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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

October 29, 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:

-- SPACE STATION (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)

-- IRAQ (sent; developing)

-- OBAMA-EBOLA (sent; developing)

-- FED STIMULUS-Q&A (upcoming)

-- HAWAII VOLCANO (sent; developing)

-- SUPERSTORM-MENTAL HEALTH (sent; spot events today related to the anniversary)

-- OBIT-ZAMBIA PRESIDENT (sent; developing)

-- SRI LANKA-LANDSLIDE (sent; developing; photos planned)


-- SPACE STATION (sent; developing)

-- HAWAII-VOLCANO (sent; developing)


-- WORLD SERIES (sent; developing)

-- CHRYSLER RECALLS (sent; developing)




-- TWELVE SONS (sent)

-- VIDEO: IA_HAY_BALES (sent; with short text HAY BALE ART)

PHOTOS: SPACE STATION (sent); HAWAII VOLCANO (sent; developing)

VIDEO: NASSA-ROCKET-EXPLOSION (sent; seeking more); HAWAII VOLCANO (sent; developing); CALIFORNIA_DROUGHT (sent; with text and photos); IA_HAY_BALES (sent; with short text HAY BALE ART)

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):


SPACE STATION - After rocket explosion, commercial space company to recover debris, look for what caused it. SENT: 1,090 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts; pursuing more video.


EBOLA-US HEALTH CARE PREPAREDNESS - AP IMPACT: The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. And Ebola is not the only possible danger that causes concern; experts say other deadly infectious diseases — ranging from airborne viruses such as SARS, to an unforeseen new strain of the flu, to more exotic plagues like Lassa fever — could crash the health care system. UPCOMING: 700 words.

OBAMA-EBOLA - The president meets with health care workers battling Ebola in Africa at an event designed to showcase what he calls their “incredible heroism.” He plans to make remarks from the White House Wednesday afternoon with those who have been to Africa or are about to go there. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1940 GMT. event, 500 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

EBOLA-BUSH MEAT - Ebola puts Ghana’s bush meat traders out of work as most patrons heed government warnings. SENT: 690 words, photos.


SYRIA - For the first time since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian border town of Kobani last month, a small group of Syrian rebels on Wednesday entered the embattled town from Turkey in a push to help Kurdish fighters there battle the militants, activists and Kurdish officials said. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

MILITANT INFIGHTING - Al-Qaida is using U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group. SENT: 930 words, photo.

THE KURDS-Q&A - Embattled Kurds, who envision their own independence, key in fight against Islamic State group. SENT: 820 words, photos.

IRAQ - An Iraqi official says Islamic State militants lined up 30 Sunni men in a town west of Baghdad and shot them dead. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBIT-ZAMBIA PRESIDENT - Zambian President Michael Sata, a longtime opposition leader who was finally elected president in 2011, died after an illness, the Zambian government said. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian, is to be acting president. SENT: 800 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

SRI LANKA LANDSLIDE - A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TURKEY-MINE DISASTER - Rescue workers desperately pumped water out of a coal mine in southern Turkey on Wednesday as anxious relatives huddled nearby after surging waters trapped 18 Turkish miners deep underground. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PAKISTAN - The Pakistani army declared on Wednesday that its four-month-long offensive against insurgents in a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan has been a success, saying that the troops have so far killed 1,100 militants. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-US - Israel’s prime minister said Wednesday that recent verbal attacks against him from the United States were merely because he was “defending Israel” and vowed to carry on with his policies despite the vitriolic rhetoric. SENT: 420 words, photos.

CUBA-DEARTH OF BIRTHS - With birth rate slumping, Cuba launches nationwide push to increase number of babies. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-WAR CRIMES - A special tribunal in Bangladesh sentences the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands of people during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971. SENT: 450 words.

NKOREA-JAPAN - North Korean and Japanese officials hold their second and final day of talks to assess progress in an investigation of the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and ’80s. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HONG KONG-TYCOON EXPULSION - A Hong Kong tycoon is expelled from China’s top government advisory body after he voiced doubts about the city’s Beijing-backed leader, who is struggling to end month-long democracy protests. SENT: 480 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-ANWAR-Q&A - Malaysia’s top court is hearing this week the final appeal by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim challenging his second conviction on sodomy charges in 14 years. SENT: 680 words, photos.

JAPAN-PRINCESS MASAKO - Japan’s Crown Princess Masako is to attend a banquet for the visiting Dutch royals on Wednesday in her first such appearance since developing a stress-related illness. SENT: 160 words, photos.

INDIA-CORRUPTION - India’s government hands over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign bank accounts to the Supreme Court after public outrage over rampant tax evasion. SENT: 450 words, photos.

THAILAND-RIGHTS ACTIVIST - A Thai court dismisses the first of four criminal and civil defamation cases filed against a British human rights activist by a Thai fruit processing company accused of mistreating migrant workers. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SAUDI-WOMEN’S-BASKETBALL - As the NBA season kicks off in America this week, a group of Saudi Arabian women and girls will be pursuing their own hoop dreams. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


HAWAII-VOLCANO — If a river of asphalt-black lava destroys a home in a closely connected community on Hawaii’s Big Island, the story will detail how residents say goodbye. Many people have a spiritual connection to the volcano, and the state has said it will allow people to watch the lava destroy their homes to get a sense of closure. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m., photos, video.

INDIANA SERIAL KILLINGS - A former Marine who police in Indiana say has confessed to killing seven women is scheduled to appear in court again after refusing to even acknowledge his name at an earlier hearing. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT, hearing; 500 words by 2000 GMT.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-RICE HARVEST - California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

TWELVE SONS - A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13 and they say they’ll be surprised if their all-boy streak is snapped. SENT: 360 words, photo.

BEN BRADLEE FUNERAL - Ben Bradlee is remembered in a service at Washington National Cathedral before he is laid to rest. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon, then 400 words by 1800 GMT, photos.


FEDERAL RESERVE - Ending a two-day discussion, the Fed is expected to announce the end of its monthly bond buying program. It’s also expected to signal that it remains in no hurry to raise its key short-term interest rate. SENT: 750 words, photo. Will be updated with release of Fed policy statement at 2 p.m.

— FED STIMULUS-Q&A — After 5 years and $4 trillion, the Federal Reserve is expected to announce the end of its unprecedented stimulus program known as quantitative easing, or QE. How well did the stimulus work, and what happens when it goes away? UPCOMING: 500 words by noon.

GDP-5 QUESTIONS - Is the U.S. economy accelerating - finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies? Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CHRYSLER RECALLS - Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. SENT: 420 words.


BELGIUM-FOOD TRUCKS - One sells a cheeseburger whose patty is 100 percent cheese, another sells meatballs the size of baseballs and a third tempts palates with insects on a skewer. Belgium takes its food seriously - and adventurously - so when the American-style food trucks rolled in, there was little doubt the result would be a bit different. SENT: 450 words, photos.


MUSIC-ELTON JOHN GALA - Elton John called Pope Francis “my hero” for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FILM-JAKE GYLLENHAAL - Jake Gyllenhaal calls his “Nightcrawler” character Lou Bloom “a product of now.” UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

MUSIC-Q&A-HERBIE HANCOCK - Herbie Hancock doesn’t open or close his newly published memoir, “Possibilities,” by recalling any of the many highlights in his 50-plus-year career. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

FOOD-GABRIELLE HAMILTON - You might call Gabrielle Hamilton’s new book, “Prune,” named after her famous Manhattan eatery, a rebound book. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

THEATER-SARAH RUHL - Inspiration for a play can come from anywhere. For Sarah Ruhl’s newest, it came from somewhere close. SENT: 600 words, photos.

PEOPLE-MONICA POTTER - Like its fans, actress Monica Potter is in denial that “Parenthood” is in the middle of its sixth and final season on NBC. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-PAUL SIMON-ROCK HALL - An exhibit chronicling Paul Simon’s career will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. SENT: 130 words.

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