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 .
WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE-ARRESTED — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly bundled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and into a British police van, setting up a potential court battle over attempts to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video. Developing. WITH: WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE-TIMELINE: Timeline of WikiLeaks and Assange. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. WITH: WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARRESTED-TAKEAWAYS: A look at what Assange will face if he’s extradited to the US to face charges. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.
WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARRESTED-TRUMP — It’s a far cry from “I love WikiLeaks!” to “I know nothing about WikiLeaks.” President Donald Trump’s public relationship with the shadowy organization takes a dramatic turn after a disheveled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is hauled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London amid U.S. charges. Trump showered praise on Assange’s hacking organization night after night during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign, but on Thursday he told reporters: “It’s not my thing.” By Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
MICHAEL AVENATTI-CHARGES — Attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, did not pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings. Avenatti, 48, was indicted by a Southern California grand jury on a raft of additional charges following his arrest last month in New York on two related counts and for allegedly trying to shake down Nike for up to $25 million. By Brian Melley. SENT: 900 words, photo.
DESTINED TO BURN-HOUSING STOCK — A McClatchy analysis shows whether or not a home burns in a wildfire could be determined by the year it was built. A landmark 2008 California building code requiring fire-resistant roofs, siding and other safeguards appears to have protected some homes from the deadly Camp Fire that leveled Paradise. By Sacramento Bee reporters Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese. SENT: 3,520 words, photos.
BREXIT — European Union leaders decide whether to save Britain from a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit, or to give the foot-dragging departing nation a shove over the edge. Prime Minister Theresa May asks 27 other EU leaders to delay Britain’s exit, due on Friday, until June 30 so the U.K. can sort out the mess that Brexit has become. Some are sympathetic, but French President Emmanuel Macron warns that nothing is guaranteed. By Jill Lawless and Raf Casert. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SUDAN — Sudan’s military overthrows President Omar al-Bashir amid increasingly bloody protests over his repressive 30-year rule and the deteriorating economy. By Maggie Michael and Samy Magdy. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE— All this might have been avoided if Julian Assange had only gotten his Russian visa in time. As the WikiLeaks founder was carried out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London looking like an indignant hermit yanked from his cave, allies and enemies alike are reviewing his nine-yearlong fight to avoid being shipped to America — and gearing up for what promises to be an equally dogged fight to come. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.
TRUMP-SOUTH KOREA — President Trump meets with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in at the White House as the two leaders look for ways to push North Korea to gives up its nuclear program after the failed US-North Korea summit in Hanoi last February. SENT: 40 words. UPCOMING: 790 words by 4 p.m., photos, video
PENTAGON-SPACE FORCE — The Trump administration’s proposal for creating a Space Force as a new military service encountered bipartisan skepticism in the Senate on Thursday, with several lawmakers questioning the need for expanding the military bureaucracy. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 560 words, photo, video.
AP INTERVIEW-PELOSI — President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are crossing the 100-day mark of the era of divided government, and they have a relationship like almost none other in Washington. SENT: 720 words, photo.
ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN-CORPORATE TAXES — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is proposing a new tax on corporate profits that’s designed to prevent business giants from taking advantage of the existing tax code to effectively pay a zero rate. By Elana Schor. SENT: 440 words, photo.
MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION — A man charged with lying to federal agents about being a missing child was also accused of making up stories while in prison, threatening other inmates and refusing orders from guards, prison records show. Brian Rini threatened to make a false rape claim against a guard, falsely accused an inmate of tampering with his food, and lied about being short of toilet paper, according to the records obtained by The Associated Press. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BOSTON MARATHON-THE FIXX FACTOR — Thirty-five years after acclaimed author Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while running, experts are urging would-be marathoners to talk with their doctors before hitting the road. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.
FIRES-BLACK CHURCHES — Each church catered to an African American congregation. Each graced a rustic, country setting. Each fronted a small cemetery. And each is now a charred disaster scene, the result of three conflagrations that brought echoes of civil rights-era violence to Opelousas, a city of about 16,000 people in rural St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. At a news conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards identified the suspect as Holden Matthews, a 21-year-old white man. SENT: 600 words, photos.
SPRING FLOODING — A storm system known as a “bomb cyclone” slowly churned through the U.S. interior for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard in parts of the Midwest while creating hazardous fire conditions farther south. As much as 18 inches of snow has fallen in parts of South Dakota, where Gov. Kristi Noem has closed state offices in much of the state for a second day as heavy snow and strong winds make travel conditions dangerous. SENT: 900 words, photos, videos.
VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis’ own efforts to confront one of the most critical issues facing the church. By By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 650 words, photos.
NASA TWINS HEALTH — Astronaut Scott Kelly helped scientists usher in the genomic era of space travel, comparing the body’s sometimes strange reactions to life in orbit with his Earth-bound identical twin — and creating a map to track other astronauts’ health as they venture deeper into the final frontier. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
TV-GAME OF THRONES-OFF THE BOOKS — Some “Game of Thrones” fans won’t be watching the final season of the HBO series for how the television series ends, but also what clues it might mean for the popular book series created by author George R. R. Martin. The show has now outpaced the book — and true fans know there will be differences between what’s on their televisions and what ends up on Martin’s thousands of written pages. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NIPSEY HUSSLE-MEMORIAL — The life of Nipsey Hussle will be remembered during a public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and hours before the event fans poured in to pay respect to the rapper and community activist. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video. Developing from a 1 p.m. memorial service.
GLF--MASTERS — The Masters begins, with defending champion Patrick Reed aiming to become the first to win the tournament in consecutive years since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002. Woods last won the green jacket in 2005. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.