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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

February 10, 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 1615 GMT:

-- US MILITARY-SEXUAL ASSAULTS (sent; new version upcoming)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)

-- WRONG AIRPORT LANDINGS (sent; new version upcoming)


-- IRAQ (sent; developing)


-- RUSSIA-WWII (sent)

-- NFL-GAY PLAYER (sent; developing)

-- FIG-SWEET 15 (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 (all times EST):


SYRIA - Activists say an attack by extremist Islamic rebels who overran a village in central Syria populated by the Alawite minority has killed at least 40 people, including women and children. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - A second round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition bogged down quickly Monday. SENT: 620 words.

MARSHALL ISLANDS-SEA SURVIVOR - A Salvadoran man who says he drifted in an open boat across the Pacific for more than a year thanked people in the Marshall Islands for taking care of him and said he was “doing very well” before starting his journey home Monday. SENT: 300 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

IRAQ - Iraqi officials say militants accidentally set off their own car bomb at a training camp north of Baghdad, leaving 21 of their number dead. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-CLASS ACTS - An elite still dominates Britain, but it is now a club where money - and the education money can buy - counts more than lineage. SENT: 1,800 words, photos.

RUSSIA-WWII - While the Olympics’ opening ceremony left out World War II at the behest of international Olympic organizers, Russia’s role in defeating Nazi Germany is still one of the nation’s proudest moments, as some have found out the hard way. SENT: 850 words, photos.

NKOREA-JAILED AMERICAN - North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American’s possible release, the State Department said Monday. SENT: 860 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - A suicide attacker rammed a car bomb into a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing two foreign civilian contractors, authorities said. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BRITAIN-FLOODS - The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ARGENTINA’S IMPACT - Argentina’s economy is again facing a currency plunge and inflation spike, but this time its ability to inflict economic damage on Brazil has greatly diminished. SENT: 830 words, photo.

UKRAINE-PROTEST LIBRARY - When the fervor flags for the protesters in Ukraine’s capital and they want to get away from the barricade , many head to an improvised library in one of the buildings seized by demonstrators. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-JANE GOODALL - Jane Goodall, who turns 80 this year, knows how to work a crowd. SENT: 400 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai police make their first arrest of a senior leader of anti-government protests for violating the country’s emergency law as government officials promise to apprehend other leaders of the movement, too. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-TAIWAN TALKS - Taiwan and China hold their highest-level talks since splitting amid a civil war 65 years ago, hoping to further boost contacts and ease lingering tensions. SENT: 720 words.

INDONESIA-AUSTRALIA-DRUG CONVICT - An Australian woman convicted of smuggling marijuana into Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali walks free from nine years in jail after being given parole, the latest chapter in what has been a media sensation in Australia. SENT: 390 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-FACTORY-FIRE - The attorney for a garment-factory owner charged with culpable homicide over a 2012 fire that killed 112 workers says his client shouldn’t be held liable. The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh’s powerful garment industry, which has huge influence in the country’s affairs from politics to sports. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHINA-US-MOB TRIAL - An American businessman goes on trial for allegedly heading a violent mob that kidnapped rivals and operated illegal casinos, charges he’s said he was tortured into confessing. SENT: 560 words, photos.

ANTARCTICA-WHALING - New Zealand sharply criticizes Japan for allowing a whaling ship to enter New Zealand’s maritime economic zone. SENT: 500 words.

INDONESIA-SINGAPORE-WARSHIP ROW - Indonesian defense officials pull out of the Singapore Airshow amid an escalating row. SENT: 380 words.

INDIA-BOAT CAPSIZED - A boat overcrowded with about 150 picnic guests capsizes and at least 22 people drown, officials say. SENT: 150 words.

INDIA-TIGER ATTACKS - Forest officials say a tiger has killed its 10th human victim in a month while evading hunters on its trail in northern India. SENT: 260 words, photo.

NEPAL-POLITICS - The leader of Nepal’s largest and oldest political party is elected prime minister. SENT: 360 words, photo.


MILITARY SEX ASSAULT - Folos today on reporting finding that at U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents. SENT: In previous cycles. UPCOMING: Developing today, details TBD.

WRONG AIRPORT LANDINGS - On at least 150 flights, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, the AP finds. SENT: 1200 words. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.

AMERICAN TERROR SUSPECT - An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike. SENT: 1100 words, photos.

FRANCE-HOLLANDE’S US VISIT - France’s suddenly single president arrives Monday in the U.S. for a state visit with Obama, hoping the glaring absence of his first lady won’t steal the limelight from his focus on major policy issues. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 215 GMT remarks in Virginia.

MICHELLE OBAMA-VETERANS - She praises a construction industry pledge to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. SENT: 480 words.


NFL-GAY PLAYER - Looking at more reaction and what’s in store for Missouri All-American Michael Sam after he says he’s gay and could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. UPCOMING: Developing.

NYC CARRIAGE HORSES - After years of battle, animal-welfare activists are close to victory in their campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. At least one nagging question remains: What will happen to the horses now? SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

MAGNA CARTA — The Magna Carta and the king’s writ are ready to be displayed for six months at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences before being whisked back home for a celebration of its 800th anniversary. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT, photos.


FIG-SWEET 15 - The descriptions range from enchanting to fearless, from “the real package” to “a diamond.” One thing is for certain: A star was born in the team figure skating competition at the Sochi Games. SENT: 740 words, photos.

SOCHI-OLYMPIC DRONE - That drone you might have spotted hovering and zipping around the Sochi Olympic slopes isn’t searching for terrorists or gay rights activists hiding behind the fir trees. It’s being used to transmit live video of snowboard and ski jump competitions to a screen near you. A Q&A about drones and their place at the Sochi Games. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos.

SUB-TROPICAL SOCHI - It’s warm. Here. At the Winter Olympics. And it’s starting to have an effect on things. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.

SOCHI-REPRIMANDING ATHLETES - The IOC is accused of being heartless for telling Norwegian cross-country skiers they can’t wear black armbands in honor of an athlete’s brother who died on the eve of the Sochi Games. SENT: 600 words, photos.


DOG SHOW-5 THINGS - Judging begins Monday and the winner will be picked Tuesday night. Here are five things you’ll see (and not see) this week. SENT: 480 words, photos.


YELLEN - On Tuesday she will offer her first public comments since succeeding Bernanke as Fed chair. The occasion is the Fed chair’s twice-a-year testimony to Congress on interest-rate policy and the economy. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m.

YUENGLING ICE CREAM - The Yuengling brewery first made ice cream to help it survive the Depression, but production ended about 30 years ago. Now it’s coming back. UPCOMING: 600 words.


- VIETNAM-FLAPPY BIRD - Vietnamese creator of Flappy Bird takes down game, saying it “ruins my simple life”. SENT: 270 words.


THEATER-Q&A-KD LANG - If you’re a little surprised to discover that alt-country star k.d. lang is coming to Broadway, so is k.d. lang. SENT: 760 words, photos.

OBIT-DENMARK-GABRIEL AXEL — Gabriel Axel, director of the film “Babette’s Feast,” which made him the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign film, has died at 95. SENT: 130 words.

FILM-ESSENCE BLACK MEN IN HOLLYWOOD - Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, the accomplishments of African-American men in film will also be lauded. By Jessica Herndon. SENT: 130 words.

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