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:
— SYRIA-THE SURVIVORS (upcoming)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— UNITED STATES-SYRIA (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-BODYGUARD (upcoming)
— FBI-CYBER RECRUITMENT (upcoming)
— SENATE-SUPREME COURT (sent; developing)
— HOMELAND SECURITY-BORDER (upcoming)
— TRUMP-XI (upcoming)
— DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT-LESBIAN (sent; developing)
— BRITAIN-THAILAND-RED BULL HEIR (sent; may develop)
— ON THE MONEY-ONLINE RETURNS (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— GOLFING WITH TRUMP (upcoming)
— MELANIA TRUMP (upcoming)
— WWI-US CENTENNIAL (sent)
— SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
— NETFLIX-THUMBS-UP OR DOWN (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
SYRIA-THE SURVIVORS – Holding her 20- month-old son in her arms, Aya Fadl scuttled out of her house thinking she was escaping the toxic gases that engulfed her town. It was not long before Fadl had to face the tragedy: Over a dozen family members were killed in the suspected chemical attack on this small norther Syrian town— many of their bodies piled in the back of a truck and in a courtyard that turned into a makeshift morgue. She and her husband tell the AP of the disaster that struck their family. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
SYRIA -The death toll from a suspected chemical attack on a northern Syrian town rises to 72 as activists and rescue workers find more terrified survivors hiding in shelters near the site of the harrowing assault, one of the deadliest in Syria’s civil war. SENT: 630 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-THAILAND-RED BULL HEIR – An heir to the Red Bull fortune refuses to answer questions about whether he will return to Thailand this month to meet with prosecutors over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer almost five years ago. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
EUROPE-BREXIT – European Union lawmakers pass a resolution calling for phased negotiations in divorce proceedings with Britain, going against the wishes of London, which would like exit talks and discussions of a future trade arrangement to happen in parallel. SENT: 350 words, photos.
RUSSIA-SUBWAY-EXPLOSION – As the residents of Russia’s second-largest city try to regain their nerve in the wake of a fatal subway bombing, officials announced Wednesday that six people have been arrested on suspicion of recruiting others to commit extremist crimes. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SOMALIA-CAR BOMB – Police in Somalia say a car bomb blast at a restaurant in the capital has killed at least seven people. SENT: 250 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA – Eager to show strength after a major provocation, Trump is forcefully denouncing a chemical attack he blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad but staying coy about how, if at all, the U.S. may respond. SENT: 910 words, photos as TRUMP-SYRIA; keywords will change to UNITED STATES-SYRIA. Will incorporate material from Trump hosting Jordan’s King Abdullah II for talks at 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. news conference.
MELANIA TRUMP – First lady Melania Trump joins Jordan’s Queen Rania in visit at charter school for girls in southeast Washington to highlight the Trump administration’s focus on school choice. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. visit, 300 words by 5 p.m., photo.
TRUMP-BODYGUARD – Jared Kushner’s trip to Iraq was an unusual assignment for the president son-in-law. But it was more peculiar to see who he brought with him: Trump’s former personal bodyguard, Keith Schiller. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photo.
FBI-CYBER RECRUITMENT – Aspiring G-Men who can hack a computer with ease but can’t shoot their way out of a paper bag could soon find a more welcoming FBI. Director James Comey has floated the idea of scrapping some arduous training. UPCOMING: 860 words by 4 p.m., photos.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT – A Democratic senator held the Senate floor through the night and was still going Wednesday in an attention-grabbing talk-a-thon highlighting his party’s opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. SENT: 760 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day. 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-XI – Having caved already on Taiwan, Trump now is threatening unilateral action on North Korea if Chinese leader Xi Jinping doesn’t help. If Trump is bluffing again, Washington risks losing credibility with Beijing. UPCOMING: 790 words by 4 p.m., photo.
US-CHINA-TRADE – For years, the U.S. has pushed China to embrace free markets. Now, as Trump prepares to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, a reversal of sorts has taken root: It’s the U.S. that’s voicing skepticism about unfettered commerce and China that’s casting itself as a champion of rules-based global trade. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon.
GOLFING WITH TRUMP – Leave your ego in the clubhouse if you ever get the chance to golf with Trump. He may well throw shade on your game. And puff up his own. UPCOMING: 1200 words, photos.
CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE – The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers resume efforts to exhume the House GOP’s health care bill, but remain divided. SENT: 770 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 790 words by 4 p.m.
FDA COMMISSIONER – Trump’s nominee to head the powerful Food and Drug Administration is set to appear before a Senate committee to answer questions about his extensive financial ties to medical companies he could wind up regulating. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. hearing, 400 words by 3 p.m., photo.
CONGRESS-MILITARY SPENDING – The military services are warning that their combat operations and training will be curtailed severely if Republicans and Democrats fail to end their bickering over the federal budget and pass only a stop-gap spending measure. SENT: 600 words. UIPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing, 700 words by 3 p.m., photo.
HOMELAND SECURITY-BORDER – Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will highlight a sharp drop in immigration arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border — a sign that fewer people are trying to sneak in — as he appears before a Senate panel. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, 700 words by 3 p.m., photo.
DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT-LESBIAN – The decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago that companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation is likely to lead to a battle before the Supreme Court over the over the interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: New lookahead approach of 750 words by 5 p.m.
SEVERE WEATHER – Big hail and heavy rains pelted the Deep South early Wednesday, and schools and churches shut down as severe storms that forecasters said could spawn powerful tornadoes began moving across the region. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
POLICE BARRACKS AMBUSH – Jurors are set to hear their first full day of testimony in the trial of a man charged in a 2014 sniper attack that killed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and injured a second. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
DISTRACTED DRIVING — A Harvard University professor who introduced Americans to the concept of designated drivers to deter drunken driving is now taking on the deadly problem of motorists distracted by cellphones and other electronics. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
NETFLIX-THUMBS-UP OR DOWN — Netflix’s video-streaming service is scrapping its familiar star-rating system, hoping to make it easier for its 94 million subscribers to signal whether they liked a movie or TV show. SENT: 430 words.
ON THE MONEY-ONLINE RETURNS — A surge of online shopping also means more returns. That’s a big problem for retailers, but also for shoppers who are looking for the easiest way to deal with items that aren’t right. A wave of startups are trying to address the issue, from creating drop-off points at malls to offering services to pick up shoppers’ returns from their homes. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photo.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-REMODELING — If you build it, they will stay. The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are looking forward to robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-PLAYBOY-HUGH HEFNER – Most Americans would hate living in a world untouched by Hugh Hefner. That’s a message from “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story,” which premieres Friday on Amazon Prime. SENT: 810 words, photos.
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