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 .
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR — Attorney General William Barr tells Congress he believes “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled and aligning himself with the president at a time when his independence is under scrutiny. By Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 880 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-POWER PLAYERS — As President Donald Trump rails against the surge of migrants at the border, two White House power players are at odds over the future of Trump’s immigration policies. Fresh off orchestrating a shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security, ascendant Stephen Miller’s renewed push to bring about tougher policies at the border is setting up a face-off with Jared Kushner, who has been quietly working on his own comprehensive immigration plan. By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4:30 p.m., photos.
ISRAEL-ELECTION — Israel’s Blue and White party, the main rival to Benjamin Netanyahu, conceded defeat after the incumbent prime minister’s Likud party and its nationalist and religious allies won a solid majority in parliamentary elections. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
BREXIT — Just two days away from a potentially calamitous no-deal Brexit, European Union leaders were moving closer to granting the United Kingdom a new delay — possibly of up to a year — to its departure from the bloc. British Prime Minister Theresa May headed into an emergency EU summit pleading for a second extension until June 30, but indicated she could accept a longer extension as many EU leaders have called for. By Mike Corder and Raf Casert. SENT: 770 words, photos.
BLACK HOLE — Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss. The picture, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, shows the hot, shadowy lip of a supermassive black hole, one of the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorized by Einstein more than a century ago and confirmed by observations for decades. It is along this edge that light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 900 words, photo.
TRUMP-TAXES — President Donald Trump, facing an end-of-day Wednesday congressional deadline for his administration to provide his tax returns, says he “won’t do it” while he’s under audit by the IRS. The IRS says there’s no rule against subjects of an audit from publicly releasing their tax filings. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m. with updates likely.
ELECTION 2020-MEDICARE FOR ALL — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveils a new version of his “Medicare for All” plan, adding a provision on long-term care and pushing a 2020 issue that divides Democrats over the future of health care policy. Some candidates point to their support of Medicare for All to prove their progressive bona fides, but others say it’s not politically or economically feasible. SENT: 1020 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG-PENCE — Democrat Pete Buttigieg has been making headlines as he explores a run for president by going after Vice President Mike Pence, whose time as Indiana’s governor overlapped with Buttigieg’s time as mayor of the state’s fourth largest city. Those who know both men say they worked well together, even when Pence, an evangelical Christian, was fighting the culture wars and Buttigieg came out as a gay. UPCOMING: 900 words by 6 p.m., photos.
TRUMP — President Donald Trump will announce an executive order that could make it harder for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects. By Darlene Superville and Kevin Freking. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Updates from early afternoon events, with executive order scheduled for 4:40 p.m., 650 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
ABORTION BANS — Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — which means as early as six weeks, when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant. Georgia could join them if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs a measure that has been sent to him, and similar bills are pending in at least eight other states with anti-abortion GOP majorities in their legislatures. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 900 words, photos.
OBIT-CHARLES VAN DOREN — Charles Van Doren, the dashing young academic whose meteoric rise and fall as a corrupt game show contestant in the 1950s inspired the movie “Quiz Show” and served as a cautionary tale about the staged competitions of early television, has died. He was 93. SENT: 950 words, photos.
SPRING FLOODING — A massive weather system pushing into the Midwest and Plains states carried enough rain and snow to concern areas already hard-hit by flooding. UPCOMING: 500 words,
WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT — The liberal candidate in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race conceded, deciding against a recount eight days after the election showed her conservative opponent ahead by 6,000 votes in a race seen as an early measure of a key battleground in the 2020 presidential campaign. Lisa Neubauer’s concession to Brian Hagedorn means the conservative majority on the court will increase from 4-3 to 5-2. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MED--FOOTBALL CONCUSSIONS-BRAIN SCANS, HFR — Researchers may be closing in on a way to check living athletes for signs of a degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to frequent head blows. Experimental scans found higher levels of an abnormal protein tied to the disease in a study of former pro football players who were having mood and thought problems. By AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. UPCOMING: 690 words. Eds: This story may not be published, broadcast or posted online before 5 p.m.
MEASLES-NEW YORK — New York City is trying to fight a measles outbreak by threatening to slap residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood with fines of up to $1,000 for refusing to get vaccinated. Officials indicated, though, that they would take a gentle approach to enforcement. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
SCI--HUMAN RELATIVE — Fossil bones and teeth found in the Philippines have revealed a long-lost cousin of modern people, which evidently lived around the time our own species was spreading from Africa to occupy the rest of the world. SENT: 700 words, photos.
TV-GAME OF THRONES-THE DEAD — Memorable characters from “Game of Thrones” who were killed off in the first seven seasons talk about being part of television history, and life post-“GoT.” SENT: 1,800 words, photos.
GLF-MASTERS — Tiger Woods is a winner again. Rory McIlroy is the Masters favorite. Those are two big reasons why Jordan Spieth feels he is a little under the radar. But maybe not for long, good or bad. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.