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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

March 19, 2014

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:

-- UKRAINE (sent, developing)

-- RUSSIA-COST OF CRIMEA (sent)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent, developing)

-- ISRAEL-SYRIA (sent, developing)

-- UNITED STATES-TOYOTA (sent, developing)

-- ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES (sent, developing)

-- WEALTH GAP-TALE OF TWO BRITAINS (sent)

-- FEDERAL RESERVE (sent, developing)

-- WANDERING WOLF-EXPEDITION (sent)

PHOTOS: IRAN-FIRE FESTIVAL-PHOTO GALLERY (sent, with text); MALAYSIA PLANE (sent)

VIDEO: MALAYSIA_MISSING_PLANE (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 EDT):

WORLD

UKRAINE - Masked Russian-speaking troops seized control of Ukrainian naval headquarters in Crimea after it was stormed by militiamen. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE-CRIMEA CONFRONTATION - Anger and despair compete as Ukraine comes to grips with helplessness over Crimea takeover. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CRIMEA-STAY OR GO - In Crimea, now annexed by Russia, some are asking whether to go or stay. SENT: 990 words, photo.

RUSSIA-COST OF CRIMEA - What annexing Crimea, a corruption-ridden economic backwater, will cost Russia’s government. SENT: 960 words, photo.

UNITED-NATIONS-UKRAINE - UN Secretary General heading to Moscow and Kiev in hopes of resolving Crimea crisis. SENT: 120 words.

GERMANY-TYMOSHENKO - A Berlin hospital that has been treating Yulia Tymoshenko says the former Ukrainian prime minister has been released from their care and plans to return to Kiev. SENT: 130 words.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-POLITICAL FALLOUT - It took more than a week, but both sides of Malaysia’s bitterly contested political divide are now sparring over the disappearance and hunt for the missing jetliner, a distraction for a government already under fire for its handling of the crisis. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-UNITED IN DESPAIR - Missing plane unites Malaysians, douses flames of religious strife — at least for now. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, Malaysia’s defense minister says. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video, interactive.

MISSING PLANE-INSURANCE - German insurance company Allianz says it has made initial payments in connection with the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. SENT: 120 words.

ISRAEL-SYRIA - Israeli warplanes unleash airstrikes against Syrian army targets in response to a roadside bombing in the Golan Heights that wounded four soldiers the day before, the military says. SENT: 930 words, photo.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Palestinians threaten to resume UN recognition campaign if Israel halts prisoner release. SENT: 780 words, photo.

EGYPT - A raid by Egyptian police, military and special forces on a suspected bomb factory outside of Cairo turned into an hourslong gun battle with insurgents who detonated car bombs in clashes that killed two military officers and five militants, the Interior Ministry said. SENT: 600 words, photo.

WEALTH GAP-TALE OF TWO BRITAINS - London boom accused of hogging investment, jobs from rest of UK economy. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - The chief prosecutor in the Pistorius murder trial says he plans to wrap up his case early next week after calling four or five more witnesses and requesting an adjournment of the trial until Monday. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FRANCE-KERVIEL - France’s highest court upheld a prison sentence for one-time rogue trader Jerome Kerviel but threw out the $7 billion in civil damages he’d been ordered to pay back. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BANGLADESH-POLITICS - A former Bangladeshi prime minister and other leading opposition figures were indicted in two related corruption cases that could further complicate the country’s tense political situation. SENT: 260 words, photo.

FRANCE-CORRUPTION - IMF chief Christine Lagarde is being questioned by Paris magistrates investigating a corruption case that also involves the chief executive of French telecoms group Orange. SENT: 130 words.

VENEZUELA-PROTESTS AND THE POOR - Venezuelan student protesters’ bid to woo poor meets skepticism and bullying. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

ITALY-BERLUSCONI — Italy’s highest court has upheld a two-year political ban against Silvio Berlusconi stemming from his tax fraud conviction. SENT: 130 words.

NEW ZEALAND-CHINA CURRENCY - In a sign of growing economic ties, China allows direct currency trading with New Zealand. SENT: 200 words.

TAIWAN-CHINA PROTEST - Big test for Taiwan’s leader as foes of China trade pact occupy Taiwan legislature. SENT: 550 words, photos.

TURKEY-ARMS-TRANSFER - Turkish Airlines denies arms shipment to Nigeria following latest anonymous audio leak. SENT: 130 words.

GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS - Greek civil servants have started a two-day strike against austerity measures imposed under the debt-mired country’s international bailout commitments. SENT: 140 words, photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Iran and six world powers appear to be tackling less sensitive issues first at nuclear talks meant to curb Tehran’s atomic activities in exchange for full sanctions relief. SENT: 130 words.

SYRIA - Lebanese troops open road to Syrian border town, boost forces after days of tension. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TURKEY-SHOOTING - A gunman stormed a branch of Turkey’s statistics agency, took colleagues hostage before opening fire and killing six of them. He then turned the gun on himself and died, officials and reports said. SENT: 180 words.

VIETNAM-DISSIDENT TRIAL — Vietnam sentences blogger to 15 months in prison for posts critical of communist government. SENT: 380 words, photo.

BRITAIN-NEW POUND COIN - After 30 years of work, the pound coin is ready for a makeover. SENT: 120 words.

EUROPE-MOBILE TELECOMS - Fragmented European telecom sector rekindles love affair with cables and wires to boost growth. SENT: 820 words, photos.

SRI-LANKA-HUMAN-RIGHTS - Sri Lankan police release 2 prominent rights activists amid international criticism. SENT: 380 words, photos.

WASHINGTON

WEST RESPONSE-RUSSIA - Issuing an outright warning to Moscow, Biden declares that the United States will respond to any aggression against its NATO allies, as Russia’s neighbors looked warily to the escalating crisis in nearby Ukraine. SENT: 870 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-TOYOTA - U.S. announces $1.2B settlement with Toyota and says the company made misleading statements on safety. SENT: 660 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

WHITE HOUSE-CLIMATE - The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. SENT: 350 words.

POLITICS

ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES - Lawyers for an Army general who carried on a three-year affair with a subordinate call the last of their witnesses at the officer’s sentencing hearing. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day.

ENCOURAGING SUICIDES - Man accused of encouraging people online to kill themselves awaits Minnesota Supreme Court ruling. SENT: 640 words, photo.

BORDER SECURITY EXPO - Border Security Expo ongoing with discussion of transparency and exhibits of high-tech wares. SENT: 340 words, photos.

WANDERING WOLF-EXPEDITION- An expedition is gearing up to hike and bike along the 1,200-mile trail of a wandering wolf, dubbed OR-7, as he trekked across Oregon into Northern California, crossing territory that hasn’t seen his kind in nearly a century as he looked for a mate. SENT: 680 words, photos.

BUSINESS

FEDERAL RESERVE - Investors are seeking clues as Janet Yellen enters the spotlight in her first news conference as Fed chair. SENT: 740 words, photo. UPCOMING: 130 words after 2 p.m. release of Fed statement, then 300 words by 1845 GMT.

ENTERTAINMENT

BILL CUNNINGHAM-EXHIBITION - Photographer Bill Cunningham’s whimsical fashion images featured at NYC exhibition. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GAMES-GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE-SONY - Sony unveils virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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