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 STATES-RUSSIA (upcoming)
— TRUMP-SOFTER TRADE STANCE (upcoming)
— TRUMP-NATIONAL SECURITY AIDE (upcoming)
— TAX DAY-PROTESTS (upcoming)
— LIBYA-MIGRANTS (developing)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED (sent; developing)
— BODIES IN PARK (sent; developing)
— OHIO FAMILY KILLED (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— BOSTON MARATHON-BEACH’S STREAK (upcoming)
— GIRL ASSAULTED-TRIAL (sent; developing)
— JUDGE FOUND DEAD (sent; developing)
— VATICAN-HOLY THURSDAY (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
UNITED STATES-RUSSIA – Donald Trump’s all-but-failed Russian reset is more challenging than earlier U.S. attempts to reshape ties. Trump’s starting point includes Russian-backed Syria’s chemical weapons attacks, U.S. election meddling allegations, Moscow’s occupation of parts of Ukraine and a seemingly uncompromising force: President Vladimir Putin. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-SOFTER TRADE STANCE – What happened to Donald Trump, the “America First” trade warrior? This week, Trump abandoned a campaign vow to label China a currency manipulator. Two weeks ago, his administration proposed a softening of the North America Free Trade Agreement that Trump had condemned as the worst trade deal ever. And his threat to slap harsh tariffs on Chinese goods seems to be dissolving in a bid to mend fences with Beijing. The climb-downs suggest the president is learning that go-it-alone trade policies don’t easily work. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-NATIONAL SECURITY AIDE – A snapshot of President Donald 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. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TAX DAY-PROTESTS — Tax Day is giving activists and congressional Democrats a chance to take to the streets to demand that Trump release his tax returns. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED – The video of a man being dragged off a United Express flight turns an unwanted light on the little-known police force that guards Chicago’s two main airports and could threaten the agency’s future. SENT: 690 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. news conference with passenger’s family and Chicago City Council hearing at 2 p.m. With UNITED PASSENGER-POLICE RESPONSE – Experts say police who dragged passenger had other options.
BODIES IN PARK – The bodies of four men, all described as having suffered “significant trauma,” were discovered in a park in a suburban New York neighborhood that has for years contended with a growing problem of gang violence. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
OHIO FAMILY KILLED – Investigators plan to answer questions about the ongoing probe into the massacre of eight people in southern Ohio as the one-year anniversary of the still unsolved killings approaches. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:45 a.m. news conference, then 500 words by 1 p.m., photos.
GIRL ASSAULTED-TRIAL – A Delaware judge on Thursday convicted a 17-year-old girl charged with homicide after a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
JUDGE FOUND DEAD – Police say there are no signs of criminality in the death of the first black woman appointed to New York state’s highest court whose body was found on the bank of the Hudson River. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
LIBYA-MIGRANTS – Libyan coast guard says 97 missing after migrant boat ‘collapsed’ SENT: NewsAlert. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA – The U.S. military says a misdirected airstrike this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
KOREAS-TENSION – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday that North Korea may be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan, as international concern mounted that a missile or nuclear test by the authoritarian state could be imminent. SENT: 740 words, photos.
SERBIA-FATIMA’S STORY — A car crammed with migrants crashes in Serbia, turning a 26-year-old Afghan woman’s dream into a nightmare and highlighting the dangers faced by people relying on smugglers to take them through the Balkans to western Europe. Now all Fatima Bakhshi wants is to get to Ireland with her sons. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by noon.
GERMANY-SOCCER-EXPLOSIONS – German prosecutors said Thursday that a 26-year-old Iraqi detained following an attack on a top soccer club is suspected of membership in the Islamic State group, but so far there is no evidence he was involved in the explosions that injured a Borussia Dortmund player and a police officer. SENT: 310 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
VATICAN-HOLY THURSDAY — On Holy Friday, Pope Francis heads to a maximum-security prison to wash the feet of 12 inmates, stressing once again that a pope must serve those on society’s margins and give them hope. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after private event at 2 p.m.
OF MUTUAL INTEREST-TAX REFORM Q&A – Investors have pinned high hopes on Trump’s tax reform proposals, but it’s not clear if Washington will deliver as much as investors want. Questions and answers with Whitney George, chairman of Sprott Asset Management USA. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1 p.m., photo.
NERDWALLET-FREE SHIPPING — Retail subscription programs promise free shipping to members for a monthly or yearly fee. As shoppers demand speed, some cyberstores are offering free and fast shipping – albeit with minimum-purchase requirements. By Courtney Jespersen of NerdWallet. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photo.
BOSTON MARATHON-BEACH’S STREAK – Ben Beach started running the Boston Marathon on a whim as a college freshman in 1968. Forty-nine trips down the race’s 26.2-mile route later, he is on the verge of becoming the first person to run it 50 consecutive times. UPCOMING 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRANCE-CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – A Civil War film by Sofia Coppola, a Ukrainian road movie and a drama about AIDS activism are among 18 films competing for prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which organizers hope can help counter nationalist sentiment. SENT: 500 words.
PEOPLE-JANE GOODALL — Primatologist Jane Goodall says moviegoers will revel in the magic of “Born in China,” the latest theatrical release for Disneynature. UPCOMING: 430 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
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