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:
— TRUMP REVERSALS-REACTIONS (upcoming)
— FOREIGN AGENT Q&A (upcoming)
— AFGHANISTAN (sent; developing)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS (sent; developing)
— KOREAS-TENSION (sent)
— UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED (sent; developing)
— SANCTUARY CITIES (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA (sent; developing)
— VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING (sent)
— FRANCE-FACEBOOK-ELECTION (sent)
— GUN SHOP THEFT-WISCONSIN (sent; developing)
— FILM-THE LAST JEDI (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TRUMP REVERSALS-REACTIONS — Trump voters can be a forgiving lot, to a point. The president’s recent shifts in position on a series of big foreign policy issues have his supporters pondering whether he’s a typical flip-flopping politician or a shrewd leader willing to evolve. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
FOREIGN AGENT Q&A — Recent disclosures that associates of Trump lobby for foreign governments are calling attention to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a 1938 law intended to shed light on propagandists for foreign powers. A look at the law and how it works. Upcoming: 1,200 words by 2 p.m., photos.
AFGHANISTAN – The attack on a tunnel complex in remote eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military left 36 Islamic State group fighters dead and no civilian casualties, Afghanistan officials say. SENT: 400 words, photos.
SYRIA – The Syrian government and rebels evacuated more than 7,000 people from four besieged towns Friday in the latest coordinated population transfer in Syria’s six-year-long civil war. SENT: 1030 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
KOREAS-TENSION – In an interview with the AP, North Korea’s vice foreign minister blames President Donald Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the U.S. is becoming “more vicious and more aggressive” under his leadership than it was under President Barack Obama. SENT: 650 words, video, photos. UPCOMING: Developing tonight, including military parade.
FRANCE-FACEBOOK-ELECTION – Facebook says it targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country’s presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS – Friday marks three years since Boko Haram extremists swept up nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls in a brazen mass kidnapping that shocked the world. At least 195 of the girls remain captive. SENT: 400 words, photos.
JAPAN-VIETNAM-GIRL MURDER – Police arrest a Japanese man in connection with the death of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl near Tokyo, weeks after her naked body was found near a trench. SENT: 200 words, photo.
ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS — Death penalty opponents plan to rally at Arkansas’ state Capitol against seven executions the state plans to carry out over seven days, including two double executions. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 11 a.m. Will be updated from rally schedule for 2:30 p.m. With ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS-INMATES – A look at the seven inmates scheduled to be executed next week. SENT: 700 words, photos; ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS-THE DRUGS – A look at the three drugs Arkansas plans to use for the executions. SENT: 700 words, photo.
LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA – The Trump administration is dropping a lawsuit against North Carolina after the state moved to undo its “bathroom bill.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED — A lawyer for a man who suffered a concussion and lost two teeth when he was dragged off a United Express flight says he hopes the 69-year-old becomes “a poster child” for the mistreatment passengers suffer at the hands of the airline industry. SENT: 740 words, photos, graphics, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
SANCTUARY CITIES – A federal judge in San Francisco will hear arguments in the first lawsuit challenging Trump’s executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities. DEVELOPING from a noon hearing, photos, video.
GUN SHOP THEFT-WISCONSIN – A fugitive accused of stealing numerous weapons from a Wisconsin gun store and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House has been arrested after nine days on the run, sheriff’s officials said Friday. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING – Kevin Sterne has spent 10 years trying not to let himself be defined by the mass shooting that nearly killed him at Virginia Tech, but now that he’s a new father, he knows he must one day tell his son about the horror he’s tried to leave behind. SENT: 820 words, photo.
NEW YORK GOVERNOR – Speculation that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is plotting a run for president is growing louder after an appearance with Hillary Clinton and a budget plan some observers say reads like a map to the White House. Says one political scientist: “He’s running. It’s pretty clear.” SENT: 820 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-THE LAST JEDI – Disney will preview “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at a fan “Star Wars Celebration” event in Orlando, Florida, and maybe debut the movie’s trailer. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
TV-GUERRILLA – John Ridley’s “Guerrilla,” a Showtime miniseries debuting Sunday, extends the writer-director’s willingness to take on thorny political and social issues and his insistence on giving each stakeholder a chance to be heard. UPCOMING by 2 p.m.: 675 words, photos.
MUSIC-COACHELLA WOMEN – It’s been a decade since a woman has headlined on the prestigious Coachella music festival stage. Although Beyonce was to perform this weekend – she backed out because she’s pregnant with twins – Lady Gaga will make history with her appearance. But it begs the question: Why has it taken so long? UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.
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