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:
— EGYPT (sent; developing)
— UNITED STATES-SYRIA-IRAN (upcoming)
— ITALY-G7 FOREIGN MINISTERS (sent; developing)
— SUPREME COURT-GORSUCH (sent; developing)
— ALABAMA GOVERNOR (sent; developing)
— HOMEBUYING SEASON-SHORTAGE OF HOUSES (sent)
— WELLS FARGO-INVESTIGATION (sent; developing)
— CHALLENGED BOOKS (sent)
— PULITZERS (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING (sent; developing)
— SWEDEN-TRUCK CRASH (sent; developing)
— FORD-HYBRID-POLICE CAR (sent; developing)
— AIRLINE QUALITY (sent; developing)
— TOYOTA-KENTUCKY (sent; developing)
— PRINCE-MAYTE’S STORY (upcoming)
— FORMER BRAVES PLAYER-MISSING (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
EGYPT – Egyptian Christians were burying their dead on Monday, a day after Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in coordinated attacks targeting Palm Sunday services in two cities. SENT: 450 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing. Also: EGYPT-COPTIC CHRISTIANS-GLANCE (upcoming)
ISRAEL-EGYPT – Israel closed its Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula on Monday following warnings by its anti-terrorism office of an “imminent” militant attack there and urged its citizens to leave Egypt hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many secular Israelis. SENT: 550 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
ITALY-G7 FOREIGN MINISTERS – Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for Assad. SENT: 650 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updating from foreign ministers’ arrival at 10 a.m.
SYRIA – U.S.-backed Syrian fighters are pushing ahead in their offensive in northern Syria against members of the Islamic State group under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SWEDEN-TRUCK CRASH – Sweden mourns four killed, 15 wounded in Stockholm truck attack. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA-IRAN – The U.S. has taken great pains in recent years to work around Iranian fighters in Iraq and Syria as it battles the Islamic State group, but the latest military action in Syria puts the U.S. on the opposite side of the conflict from Iran in an environment where the lines are blurred between fighters of different nationalities. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TILLERSON – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States wants to hold to account “any and all” who commit crimes against innocent people. He’s in Italy for a diplomatic summit, where the U.S. is trying to rally world leaders to embrace its strategy for resolving the crisis in Syria. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
SUPREME COURT-GORSUCH – Surrounded by family and his soon-to-be Supreme Court colleagues, Neil Gorsuch took the first of two oaths on Monday as he prepared to take his seat on the court and restore its conservative majority. SENT: 640 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from 9 a.m., 11 a.m. ceremonies, 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO – Some Palm Beach County commissioners are so tired of spending money on Trump’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort some are suggesting a special tax be levied against the property if the federal government doesn’t reimburse its costs. Palm Beach County spends more than $60,000 a day when the president visits, mostly for law enforcement overtime — almost $2 million since January. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon.
ALABAMA GOVERNOR – Alabama lawmakers will begin impeachment hearings Monday for Gov. Robert Bentley as they consider whether to try ousting the governor over accusations he used state resources to hide a relationship with a top aide. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING – Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is expected to plead guilty to state murder charges, leaving him to await execution in a federal prison and sparing his victims and their families the burden of a second trial. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 1 p.m.
OPIODS-WORKPLACE INJURIES – Meet one of the victims of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while helping those who became hooked to avoid potentially deadly consequences. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
PULITZERS – The Pulitzer prizes in journalism are announced at Columbia University, recognizing the media’s best work in a tumultuous year. SENT: 70 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. announcement. With: PULITZERS-THE LATEST, PULITZERS-LIST, PULITZERS-ARTS.
FORMER BRAVES PLAYER-MISSING – Police say they don’t suspect foul play in the disappearance of former Atlanta Braves player Otis Nixon, who was last seen on Saturday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
HOMEBUYING SEASON-SHORTAGE OF HOUSES – Despite a robust economy, the national supply of homes for sale hasn’t been this thin in nearly 20 years. SENT: 1,360 words, photos.
WELLS FARGO-INVESTIGATION – An investigation into sales practices at Wells Fargo has blamed the bank’s most senior management for creating an “aggressive sales culture” that led to bank staff opening millions of customer accounts without their authorization. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
FORD-HYBRID-POLICE CAR – The next time the cops chase you down for speeding, they could be driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid. SENT: 530 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
TOYOTA-KENTUCKY – Toyota said Monday it is investing $1.3 billion to retool its sprawling factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the company’s flagship Camry sedans are built. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
AIRLINE QUALITY – Government figures show U.S. airlines improving at flying on time, handling baggage, and not bumping as many passengers. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after actual ratings are released after 9:30 a.m.
NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-ARE YOU FINANCIALLY HEALTHY? — Don’t focus on debt or credit scores alone. Well-run personal finances are a balancing act. Nail these 8 essential goals and you’ll stay on top of today and be prepared for tomorrow. By NerdWallet columnist Liz Weston. UPCOMING: 790 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
CHALLENGED BOOKS – A celebrity once beloved among young people now finds himself on a list of books parents and other community members most wish to see removed from libraries: Bill Cosby. SENT: 540 words, photo.
PRINCE-MAYTE’S STORY — Mayte Garcia is stepping out of the shadows and back into the purple light in a new memoir covering her 11 years with the late music icon Prince. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
TV-HARLOTS — If there’s any doubt that Jessica Brown Findlay has left Lady Sybil of “Downton Abbey” far behind, consider a recent interview with her by phone from London about her latest roles, including Hulu’s “Harlots.” UPCOMING: 760 words by 2 p.m., photos.
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