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:
-- TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL (upcoming)
-- CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL (sent; developing)
-- CHINA-TRUMP TRADEMARKS (sent; developing)
-- DEFENSE BILL (sent; developing)
-- WOMEN'S DAY (sent; developing)
-- BUS-TRAIN CRASH-MISSISSIPPI (sent; developing)
-- WILDFIRES (sent; developing)
-- AFGHANISTAN (sent; developing)
-- TV-GOOD FIGHT-TRUMP -
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT:
-- ITALY-WOMEN FIGHTING BACK (sent)
-- ICELAND-EQUAL PAY (sent)
-- MARCH 4 TRUMP-KAINE'S SON (sent; developing)
-- POT FOR PETS (sent)
-- PEOPLE-SCARLETT JOHANSSON (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL - The Republican GOP health care bill will be a first test of whether Trump can lobby, arm twist and persuade his unruly allies to deliver his first real win. UPCOMING: 790 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL - Despite strong objections of key conservatives and Democrats, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul. SENT: 840 words. UPCOMING: Updates from committee action throughout the day, 880 words by 5 p.m., photos.
CHINA-TRUMP TRADEMARKS -China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, fueling concerns about conflicts of interest and preferential treatment of the U.S. president. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from Washington.
DEFENSE BILL - The House moves toward passage of a $578 billion defense spending bill to keep the U.S. armed forces operating through September. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon debate, UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.
AFGHANISTAN - Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
GERMANY-CYBERCRIME - Police in three European countries have raided dozens of homes and offices linked to suspected cybercriminals, including the alleged operators of a secret forum used to trade illicit wares, officials said Wednesday. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ICELAND-EQUAL PAY - Iceland will be the first country in the world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality, the Nordic nation's government said Wednesday -- International Women's Day. SENT: 340 words, photo.
MALAYSIA MISSING PLANE-ANNIVERSARY - The Australian government minister in charge of the suspended seabed search for the Malaysia Airlines jet tells victims' families and friends at an anniversary church service that he remains hopeful that Flight 370 would be found. SENT: 640 words, photos.
MISSING AMERICAN-IRAN - It's been 10 years since former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared while in Iran on an unauthorized CIA mission and his family is still waiting for answers. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. With MISSING AMERICAN-IRAN-TIMELINE.
WOMEN'S DAY - American women are staying home from work, zipping up their wallets, wearing red and attending rallies across the country to show their economic strength and impact on society as part of International Women's Day celebrations happening across the globe Wednesday. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day.
MARCH 4 TRUMP-KAINE'S SON - The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in her 2016 presidential bid, was one of six people arrested during a counter protest at a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Minnesota. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BUS-TRAIN CRASH-MISSISSIPPI - Federal investigators will be looking into the cause of a crash that killed four people in the Mississippi city of Biloxi when a freight train slammed into a bus full of Texas tourists visiting Gulf Coast casinos, authorities say. SENT: 740 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, seeking more details on the cause
POLICE BARRACKS SHOOTING - Jury selection begins Thursday in the trial of a man accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police corporal in hopes of sparking "revolution." UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos.
WILDFIRES -Winds are expected to slow down, but weather conditions are still not ideal for emergency crews battling wildfires in four states that have killed six people and destroyed hundreds of square miles of land. SENT: 730 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
NEANDERTHAL DINNER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m. ) - Scientists get a sneak peek into the kitchen of long-gone Neanderthals by examining the plaque on their teeth. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m., 450 words.
POT FOR PETS - People aren't the only ones using marijuana for pain and illness - so are their four-legged companions. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.
UNLOVED BUSINESSES -- Manufacturing businesses across the country are getting pushed out of their neighborhoods as cities remake gritty industrial districts into trendy hotspots. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-GOOD FIGHT-TRUMP - A CBS-produced legal drama has taken the lead in weaving President Donald Trump into its stories, and it keeps raising the stakes. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 a.m., photos.
PEOPLE-SCARLETT JOHANSSON - Scarlett Johansson's husband was "shocked" at the star's divorce filing Tuesday and sees the move as a "pre-emptive strike" in a battle over custody of the couple's toddler daughter, his lawyer said. SENT: 260 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
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