BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15,ADVISORY

October 17, 2017 - 10:11 am

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:

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)


-- IRAQ (sent; developing)

-- CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent; developing)


-- SOMALIA-EXPLOSION (sent; developing)


-- TRUMP-DRUG CZAR (sent; developing)

-- JUSTICE-OPIOIDS (upcoming)

-- FBN_NFL MEETINGS (upcoming)




-- HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-NTSB (sent; developing)




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




TRUMP-DRUG CZAR - Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

JUSTICE-OPIOIDS - Justice Department officials announce arrests in a major drug case as they intensify their focus on the opioid abuse epidemic. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. news conference, 300 words by 2 p.m.

SENATE-BANNON - Former presidential strategist Steve Bannon is rebuffing Trump's plea for him to retreat in his war on the Republican establishment, personally boosting the candidacy of a challenger to incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake. Bannon plans to appear with Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward on Tuesday as she announces another bid for the Senate, this time against freshman Flake. SENT: 490 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRUMP-THE FALLEN - Trump's claim that his predecessors did not sufficiently honor the nation's fallen drew heated responses. They say his accusation that most presidents did not call families of military personnel killed in action is not true. A former aide to Obama calls Trump's statement "deranged." SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UNITED STATES-GREECE - Trump meets with the prime minister of Greece. UPCOMING: Developing from noon event, 300 words by 4 p.m., photo

GRAYING SENATE — Top Republicans are already coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a contentious and partisan agenda through the Senate. Now, they're running into another complicating factor — the sheer age and health issues of some senators. SENT: 750 words, photo.

GINSBURG-WORKOUT BOOK — Personal trainer Bryant Johnson has been working out 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years. In a book out Wednesday, he details her workout regimen. SENT: 720 words, photos.




SYRIA - U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants Tuesday, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed it to be the capital of its "caliphate." SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.With ISLAMIC STATE-NEWS GUIDE - The rise and fall of the Islamic State group.

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE — Raqqa's liberation from Islamic State militants leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore security in the Middle East, starting with the pockets of remaining Islamic State resistance. Then there are the deeper problems: Syria's civil war and iraq's internal disputes. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

IRAQ - Kurdish forces lose more territory in Iraq, withdrawing from the town of Sinjar a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed city of Kirkuk. SENT: 570 words, photos, graphic. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOMALIA-EXPLOSION - A United States military plane landed in Somalia's capital on Tuesday with medical and humanitarian aid supplies after Saturday's massive truck bomb that killed more than 300 people. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDONESIA MASSACRE FILES - Freshly declassified U.S. documents reveal new details of American officials' knowledge and encouragement of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. The thousands of files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta covering 1963-66 are being made public Monday after a declassification review begun under the Obama administration. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

SPAIN-CATALONIA - Spain's top court on Tuesday officially ruled that Catalonia's disputed independence referendum was illegal because a regional law that backed it was against Spain's constitution. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

KOREAS-TENSIONS - U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: Maydevelop.

PHILIPPINES-MILITANT SIEGE - Gunfire rings out sporadically and explosions thud as Philippine soldiers fight to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declares the southern city liberated from "terrorist influence." SENT: 590 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

MYANMAR-ATTACKS - Thousands more Rohingya Muslims flee large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and cross into Bangladesh, where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps, according to witnesses and a drone video shot by the U.N. office for refugees. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

BRITAIN-STORM OPHELIA - Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say their third child will be due in April. SENT: 120 words.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles. SENT: 920 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.

WILDFIRES-BACK TO WORK - Wildfires that have spun out for a financially devastating eight days have left business owners and workers worried about paychecks, mortgages and rents. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-NTSB - The worst hot air balloon crash in U.S. history could result in federal investigators Tuesday urging pilot medical screenings a year after 16 people died on a Texas ride flown by someone who doctors say should have been grounded. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing scheduled for 11 a.m.

SEX OFFENDER-PARENTAL RIGHTS — A hearing is scheduled on a judge's order that initially gave joint legal custody of an 8-year-old boy to a convicted sex offender who raped and impregnated the boy's mother when she was 12 years old. The order has been on hold since the judge learned of the man's criminal history. UPCOMING: 200-400 words developing on merits from from 1:30 p.m. hearing.

BLOGGER BEHEADING PLOT — Closing arguments are expected in the case of a man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 600 words by 4 p.m., photo.

ASSISTED SUICIDE CHARGE - Investigators say a Nebraska man facing an assisted suicide charge in his Florida girlfriend's death believed she had stage-four cancer, but an autopsy didn't find any tumors. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: New approach of 500 words by 3 p.m.




HARVEY WEINSTEIN-ME TOO - With a single tweet, actress Alyssa Milano has motivated thousands of women to tell their stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment on social media. SENT: 1,000 words, photo, video. With HARVEY WEINSTEIN-MICHELLE YEOH - Michelle Yeoh: Weinstein a "bully," ''not always honorable."

BOOKS-CHERNOW-GRANT -Ron Chernow's biography of Ulysses Grant is unlikely to inspire a Broadway musical, but it may well raise the reputation of a president once disparaged as a drunken enabler of greed and corruption. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos.




FBN_NFL MEETINGS - NFL team owners meet with players, the union and Commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about the league's policy about national anthem protests as a protest started by Colin Kaepernick has mushroomed into a wide-ranging debate involving fans and President Donald TrumpUPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m., developing from meetings starting at 9 a.m.

BBA_ALCS— The Yankees try to tie the AL Championship Series with the Houston Astros. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos developing from game starting at 6 p.m.

BBN_NLCS — The Los Angeles Dodgers try for a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series when they face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Yu Darvish pitches for Los Angeles, and Kyle Hendricks gets the ball for the defending World Series champions. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 9:08 p.m.



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