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.
Editors: This version corrects the LAW ENFORCEMENT RACES-SOROS item to reflect that Joe Arpaio’s opponent, not Arpaio, is getting a boost from a group backed by George Soros.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
— CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP (upcoming)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-BILL CLINTON (upcoming)
— CAMPAIGN 2016-POWELL EMAILS (sent; developing)
— SYRIA-ANALYSIS (upcoming)
— ISRAEL-PERES (sent; developing)
— PROSTATE CANCER (upcoming)
— EAR INFECTIONS (upcoming)
— POLICE SHOOT BOY-GAZEBO (sent; developing)
— LAW ENFORCEMENT RACES-SOROS (upcoming)
— BAYER-MONSANTO (sent; developing)
— ON THE MONEY-DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS (upcoming)
— CHICAGO VIOLENCE-GANG TRIAL (sent; developing)
— TV-EMMY PREDICTIONS (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— YALE-GRADUATE STUDENTS (upcoming)
— TROPICAL WEATHER (sent; developing)
— SNOWDEN PARDON (upcoming)
— RED CARPET REVOLT (upcoming)
— MUSIC-Q&A-MEAT LOAF (upcoming)
— NATIONAL ZOO-ORGANGUTAN BIRTH (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP — Donald Trump is trying project his own weaknesses on his opponent, in ways that seem increasingly absurd: Hillary Clinton is divisive, lacks policy proposals, scorns minorities, says things that aren’t fit for children. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.
CAMPAIGN 2016-BILL CLINTON — With Hillary Clinton ill, her campaign has turned to Bill Clinton to stand in. It’s a luxury no other presidential candidate has ever had, but it’s not without pitfalls. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
CAMPAIGN 2016-POWELL EMAILS — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, in newly leaked emails, calls Donald Trump “a national disgrace” and laments Hillary Clinton’s attempt to equate her email practices with his. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m.
UNITED STATES-MYANMAR – Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest visit to Washington signals her transformation from long-imprisoned heroine of Myanmar’s democracy struggle to a national leader focused on economic growth. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m. White House meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
UNITED STATES-REFUGEES — The Obama administration seeks to accept at least 110,000 refugees from around the world in the 2017 budget year, an increase from 85,000 in fiscal 2016 as conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have spurred an exodus of migrants. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m.
UNITED STATES-IRAN – A House committee is set to move ahead on legislation to prohibit future cash payments to Iran after the uproar among Republicans over the $1.7 billion payment to Tehran and the release of four prisoners in January. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
SYRIA-CEASE-FIRE-ANALYSIS – Five years of failed efforts to quell the fighting in Syria have left many observers with the impression that the war, inconclusive and catastrophic on a historic scale, may be unresolvable. But some things are different this week, as a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia took effect there is quiet but evident acceptance that Bashar Assad might remain for a transition period, the rebels have an interest in preserving their gains, the powers are cooperating in extraordinary fashion, and defeating the Islamic State group has become the world’s priority. UPCOMING.
SYRIA – Russia said Wednesday that separating Syrian rebels from ‘terrorists’ is a “key task” to ensure that the Russia-U.S.-brokered cease-fire continues to hold in Syria, where a relative calm has prevailed since the truce went into effect two days ago. SENT: 490 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
ISRAEL-PERES – Doctors treating former Israeli President Shimon Peres for a stroke say his condition has slightly improved. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-CAMERON-LIBYA – Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s 2011 decision to intervene militarily in Libya was misguided and helped give rise to Islamic extremism in North Africa, a key British parliamentary committee says. SENT: 420 words, photo. With LIBYA – Libyans hope to export from oil terminals seized by general.
LAW ENFORCEMENT RACES-SOROS – The opponent of Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, is getting a boost from an unlikely source — a group backed by George Soros. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
CHICAGO VIOLENCE-GANG TRIAL – Opening statements are slated for the biggest street-gang trial in recent Chicago history, offering a rare inside look at the kind of gangland activity that’s helped fuel city gun violence. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
RANCHING STANDOFF – The sheriff who was the public face of the law enforcement response to a 41-day armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge testifies in the second day of trial of seven protesters. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from noon resumption of trial.
SYRIAN REFUGEES-INDIANA – A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s appeal of a ruling that blocked his order to bar state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 10:30 a.m. hearing.
VOTER REGISTRATION LAWSUIT – GEORGIA – Georgia’s voter registration process violates the Voting Rights Act and has prevented tens of thousands of residents, mostly minorities, from registering to vote, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. SENT: 690 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
POLICE SHOOT BOY-GAZEBO – Work to disassemble the gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2 p.m.
SNOWDEN PARDON — Human and civil rights organizations, including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, launch a public campaign to persuade President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
NYC SECRET SCULPTURE — The design for a new public art installation in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards development is revealed. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon, photo pursuing.
ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND — Authorities say a woman reported being held captive, leading to the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, a murder confession and the discovery of three bodies. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
YALE-GRADUATE STUDENTS — Yale University goes before the National Labor Relations Board this week to challenge graduate assistants’ bid to unionize, a case being watched closely by other private universities. UPCOMING 400 words by 2 p.m.
LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS – The first woman and the first African-American to be named the nation’s chief librarian is sworn into office. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER – Tropical Storm Julia was bringing heavy rain Wednesday morning to the northeast coast of Florida and southeast Georgia. SENT: 340 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
NATIONAL ZOO-ORGANGUTAN BIRTH – National Zoo officials are celebrating the birth of a Bornean orangutan, the first at the zoo in 25 years. SENT: 130 words, photo.
PROSTATE CANCER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m.) – Men with localized prostate cancer who opt for close monitoring of their disease are just as likely to survive as those who have surgery or radiation therapy, according to the first study to directly compare the three standard strategies. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m., 700 words, photos.
EAR INFECTIONS – New research on animals explores an alternative way to give kids antibiotics for ear infections. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.
BAYER-MONSANTO — German drug and farm chemical company Bayer AG says it has signed a deal to acquire seed and weed-killer company Monsanto for $66 billion in cash. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ORLANDO TOURISM – After expanding at a record clip for the past several years, growth in Orlando’s tourism industry appears to be softening during a summer of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the death of a toddler by an alligator at Walt Disney World and fears of the Zika virus in Florida. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
ON THE MONEY-DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS — Facing public furor for repeatedly hiking the price of its emergency allergy shot EpiPen, Mylan Pharmaceuticals quickly pointed to a familiar pharmaceutical industry solution: copay coupon cards. A look at the pros and cons. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
RED CARPET REVOLT – If a celebrity doesn’t walk a red carpet, are they still a celebrity? In the next phase of her career, that’s the bold question Miley Cyrus intends to answer after unprecedentedly vowing to “never do a red carpet again.” UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
TV-EMMY PREDICTIONS – Who’s taking Emmy gold home on Sunday night? “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” could repeat as top winners, but our predictions come with the caveat that a rules change could change everything. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
MUSIC-Q&A-MEAT LOAF – Meat Loaf made headlines when he collapsed on tour, something that surprised him more than the actual fall. That was June and the international interest still astounds him. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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