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 EDT.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
-- KOREAS-DIPLOMAT DEFECTS (sent; developing)
-- CAMPAIGN 2016 (sent; developing)
-- CAMPAIGN 2016-BREITBART (upcoming)
-- CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON (upcoming)
-- SYRIA (sent; developing)
-- OLY-TICKET SCALPING (sent; developing)
-- OLY---SKOREA-MEDALS vs. MILITARY (upcoming)
-- DEEP SOUTH WEATHER (sent; developing)
-- CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent; developing)
-- MEDICAL SCHOOLS-BODY DONATIONS (upcoming)
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT:
-- PUERTO RICO-CRUISE SHIP FIRE (sent; developing)
-- FILM-BIRTH OF A NATION (sent; developing)
-- TRAINS-SAFETY (sent; developing)
-- TESLA-COMPETITION (upcoming)
-- ZIPPING OVER NIAGARA (sent)
NGA NIGERIA WRITER - Female authors in northern Nigeria are writing romances that challenge traditions in their conservative Muslim society. SENT, with 1400 words as NIGERIA-SUBVERSIVE LOVE STORIES and 9 photos.
SUPPORT THE GIRLS - Maryland woman leads effort to donate bras to homeless women. SENT, with 140 words.
AFRICA DUCKS VINEYARD - South African vineyard's duck parade doubles as pest control. SENT, with 11 photos and 300 words.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
KOREAS-DIPLOMAT DEFECTS - A senior North Korean diplomat based in London defects to South Korea, becoming one of the highest-level officials to do so, South Korea says. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing later today and tonight.
SYRIA - The Russian foreign minister rejects allegations that its use of Iranian military bases for airstrikes in Syria violates United Nations sanctions on Iran. SENT: 690 words, photos.
TURKEY-MILITARY COUP - Turkey issues a decree paving the way for the conditional release of 38,000 prisoners, the justice minister says - an apparent move to reduce its prison population to make space for thousands of people who have been arrested as part of an investigation into last month's failed coup. SENT: 540 words, photos.
MEXICO-VIOLENCE - A "gutsy" move by a rising Mexican drug cartel to abduct a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is raising alarms of a possible wave of bloodshed as it challenges his Sinaloa Cartel. SENT: 620 words, photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016 - Donald Trump announced a shakeup of his campaign leadership Wednesday, the latest sign of tumult in his bid for the White House as his poll numbers slip and only 82 days remain before the election. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
CAMPAIGN 2016-BREITBART - Profile of the news site and its CEO, who is now part of the Trump campaign. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-UKRAINE — An Associated Press investigation finds that Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million to two prominent Washington lobbying firms. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; a 700-word version with reaction is expected later today.
CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON - Spot separate on Clinton, as she talks about tax policy in Ohio. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
TRAINS-SAFETY TECHNOLOGY — Many commuter and freight railroads have made little progress installing safety technology designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released Wednesday. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
DEEP SOUTH WEATHER - The heartbreaking task of sorting through waterlogged belongings and ripping out carpets and drywall intensifies in flood-wracked southern Louisiana as the state grapples with how to house thousands of displaced people in the long term. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: A closer look at what people without flood insurance might do, and what short- and long-term housing options are.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - A Southern California wildfire that began as a small midmorning patch of flame next to Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass had by the end of the day turned into a 28-square-mile monster that had burned an untold number of homes. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.
PUERTO RICO-CRUISE SHIP FIRE - Authorities say more than 500 passengers have been evacuated after a small fire erupted on a cruise ship that runs between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MEDICAL SCHOOLS-BODY DONATIONS - U.S. medical schools are reaping a bounty of donated human bodies — a trend attributed to rising funeral costs, a desire to help science and an easing of taboos against the practice. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
FACE BITING ATTACK - A 19-year-old charged with fatally stabbing a couple and then biting the dead man's face remained under surveillance early Wednesday a West Palm Beach hospital. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.
LAKE ONTARIO-SLOOP SHIPWRECK - A team of underwater explorers says it has found the second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: pursuing video.
ZIPPING OVER NIAGARA - Niagara Falls latest natural wonder to add zip line. SENT: 530 words, photos.
DISEASE GENES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.) - A massive catalog of normal variation in human DNA can help scientists find glitches that cause disease, in part by pointing out erroneous identifications in the past. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m., 600 words.
TESLA-COMPETITION - The future of autonomous driving doesn't hinge on what happens at Tesla. Very quietly, a host of other automakers have rolled out technology that comes close to driving a car by itself. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.
ON THE MONEY-ACCELERATED MORTGAGE PAYMENTS - Some tips to consider before taking steps to make extra payments on your home loan. UPCOMING: 700 words by 9 a.m.
OLY--TICKET SCALPING — A senior Olympic executive from Ireland is taken to a hospital after police came to his beachfront hotel to arrest him as part of a ticket-scalping investigation. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
OLY---SKOREA-MEDALS VS MILITARY — Losing carries a particular sting for South Korean men at the Olympics. Those who step to the medal podium are exempted from the nearly two years of mandatory service required of all young, able bodied South Korean men, from movie and pop stars to lawmakers' sons. Of late, there are calls to scrap the system. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-BIRTH OF A NATION - A 17-year-old rape accusation and recent reports that the female accuser who continued to be haunted by the case committed suicide in 2012 has cast a shadow over Nate Parker's upcoming "The Birth of a Nation," a film that was expected to be one of the year's most important. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
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