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:
— FRANCE-PARIS POLICE SHOT (sent; developing)
— FRANCE-ELECTION (sent; developing)
— GERMANY-DORTMUND ATTACK (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-PARIS (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-SWAMP (upcoming)
— UNITED STATES-SYRIA (sent; developing)
— ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS (sent; developing)
— EGYPTIAN-AMERICAN FREED (sent; developing)
— VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SCANDAL (sent; developing)
— ISLAMIC STATE-BABIES OF THE CALIPHATE (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— PUERTO RICO-OVERFLOWING LANDFILLS (upcoming)
— POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CHARLESTON (sent; developing)
— PRINCE ANNIVERSARY (sent; developing)
— BRITAIN-QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY (sent)
— TOWN FOR SALE (sent)
— RIDES FOR IMMIGRANTS (upcoming)
— MISSING HIKERS-GRAND CANYON-DRONES (upcoming)
— ISLAND WITHOUT UBER (sent)
— TV-HANDMAID’S TALE (upcoming)
— SMARTPHONE VIDEOS (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TRUMP SWAMP – Trump’s aides insist “drain the swamp” is more than a throwaway catch phrase and that they are figuring out how to deliver on the promise. Yet in Trump’s first three months in office, there has been little “drainage.” The White House has become less transparent, hired scores of special interest players, raised money from lobbyists and taken no concrete steps to address lobbying disclosures or campaign finance reform. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-PARIS – Trump tweets that the shooting of police in Paris will have a “big effect” on France’s election and says “the people of France will not take much more of this.” While Trump doesn’t say what the effect will be, it’s unusual for a U.S. president to weigh in on another country’s election. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-TREASURY — Trump to sign measures to review financial regulation. SENT: 129 words. UPCOMING: Signing at 2:45 p.m., then meeting with treasury secretary. Photos planned.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA — Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel, warning against the banned munitions being used again. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
PENCE-AUSTRALIA – More than two months after Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to Asia. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BUDGET BATTLE – Money for the wall that Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says. SENT: 850 words, photo.
AP EXPLAINS-SKOREAN ANGER OVER TRUMP – A look at why South Koreans feel insulted by President Donald Trump’s statement that “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” SENT: 740 words, photo.
FRANCE-PARIS POLICE SHOT – France begins picking itself up from another shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande calling together the government’s security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend. SENT: 740 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With FRANCE-PARIS POLICE SHOT-CHAMPS ELYSEES – A wide boulevard with a long history (sent)
FRANCE-ELECTION – France’s 11 presidential hopefuls hold their final campaign events ahead of an exceptionally close vote with implications for Europe’s unity and global financial markets. DEVELOPING. With FRANCE-ELECTION-WHY IT MATTERS; FRANCE ELECTION-HOW IT WORKS; FRANCE ELECTION-CANDIDATES (sent) Also: profiles of the top four candidates: FRANCE-ELECTION-MACRON, FRANCE-ELECTION-LE PEN, FRANCE-ELECTION-FILLON and FRANCE-ELECTION-MELENCHON. Each about 500 words with photos. FRANCE-ELECTION-MARKET RISK — Forget Greece or Brexit. The French election could be the top danger to the survival of Europe’s biggest economic project, the euro. UPCOMING 800 words, photos by noon.
GERMANY-DORTMUND ATTACK – A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that Borussia Dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team’s bus in an attack he tried to disguise as Islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, German officials said Friday. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With GERMANY-DORTMUND ATTACK-THE PLAN – As get-rich-quick plans go, it wasn’t well thought out. SENT: 580 words, photo.
VENEZUELA POLITICAL CRISIS – Venezuela’s energized opposition is planning sit-ins on roads, silent marches in white to commemorate the dead and other nontraditional protests as it tries to build on the momentum of recent street demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With AP EXPLAINS-VENEZUELA CRISIS; GENERAL MOTORS-VENEZUELA – GM faces hard road getting compensated for Venezuela factory; GENERAL MOTORS-VENEZUELA-GLANCE – Some US companies that have left or scaled back in Venezuela (all sent).
QATAR-IRAQ ABDUCTIONS – Twenty-six hostages, including members of Qatar’s ruling family, were released on Friday after 16 months in captivity in Iraq, two Iraqi officials said, in what had become one of the region’s most complex hostage negotiations. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
PUERTO RICO-OVERFLOWING LANDFILLS – Landfills across Puerto Rico are over capacity and groaning under tons of liquefied garbage seeping into the tropical soil and posing a threat to people and the environment. UPCOMING: 960 words by 1 p.m., photos.
NKOREA-GAS SHORTAGE – Car users in Pyongyang were scrambling Friday to fill up their tanks as gas stations began limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage. SENT: 530 words
BRITAIN-QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY – Britain marked Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday on Friday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrated quietly at home. SENT: 140 words. With BRITAIN-QUEEN-BY THE NUMBERS (sent)
ISLAMIC STATE-BABIES OF THE CALIPHATE – Hundreds of children fathered by the Islamic State’s foreign fighters or brought to the self-proclaimed caliphate by their parents are now in limbo with nowhere to go, collateral victims as the militant group retreats and home countries hesitate to take them back. One young Tunisian orphan, Tamim Jaboudi, has been in a prison in Tripoli, Libya, for well over a year. He passed his second birthday behind bars and is nearing another, turning 3 on April 30. SENT: 1,500 words, photos, video. Abridged version of 900 words is also available.
BRITAIN-HIGH HEELS – The British government has rejected calls to outlaw companies from making women wear high heels at work, saying that kind of discrimination is already banned under existing law. SENT: 130 words.
ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS – The first half of Arkansas’ unprecedented push to put eight men to death in less than two weeks ended with just one lethal injection. Why? Is it becoming increasingly difficult to carry out death penalty cases? Or did Arkansas set itself up for failure? UPCOMING: 800 words, photo by 5 p.m.
TRUMP JR-PRAIRIE DOG HUNT – In Montana to campaign for a GOP congressional candidate, Donald Trump Jr. plans to detour long enough to hunt prairie dogs, drawing the ire of animal lovers but understanding among locals who see the furry beasts as pests who decimate crops and livestock. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
BERKELEY-ANN COULTER – University of California, Berkeley officials said they have a “grave concern” of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her vow to speak next week at the university. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.
EGYPTIAN-AMERICAN FREED – An Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt returned Thursday night to the United States, the White House said. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
TEXAS-VOTING RIGHTS – Texas is testing a weakened federal Voting Rights Act following three recent findings of intentionally discriminatory election laws that could make the state the first pulled back under federal oversight, which the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 ruled was no longer necessary for places with troubled racial histories. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
UTILITY WORKERS KILLED-ST LOUIS — Investigators seek a motive after a gunman fatally shot two utility workers in a residential St. Louis neighborhood before killing himself. UPCOMING: 400-600 words, photo by 5 p.m.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CHARLESTON – A white former South Carolina police officer charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist is expected in court as his federal trial approaches. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
PRINCE-ANNIVERSARY — Fans mark the anniversary of Prince’s death from an accidental drug overdose with visits to and around his Paisley Park compound. UPCOMING: 500-600 words of fan vignettes, photos, video by 5 p.m.
RIDES FOR IMMIGRANTS – Antonia Catalan maneuvers her gray SUV around potholes in the dirt roads where rural South Florida meets the swampy Everglades — looking for a man who’s in the country illegally. The 32-year-old Guatemalan passenger is one of a dozen workers Catalan drives for free, in her one-woman response to the fear spreading in migrant communities over President Donald Trump’s enforcement directives. SENT: 740 words. UPCOMING: Photos.
MISSING HIKERS-GRAND CANYON-DRONES – The desperate search for a woman and teenage boy who went missing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon last weekend was the National Park Service’s first major operation with its only drone fleet program. By Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.
ISLAND WITHOUT UBER – Twelve miles and a ferry ride from the New England shore, Block Island is one of the last major tourist destinations in the United States where it’s impossible to order an Uber or Lyft – and islanders want it to stay that way. SENT: 700 words, photos.
TOWN FOR SALE – In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, Oregon, the old cliche is true: If you blink, you might actually miss it. But these days, Tiller is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason. Almost the entire town is for sale. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.
MATCH FOR MUTTS -Match for mutts? New website helps people adopt the best dog. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SATURN-CASSINI FINAL – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn and it begins this weekend. UPCOMING.
VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SCANDAL — A federal judge is expected to issue a decision on a plea deal between Volkswagen and the government that includes a $2.8 billion criminal penalty for cheating on emissions tests. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. court hearing. Photos, graphics.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-HANDMAID’S TALE — “The Handmaid’s Tale” comes to series TV starring Elisabeth Moss as a woman in a land where human rights are trampled and women are treated as property of the state. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 a.m., photos.
SMARTPHONE MUSIC VIDEOS — More musicians are using new technology, including 360-degree cameras, virtual reality musical experiences and vertical videos, to reach the smartphone generation of music fans who are discovering new music not on TV or radio, but on their phones and tablets. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.
GIRL-VIOLIN PROSTHETIC — Ten-year-old Isabella Cabrera doesn’t have a left hand but is learning to play the violin, thanks to a special prosthetic device designed by undergrads at George Mason University and built from a 3-D printer. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
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