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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

December 9, 2014

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.


Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them:

-- CIA-TORTURE REPORT (sent; developing)

-- FRANCE-HOSTAGE FREED (sent; developing)


-- ROYALS-US VISIT (sent; developing)


-- CRIMEAN TATARS (upcoming)

-- NYC SYNAGOGUE ATTACK (sent; developing)





-- FRANCE-FIREPLACES (sent; developing)



-- ARCTIC SANTA (sent)

-- CRIMEAN TATARS (upcoming)


PHOTOS: POLICE PROTESTS (sent; developing)


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past 10 hours (all times GMT):


CIA-TORTURE REPORT - American embassies, military units and other U.S. interests are preparing for possible security threats related to the release of a report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: Details from report, time uncertain. 750 words by 2100 GMT, photo. Related stories also developing including deep dives on two cases and key findings glance, quotes, other boxes.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION - Obama goes before an immigrant audience in Tennessee to pitch his executive action on immigration. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from Obama 2050 GMT remarks. 600 words by 2200 GMT, photo.

HAGEL-IRAQ - In Iraq, Hagel says the Baghdad government must bring the country together after disastrous years of sectarian division that undermined much of what the U.S. did to train Iraqi security forces. SENT: 670 words, photo.

IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT - US judge ruling on Obama immigration changes criticized government leniency on kids crossing border. SENT: 760 words, photo.


FRANCE-HOSTAGE FREED - A Frenchman held for more than three years by al-Qaida’s North African branch was freed Tuesday, days after two of the men implicated in his abduction were released. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing with exploration of the broader issues, other developments.

CRIMEAN TATARS - Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to search the cinder-block houses, mosque and school in this settlement of Tatars, a Muslim ethnic minority that has suffered a history of discrimination in the peninsula that is its historic homeland. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos.

SYRIA - After a social media campaign brought in a significant cash infusion, the U.N. food agency said Tuesday it has reinstated a food aid program that helps feed more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees. SENT: 340 words, photo.

VATICAN REFORM - Pope convenes advisers to chart Vatican reform and acknowledges ‘healthy’ resistance. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BRITAIN-NO SEX IN SOHO? - The closure of the burlesque nightclub Madame Jojo’s has ignited a battle between developers, residents and entertainers including Benedict Cumberbatch for the soul of Soho, the city’s late-night hub, red-light district and creative heart. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST - Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have until Thursday morning to leave a sprawling protest camp before authorities clear it out. SENT: 510 words, photos.

SKOREA-KOREAN AIR-NUTS - Nuts or nothing! Korean Airlines executive delays flight over first class service spat; controversy forces her to resign. SENT: 490 words, photos.

INDIA-UBER-RAPE - Indian police question an Uber executive about the company’s claim it conducts comprehensive background checks and a top official calls for the taxi-booking service to be banned nationwide after one of its New Delhi drivers was accused of rape. SENT: 680 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-BUS EXPLOSION - A suspected bomb explosion kills at least nine people and wounds more than 20 others in a bus in front of a university in the southern Philippines, police say. SENT: 260 words.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON A storm that began as a frighteningly powerful typhoon starts to blow away from the Philippines after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than 1.6 million into shelters. SENT: 420 words, photos.

MOLDOVA-URANIUM SMUGGLING - Seven people have been detained in Moldova on suspicion they smuggled uranium and mercury in a metal container from Russia to be used in a dirty bomb, police said Tuesday. SENT: 270 words.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - South African prosecutor seeks appeal in Oscar Pistorius case after runner’s murder acquittal. SENT: 320 words, photos.

FRANCE-FIREPLACES - A ban on wood-burning fires in Paris has provoked such a backlash that even the French environment minister calls it “absurd.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

KENYA-CHINA IVORY - Street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches, a report released Tuesday found. SENT: 330 words.

CUBA-COMEDIANS - A new wave of Cuban comedians is using biting humor to take on corruption, shortages, government inefficiency and other everyday problems in a country where the government tolerates little dissent. SENT: 720 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-HONEYMOON KILLING - A British businessman who was acquitted of arranging the murder of his wife on their honeymoon in Cape Town left South Africa on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.

NETHERLANDS-UKRAINE PLANE - A convoy of eight trucks carrying wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster has arrived at a Dutch military base, as the official investigation into the cause of the plane’s destruction continues. SENT: 130 words.


POLICE PROTESTS-MOMENT OR MOVEMENT? - Marchers protesting the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers have spread far beyond where recent shooting have taken place and are drawing a wide range of participants. It’s unclear, though, whether the protests reflect a moment of activism, or a larger movement. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

POLICE PROTESTS-CALIFORNIA - Nearly 160 arrested in Berkeley as protesters block freeway, stop train in third night of protests. SENT: 570 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

ROYALS-US VISIT - The royal couple visit the Sept. 11 memorial. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: updates from morning visit and other events throughout the day, then 500 words by 2300 GMT.

IMMIGRATION-LEFT OUT - Arturo Hernandez is exactly the sort of immigrant Obama thinks should be able to stay in the country legally, but the father of two doesn’t qualify, so he’s still living in a church basement to avoid being sent back to Mexico. There are many others like him. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

NYC SYNAGOGUE ATTACK - A man stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside a synagogue at the Brooklyn headquarters of an international Jewish organization early Tuesday before being fatally shot by police after he refused to drop the knife, authorities said. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. Seeking video; prospects uncertain.

MISSOURI EXECUTION - Missouri prepares to execute a 48-year-old man for killing his boarding house neighbor with a hammer in 1998. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2300 GMT; will be updated from execution scheduled for 0601 GMT, Wednesday.

ARCTIC SANTA - Santa gets a lift from the Alaska National Guard to a remote Inupiat Eskimo community, where guard members deliver toys along with Santa and Mrs. Claus to the community of about 600 on the state’s western coast. By Mark Thiessen. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.

WALDEN POND GOES SOLAR - Officials break ground on a new visitor’s center at Walden Pond State Reservation featuring a solar canopy and two electric vehicle charging stations. SENT: 300 words, photo.

LEGION OF CHRIST - The struggle over the will of a widow who gave some $60 million to a disgraced Roman Catholic religious order goes before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. SENT: 130 words; updates from morning arguments, then 500 words by 1900 GMT.


FACEBOOK-YEAR’S MOST POPULAR - What’s on our minds? Facebook posts year’s most popular topics, including World Cup and Ebola. SENT: 710 words, photo.


NASA-ORION’S RETURN - NASA’s new Orion spacecraft returned to dry land in Southern California after a test flight that ended with a plunge into the Pacific Ocean. SENT: 320 words, photos.

SPACESUIT PROBLEMS-HOSPITAL - NASA is hoping some earthbound technology can help make it easier to pinpoint problems with spacesuits. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.


TOUGHER BANK RULES - Federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks be required to further increase the amount of capital they set aside to cushion against unexpected losses. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

NISSAN-RECALL — Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IRELAND-HEINEKEN-EXPENSIVE BEER — One of the United Kingdom’s biggest pub chains drops Heineken products from its 926 properties in a confrontation over the Dutch brewer’s demand to sell products at higher prices in the Republic of Ireland. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

CHEMICAL SPILL-CRIMINAL COMPLAINT - A West Virginia executive faces charges of lying to protect his personal wealth from lawsuits after his company spilled chemicals into 300,000 people’s water supply in January, according to a criminal complaint. SENT: 500 words.

MADOFF-FRAUD TRIAL - Bernard Madoff’s former personal secretary and former computer programmer is sentenced for their roles in his fraud scheme. SENT: 130 words, updates from sentencing, then 500 words by 2000 GMT.

GREECE-POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY - Greek shares suffered one of their worst hammerings in decades Tuesday, on concerns the country is heading for a political crisis that could jeopardize its vital bailout program. SENT: 600 words, photos.


FILM-PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON - Paul Thomas Anderson has made seven feature films and he has made seven films set in California. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-CHRISTIAN BALE - Christian Bale talks about finding his inner Moses for “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” SENT: 280 words, photos.

THEATER-HUGH JACKMAN - Before Hugh Jackman began starring in his current hit Broadway play “The River,” he had to do something he’s never done before: gut a fish. SENT: 730 words, photos.

HOMES-DESIGN-COOPER-HEWITT - The Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, revamped, restored and seriously expanded after a three-year closure, is reopening at last. SENT: 820 words, photos.

PEOPLE-GENA ROWLANDS - Don’t get 84-year-old actress Gena Rowlands started on the kind of roles she’s now offered. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

YOUTUBE-TOP 10 - — Katy Perry and a dog dressed as a spider are among 2014′s top online video subjects. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

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