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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

September 22, 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 1715 GMT:

-- TURKEY-SYRIA REFUGEES (sent; developing)


-- WHITE HOUSE SECURITY (sent; developing)

-- EBOLA (sent; developing)

-- POLICE BARRACKS-SHOOTING (sent; developing)



-- THEATER-LION KING (sent; developing)


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:


TURKEY-SYRIA-REFUGEES - Some 130,000 Syrian refugees have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said Monday, warning that the number could rise further as the militants press ahead with an onslaught. SENT: 460 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-TURKEY - The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. SENT: 310 words, photo.

ISLAMIC STATE-ATTACK THREAT - Fighters of the Islamic State militant group are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition seeking to destroy it, the group’s spokesman said in a new audio recording in which he called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight. SENT: 480 words.

FOREIGN FIGHTERS - The United States outlines a strategy to deter foreign fighters in Syria, as the U.N. prepares to consider a resolution Thursday aimed at preventing the recruitment and transport of would-be fighters seeking to join terrorist groups. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-GLANCE - Busy week of Mideast diplomacy, with launch of Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas strategy speech at UN. A look at what lies ahead. SENT: 980 words, photos.

EBOLA - Questions remain over whether Sierra Leone’s unprecedented shutdown will slow spread of Ebola. SENT: 670 words, photos.

RUSSIA-LOW PROFILE-ANALYSIS - Russia happy to keep Ukraine off UN radar as world focuses on Islamic State group and Ebola. An analysis. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GERMANY-APPRENTICE SHORTAGE - Amid Europe’s jobs drama, German employers face different problem: finding new apprentices. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HONG KONG-STUDENT STRIKE - Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycott classes to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict voting reforms. SENT: 650 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukrainian government troops begin withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, as do pro-Russian rebels in the region. SENT: 360 words, photo.

CHINA-POLICE TORTURE - Three police officers and four other people are convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China’s official state news agency reports. SENT: 570 words, photo.

AFGHANISTAN - Afghanistan’s new president-elect says he wants Afghan women represented at the highest levels of government, including on the Supreme Court. SENT: 460 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-RHINOS - A ranger and two other employees of South Africa’s parks service are arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country’s flagship wildlife reserve. SENT: 350 words.

EGYPT - An Egyptian militant group claims responsibility for a bomb blast in a busy downtown Cairo street near the Foreign Ministry. SENT: 120 words.

BRITAIN-BLAIR - Western powers must be ready to commit ground forces to the fight against militants from the Islamic State group, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says. SENT: 220 words.

FIJI-ELECTION RESULT - Fiji’s military ruler is sworn in as the South Pacific nation’s elected leader after results confirm his big win in the first election since he led a coup eight years ago. SENT: 480 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-TERRORISM - The Australian government bends to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CHINA-XINJIANG - Multiple explosions in a county in China’s western region of Xinjiang have killed at least two people and injured many others, regional authorities say. SENT: 330 words.

CHINA-TIBET-SELF IMMOLATION - A Tibetan student died last week after setting himself on fire, in the first such protest in five months, a London-based activist group says. SENT: 240 words.

ASIAN GAMES-FOOD SCARE - Asian Games organizers discard 76 packaged lunches prepared for athletes after inspectors found salmonella in meat samples over the weekend. SENT: 160 words.


WHITE HOUSE SECURITY - The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance Monday in federal court. Meanwhile, the U.S. Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around the White House. SENT: 590 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1730 GMT court hearing. 650 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CHANGING NUMBERS - Scrambled statistics are becoming part of the growing pains for Obama’s health care law. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

CONGRESS-WARY ABOUT WAR - Obama’s Mideast war plan to face sterner examination from Congress after elections. SENT: 1000 words, photo.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION - Obama has a complicated history on immigration, and one early marker was in 2006 when, as a new U.S. senator, he declined to help 30 Mexican nationals living in Illinois avoid deportation. SENT: 890 words, photo.


HILLARY CLINTON - Spot coverage of the first full day of the Clinton Global Initiative. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.

MISSING STUDENT - A man authorities believe is the last person seen with a British-born student before she disappeared is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.

MISSING AFGHAN SOLDIERS - Police and military officials are searching for a second day for three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base. SENT: 200 words.

WALL STREET-PROTEST - One day after a huge climate march in New York City, a related sit-in and protest is planned on Wall Street. SENT: 210 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after march, to begin at 11:30 1530 GMT.


APPLE-IPHONE SALES - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. SENT: 130 words.

DIGITAL LIFE-A CLOSER LOOK-PHONE PRIVACY - Beyond passcodes, some phones have additional tools for hiding or securing sensitive photos and documents. Here’s a closer look. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1800 GMT.


WEALTH GAP-ASIA-UNEQUAL CITIES - Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities as elites capture increasing share of wealth. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. A 900-word abridged version also moved.

CLIMATE CHANGE-PRIVATE SECTOR - The world can’t hope to slow climate change until a price is put on activities that pollute, according to hundreds of companies, pension funds, insurance companies and other investors. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.

CHINA-SUSPECT MEAT - A U.S. meat supplier says it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and other major restaurant chains. SENT: 350 words

MERCK-SIGMA-ALDRICH - German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment. SENT: 500 words.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-TIZEN - Samsung Electronics Co. will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report says. SENT: 360 words.


FBN-NFL--VETTING PLAYERS - By the time the typical player signs an NFL contract, around 100 scouts, coaches and general managers have pored over his history. However, very little in the portfolios collected on Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson foreshadowed the issues they’re dealing with now. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


THEATER-LION KING - “The Lion King” is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, the AP has learned. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

TV-SHONDA RHIMES - Let’s just go ahead and make it official. “Thursday” should be renamed “Shonday.” At least on ABC, which has handed its entire Thursday prime-time schedule to drama doyenne Shonda Rhimes. SENT: 880 words, photo.

MILAN FASHION WEEK-WEIRD AND WONDERFUL - As Milan Fashion Week comes to a close, a wrap of the weird and wonderful fashions. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.


TOY HALL OF FAME-FINALISTS - The National Toy Hall of Fame on Monday will announce the 12 finalists for induction into this year’s class in November. Last year, the rubber duck squeaked out a win, along with the ancient game of chess. UPCOMING: 250 words at 1700 GMT, photo.

LARRY HAGMAN STATUE - Actor Larry Hagman has been memorialized in bronze in his Texas hometown. SENT: 130 words.


PERU-COCAINE AIRSTRIPS-PHOTO GALLERY - The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world’s No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight. SENT: photos, 340 words.

POLE DANCING-PHOTO ESSAY - Pole dancers from around the world gather in Las Vegas this month to swap ideas and learn tricks of the trade. SENT: photos, 340 word,

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