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BC-News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT

November 20, 2013

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 at 1545 GMT:

-- IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL AND THE GULF (upcoming)

-- NUCLEAR MISSTEPS (upcoming)


-- OBAMA-JFK (sent; developing)


-- NASA TAPS TECH (upcoming)




-- PETS-FOREVER YOUNG (upcoming)

PHOTOS: AFGHANISTAN-VOTING FEARS (photo package, with full text); OBAMA coverage (upcoming)

VIDEO: BUSH-LENO (sent; with text); MACY’S PARADE (sent; with text); NUCLEAR MISSTEPS (upcoming; with text)

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:

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Iran’s supreme leader warns there are “red lines” beyond which he will not compromise as U.S., Iranian and other international negotiators try to seal a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for limited sanctions relief. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video.

IRAN-NUCLEAR-GLANCE — From heavy water to yellowcake: A look at scope and plans of Iran’s nuclear program. SENT: 700 words, photo.

ALGERIA-SOCCER DEATHS - Algerian authorities say 12 people have died and 240 were injured during celebrations for Algeria’s 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country’s team to the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

TYPHOON-LESSONS FROM ACEH - Banda Aceh was battered so hard by the 2004 tsunami that some thought it would never rise again. These days its streets are bustling and the more than 150,000 displaced have new homes. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

CHINA-PHILIPPINES TYPHOON — China says disaster relief teams and navy medical ship will go to Philippines in coming days. SENT: 260 words.

ISRAEL-CELLPHONE DISCOUNT - A restaurant in an Arab village outside of Jerusalem is giving diners a whopping 50 percent discount for the simple act of turning off their cellphones. The owner says cellphone use has destroyed the restaurant culture and that diners no longer speak to one other because they are glued to their screens. He became horrified when he had to reheat people’s food because they had spoken so long on their phones. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1900 GMT.

AFGHANISTAN-VOTING FEARS - With Afghanistan’s next presidential election just five months away, authorities say they are facing a possible repeat of abuses. SENT: 840 words, photo package.

ISRAEL AND THE GULF -_In one of the region’s oddest pairings, Israel and the Gulf Arab states led by Saudi Arabia are boosting back-channel contacts and finding increasing common ground over their mutual dismay with Iran’s drive to mend ties with the West and reach a nuclear deal with world powers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1800 GMT.

EGYPT - A suicide bomber kills 11 in Egypt’s turbulent region of northern Sinai, where attacks have grown more frequent and deadlier since Morsi’s ouster. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words with more details, analysis by 2100 GMT.

MYANMAR-TALLEST PEAK? - Myanmar may have a new tallest mountain, though so far it seems quite happy with the old one. SENT: 660 words, photo.

CHINA-US AMBASSADOR - U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American to hold the post, says he will step down early next year. SENT: 630 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - Human Rights Watch report: Iran forcefully deporting, also mistreating Afghan refugees. SENT: 450 words.

RUSSIA-BOLSHOI ATTACK - There were definitely simmering tensions between Bolshoi ballet chief Sergei Filin and dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, who is suspected of masterminding an acid attack upon Filin, the ousted head of the dance troupe told a Russian court today. SENT: 360 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PLANE CRASH — The last word the pilot of the Boeing 737 uttered was “circle.” Moments later the jetliner slammed into the ground, investigators say. SENT: 560 words, photos.

BRITAIN-OBIT SANGER — British biochemist Frederick Sanger, who twice won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died at 95. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1600 GMT.

INDIA-HIDDEN BOUNTY - Cleaners find a stash of 24 gold bars worth more than $1.1 million hidden in an airplane lavatory after a flight from Bangkok landed in eastern India, officials say. SENT: 110 words.

NUCLEAR MISSTEPS - Next installment in AP National Security Writer Robert Burns’ project on lapses in the military’s nuclear war-fighting command. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 0000 GMT, photos, video, interactive.

OBAMA-JFK - Obama will lay a wreath at Kennedy’s gravesite and present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to more than a dozen prominent Americans. Kennedy established the award, but did not live long enough to present it. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1600 GMT medal ceremony, 1800 GMT gravesite visit. 500 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

CODE TALKERS - Congress awards its highest civilian honor to American Indians who supported the U.S. military in World Wars I and II by sending coded messages enemy troops couldn’t decipher. UPCOMING: Developing from 1600 GMT ceremony. 400 words by 2030 GMT photo.

CONGRESSMAN-DRUG POSSESSION - Florida Rep. Henry ‘Trey’ Radel pleads guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SAN DIEGO MAYOR — A Republican city councilman cruises to a runoff in an election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner as San Diego mayor, while a first-term Democratic councilman closed in on securing a spot as his challenger. SENT: 445 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT.

RUBIO-FOREIGN POLICY — Potential presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, outlines foreign policy vision. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

ALBUQUERQUE ABORTION BAN - Voters soundly defeat a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. SENT: 600 words, photos.

POLL-ONLINE SLURS - Most young people now say it’s wrong to use racist or sexist slurs online, even if you’re just kidding, according to a new poll. But when they see them, they don’t take much personal offense. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— POLL-ONLINE SLURS-METHOD — How the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research/MTV poll on online slurs was conducted. SENT: 230 words.

MACY’S PARADE-FLOAT FLAPS - Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats. SENT: 630 words, photos, video

SENATOR ASSAULTED - Pursuing further details about what happened in the moments and days before state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed by his son, who then killed himself. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: developing.

ILLINOIS GAY MARRIAGE — Governor signs legislation allowing gay marriage, the 16th state to do so in the country. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

EXECUTION-FRANKLIN - Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SKAKEL APPEAL - He is expected to be released from prison Thursday as he awaits a new trial. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

GULF OIL SPILL-INDICTMENTS — Two BP rig supervisors ask a judge to dismiss manslaughter charges. UPCOMING: Developing from morning hearing. 450 words by 2000 GMT.

PEOPLE-CHRIS BROWN - He is to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom to update a judge on his probation for his 2009 attack on Rihanna. SENT: 130 words, photo.

NUTS-LONGEVITY, HFR — Nuts might be extra-popular holiday gifts this year. Regular nut eaters have lower rates of death from cancer, heart disease and other causes, new research by Harvard University scientists suggests. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 600 words at 2200 GMT, photos


CLIMATE CHANGE-WHO’S TO BLAME - An old rift between rich and poor has reopened in U.N. climate talks. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2200 GMT, photos.


NSA TAPS TECH - Recent reports that the NSA has secretly broken into overseas networks belonging to Yahoo and Google have technology companies, privacy advocates and even national security proponents calling for a re-examination of Reagan’s order and other intelligence laws. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT.

SILICON VALLEY ROADSHOW — Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is visiting Silicon Valley Nov. 20, the latest guest on a make-shift, whirlwind and increasingly popular roadshow that has brought celebrities, political leaders, CEO and even pro athletes to the buzzing campuses of Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter. SENT: 440 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by TK, photos.

JAPAN-TOYOTA-HYDROGEN CARS - Toyota is promising a mass-produced fuel cell car by 2015 in the latest ambitious push to go green. SENT: 850 words, photos.


RIO 2016-DIRTY OLYMPICS - Unless Brazil makes headway in cleaning up, experts warn the 2016 Olympics could pose health risks to athletes. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

PETS-FOREVER YOUNG - A great designer dog would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have yap bred out and longevity bred in. It would always fit in its Louis Vuitton bag, look like a Teddy bear and never lose its puppy face. The search for this perfect dog and fountain of youth has been under way for decades. UPCOMING: 850 words by 0100 GMT. Wednesday, photos.

BUSH-LENO — George W. Bush shows off paintings, jokes about his post-White House years on “Tonight Show.” SENT: 260 words, photos, video.


FILM-JENNIFER LAWRENCE - After making her big-screen debut in 2008, 23-year-old Kentucky-bred Jennifer Lawrence has gained an Oscar, spearheaded a colossal sci-fi film franchise and appeared on the cover of Vogue’s 2013 September issue. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

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