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:
— CAMPAIGN 2016 (developing)
— AP POLL-DEM 2016 (upcoming)
— DEM 2016-SOUTH CAROLINA (upcoming)
— ISLAMIC STATE-CYBERWAR (sent; developing)
— SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS (sent; developing)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— IRAN-ELECTIONS (sent; developing)
— BULGARIA-SLAYING (sent; developing)
— MIGRANTS-UNWELCOME AFGHANS (upcoming)
— APPLE ENCRYPTION (upcoming)
— FIFA ELECTION (sent; developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— APPLE ENCRYPTION-BOSSING BUSINESS AROUND (upcoming)
— POLLINATOR DECLINE (sent)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— MASS SHOOTINGS-GLANCE (sent)
— SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-TIMELINE (upcoming)
— WORKPLACE VIOLENCE (upcoming)
— IRAN-ELECTIONS-WHO’S WHO (sent)
— IRAN-ELECTIONS-GLANCE (sent)
PERU-ILLEGAL MINING-PHOTO GALLERY – A government raid destroyed scores of illegal gold mining camps in the Madre de Dios region of Peru and also targeted dozens of brothels where officials said they rescued two minors presumably working as prostitutes. SENT: 21 photos, 210 words.
IRAN ELECTIONS-PHOTO GALLERY – With ink-stained fingers, Iranians are casting ballots in the country’s first elections since the nuclear deal with world powers. SENT: 15 photos, 180 words.
US HI SURF CONTEST – John John Florence of Hawaii won the Quicksliver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave International surfing competition and took home the biggest purse in Big Wave riding. SENT, with text and photos.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
SYRIA – Warplanes unleashed airstrikes on the suburbs of the Syrian capital and near the northern, rebel-held city of Aleppo on Friday, hours before a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia was to go into effect at midnight local time across the war-ravaged country. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA-ANALYSIS – Russian President Vladimir Putin has a chance to cash in on his gains in Syria by scaling down his bombing blitz when a cease-fire takes effect Friday night so he can emerge as a peace broker with international stature. SENT: 820 words, photos.
SYRIA-DAMASCUS MOOD – A uniquely Syrian version of normalcy prevails in the heart of Damascus, where a mix of rural refugees and sophisticated urbanites conduct their daily business and enjoy the easy cafe culture to the muffled sounds of gunfire and explosions in the distance. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.
IRAN-ELECTIONS – Iranians are voting in parliamentary elections, the country’s first since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers last summer. The vote is in part seen as a referendum on the policies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who is credited with bringing about the deal. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. WITH: IRAN-ELECTIONS-WHO’S WHO and IRAN-ELECTIONS-GLANCE (sent).
BULGARIA-SLAYING – Bulgarian authorities are investigating the unexplained death on Friday of a Palestinian man wanted by Israel for a 1986 killing. His death at the Palestinian Authority’s embassy in Sofia was described by the ambassador as murder. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MIGRANTS-UNWELCOME AFGHANS — Afghans are the new pariahs of Europe. Despite fleeing violence in their homeland, their quest for a safer life is being blocked at border after border in Europe — and no country along the route they’re trying to take through the Balkans will take the blame for trying to keep them out. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS (sent; developing)
PALESTINIANS-HUNGER STRIKER – A Palestinian prisoner ended 94 days of his hunger strike on Friday after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities that says he will be released in three months’ time, his family said. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.
IRELAND ELECTION – Ireland votes on who should lead the country for the next five years. Prime Minister Enda Kenny faces an uphill struggle to retain power. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
CAMPAIGN 2016 — A roundup of the day’s events, as the Republican candidates for president head toward Super Tuesday. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. With CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST.
DEM 2016-SOUTH CAROLINA — While Hillary Clinton barnstorms in South Carolina ahead of the state’s primary, Bernie Sanders draws crowds in states far from the Deep South. The schedule is an admission by Sanders that Clinton has an overwhelming advantage among African-Americans upcoming primaries across the South. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.
AP POLL-DEM 2016 – Hillary Clinton could be the nation’s first female president; Bernie Sanders warns of the outsized role of super PACs in politics. The two themes are a big part of the Democratic primary contest, but voters view them very differently. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
ISLAMIC STATE-CYBERWAR – U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the military has launched a newly aggressive campaign of cyberattacks against Islamic State militants. It’s a targeted effort to erode the group’s abilities to use social media and the Internet to recruit fighters and inspire followers. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
OBAMA – Obama travels Jacksonville, Florida, to promote the benefits of the massive economic stimulus bill he signed shortly after taking office seven years ago. SENT: 722 words. UPCOMING: Updates developing from Obama remarks set for 1:55 p.m., photos.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-ATTORNEY INVESTIGATED — A Justice Department lawyer admitted improperly sending sensitive real estate information to her personal email account, used official letterhead to write a letter of recommendation for her niece and did unauthorized pro bono legal work, according to an investigative report obtained by the AP. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.
SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS – Seeking identity and profile of the gunman who shot three people before storming the Kansas factory where he worked, killing three people and wounding 14 others before being shot dead by an officer. Also seeking details on the victims, on what precipitated the shootings, and police response. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. With BC-US–Mass Shootings-Glance. UPCOMING: Developing. With SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-SUSPECT, SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-VICTIMS, SHOOTING-KANSAS BUSINESS-TIMELINE, WORKPLACE VIOLENCE (chunky text exploring workplace shootings)
FLINT WATER – Two lawyers in Gov. Rick Snyder’s office urged his top aides to switch Flint back to Detroit’s water system only months after the city began using the Flint River, according to emails. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRADE CENTER BOMBING-ANNIVERSARY – A ceremony is commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARKANSAS-JUDICIAL RACES-MONEY – Arkansas’ airwaves are dominated by political vitriol and mailboxes are filling with campaign flyers, the barrage aimed not at presidential contenders but instead at two state Supreme Court races that have become Arkansas’ most fiercely fought contests thanks to outside conservative groups that have poured more than $600,000 into the state. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.
STATE WATERS FIGHT – New York congressman’s push to shift federal waters in Long Island Sound to state control by NY and Rhode Island has big failing: He didn’t bother to consult Rhode Island. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, graphic.
TEACHER KILLED-MASSACHUSETTS — Philip Chism, convicted of raping and killing a popular math teacher at his high school, is sentenced. Prosecutors have asked for at least 50 years. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.
CHEESE IMITATION-PLEAS — A woman whose family controls several Pennsylvania cheese-making firms will plead guilty — along with two of her companies — to charges that their grated cheese had too little cheese and too much wood pulp. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.
POLLINATOR DECLINE – A United Nations-sponsored scientific report warns that too many species of pollinators are nearing extinction. These bees, butterflies, birds and 20,000 other species are crucial to the world’s food supply. SENT: 900 words, photos.
APPLE ENCRYPTION – Tim Cook is expected to comment on Apple’s fight with the FBI at the company’s regularly scheduled annual meeting. Will follow developments; meeting starts at noon ET. SENT: 1000 words, photos. UPCOMING: developing on merits, photo.
APPLE ENCRYPTION-BOSSING BUSINESS AROUND – Apple claims the federal government lacks the authority to tell it how to design its products and defeat their security – and legal experts say it has a point. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photo.
ECONOMY-GDP — The U.S. economy’s slowdown in the final three months of 2015 wasn’t quite as bad as initially thought. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
INSURANCE EXCHANGES-CLOUDY FUTURE – Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Health insurance exchanges created to help millions of people find coverage are turning into money-losing ventures for many insurers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FIFA ELECTION – Soccer leaders are meeting to elect a new FIFA president, with Asian confederation head Sheikh Salman of Bahrain the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, and a separate with more detail on the new president.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC-PHIL COLLINS – Singer and drummer Phil Collins is taking one tentative step out of musical retirement by offering up huge chunks of his past. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. With: Music-Phil Collins-Extra.
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