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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

October 21, 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:

-- PISTORIUS (sent; developing)

-- TOTAL CEO KILLED (sent; developing)

-- EBOLA (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA NEW STRATEGY (upcoming)


-- WOMEN KILLED (sent; developing)

-- OSCAR DE LA RENTA (sent; developing with new angles)

-- SILICON BEACH (upcoming)



-- SILICON BEACH (upcoming)

-- JODI ARIAS (sent; developing)

-- CVS-HEALTH-TOBACCO (upcoming)


-- WHAT BUSTER NOSE (sent; note video)




-- LAY’S-NEW FLAVOR (sent)

PHOTOS: WHAT BUSTER NOSE (sent; with text and video); CUBA-YOUNG WRESTLERS-PHOTO GALLERY (sent; with text)

VIDEO: PISTORIUS (sent; with text and photos) CADAVER_DOG (sent; with text and photos WHAT BUSTER KNOWS)

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):


PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Oscar Pistorius was taken away Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home. Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder under house arrest, according to legal experts. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with a different approach, with GLANCE of key points of trial.

TOTAL CEO KILLED - Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. SENT: 640 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. Also a separate look at bizarre plane crashes involving well-known people.

PLANE CRASHES-FAMOUS NAMES - Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of Total SA who expanded Total into one of the world’s largest multinational firms, was among many renowned people whose lives ended in a jet crash. Buddy Holly, Payne Stewart, and the head of the Missoni fashion house are just a few famous names.

SYRIA NEW STRATEGY - Bashar Assad’s forces have scaled back their air attacks on areas in northern Syria under Islamic State control, making no attempt to challenge coalition jets as they swoop freely over towns and cities inside Syrian territory over the past month. As coalition forces strike against IS militants in northern and eastern Syria, the Syrian army is taking advantage to focus instead on recapturing areas in and around Syria’s two largest cities. UPCOMING.

ISRAEL-ISLAMIC STATE - All formats look at an Arab doctor who, weeks after participating in a prestigious training program at an Israeli hospital, left the country, joined the Islamic State in Syria and was killed in fighting. UPCOMING.

ISRAEL-GENDER SEGREGATION - Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CANADA-SOLDIERS HIT - One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in a city near Montreal has died and authorities are examining whether the driver’s links to radical Islam had spurred the attack. Neighbors said he was a recent convert. SENT: 580 words.

VATICAN-POPE-TURKEY - Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey’s often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month. SENT: 130 words.

ISRAEL-ARCHAEOLOGY - Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment. SENT: 200 words.

IRAQ- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised on Tuesday that Iran will stand by Iraq in the neighboring country’s fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group. SENT: 380 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was “maligning” the country’s judiciary, the country’s media regulation authority said. SENT: 480 words, photos.

NEPAL-AVALANCHE - Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country’s worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. SENT: 340 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ELECTION-BATTLEGROUND STATE - The race between President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aecio Neves will likely come down to who dominates Minas Gerais. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY - Duchess of Cambridge welcomes Singapore leader, resuming duties after severe morning sickness. SENT: 130 words, photos.


MIDTERM ELECTIONS-MINIMUM WAGE - Democrats in tight races are delighted to see the minimum wage issue on the ballot. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OBAMA - Obama’s brief trip home to Chicago offered nostalgia for easier days, but also of the tough challenges ahead during his final two years in office. SENT: 590 words, photos.


EBOLA - A World Health official says tens of thousands of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine could be available for “real-world use” in West Africa by January as long as they are deemed safe. WHO officials hold their first news conference since the disclosure of a highly critical internal report about its response to the Ebola outbreak. Sierra Leone reports the number of Ebola cases soaring in the Western part of the country in and around the capital, but no new cases in the eastern district, which had been an epicenter of the outbreak. Incorporating other developments from West Africa, Europe. UPCOMING: Developing through the day. 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

EBOLA-WHO - The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. SENT: 400 words, photos.


TOBACCO FARMING-CHILDREN - Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photo.


WOMEN KILLED -Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of a man who police say confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span. UPCOMING: A look at missed opportunities for authorities, monitoring he should have been subject to, other details.

ORGANIC-BEYOND FOOD - There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. SENT: 900 words, photos.

INTERNET SEX TRAFFICKING - The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 2130 GMT.

WHAT BUSTER NOSE - ‘In Dog We Trust’: Work of canines that sniff out human remains more accepted by cops, courts. SENT: 1,590 words, photos, video.

TELEVANGELIST-VASECTOMIES - Evangelist Ernest Angley encouraged vasectomies, abortion among followers, newspaper reports. SENT: 680 words, photo.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIENDS - Closing arguments in the trial of Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Phillipos is charged with lying to the FBI. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT.



SILICON BEACH - So long Silicon Valley. In the past few years Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and YouTube have opened offices on the west side of Los Angeles from Santa Monica south to Playa del Rey. They are joined by hundreds of startups. UPCOMING: 970 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-APPLE PAY - If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and pay for everything through the phone, I’ll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CVS-HEALTH-TOBACCO - First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes. The chain’s Caremark network would slap an extra co-payment on patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that still sell tobacco. SENT: 410 words.

STICKING WITH STOCKS - The biggest stock slump in more than two years is no reason to abandon the market, professional investors and strategists say. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1 p.m., photos.

STAPLES-POSSIBLE BREACH - Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. SENT: 140 words

EARNS-MCDONALD’S — McDonald’s says its profit and sales declined as the world’s biggest hamburger chain saw customer traffic fall around the world. SENT: 450 words, photo.

LAY’S-NEW FLAVOR — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. SENT: 450 words, photo. First sent late Monday night.

CHINA-ECONOMY - China’s economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders’ plans for a controlled slowdown. SENT: 800 words, photos.


OBIT-OSCAR DE LA RENTA - At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta gave each model a peck on the cheek, and then returned to the wings, where models and staff could be heard cheering him enthusiastically. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with fresh angles, details TBD.

TV-MAGGIE Q-STALKER - Maggie Q’s new drama series, “Stalked,” takes pains to say most victims of stalking aren’t big shots or celebrities. They’re everyday folks. Even so, she has had her own brush with a stalker. UPCOMING: 780 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-NEIL DIAMOND - Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album in six years awash in the heady glow of love. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-24 HOUR PLAYS - Actors often complain about short rehearsal times, but some of entertainment’s biggest names are about to have virtually none. SENT: 400 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-HOBBIT COSTS - The movie trilogy “The Hobbit” has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending. SENT: 360 words, photos

THEATER-JOSH RADNOR - Josh Radnor seems eager these days to start an honest conversation after spending so long having his lines delivered with a laugh track. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 a.m., photos.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG-BRADLEY COLLECTION - NYC exhibit of Louis Armstrong photographs by Jack Bradley includes rare, poignant images. SENT: 500 words, photos.


CUBA-YOUNG WRESTLERS-PHOTO GALLERY - AP Photos: Motivated by Olympic hero, children learn wrestling in baseball-loving Cuba. SENT: Photos, 360 words.

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