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
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — With 63 people confirmed dead, authorities in Northern California are trying to winnow down a missing-persons list a chilling 631 names long. President Donald Trump visits on Saturday. By Kathleen Ronayne and Brian Melley. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — A hand recount begins in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines shows Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer than 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump reveals he “very easily” answered written questions this week from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s 2016 interference and possible ties to Trump’s campaign. Trump told reporters he hasn’t yet submitted his answers, adding, “You have to always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions.” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
MEDIA-CNN VS TRUMP — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials’ revocation is continuing. By Jessica Gresko And Michael Balsamo. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WIKILEAKS — A criminal case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has the potential to expose the habits and practices of a self-styled free speech provocateur who over the last year has grown entangled in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. An errant court filing suggests prosecutors have prepared charges under seal against Assange, though it’s unclear whether the mistake will affect prosecutors’ plans. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1000 words. UPCOMING: New approach of 990 words by 5 p.m., photos.
NORTH KOREA — North Korea says it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegally entering the country recently, as the country’s state media said leader Kim Jong Un supervises a test of a newly developed high-tech weapon in an apparent bid to pressure Washington and Seoul. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,170 words, photo.
MIGRANT CARAVAN-TROOPS — As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers stream into the border city of Tijuana and converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won’t find are armed American soldiers standing guard. Instead they will see cranes installing towering panels of metal bars and troops wrapping concertina wire around barriers while military helicopters fly overhead, carrying border patrol agents. That’s because U.S. military troops are prohibited from carrying out law enforcement duties. By Julie Watson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.
CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposes a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment, and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. By COLLIN BINKLEY. SENT: 800 words, photo.
TRUMP-AYERS PROFILE — Nick Ayers could almost be confused for a college fraternity brother in his beaming November 2016 selfie with then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. In fact, the baby-faced campaign strategist in the white undershirt had a role in Donald Trump’s choice of Pence to be his running mate. The 36-year-old Republican is emerging as a leading contender to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly. By Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-MEDAL OF FREEDOM — Miriam Adelson is a doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian. But she is perhaps best known as the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate considered one of the nation’s most powerful Republican donors. The Adelsons gave Donald Trump’s campaign a $30 million boost in 2016, and now he’s honoring her with the presidential medal of freedom. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. event, 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.
DEMOCRATS-PELOSI — Nancy Pelosi meets privately with her top potential rival for House speaker, Rep. Marcia Fudge, as the Democratic leader works to gather support and fend off a challenge. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
BREXIT — Supportive Cabinet ministers rally around British Prime Minister Theresa May, trying to bolster her leadership after a barrage of resignations over Brexit, as rebel lawmakers pushed to force a leadership challenge. SENT: 830 words, photos. WITH: BREXIT-THERESA MAY — Britain’s prime minister fights for her political life and the future of the Brexit deal she has struck with the European Union. SENT: 550 words, photos.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A panel investigating Florida’s high school massacre continues its latest session Friday, expecting to learn more about the medical response to the Feb. 14 attack that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members. The panel has a Jan. 1 deadline to report its findings to Florida’s governor on the shooting’s causes and recommendations for avoiding any future school attacks. By Terry Spencer and David Fischer. SENT: 765 words, photos.
NASA-NEW SPACECRAFT — NASA accepts delivery of a key European part needed to power the world’s next-generation moonship. SENT: 300 words, photo.
FAO SCHWARZ REBORN — Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near the southeast corner of Central Park. By Verena Dobik. SENT: 610 words, photos.
MUSIC-LATIN GRAMMYS — Uruguayan Jorge Drexler is the big winner at the Latin Grammy Awards, picking up three trophies during a ceremony that promoted messages of unity and justice. By Regina Garcia Cano and Sigal Ratner-Arias. SENT: 840 words, photos.
FBC--THE TIE-50 YEARS LATER — Sixty-five members of Harvard’s 1968 football team are expected on campus this weekend for the 50th anniversary of The Game’s most memorable edition — a 29-29 tie. A luncheon for returning Yale players was canceled because of lack of interest. Not all ties are even. By AP Sports Writer Jimmy Golen, SENT: 1,150 words, photos.