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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT

December 31, 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 at 1545 GMT:

-- INDONESIA PLANE (sent; developing)


-- NEW YEAR (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)


-- WAL-MART SHOOTING-IDAHO (sent; developing)




-- INDONESIA PLANE-NEWS GUIDE (sent; developing)


-- NEW YEAR (sent; developing)

-- US-2016-PEOPLE TO WATCH (upcoming)

-- US-2016 THINGS TO WATCH (upcoming)

PHOTOS: NEW YEAR (sent; developing); INDONESIA PLANE (sent; developing)

VIDEO: INDONESIA PLANE (sent; developing); NEW YEAR’s EVE coverage (sent; developing); FERRY RESCUE (upcoming); BABY GORILLA (sent)

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:


NEW YEAR - Across the globe, revelers looking for a respite from the gloom converge on the beaches of Brazil, the shores of Sydney harbor and the potentially snowy streets of Las Vegas (yes, really) to welcome 2015. SENT: 1,170 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated as celebrations continue around the globe.

UBER-SURGE - Uber prices to surge New Year’s Eve, but there are other options depending on where you live. SENT: 430 words, photo.


INDONESIA PLANE - Bad weather hinders efforts to recover victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 and sends wreckage drifting far from the crash site as grieving relatives pray for strength to endure their losses. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

INDONESIA PLANE-THE LOST - As searchers began recovering bodies and debris from Java Sea waters, relatives and loved ones recalled the stories of some of the 162 people aboard AirAsia Flight 8501. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

— INDONESIA-PLANE-NEWS GUIDE — Latest developments in the search for the AirAsia plane and passengers. SENT: 440 words, photos.

— INDONESIA-PLANE-RECOVERY-Q&A — The divers who try to recover more bodies and debris from the AirAsia jet that plunged into the sea won’t have to deal with extreme depths, but they will have to work carefully to preserve evidence from the Airbus A320 that dropped from the sky with 162 people on board. SENT: 820 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Palestinian leaders will meet Wednesday to plan their next steps after the U.N. Security Council rejected a resolution to end Israel’s occupation and could set a date for applying to join the International Criminal Court, Palestinian officials said. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MEXICO-ARMY SLAYING-COVER-UP - Surviving witness corroborates cover-up of mass killing by Mexican army. SENT: 1,590 words, photos.

YEMEN - A suicide bomber attacked a large gathering of Shiite rebels Wednesday in central Yemen preparing to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 48, a rebel spokesman said. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE-CLIMATE TALKS - Low oil prices could paradoxically help the world reach an international agreement to fight global warming, the ambassador charged with organizing a key climate conference says in an AP interview. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1700 GMT., photos.


AFGHANISTAN-INSURGENCY - Taliban attack on Afghan mountain hamlet tests army after US forces leave. SENT: 900 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - Afghan official: Gunmen kill 3 people after police halt car, motorcycle packed with explosives. SENT: 170 words.

NKOREA-SONY HACKING - A South Korean activist says he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony’s “The Interview” toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SAUDI BEHEADINGS - Saudi Arabia beheads 83 people in 2014, the most executions in the kingdom in at least 5 years. SENT: 200 words.

ITALY-ABANDONED MIGRANTS - The Italian Coast Guard has safely rescued 970 migrants after smugglers abandoned them on a cargo ship in rough seas. SENT: 130 words.

SOUTH AFRICA-REFUGEES — The New Year brings an uncertain future for more than 500 people who are being evicted from the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg, which has been a haven for refugees and homeless for the past 14 years. SENT: 640 words, photos.

RUSSIA-OPPOSITION - Protesters, including Pussy Riot members, detained in Moscow after night rally near Red Square. SENT: 130 words.

LITHUANIA-EURO-BRAIN DRAIN - Lithuania welcomes euro but wave of emigration a painful side-effect of closer ties with West. SENT: 870 words, photos.

RUSSIA-US - Putin sends New Year’s message to Obama: Russia seeks quality, respect in bilateral relations. SENT: 130 words.

SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi’s 90-year-old King Abdullah admitted to Riyadh hospital for medical tests. SENT: 120 words.

- BRITAIN-EBOLA - Britain’s medical chief: Screening will be reviewed after nurse with Ebola was cleared to fly. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 350 words.

CHINA-FACTORY EXPLOSION - A gas explosion at an auto parts factory in southern China kills 17 people and injures 33 others, state media report. Three of the injured are in critical condition. SENT: 120 words, photos.

CHINA-MIGRANT WORKER KILLED — Three Chinese police are arrested in the beating death of a female construction worker who was attempting to receive her wages, state media report. SENT: 150 words.

PHILIPPINES-STORM - A tropical storm weakens into a tropical depression after dumping heavy rain that triggered landslides and flash floods in the central and southern Philippines, leaving at least 53 people dead. SENT: 180 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-BLAST — A bomb explodes at the entrance of a town market packed with New Year’s Eve shoppers in the restive southern Philippines, killing four people and wounding at least 30 others. SENT: 230 words.

KASHMIR-VIOLENCE - Officials say one soldier was killed and another wounded in Indian-controlled Kashmir when Pakistani soldiers opened fire near the cease-fire line in the disputed Himalayan region. SENT: 250 words.

HONG KONG-BIRD FLU - Authorities in Hong Kong begin destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market and suspend imports from mainland China after some birds were found to be infected with bird flu. SENT: 220 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-MISSING CLIMBERS - One Australian and two German climbers are missing on New Zealand’s tallest mountain after failing to return from a summit attempt two days earlier. SENT: 250 words.

US-2016-PEOPLE TO WATCH — Ten people to watch for in 2016 as the campaign for U.S. president gets underway, and what their actions will say about the race to come. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

US-2016-THINGS TO WATCH — Ten things to watch for in 2016 as the campaign for president gets underway, and what their actions will say about the race to come. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2130 GMT.

WAL-MART SHOOTING-IDAHO- Developing more details after a 29-year-old woman described as a “beautiful, young, loving mother” was fatally shot by her 2-year-old son at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart in what authorities called a tragic accident. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.


YE-FINANCIAL MARKETS-RESILIENT BULL - Stocks delivered again in 2014. Even after a poor start in January and wobbles in October and December, the market climbed 13 percent for the year. The solid gain pushed the bull run for stocks into its sixth year. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1730 GMT, photos. Will be updated after market close at 2100 GMT. AP Photos.

YE-FINANCIAL MARKETS-INSIDE THE MARKET — A look at the 10 sectors in the S&P 500 and how they performed in 2014.

YE -FINANCIAL MARKETS-TOP STOCK WINNERS & LOSERS — A look at the three biggest gainers and losers among S&P 500 stocks in 2014.

YE-CHINA-STOCK MARKET-BEST PERFORMERS - 2014 was the Year of the Bull on China’s stock markets as the main index surged 54 percent, buoyed by hopes that Beijing will do more to reverse a slowdown in growth in the world’s second-largest economy. SENT: 600 words, photos.


BABY GORILLA - 4-day old baby gorilla makes public debut in mother’s arms at San Diego Zoo. SENT: 100 words, video.


BOX OFFICE-YEAR WRAP - Hollywood’s 2014 may well go down as a mere box-office blip, or it could be Act One in a drama of coming digital disruptionUPCOMING: 870 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

—BOX OFFICE-YEAR WRAP-TOP 10: 100 words by 1600 GMT.

OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN MUSEUM - Grandson has hopes that Oscar Hammerstein’s former farm near Philadelphia can be converted to museum and theater. SENT: 670 words, photos.

MOROCCO-BANNED FILM - The banning in Morocco of Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus” has provoked an angry response in this North African country by film makers and members of the governing coalition. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

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