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 (sent; developing)
— SYRIA-WHAT NEXT (upcoming)
— UNITED STATES-SYRIA (sent; developing)
— RUSSIA-US-SYRIA (upcoming)
— SENATE-SUPREME COURT (sent; developing)
— UNITES STATES-CHINA (sent; developing)
— SWEDEN-TRUCK CRASH (sent; developing)
— ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT (sent; developing)
— TALES FROM THE BORDER (upcoming)
— SOUTH SUDAN-SATELLITE IMAGES (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— KOREAS-SOCCER DIPLOMACY (sent)
— PRESCRIPTION DRUG LAWSUITS (upcoming)
— SEATTLE MAYOR-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT (sent; developing)
— AARON HERNANDEZ (developing)
— KFC-ANTIBIOTICS (sent)
— BRIAN WILLIAMS (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
SYRIA – World leaders rally around the United States after it launches a missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspends crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested skies. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With separates TBD.
SYRIA-WHAT NEXT – BEIRUT – Trump has stepped right into the Syrian mud by ordering a dramatic punitive strike against a government air base. But after the “shock-and-awe” style opening volley, what happens next depends on how much further the United States goes. Was this a one-off response to warn Assad not to use chemical weapons again? Or does it mark the start of a more aggressive U.S. policy aimed at removing Assad that risks greater confrontation with Syria and Russia. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 p.m.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA – The United States blasts a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
RUSSIA-US-SYRIA – Russia reacts to U.S. military strikes on its ally Syria by cutting a hotline intended to prevent midair incidents, a response that demonstrates Moscow’s readiness to defy Washington and could even put the two nuclear superpowers on a course toward military confrontation. UPCOMING: 700 words by 11 a.m.
SYRIA-WHAT NEXT?-ANALYSIS – The cruise missiles that crashed down before dawn on a Syrian air base send a clear message to President Bashar Assad: The use of chemical weapons will be met with U.S. force. An AP News Analysis. SENT: 800 words, photo
TRUMP-SYRIA-ANALYSIS – Trump’s sudden decision to order airstrikes against the Syrian government was an overnight evolution for a president who long warned against deeper American involvement in one of the world’s most stubbornly violent conflicts. An AP News Analysis. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.
Also: TRUMP-WAR POWERS-Q&A – Can the president attack without congressional OK?; SYRIA-US TIMELINE – Key events; UNITED STATES AT WAR-GLANCE – 21st century U.S. military forays (all sent).
SENATE-SUPREME COURT – In a confrontation that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, Republicans tear up the Senate’s voting rules to allow Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout day. Votes expected at around 11:45 a.m.
UNITED STATES-CHINA – The U.S. missile strike in Syria is overshadowing tensions with China over North Korea, trade and other issues as Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet for a second day at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated throughout the day. Bilateral meeting between Trump, Xi at 10:30 a.m., noon working lunch.
SWEDEN-TRUCK CRASH – A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, and Swedish radio says the crash has killed three people. People in the downtown area are fleeing the scene in panic. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SOUTH SUDAN-SATELLITE IMAGES – United Nations satellite images obtained by The Associated Press show at least 18,000 structures have been destroyed in the Yei area of South Sudan. It is one of the most significant caches of evidence of widespread destruction in the country’s civil war. SENT: 510 words, photos.
EUROPE-GREECE – Greece and its international creditors took a big step Friday toward an agreement that will ensure the country gets the money it needs to avoid a potential bankruptcy this summer but which could spell more pain for austerity-weary Greeks. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SOUTH AFRICA-ZUMA CHALLENGE – South Africans angry with their scandal-tainted president are expected to hold protests across the country as the opposition tries to unseat him and the longtime ruling party shows signs of splintering. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-GAY FAR RIGHT – Motivated in part by the deadly Islamic extremist attacks at home and at a gay Florida nightclub, a rapidly growing bloc of traditionally left-leaning gay voters in France has embraced far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of the once-fringe National Front party. SENT: 1280 words, photos.
KOREAS-SOCCER DIPLOMACY – So you believe sports is a path to peace? If so, Pyongyang was the wrong place to be Friday, as the two Koreas — technically at war for nearly 70 years — faced off in a rare soccer match. On the field, Korean women fought to a 1-1 draw. But in the stands, more than 40,000 fans made clear the game didn’t reflect a thaw in deeply troubled inter-Korean relations. SENT: 700 words, photos.
IRAN-MARATHON – Iran’s capital held its first international marathon Friday, which was billed as an opportunity for “building bridges” though American runners were largely absent. SENT: 560 words, photos.
SPAIN-ETA-DISARMAMENT-EXPLAINER — The armed Basque separatist group ETA, inactive for more than five years, is to hand over its arms Saturday, ending a violent 43-year campaign that claimed the lives of 829 people, mostly in Spain. A look at the conflict and the disarmament plan. UPCOMING: 1,000 words in chunky text, photos.
EGYPT-HARASSMENT – Hundreds of Egyptian women and girls have come out to denounce sexual harassment and share personal stories about it on social media, breaking a taboo and raising the ire of some in the country’s conservative majority. SENT: 600 words, photos.
TALES FROM THE BORDER – Two AP journalists have logged 3,000 miles from the Gulf to the Pacific, crisscrossing back and forth over the U.S.-Mexico border. They’ve talked to anyone and everyone willing to open up, trying to take the temperature of the frontier region at a delicate historic moment. What they’ve found, from the near-empty migrant shelters of Tamaulipas state to the drug-running corridors of the Sonoran desert, is a region convulsed by uncertainty and angst but rooted in a shared culture and history. UPCOMING: 1200 words, photos.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG LAWSUITS – WELCH, W.Va. – This Appalachian town is fighting back by suing some of the biggest U.S. drug distributors, hoping to make them pay for the damage done not just in Welch but across a state already ravaged by coal’s decline. UPCOMING. 800 words by noon, photos.
SEATTLE MAYOR-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT – A lawsuit filed is accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually molesting a teenage high-school dropout in the 1980s, and in interviews with The Seattle Times, two other men claim he abused them. The mayor denied the allegations. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon; then developing throughout the day.
ALABAMA GOVERNOR – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley vowed again Friday he won’t resign even as his political troubles mounted and lawmakers said they would move forward with impeachment hearings because of a sex scandal. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
NYPD BODY CAMERAS – The New York Police Department is set to deploy 1,200 body cameras around the city starting at the end of the month. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
AARON HERNANDEZ – A jury has begun its deliberations in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
HOUSE FIRE DEATHS-TENNESSEE – A sheriff says five people are dead after a house fire in northwestern Tennessee. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CONGRESS-SPECIAL ELECTION-KANSAS – The nation’s first congressional general election since Trump’s victory is taking place next week for a seat Republicans have held for two decades in a south-central Kansas district. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo by noon.
ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT – U.S. employers added just 98,000 jobs in March, the fewest in a year, though the unemployment rate fell to a nearly 10-year low of 4.5 percent. SENT: 640 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
PEOPLE-BRIAN WILLIAMS – Brian Williams calls images of US missile launch ‘beautiful’. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.
KFC-ANTIBIOTICS – KFC said it plans to stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics important to human health. SENT: 140 words.
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