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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1415 GMT

March 27, 2015

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

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HIGHLIGHTING:

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Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1415 GMT:

-- FRANCE-PLANE CRASH and FRANCE-PLANE CRASH-THE LATEST

-- ITALY-KNOX (sent; developing)

-- YEMEN (sent; developing)

-- UNITED STATES-MIDEAST (sent; developing in chunky text format later today)

-- SENATE-REID (sent; developing)

-- US-ECONOMY (sent; developing)

-- CORPORATE BLUNDERS (sent)

-- INDIA-WOMEN IN BUSINESS (sent)

-- SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES (sent)

-- BUILDING COLLAPSE-MANHATTAN (sent; developing)

-- RUSSIA-SPACE (sent; developing)

-- FRANCE-PLANE CRASH-MENTAL HEALTH (sent; developing; with other coverage)

-- ITALY-KNOX (sent; developing)

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CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:

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-- ITALY-KNOX-TRIALS (sent)

-- ITALY-KNOX-CHRONOLOGY (sent)

-- UNITED STATES-MIDEAST (upcoming)

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PHOTOS:

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PLANE CRASH coverage (sent and developing)

BUILDING COLLAPSE (sent; with text and video)

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VIDEO:

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PLANE CRASH coverage (sent and developing)

US NY BUILDING COLLAPSE 4 - Raw: NYC building collapse caught on camera.

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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:

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WORLD

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FRANCE PLANE CRASH - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday. SENT: 680 words, photos, video. With FRANCE-PLANE CRASH-THE LATEST, alternative-format, running version of the main story. UPCOMING: Developing on many fronts, especially in his hometown and with more on the sick note/health angle. Separate planned on legal issues. Seeking more on victims. Note FRANCE-PLANE CRASH-ARIZONA-Q&A (sent late Thursday) and from today, AIRLINES-COCKPIT RULES and FRANCE-PLANE CRASH-MENTAL HEALTH (both sent and both developing). Other sidebars likely to develop.

ITALY-KNOX - Lawyer for Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend makes last-ditch bid to Italian court to overturn guilty verdicts. SENT: 370 words, photos. With ITALY-KNOX-CHRONOLOGY and ITALY-KNOX-TRIALS. UPCOMING: Will be led from verdicts, timing uncertain. Also planning reaction and other reporting in Seattle.

YEMEN - Saudi Arabia bombed the northern stronghold of Yemen’s Shiite rebels and key military installations on Friday as a coalition led by the Gulf kingdom carried out airstrikes for a second day. SENT: 980 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

ARABS-JOINT FORCE - Two days of Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen’s Shiite rebels bring Arab leaders, meeting this weekend in Egypt, closer than ever to their long-time goal of creating a joint Arab military force ready to intervene in regional hotspots and crises or to counter the rising influence of Shiite Iran. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, interactive.

UNITED STATES-MIDEAST - The U.S. and Iran are wrestling for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement - yet the old adversaries are locked in proxy war across an ever more volatile region. SENT: 1,090 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing in chunky text form later today.

SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES - Thailand’s junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BOKO HARAM - Nigeria’s military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in northeastern Gwoza town and driven the insurgents from all three northeastern states that had been an extremist stronghold. It was not possible to verify Friday’s victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections. SENT: 350 words.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Iran’s foreign minister dismisses concerns that his country’s preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could pre-empt attempts to find common ground at nuclear talks with six world powers. SENT. 420 words. Developing.

IRAQ-SUNNI TRIBES - The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe’s decision to ally with Iraq’s Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River. SENT: 820 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION - South Korea urges North Korea to release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage charges, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 510 words, photos.

SINGAPORE-LEE KUAN YEW - Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew’s coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours. SENT: 300 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-ANTARCTIC SWIMMER - British swimmer braves Antarctic waters in Speedos; takes conservation message to Russia. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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TECH

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AUSTRALIA-SURVEILLANCE - Australia’s parliament passes a law that will force telecommunications companies and Internet providers to store customers’ personal data for law enforcement agencies, despite questions over how it will affect journalists. SENT: 380 words.

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-SAMSUNG PHONES - A better design, a better camera and fewer frills make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1330 GMT, photos

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US

SENATE-REID - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announces he will not seek re-election, saying he wants to focus on making sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year rather than his own re-election. SENT. 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing. 800 words by 3 p.m. photos.

CONGRESS-BUDGET - Republicans muscle a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling Obama over Republican Party goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law. SENT: 350 words, photo, interactive

ARCTIC OIL DRILLING - The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday that was obtained by The Associated Press. SENT: 900 words, photo.

BUILDING COLLAPSE-MANHATTAN - An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty. SENT: 375 words, 24 photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with search for two people unaccounted for, details of investigation and other followup.

UNBORN BABY STOLEN - Colorado DA: Suspect accused of cutting baby from mother’s womb won’t face murder charge. SENT: 350 words.

CONTROVERSIAL BUS ADS-LAWSUIT - Transit system won’t appeal judge’s order to allow bus ads featuring Hitler, Arab leader. SENT: 130 words.

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SCIENCE

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ANTARCTICA-EXTREME LIFE - Fish, critters found in extreme Antarctica hint that life could thrive elsewhere in cosmos. SENT: 1,050 words, photos

RUSSIA-SPACE - An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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BUSINESS /ECONOMY

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CORPORATE BLUNDERS - From Starbucks to Lululemon, a look at corporate missteps and their impact. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

ECONOMY-GDP - The U.S. economy is enduring a sluggish stretch, government figures will likely show Friday, with tepid growth last quarter and expectations of even slower expansion at the start of 2015. SENT: 360 words.

INDIA-WOMEN IN BUSINESS - As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the law: appointing their wives. SENT: 850 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-ASIAN BANK BLUES - U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank leaves it isolated among its allies and gives some heft to China’s complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise. SENT: 680 words, photo.

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POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

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ARAB MUSEUM-LITTLE SYRIA - Arab American National Museum’s ‘Little Syria’ exhibit traveling to Ellis Island. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-MONOPOLY-GAME SHOW - A new game show is a combination of the venerable board game Monopoly, state lotteries, Las Vegas and a seasoned comedian, Billy Gardell, as host.

THEATER-CLINTON-THE MUSICAL - Bill Clinton’s “flaws” are the subject of an off-Broadway musical just as his wife contemplates a run for the presidency. SENT: 730 words.

TV-COACH SEQUEL - Craig T. Nelson getting back in the football game with a sequel to his hit sitcom “Coach.” SENT: 140 words, photo.

PEOPLE-OBAMA-DAVID SIMON - Obama discusses drug war, changing criminal justice system with ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon. SENT: 200 words, photo.

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