BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org
BORDER PROTECTION-USE OF FORCE — The Border Patrol’s use of tear gas against a crowd of migrants that included children in bare feet as well as rock-throwing men has reinforced complaints the agency is too quick to resort to force when confronted with difficult situations. But the Border Patrol says there’s been a decline in the use of force by its agents and it is crediting new training for the change. By Colleen Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FINANCIAL MARKETS— U.S. stock indexes rose sharply as investors welcomed remarks by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who hinted that the Fed might be willing to raise interest rates at a slower pace next year, a potential relief for investors worried about slowing economic growth. By Marley Jay. SENT: 950 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.
GENE-EDITED BABIES — A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.
CONGRESS-SAUDI ARABIA — Top Trump administration officials urge senators to keep supporting U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, but it’s unclear whether that plea is enough for lawmakers who want to punish the kingdom over its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Susannah George. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m.
RUSSIA-UKRAINE — Ukraine’s president dons camouflage to implement martial law in much of the country, a move Russia denounces as a cynical political trick as both sides ratchet up tensions after a standoff in the Black Sea. Each side blames the other for the bellicose turn of events, with Ukraine saying Russia is preparing for a full-scale invasion and Moscow calling it a political stunt by an unpopular president facing tough elections. By Yuras Karmanau and Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING — At General Motors’ Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, one of five GM factories targeted for shutdown, there’s more at stake than just jobs. Ohio and the industrial Midwest in general were vital to President Trump’s election and could be again in 2020. By Angie Wagner and Tom Krisher. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 4 p.m.
STAR TREK-INTERRACIAL KISS 50TH — The kiss between Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura 50 years ago heralded a change in television where interracial romance is now accepted. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 1,000 words.
TRUMP-CLIMATE CHANGE — Despite dire warnings from his own administration on the mounting toll of climate change, President Donald Trump has been taking steps to dismantle the work done by his predecessors to combat global warming. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SUPREME COURT-EXCESSIVE FINES — The Supreme Court leaves little doubt that it will rule that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states. That outcome could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. SENT: 730 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN — Recent American combat deaths in Afghanistan are putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump’s commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban. SENT: 780 words, photos.
PELOSI-HOUSE LEADERSHIP — Nancy Pelosi, unopposed in the House Democratic leadership elections, waits for her colleagues to put her in position to return as speaker, though that big showdown comes in the full House in January and she’s still short of the votes. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.
IMMIGRATION-IMPERILED SPONSORS — Civil-liberties, immigrant-rights groups demand immediate end to information-sharing that has turned agency tasked with welfare of unaccompanied children into accomplice in deportation of U.S.-based relatives. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
SEXTORTION-INMATES — Authorities say inmates in North and South Carolina claiming to be young women used illegal cellphones to extort more than half a million dollars from military personnel. SENT: 400 words.
LUXURY RETAIL-WHERE’S CHINA? — Tiffany & Co. is noticing that there is something missing in its stores: Chinese tourists. For the second time in a many months, a big seller of high-end goods noticed that a particularly crucial demographic of its shopping base had made itself sparse. On Wednesday, shares of Tiffany & Co. plunged 12 percent after reporting weaker-than-expected sales in its third quarter. CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said that Chinese tourists have failed to show up. By Michelle Chapman and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 750 words, photos. Incorporates BC-US--Earns-Tiffany.
ADHD-STARTING KINDERGARTEN, HFR — The youngest children in a kindergarten class are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a study shows, an intriguing finding for parents on the fence about when to start a child in school. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. UPCOMING: 680 words, photo for release at 5 p.m.
FILM-MAHERSHALA ALI — Many believe Mahershala Ali is in line to win his second Oscar in three years, a major turnaround for a 44-year-old actor who went 18 years without a lead role. But his film, “Green Book,” has been criticized for relying on “white savior” tropes. In an interview, Ali defends the film. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.