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. White House event with National Association of Manufacturers.
NATO-US — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned NATO allies Friday to boost defense spending or come up with plans to reach the alliance’s budget guidelines within two months. SENT: 595 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-NKOREA — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suggests North Korea is a more urgent problem than Iran, expressing worry about what he calls the country’s “reckless” actions. SENT: 172 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRUMP-INTELLIGENCE — President Donald Trump has challenged the integrity of intelligence officials, moved to exert more control over U.S. spying agencies, and brazenly accused his predecessor of deploying the same tools the government uses to track terrorists and criminals to monitor his political activity. Now, the White House is muddying its relationship with the intelligence community even further by helping funnel secret reports to a Republican lawmaker. The move amounts to an end-run around the spy agencies and deepens suspicions that the White House is seeking to manipulate intelligence for political gain. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New version by 4 p.m.
TRUMP-RUSSIA-EAGER TO TESTIFY — As investigations swirl around President Donald Trump, a coterie of Trump associates is practically begging to be sworn in. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA-PROBE — Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from “unfair prosecution” in exchange for agreeing to be questioned as part of ongoing probes into possible contacts between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, his attorney says. The president tweets that Flynn should ask for immunity. SENT: 510 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
ZIKA VACCINE — NIH reports on the results of its early-stage trials of a Zika vaccine and the next steps it will take in testing and development. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. conference call.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Two Democrats facing tough re-elections in GOP states say they will vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, while more Democrats declare they intend to vote against Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
EUROPE-BREXIT – The European Union softens its public stance on Britain’s exit from the bloc, with Council President Donald Tusk signaling some flexibility on allowing talks on a new relationship before the divorce proceedings are complete. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
OVERPASS COLLAPSE-FIRE – Atlanta’s notoriously tangled commutes were thrown into disarray Friday after a massive fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse, completely shutting down the heavily traveled highway through the heart of the city. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
Atlanta’s notorious traffic is expected to be more tangled than usual after a massive fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse, completely shutting down the heavily traveled highway. SENT: 520 words, photos.
CHURCH BUS CRASH-TEXAS – Authorities in two Texas counties say they received phone calls about a pickup driving erratically shortly before a collision between a truck and church bus in southwest Texas that killed 13 people returning from a retreat. SENT: 740 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; seeking more details on the truck driver.
TEXAS JAILS-IMMIGRANT DETENTION – Several Texas counties that are struggling with debt because their jails have few or no prisoners hope to refill those cellblocks with a different kind of inmate: immigrants who have entered the country illegally. UPCOMING: 850 words with photos by 3 p.m.
NORFOLK FOUR-PARDONS – One of four former sailors known as the “Norfolk Four,” Eric Wilson was pardoned last week by Virginia’s governor for a rape he says he was bullied into admitting to 20 years ago. Cleared at last, he hopes the healing can begin, but there are some things he’ll never get over, he tells The Associated Press in an interview. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
CHICAGO VIOLENCE – Two people have died in a drive-by shooting in the same Chicago neighborhood where separate shootings several hours earlier left five people dead, including a pregnant woman, police said Friday. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ST. LOUIS-CATTLE ESCAPE – Half a dozen cattle apparently had a beef with a St. Louis slaughterhouse and high-tailed it out of there, spawning an hours-long police chase and an online fundraising drive to spare them from the supermarket shelves. SENT: 130 words.
CRAYOLA-COLOR RETIRED – Crayola boots dandelion for bluish crayon yet to be named. SENT: 130 words.
SCI–SPACEX LAUNCH – SpaceX successfully launches and then retrieves its first recycled rocket, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. SENT: 900 words, photos.
DESERT SUPER BLOOM – Rain-fed wildflower seeds are sprouting from Southern California’s desert sands after lying dormant for decades – producing a spectacular display that has been drawing record crowds and traffic jams to the tiny desert town of Borrego Springs. An estimated 150,000 people have converged on the town of about 3,500 over the past month. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
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