Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. All times EST.




Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EST:

FINANCIAL MARKETS (sent, developing)


TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE (sent, developing)

BUDGET BATTLE (sent, developing)




SPACEX-NEW ROCKET - SpaceX is set for the first test flight of its big new rocket from Florida, and if it succeeds, it will be the world's most powerful rocket in operation today. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Launch window begins at 1:30 p.m.

EGYPT-DINOSAUR — A skeleton has been unearthed in Egypt's Western Desert, whose ancient sands have long helped preserve remains, but unlike most finds this one isn't a mummy - it's a dinosaur. SENT: 830 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-PARADE PLANS — Philadelphia officials detail their plans for a parade and celebration that will take in the stadium complex and the Philadelphia Art Museum steps. UPCOMING: Developing; 300 words by noon.

COLTS PLAYER KILLED-TRUMP — Trump: 'Disgraceful' that man illegally in US killed athlete. SENT: 130 words, photos.

OBIT-JOHN MAHONEY — John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on "Frasier", dies at 77. SENT: 500 words, photos.


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):





TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — The White House is reviewing the Democratic memo that rebuts the Republican memo President Donald Trump says vindicates him in the Russia probe. SENT: 890 words, photo.

BUDGET BATTLE — House Republican leaders have come out with a plan to keep the government open for six more weeks while Washington grapples with a potential follow-up budget pact and, perhaps, immigration legislation. The spending measure would keep the government running through March 23 and reauthorize for funding for community health centers that enjoy widespread bipartisan support. SENT: 680 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS — Arms control holds a very small place in the Trump administration's new nuclear weapons strategy. Largely focusing on modernizing America's arsenal, the strategy says new advances in arms control are "difficult to envision." Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is set to appear at a House hearing Tuesday. SENT: 740 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. House hearing, 790 words by 4 p.m., photos.

PENCE — Vice President Mike Pence says he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump meets with law enforcement officials to discuss the MS-13 gang. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:45 p.m. White House meeting, 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-BIPARTISANSHIP — President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of being "un-American" and maybe even "treasonous" for failing to show enthusiasm for his State of the Union speech. His remarks Monday came a week after he called for a new era of bipartisan cooperation. SENT: 820 words, photo.




AMTRAK CRASH-PHILADELPHIA — State prosecutors seek to have criminal charges reinstated against the engineer in the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200. SENT: 130 words, DEVELOPING from 11:30 a.m. scheduled hearing, 400 words by 5 p.m.

TRAIN TERMINAL CRASHES — Federal safety regulators are set to release the probable cause of two commuter train crashes in New York and New Jersey. The NTSB will release recommendations on safety changes after trains collided with the bumping post at the stations in Hoboken and Brooklyn. UPCOMING: 250 words by 9 a.m. Updates from 9:30 a.m. NTSB hearing and 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

NYPD SURVEILLANCE-LAWSUITS - New York's highest court will consider whether the New York Police Department can use a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal information about whether it put Muslims under surveillance. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 550 words by 4 p.m.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-SPEAKING OUT — In the name of #MeToo, a flood of people has spoken up about being sexually assaulted, a subject long burdened by shame, doubt and an aura of the unspeakable. Women who spoke out before the movement gained steam see the newfound frankness as helpful. But they're also conscious of how risky it feels to come forward, and they caution that #MeToo shouldn't mean everyone has to share. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m.

HAWAII-MISTAKEN MISSILE ALERT - Jeffrey Wong says despite what you may have seen on the internet, he was not the person who set off an alert that mistakenly warned of a ballistic missile headed to Hawaii. SENT: 560 words, photos.

TRAIN CRASH-SOUTH CAROLINA - The engineer killed in a train crash in South Carolina visited a counselor to help him cope after being rattled in a previous wreck less than a year before, his mother says. SENT: 690 words, photos, videos.




FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stocks shot higher Tuesday morning after sharp losses in the first few minutes of trading, raising hopes of a halt to a global sell-off in the stock market. The early gains follow the market's steepest drop in six and a half years and losses on major indexes in Asia and Europe. Trading promised to be choppy on what could be one of the most closely-watched days on the markets in years. By Marley Jay. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m. With FINANCIAL MARKETS-TERMS — The Dow Jones industrial average is in correction territory. Algorithmic trading is partly responsible. Investors watching the stock market's sudden plunge might be hearing terminology they haven't heard in years. A look at what it means. By Michelle Chapman. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-TRUMP — For months, President Donald Trump boasted that he was steering the U.S. stock market to new heights. Yet the sudden cratering of stocks has served as a reminder that the financial markets pivot on forces that owe more to computerized trading programs and global central banks than a president's policies or force of personality. The same markets that cheered Trump's tax cuts now dread the risk of high inflation and the prospect of steadily higher interest rates that could undercut stock prices and corporate profits. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m. Will incorporate TRUMP-MARKETS. With MARKET PLUNGE-Q&A — Investors may be wondering how to react to a dramatic sell-off in the stock market after months of tranquility. The answer can be one of the toughest parts of investing: Stay calm. Experts say people should be making their investments as part of a long-term plan, one that won't be hijacked by a few days of losses. SENT: 600 words, photos.; DOW-BIGGEST DECLINES-GLANCE.

THE NEW DISNEY — Disney already owns Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars; now it's adding Fox's TV and movie studios to the mix and preparing to launch two separate streaming services, one for sports and another focusing on entertainment. It's Disney's big bet on what the next generation of entertainment will look like. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m., 600 words by 6 p.m., photos. Will incorporate BC-US--Earns-Disney.




SYRIA - Russian and Syrian government forces launch a new wave of strikes, killing at least 19 civilians in a besieged area just outside Syria's capital, Damascus, according to activists and a war monitoring group. SENT: 780 words, photos. With SYRIA-THE LATEST.

BRITAIN-ASSANGE - A British judge has upheld a U.K. arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leaving his legal position unchanged after more than five years inside the Ecuadorean embassy. SENT: 400 words, photos.

POLAND-HOLOCAUST LAW - Poland's president says he will sign into law a controversial proposal to outlaw blaming Poland as a nation for crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. SENT: 210 words, photos. With POLAND-HOLOCAUST-LAW-THE-LATEST.

PALESTINIANS-WIRE TAPPING - A former Palestinian intelligence chief and the head of the West Bank bar association are suing Mahmoud Abbas' self-rule government after a purported whistleblower alleged they were targeted, along with many others, in a large-scale CIA-backed wiretapping operation. SENT: 990 words, photo. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israeli troops kill Palestinian suspect in settler's killing.

KOREAS-OLYMPICS - A shipload of North Korean musicians, singers and dancers arrive in South Korea to perform at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. SENT: 410 words, photos. With NKOREAN-STARS - N. Korea dominates pre-Olympic media coverage at Pyeongchang; NKOREA-OLYMPIC MUSICIANS — A shipload of North Korean musicians, singers and dancers arrived in South Korea on Tuesday to perform at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (all sent).

MALDIVES-PRISONERS - The president of the Maldives says he ordered a state of emergency to investigate "this plot, this coup" involving a Supreme Court ruling last week that ordered the release of imprisoned opposition leaders, including many of his political rivals. SENT: 780 words, photos. With MALDIVES-PRISONERS-THE LATEST.

HONG KONG-PROTEST LEADERS - Hong Kong's highest court overturns prison sentences for three young pro-democracy activists convicted for their roles in kicking off 2014's "Umbrella Movement" protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city. SENT: 570 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION - Deep in Ethiopia's desert region of Afar, about nine in 10 women and girls undergo female genital mutilation, many before their first birthday. Campaigners are marking International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM as they seek to end the practice that has affected nearly 200 million women. SENT: 480 words.




OPRAH BOOK CLUB — Oprah Winfrey has chosen Tayari Jones' "An American Marriage" as her next book club pick. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 680 words, photos.

NBC-OLYMPICS — Fresh off the Super Bowl, NBC begins more than two weeks of Winter Olympics coverage Thursday with a new host, some new wrinkles and the hope that its business model keeps pace with the different ways people experience events on television and online. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 a.m.

MUSIC-SONG SUFFRAGETTES — Female singers in Nashville have long complained about a lack of representation on country radio, but now a collective of female songwriters is singing "Time's Up." Nearly two dozen women sang together in a song and music video benefiting the Time's Up organization. By Kristin M. Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 11 a.m.




NASSAR-COLLEGE CATHARSIS - During USA Gymnastics moment of reckoning in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, college gymnastics meets have provided a cathartic counterpoint and perhaps a map of the way forward for the sport. By Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 1,150 words, photo. With DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT - Victims push for accountability after latest Nassar sentence; DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-INVESTIGATIONS - Spotlight in sex assault scandal now on major institutions.




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