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:
— UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED (sent; developing)
— UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED-COMPANY (upcoming)
— UNITED STATES-RUSSIA (sent; developing)
— SYRIA-ASSAD-Q&A (upcoming)
— TRUMP-POWELL (upcoming)
— TRUMP-INFRASTRUCTURE (upcoming)
— SMITHSONIAN-SLAVE CABIN (upcoming)
— SCHOOL SHOOTING-SAN BERNARDINO (sent; developing)
— PROSTATE SCREENING-Q&A (upcoming)
— SUMMER GASOLINE PRICES (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— FLORIDA-IGUANA WOES (upcoming)
— STAR WARS CANYON (sent)
— DOG ESCAPES (sent; developing)
— VATICAN-LAUNDROMAT (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED – As video of police officers dragging a passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was being watched around the world, it was a small snippet of a video that was recorded several minutes later that revealed the serious issues facing United and the airport police force. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts, details TBD.
UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED-COMPANY – The latest PR nightmare for United Airlines reveals much about how the company is dealing with consumer outrage and social media shaming one year after a new CEO was brought in to change what many referred to as the company’s “tone deaf” culture. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED-GLANCE – The debacle involving a passenger being forcibly removed by security personnel from a United plane is the latest in a long series. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-SAN BERNARDINO – A brief marriage and quick estrangement came before a man walked into his wife’s elementary school class and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old student before fatally shooting himself, authorities said. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Pursuing more details on the shooter and the 8-year-old victim; other angles as they develop.
BORDER TOUR-SESSIONS – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will take a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit to Arizona. SENT: 310 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after noon news conference, photos.
DOG ESCAPES – A dog who escaped from a Virginia animal hospital after opening several doors has been found and reunited with his owner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing. Note embedded video.
STAR WARS CANYON – Military planes roaring over national parks in the United States have long drawn complaints from hikers and campers. But in California, the unusually close-up view of jets zipping through a narrow gorge in Death Valley National Park nicknamed “Star Wars Canyon” has become such a popular spot that the National Park Service is considering making it an attraction with interpretative signs about the training dating to World War II. SENT: 660 words, photos. With STAR WARS CANYON-PHOTO GALLERY.
FLORIDA-IGUANA WOES – Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them as reptilian squirrels instead of exotic invaders. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-RUSSIA – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday shortly before arriving in Moscow for diplomatic talks: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Tillerson has arrived in Moscow after urgent meetings on Syria, after which he declared the Assad family’s rule “is coming to an end.” SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update after arrival, about 11 a.m., 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
ITALY-G7 FOREIGN MINISTERS – The Group of Seven industrialized nations on Tuesday urged Russia to pressure the Syrian government to end the six-year civil war, but rejected a British call to impose new sanctions on Moscow over its support of President Bashar Assad. SENT: 930 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA-ASSAD-Q&A – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statements that the reign of President Bashar Assad’s family “is coming to an end” coming on the heels of a U.S. strike in Syria and threats of more action suggest the U.S. is taking a much more aggressive approach when it comes to the Syrian leader’s future. But any attempt to unseat Assad faces huge hurdles and is rife with dangers. UPCOMING: 800 words.
SYRIA – Syrian government forces battling insurgents in Daraa have dropped several barrel bombs on the southern city, opposition activists said Tuesday, a day after the White House suggested that the use of the crude explosive devices could bring a U.S. response. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRUMP-POWELL – A snapshot of Trump’s makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago affirmed what White house insiders have sensed for some time — that Dina Powell, the only woman in the room, is a rising West Wing power. The Egyptian-American deputy security adviser burnished her credentials under President George W. Bush before heading to corporate America at Goldman Sachs. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-INFRASTRUCTURE – The White House plans on pairing its $1 trillion infrastructure plan with an intense streamlining of regulations in order to accelerate construction of roads, bridges and airports. But business groups say the de-regulation process is already underway due to reforms signed into law by President Barack Obama. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
TRUMP-CHINA – Trump tweets that he gave his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping an ultimatum in their meeting last week: solve the North Korea crisis and you’ll get a good trade deal. SENT: 130 words.
SMITHSONIAN-SLAVE CABIN – Isabell Meggett Lucas was born in a slave cabin in South Carolina. Now she has returned to see her birthplace being exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as one of the major representations of life during slavery in the American South. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
SWEDEN-TRUCK CRASH – A 39-year-old old Uzbek man confessed Tuesday to ramming a stolen truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15, his lawyer said. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
RUSSIA-SUBWAY EXPLOSION – Eight members of extremist cells have been arrested in connection with last week’s deadly bombing on the subway in St. Petersburg, Russia’s intelligence chief said Tuesday. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-MIGRANT CAMP FIRE – Several hundred migrants have disappeared after they were evacuated from a camp in northern France that was ravaged by a shocking fire that left 10 injured, according to authorities and aid workers trying to ensure alternative shelter and calm tensions. SENT: 470 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-FIGHTING – At least nine people are killed in a gunbattle between Philippine forces and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants on a central resort island, far from the extremists’ southern jungle bases and in a region where the U.S. government has warned that the gunmen may be plotting kidnappings, officials say. SENT: 670 words, photo.
VATICAN-LAUNDROMAT – Pope Francis opens free laundromat for homeless. SENT: 130 words.
PROSTATE SCREENING – An influential U.S. government health panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. SENT: 810 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Q&A.
SUMMER GASOLINE PRICES — Gasoline prices are at their highest level of 2017 as the government provides its estimate of what drivers will pay for fuel during the driving season. UPCOMING: Developing from monthly report expected at 11 a.m. 500 words by 3 p.m., photos, audio.
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