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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT

March 11, 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 1445 GMT:

--CIA INVESTIGATIONS (sent; developing)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)


-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent, developing)


VIDEO: 0311dv_wealth_gap (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:


MALAYSIA-PLANE - Two men traveling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner were Iranians who had bought tickets to Europe and were probably not terrorists. The announcement is likely to dampen, at least for now, speculation that the disappearance of the Boeing 777 was linked to terrorism. SENT: 860 words, photos, video, interactive. DEVELOPING.

UKRAINE - The Crimean parliament votes that the Black Sea peninsula will declare itself an independent state if voters so vote in the referendum planned on Sunday. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL — A friend of the double-amputee Olympian testifies that it was Pistorius who fired guns twice, one time in a restaurant and another through a sunroof in the friend’s car. SENT: 740 words, photos. DEVELOPING.

JAPAN-TSUNAMI ANNIVERSARY- Japan is marking the third anniversary of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing, turned coastal communities into wasteland and triggered a nuclear crisis. SENT: 660 words, photos.

- JAPAN-TSUNAMI-DIVER - Three years after tsunami, Japanese man learns to scuba dive to search for remains of missing wife. SENT: 440 words, photo

BANGLADESH-FACTORY SAFETY - Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats. SENT: 470 words.

SYRIA - Three suicide bombers strike a hotel in north Syria. SENT: 640 words.

UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-CHILDREN — More than half of Syria’s school-age children — 2.8 million and counting — cannot get an education because of the devastation and violence from a civil war now entering its fourth year, the U.N. children’s agency says. SENT: 340 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court trying the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has delayed his indictment after authorities warned about an al-Qaida and Taliban plot on his life. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA-REBEL ATTACK -Maoist rebels ambushed paramilitary soldiers in a brazen daytime attack on their camp in central India on Tuesday, killing 20 troops in their largest attack in almost a year, police said. SENT: 320 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-AT THE BARRICADES - In a month of almost daily street protests, a crude choreography has emerged in a wealthy Caracas neighborhood at ground zero for resistance to Venezuela’s socialist government. SENT: 720 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-UNREST - Student leader killed in western Venezuela city where anti-government protests began. SENT: 480 words, photos.

IRAN-CAFE CULTURE - Young Iranians, flocking to increasing numbers of cafes to hang out away from the eyes of moralizing elders, form a bloc of strong support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he works to allow greater social freedom in the Islamic Republic. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MALDIVES-POLITICS — The United States has criticized the highest court in the Maldives after it sacked the country’s elections commissioner, throwing into doubt a parliamentary election set for this month. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 400 words.

NEW ZEALAND-FLAG REFERENDUM — New Zealanders will get to vote soon on whether to change their nation’s flag, which many see as a colonial relic from a colonial past. SENT: 500 words, photos.

JAPAN-STEM CELLS — A Japanese government-funded research laboratory is considering retracting a research paper describing a simple way of turning ordinary cells from mice into stem cells. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-PRIVATE BANKS — Ten companies including Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent have been picked to invest in China’s first five privately owned banks, the industry’s chief regulator said. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CHINA-ECONOMY — China is likely to ease controls on interest rates paid on bank savings within two years and will allow wider use of its tightly controlled currency for trade and investment, the central bank governor said. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SKOREA-CANADA-FREE TRADE — South Korea and Canada reached a free trade agreement that the two governments hope will boost exports and investment. SENT: 390 words.

IDITAROD — Dallas Seavey wins his second Iditarod dog race. SENT: 490 words, photos, video.

BIN LADEN SPOKESMAN - British man who admitted his role in a plot to use explosives hidden in shoes to blow up planes testifies at trial of bin Laden’s son-in-law. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with new testimony

US-DRONE RESTRICTIONS - More than 35 states are considering drone legislation this year, including industry-friendly measures designed to attract potential jobs and strict rules about drone use and data collection. SENT: 650 words, photos.

US-PIT BULLS-RETHINKING BANS - Pit bulls’ image makeover has prompted many states to pass new laws that forbid communities from banning specific breeds. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

US-ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES - Attorneys for the Army general charged with sexual assault decide to try to renegotiate a plea bargain deal with a new set of military officials after the judge determined that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns. SENT: 500 words, photos. DEVELOPING.

US-KITTY GENOVESE-50TH ANNIVERSARY - Kitty Genovese’s screams for help could not save her on the night she was stalked and murdered 50 years ago in the Queens borough of New York City. At least five books about Genovese’s death have either come out recently or will be published this year, suggesting enduring interest in a murder credited with inspiring America’s 911 emergency call system and “Good Samaritan” laws. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

US-OCTOMOM-WELFARE FRAUD — “Octomom” Nadya Suleman is scheduled to appear in court to face a charge of illegally accepting $10,000 in welfare benefits from the state while she was being paid for personal appearances and her role in a porn film. UPCOMING: 400 words from hearing starting after 1500 GMT, photos, video.

US-TEACHER-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY — A former Washington private school teacher who was captured in Nicaragua after a year on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” fugitives list is scheduled to be sentenced in a child pornography case. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 1400 GMT hearing; 400 words by 2000 GMT.

JUSTIN BIEBER-ARREST — A judge could set a new trial date at a hearing for Justin Bieber, accused of driving under the influence and other charges after his arrest last month in Miami Beach. UPCOMING: Hearing set for 1500 GMT. (Bieber not expected to attend)

US-CIA INVESTIGATIONS — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA’s improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. SENT: 200 words. DEVELOPING.

SENATE-ALL-NIGHTER - Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter to warn of the devastation of climate change, but Republicans dismissed the act and no climate bill was expected to come to the Senate floor this year.

MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT: Senators approved major changes in military law to curb rape and sexual assault, a pervasive problem the Pentagon concedes could cost the trust and respect of the public. SENT: 940 words, photo.

OBAMA-FUNNY OR DIE - President Barack Obama is having some fun online to promote his health care plan. Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed “Hangover Part III” during an interview on the website Funny or Die. SENT: 170 words, photo.


GENE MAPPING (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT) - Decoding people’s entire genetic makeup to detect disease risks may not be ready for the masses, a small pilot study at Stanford University suggests. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT.


THEATER-BROADWAY DESIGN EXCHANGE — If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, that’s definitely true on Broadway. Tony Award-nominated set designer Anna Louizos has sadly watched wonderful costumes, props, models, sketches and designs from adored plays and musicals get tossed in the trash when shows close. This month, Louizos launched Broadway Design Exchange, a website that allows designers to sell some of their work online instead of having it end up as landfill. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 640 words, photos.



SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After more than two decades with Disney, where he produced the juggernaut “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “National Treasure” film franchises among many other box-office hits, Jerry Bruckheimer is beginning a new partnership with Paramount this month. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


AFGHANISTAN-WOMEN BOXERS-PHOTO ESSAY - A few yellow lamps light up the cavernous, sparsely furnished room where Afghanistan’s young female boxers train, hoping to become good enough to compete in the 2016 Olympics. SENT: 250 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-MASKED PROTESTERS-PHOTO GALLERY - Venezuela anti-government activists put creativity on display in masks at protest barricades. SENT: 190 words, photos.

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