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BC-AP News Coverage

February 26, 2015

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:

-- BRITAIN-JIHADI JOHN (sent; developing)

-- ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- ISLAMIC STATE-ARRESTS (sent; developing)

-- CONGRESS-HOMELAND (sent; developing)

-- MARIJUANA IN CAPITAL (sent; developing)


-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING (sent; developing)



-- TV-SEX BOX (upcoming)

-- MENU PSYCHOLOGY (upcoming)



-- BRITAIN-BRIT AWARDS-MADONNA (sent; may develop)



-- COCA-COLA BOTTLE (upcoming)


-- FLORIDA ST-MIAMI (sent; developing later today as SCORING EXPLOSIONS)



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):




BRITAIN-JIHADI JOHN - A London-based Muslim lobbying group says there are “striking similarities” between the masked militant known as “Jihadi John” and a London man named Mohammed Emwazi. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISLAMIC STATE - The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river. SENT: 430 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing; NEWS GUIDE also planned rounding up various threads.

ISLAMIC STATE ARRESTS - Developing more details on the three accused in plot to join Islamic State group. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

FOREIGN FIGHTERS — A day after three men are charged in New York with trying to join the Islamic State in Syria, a House subcommittee hears from the FBI’s top counterterrorism official to discuss concerns about the flow of foreign fighters and threats from self-radicalized Americans. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m.

ISLAMIC STATE-DESTROYING ARTIFACTS - Islamic State video shows militants smashing rare ancient artifacts in Iraqi city of Mosul. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.




SYRIAN REFUGEE FEARS - The Obama administration’s commitment to taking in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans. SENT: 890 words, photos.

ISRAEL-US - Israeli opposition leader calls on PM Netanyahu to cancel US Congress speech. SENT: 250 words.

ISRAEL-SETTLERS VOTE - When Israelis go to the polls next month, tens of thousands of Jewish settlers in the West Bank will also be casting votes even though they do not live on sovereign Israeli territory. SENT: 970 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine’s military said it would start pulling back its heavy weapons Thursday from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOUTH KOREA-ADULTERY BAN - A South Korean court on Thursday abolished a law that criminalized extramarital affairs, and the stock price of a prominent condom maker immediately shot up 15 percent. SENT: 690 words, photo.

JAPAN-WWII APOLOGY-VIEWS - A tug-of-war in Japan over Prime Minister Abe’s World War II anniversary statement. SENT: 590 words.

THAILAND-URBAN REFUGEES - Fleeing persecution and violence in Pakistan and elsewhere, asylum seekers are flowing into Bangkok and other Southeast Asian cities, part of a global shift toward urban refugees who now outnumber those living in camps. SENT: 1,570 words, photos.

CHINA-IVORY BAN - China bans ivory imports for 1 year as tusk smuggling threatens existence of African elephants. SENT: 230 words.

PAKISTAN-CELLPHONE CONTROL - Big Brother has your fingerprint: Pakistan steps up control of cellphones after Taliban attack. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CUBA-US-LOWERED EXPECTATIONS - Grimmer mood on Cuban streets on eve of US talks after government lowers expectations. SENT: 880 words, photos.

MEXICO-DISENCHANTED BUSINESS - President Enrique Pena Nieto is losing the one camp that enthusiastically backed his election: business leaders. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

SINGAPORE-LEE KUAN YEW HOSPITALIZED — Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s 91-year-old founding father, remains on life support in intensive care being treated for severe pneumonia. SENT: 500 words, photos.

GERMANY-JEWS - Germany’s top Jewish leader suggests that Jews shouldn’t wear the traditional skullcap, or kippa, in areas with large Muslim populations. SENT: 240 words.

BRITAIN-JIMMY SAVILE - A new report into widespread sex abuse by the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile finds that victims’ complaints about his activities were ignored. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-BRITAIN-ROYAL VISIT - Prince William starts first Japan visit with afternoon tea — but green served by tea master. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.

EGYPT-ANIMAL CRUELTY - Egypt: 3 arrested over grisly killing of dog captured on video. SENT: 330 words.

THAILAND-AIRLINE TURBULENCE - Thai Airways plane hits turbulence, 11 on board injured. SENT: 130 words.

NAMIBIA-TONGUE TWISTER - A linguistic storm is brewing in Luderitz, where some residents of the remote Namibian town are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami#nus. SENT: 130 words.

NETHERLANDS-AGGRESSIVE OWL - The residents of one Dutch town are cowering under umbrellas after an aggressive eagle owl started swooping out of the sky and sinking its talons into them. UPCOMING: 260 words, photos.




CONGRESS-HOMELAND - House in limbo; Senate moves toward funding Homeland Security Department as shutdown nears. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ATTORNEY GENERAL — Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch, Obama’s choice for attorney general. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m. EST.




MARIJUANA IN CAPITAL - Washington D.C. legalizes pot in capital city after voter initiative, despite threat from Congress. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING -Lawyers for thesuspect have asked a judge to dismiss the indictment, saying there aren’t enough minorities and younger people in the jury pool. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

TOP MODEL CONTESTANT KILLED - A young man has been charged with killing a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model.” SENT: 120 words, photo.

WINTER WEATHER - New round of winter weather drops more snow on the South; schools closed, execution delayed. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

WOMAN HELD CAPTIVE - Three men arrested in case of woman held captive, sexually assaulted in Northern California home. SENT: 340 words.




WAL-MART CEO-INTERVIEW - Wal-Mart’s CEO Doug McMillon made his boldest move yet when he announced plans to boost raises for nearly 40 percent of its U.S. workers. We talk to him exclusively about that initiative as well as other issues facing the retail giant. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

NET NEUTRALITY - FCC moves toward ban on Internet providers from blocking or slowing web traffic. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing; FCC meeting at 1530 GMT; vote expected early afternoon.

SMART SPENDING-MENU PSYCHOLOGY - Here are some ways restaurants get you to spend (and eat) more than you intended. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1930 GMT, photo.

MARKETING FRUITS & VEGETABLES - Fruits, vegetables to get celebrity-studded marketing campaign; push to begin on social media. SENT: 690 words.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS-LABELS - Agriculture secretary: Smartphones could be answer in debate over labeling of genetically modified foods. SENT: 490 words, photo.




DOG BREEDS - Labs extend record stretch as America’s No. 1 dog, but bulldogs breeds are making waves. SENT: 200 words, photos. With GLANCE.




BRITAIN-BRIT AWARDS-MADONNA - Madonna tumbles down stairs but carries on at UK music’s Brit Awards. SENT: 210 words, photos. Seeking video; prospects uncertain. Note AP Photo LON816.

TV-SEX BOX - A new relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits. Not surprisingly, it has attracted some negative attention. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

POLAND-OSCAR CONTROVERSY - Some Poles have misgivings about success of Oscar winner ‘Ida,’ seeing the film as anti-Polish. SENT: 580 words, photos.

AP EXCLUSIVE: FILM-EDDIE REDMAYNE - The No. 1 blue engine is getting a new friend in Eddie Redmayne. SENT: 260 words, photo

TV-TEA LEONI-MADAM SECRETARY - Who inspired Tea Leoni’s portrayal of her character, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord? UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.

TV-DANIEL DAE KIM - Daniel Dae Kim of “Hawaii Five-0” and “Lost” expands his career with directing and a production company he hopes will provide opportunities for other minorities. UPCOMING: 690 words by 2 p.m., photos.

COCA-COLA BOTTLE - A soda bottle as art? A new exhibit at the High Museum is called “The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100.” UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.

GRACELAND-VEGAS — Elvis is back. The folks behind Graceland are reviving the King’s performances at the Westgate Las Vegas with shows and a permanent exhibit where Elvis performed several hundred sold out shows. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1915 GMT, photos, video.

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