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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

January 31, 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:

-- WALL STREET (upcoming)

-- KNOX TRIAL (sent; developing with new angles)

-- UKRAINE-PROTESTS (sent; developing)



-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING (sent; developing with new angles)



-- RUSSIA-GAY RIGHTS (upcoming)


-- AKC-DOG BREEDS (sent; developing)


VIDEO: KNOX coverage (sent); SUPER BOWL coverage (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 (all times GMT):


WALL STREET— The year is starting out rough for stock investors. The Dow Jones industrial average is down more than 5 percent as worries about growth in developing countries, a cutback in the Federal Reserve’s economic stimulus program and currency gyrations overseas are unsettling markets. It’s a sharp reversal from 2013, when the stock market surged nearly 30 percent. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2100 GMT, photos

GLOBAL MARKETS-INVESTORS - For many ordinary investors, the sell-off pushing major stock indexes around the world into the red this year has left them more puzzled than panicked. UPCOMING: 800 words 1600 GMT.


KNOX TRIAL-EXTRADITION- Story from Washington (DC) looking at whether she could ultimately be extradited - what the process would be, when they would start it, whether her lawyers are already reaching out to Justice Department on extradition issues. Also, what about US-Italy relations. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with new reporting and angles.

ITALY-KNOX TRIAL - Police have found Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend near Italy’s border with Slovenia and Austria after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher. By Colleen Barry and Nicole Winfield. SENT: 285 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 a.m., photos, video.

ITALY-KNOX TRIAL-INTERVIEW - Amanda Knox says she’ll never willingly go back to Italy to face a 28½-year prison sentence for a murder conviction that was upheld by an Italian court. SENT: 420 words, photos.

ITALY-KNOX TRIAL- SEATTLE - Though more than 5,000 miles from the Italian court, Amanda Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” when the judges reinstated a guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

UKRAINE-PROTESTS - Police on Friday opened an investigation into the kidnapping of an opposition activist, who said he was held captive for more than a week and tortured in the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on anti-government protesters in the two-month-long political crisis. SENT: 740 words, photos.

SOCHI-UNDER THREAT - While Sochi’s Olympic venues are now among the most tightly guarded facilities in the world, the rest of this sprawling Black Sea resort looks more vulnerable. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

RUSSIA-GAY RIGHTS - Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place despite months of international protest. Yet the campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open Feb. 7. Two major sponsors, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, have seen Sochi-related social media campaigns commandeered by gay-rights supporters. And several activists plan to travel to Sochi, hoping to team with sympathetic athletes to protest the law while in the Olympic spotlight. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.

SOCHI-ACTIVISTS BARRED - Two Russian activists have filed a lawsuit against the Sochi Olympics organizers after they were barred from attending the games, their lawyer said Friday. SENT: 540 words, photo.

AP EXCLUSIVE: PAKISTAN-BATTLING BOMBS - Here at the military’s anti-bomb school, instructors say it is important to constantly come up with new ways to counter the bombers’ deadly ingenuity. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - After more than a week of negotiations aimed at ending Syria’s civil war, the country’s foreign minister announced Friday that the Syrian government won’t immediately commit to returning for more talks on Feb. 10.. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos, video, interactive.

INDIA-UNSAFE CARS - Lax safety requirements and little regulation have left India’s burgeoning car market rife with vehicles that lack air bags or crumple under little pressure, according to a report. SENT: 620 words, photos.

EGYPT- Egyptian helicopters fire rockets at houses used as hideouts for an al-Qaida inspired group in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 13 militants in retaliation for the downing of a military helicopter earlier this week. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with more details by 3 p.m.

JERUSALEM-MOSQUE MANUSCRIPTS - Religious authorities are restoring and digitizing centuries-old manuscripts. SENT: 850 words, photos.

THAILAND-FUTILE ELECTIONS - Thailand’s general election is on Sunday, but the main opposition Democrat Party is boycotting it, and its supporters seeking to scuttle it by blocking access to polling stations in Bangkok and a few other places. SENT: 800 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-EXODUS TO IRELAND - Venezuela’s brightest camp on sidewalks for chance to start over in Dublin. SENT: 980 words, photos.

BRITAIN-NUCLEAR INCIDENT —Elevated radiation levels detected Friday at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in northwestern England were caused by naturally occurring background radon, not by any faults at the aging plant, the operating company said. SENT: 250 words, photos.


OBAMA-IMMIGRATION - Obama drops his once ironclad insistence that any immigration legislation include a special pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people already in the U.S. illegally. Obama now says he doesn’t want to prejudge legislation where people get legal status and then go into the regular citizenship process. SENT, 120 words. UPCOMING, 600 words by 2100 GMT.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE_Reigniting an intense political debate, the State Department is expected to release its long-awaited environmental report on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Release tine uncertain. UPCOMING, 600 words by 2300 GMT.

OBAMA - He is asking major corporations for their help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work. SENT: 380 words, UPCOMING: 600 words 1900 GMT, photo.

POLITICAL MONEY - Friday is the deadline for candidates, their committees and some of their outside groups to file their end-of-year financial reports with the FEC. SENT: 540 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2300 GMT.

NSA SURVEILLANCE-FACT CHECK - The top U.S. intelligence chief says the loss of state secrets in the Snowden leaks was the worst in American history. But some say other intelligence breakdowns were worse. SENT: 870 words, photo.


AP EXCLUSIVE: NAVY YARD SHOOTING - The gunman lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues, according to an AP review of his files. SENT: 800 words, photo, interactive, video.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING How will the Boston Marathon death penalty trial and jury selection play out in a state where the overwhelming majority opposes executions, yet where a cherished event was tarnished with death and destruction? UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.

CRUISE SHIP OUTBREAK-TEXAS - More than 170 passengers and crew members have fallen sick aboard a cruise ship, prompting it to return two days early to a Houston-area port. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

UTAH COUNTY DEPUTY SHOT — A man with a rifle opens fire along a Utah highway and then clashes with officers during a 50-mile chase. A sheriff’s deputy is shot to death and another is wounded. By Paul Foy. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.

GULF GAS RIG - Crews worked early Friday to stop natural gas flowing from a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, and the Coast Guard said workers had cut the flow in half since officials lost control of the rig a day earlier. SENT: 340 words.

KOSHER SLAUGHTERHOUSE-IMMIGRANTS — A former supervisor at a large kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa will be sentenced Friday on charges that he exploited immigrant workers financially and sexually for years before a 2008 raid that led to the arrest of 389 employees. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.


CHINA-SPACE-JADE RABBIT WOES - The Jade Rabbit did not go quietly into that long lunar night. Instead, China’s troubled robotic moon rover — given voice by a government news agency — melodramatically pondered the meaning of its perhaps-fleeting existence, measured its contribution to humanity and, finally, said goodbye. SENT: 720 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-REEF DREDGING - The government agency that oversees Australia’s Great Barrier Reef approves a plan to dump vast swathes of sediment on the reef as part of a major coal port expansion — a decision that environmentalists say will endanger one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. SENT: 670 words.


SUPER BOWL ADS-TOP 10 - The top 10 ads to watch out for during the big game this Sunday. SENT: 500 words, photos.


CUBA-HACKATHON - Technology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered the one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere. The “Hackathon for Cuba” begins Friday in Miami. SENT: 730 words, photos.


AKC-DOG BREEDS - The Labrador retriever is the nation’s most popular dog for the 23rd year in a row, the longest any breed has spent as top dog in the American Kennel Club’s 129-year history. SENT: 540 words, photos.

BURIED ON HARLEY - A motorcycle enthusiast’s family is fulfilling his dying wish — to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson encased in a see-through casket. SENT: 380 words. Pursuing photos.


BIEBER-LEGAL WOES - His court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border might not just lead to more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors, but could also complicate his jet-setting ways. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HUNGARY-OBIT-JANCSO - Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso, winner of the best director award at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, died Friday. He was 92. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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