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:
— UN PEACEKEEPERS-CHILD SEX RING (sent)
— EL FARO’S FINAL HOURS (sent)
— TRUMP (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-RUSSIA-MANAFORT (sent; may develop)
— UNITED STATES-RUSSIA (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO-FACT CHECK (upcoming)
— TRUMP-NATIONAL SECURITY AIDE (upcoming)
— RUSSIA-SYRIA-ANALYSIS (upcoming)
— IRAN ELECTIONS (sent; developing)
— GERMANY-SOCCER EXPLOSIONS (sent; developing)
— UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED (sent; developing)
— UNITED PASSENGER-POLICE RESPONSE (upcoming)
— AUTO SHOW-HORSEPOWER HOUR (sent; developing)
–AUTO SHOW-WHEELS TO WATCH (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— CALIFORNIA SNOWPACK SKI TREK (sent)
— TURKEY-MUSTACHES (sent)
— FAT BANS-HEART (upcoming)
— MARATHONS-HEART ATTACKS (upcoming)
— AMAZON-PARENTAL CONTROLS (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TRUMP – In wide-ranging interviews, Trump blasts Syria’s leader as “truly an evil person,” appears to signal the U.S. plans no deeper involvement in that country and downplays strategist Steve Bannon’s influence. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 4 p.m. news conference. 800 words by 4 p.m. With TRUMP-THE LATEST, developing, sent.
TRUMP-RUSSIA-MANAFORT – In August, a ledger surfaced in Ukraine with dollar amounts and dates next to the name of Paul Manafort, who was then Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. SENT: 1330 words. Abridged version of 890 words will move by 3 p.m.
UNITED STATES-RUSSIA – Russia’s top diplomat accuses the United States of carrying out an unlawful attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces as he opened a fraught meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Updates from news conference, time uncertain.
FEDERAL HIRING FREEZE – The federal hiring freeze put in place by Trump just as he entered office is being lifted, selectively. SENT: 500 words, photo.
TRUMP-NATIONAL SECURITY AIDE – A photo Trump and his top advisers being briefed on the U.S. missile attack on Syria shows one woman at the table — Dina Powell, a rising West Wing power. UPCOMING 800 words by 5 p.m., photo.
TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO-FACT CHECK – With Trump making his seventh trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida since taking office, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million. That’s a widely used estimate of what each journey costs taxpayers, but it’s not accurate. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m. , photo.
REPUBLICANS-HOLDING ON – Republicans escape Kansas with a single digit win in a special House election where they should have romped. Next up is a more competitive Georgia race, a test of their ability to rally GOP against anti Trump forces. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — US show of force to North Korea also could show US weakness. SENT: 870 words, photo.
UN PEACEKEEPERS-CHILD SEX RING – An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world – signaling the crisis is much larger than previously known. More than 300 of the allegations involved children. SENT: 2,870 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 850 words will be sent later in the day.
EL FARO’S FINAL HOURS- Amid howling winds, blinding squalls and massive waves, the freighter El Faro and its crew struggled for survival – unaware that their course was taking them directly into the path of Hurricane Joaquin. This run was to be the El Faro’s last before a major retrofit, but instead it ended with the cargo ship sinking, no bodies ever recovered – and it would be months before search crews found the wreckage. SENT: 4,010 words, photos, video. With EL FARO’S FINAL HOURS-HOW IT WAS DONE; EL FARO’S FINAL HOURS-WIDOW; EL FARO’S FINAL HOURS-INVESTIGATOR.
RUSSIA-SYRIA-ANALYSIS – President Vladimir Putin intervention in Syria has saved President Bashar Assad’s government from imminent collapse and raised Russia’s global clout, but after last week’s chemical attack their relationship is increasingly becoming a burden for Putin, jeopardizing chances for improved relations with the U.S. Still, the Russian leader has made clear he will not abandon Assad. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.
GERMANY-SOCCER-EXPLOSIONS -German police say they are investigating “in all directions” after three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund’s team bus ahead of a Champions League quarterfinal match, injuring one of the soccer team’s players. SENT: 680 words, photos. With GERMANY-SOCCER-EXPLOSIONS-THE LATEST; DORTMUND-FANS – Dortmund fans open their doors to stranded Monaco supporters; UEFA-SECURITY REVIEW – Security reviewed at all Champions Leagues games.
IRAN-ELECTIONS – Stunning Iran and disregarding the words of its supreme leader, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad files to run in the country’s May presidential election and upends a contest largely expected to be won by its moderate incumbent. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video by 1 p.m.
NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM-EMBASSIES – Nigerian security officials have thwarted plans by Islamic State group-linked Boko Haram members to attack the embassies of the United States and Britain, authorities said Wednesday. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-ELECTION – France’s presidential campaign keeps throwing out surprises – and now, with 11 days left to voting day, far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is disrupting the electoral calculus by surging in the polls, thanks to a message that sounds a lot like his far-right rival Marine Le Pen: dump the EU, stop trade deals and down with the old establishment. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from 1:30 p.m. rally.
TURKEY-MUSTACHES – Neatly trimmed mustaches, similar to those worn by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have become increasingly popular among government ministers from his Islamic AKP party as the country nears a crucial referendum on expanding the president’s powers. SENT: 650 words, photos.
NETHERLANDS-PANDAS – Two giant pandas arrive in the Netherlands after a long flight from China. UPCOMING: 300 words after arrival scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EDT. AP Photos planned.
UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED – United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz says he felt “ashamed” watching video of a passenger being dragged off a United Express flight and has promised to review the airline’s passenger removal policy. SENT: 900 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts.
UNITED PASSENGER-POLICE RESPONSE – The airport police officer who forcibly removed a passenger from a United Express flight probably could have handled the situation differently — including by walking away and letting the airline handle the situation itself, as long as the man did not pose a safety risk, experts say. But from airlines to schools, police are increasingly called to handle situations that would have been better handled without them, highlighting no-win situations that sometimes lead police to overreact and respond with force far beyond the provocation. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA SNOWPACK SKI TREK – An AP reporter joins a California snow survey crew to ski high mountain passes in a quest to measure the depths of a near-record snowpack – an age-old technique that endures even as new technology tries to gauge the state’s expected water supply. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.
FAT BANS-HEART (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 11 a.m.) – Local bans on artery-clogging fats in restaurant foods may have help prevent heart attacks in several New York counties, a new study suggests. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 11 a.m., 350 words.
MARATHONS-HEART ATTACKS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m.) – It takes longer to get to a hospital to be treated for a heart attack and you’re more likely to die afterward on a day when a big city is holding a marathon, a study suggests. Road closures and traffic detours may make parades, sports and other big events dangerous for non-participants. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 500 words for release at 5 p.m.
AUTO SHOW-HORSEPOWER HOUR – Super cars, speedy coupes and even a 700-horsepower SUV will give this year’s New York auto show some serious get up and go. We’ll look at the market for these cars, the people who drive them, and whether they’d ever be caught dead in an autonomous robotaxi. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout day.
AUTO SHOW-WHEELS TO WATCH — High-performance cars, people haulers and concepts of future vehicles will all be on display on the first press day of the New York Auto Show. Which vehicles should visitors look out for when the show opens to the public? SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day as vehicles are unveiled. 1,000 words by 3:30 p.m. with new photos, video.
AMAZON-PARENTAL CONTROLS – Amazon is introducing new tools to help parents see what their kids are doing on the company’s Fire tablets. As a bonus, the e-commerce giant says its service will also help spark discussions about the books kids read and the videos they watch. SENT: 230 words.
WAL-MART-PICKUP DISCOUNT — Starting next week, Wal-Mart will offer discounts on thousands of online-only items when customers elect to have them shipped to one of the company’s stores for pickup. By Anne D’Inocenzio. SENT: 440 words.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-CULTURE CHANGE — Growing small businesses sometimes need to drastically change their culture. Some owners learn that the culture that worked for a startup is a bad fit for an older, larger enterprise. Owners in their 40s and 50s may have different approaches than younger staffers. And when owners do realize there’s a problem, it can take a lot of listening and adapting to shift from a culture that turns employees off. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. UPCOMING: 910 words by noon, photos.
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