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-RUSSIA CONGRESS (sent; developing)
— CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL (sent; developing)
— FRANCE-PRESIDENT (sent; developing)
— SCHOOLHOUSE SEX ASSAULT-HAZING (sent)
— DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-IMMIGRANTS (upcoming)
— SANCTUARY CITIES-TEXAS (sent)
— LUXURY CONDO SHOOTING (sent; developing)
— SINCLAIR BROADCAST-TRIBUNE MEDIA (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
–BRITAIN-BANKSY BREXIT (sent)
–PEOPLE-NICKI MINAJ (sent)
–PEOPLE-MARTHA STEWART (sent)
–MTV MOVIE AND TV AWARDS-EMMA WATSON (sent)
–DINE-AND-DASH FACEBOOK SHAMING (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TRUMP-RUSSIA CONGRESS — Former acting attorney general Sally Yates speaks publicly for the first time about worries she raised to the Trump White House about contacts between national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Former national intelligence director James Clapper also is to appear Monday before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election. SENT: 820 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing, 840 words by 5 p.m., photos.
CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — It’s the Senate’s turn to try to forge a bill to repeal the Obama-era health care law, but the chamber will almost certainly not adopt the House Republican bill approved last week. SENT: 960 words. UPCOMING: 840 words by 5 p.m., photos. With CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE-THE LATEST, sent, developing.
TRUMP-COURTS — The White House will announce a slate of federal judicial nominees, the first step toward remaking the lower courts. The judges appeared to be culled from a list of well-respected conservatives assembled by outside groups during the campaign. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA-SAFE ZONES — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. owes it to the people of Syria to take a close look at the Russian plan to create several so-called safe zones in Syria, but there are many unanswered questions. SENT: 615 words.
DEMOCRATS-ANTI-ABORTION CANDIDATE — Democrats desperate for fresh faces cast 37-year-old Heath Mello as a pragmatic, next generation leader who could win in the Nebraska heartland. But his anti-abortion stance has become a flashpoint for the national party. SENT: 800 words, photo.
SAT TEST PREP, HFR — A report looks at whether students who took free preparation for the SAT test improved their scores. UPCOMING: 750 words (HOLD FOR RELEASE 2:30 p.m. EDT.)
FRANCE-PRESIDENT — French President-elect Emmanuel Macron is laying the groundwork for his transition to power after handily defeating far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. His first challenge will be parliamentary elections in mid-June, where he’ll need to try to get a majority with no established party apparatus behind him. By Sylvie Corbet and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With FRANCE-EUROPE-ANALYSIS — Macron election gives a gasping EU a breath of fresh air; FRANCE-PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGES — It will be a short honeymoon for French President-elect Emmanuel Macron; FRANCE-ELECTION-LE-PEN-WHAT-NEXT? — Unbowed Le Pen looks ahead to parliamentary elections; FRANCE-PRESIDENT-THE LATEST; FRANCE-ELECTION-MARKETS — With Macron win confirmed, European market rally hits pause.
NKOREA-THE PLOT THICKENS?-ANALYSIS — While the South is preparing for its election, some major and mysterious intrigue has been brewing over the past week in North Korea, including the arrest of two American university instructors and claims of a CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un with some sort of biological or chemical agent. Whether the arrests and the alleged plot have any relation isn’t clear, but Pyongyang appears to be on high alert over something. And it’s threatening — loudly — to strike back. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 990 words, photo. With NKOREA-DETAINED FOREIGNERS-LIST.
SCHOOLHOUSE SEX ASSAULT-HAZING —The Georgia school district said it was investigating the baseball players for “misbehavior” and “inappropriate physical contact.” What it didn’t reveal was that a younger teammate had reported being sexually assaulted. By Reese Dunklin. SENT: 2,170 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,140 has also been sent. With SCHOOLHOUSE SEX ASSAULT-ONE SCHOOL’S STORY — Clash over middle-school sex assaults: Did they happen?
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-IMMIGRANTS —The largest U.S. domestic violence hotline reports a sharp increase in calls from abuse victims struggling with immigration-related issues, including those worried that reporting the abuse might lead to their deportation. By National Writer David Crary. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photo.
SANCTUARY CITIES-TEXAS —Texas charged to the forefront of the national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called “sanctuary cities” ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents. SENT: 640 words, photos.
LUXURY CONDO SHOOTING — A man accused of killing two engaged doctors inside the penthouse of a luxury Boston condominium building has a criminal history of robbing banks, say police, who did not provide a motive in the case but say the suspect most likely knew the victims. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon arraignment, 500 words by 5 p.m.
TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS — After a series of stinging legal defeats, President Donald Trump’s administration hopes to convince a federal appeals court that his travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is motivated by national security, not religion. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 520 words, photos.
SINCLAIR BROADCAST-TRIBUNE MEDIA — Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Tribune Media for about $3.9 billion, boosting the number of local TV stations it owns. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
COACH-KATE SPADE — Coach will spend $2.4 billion for Kate Spade, tying together two premier brands in the luxury goods sector that have fought to snare younger shoppers. SENT: 230 words, photo.
DISNEY-PANDORA WORLD OF AVATAR — It’s not a movie set, but visitors to Disney World’s new Pandora-World of Avatar land are in for a cinematic experience. The 12-acre land, inspired by the “Avatar” movie, opens in Florida in late May at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It cost a half-billion dollars to build. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 920 words, photos.
OLY–2024 BIDS — Los Angeles and Paris, both already seen as winning options for the 2024 Games, await their Olympic inspectors this week. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 750 words.
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