BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .
ELECTION 2020-TRUMP’S MAP — President Donald Trump loves to recount how his 2016 campaign defied expectations to pierce the vaunted Democratic “blue wall.” For 2020, he’s looking to do one better. As Trump’s re-election campaign kicks into high gear, it is exploring opportunities to contest states he lost four years before, aiming to keep divided Democrats on the defensive. By Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.
TRUMP-TAXES — A top House Democrat ratchets up his demand for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them. The government’s failure to respond by an April 23 deadline could send the dispute into federal court. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 550 words, photos.
WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARRESTED — British lawmakers are heaping pressure on the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape investigation against him. There is mounting concern that Assange should not be allowed to sidestep the Swedish investigation stemming from his 2010 visit to Sweden. The complaints from two women eventually led him to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London rather than return to Sweden for questioning. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 730 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-SCANDALOUS TRADEMARKS — Eric Brunetti’s clothing brand is a four-letter word. The government calls it “scandalous” and “immoral” and has refused to register it as a trademark. He has a different word — “thought-provoking” — for his company, whose name starts with an “F″ and rhymes with “duct.” On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear Brunetti’s case. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 670 words, photos.
BERING SEA TRANSFORMATION — Scientists who study the northern Bering Sea say they’re seeing changed ocean conditions that were projected by climate models, but not until 2050. University of Alaska Fairbanks physical oceanographer Seth Danielson says the rapid changes are leading researchers to wonder if ecosystems near the Bering Strait are undergoing a transformation. Danielson says the physical changes such diminished sea ice are triggering biological effects. By Dan Joling. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Eds: The story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.
CENSUS-ARAB AMERICANS —Yousuf Abdelfatah already knows the answer he’ll give about his race on the 2020 census questionnaire will be wrong. He’s an Arab American, but the only race options on the census are white, black, Asian and categories for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander. Reluctantly, Abdelfatah will mark white. SENT: 875 words, photos.
TRUMP-PIPELINES — Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power through orders reversing more than 50 years of precedent that delegated decision-making on energy projects to individual agencies. His actions, if upheld by the courts, could consolidate power, increasing the influence of the president’s political advisers and potentially cutting out experts and career officials throughout the government. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 870 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER — After entering the 2020 White House race more than two months ago, Cory Booker is trying to break out of the crowded field of more than a dozen viable Democratic candidates. He hopes an upcoming two-week tour around the country will help. SENT: 610 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.
FACT CHECK-WEEK — With his government seeking to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, President Donald Trump is drawing a blank on a hacking organization he praised to the rafters during the 2016 campaign. It was among a number of factual faux pas and flips in his rhetoric over the past week. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 1,890 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd
POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS-RACE — When an unarmed white woman who called 911 to report a crime was fatally shot by a black, Somali American police officer in Minneapolis, the racial dynamic seen in many police shooting cases in the U.S. was flipped on its head, and a different narrative emerged. SENT: 930 words, photos.
CANADA-RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS — A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious symbols is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice their religion — or to be free of it. The measure introduced late last month would prohibit civil servants, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, lawyers and other people who interact with the public from wearing religious symbols while at work. By Tracey Lindeman. SENT: 950 words, photos.
NORTH KOREA-KIM JONG UN SPEECH — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to a third summit with President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, the North’s state-run media said. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.
BREXIT-BROKEN BRITAIN — As a symbol of Brexit-era British democracy, it was a little on the obvious side. Last week lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. Then image perfectly illustrated Parliament’s problem. On the outside it’s resplendent, a world-famous symbol of democracy. Inside, it’s decrepit and increasingly unfit for use. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
NISSAN-AUTOMATIC BRAKING — A U.S. auto safety group wants the government to investigate automatic emergency braking on some Nissan Rogue SUVs, alleging that the safety feature makes the vehicles brake even when there’s no emergency. The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeking the probe. The group says about 675,000 Rogues from the 2017 and 2018 model years should be recalled. SENT: 400 words, photo.
GLF--MASTERS — Major champions Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen are in front entering the third round of the Masters. Tiger Woods is among those a stroke back. This is the tournament’s first five-way tie for the lead after 36 holes. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.
GLF--MASTERS-WASHINGTON ROAD — With its pristine fairways, colorful azaleas and stern rules for so-called patrons, the Masters gives off airs of a gentlemanly competition in genteel countryside. But right outside the front gate is Washington Road, a strip-mall hodgepodge in all its glory. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.