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-RUSSIA (sent; developing)
— SENATE-SUPREME COURT (sent; developing)
— SENATE-SUPREME COURT-DEMOCRATS (upcoming)
— UNITED STATES-CHINA (upcoming)
— AP POLL-TRUMP-BUDGET (sent; may develop)
— UNITED STATES-RUSSIA (upcoming)
— RUSSIA PROBE-SCHIFF (upcoming)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— SYRIA-THE DIFFICULT INVESTIGATION (upcoming)
— JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-POLICE OVERHAUL (sent; developing)
— WWI-CENTENNIAL (sent; developing)
— AARON HERNANDEZ (sent; developing)
— REYNOLDS-FISHER LEGACY (upcoming)
— ANCIENT CANNIBALISM (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— NORWAY SHIP TUNNEL (sent; developing)
— PEOPLE-DAVID SCHWIMMER (upcoming)
— SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
— JOHN GLENN (sent; developing)
— COMCAST-CELLPHONE PLANS (sent)
— WORLD WAR I-INNOVATIONS (sent)
— FOOD-RAPPERS IN THE KITCHEN (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TRUMP-RUSSIA – The chairman of the House intelligence committee says he will temporarily step aside from the panel’s probe into Russian meddling in the election. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT – A Senate showdown is at hand Thursday over Neal Gorsuch, and it could change the Senate and the court for years to come. The confrontation will play out as Democrats and independents try block his Supreme Court confirmation and Republicans intend to respond by unilaterally changing Senate rules to remove the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees. SENT: 655 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words after 11 a.m. cloture vote, leading to vote to change rules. Final confirmation vote for Gorsuch at 7 p.m. Friday.
SENATE-SUPREME COURT-DEMOCRATS – Gorsuch nomination battle poses special challenge for Democrats in states that Trump carried in November. SENT: 917 words.
UNITED STATES-CHINA – Trump opens a high-stakes meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping against the backdrop of more nuclear provocations from North Korea. U.S. officials downplayed expectations for a breakthrough on security and economic issues, but hope the more relaxed setting at Trump’s Florida estate can foster stronger ties between the two leaders. No planned words from the leaders. Photo spray at dinner. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.
AP POLL-TRUMP-BUDGET – Most Americans oppose funding Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and even many supporters reject his proposed budget cuts to scientific and medical research. That’s according to a poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. SENT: 920 words, photos. With AP POLL-TRUMP-BUDGET-HIGHLIGHTS, AP POLL-TRUMP-BUDGET-METHOD.
RUSSIA PROBE-SCHIFF – An interview with House Intel’s top Democrat Adam Schiff, the lawmaker who made himself the public face of the push to uncover the Trump campaign’s Russia connections. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:45 pm interview.
UNITED STATES-RUSSIA – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s task in Moscow next week won’t be easy: Find a way to improve ties amid Russia-related investigations at home and Syria’s recent chemical weapons attack. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.
SYRIA – Turkey says autopsies of Syrian victims from this week’s assault in Syria’s Idlib province show they were subjected to chemical weapons as France’s foreign minister calls for the prosecution of President Bashar Assad’s government amid growing international outrage over the assault that activists say killed 86 people. Syria’s foreign ministry vehemently denies the accusations, calling it an attempt to sabotage the relationship with Trump. SENT: 810 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing
SYRIA-THE DIFFICULT INVESTIGATION – Paramedics and inspectors are rushing to Turkey to meet survivors of the suspected Idlib chemical attack and collect samples that might reveal the nature of the toxins, the means of delivery and ultimately the culprit. The victims’ presence in the nearby country this time offers a way around a problem that has bedeviled past investigators and sown confusion for policymakers: the limited access by outsiders to attack sites in a country that has become catastrophically chaotic and dangerous. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
NORWAY SHIP TUNNEL – Norway plans to build the world’s first tunnel for ships, a 1,700-meter (5,610-feet) passageway burrowed through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
GAMBIA-PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS – Voters head to the polls in Gambia for parliamentary elections that are expected to end two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh. SENT: 290 words, photos.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-POLICE OVERHAUL – Hundreds of Baltimore residents are expected to show up to offer commentary, critiques and recommendations regarding a proposed agreement to overhaul the city’s troubled police force. SENT: 530 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.; developing through the day.
WWI-CENTENNIAL – Foreign dignitaries are among those expected in Kansas City for a ceremony at the national World War I monument marking the 100th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war against Germany in 1917. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos developing from noon event.
AARON HERNANDEZ – Prosecutors and defense attorneys for ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez make their closing arguments in his double-murder trial. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. SENT: 290 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from morning court session, then 600 words by 1 p.m.
SEVERE WEATHER – Another line of severe storms roll through the Carolinas, a day after severe weather that produced snow, hail and heavy rains in some places. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
JOHN GLENN – Family gathers for private send-off of astronaut John Glenn. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:40 a.m. interment.
GREAT SALT LAKE SAILING – Dozens of beached boats that spent two years on the shore of Utah’s drought-stricken Great Salt Lake will be hoisted on cranes, back into the briny waters after winter storms raised lake levels. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
ANCIENT CANNIBALISM – You know those snacks that are OK if they’re handy, but not worth the bother if you have to go track them down? Our Stone Age forerunners may have felt the same way about eating each other. SENT: 540 words, photo.
WORLD WAR I-INNOVATIONS – Tanks, machine guns, chemical weapons, portable X-rays, trench coats and wristwatches are just some of the innovations that were developed or came into wide use during World War I that are still with us today. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.
COMCAST-CELLPHONE PLANS – The cable giant Comcast will start selling cellphone plans called Xfinity Mobile in the coming months, using a network it’s leasing from Verizon. SENT: 530 words.
NERDWALLET-SPLIT TAX REFUND — If your tax refund vanishes too quickly, don’t have it all sent directly to your checking account. The IRS can divvy it up among up to three different accounts, including IRAs, college savings accounts and brokerage accounts. By Tina Orem of NerdWallet. UPCOMING: 670 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
REYNOLDS-FISHER LEGACY — Todd Fisher considers himself the custodian of Debbie Reynolds’ and Carrie Fisher’s legacies. He says it’s a role he’s always played, but now it’s helping him process the grief of losing his mother and sister. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo, video.
PEOPLE-DAVID SCHWIMMER — A series of short films was launched this week as part of a new anti-sexual harassment awareness campaign called That’s Harassment, starring David Schwimmer, Cynthia Nixon, Emmy Rossum and Bobby Cannavale. UPCOMING: 560 words by noon, photos, video.
FOOD-RAPPERS IN THE KITCHEN — Snoop Dogg and other rappers and hip-hop stars are capitalizing on the widening intersection between food and music with shows like “”Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” and rappers like 2 Chainz are dropping cookbooks along with their albums. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos.
ICE AGE TRAIL — You’ve heard of the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, but Melanie McManus wrote a book to bring attention to the Ice Age Trail, a 1,000-mile glacier-carved route across Wisconsin that she trekked in 36 days. By Beth J. Harpaz. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
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