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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15,ADVISORY

June 14, 2018

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.






GERMANY-RICIN PLOT (sent, developing)




TRUMP-TRADE (upcoming)






BRITAIN-ROYALS — The former Meghan Markle makes her first joint appearance with Queen Elizabeth II. SENT: 250 words, photos.

UFC-MCGREGOR SCUFFLE — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor due in court for a hearing on charges stemming from a backstage melee that was caught on video. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.

BRITAIN-BEACH BOYS — The Beach Boys are back — this time with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a classic twist. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ROSA PARKS HOUSE — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge in Detroit after fleeing the South will be auctioned. SENT: 490 words, photos.

SPACE STATION — Spacewalking astronauts set up TVs for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months. SENT: 140 words, photo.


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):





CLINTON EMAILS-INSPECTOR GENERAL — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a nonpartisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential race. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: Updates after report being released at 2 p.m., 990 words by 5 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — The United States and its Asian allies are working to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump’s concession that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump’s top diplomat insisting the president hadn’t backed down from his firm line on North Korea’s nukes. SENT: 1200 words.

CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME — Annual baseball game between congressional Republicans and Democrats carries special significance: it comes on the first anniversary of the ball-field shooting that almost killed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. He is expected to start at second base in Thursday night’s game at Nationals Park. Republicans have largely maintained their support for gun rights. SENT: 971 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 7:05 p.m. game.


AP POLL-MY GENERATION — A new survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV finds that parents and their kids agree about a lot of things when it comes to politics. Most in both generations disapprove of Trump. Majorities of both generations say politics has become dysfunctional and they are dissatisfied with the two-party system. SENT: 900 words, photo.

TRUMP-TRADE — President Donald Trump weighs moving forward with punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars on Chinese goods as early as Friday, fulfilling his campaign vows to clamp down on Chinese trading practices. The decision comes on the heels of trade skirmishes with European and North American allies. UPCOMING: 790 words by 4 p.m., photo.

GOP IMMIGRATION —House Republican leaders try to craft legislation on immigration issues that have stalled in Congress for years. SENT: 570 words, photo.

TRUMP-HEALTH INSURANCE — The Trump administration’s latest move against “Obamacare” could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage, particularly workers in small businesses, say law and insurance experts. SENT: 850 words, photo.




GERMANY-RICIN PLOT — German prosecutors say they’ve thwarted an Islamic extremist plot to launch an attack with the deadly toxin ricin. They said a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., who was arrested, started procuring material online including seeds needed for the creation of ricin in mid-May. SENT: 375 words, photos, developing.

CANADA-US-STILL BEST FRIENDS? — For the first time in decades, one of the world’s most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians — widely seen as some of the nicest, politest people on Earth — absorb Trump’s insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country’s trade policies. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.




SPORTS BETTING — Like a fellow New Jersey governor did 40 years earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy is set to kick off a new era of gambling in the state. SENT: 430 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from first wagers at 10:30 a.m.




AMAZON TREASURE TRUCK — Amazon, which sells just about anything online, also hawks discounted beef, seafood and Panini presses from the back of trucks. The Treasure Truck, as it is called, is a quirky way for Amazon to connect with shoppers in person, further expand its physical presence and help promote itself. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

APPLE-SECURITY LOCKDOWN — Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, which powers iPhones. SENT: 500 words, photos.




OBIT-FONTANA — D.J. Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Presley’s sideman, has died at 87, his wife said. SENT: 750 words, photo.

TENNESSEE WOMAN-COMMUTATION — Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson, the woman President Trump freed from a life sentence, say they won’t stop advocating for other people serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses. SENT: 435 words, photos, video.




WCUP-RUSSIA-SAUDI ARABIA — Hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia in Moscow in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. By James Ellingworth. Game starts at 11 a.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1:30 p.m.

WCUP-RUSSIA HOPES — Russia’s World Cup opens with a home team that doesn’t have much chance to win, and a nation eager to wipe away bad memories about doping controversies, criticism over its incursion into the Ukraine, allegations of election meddling and poisoning. Could a successful World Cup help improve Russia’s global image. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.




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