BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.
TRUMP-EAGLES — President Donald Trump abruptly cancels his Tuesday ceremony celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory after many players declined to show up. The White House accused the players of abandoning their fans, and Trump scheduled a “Celebration of America” with military bands as he stoked fresh controversy over players who protest racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem. By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m. Developing from 3 p.m. White House event.
PRIMARY RDP — California tops a list of eight states holding primary contests on Tuesday. Nominees will face off this November for the inaugural midterm elections of Donald Trump’s presidency. SENT: 940 words. UPCOMNG: Polls close at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Alabama, 8 p.m. in Mississippi, 8 p.m. in New Jersey, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. in South Dakota, 9 p.m. in New Mexico, 10 p.m. in Iowa, 10 p.m. in Montana, 11 p.m. in California.
KATE SPADE DEATH — Kate Spade, who started a lifestyle brand with a half dozen sleek and colorful handbags, is found dead in her Park Avenue apartment — an apparent suicide at age 55. Spade, who launched a new fashion line with a new name after selling Kate Spade New York and seeing its value climb into the billions. By Colleen Long. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 750 words, photos; Developing. News conference planned for 2 p.m.
MISS AMERICA-CHANGES — The Miss America pageant is dropping the swimsuit competition, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 575 words. UPCOMING: Updates and 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
SCOTTSDALE KILLINGS — Dwight Lamon Jones apparently never put his bitter divorce behind him. Almost eight years after the split, the Phoenix-area man began confronting people connected with the case and shooting them, killing six in all. The divorce had awarded him a generous alimony settlement from his ex-wife, a radiologist, but those payments ceased in 2015. By Jacques Billeaud. UPCOMING: 850 words with photos by 5 p.m.
TRUMP-TRADE — President Trump has failed to get what he wants from three-way trade talks with Canada and Mexico. So now his administration wants to pursue separate deals with the two U.S. neighbors to try to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has condemned as a job-killing disaster. Problem is, economists say, one-on-one trade pacts don’t tend to work very efficiently. And Canada and Mexico, angry that the U.S. has slapped tariffs on their steel and aluminum, seem unlikely to compromise with Washington. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 800 words at 3:30 p.m.
APPRENTICE CONTESTANT-TRUMP — President Donald Trump’s lawyers are trying to keep a former “Apprentice” contestant from getting information on his campaign’s discussions of other women who also accused him of sexual misconduct. But ex-contestant Summer Zervos’ lawyers say Trump’s reactions to all the claims are relevant to her lawsuit accusing him of defaming her by saying she fabricated her own account of unwanted advances. SENT: 675 words, photos; UPCOMING: new approach by 3 p.m.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-TAKEAWAYS — Special counsel Robert Mueller has turned up the heat on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, threatening new criminal charges. Those aren’t related to Mueller’s probe into Russia meddling_or are they? Some takeaways from the latest development. SENT: 700 words, photo.
CLINTON EMAILS-INSPECTOR GENERAL — President Trump wants to know “what is taking so long” with an internal Justice Department probe expected to criticize the FBI and its handling of the case involving Democrat Hillary Clinton’s private email server. His tweet underscores the anticipation from the White House and Trump’s legal team for a watchdog report they believe will back up the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey as FBI director last year. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN — Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in a brief hearing before a judge in New York and his lawyer vowed afterward to try and beat the case even before it goes to trial. SENT: 440 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m.
GUATEMALA-VOLCANO — The explosion of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire has devastated families living in tightly knit communities on the mountain’s flanks. One woman says 36 relatives who are missing and presumed dead, buried by the avalanche of hot mud. Another says 20 loved ones are unaccounted for, putting into sharp relief the scope of a disaster for which the final death toll is yet to be known. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by 4:30 p.m.
MYSTERY ROBOTS — It’s never been clear whether robotics company Boston Dynamics is making killing machines, household helpers, or something else entirely. But the secretive firm, which for seven years has unnerved viewers with YouTube videos of robots that jump, gallop or prowl like animals, is starting to emerge from a quarter-century of stealth. By Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: About 1,300 words by 10 a.m., photos. An abridged version of 800 words also will be available.
FRENCH OPEN — Novak Djokovic has lost in the French Open quarterfinals to 72nd-ranked Italian Italian player Marco Cecchinato. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
STANLEY CUP — The careers of forward Devante Smith-Pelly and defenseman Michal Kempny were in danger of being over. Then the Washington Capitals signed Smith-Pelly last summer and acquired Kempny at the trade deadline, hitting on the kind of moves every Stanley Cup contender tries to make as they’ve been a big reason of putting the team on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.