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 .
IMMIGRATION-CATCH AND RELEASE — The crush of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has forced the Trump administration to dramatically expand a concept that President Donald Trump has long derided as soft: catch and release. The Trump administration is now busing migrants hundreds of miles from the border and releasing them at Greyhound stations and churches in cities like Albuquerque, San Antonio and Phoenix because nonprofits and aid groups in border towns border cannot keep up with the flow. By Cedar Attanasio and Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.
TRUMP-IMMIGRATION —Trump administration officials pull back on the president’s threat to shut down the southern border as soon as this week as they grapple with a surge of Central American migrants trying to enter the U.S. By Colleen Long and Jill Colvin. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4:30 p.m., photos, video.
TRUMP-HEALTH CARE — President Donald Trump pulls back from an issue that deeply divides his party, suggesting he will defer until after 2020 his push for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Trump’s move seems certain to keep Obamacare front and center in the next election. Democrats said they welcome the fight and accused Republicans of playing a “shell game” on the Obama health care law, with no real plan to replace it. By Lisa Mascaro, Catherine Lucey and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
CHICAGO MAYOR — Chicago’s runoff election pits a veteran politician against a political novice that will end with the city elevating its first black woman into the mayor’s office. Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the top vote-getters in a 14-person general election in February to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek re-election. They have similar positions on many issues. However, their resumes are quite different. SENT: 750 words, photos, video, developing.
PARALYZING ILLNESS — One morning last fall, 4-year-old Joey Wilcox woke up with the left side of his face drooping. Three days later, Joey was in a hospital intensive care unit, unable to move his arms or legs or sit up. Spinal taps and other tests failed to find a cause. Doctors worried he was about to lose the ability to breathe. Joey, who survived but still suffers some of the effects, was one of 228 confirmed victims in the U.S. last year of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness that seems to ebb and flow on an every-other-year cycle and is beginning to alarm public health officials because it is striking more and more children. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
SPORTS BETTING-FALLING SHORT — Most states that moved quickly to legalize sports betting after a recent Supreme Court decision are still waiting for the expected payoff. Tax revenue has so far fallen far short of expectations in four of the six states where gambling on sporting events started last year, according to an Associated Press analysis. The most striking example occurred in Rhode Island, where casinos lost nearly $1 million when the Patriots won the Super Bowl. By Jennifer McDermott and Geoff Mulvihill. UPCOMING: 900 words, with photos.
ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — As former Vice President Joe Biden’s camp scrambles to contain any political damage over his past behavior with women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some words of advice: Keep your distance. “Join the straight-arm club,” Pelosi told a Washington event. In other words, keep your handshakes at arms’ length and don’t be touchy-feely. “Just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold,” Pelosi said. SENT: 750 words, photos.
TRUMP-CENSUS-FACT CHECK — In President Trump’s estimation, the 2020 census will be pointless unless a question is added asking people if they are citizens. That opinion makes him a distinct outlier in government, business and society, where the big census conducted every 10 years produces a gold mine of information on how people live their lives and, of course, how many there are. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photo.
ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-FUNDRAISING — A look at early first quarter fundraising from Democratic presidential contenders. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-TAXES — A wide-ranging college admissions cheating scheme allowed wealthy parents not only to get their kids into sought-after schools but to write off the bribes on their taxes, federal authorities say. Now some parents who are already facing possible prison time could be hit with additional criminal charges and stiff financial penalties, experts say. SENT: 700 words, photos.
MARIJUANA PIONEERS-RELAXING RULES — Washington and Colorado took a strict approach when they launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition five years ago. Now lawmakers in both states are on the verge of easing the rules. Licensed pot businesses say they’ve been stifled by restrictions on out-of-state ownership and investment. SENT: 950 words, photos.
MANHATTAN TOLLS — New York City will slap new tolls on Manhattan drivers in an effort to ease horrible traffic, reduce pollution and raise money to fund improvements to increasingly unreliable subways. The AP looks at how similar efforts have worked out in other cities. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
VATICAN-WOMEN — Pope Francis said in a document released that women have “legitimate claims” to seek more equality in the Catholic Church, but he stopped short of endorsing recent calls from his own bishops to give women leadership roles. In the text, Francis also told young adults they should try to help priests at risk for sexually abusing minors in what a Vatican official said was a great act of trust the pope has for today’s youth to help “priests in difficulty.” SENT: 950 words, photos.
BREXIT — Prime Minister Theresa May said that she will try to further delay Britain’s exit from the European Union and seek to make an accord with the political opposition in a bid to break the Brexit impasse. SENT: 800 words, photos.
LOW CARB-DIETARY GUIDELINES — Some followers of low-carb eating are hoping for a nod of approval in the upcoming U.S. dietary guidelines that advise Americans on what to eat. It may seem minor, but backers say low-carb’s inclusion could influence nutrition advice that doctors give and help shape government food programs like school lunches. SENT: 400 words, photo.
FACEBOOK-SOLAR ENERGY SCAM — Hundreds of ads running on Facebook for more than a year promised that governors across the country had signed off on big tax breaks for U.S. homeowners who wanted to install new solar energy panels. But the tax incentives didn’t exist. SENT: 900 words, photos.
MEDIA-FIGHTING BACK — News industry leaders are fighting back against the charge by President Donald Trump and his supporters that the administration’s summation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report proved that journalists were “so wrong for so long” in their coverage of the Russia investigation. UPCOMING. 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
ALL-AMERICA TEAM — The season did not end as Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett intended. The fabulous freshmen came to Duke to win a national championship and their bid came up short with a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. Williamson and Barrett still managed to make a bit of history. The Duke duo was named to The Associated Press All-America team, becoming the second freshman teammates to make the first team in the same season. They were joined by Tennessee’s Grant Williams, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Ja Morant of Murray State. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.
BRYCE IS BACK — Bryce Harper plays his first game as a visitor at Nationals Park when he faces Washington’s Max Scherzer as a $330 million member of the Phillies. Harper is off to a good start, helping Philadelphia go 3-0 — the only unbeaten team in the majors. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.