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:
— GENERAL MOTORS-VENEZUELA (sent; developing)
— VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS (sent; developing)
— EPA-DOW CHEMICAL (sent; developing)
— UNITED STATES-ITALY (sent; developing)
— SANDERS LEGACY (upcoming)
— TRUMP-TRADE (upcoming)
— TRUMP-DEAL’S A DEAL (sent; may develop)
— AARON HERNANDEZ-DEATH (sent; developing)
— ARKANSAS-EXECUTIONS (sent; developing)
— TV-FOX-O’REILLY (sent; developing)
— FILM-LA RIOTS (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— FRESNO FATAL SHOOTING (upcoming)
— DeVOS-TEACHERS UNION (upcoming)
— MARIJUANA-4/20 HOLIDAY (upcoming)
— POLICE BARRACKS AMBUSH (upcoming)
— SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT (sent; developing)
— TEACHER OF THE YEAR (sent; developing)
— TV-WINFREY-HENRIETTA LACKS (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
GENERAL MOTORS-VENEZUELA – General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory there in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. The seizure isn’t the government’s first. It comes amid violent anti-government protests over food shortages and triple-digit inflation. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS – Venezuela’s opposition is looking to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro by taking to the streets again Thursday hours after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-ELECTION-PREVIEW – As the unpredictable French presidential race heads into a first-round vote Sunday, it remains anyone’s guess which two candidates will advance to the winner-takes-all runoff. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
EPA-DOW CHEMICAL – Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 1,260 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: – US Dow Pesticides (CR HFR) – Pesticide makers move to kill government studies.
UNITED STATES-ITALY – Relations with Russia and the war in Syria are likely on the agenda as Trump welcomes Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to the White House. SENT: 132 words. UPCOMING: Developing from news conference with Gentiloni at 3:50 p.m., photos, video planned.
TRUMP-TRADE – Trump orders an investigation into whether low-cost steel imports from China hurt U.S. national security, a step that could eventually lead to tariffs. UPCOMING: Developing from memorandum signing at noon, photos, video planned.
UNITED STATES-INDONESIA – Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been a blip thus far for the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Indonesia is a sign of change, and the region’s top diplomats are expected to arrive en masse in Washington soon. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos, video planned.
SANDERS LEGACY – Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to cultivate younger leaders for the Democratic Party. The 75-year-old is rallying support on Thursday in Omaha, Nebraska, for a Democratic mayoral candidate who’s half his age. UPCOMING: 680 words by 2 p.m., photos.
MEDICAID-WORK REQUIREMENTS – Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos.
DeVOS-TEACHERS UNION – They’ve been at odds over school choice issues, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos accepts an invitation from Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, to tour public schools in Van Wert, Ohio. UPCOMING: 560 words by 4 p.m., photos.
AP POLL-SOCIAL MEDIA-TEENS – A survey released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research explored teens’ social media use and its relationship to race and class. SENT: 593 words. AP Graphic planned.
CAPITAL OF DISSENT – The protests that have greeted Trump’s first year in office are set to return in force. SENT: 730 words, photos.
AARON HERNANDEZ-DEATH – Aaron Hernandez’s death in prison just a few days after the former NFL star was cleared of additional murder charges raises questions: Why now? Is there more to the story? What does his death mean for his estate, if there’s any money left? SENT: 710 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS – An aggressive effort by the state of Arkansas to carry out its first executions since 2005 stall for the second time this week as courts block lethal injections planned, prompting Gov. Asa Hutchinson to express frustration at legal delaying tactics. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; two executions are scheduled tonight but both have been blocked; further court action is possible.
FRESNO FATAL SHOOTING – A gunman in downtown Fresno was intent on killing as many white people as he could, but police credit technology that detects the sound of gunshots with helping them stop Kori Ali Muhammad just 4 minutes after his shooting rampage began. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
MARIJUANA-4/20 HOLIDAY – Spot coverage of 4/20 events in several cities including Denver, San Francisco and Seattle. Story will focus on the victories legal pot advocates have won recently_but also the uncertainty with the Department of Justice. We also will look at how 4/20 events have evolved in places with legal pot, where there is a bigger emphasis on the commercial aspects and niche events for those with money to spend. UPCOMING: 600 words (possibly in block text) by 4 p.m., photos, video.
POLICE BARRACKS AMBUSH – A survivalist who shot and killed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and injured another in an ambush at their barracks will now fight for his own life following his conviction on capital murder charges. SENT: 650 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:30 p.m. penalty phase hearing.
OHIO FAMILY KILLED-REWARD – A year after the unsolved killings of eight family members in Ohio, investigators are concerned more reward money hasn’t been offered and fear some victims’ involvement in drug crime could be the reason. The reward for information leading to a conviction remains at $10,000, much smaller than similar recent offers. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.
SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT – The defense will get a chance to make its case for leniency Thursday when a sentencing hearing resumes in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from noon hearing.
MISSING BOATERS – A man whose mother is presumed dead after their boat sank in the Atlantic Ocean is asking a Connecticut judge to seal from public view a search warrant that disclosed that he was a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his millionaire grandfather. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. hearing.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR – A humanities teacher at a Massachusetts charter school has been named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
JFK SYMPOSIUM – Harvard University is honoring one of its most famous graduates — John F. Kennedy — with a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the slain president’s birth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
TODDLER NAMED ALLAH – Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a toddler with the last name “Allah” after initially declining to do so because that doesn’t match either of the parents’ last names, a civil rights group that sued on behalf of the parents said Thursday. SENT: 280 words.
GLOBAL FINANCE – The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank begin their spring meetings with the mission of strengthening a gradually improving global economy while facing resistance to free trade and political unrest in some countries. UPCOMING: Meetings begin at 9 a.m., then 130 words, followed by 250 words by 10 a.m.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-FOX-O’REILLY – Despite the inglorious end to Bill O’Reilly’s two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,020 words, video. TOP PHOTO – OSS101: Pope Francis, O’Reilly shake hands at Vatican.
FILM-LA RIOTS — Acclaimed filmmakers are using the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots to re-examine not only the events that led up to one of the worst outbreaks of civil unrest in the nation’s history, but also put it in context for a new generation dealing with police shootings and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos. With FILM-LA RIOTS-DOCUMENTARIES — Six documentaries are being released to mark the 25th anniversary of the most destructive civil disturbance in U.S. history. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.
TV-WINFREY-HENRIETTA LACKS — Oprah Winfrey discusses her starring role in the HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” as a daughter searching for the mother she never knew whose cells led to medical breakthroughs. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos. With HENRIETTA LACKS Q&A (upcoming)
PEOPLE-ALLISON JANNEY — Allison Janney says she’s having one of the busiest years of her life. UPCOMING by 11 a.m.: 700 words, photos, video.
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